The California P.I. is ready to killer her wedding planner—until someone beats her to it—in this “satisfying mystery” by the author of Just Desserts (Booklist).
Wedding planner to the stars Madeline Aberson has orchestrated some of the most exclusive soirees in Hollywood. But when Madeline becomes embroiled in a nasty divorce, rumors swirl that her parties have become total duds. Desperate for work, Madeline finds herself planning far less glamorous affairs, including plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid's wedding to Dirk Coulter.
It doesn't take long for the opinionated Madeline to get on Savannah's last nerve, and when the big day finally arrives, Savannah can't wait to send Madeline packing. But when the bride finds Madeline's body face down in the pool, floating among an elegant array of rose petals, it's clear that someone has already hastened the diva's departure. For better or for worse Savannah and Dirk put their wedding on hold, vowing instead to find out who killed Madeline and why. . .
"Readers will relish the author's trademark wit." --Publishers Weekly
If the crazies would take a break, Savannah Reid could finally tie the knot with her former police partner, Det. Sgt. Dirk Coulter, in McKevett's entertaining 17th mystery featuring the San Carmelita, Calif., PI. But between the torching of their original wedding venue and the murder of their wedding planner, it's clear the only way this duo will get hitched is by first catching the bad guys. Savannah is recovering from near-fatal gunshot wounds received in the previous entry, 2011's A Decadent Way to Die, a detail overly focused on without any clear explanation for those who missed it. Meanwhile, Tammy Hart, Savannah's associate in Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency, and Savannah's brother, Waycross, begin a mutual attraction as Waycross lends a hand with some sleuthing. Readers will relish the author's trademark wit, though some may find that the broad and sketchy suspect list narrows too abruptly.