Another funny, suspenseful adventure from Linda Howard.
As usual, the characters shine. Carrie Edwards all but begs you to off her yourself and the snappy dialogue between Jaclyn and Eric never failed to amuse. The supporting cast were memorable, especially Jaclyn's mother, and the realistic tidbits of a wedding planners life were especially enjoyable. The interactions between Eric and Jaclyn's band of loyal woman were hilarious and I felt sympathetic to him even as I admired him for keeping to his work ethic.
Hints of the murder plotline were cleverly woven throughout, enough to keep interest fueled, but I appreciated how it wasn't clear who the muderer was until late in the story. Although the romance aspects are always a joy to read, it is most often Howard's attention to detail regarding the adventure aspect of the story that makes the story a page-turner.
This definitely didn't disappoint and I'll be sure to pick up the next book from Linda Howard when it comes out.
Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed.
The problem is, most everyone—from the cake maker and the florist to the wedding-gown retailer and the bridesmaids’ dressmaker—had his or her own reason for wanting the bride dead, including Jaclyn. And while those who felt Carrie’s wrath are now smiling at her demise, Jaclyn refuses to celebrate tragedy, especially since she finds herself in the shadow of suspicion.
Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. Being a prime suspect means that Jaclyn is hands-off just when Eric would rather be hands-on. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow.