Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Murder of a Wedding Belle - 12th in the Scumble River Mystery series
Author: Denise Swanson
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic/Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Scumble River IL
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Denise's Website: www.deniseswanson.com
She would never consider herself a push-over, but Skye Dennison’s inability to say no landed her the job of assisting out of town wedding planner, Belle Canfield, with the final preparations for her cousin Riley’s million dollar wedding. Something Skye bemoans. However, it gave her a front row seat to observing Belle’s mishandling of "underlings" and vendors. It gave her the understanding of why someone would want Belle dead.
Of course Skye refuses when Riley wants her to take over and finish Belle’s job. Sure she did…
For various reasons Skye agrees to take over as the new wedding planner. What better way to investigate than to have all the potential suspects at her disposal? And there are a lot of them. Vendors, members of the wedding party, family of the wedding party, they all had reason to want Belle gone. Permanently.
From Scumble River to Chicago and points in-between, Skye (as the psychological consultant for the police dept.) and boyfriend/police chief Wally Boyd track down every lead and come up with every scenario imaginable. With help from a couple of colorful locals, Skye and Wally are able to narrow down the suspect list, but things still aren’t falling into place. They only seem to get more confusing as things come to light regarding various suspects, yet they can’t quite sync them up with Belle’s murder.
There’s a lot on Skye’s plate. Not only does she have to finalize the preparations for Riley’s wedding, she has to help solve the murder before the guests depart for destinations unknown. Oh, and did I mention she also must give Wally an answer to his marriage proposal?
Scumble River is such an interesting place. There’s always some level of chaos surrounding Skye as murders and mysteries pop up around her. It seems as if there’s always some sort of event one relative or another volunteers her for. And as those of us who visit Scumble River every year know, Skye absolutely has the inability to say no. It all makes for an intriguing and entertaining visit, wouldn’t you say?
Ms. Swanson is quite crafty. Murder of a Wedding Belle was such a tightly woven mystery, its clues both clear and obscure, that I had no idea as to who the murderer was until the final reveal, which definitely makes for a page-turning read.
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