Thursday, October 05, 2006

THE WEDDING CAPER by Janice Thompson

The Wedding Caper (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries, book 1) by Janice Thompson

When a $25,000 night deposit mysteriously disappears from the Clark County Savings and Loan, Annie Peterson has reason to be concerned and to assume the role of amateur sleuth. Her husband's job at the bank makes him a potential suspect, but knowing him to be a godly man, she can't imagine it.

Then again, there is that matter of the weddings to factor in. Twin daughters Brandi and Candy have just received proposals and two weddings are pending.

Sure, Warren occasionally jokes about robbing the bank to pay for the ceremonies, but Annie knows him better than that . . . doesn't she?

Just about the time Annie thinks she can wriggle Warren off the suspect hook, he mysteriously shows up with enough cash to cover the cost of both weddings. Annie dives into the investigation and the suspects pile up.

One by one they fall, leaving her with only one logical choice. Who will it be – a somber-faced loan officer, a security guard with a shady past, a drifter with local ties – or the man she loves?

Camy here:

This is a cute cozy mystery with quirky characters. It has all the fun of a farce and the strong spiritual thread that Barbour is known and loved for.

As I read, I couldn’t help thinking that fans of Diann Hunt’s Hot Flashes and Cold Cream will love this book. It doesn’t deal with menopause, but Annie’s character is every bit as fun, crazy, motherly, and determined as Maggie from Hot Flashes. Annie shares the same stage in life as Maggie, some of the same issues, and all of the same sense of fun.

I have to admit that I didn’t quite relate to Annie—the same way I didn’t relate to Maggie—because I’m just not in that stage of life at this time, plus I don’t have children. However, also like Hot Flashes, it’s a well-written novel that will be sure to entertain readers who share in the issues that give Annie’s life more angst.

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