Friday, August 25, 2006

Here comes the... Oh my god!

Title: For Better or Hearse
Author: Laura Durham

I got this out of the library not realizing that I’d read the book before this one a while ago.

Annabelle’s a wedding planner, based out of Georgetown (so I totally spent the entire time looking for anomalies in the location descriptions). Much like any mystery series, there’s a high incidence of fatalities among her acquaintances.

A rather temperamental chef is impaled on an ice sculpture just before the reception starts for a rather posh wedding. Annabelle’s only under suspicion for a few minutes, since she’d been arguing with him about the hors d'oeuvres, but the detective assigned to the case is, of course, one with whom she spent a great deal of time flirting the last time someone died at one of her weddings.

Annabelle’s always accompanied by at least one of her flamboyant gay caterer, her scandalously dressed assistant who screws up phrases like "birds of a feather flock to leather," and/or her batty old neighbor. The new “helper” in this book is the lead singer for a Scottish 80’s cover band who’s named Ian, is tattooed, has the accent, and wears a kilt (though I wasn’t sure if that was just for gigs, or on a regular basis). Plus the cop.

As usual, a friend is unjustly accused, so the heroine must clear her name, because the police are certain they have the case closed and refuse to consider any other leads.

And she’s still also putting on a few other weddings, dealing with brides from hell (including the vegan daughter of a WASP-y socialite and the high-strung one who takes up smoking the week of the wedding to “calm down” and changes her bouquet to feature a flower apparently known as “monkey balls”).

Considering what happens to amateur sleuths in all these books, I’d be a little scared to try and solve a crime, since, if you’re successful and get closer to the killer, the killer tries to take you out. And yet they always succeed. Justice prevails!

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Blogger Kat said...

When do you have time to read all these books? :)

8/28/2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Kat: Yeah, that's what I asked her, too!

8/28/2006 9:17 PM  

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