Murder Had A Little Lamb by Cynthia Baxter is the 8th book in the “Reigning Cats and Dogs” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Bantam, October 2009


Things get wild and woolly when Jessica Popper’s wedding to longtime fiancé Nick Burby is interrupted by the sound of bloody murder. The sacrificial lamb is the black sheep of the Burby flock, a long-lost relative Nick has never even met. In fact, no one thought Cousin Nathaniel would return to the fold for the event—except his killer. Now, instead of enjoying her honeymoon, Jessie finds herself playing Bo Peep to a growing list of suspects, none with a past as white as snow. All the clues lead to an exclusive private school in Long Island’s high-toned Bromptons, where snobby socialites and a smattering of locals on scholarship take classes in African drumming and field trips to Europe. But shearing away the thick fleece of politics, tension, and rivalries reveals a very different animal under the school’s progressive appearance. And just when Jess thinks she’s about to herd in the killer, she realizes she’s being led like a lamb to slaughter.

Commitment phobia Jessica is about to say those three little words when a scream is heard and both she and her soon-to-be husband go running to check it out. It appears that Cousin Nathaniel has been murdered on their wedding day and when her mother-in-law asks her to solve this murder, there’s only one thing Jess could do…solve this murder. Along the way, she still has those commitment phobia until she face with a life or death situation and realizes that Nick is her life. My rating: 4 stars

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