Murder Of A Wedding Belle by Denise Swanson is the twelfth book in the “Scumble River” mystery. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), April 2010

School psychologist Skye Denison is already in a tizzy of indecision contemplating her boyfriend Wally’s marriage proposal when she very reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin’s over-the-top platinum-style wedding. What’s more, she’s expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner, which means being available to help 24-7. There goes Skye’s much-needed summer break.

Then Skye discovers the flawlessly chic wedding planner lying not so flawlessly dead less than a week before the big event. Suddenly Skye is working double duty on two fronts: making sure every elaborate nuptial detail is executed perfectly, from the butterfly release to the martini luge, and helping the police find out who hated the bossy bridal consultant enough to bash her on the head. Can Skye get her cousin to the church on time—and save herself from a killer who may actually be on the guest list?

Being a bridesmaid can’t be worse than being both a bridesmaid and the wedding planner. That’s what happens to Skye when she is roped into both roles when she finds the wedding planner dead. As Skye helps in gathering information on who wanted the wedding planner dead, she also makes a decision about her love life. This was an enjoyable and fast read. My rating: 4 stars

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