Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress by Kyra Davis is the 5th book in the “Sophie Katz” mystery series. Publisher: Mira, June 2010

The Peach taffeta bridesmaid dress—that should be Sophie’s problem. Not attempted murder.

Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

Problem is, the number of suspects is off the charts—from jaded lovers to anti-free-lovers to just plain old haters. Dena’s made plenty of enemies thanks to her popular sex shop—and, yes, she’s no saint—but really, who deserves to be shot?

With an überlogical almost boyfriend condemning her vigilante quest, and a wedding planner going vicariously bridezilla over the dream princess wedding, Sophie’s barely thinking straight. But if she can keep her cool (and avoid all errant taffeta), she just might nab her man and save the (wedding) day.

Big if.

Mary Ann gets engaged. Dena gets shot. Sophie gets involved. What a ride following the investigation with Sophie as she’s determined to find the person who shot Dena and ruined Mary Ann’s big news. What I liked most about this book are the characters, especially Marcus and Leah, and all the twists and turns that the author had in place to throw you off of the trail. My suspicion about the incident was warranted but not the killer. This was a very good read and I can’t wait to read book six because I need to know. My rating: 4.5 stars

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