Kensington, Dec2004, 22.00, 288 pp.
Lisa Sharpe is marrying a very rich man, who happens to be more than two decades her senior. She is not marrying for love; she is marrying for money as the nine carets on her hand, the twenty-five K wedding dress, and a billion other items make up for the lack of passion. When she gets a call to meet someone at the wedding tent, an irritated Lisa enters the reception tent, but is killed instantly by a cross bow arrow.
Caterers Bernadette and Libby Simmons find the body. The father of the Simmons sisters Sean is the former police chief, but now confined to a wheelchair due to a debilitating illness; he takes an interest in the homicide especially when he and his two daughters are hired to uncover the identity of the perpetrator. For the first time in three years, he has left his home to scope out the crime scene while his daughters investigate on their own only to find much of the wedding party including the groom had motives and opportunity.
Sean tries unsuccessfully to boss his daughters, Bernie spouts encyclopedic knowledge at the drop of a hat and Libby is the poster girl for obsessive-compulsive. All the suspects have strong motives for wanting the victim dead so in spite of clues readers will remain clueless until the author reveals the killer's identity.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner