Dell, Jan 2001, 6.99, 352 pp.
Seattle based wedding event planner Carnegie Kincaid owns the Elegant Weddings with an Original Flair firm. She has poured all her money into her business and lives in a houseboat to cut costs. Her company is starting to obtain decent customers with the bridesmaid of her latest wedding to be her next bride. Nickie Parry, the daughter of a high-powered businessman can hardly wait until her time comes.
Nickie's dad Doug is a nervous wreck waiting for the big day. He once chaired the board of King County Savings but the bank failed and numerous rumors abound about security fraud. Doug receives threatening letters and phone calls warning him not to testify against his former boss, Nickie's godfather, Keith Guthridge. When Carnegie is accused of gouging the cost of the wedding to the tune of thousands, she is asked to step down. Instead Nickie is kidnapped and the event planner is called in to be the family spokesperson. Carnegie intends to do everything possible to free Nickie and see the perpetrators pay.
VEILED THREATS is a cerebral mystery that is similar to a two thousand-piece puzzle. All the clues are there but it takes a very long time to put them together so the whole picture can be seen and understood. Deborah Donnelly is excellent at characterizations, but readers will not know who are the villains until the author reveals their true colors. Ms Donnelly is a fresh face in the mystery genre.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner