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Book Review: Wedding Day and Foul Play by Duffy Brown

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If this is the last installment of the Consignment Shop Mysteries, I might become crazy like Annie Wilkes in Misery. I'm kidding.

Although there's a three-year lapse between the sixth and seventh installments, it wasn't hard to find myself getting reacquainted with Reagan Summerside and her Aunt KiKi, the Lucy and Ethel of Savannah, Georgia.

It's the eve of Reagan and Walker Boone's wedding and as the hours tick down to the big event, local auctioneer Cornelius McBride stops over with some interesting news. Although KiKi knows what he's about to say, she's been trying to keep it from Reagan until after the wedding.

After Reagan sold him an old sea chest, he found a deed to KiKi's house (dated June 12, 1887) which actually belongs to the Beaumont family. The house was won in a poker game and due to a fire at the time (all records were destroyed) there was no proof of ownership until Corny found the deed.

KiKi chases him out of the house and Reagan goes over to her ex-husband Hollis Beaumont's house to come up with a deal. She explains the situation to him and tells him that he can have her house since it was a major dispute in their divorce. Hollis doesn't waste time and says that he'll do the swap and they make up a contract on the back of a receipt.

Just before Reagan walks down the aisle at KiKi's, she tells Reagan that all of the guests are to be gone before eleven o'clock, which gives the reception a few short hours. She's very adamant about this and while being dipped during a dance with Walker, Reagan notices an arm under the cake table.

The uninvited guest is none other than Cornelius and KiKi is taken in as the number one suspect in his murder.

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While Walker and Reagan were supposed to be heading north to Mackinac Island (a nod to Brown's Cycle Path Mysteries) they postpone the honeymoon so that Reagan can figure out who the murderer is.

KiKi is released but has to remain at her house with an ankle monitor but manages to figure out some inventive ways to make it seem like she's still in the house and joins Reagan in the investigation.

While writing comedy is probably the hardest form of writing, Brown does it effortlessly. There are many times I just had to shake my head and wonder where a line or situation came from.

It's a shame that this series hasn't been picked up for television (or even a film series) since every installment has been a lot of fun to read and since this may be the last installment (in a note to readers at the beginning of the book, Brown does wish the couple luck and love in their "lives" so it may be her way of saying farewell) and this is also a very fast read with less than 200 pages.

I truly hope that we partake in any future adventures of Reagan and KiKi's, and at this point the best advice that I can give is to read the series at the same time.

You'll be glad you did!


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