For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls (An Ivy Towers Mystery)

For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls (An Ivy Towers Mystery)

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by Nancy Mehl
     
 

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Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but when the wedding planner is murdered, and the bride is a suspect, then stress reaches boiling point.

Ivy Towers is finally getting married! But before she can walk down the aisle she has to plan the wedding of her dreams. Doing that isn’t as easy as she dreams, especially since she is trying to run a rare

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Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but when the wedding planner is murdered, and the bride is a suspect, then stress reaches boiling point.

Ivy Towers is finally getting married! But before she can walk down the aisle she has to plan the wedding of her dreams. Doing that isn’t as easy as she dreams, especially since she is trying to run a rare bookstore, and help the town get a jump-start on a new library.

When new resident Delaphine Shackleford steps in and offers to be Ivy’s wedding planner. Seeing this as the answer to her prayers, Ivy accepts. But Delaphine’s ideas are so off the wall wacky that Ivy doesn’t know quite what to do.

Hiring Delaphine not only drives Ivy to the brink of madness, but it also plunges her into the middle of a bizarre murder mystery.

“Book 3 of the Ivy Towers series continues the saga with panache. Ivy Towers is a delightful, realistic character who has become my friend; Winter Break is so typically small town Kansas that I smile every time I read about its quirks and follies; the citizens of Winter Break are so appealing, with all their foibles and eccentricities, that I want to meet them; and… I desperately long to eat one of Ruby's Redbird Burgers. Nancy Mehl has done an exceptional job of bringing Ivy, Amos, Winter Break, and its citizens to vibrant life in this series. — Laurel Johnson, “Midwest Book Review”

I enjoyed the faith message in this book. It spoke truths that I really needed to hear as I read the book. I appreciate how God sometimes uses fiction to convey to the reader what He wants them to hear. I thoroughly enjoyed “For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls” and the entire series. Don’t miss this cozy mysteries trio or this talented author. A recipe is included at the end. – Laura Hilton, “The Suspense Zone”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013694705
Publisher:
Greenbrier Book Company
Publication date:
01/20/2012
Series:
The Ivy Towers Mysteries , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
186,389
File size:
469 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Mehl was first published in 2001. Since then ten novels have followed, including an omnibus edition, “Cozy in Kansas,” which contains three of her previously published “Ivy Towers’s” mysteries. Book three in the series, “For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls,” won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award in 2009.

Nancy’s main writing interests lie in mystery although her Mennonite novels, “The Harmony Series” and “The Kingdom Series,” lean more toward the romantic suspense genre. “There’s a touch of mystery in everything I write,” she says. “The truth is that the lines between suspense and mystery are closer than most people realize. I think the mystery influence will always show up in my books.”

Nancy’s novels have all been set in Kansas. “I love Kansas,” she says. “We’re a lot more interesting than people think. Using Kansas in my novels is easy. We have everything – big cities, small towns, rolling hills, rich farmland, culture, history, odd locations (look up “The Garden of Eden” in Lucas, Kansas!) and a friendly hometown feeling. “We also enjoy all four seasons. This allows me to set my stories in different weather conditions. Winter is my favorite season. Throw lots of snow in a story and your plot can suddenly go in an interesting direction.”

Nancy lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson.

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For Whom The Wedding Bell Tolls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
browningpgc More than 1 year ago
It's a delight to be back in Winter Break, Kansas, population 600. Plans for a town library are moving along. At Ruby's Redbird Café the burgers are still "heaven on a bun." Protagonist Ivy Towers has found her dream home, a charming old Victorian overlooking the lake. He bookstore is doing well. Best of all, she is engaged to marry Deputy Sheriff Amos Parker. The only fly in the ointment is Dela Shackleford, a pushy newcomer from Dodge City who usurps Ivy's plans for a simple wedding. Dela hopes to ingratiate herself with the locals by turning Ivy's wedding into an extravaganza. When Dela turns up dead, done in by one of her own wedding props, suspicion falls, albeit lightly, on Ivy. Muddying the waters are a series of small bank robberies, a flurry of anonymous phone tips about the murder, a stray border collie that keeps prowling the perimeter of Ivy's place, a missing bracelet, and Ivy's extra set of keys, also missing. Strangest of all, someone seems to be stealing huckleberry jam out of Ivy's basement. Winter Break may be just a wide spot in the road but there's plenty going on. Ivy has strict instructions from her fiancé and Sheriff Hitchens not to play Sherlock Holmes but they might as well tell her to stop breathing. She's so attuned to the people around her that she pieces small, apparently unrelated things together to trap the killer. Mehl knows her small town and its characters well, and writes with humor and understanding. Ivy's philosophy is "Nothing so broken that God can't mend it." In this novel, she has more than one opportunity to test that philosophy. Mehl includes Ruby Bird's secret recipe for the Redbird Burger. At first glance, it reads like death on a plate. However, Ruby's burgers are a pound each. Maybe if you cut the recipe way down . Pat Browning, author of Absinthe of Malice