Ever since she found her husband in bed with another woman and the divorce judge awarded the unfaithful skunk alimony, former executive Helen Hawthorne has been on the run, taking only dead-end, cash-only jobs to keep her ex away from her few remaining assets. Her recent unorthodox employment history has shown her how quickly new hopes can tarnish…especially when you're as prone to stumbling over crime as Helen seems to be.
What few romantic illusions Helen has left get tossed away faster than a wedding bouquet when she goes to work at Millicent's Bridal Salon. The arrival of wealthy, obnoxious mother-of-the-bride Kiki Shenrad is enough to put the final nail in the coffin of anyone's dreams of happily-ever-after. Kiki isn't about to get anyone's vote for Best Supporting Actress in her daughter's wedding. In fact, she only takes time off from outrageous public displays of affection with her buff chauffeur to make cruel jibes at her future son-in-law and to upstage her daughter at every opportunity. When Kiki turns up dead at the wedding, the only genuine tears are those of relief. But, despite an entire wedding party full of people with personal gripes against the victim, it's Helen who becomes the prime suspect: Her fingerprints are all over the bridal gown that serves as the murder weapon. Trying to clear her name -- while carting around 40-pound dresses, untangling headpieces, and reviving fathers who've just realized their daughter's gown will cost more than their own midlife-crisis sports cars -- Helen is soon in as much danger from the killer as she is from the police.
Funny, wry, and smoothly written, this amusing caper ofers mystery fans plenty of entertainment…and more twists and turns than those on the path to any dead-end job. Sue Stone