Murder of the Bride

Murder of the Bride

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by C. S. Challinor
     
 

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Scottish Barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen have traveled to Aston-on-Trent in Derbyshire, England to attend the wedding ceremony of one of Helen’s former students. The dreary gray skies and bickering families underscore Rex’s private reservations about the unlikely couple’s long-term prospects. But when people connected to the

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Scottish Barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen have traveled to Aston-on-Trent in Derbyshire, England to attend the wedding ceremony of one of Helen’s former students. The dreary gray skies and bickering families underscore Rex’s private reservations about the unlikely couple’s long-term prospects. But when people connected to the ill-fated wedding start falling faster than the gloomy May rain, Rex must determine who among the sniping wedding guests is the killer in this traditional locked-room mystery. Murder of the Bride is book 5 in the Rex Graves Mystery series.

Praise:
“A winner . . . A must for cozy fans.”—BOOKLIST, starred review

“A welcome diversion from today’s style of writing . . . The writing is crisp and the story fast-paced.”—BELLAONLINE

“Skillfully choreographed.”—WASHINGTON POST

“Contemporary in setting but classic in style and voice, it’ll have you guessing to the very end. Four stars.”—RT BOOK REVIEWS

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Challinor’s disappointing fifth Rex Graves mystery (after 2011’s Murder on the Moor) takes the Scottish barrister and his fiancée, Helen d’Arcy, to Aston-on-Trent in Derbyshire, for the wedding of Timmy Thorpe and the pregnant Polly Newcombe, Helen’s former student. Arsenic in the cake soon fells the bride and some of her guests, a valuable snuffbox collection is stolen, and Polly’s flirtatious aunt takes a dive off a parapet. With the blessing of the police, Rex investigates individuals who stand to benefit from deaths in the bride and groom’s families and who might have held grudges. Questions include the paternity of Polly’s baby, the dubious activities of Timmy’s brother, and the mysterious disappearance of Polly’s father years before. An awkward beginning with clunky conversations, situations that challenge the willing suspension of disbelief, and a late-breaking, unconvincing twist without proper foreshadowing will leave some readers feeling cheated. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This May wedding brings showers and corpses. Luckily, guests Rex Graves and his fiancée, Helen, are there to trap the killer in the Scottish barrister's fifth entry (after Murder on the Moor).
Kirkus Reviews
Why wouldn't your wedding day be one of the happiest of your life? Because it's your last. Amateur sleuth and Scottish barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen are attending the nuptials of her former student in Derbyshire. The weather is miserable, the bride is heavily pregnant and the family members are bickering. Polly Newcombe is a wild child. Her groom, accountant Timmy Thorpe, is a sickly momma's boy whose fraternal twin is a womanizer who neglects his wife and children. The reception is at the family home of Newcombe Court, a showcase for an amazing combination of architectural styles, where Polly and her mother still live after the disappearance of her father years before. When the bride, her mother and the vicar all suffer what appears to be a bad case of food poisoning, leaving Polly's baby the only survivor, Rex is suspicious. Having prosecuted a case of arsenic poisoning once before, he recognizes the symptoms. The police are glad to have help from Rex, especially when a valuable collection of snuff boxes is stolen and Polly's paternal aunt is found dead, pushed off the tower. Identifying still another corpse found at the train station as the missing Mr. Newcombe strongly suggests that someone has a grudge against the family. Rex must work through a large number of suspects in a limited time if he and Helen are to get on with their planned hiking trip.

Rex's fifth case (Murder on the Moor, 2011, etc.) is a derivative but pleasant classic English mystery.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738723358
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/08/2012
Series:
A Rex Graves Mystery Series, #5
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
329,274
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

C.S. Challinor (Florida) was educated in England and Scotland, and has traveled extensively. Her short stories have been published in women’s magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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