Better Off Wed

Better Off Wed

by Laura Durham

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BN ID: 2940161627242
Publisher: Broadmoor Books
Publication date: 06/24/2017
Series: Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 7,776
File size: 632 KB

About the Author

Weddings are murder. Trust me, I've been a wedding planner for over 20 years and, boy, do I have the stories to prove it! I was inspired to write the Annabelle Archer mystery series because of an overwhelming desire to kill a particularly unpleasant Mother-of-the-Bride, or MOB. Realizing that actually doing the deed would be bad for business, I settled for writing murder instead. The resulting fictionalized expose of the Washington wedding industry has been called "the perfect mixture of mirth and murder" and BETTER OFF WED won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

The real-life antics of my colleagues and clients continue to inspire my writing but I plan fewer weddings now so I can write more books.

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Better Off Wed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were great. The story moved and kept your interest from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick fun read with humorous dialogue. Sometimes a little confusing as to the plot and purpose of their actions but it works out for the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's sense of humor and interesting plot make me want to read more from her. Interesting characters are laugh out loud funny !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the mystery and the humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting heroine and side-kicks. Not sure of their deductions as to who the murderer was, but the journey was entertaining.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character and good understanding of enerythinh, cleaver ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An evening well spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I liked it. Very unique.. she should have gotten at least a date in this story though. Now it is cliffhangers to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series, more fun when you read them in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A comic mystery.... funny and that's about it.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Fun read. When the mother of the bride is murdered at a wedding,the wedding planner decides to investigate. She fears that her first big society wedding will remembered as the most disastrous reception in history. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, I could not figure out what Anabelle thought she would learn in most of her investigative efforts. The suspicions she followed did make sense but sometimes it seemed as if she thought information was going to magically appear or that someone was going to confess just because she was there. Of course this is a cozy mystery where an amateur is expected to stick her nose where it doesn't belong. I loved the main characters. At first I figured Richard was going to be the stereotypical sidekick and clown. He did provide some humorous moments but he showed more sense than anyone else. I still don't know if Kate's malapropisms are intentional or accidental misuse of common sayings. Leatrice, the 80 plus year old neighbor, was a delight and once again managed to miss falling into a stereotype. I look forward to reading more of this delightful series and seeing if a relationship develops between Anabelle the Detective Reese.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
One word... Depends®. Now that that little matter is mentioned I can continue on my merry way. " I just hope the MOB is happy". Goodness, Laura Durham is friggin' hilarious... or she is related to Lucille Ball. Either way Better Off Wed is a rip-roaring adventure. Yep, this chick knows her comedy like Joan Rivers knows plastic surgery & the Don knows hair pieces. Yeah, Laura is gifted w/ comedic timing & she knows where to deliver it in a book. Better Off Wed was given as gifts to anyone who wanted a good read. Which isn't always easy to find in a world filled w/ books w/ not much going on. Which is totally not eco cool. Memo! Please stop wasting paper on drivel! Better Off Wed is a tumultuous expedition in hilarity. Laura Durham is a real-life wedding planner who held nothing back penning Better Off Wed. Annabelle is charming, amusing & a sheer delight. Annabelle did not come from a ream of one dimensional amateur sleuths. Nope. Not even close. Annabelle owns "Wedding Belles" ~ love the name ~ & this is where the comedy & murder sprouts. Annabelle's friend Richard is wickedly uproarious! In a nutshell... strap on some Depends®!!! I was laughing so hard I thought I was losing it... okay, losing more of it. Durham does an excellent job pointing the finger @ everyone... but pulls the ultimate illusion making the culprit a surprise. Applause & a bouquet of a medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon for that delectable feat. Durham's Better Off Wed won the 2005 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Not surprised! Read it & see for yourself. The characters are quirky ~ from Kate to yummy Detective Reese. Whoa! It's getting hot in here. Spicy! He's enough to make you want to hop an Amtrak to DC. The twists & turns keep you turning pages. It's a fast read & when you reach the last page you want to immediately grab For Better or Hearse Annabelle's 2nd wedding adventure. Oh, you better just order To Love and To Perish to round out the screaming romp you'll be having & the men in the white coats can be eco-friendly & make one trip = Q!
Anonymous 9 days ago
1/10/19. Pretty good story and writing. This writer is more literate than her contemporaries although her grammar needs to be improved a bit. Punctuation is good. Only one unrealistic place. The book is clean, funny and entertaining. No foul language. No sex. How in the world does this author's books sell in today's immoral market? I wish this writer well and will support her by purchasing her other books.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good read. I didn't have to wade through pages of steamy sex scenes to read a really entertaining story. Good job!
la_librarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This cozy-type mystery has some good points: it¿s got an interesting hook because the ¿detective¿ is a wedding planner and it's a fast read if you are pulled in enough by the story to not put it down. I unfortunately thought the book was really ho hum.The first major downfalls is the sidekicks - the gay caterer friend who is the textbook drama queen, the friend Kate who messes up every saying (that people do not use in normal conversation today) in a really dumb way, like saying ¿a bird in the hand is worth two bushes¿ instead of ¿a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.¿ Another time Kate says she¿ll ¿hold down the fork¿ instead of ¿hold down the fort.¿ It was really corny and not funny at all.The second flaw is that the major part of the story is Annabelle/Richard/Kate questioning people, almost getting in trouble, and the nosy neighbor showing up trying to play detective too. The sort of love interest is the real detective who, other than being hot, isn¿t that interesting and has no personality. He seems amused at Annabelle but isn¿t that dramatic.I didn't finish the last few chapters because I just didn't care if the killer was caught, I didn't care about Annabelle enough and I'm not sure why, maybe because her friendships all seem superficial. It seems like this story is a cozy mystery but is marketed as a chick-lit type mystery. It would have been way funnier if all the characters were about forty years older and it was marketed as a cozy mystery for older readers. The young women reading this will want juice ¿ hotter stuff going on with the detective, more cutting edge wedding industry fashion, less goofy sayings, less Matlock type detective work.Still all in all I may try one more just to see because others reviewers seem to rave¿
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good story and characters. Leatrice too cute. Laughed out loud at Kate's sayings. Lml
Jebbie74 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thought this was quite a quaint cozy, and I'm always a sucker for caterers/culinary mysteries. I liked the relationship the main character had with everyone, including her drama queen best friend. I'd hunt for more in this series for a quick read.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I just love this trio of sleuths, they’re hilarious! I’m just totally irritated that it ended, and much too soon! A wedding planner, her assistant and the caterer who is also a friend set out to figure out who murdered the bride’s mother at the wedding. All because the police think Richard, the caterer, poisoned the bride’s mother. This was quite entertaining with just a mere hint of romance along with the mystery.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It's Fun, I love it
Anonymous 11 months ago
Quick, fun read. A great witty mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing book. It had me laughing, crying, in short able to experience every emotion while enjoying the book from beginning to end. Durham grabs the reader's attention by using characters whose personality's , a reader can relate to regardless of race, creed, color etc. Looking forward to reading more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing, some humor which keeps the story moving. Loved letrecia so funny and nosy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns with a surprising end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart stopping