Simply the Best by Mary P. Karnes
Grace Mc Kenna is a spunky, beautiful wedding planner in exclusive Santa Barbara, California. She's always wanted to expand her business and score the big society weddings. Grace's big break comes when her part-time employee, Kelly Delany, is tapped to be Maid of Honor at the Santa Barbara society wedding of the year. But Kelly is not the model Maid of Honor, and is caught by Grace in a compromising position with the groom at the rehearsal dinner. The situation goes from naughty to deadly when Kelly's body is found in Grace's office. Suspect number one is the bridegroom, Blaine Calloway. But he has an ironclad alibi. If the murderer is not Blaine, then maybe it's Caitlyn Malloy, Grace's full time employee. Caitlyn does NOT have an alibi, and the dead Kelly was also sleeping with HER boyfriend. The cops think Caitlyn is the killer and arrest her. Grace can't believe her friend is the murderer, and bails her out. She even asks Caitlyn to move in with her until Caitlyn is cleared. This complicates Grace's relationship with her cop ex-husband, Jack. Grace is still desperately in love with hunky Jack, and he with her. But not even for their 11-year-old daughter, Belle, will Grace take Jack back; for Jack did the unforgivable. He cheated on her. Now, Jack is none too pleased his family is sheltering a murder suspect. Grace decides she's going to solve this murder, help Caitlyn, get Jack off her back, and save her business. Grace's hunt takes her all through Southern California, from the darling resort town of Ojai, to the wine country of the Central Coast. Shocking details surface about the Mother of the Bride, and the Father of the Groom, and their relationship as teens. When Grace is abducted and roughed up, she knows she's on the right track. But is the cost too great? Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's 'Goldy Schultz' series and Janet Evanovitch's 'Stephanie Plum' series will enjoy.