Murder on the Bride's Side
By Tracy Kiely
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312537579, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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Drawing from the classic Sense and Sensibility, Tracy Kiely continues the adventures of Elizabeth Parker, the likable Austen-quoting sleuth, in this witty and charming series.
Elizabeth Parker suspected that fulfilling her duties as maid-of-honor for her best friend, Bridget, was going to be murder. And no sooner is the last grain of rice thrown than she finds herself staring into the dead eyes of Bridget’s Aunt Roni, a woman whose death is almost as universally celebrated as Bridget’s nuptials. The horror only increases when Harry, Bridget’s cousin, becomes the chief suspect. The idea is ludicrous to the family, because Harry is one of the kindest, most compassionate people imaginable. To complicate matters, Elizabeth’s boyfriend, Peter, appears to be falling for an old flame, a gorgeous wedding planner. Determined to clear Harry of the crime, reign in Bridget’s impulsive brand of sleuthing, and figure out where Peter’s heart lies, Elizabeth sets her mind to work.
Tracy Kiely has again brilliantly combined the wit and spunk of Austen’s protagonists with a contemporary, traditional mystery. With a vibrant cast of characters, the lush setting of a Virginia estate, and irresistible humor, she delivers on all counts.
Tracy Kiely graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in English. She lives with her husband and three children in Severna Park, Maryland.
"Kiely's characters are instantly appealing, plucky Elizabeth chief among them....Fun throughout, and ultimately moving, 'Murder on the Bride's Side' places Kiely in the first rank of cozy-mystery writers. And any author who can credibly quote Jane Austen and Daffy Duck in the same novel possesses a rich imagination that cries out for being put to use many more times."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "A delicious cocktail of death, deceit and romance, all wrapped up in a big bouquet of laugh-out-loud dialogue."--Jane Austen Regency World
The social stratum known as old Richmond, complete with old blood and old money, can be viewed with reverence or disdain, but it takes an especially talented novelist to portray it fairly--and particularly in a mystery.That's what Maryland writer Tracy Kiely does in "Murder on the Bride's Side," her second novel featuring Elizabeth Parker, a fact-checker for a local Virginia newspaper. And unlike its predecessor, the Cape Cod-set "Murder at Longbourn," this one is placed firmly in Richmond.Elizabeth has come to Richmond to be maid of honor to a close friend, Bridget Matthews. The Matthews family estate, Barton Landing, overlooks the James River and is presided over by matriarch (and imperious busybody) Elsie Matthews, Bridget's grandmother. Gathered for the wedding are Elsie's three children and their families:•Oldest son Avery is recovering from a stroke and is considering selling the family landscaping business. Abetting him in the latter is his harridan of a second wife, Roni. Avery