Author: Ruth Moose
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is enjoying an exciting affair with her new love, Scott. Meanwhile, the town of Littleboro, North Carolina is abuzz with gossip about Crazy Reba’s upcoming nuptials. Most brides go crazy at some point, but Littleboro’s resident homeless lady has had a head start: she’s beloved, indulged, and most of all, eccentric. But at almost 60—or thereabouts—her marriage seems a little peculiar. Sure, she’s sporting a diamond big enough to choke a horse, but no one can tell if it’s real, or just a Cracker Jack prize she pilfered from a yard sale.
Crazy Reba’s wedding plans go confirmedly awry when the bride-to-be is arrested for her fiancé’s murder. Beth, determined to clear Reba’s name, gets in over her head when a lady wrestler who threatened to kill her books a room at the Dixie Dew, and Robert Redford, her neighbor’s white rabbit, disappears.
Then Littleboro’s First Annual Green Bean Festival gets up and running, a famous food writer becomes deathly ill, and Beth must battle through madcap mayhem to apprehend the culprit and save the day.
Wedding Bell Blues is Ruth Moose’s sequel to her winning debut, featuring her colorful array of characters and more laughs and hilarity.
Review: This mystery is engaging and filled with small town humor. The second in the series, Beth Mackenzie seem’s to constantly be deluged with bodies. Yep, dead people. She runs into them at truck stops and in her own B&B, the Dixie Dew. She’s got to stop doing that or else Ollie, the chief of police, is going to get even angrier with her. He left a job in a big city to work in a town where nothing ever happened, and Beth is ruining that for him!
I enjoyed the banter and even more, the southern craziness. Even though it’s a little much for me, I think that a lot of readers would enjoy the down home fun. There are enough zany neighbors and odd things happening to delight any reader, and the Green Bean festival is second to none in the inanity it delivers.
If you really enjoy small town, bucolic settings and a lot of Southern crazy, this is the mystery for you! It’s hard to figure out what’s going on until the very end–it’ll certainly keep you reading! Thanks