The first Elizabeth MacPherson novel. A mystery but very funny.
this is the first book of this series and I am ready to read more!
If you love history and especially all things Scottish you'll love this series and all the quirky characters - it also has a mystery within a mystery that makes you want to read the next one.
First book I've read by Sharyn Mccrumb and I didn't know how well I'd like her story, but it was well written, witty, fast read and kept my attention. I'll be getting more of this author.
Great book--McCrumb is a born storyteller.
Eileen Chandler, of the very eccentric Georgia Chanlers, is all set to be married. Unfortunately nobody much likes the groom; they fear he's out to snare her $200,000 inheritance and take advantage of Eileen's delicate mental state. With her sensible cousin Elizabeth MacPherson on hand for the festivities, Eileen hopes to have a friend in her corner for support. Before joyous wedding bells can chime, though, murder makes an uninvited appearance. And no one in the strange wedding party is above suspicion.
Eccentric, twisty Southern style murder.
This is one you'll want to read in one sitting! Great "whodunit" mystery for its time.
**Another bride, another groom, another lazy afternoon...of murder
The first Elizabeth MacPherson mystery
Book Description: "The book that started it all for Edgar Award winner Sharyn McCrumb's widely acclaimed series featuring amateur sleuth Elizabeth MacPherson.
When delicate Eileen Chandler is set to marry, her family fears the man is a fortune hunter. Thank goodness, Eileen's cousin Elizabeth MacPherson comes early for support. Unfortunately, Elizabeth also has some detecting to do, as a dead body is found, and none of the wedding party is above suspicion...."
"A good deal of suspense...McCrumb writes with a sharp-pointed pen."
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Keeps you guessing until the end, where it becomes a little jumbled. Should have seen it coming, but....
One in the Elizabeth MacPherson series.
I'll start positive: I really admire and enjoy McCrumb's Ballad books, with Nora Bonesteel. I feel they have excellent atmosphere, sense of place and characterization, and the mysteries they depict develop in subtle, unexpected ways.
None of which apply to this tedious little book. The novel is completely tone-deaf. There is nothing remotely funny about a mentally ill young woman who is murdered on the eve of her wedding. But McCrumb treats the young woman's desperate determination to escape her toxic family, and convince herself that she actually is even slightly lovable by hitching up with a self-centered clot as simply hilarious, even after the young woman is found with her head bashed in, floating Ophelia-like in a pond on the family's estate. The dynamic of the family is unbelievable. Elizabeth McPherson is no detective -- just an occasional narrative voice who is rather over-impressed with her own wit and "good sense."
Eileen Chandler, of the very eccentric Georgia Chandlers, is all set to be married. Unfortunately, nobody much likes the groom; they fear he's out to snare her $200,000 inheritance and take advantage of Eileen's delicate mental state. With her sensible cousin Elizabeth MacPherson on hand for the festivities, Eileen hopes to have a friend in her corner for support. Before joyous wedding bells can chime, though, murder makes an uninvited appearance. And no one in the strange wedding party is above suspicion. But who would want to silence such sacred vows before they werre spoken" With clever cousin Elizabeth taking an active interest, something fascinating is bound to surface.