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July 23, 2023

Mother of the Bride Murder by Leslie Meier ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Lucy's daughter Elizabeth is getting married in France and Lucy wants to the whole family to attend. Unfortunately, her husband says a mistake was made with their taxes and he owes back taxes. Toby and his family are trying to live sustainably off the land in Alaska and there's not a lot of extra money for a trip. But when Lucy finds a lottery ticket in her husband's truck she goes from grousing at her husband for gambling to praising him because the ticket own $30,000. Surely this is a sign that everything is going to be perfect for the wedding.

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book cover of cozy mystery Mother of the Bride Murder by Leslie Meier
April 2023; Kensington Cozies; 978-1496733764
audio, ebook, print (288 pages)p; cozy mystery

I've only read one book in the Lucy Stone series, plus a short story that was in a collection with a Joanne Fluke story. As this book takes place in France, I don't think it is necessary to have read previous books in the series as it is mostly Lucy's family and everyone is a stranger to them as well.

I like that Lucy is an older woman with a family. That is rare among the cozy mysteries I read. 

I'm not sure if it is just this book, but I didn't think Lucy was so much a sleuth. She asked a few questions, but I felt the mystery just solved itself. Yes, Lucy was involved but more in a meddling way and not because she realized that it was directly connected to the mystery.

For the most part, I like Lucy though I think she could use a bit more self-confidence. 

If you are a fan of the Lucy Stone series, then you will be happy with this book. The focus is largely on Lucy's family. There is a dead body, but the mystery is bigger than finding who killed the girl.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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