Murder on the Bride's Side

A Mystery

Elizabeth Parker Mysteries (Volume 2)

Tracy Kiely

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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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.

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CHAPTER 1
It is bad luck to be superstitious.
—ANDREW W. MATHIS
“A DEATH IS COMING,” Elsie remarked blandly, glancing upward.
I followed her gaze and saw three seagulls gliding on crisp September air. My left temple throbbed slightly at this news. Not, ironically, out of any fear that her prediction would come true, but rather at the explosive effect it might have on the people with me. Elsie is a sophisticated, educated woman, but she has a propensity for fortune-telling that would try the most patient of souls. The year I turned twelve, she told me that I would grow

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"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

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Tracy Kiely

Tracy Kiely graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in English. She lives with her husband and three children in Severna Park, Maryland.

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Murder on the Bride's Side
A Mystery
Tracy Kiely

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
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ISBN: 9781429938723
ISBN10: 1429938722
304 pages
$3.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312537579
ISBN10: 0312537573
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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