Everyone knows that planning the perfect wedding can be murder, but when an aspiring domestic diva marries a rich businessman in a lavish, bridal extravaganza, nobody expects the bridesmaids to start dropping like flies. While originally honored to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her old college friend, Peyton Cross, Bailey Weggins had had enough by the time the wedding rolled around and her friend turned into the temperamental bride from hell.
Now, months later, when she is contacted by someone from the wedding party, Bailey isn't too keen on renewing the acquaintance. Some things are better left in the past. However, even Bailey can't resist the lure of yet another murder, especially when it concerns freak accidents involving two of her fellow bridesmaids.
As a contributing writer for Gloss magazine, Bailey, whose articles frequently focus on crime, is hot on the trail of a breaking story, and yet again it's a tale of murder. The only problem is that she could be the next victim.
When everyone gathered for the high society Cross-Slavin wedding weekend months ago, they never dreamt that they would be reuniting for funerals. The bridesmaids seem to be acutely accident-prone and it's beginning to look like more than just a coincidence. A third "accident" results in rumors of a Peyton Cross Curse and Bailey springs into action to save her friend's business and her own neck.
Close calls come one after another as Bailey begins to investigate, and it doesn't take long for her to start looking over her shoulder and proceeding with caution as the culprit gets testy when she closes in on the truth. However, even an attack by a stranger in an empty apartment and a close call when her jeep is run off the road are not enough to keep Bailey from pressing forward. She doesn't know who to trust, and her closest friend is her black and white composition book containing her notes regarding an ever-growing list of suspects.
In the midst of murder and mayhem, Bailey is also struggling to maintain her on-again, off-again relationship with psychiatrist Jack Herlihy. However, when Jack begins to analyze Bailey, she bristles and we're left waiting to see if Bailey and Jack can keep it together.
Kate White, who also is the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, wows us with her third Bailey Weggins novel. (The previous books were IF LOOKS COULD KILL and A BODY TO DIE FOR.) As always, White draws us in with an interesting premise for her story, hooking us from the first chapter and keeping us guessing as to whom the culprit is up to the very last page.
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 23, 2011