Suzanne Hart didn’t see this one coming. Yes, Suzanne knows that sweet, goofy Emily Hargraves has been dating her ex-husband, Max. Suzanne even helped the romance along, but Suzanne is unprepared when Emily asks her to be the maid of honor in her wedding–which will take place in just a few days. Suzanne wants to say no, especially after she learns that Max’s best friend, who was the best man at her wedding to Max–and who made a scene at the reception–will be Max’s best man yet again. No, she just can’t do it! But Emily is so sweet and she assures Suzanne that Max is on board with this too. Suzanne finally agrees.
This wedding sets Suzanne to brooding. She has been dating Jake longer than Emily and Max have been a couple, yet Jake has not shown any interest in a nuptial event. If anything, he seems to be pulling away. Suzanne is not aching for another marriage–in fact she kind of likes living with her mother–but she wants Jake to stay in her life. She’ll have to have a serious talk with him when he comes back to town for Emily and Max’s wedding.
But suddenly that wedding is in doubt. Jude Williams, a not terribly nice ex-boyfriend of Emily’s, has been murdered. Emily met with him the night he was killed, and Max’s best man shows evidence of having been in a fight. Did someone in the wedding party murder Jude? Once Suzanne begins to investigate she finds a lot of people with a grudge against Jude–the aunt who raised him, the father of one of his previous girlfriends, a married woman with whom he had an affair, her husband. With so many suspects, Suzanne turns to her friend Grace and their old friend, George Martin (now the mayor of April Springs) for assistance, and readers follow this threesome as they consider motives, check alibis, and narrow their list of suspects.
This is the eleventh novel in the Donut Shop Mysteries series. Like the earlier books in the series, it includes tasty recipes for donuts and other breakfast fare.
Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.