Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: January 2005
The murder of a particularly difficult mother-of-the-bride has cast a pall on wedding planner Annabelle Archer's latest triumph — and suspicion falls heavily on her sometime-business partner and friend Richard Gerard. Annabelle knows that even her trusted wedding emergency kit won't be able to salvage their careers if she and Richard can't find the real culprit.
It's no easy task since the slain matron was perhaps the most hated socialite in D.C., but Annabelle navigates through the city's colorful wedding industry and powerful social scene on the deadly trail of a killer. Always the bridal consultant and never the bride, she's seen her fair share of bouquet tosses. But there's no telling what surprises a ruthless killer will throw her way if she gets too close.
One word... Depends®.
Now that that little matter is mentioned I can continue on my merry way.
" I just hope the MOB is happy".
Goodness, Laura Durham is friggin' hilarious... or she is related to Lucille Ball. Either way Better Off Wed is a rip-roaring adventure. Yep, this chick knows her comedy like Joan Rivers knows plastic surgery & the Don knows hair pieces. Yeah, Laura is gifted w/ comedic timing & she knows where to deliver it in a book.
Better Off Wed was given as gifts to anyone who wanted a good read. Which isn't always easy to find in a world filled w/ books w/ not much going on. Which is totally not eco cool.
Memo! Please stop wasting paper on drivel!
Better Off Wed is a tumultuous expedition in hilarity.
Laura Durham is a real-life wedding planner who held nothing back penning Better Off Wed.
Annabelle is charming, amusing & a sheer delight. Annabelle did not come from a ream of one dimensional amateur sleuths. Nope. Not even close. Annabelle owns "Wedding Belles" ~ love the name ~ & this is where the comedy & murder sprouts.
Annabelle's friend Richard is wickedly uproarious! In a nutshell... strap on some Depends®!!!
I was laughing so hard I thought I was losing it... okay, losing more of it.
Durham does an excellent job pointing the finger @ everyone... but pulls the ultimate illusion making the culprit a surprise. Applause & a bouquet of a medium-bodied cabernet sauvignon for that delectable feat.
Durham's Better Off Wed won the 2005 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Not surprised! Read it & see for yourself.
The characters are quirky ~ from Kate to yummy Detective Reese. Whoa! It's getting hot in here. Spicy! He's enough to make you want to hop an Amtrak to DC.
The twists & turns keep you turning pages. It's a fast read & when you reach the last page you want to immediately grab For Better or Hearse Annabelle's 2nd wedding adventure.
Oh, you better just order To Love and To Perish to round out the screaming romp you'll be having & the men in the white coats can be eco-friendly & make one trip = Q!
Check out Laura @ http://www.lauradurham.com/! This way she can get to stepping on updating it ; ].
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