Daily Review: Murder at the Wedding by M. A. Comley
November 3, 2019
An intriguing whodunnit that was thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.
Private investigator, Ruth Morgan, detests weddings, but when her best friend is about to get hitched, she finds it impossible to turn down the invitation.
A beautiful wedding, until the final kiss when the festivities turn sinister. The venue is now a murder scene.
Ruth quickly becomes frustrated by the fact the local inspector in charge of the case proves to be hopeless at her job. Therefore, it’s down to Ruth to use her intrepid skills to find the murderer.
The more she digs, the more she learns about the victim and the web of lies he has spun over the years.
Ruth uncovers an extensive list of suspects, all of whom have a legitimate motive for wanting the victim dead.
But who is the murderer, and will Ruth solve the case before the inept local police?
This is the first novel in the Carmel Cove Cozy Mystery series.
By Linda S. Prather
A long-time M. A. Comley fan, I wasn’t sure about the switch to cozy from thriller, but she proved once again–a great story is a great story regardless of genre.
Ruth Morgan for me was one of those characters I wasn’t sure I was going to like. Much like Kim Stone in the Angela Marson’s crime thrillers who grew on me.
It doesn’t take long to realize that Ruth’s sometimes brass way of putting things and thinking is a delightful part of her personality.
And above all–Ruth is the best friend a girl could have. She hates weddings and she detests the groom but she isn’t going to let her best friend down by not attending the wedding of the year in Carmel Cove.
It isn’t long before she realizes she isn’t the only one who doesn’t like the groom, and she’s left to comfort a grieving widow.
Add to that the inept inspector assigned to the case and Ruth has no choice but to jump in and solve this mystery.
An intriguing whodunnit that was thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t wait for the next in the series.
Carmel Cove is a charming place I’d love to visit, and the characters are multi-dimensional and feel like old friends already.
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A wedding. A private investigator named Ruth Morgan who detests weddings, and the groom who winds up murdered soon after the vows are exchanged. Whew – thus begins a brand new series by the hugely talented suspense writer, M.A. Comley, and what a treat it is.
Ruth Morgan, P.I., only attended because it was her best friend’s wedding. She sighs and smiles her way through it, but adrenaline spikes when her grieving friend asks her to investigate how her brand new husband wound up face down with a broken neck.
Ruth is a clever investigator who fast discovers two things: the groom was not well-liked, and the local inspector in charge is bad at her job. Ruth steps in.
There are several suspects, but who among them could have hated the groom enough to kill him? This cozy mystery has a real Agatha Christy feel to it, complete with secrets, back-stabbing, and wonderful characters like Ruth and her likable boyfriend.
This is a fabulous start to the new ‘Carmel Cove Mystery Series,’ with two more coming later this fall. Great news, great new series! Five stars!