Sunday, July 31, 2011
A Wedding to Die For by Heather Haven
There's More to Being Maid of Honor Than Just Planning a Shower...
A Note from Acey to Tugger:
Hey Tugger, how ya doin’? Dusty’s family moved. Ah, well—more mice for me. I hear you don’t get out much. Yeah, Rochelle tries to keep me in when the weather’s bad, but I’ve got my safe spots out back at the auto museum. I tried everything the other night, even the eyes, they predicted storms and she would not budge. Good thing, too. Had a BIG lightning bolt. I jumped up in her lap and she cuddled me. I think it scared her, too. There was a high-pitched wail even louder than the storm. Hurt my ears. I think Tink was hiding under the bed. She’s Rochelle’s other cat.
Well, Tugger. Keep lettin’ Lee and Tio Mateo pamper ya. That’s what bein’ a cat’s all about. Watch this.
“Oh, Acey, what is it?”
“You have foodies.”
“You want a treat? Let’s see… Oh! We have cat nip! There you go. Tink! You want some too? Now where was I? Oh, yes—reviewing Heather Haven’s book.”
A wedding without a groom leaves a lot to be desired. So when the wedding of Lee’s best friend is threatened by the arrest of the groom for murder, thirty-four-year old Lee Alvarez—a combination of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum - heads south of the border in search of the real killer. Not only is this half Latina, half WASP, and 100% detective thrown into the well-organized world of plundered Mesoamerican relics, but she finds herself eating the best tasting tamales ever.
With the help of the rest of the Alvarez Family, Never-Had-A-Bad-Hair-Day blueblood mother, Lila Hamilton Alvarez, brother and computer genius, Richard; favorite uncle, “Tío” Mateo; and Tugger, her energetic orange and white cat, Lee stumbles across the man of her dreams. But is he too good to be true? Probably. She tries to follow her own sage advice, ‘when Cupid’s wings start flapping, take cover.’ Good luck to her.
A Wedding To Die For is the second novel in a series of humorous murder mysteries involving the Alvarez Family, owners of Silicon Valley’s successful Discretionary Inquiries.
There’s more to being maid of honor than just planning the bridal shower. First you have to prove the groom is innocent of murder. Somehow, nothing is ever normal or easy for Lee Alvarez.
After reading Murder is a Family Business, I couldn’t wait to read A Wedding to Die For, and I was not disappointed. Ms. Haven has created a wonderful ensemble cast in the Alvarez Family Murder mysteries. Liana (Lee) Alvarez is smart and funny. The book is well-paced, building the tension from the first page to the last, as she and her family stalk the killer and almost become the next victims. If you have not read either of Ms. Haven’s books, please do so. I highly recommend both. Below is the buy link for A Wedding to Die For.