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Book Title: Wedding Rows|
The author of the book: Kate Kingsbury
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 484 KB
Date of issue: January 3rd 2006
ISBN 13: 9780425208045
Read full description of the books:This is the penultimate novel in the Manor House series, following “Fire When Ready.” This is not a standalone novel; all the backstory for the characters has been firmly established many books ago and is not summarized here. And it is set at the end of May 1944. The war in Britain has been going on for 5 years and the Allied Invasion of Normandy is rumored to be only days away.
Each of the seven previous books has revolved around three plot lines – two major, one secondary. The two major storylines revolve around a murder and around the relationship between Lady Elizabeth and Major Earl Monroe. The secondary plot line, that of the relationship between Polly (Lady Elizabeth’s assistant) and Sam Cutter (an injured American pilot now back in the States) is finally resolved early in this book and is replaced by a totally different type of plot – a kidnapping.
The murder plot for this novel involves the demise, during a wedding reception, of the boyfriend of one of the bridesmaids. It seems that the dear departed has been arguing with everyone lately, including the bridesmaid, so there is no lack of suspects. Lady Elizabeth feels that the constables have focused on the wrong suspect and sets out to identify the real murderer.
Lady Elizabeth’s brain, by her own acknowledgement, is over-tasked and muddled by her fears for Earl Monroe’s safety in the air. Therefore, she misses clues left and right, particularly one early on, when a character refers to the manner of death when Elizabeth has not yet revealed that information.
But missing those clues is not just because of her fears for Earl. It is also related to the second plot line. Her housekeeper, Sadie, is the third of three ladies to go missing in less than 24 hours. So now, Lady Elizabeth has to sort out two cases simultaneously, a device that Kate Kingsbury has not used in this series previously.
And another device that is not usually in Kingsbury’s repertoire also shows up in that same kidnapping story line – comedy. When Sadie disappears practically under Polly’s nose, Lady Elizabeth mounts a rescue attempt on her own. Now imagine Lady Elizabeth and Polly on the motorcycle, Constable George in the sidecar and it’s after dark during a wartime blackout. Kingsbury uses 16 pages to affect the chase and rescue. It is hilarious to the point of tears, but it is also totally plausible within the culture and conditions of the time.
But Kingsbury employs yet a third device to bring this story home. Kingsbury has only written Earl into the novel physically two or three times. This is a different absence than the one precipitated by events in “Berried Alive.” By limiting his exposure, Kingsbury is setting the stage for what the series has been leading up to for so many entries.
As occurs in many cozies, the heroine solves the crime but at unintended peril to her own health and safety. But what doesn’t occur in many cozies is a cliffhanger, particularly a cliffhanger that has a huge formation of bombers flying across real cliffs.
Read information about the authorKate Kingsbury grew up in London, England, and at a very early age began telling stories to her school friends during the London Blitz of WW II while huddling in bomb shelters. Kate moved to the U.S. in the early sixties, and had passed her 50th birthday when she published her first book. Writing as Doreen Roberts, (her real name) she published 26 romance novels for Harlequin/Silhouette. In 1991 her first Pennyfoot Hotel book was published and since then Kate has written 35 mysteries, including the Manor House mysteries, the Bellehaven House mysteries(written as Rebecca Kent) and the Raven's Nest mysteries, (written as Allison Kingsley.) She has one son, and lives with her husband in the beautiful state of Oregon.
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