Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Weddings as a cozy theme

Hi, Duffy Brown here.
I’m working on Wedding Day and Foul Play but this is not the first time that a wedding has played a theme in my cozy mysteries. There is Killer in Crinolines. 
I’m not a fan of flamboyant weddings so killing someone off there as fun.Killer in Crinolinesis set in Savannah and centers around a murder at a big old Southern style wedding with everyone dressed in GWTW period costumes. You know that old saying always the bridesmaid never the bride, well Reagan Summerside, the female sleuth in Killer, has been both. The bride part didn’t take proven by the fact that Reagan caught Hollis, her husband and the hound of Savannah, doing the horizontal hula with Cupcake right there in his office. 
The last wedding Reagan attended she was there to deliver a bowtie from her consignment shop to the groom as he misplaced his.  The good part of that wedding was that the cake was delicious. The deadly part was that the groom wound up dead in five tiers of icing and fondant, the bad part was that her BFF, Chantilly, the groom’s ex got accused of the murder. 
Chantilly shouldn’t have been at the wedding in the first place of course but she and her UPS truck just sort of wound up there. 
“You shouldn’t be here,” I said to Chantilly as she swiveled round in the driver’s seat of her UPS van. White icing and cake crumbs smeared her lips and a glob of raspberry filling dripped down her chin. A pink butter cream rose stuck to the front of her brown uniform blouse. “Dear God in heaven! You went and ate the wedding cake!”
“One slice,” she mumbled around a mouthful. “Who’s going to miss one little old slice? The freaking thing is five tiers high. It took three Cakery Bakery employees and the owner Delta Longford herself to lug it in. They even made GracieAnn Harlow stand on a ladder to get the bride and groom thing on top.” 
Chantilly held up a chunk of mangled pastry. “This here should be my wedding cake, except for the pink roses. This should be my wedding day, my wedding colors of creamy-peach and blue-morning-rain. Simon is my man. We were engaged! How could he marry someone else!” Chantilly wailed, a tear sliding down her cheek and cutting a path across a white icing smear. 
Hopefully none of the weddings you’ve attended were like this one with the groom dead as Lincoln right there in his own cake. 
So what do you think is the best part of a wedding? The cake? The first dance? The saying I Do? Let me know and I’ll give away two Killer in Crinoline tote bags from the answers.
Hugs, Duffy Brown


Anonymous said...

When is your new book coming out? I need some Reagan and Boone!

GameGal said...

I lOVE both your Cycle Shop & Consignment Shop series! I can't wait for "Wedding Day & Fowl Play"!
My favorite part of the wedding is seeing the groom's face when he sees the bride come down the aisle.

Linda Kish said...

I like the reception. I always enjoy a good party...and there's cake.
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