Lizzie Hart’s crazy love life has been leading up this moment…when she finally gets to marry Blake Morgan. But with their luck, will they make it to ’til death do us part before the wedding even starts?
It’s June in the small town of Liberty, and that means it’s wedding season. Faster than you can say “I do,” the social height of the year turns deadly as a sadistic killer begins targeting couples on what should be their happiest day.
The terror begins as a groom keels over before he can get through his vows. The clever killer frames Bethany McCool, the dead groom’s ex, for the murder. Lizzie knows her friend Bethany is innocent, so she enlists the help of her fiancé, Blake, and sets out to find the real killer. But as the mayhem intensifies, the duo realizes they’re going to have to partner up with the police this time instead of trying to do all the sleuthing on their own.
As if they don’t have enough to do, Lizzie and Blake’s big day is fast approaching, and neither of them can wait to tie the knot. Lizzie’s domineering mother has taken over the planning for the wedding, but even she can’t hold everything together as one by one the florist, the baker, and the caterer start pulling out over safety concerns. With the string of violence threatening to ruin their happily ever after, Lizzie and Blake must rush to find the killer before they become the next victims.
Caroline Fardig is the author of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s Bad Medicine was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
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Blake stops me before I open the door. “I know this is killing you, but it’s just stuff in there. No one was hurt, and that’s all that matters. We can have the place rebuilt, or you can try to sell it as is.” He takes my face in his hands. “There are a lot of memories in this house for me as well. Our first kiss happened in the kitchen. We both saved each other’s lives here. It pains me to see the place ruined, but more importantly I don’t want you to suffer over it. The light I love so much is gone from your eyes, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to get it back. Just tell me what you need me to do.”
For most, their wedding day preparations are strenuous, terrifying, difficult and challenging. But then, on the actual wedding day it is beautiful, mesmerizing and special—especially when they get to say those two words at the end of the alter. When Lizzie Hart and her fiancé, Blake Morgan show up at a friend’s wedding, they are overcome with happiness for the new bride and groom. Except, it doesn’t get that far, because everyone gets deathly sick as the bride makes her way to down the aisle. Since this is right down Lizzie’s alley, the police know that an investigation is coming and they plead with Lizzie to not get involved—but, when her best friend is thrown in jail for the groom’s murder, she can’t just sit idly while she knows that her friend has been framed.
Blake and Lizzie are the perfect couple and their wedding is mere weeks away. They know that if the police do not catch the real killer before then, there is a possibility that things may go terribly wrong. Not wanting anyone else to get hurt, Lizzie and Blake begin their own investigation that takes them all over town, looking at multiple suspects. Friends that they grew up with have suddenly become suspects—and victims. As the next two weddings roll around, the killer does not let up—only gets more violent with their strikes. It is a race for more time when all of the evidence points to people who couldn’t have possibly done anything. This killer thinks that they are smart, but Blake knows that it will only be a matter of time before they are caught. Especially since he has been goading the killer with email responses.
Fardig has fantastic character development; the characters have strong emotional backgrounds and the content seems very credible, the plot while slightly predictable—is still very entertaining, creative and full of mystery. The writing is fast-paced, making the story a quick read, especially since this can be read as a standalone. If you are a reader of mystery and suspense, this may be a perfect read for you.
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