The Wedding Crasher
by Nikki Stern
on Tour June 1-30, 2019
A brunette in a bridal gown turns up in Pickett County, Tennessee, throat slit and ring finger missing. She’s the latest victim of the Wedding Crasher, a serial killer who murders women just weeks before their weddings.
Samantha Tate is Picket County’s yoga-loving, poker-playing new sheriff, a former Nashville homicide detective who struggles with her inner demons. To catch the meticulous murderer, Sam will have to follow her instincts and ignore her worst impulses. Can she stop the Wedding Crasher before another bride-to-be dies?
I enjoyed this novel with its good balance of character development and police procedure. I liked Sheriff Sam. She is a flawed heroine, troubled by memories of a multi-murder wedding event she witnessed as a child. Yet she perseveres through a difficult investigation, trying to uncover a serial murderer.
I did not like the way the dreams Sam had were presented. I felt a bit deceived as I read until the account was revealed as a dream. I would have rather had the childhood incident recounted another way, such as an identified flashback, or had the dream sequence identified by italics.
Other than that one area, I liked this novel. Readers who enjoy a strong heroine and a good investigation will like this one. I look forward to reading the next book in this series featuring Sam Tate.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Ruthenia Press
Publication Date: May 8, 2019
Number of Pages: 340
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Nikki Stern is the author of the inspirational HOPE IN SMALL DOSES, a 2015 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist, and the thriller THE FORMER ASSASSIN, a 2018 Kindle Book Review category finalist. Her essays are included in three anthologies and she co-authored the interactive Café Noir murder mystery series, published by Samuel French. Eight of her short stories have been published in various online journals and she was a Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch finalist for her short story “Long Away and Far Ago.” Nikki is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.