Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cut To The Corpse - Lucy Lawrence

Cut To The Corpse
A Decoupage Mystery
Lucy Lawrence
Berkley Prime Crime


In tiny Morse Point, nothing stays secret for long. Everyone knows when sweet rich-girl Tara Montgomery gets engaged to local mechanic Jake Haywood. Most people thought her parents would try to put a stop to it, but they seem willing to allow their daughter to make her youthful mistakes and even call this a ‘starter marriage.’ One person who’s obviously unhappy about the union is Jake’s best friend, Clue Parker. He seems to harbor a serious dislike for Tara.

Brenna Miller gets involved when Tara invites Brenna and her boss Tenley to go along on her bachelorette party. Tara’s mom just ordered a large number of wedding favors from the Tenley’s shop, so, in the interest of customer relations, the two women agree. The younger girls, many of them used to the Boston nightlife, seem alternately raucous and bored. No one is bored when Brenna arrives at Tara’s place the next morning to find the bride-to-be in bed with Clue. That’s bad enough; even worse, Clue is dead and Tara is holding the bloody knife. Tara claims not to remember what happened the night before. She seems genuinely horrified at her situation, and Brenna decides to help find out what really happened.

I admit, I’m not much interested in decoupage, even though the projects described in the book sound fairly simple and attractive. The craft is really just part of the background here, so you don’t have to be a fan to enjoy the mystery. Tara and Jake are depicted as a young couple who are truly in love; it’s hard not to root for things to turn out well for them. Brenna’s involvement seems reasonable, and there are plenty of out-of-town suspects to make things quite interesting. This is the second installment (STUCK ON MURDER) in what’s shaping up to be a very solid series.

Rating: 7
April 2010
ISBN# 978-0-425-23389-4 (paperback)


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