I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. This was my first book by Ruth Moose but it will not be my last. I wish I had read the book before this in the Dixie Dew mystery series but I did pretty good at figuring out most of the local characters. This had a lot of twists and turns. I really liked Beth McKenzie and Scott. I love the small town setting of Littleboro, N.C. I could not figure out who did what and I really like that. I received a copy of this book from Minotaur Books for a fair and honest opinion.
Beth McKenzie, owner of the Dixie Dew Bed and Breakfast, is enjoying an exciting affair with her new love, Scott. Meanwhile, the town of Littleboro, North Carolina is abuzz with gossip about Crazy Reba’s upcoming nuptials. Most brides go crazy at some point, but Littleboro’s resident homeless lady has had a head start: she’s beloved, indulged, and most of all, eccentric. But at almost 60 or thereabouts her marriage seems a little peculiar. Sure, she’s sporting a diamond big enough to choke a horse, but no one can tell if it’s real, or just a Cracker Jack prize she pilfered from a yard sale.Crazy Reba’s wedding plans go confirmedly awry when the bride-to-be is arrested for her fiance’s murder. Beth, determined to clear Reba’s name, gets in over her head when a lady wrestler who threatened to kill her books a room at the Dixie Dew, and Robert Redford, her neighbor’s white rabbit, disappears.Then Littleboro’s First Annual Green Bean Festival gets up and running, a famous food writer becomes deathly ill, and Beth must battle through madcap mayhem to apprehend the culprit and save the day.”Wedding Bell Blues “is Ruth Moose’s sequel to her winning debut, featuring her colorful array of characters and more laughs and hilarity.”
RUTH MOOSE is the 2013 winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. She’s published three collections of short stories and six collections of poetry. She was on the Creative Writing faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for fifteen years and received the Chapman Award for teaching. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.