This is a whodunit written in a truly "English" manner-quite dry actually. It reminds me of the English Soap operas on Channel 13 (or BBC) my Mom used to love watching-and still does if they are being aired. I found it difficult at times to try and keep everything straight-but then-that is what this book ultimately wanted!
I can almost guarantee you will not guess who murdered Kelly Evans, a teenage girl who was truly not very nice as is slowly revealed throughout the novel--and you will not find out until the last few pages of the book! Haddley, a quiet English village is rife with busybodies and generally obnoxious woman--like any very small town where there is very little to do. And like any small town everyone or most everyone has a secret they are trying to keep hidden. I almost felt sorry for the police as they tried to unravel the mystery of who killed Kelly Evans. As an aside they were also trying to figure out an old unsolved murder. It seemed that every time they questioned someone facts were omitted which ultimately were revealed by the person who had hidden them to begin with.
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A Love Affair... A Secret... A Murder...
Haddley, a quiet English village in the Midlands. Kelly Evans -- a sixteen year old girl -- is brutally murdered. Her body is discovered by a neighbour, and the police are called in to investigate. Kelly was young and beautiful, and her untimely death comes as a shock to all who knew her … or does it really?
The dark side of Kelly’s personality soon comes to light. She was ruthless and promiscuous, and stopped at nothing to get what she wanted, even if it meant wrecking other people’s lives. She made quite a few enemies, and among close friends and neighbours are some who might have had a very good reason for wanting to get rid of
The investigation takes a new and unexpected turn when a locket goes missing, and a connection is made with the twenty-year-old murder of a wartime movie star. As the police search the past for answers and gradually piece the mystery together, the respectable veneer starts cracking exposing a web of jealousy, sexual intrigue and deceit.
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"The real gem of this particular novel is the excellent characters that have been created and each one of them you will know in your own life. The insight of how these people think and react to each other is first class. A true reflection of life in suburbia." - Beck Valley Books
"If you are looking for a book full of twists and turns, then you need to check out The Bridesmaid: A Mystery. It will keep you guessing until the end. It is full of surprises. You think you know who is guilty one moment, and the next you think it is someone else. In fact, you will probably find yourself thinking that each character is guilty at some point in the book." - Kelli R. Guilbeau
"I just couldn't put this book down. I felt hooked into the story from the first page. I really liked that most of the characters in the book had a reason for why they could have been the killer but that there wasn't one that was an outright frontrunner. I was left guessing to the end." - taken from Amazon.com
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