Daisies, Deadly Force, and Disastrous Divorce Disputes by J.L. Wilson
Series: Deadly Landscaping (#3)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Source: ebook provided by publisher
Excerpt: Charlie straightened, his deep green eyes perplexed. “I said as much. John said something weird,something like ‘the knowledge of a thing is worth money in the bank.’ I didn’t know what he meant. I was more concerned about his allegations against Janelle. He made it sound like she was sleeping with me—that she got pregnant—in order to force me to get you to change your mind about Grandy’s inheritance and share with John.” He stopped, his mouth thinning into an angry line. “I almost hit him then.”
“I probably would have hit him,” Livvie said. “Long before that.” She regarded Charlie with exasperated affection. “You didn’t answer my question about marriage. Are you and Janelle getting married?”
“I asked her and she said no.”
I exchanged a look with Livvie. “Well, duh,” she said cheerfully. “Obviously she doesn’t want to marry you just because she’s pregnant.”
“I don’t know how to convince her I want to marry her anyway.”
“Do you?” I asked. “Or do you just feel obligated?”
He didn’t answer for a long minute then he looked me straight in the eye. “How do you feel about marrying Sam? Don’t you feel obligated to marry him after that accident last year? How will he get along without you?”
We stared at each other and I saw all my guilt, worry, and insecurity mirrored in his eyes. I loved Charlie and I loved Sam. What was I going to do?
Review: Meet the much-married, by-all-intents-and-purposes dysfunctional and totally fascinating Whittington family. Did I mention they’re also rich as Croesus? Cassie, the only non-Whittington-born member of the clan used to be married to Charlie, but now she’s in love with (or at least sleeping with) Sam Barlow. There’s something fishy between Sam’s ex-wife Sheila and Charlie’s brother John. When both of them end up murdered, almost everyone’s a suspect.
But life goes on, and so does sister Livvie’s wedding to T.J., the day after John’s funeral. It’s a cozy family affair, including Janelle (pregnant with Charlie’s baby but not yet married to him), and sister-in-law Diane and her brood—one of whom, the eldest son Matthew, is regarded as generally creepy.
And two murders, one funeral, and a wedding don’t stop Cassie from making the annual pilgrimage to open up the Whittington summer home (left to her by Charlie’s grandmother, along with fifteen million dollars). The question is, will she live to enjoy her windfall?
This fast-paced whodunit opens with a hot love scene and finishes with the ends neatly tied up—well, almost. Unless a third book is forthcoming, we’ll never know. (Music swells as we fade to black…)
The author does a great job of interweaving the back story throughout the narrative, but I discovered that Foxglove, Fancy Fungus, and Fatal Family Feuds is the book to read first just so you don’t have to sort out details as you tumble through the family’s nutty, non-stop antics.
Check out the books on Amazon for a ‘look inside’ both. You’ll leave with one or both in your Kindle or on the way by mail.