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Wedding Duress
A Southern Sewing Circle Mystery #10
Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Berkley Prime Crime
April 7, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-425-25786-9
Mystery /Cozy / Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


The big day is coming for Tori Sinclair and her fiancé, Milo Wentworth. They are to be married in just days and there are a lot of details to tend to. There's dissent amongst the ranks of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle, however, after Leona makes some terribly mean comments about Rose - and she does it on her TV show. Will the bridesmaids be able to mend things before the wedding? What else could go wrong?

Well, for starters, there is a murder. A nanny who has moved to Sweet Briar from England was pushed down a flight of stairs. It is deemed an accident, just a fall, but there are indications that she was killed, although the police aren't investigating. Then, Leona falls and breaks her hip, and with no one else speaking to her, it's up to Tori to make sure she has a caretaker, and try to reunite her with the others, including her twin sister Margaret Louise.

Naturally, Tori can't let a murderer go free, and with the help of Margaret Louise, she starts her own investigation. Will she be able to stitch together the clues in time to solve the killing before her big day?

With an interesting array of clues, and a twisty path to follow, "Wedding Duress," kept me riveted and reading chapter after chapter. As usual with this series, I didn't want the book to end, but ultimately the conclusion was satisfying, and I can't wait for the next installment.

There is something inherently welcoming about Sweet Briar and the lovely ladies of the sewing circle. The characters are believable and warm, yet just quirky enough to keep things lively. If you love a good southern mystery, featuring charm, romance, humor, friendship, siblings and yes, murder, you won't want to miss Wedding Duress.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Deadly Notions #4
Dangerous Alterations
Reap What You Sew #6
Let It Sew #7
Remnants of Murder #8
Taken In #9
Wedding Duress #10
Needle and Dread #11


Reviewed 2015