When a childhood friend of Abby's from Denver finds herself short one bridesmaid, it doesn't take a professional psychic to see the opportunity for a much-needed getaway. But one bridesmaid after the next is mysteriously flying the coop, and Abby's intuition tells her their final destination isn't pretty. With the wedding party falling apart and her gift of sight never quite so foggy, Abby has to save the date - and herself - from becoming the next taffeta-clad target.
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This series is rapidly becoming my comfort listening series. Likable and funny characters, promised happy ending, and cozy mystery make this series a sure thing. When I don't want to read anything stressful and would like to have a BGM book, this series is perfect.
In this volume the killer is pretty obvious halfway through the book. But the ending part was still gripping and I very much enjoyed it.
I have enjoyed the series very much until this book . I do not like that Abby slept with
Duffy, I do not believe that anyone in love would sleep with someone days after a breakup
and I cannot believe Dutch (or any man or woman) would just basically say don't worry about it when told. I also can't believe Dutch did not know or get the phone number(FBI ?)
The book starts out with Abby and Dutch preparing for Valentine's Day, (well Abby was, apparently not Dutch), and their trip together to Colorado for Abby's friend Elle's wedding. Abby appears to be having some trouble during a reading with miscommunication with her client, and she should have known better! This sets the stage for the rest of the book, and it ain't pretty people! I don't think there have ever been this many tears and laughter rolled into one book until now.
As Abby prepares for Dutch's arrival, she cooks (and I use that term loosely!) a steak and potatoes dinner and gathers up all the wonderful gifts she bought for him. Dutch arrives, and being the gentlemen he is, he refrains from outright laughter and cruelty that he could unleash onto Abby about the horrific meal she has prepared. Now I realize that their are certain times of the month, or year, that when moons, planets, stars, whatever, don't line up just right or do, that they cause havoc, especially for psychics, but my god, you can't blame what Dutch did next on any of that but just being plane ol' dumb guy! Abby gives him multiple gifts for Valentines Day, all very thoughtful and expensive, like a watch and a cashmere sweater. What does Dutch give her, you ask? A cell phone.
I need not say anything else...
After the nightmare of a Valentines dinner, Abby has noticed something off about Dutch for a while now, but hasn't been able to put her finger on it until JUST NOW. This prompts a heated discussion that ultimately ends their relationship. She orders Dutch to get the hell out and cries on Dave's (her ex-handy man, now business partner) shoulder. Dave is successful in talking Abby into going to her friends wedding to get some distance from the situation with Dutch and clear her head.
In Colorado, Abby is taken back in time to when she was a little girl. Her friend Elle couldn't be more happy to see her, especially after one of her bridesmaids running off after an ex and leaving her short a bridesmaid.....good thing Abby came! As Elle figures out where to put Abby up during her stay, we are introduced to a hilarious family! Well, the only real funny one is Aunt Vivian! This old lady was a riot! She was old, yes, but not crazy, or senile. She just had no filter, it was great! So this is who Abby got to stay with, haha! She loved it though, 'cause she was the only one who took the time to talk to her like a normal person and not like she needed to be committed. Then there was Duffy, Elle's big brother....oh ya! Of course, he's a hottie and single ; ) It doesn't take Abby and Duffy long to "reunite." Elle's parents, Nina and Jimmy (who were more loving and understanding than Abby's own parents!), have still remained to be nice, caring folk and welcome Abby in with open arms....awww.
Speaking of parents.....to jump off the plot for just a moment, Abby's parents end up coming for the wedding also! No thanks to Cat, Abby's sister!! Cat is really pissing me off now! Abby's parents are douche bags! And that's being kind! They are selfish, manipulative and shallow. They make Cat and Abby call them Claire and Sam instead of mom and dad, for Pete's sake! Since they were kids! Then when all hell breaks loose, Claire is overheard telling another guest by Cat that she thinks Abby isn't really her and that the nurse brought her the wrong baby from the nursery! This hag is a piece of work!
On to the plot! So Abby gets involved in trying to solve the whodunnit with sheriff yummy cakes, Duffy, oh did I forget to mention that part? Focus...yes, bridesmaids are slowly disappearing, and the evidence is pointing it's bony, creepy finger at none other than Elle's fiance, Eddy!! Everyone starts hatin' on Abby for being the one who instigates the "looking into" of Eddy's whereabouts at the time of the disappearances which causes Elle serious stress and jeopardizes the wedding plans. Boy, Abby really knows how to crash a party! Speaking of party....remember when Aunt Viv told the whole bridal party about how Duffy was "working his swimmer's out" on Abby? LOL!
At this point if you're asking yourself, "What happens with Dutch and Abby?", "Do they get back together, or does Abby think about moving to Colorado to see where this "thing" with Duffy goes?", "Do Abby and Duffy find out what has been happening to the bridesmaids?", "Is Eddy really, in fact, a "bad guy?", "Is there a damn wedding or not?!", and "Was Abby really switched at birth?", then you're hooked, and you have no choice but to get this book now! It is awesome, funny, scary, and heart warming. Enjoy : )
Narrator Review: Elizabeth Michaels returns as the reader for this series. She continues to do a good job with the characters. I'm glad that, with each new set of characters we are introduced to, Elizabeth doesn't feel the need to re-invent herself by changing voices and/or "acting" the scenes out because she is doing a wonderful job, as she has been thus far.
I am an INFP & an empath.I love mysteries&thrillers.I really enjoy psychic investigative novel.Kay Hooper is one of my faves.
I always like her voice though others complain. She sounds upbeat.
Yes I got angry at Abby's character in this book. She was over the top ( like with the presents at V-day), she was sulky, bratty, and to top matters off she was disloyal to Dutch. I found it interesting that it took Abby & Dutch forever to get physical but it happens in about 2 days in this book. It made me look at Abb's differently but then again we all make mistakes and are subject to acting "human".
I really like this series because it always makes you laugh out loud! Abby is constantly getting into trouble, even when she is trying to avoid it. For this genre, this is one of my favorite series.
The beginning opens up with Abby facing her own death. It was surprising because the book was just beginning, so how could she die already?! Then you realize she is seeing it with her psychic eye. She knows what lies ahead, but not sure what choice to make to change her path.
I'm not sure if I recall if I have listened to her before or not.
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Uh oh- this could be the death of me.
The premise of the story was so unbelievable. The narrator read the story as if it were about a picnic in the park instead of a multiple murder. I always make myself finish a book just to see if it all comes together in the end, but unfortunately this one did not.
If I recommended this book, or this series, I would not recommend the audio. Although the story is well crafted and fairly interesting, it just doesn't translate into the spoken word. The reader's monotone voice and pacing don't lend any reality to the performance. I found myself frequently thinking "nobody would use that phrase" or "noone would ever sound like that under the circumstances." It was annoying because the performance actually got in the way of the story. I've read some of this series and it was much more enjoyable to read silently.
None stood out particularly. I like Dutch from previous stories, so although he's not much of a presence in this book, I still like him. Abby is never quite believable to me.
I didn't like anything about it. She brought no life to the story, her pacing was static and boring,and her voice was very monotone. There was never any doubt she was 'reading" and not even attempting to "act" the various parts. I guess I've been spoiled by so many wonderful readers who bring each character to life. I will definately avoid any books read by her in the future.
This author crafted a clever mystery with lots of action and characters, but the characters never became "real". They didn't talk like real people and certainly didn't act believably. Why was Abby always able to convince the Sheriff that she should allow herself to be put into danger against his better judgement? And why did the doctor begin to act like a criminal even though he was guilty of nothing? The idea of a psychic is interesting, but it needs more fleshing out, in my opinion. But for a light read, it's fine.
The plot line is fairly interesting, and it's well narrated. On the other hand, the dialog is corny and fake sounding, and the author makes repeated use of imagery that makes no sense. For example, when the psychic lead character senses that something sounds wrong, her 'left side feels thick and heavy'. But when a statement sounds true, her 'right side feels light and airy'. Now, I'm not psychic, but I do have both a left and right side, and I can't grasp the what the author seems to be shooting for.
I'm also not real keen on how the narrator always lowers her voice to indicate a male is speaking. Its like a male narrator going into a Monty Python falsetto every time a female speaks.
All in all, a completely forgettable, but mostly harmless book.
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