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Released: March 2013
ISBN: 9781301573219
ASIN: B00BTN9NJ6
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LUCIFER'S BRIDE
Author: Stella Whitelaw
Length: Novel
Genre: Mystery
Price: $3.99

A Cornish summer wedding with a deadly twist.

Fiona Kimberley was a spoilt, self-centred young woman, hungry for money and social status. So when she is found murdered on her wedding day - mere minutes after declaring her vows - it comes as no surprise to anyone in the small Cornish town of Porthcudden that there is a lengthy list of suspects. Fiona had alienated many people in her short life, all of whom were present at the wedding, and all of whom had the means, and the motive, to exact revenge on the beautiful bride. From an aged aunt to the best man, the family gardener to the groom's father - all had reason to want the young Fiona dead. The question is, who had the nerve to see it through.

Excerpt
Adele stretched, not wanting to wake up.

“If only it could be an ordinary day, not a day I have to get through,” she said aloud. She willed the weather to be kind and gentle, the one detail she had been unable to plan.

She could smell the sea through the open window. The sea was freedom. When this day was over, she would find her freedom.

Pangs of hunger cramped Adele's starved stomach. She put herself on a strict rotation diet to be willow-slim for today and the thought of the feast of food ahead made her dizzy with longing. It would be too embarrassing if she fainted in church. Fiona would be upset.

Adele was cushioned from any rawness of life in a comfortable pocket of Cornish affluence, wrapped in layers of good taste. She had put everything, spiritually and physically, into the organisation of Fiona's wedding.

All week the Cornish weather had been unreliable and Adele had despaired of the lawn drying off in time for the marquee to be erected. But now the huge tent swamped the grass like a slumbering white elephant, a canvas Gulliver shackled by an array of guy ropes and stakes. When Adele woke, a crystal clear sky heralded a dancing sun.

She had been imprisoned for long enough, she thought wryly, but soon she would be free. For months no one in the Kimberley family had thought or talked of anything else but Fiona's wedding. It was definitely the wedding of the year in Porthcudden; not exactly the entire county of Cornwall but important enough in this corner of the peninsula.

Adele lay back on the pillow for two more minutes of quiet, girding her strength. She knew that once the day began it was going to be tense and fraught, despite all her careful forward planning. So much was last minute, so much depended on other people doing their part. If no one let them down, the whole event should go like clockwork.

What the reviewers are saying
This is a deeply engrossing tale of jealousy and deceit married with (pardon the pun) revenge and murder. Don't let the pretty cover fool you. This one will make your heart race, as all great thrillers should. ~ Heart of Fiction

 

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