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The Bride Wore Dead
by EM Kaplan

A Josie Tucker Mystery

Just days after Josie is the last-minute bridesmaid at a massive Boston Brahmin wedding, the lovely bride dies on her honeymoon at an exclusive Arizona resort. The mother of the bride thinks Josie, with her...unique people skills, can find out what really happened. Josie discovers the dead bride may not have been the first dead girl. And to Josie's horror, the killer has set his sights on her next.

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Truly, a Catholic wedding in Boston was a wonder of the ancient world, Josie thought—one of the things that everyone needed to witness once in her life. The pageantry of velvet robes and incense. The standing, the sitting, and the standing some more. The Latin incantations that reminded Josie of a horror movie—the main source of her knowledge of Latin: The Exorcist and The Omen, parts one and two.

To Josie, the wedding was a big, sweaty blur and she imagined that it had to be even worse for the bride. During the ceremony, a trickle of perspiration had run down the side of the bride Leann’s face. Josie was close enough to see it, even though she was the tenth and last-minute forlorn bridesmaid whose calla lily bouquet had started to droop. Calla lilies, weren’t those traditionally funeral flowers?

Through it all, however, Leann had been smiling and happy. Her lovely blonde hair was piled in ringlets on top of her head and woven with baby’s breath, a masterpiece straight out of the most posh Pinterest boards. Her full veil and long dress—as Josie could have guessed long before seeing them—were perfectly white and layered as was their many-tiered wedding cake. Her dress was low-cut with a snug, beaded bodice that pushed her ample—and probably sweaty—cleavage into two perfectly-formed peach-colored pillows. Leann was a frothy white vision. She was an angel. Beside her, Peter loomed straight and broad, his teal cummerbund smooth and flat across his trim waist. At no time during the rehearsal or wedding had he acknowledged Josie from their previous barroom encounter. Or maybe he just hadn’t recognized her.

The wedding was officiated by a tiny, be-robed old priest who led them in sitting, then standing, then more sitting, then kneeling. The world was blurring into a sweaty teal and lavender mess by the time the old priest had Leann and Peter say their vows. The ceremony progressed, and no one passed out. A success by all accounts.
 

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