Item description for The Wedding Caper (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries #1) by Janice A. Thompson...
Overview When a $25,000 night deposit mysteriously disappears from the Clark County Savings and Loan, Annie Peterson has reason to be concerned and to assume the role of amateur sleuth. Her husband's job at the bank makes him a potential suspect, but knowing him to be a godly man, she can't imagine it. Then again, there is that matter of the weddings to factor in. Twin daughters Brandi and Candy have just received proposals and two weddings are pending. Sure, Warren occasionally jokes about robbing the bank to pay for the ceremonies, but Annie knows him better than that. . .doesn't she?
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher Barbour Publishing Company
Series Bridal Mayhem Mystery
Series Number 1
ISBN 1597895245 ISBN13 9781597895248
Availability 0 units.
More About Janice A. Thompson
Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and native Texan. An experienced wedding coordinator herself, Thompson brings alive in her books the everyday drama and humor of getting married. She is the author of Fools Rush In and lives in Texas.
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...a fun, feel good who-dun-it in a town where nothing is too scary or disturbing and everyone needs love and understanding. Sep 27, 2007
$25,000 is missing from Clark County Savings and Loan where Annie Peterson's husband Warren is a banker. Annie is a devoted wife, a menopausal woman, and a helpful mother of twin girls who are both engaged to be married. And not necessarily in that order.
The small town of Clarksborough, just outside of Philadelphia, has never seen a crime like this. Their biggest excitement is the Get Out to Vote rally coming up, catered by Judy Blevins, a struggling single mother of troubled teenagers. Could Judy's son Jake really have stolen the money from the night deposit box? The electricity had strangely gone out just as Judy made the deposit. Was Judy in on the heist?
But the most disturbing thought nagging Annie, is that her seemingly dedicated husband has just presented her with $25,000 in cash to fund their daughters' weddings. He offered no explanation as to where it came from. And she didn't ask. Annie is the type of wife who doesn't interject herself into the financial aspects of their life. She has always trusted Warren completely to take care of all that. But now she can't help but wonder where that money came from. Has the pressure of the weddings and the furtive desires of their beloved daughters gotten to Warren? Could he have cracked and committed such a terrible crime? He certainly had opportunity. Annie plunges in, determined to vindicate her husband, while more and more evidence points in his direction.
Now an empty nester, Annie is entering menopause and has been feeling somewhat purposeless. She finds adventure at [...], and signs up to take their online course. Her online daily devotional flows nicely into the lessons she learns about crime sleuthing, as she stretches to seek God and the truth simultaneously. She and her mischievous dachshund, Sasha, secretly suspect everyone around them. No one is off the hook
Her fear that her husband could be a criminal is humorous, but also why she feels compelled to solve this crime. If only to vindicate him in her mind. Annie is like Erma Bombeck and Laura Holt all rolled into one suburban housewife. As Annie proclaims, "Now me, I avoid gossip like the plague. Always have. I mean, I'll occasionally chat with Sheila about this little thing or that - but most of our conversations revolve around prayer requests for the needs of others - like Mary Lou Conner's failed marriage or Betty Sue Anderson's good-for-nothing son who can't seem to stay out of the local jail." We get the joke.
Annie is very much caught in a time warp of female helplessness, and she's learning about her purpose in life and her potential as a woman. She continuously describes the few dollars she spent on the online course as "Warren's money", and she is repeatedly apologetic that she dared to spend it on such a frivolous thing.
The pace slows in the middle with her spiritual musing. Her dear friend Judy Blevins is dying of cancer, and Judy's husband, who works with Warren at the bank is distraught and pulling away from his church and friends. Annie struggles to tend to her friend in her sickness, her daughters who are full of exciting projects Mom can do to help make their weddings wonderful, the crime she still hasn't solved, and her domestic duties.
Annie learns to listen to God as well as her gut, as the culprit becomes clearer and clearer. She also learns that no one in Clarksborough is as bad as she originally sees them. They all have problems and need the love of God, which she learns to give them.
The dry humorous antics of Annie and her dog Sasha had me chuckling out loud, no small feat for me. Annie doesn't take herself too seriously, although she does see her mission as one of divine purpose. The Wedding Caper is the first book of Barbour's new line of cozy mysteries (and Book #1 in the Bridal Mayhem Mystery series). It's a fun, feel good who-dun-it in a town where nothing is too scary or disturbing and everyone needs love and understanding.
--Reviewed by Carol Kurtz for TitleTrakk
Super-sleuthing, Wife Style Jul 29, 2007
Janice A. Thompson has written a cozy mystery, The Wedding Caper, that presents readers with a slightly off-kilter ameuter sleuth. Annie Peterson has stumbled onto clues that point to her husband as the thief in a recent robbery of the Clark County Savings and Loan. Her clues? Warren has motive and opportunity - their twin daughters are both getting married soon, and Warren and Annie need money, thus the motive, and Warren works at the bank, thus the opportunity. Could the Christian man Annie has been married to for the past twenty-seven years be guilty of such a felony? Annie sets about trying to stack up the clues so they point to someone, anyone else. The facts seem to be destined to stack up their own way and point directly to her husband. But then the case becomes even more clouded. Other suspects find their way to Annie's list. Janice places us in the mind of Annie when she writes the story in first person. We hurt for Annie as she tries desperately to rule out her husband. We laugh at Annie when she tries to hone her sleuthing skills over the Internet. We root for Annie to win the day and solve the crime in such a way that she will prove, without a doubt, that her husband is innocent of the crime. If you like a light mystery versus heavy, dark ones, you'll enjoy The Wedding Caper by Janice Thompson.
Pretty bland... Jul 26, 2007
The Wedding Caper grabbed my attention from the first page. But from there it wavered. The premise is great and original- Annie's two daughters are getting married and her husband shows up one day with an envelope with $25,000 cash!! to pay for the weddings. Annie begins to suspect her husband of being a bank robber (rather a burglar- the correct term for that crime, as she later learns in her investigative skills lessons). This mystery, at least the suspecting of the husband shouldn't have lasted very long. In a healthy relationship, the spouse would have/should have confronted the other right away- asking where'd all this come from? And then the story could have moved on to Annie finding the real culprit, but she goes on suspecting her husband for most of the book!
The mystery itself, though not entirely predictable, is very tame. There's not much excitement or real suspense. The characters are unique and loveable but the mystery is the main plot so there's not much else going on. I did like Ms. Thompson's overall writing style but the story itself is only okay. I liked how she linked Annie's investigative skills lessons (an internet course she enrolls in to help her solve the crime) and her daily devotions. But other than that there's not much else to note. Though, Annie's dog Sasha, who is quite a handful (apparently she begins to suffer from separation anxiety (?!) when Annie's off clue-gathering) was a fun addition- reminded me of my own mischief-maker dog.
whatever May 12, 2007
The actions of the main character are unbelieveable but became the basis for the book. Several chapters too long. An "OK" read.
Great Way to Spend an Afternoon or Evening Feb 5, 2007
Janice Thompson has brought an appealing new character to the cozy mystery scene. Annie Peterson is Everywoman (at one time or another) and following Annie and her friends through the intricacies of a robbery (her husband is a suspect), two weddings (both daughters marrying within months of each other), and Annie's determination to get through a 'how-to' detective course provide continual occasions for laughter and enjoyment, while Annie's honest faith walk touches all of us where we live. Kudos to Thompson! She had me totally confused as to "whodunit" and provided a satisfying ending. I'll look forward to book 2 in the series.