Title: Footprints in the Sand
Author: Mary Jane Clark
Review: : I love Amish books and my husband started this book and then handed it to me to read instead. The Amish story line turned out to be pretty weak and didn’t really add much to this story at all. I found this book silly, really silly and not something I would usually choose to read. I have read ‘Cozy’ books in the past and enjoyed them….but not my favorite genre. A good gritty mystery is more my pace. That said I have to say that if this was my first ‘cozy’ it would be my last.
The story was OK, but the way the mystery was solved was ridiculous. The killer took too many risks assuming he wouldn’t get caught and he made major mistakes. I was surprised that it took Piper so long to figure it out…the whole, ‘I think I know something and yet I can’t put it all together,’ Got old real fast.
The ending was laughable and I only give the book 3 stars because it was a nice story without sex and gore. Many people out there like Cozy Mysteries, but for my taste the silly antics and laugh out loud mistakes need to stop. Death is happening around you and yet, Hey lets party! Really…in what world is that OK?
If you like these types of mystery then go for it…..but if you are like me stick with the darker side of life and read a real mystery.
Publisher: Expected publication: January 8th 2013 by William Morrow
Quick Review: 3 stars out of 5
Why did I read this title: Sent from the publisher for review.
Synopsis: New York Times Bestselling Author
Plans for a romantic beach wedding are threatened when a bridesmaid goes missing and it falls to Piper Donovan to save the day in the third installment of Mary Jane Clark's enthralling Wedding Cake Mystery series
"Mary Jane Clark is a master at whipping up delicious nightmares for mystery fans…"-Associated Press
It's the dead of winter and struggling actress and wedding cake decorator Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in warm and romantic Sarasota, Florida, enjoying the powdery white beaches, soothing seas, and golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. She and her family are there to celebrate her beloved cousin's wedding. Not only is Piper creating the sugar sand dollar-festooned wedding cake, she's also the maid of honor.
But a cloud seems to hover over the whole affair. Shortly after a bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a kindly neighbor's car is run off the road and a prospective witness, an innocent Amish teenager, is threatened to keep silent. Then a body is found on the wedding beach. With the nuptials threatened, it falls to Piper to unmask a killer. Could it be the wedding planner with something to hide? A doctor and his wife who collect unusual Japanese figurines? The best man, an ex-drug dealer with lecherous eyes and roving hands? What about her cousin's future stepfather-or even the bridegroom himself?
As Piper gets close to figuring out who's been covering his guilty footprints in the sand, the cunning killer has already set his sights on Piper as his next victim!
Author Biography: Mary Jane Clark is the author of thirteen novels, including 12 in the KEY News media thriller series, and one in her new Wedding Cake mystery series. A veteran writer and producer for CBS News, Clark worked for almost three decades at the network’s New York City headquarters. Her books are published in twenty-three languages. She lives in New Jersey and Florida.
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