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Review of The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern

Nikki Stern’s The Wedding Crasher has a heroine who reminds me of a hawk. She hovers endlessly and the book takes place over several years, but then all at once she swoops down and catches her prey. Because of the long time frame, the book’s pace is relatively leisurely, but there is enough action and intrigue to carry the story over the years it plays out. I don’t mind when mysteries create a sense of unreasonable speed in justice – for example having lab results return overnight instead of in weeks which is more realistic – but I can see why Ms. Stern might have chosen to be more realistic about the slow arm of the law.

I got the feeling this was a book that was part of a series, or at least that the characters had a history. Sheriff Tate and the FBI agent seem to have feelings for each other – or do they? The romance could have been better developed, since their feelings came off as tepid at best. It wasn’t clear what was even holding them together since there seemed to be no chemistry between them. Perhaps there is a former book in the series that explains their affair where they seem better suited to each other.

There is a trope about mystery novels that stipulates the murderer is always the one you least expect. You can see why this might be the case – it’s because the author wants to keep the reader guessing until the end. On the other hand, sometimes the trope steps into the realm of implausibility because the murderer is someone totally unlikely. I did feel like the solution in The Wedding Crasher was far-fetched, which made it less satisfying. I guess I’d prefer more predictability, because I would still have to read to find out if I’m right.

I liked The Wedding Crasher. It was a good read and I found myself itching to return to it when I had to stop due to real life interference. That’s no small feat in a book. Overall, I give it four stars, subtracting one for the minor issues discussed above. They are minor issues, because the book is eminently readable and enjoyable. Don’t hesitate to pick up your copy today!

The Wedding Crasher

by Nikki Stern

on Tour June 1-30, 2019

The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern


A brunette in a bridal gown turns up in Pickett County, Tennessee, throat slit and ring finger missing. She’s the latest victim of the Wedding Crasher, a serial killer who murders women just weeks before their weddings.

Samantha Tate is Picket County’s yoga-loving, poker-playing new sheriff, a former Nashville homicide detective who struggles with her inner demons. To catch the meticulous murderer, Sam will have to follow her instincts and ignore her worst impulses. Can she stop the Wedding Crasher before another bride-to-be dies?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Ruthenia Press
Publication Date: May 8, 2019
Number of Pages: 340
ISBN: 978-0-9995487-3-8
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

The dead woman lay in the clearing like a macabre version of Sleeping Beauty. She was dressed in a long-sleeved, high-necked ivory gown, set off by luminescent pearl drop earrings and a matching necklace that almost hid the dried blood around her throat. Her head rested on a satin pillow, her silky walnut hair spread behind her like a fan. The right hand held a bouquet of wilted flowers and rested on her chest underneath the left, absent the fourth finger. The ring finger.

Sheriff Sam Tate stood to one side of the grim tableau, arms folded, and took it all in: the victim; the tall white-haired man who knelt by the body; the deputy who walked the scene in throwaway boots, snapping pictures; the pale young man in running gear sitting on a rock, head almost to his knees; the uniformed officer who squatted beside him.

Sam had dressed in her standard uniform of pressed black slacks and a spotless white shirt. A shaft of early-morning sun bounced off the polished badge at her left breast pocket. On her right wrist, she wore a utilitarian watch. Three small studs twinkled along one earlobe, her single visible concession to a rebellious streak. She’d pulled her unruly dark locks into a tight braid. Ray-Bans shielded her green eyes, though not the line that formed between her brows.

One of the victim’s low-heeled white pumps had dropped off to reveal a slim ankle in hosiery. Stockings, not pantyhose, held up by an old-fashioned garter. Sam didn’t need to look.

He’s back, she thought, adding a curse for good measure.


Excerpt from The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern. Copyright 2019 by Nikki Stern. Reproduced with permission from Nikki Stern. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:

Nikki Stern

Nikki Stern is the author of the inspirational HOPE IN SMALL DOSES, a 2015 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist, and the thriller THE FORMER ASSASSIN, a 2018 Kindle Book Review category finalist. Her essays are included in three anthologies and she co-authored the interactive Café Noir murder mystery series, published by Samuel French. Eight of her short stories have been published in various online journals and she was a Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch finalist for her short story “Long Away and Far Ago.” Nikki is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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    I know what you mean by real life interrupting our reading time, which is why I haven’t started reading this book yet, but hope to real soon.

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