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Weddings Can Be Murder

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When her wedding planner is murdered, Katie Ray is forced into close proximity with bad boy PI Carl Hades a and into reconsidering the man with whom she wants to spend the rest of her days.
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Published May 27th 2008 by Love Spell
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I enjoyed Weddings Can Be Murder quite a bit. It is a contemporary romance with some suspense. The heroine, Katie Ray, is a likeable young woman who feels lonely and alone after an accident claims her parents and brother. She struggles to meet the standards that belonged to her high achieving family, trying even harder now that the family expectations are all she has left of them. Carl Hades is a private investigator who shies away from relationships because of events in his past. Both of these...more
There were parts of this book I really bought, like Carl & Katie's affection for one another, but then there were other parts that just annoyed the hell out of me. Subtlety and nuance are seem to not be part of Craig's repertoire, and a little of either one would have gone a long way in this book. Also, the secondary romance was more distracting than anything else, as it hopped from one storyline to the other, and made the overall effect very choppy and hard to follow. C
Jul 12, 2010 Nan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
OMG. I can't believe I actually wasted my time finishing this book.

The set-up for this book had potential, and that may explain why I wasted the time to finish it. It opens with Carl Hades, P.I. and former cop, on the phone with his father. Carl is eating gummy worms, and his dad is beating him up for the fact that Carl hasn't dated anyone in a year. Not since Amy . . . The cheerful bawdiness (his dad tells him that going without sex isn't good for the prostate, and "waxing your own candle" does...more
Wedding Can Be Murder was very enjoyable, for me.

It is a light chick literature with some aspects of suspense because of a murder case.

The love story didn't go around the bush. Although it did took some time to "get their heads on the game", it was alright.

The suspense could have been better. Well, the suspense was satisfactory for me. I guess what sucked a little was the "ending" to the suspense. It was so simple and quick and I wish there could have been more action scenes. Hahaha!

But neverthe...more
Jane Stewart
Nice story, but I had a couple problems with it. He’s an unsympathetic jerk and too many cliffhanger scene interruptions.

Katie is engaged to be married in two weeks, but she doesn’t love him and sort-of-accidentally flushes her engagement ring down the toilet. She visits her wedding planner Tabitha. While there someone shoots Tabitha and chases Katie into a storage room. Earlier that day Tabitha called private detective Carl asking him to come over. Tabitha told him she suspected som...more
So...I thoroughly enjoyed the fact this was a free e-book. Katie Ray is a soon to be married woman working with a rather outrageous wedding coordinator, Tabitha. Carl Hades is a former cop turned PI looking to pick up some more exciting work when Tabitha gives him a call. Apparently someone is killing off Tabitha's brides but the police haven't caught on yet, so Tabitha is calling in a PI to investigate. Katie is planning on introducing her best friend, Les, to her fiance, Joe, during dinner but...more
A free book from Barnes and Noble, and not entirely a waste of time. I've been doing so much heavy reading lately (classics, marriage stuff, the long tail, etc) that it was nice to just read something fluffy and light. I had the same problem as with the other romance novel I recently read, in that if the characters had just TALKED to one another, the relationship stuff would have been resolved in two pages. The subplot about the serial killer was kind of interesting, and the author didn't really...more
Debbie Oxier
Loved this book. Even though it made me laugh out loud at times, there was enough suspense to keep a fan like me entertained. Katie becomes the target of a serial killer who targets brides. Trouble is, her wedding was recently cancelled when she and her groom decided they weren't suited for one another. Sexy private investigator Carl makes it his personal mission to keep Katie safe while trying to track down the killer. While it doesn't help he's extremely attracted to her but doesn't do serious...more
What a crude shallow book!
The whole " who dunnit" plot seems to be a ploy to add some badly written, long drawn out sex scenes.
If it would have focussed on the murder side more, it could have had a tiny bit of potential.
But all that is pushed aside a lot, to focus on the blossoming romances.
The language is repetitive , " a Ray doesn't do this that or the other", so many times!
The end is hasty, maybe even the author got fed up with it.
Weddings can be Murder by Christie Craig is a murder mystery romance.
Katie is planning her wedding to Joe but she isn’t really excited about it. She is having second thoughts but thinks it is just wedding jitters. Her wedding planner, Tabitha Jones isn’t helping. She keeps changing her mind about who to hire and Katie is getting frustrated. She goes to see Tabitha to set the final details. While she is there, Tabitha steps out to talk to someone. Katie doesn’t see who it is but hears a gunshot...more
Debbie Saraceni
Great story that has danger..suspense..and funny too.

What an absolutely entertaining story. It was full of suspense that kept me guessing from the beginning. Katie is a bride who is questioning whether she is in love with Joe enough to go through with the wedding. Carl is a PI who gets a call from a wedding planner who thinks her brides are being murdered and narrowed it down to 4 people who she suspected. The next thing Carl and Katie know is they are caught up in the middle of it all. The che...more
Heather Chiren lucas
Who doesn't love a wedding? The planning can be murderous...and Christine Craig proves that theory! Such a fun loving twist of fate throughout this book. Sadness and death of loved ones can be difficult but when you have a best friend at your side, anything is possible.
I loved this story and how the characters came to life. I wanted to protect sweet Katie, punch Carl for being an ass and shake Les for not being able to see love waiting for her. Oh, let's not forget about the hot, steamy sex!! Wo...more
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I read this a long time ago (before I joined GR so no rating), but I remember liking it.
Oct 08, 2008 Bookaholics rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comedy, chick lit, contemporary romance
Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig

Mass Market Paperback release date May 27, 2008
4 ½ Stars

Weddings Can Be Murders is a genuine contemporary romance story. This is a story of Katie Ray, a woman due to be married to a man she thinks she loves. Her position in this matter changes daily and when she accidentally flushes her wedding ring, she is forced to step back and pay serious consideration to her choices.

While she's busy with wedding arrangements, Katie stumbles onto the path of a kill...more
This book may be called a typical romance by some---but I wouldn't call it that. There are 2 reasons for this, first if this is the authors second published novel like I have heard it was, then it reads like it was from someone who has been publishing for decades. Secondly, there is a rather fresh element to this book. The secondary story gets almost as much book-play as the main story. Two stories for the price of one and nothing is taken away from the main story like some authors tend to do wi...more
Reviewed by Lissa Staley
Posted May 16, 2008

Romance Contemporary | Romance Suspense

At an emergency meeting with her wedding planner, Katie Ray is worried she's getting cold feet, but before she can express her concerns, the doorbell rings. Peeking into the hallway, Katie watches in horror as her wedding planner is shot in cold blood. Carl Hades is a private investigator following up on a disturbing phone call from a potential client with a tip about two missing brides. By the time he arrives, h...more
Bet Lantaff
When accidentally flushing her $8,000 engagement ring down the toilet isn't enough of a sign for Katie Ray to call off the big day, fate gets busy. Will seeing her wedding planner murdered and getting herself locked in the dark with a sexy PI do the trick?
Hired by Houston's elite wedding planner to investigate some missing brides, the last thing bad-boy Carl Hades wants is to be shackled with another man's soon-to-be wife. Especially when the gorgeous redhead stirred emotions he'd avoided for y...more
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My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

It’s two weeks until she marries the perfect man and Katie Ray couldn’t be happier. Or could she? Throwing up every time you think about walking down the aisle just means she’s nervous, right? And flushing her $8,000 engagement ring down the toilet was just an accident, wasn’t it? Neither of those could possibly be a sign the wedding should be called off. But perhaps Katie’s wedding planner bei...more
After witnessing the murder of her wedding planner, Katie Ray spends several hours stuck in a storage room with hunky private investigator, Carl Hades (an Antonio Banderas look-a-like). During this time, they find they have a mutual attraction to each other. But just a few problems: Katie is engaged and Carl is a non-committing womanizer. Once they escape from the storage room, it is discovered that a serial killer is hunting brides-to-be and Katie may be next.

Between two romantic entanglements...more
Okay, so I realise the title should have given this away to me, but I thought this would be a little more mystery and less terrifying hostage situation.

Still, I enjoyed it very much, the tension lightened by the banter between the two main characters and the undeniable chemistry between them. Enough to forget the horror of being hunted down by a serial killer at any rate, which never seemed to worry the main character quite as much as you would expect.
Candice Ellis
Romance and suspenseful

I enjoyed reading this book. The story was well written and the characters were believable and down to earth. There were some funny moments to lighten the mood but nothing that took away from the story development but added to the characters personality. It was interesting to see how the mystery played out and had me changing my mind as I kept reading.
Anais Torres
Best book I've read in a long time!

This book has me up at 3am! It made me late for work. I read it on every lunch break. Carl is so funny and sharp and private detective like. Love the bathroom thing adored him calling her red. And Katie !!! I love a good strong woman who's filled with passion and fire but innocent and lady like!! I loved this book.
Katie Ray is about to get married. Joe is a great guy and she'll finally have some family again after the accident that took her parents and brother. So why is she so nervous that she's throwing up? Maybe a meeting with her wedding planner will calm her down.
But this is the same wedding planner who has contacted private investigator Carl Hades because three of her brides have disappeared. The same wedding planner who is killed while Katie is at her house. Now Katie is locked in a room with no he...more
Debbie West
the plot is good, and I liked the double romance. but the language is extremely vulgar! and way too much pornography! more substance& less fluff please! pornographic sex & foul language do not a good story make! this author couldn't even use different curse words, just the same vulgar f word, which I absolutely abhor! this author needs to grow as a writer, 'cause this story was just lame.
Feb 13, 2009 L. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone who likes humor, romance, and mystery all rolled into one
The characters were solid and inviting. The storyline held my interest. I read it in one sitting. I like the type of book that can take me away from my work and problems and involve me in something totally different. This book did that for me. I didn't want to put it down. There was wit, humor, romance, and mystery all rolled into one. It reminded me of the first few books by Janet Evanovich, yet it had a quality all its own.

The only problem I had was something that was pointed out to me about...more
This was a Freebie!,
Enjoyable fun romantic suspense, good characters especially liked Mr Hades Snr, straight to the point. Story flows well and the characters are written well, I loved Les and Joes slowly developing story, so sweet. I've read a few of this authors books, she does do the comedy/romance well so will be looking out for other titles.
Katie Ray was about to marry a man she didn't love -- and who didn't love her. Even losing her $8,000 engagement ring wasn't enough of a sign to call things off. What did it take? Being locked in the closet with a sexy PI, and being witness to murder. And is she the next bride to be murdered? Really good and entertaining book.
I usually enjoy this author's sense of humor, but this time around parts of it were cringeworthy. The suspense was totally superfluous too, wasting page space where a bit more character development could have been done. Still, the basic premise was good, and the novel whiled away a few hours pleasantly.
I have to say i thought this was very long winded and boring.

I gave up after a quarter of the way through as the plot seemed to stall and standstill. It was all about coping off with another man. Just couldn't keep me interested making me loose interest and found it boring even though i had high hopes at the beginning.
I guess I'm turning into a romantic mystery reader. The combo of the two keeps me turning pages until I find out who is behind the murders and then who gets the girl and if they live happily ever after. This story is well written and there are no dull pages, you get adventure of some sort in each chapter. Well worth the read.
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