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Weddings Can Be Murder

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,764 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Who knew getting married could get you murdered?

What happens when you realize you're about to marry a man you don't love—a man who doesn't love you? 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 dar
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Published (first published May 27th 2008)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
Edyta Kuźma
Now who am I to judge a professional writer? I can only give my own opinion.

Weddings Can Be Murder has a really good story to it. I actually loved it. But...

-At times I wasn't sure what genre it is supposed to be. I was expecting it to be a romantic novel with a dramatic twist, which it is in some kind of ways, but it also includes very erotic details, which in my opinion were not necessary.
At times it felt a bit like reading 50 Shades of Gray again, or watching a cringy horror film with a re
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
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
Cute story of a PI and his detective brother who are looking into a series of murders, including a wedding planner and several of her brides. When the PI starts falling in love with a woman who could be the next victim, things get messy. At the same time, the bride is having second thoughts about the wedding and finds herself no longer in love with her betrothed.

The book was highly predictable and probably would have been a lot better if the bride and her fiancée stayed together and an uncomfor
P S Karr
Katie Ray has been left alone when her family is killed in a car crash. She is still coming to terms with it. Her fiancé Joe is very loving and supportive but it has been a while since they got it on. Katie blames wedding jitters, but is that the only reason? She heads over to her wedding planner’s house for an appointment, and almost witnesses her murder. The killer is still in the house and she gets trapped with a hulking PI in a small windowless room. Katie Ray pukes at the slightest sign of ...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
12 May 2014: $0.00 FREE on Kindle

I read this a long time ago (before I joined GR so no rating), but I remember liking it.
I have to admit I only read this book because I got a kindle this year and spent a few days downloading as many free books as I could find! From the book description I thought this was going to be a murder mystery with some romance, but it was more like a trashy 'Mills & Boon' type romance with a couple of murders thrown in. I'm thinking the author is maybe more comfortable writing romance as the murder part was not well done at all. It felt almost like an afterthought.

I'm also thinking the
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
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
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
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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
As a romance novel, this is not a book I’d typically read. I downloaded it for free on my Nook (thank you, Barnes and Noble!) and one day, while I was indecisive as to what I was going to read, Weddings Can Be Murder sounded pretty good. And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed the book. Here’s a quick recap and my thoughts to follow.

After witnessing the murder of her wedding planner, Katie Ray spends several hours stuck in a storage room with hunky private investigator
I did get very engrossed in the book. And wanted to find out what happened next. With this story you get two romances for the price of one. And a little mystery. I would have preferred the ending of the murderer part to be abit longer. One thing I found very annoying was how Katie kept going on about the Ray way. And that Ray's didn't do that. I felt like I wanted to slap her. Anyway if you want an easy read. I suggest the kindle version on amazon. I got my copy free.
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
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
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