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The Wedding Crasher

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  9 reviews
On a beautiful April day, the seasons suspended between spring and summer, a woman in a bridal gown lies under a stand of oak trees, throat slit, ring finger missing. She’s the latest victim of the Wedding Crasher, a meticulous murderer who’s killed five women across three states without leaving a single clue. The last two bodies were found in Pickett County, Tennessee.

Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Ruthenia Press
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I really, really enjoyed The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern and was very happy this is the first in what I hope will be a long, satisfying series about Sam Tate. Stern is a master at telling a complicated story with multiple characters and plot lines across time and having it all make perfect sense and be easy to follow. There is enough detail about every character and event to fully engage you, and just enough left unsaid that you can’t wait for the next installment.

Samantha Tate is the new she
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Wedding Crasher made me miss my commuter train stop twice this past week. The book kept me up and reading way past my bedtime. And author Nikki Stern is now on that very short list of authors whose books I automatically pre-order because I am so certain they will be that good. I’m talking about authors you see featured on amazon, the authors you look for at the airport or—for those of us fortunate enough to have such a thing—a local independent bookstore. With The Wedding Crasher, Stern join ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sam Tate ranks highly in the realm of female detectives, which seems to be a new favorite sub-genre of mine this year. This book is a gripping read that explores how a small town sheriff can blow the case wide open on an unsolved series of brutal murders across the country. There are a ton of red herrings and misdirects, but they are handled in an expert manner. Descriptions of the cast of characters are handled well and details about the murders are done in an tasteful manner. Throughout the st ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read from this author. I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were great and the storyline was good.

Samantha has many layers. I like that she was "damaged". It showed that she was not "perfect" and human. She was relatable. It is because of her past that I believe it helps her with her job. Then there is Terry. He is the love interest to Sam. I like that the storyline was light on the romance. For this story, it works better that the romance was light and not he
Susan Phillips
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As in Ms. Stern’s first novel, The Former Assassin, the plot in The Wedding Crasher is suspenseful, the descriptions vivid, the characters fascinating and the main character is a strong, smart, complicated woman. In this book, it is Samantha Tate, the sheriff of a small town in Tennessee where young women, future brides, are being murdered. Sam Tate not only faces the challenge of having to find the murderer, but has to try to come to terms with her own troubled past. The story is engaging and w ...more
Lezlie Bishop
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Nikki Stern creates one of the most authentic female main characters in Sheriff Sam Tate in her new title, The Wedding Crasher. Accomplished and beautiful? Absolutely! Focused and Resolute? Of course! Mentally and emotionally healthy? Not so much.

Stern demonstrates her well-developed ability to tell a story by weaving relationships among the myriad of characters without once giving away the culprit in this compelling murder mystery. And the unexpected cliff-hanging ending leaves the reade
Jeanne M.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Wedding Crasher is a page turner that will keep you guessing down to the last chapter with its well drawn cast of small town characters and enigmatic female detective, Sam Tate. Stern explores the psychology of the killer without tipping her hand - a difficult balancing act that keeps the suspense going beautifully.
A thoroughly enjoyable summer read!

Milli Haenlein
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The novel THE WEDDING CRASHER by Nikki Stern is an enthralling tale with an unexpected ending. Stern builds her climax with real-life characters, clever word choices and images and a masterful handling of suspense. Sam Tate, Pickett County's Sheriff, is analytical and thorough while implementing her investigation and finding the unlikely villain. This villain is misdirected but clever, is vengeful but accomplished. I highly recommend this fast-paced and addictive mystery. Kudos to you, Nikki Ste ...more
Kathy Kropf
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Apr 21, 2019
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Wedding Crasher is a tightly-plotted page-turner with an original premise that keeps you guessing right up to the end. The central character, Detective Sam Tate, is an engaging character with a darker back-story that only emerges over time. If Nikki Stern continues in this vein Netflix might just find that Sam Tate is a worthy successor to Miss Marple and DCI Jane Tennison... Overall, The Wedding Crasher is a perfect summer read - just don't get sand in your iPad!
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Nikki Stern is the author of several books and has contributed essays to others. Her first novel, THE FORMER ASSASSIN, is a top five category finalist in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards. The book is a suspense thriller about a wife, mother, and ex-assassin whose boss is bent on revenge.

HOPE IN SMALL DOSES is a 2015 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist and a 2017 BookWorks book of the week. The book is