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Weddings Can Be Murder

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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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Christa
Nov 01, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksfree-com
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
Corrine
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
Paige  Bookdragon
Review will follow as soon as I stopped laughing my ass off with this book.
Nan
Jul 12, 2010 Nan rated it did not like it  ·  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
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Angela
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.
Jane Stewart
Nice story, but I had a couple problems with it. He’s an unsympathetic jerk and too many cliffhanger scene interruptions.

STORY BRIEF:
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
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Laura
Jul 20, 2010 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
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
May 21, 2014 Debbie Oxier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Honeypie
Jun 23, 2014 Honeypie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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Liesbeth
Jun 02, 2014 Liesbeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Min
May 10, 2017 Min rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, tbr-romance
I had to stop reading because the "hero" used q***r as a slur. Twice. Checked the publication date to see if the book was very old. Nope 2008.

Will have to be wary of this author from now on.
Aoibheann { ⊱Aoibh Reads⊰ }
Review originally posted on Aoibh Reads



Rating: 3 Stars!


Summary:

Katie Ray is suffering from pre-wedding nerves but when she accidentally flushes her $8,000 ring down the toilet, she begins to wonder if it was an accident after all.

Wedding planner Tabitha Jones suspects she knows who is responsible for the disappearance/murder of some of her brides. She rings PI Carl Hades for help to investigate her suspicions.

Soon, Carl and Katie are locked in a room together in Tabitha's house, following the
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Kimberly
Recommended Read

My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/revie...


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
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Lissa
Sep 23, 2013 Lissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fresh-fiction
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
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Pam
Jun 14, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mandy
Jan 25, 2013 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dianne
Jun 16, 2012 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Daphne
Dec 02, 2015 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weddings can be murder is another enjoyable read by Christie Craig for me. I always loved how the author injects humor into the story and it somehow seems perfect for the settings in the story. Katie Ray, a soon-to-bride has jitters which left her pouring her guts out like literally and flushing her very expensive proposal ring from her fiance, and from her interaction with her best friend, Les. We as the reader will somehow guess that it’s the wrong guy for her. When Katie Ray heads over to her ...more
Bookaholics
Oct 08, 2008 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  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 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 kille
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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
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Maggie Preston
This was my first Craig book. I was a bit conflicted about the start of the story. I'm pretty die-hard when it comes to romance. Certain rules apply and the first is the H/H can't be involved with someone else when they make their moves on each other. They're unsympathetic to me, and frankly, cheaters shouldn't come out ahead. So I initially didn't like Joe, Katie or Carl for these reasons. In fact I almost tossed the book because of that. It's not romantic to make a move on another person when ...more
Bet Lantaff
Mar 06, 2010 Bet Lantaff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Caroline
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
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Debbie Saraceni
May 22, 2014 Debbie Saraceni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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MommySnarksALot
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
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P Karr
Sep 05, 2014 P Karr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Jessi
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
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Tina
So so good!! I've come to expect the perfect escape when reading a Christie Craig Novel. Her books are well written, action packed, suspenseful, super funny, steamy, angsty with a very good amount of sweet romance. Most importantly her stories pull me in and make me care about her characters.

In this book we have a two very likable main characters Katie our heroine and Carl our Hero. Both are a bit damaged by past events in their lives but these things only make them more lovable. We also get the
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Alice
Jul 27, 2010 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the Spenser for Hire series you will like this. The PI did remind me of Robert Parker's Spenser. The novel is sans a Susan Siverman and a Hawk though.

The story starts with a bride, Katie, having cold feet for her upcoming wedding. She's not sure if she's really sorry for flushing her engagement ring down the toilet at the beginning of the story.

At an appointment with her wedding planner; there is a murder and Katie was the intended victim. We the readers find that there have been a
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