In case you’re wondering, this post has nothing to do with either of my kids. It has to do with Susan Rogers Cooper’s mystery, Shotgun Wedding. It came out last year, but I snagged a copy of it back in May when she and I were both Mentors at the Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event. (Try to say that without taking a breath.) Susan Rogers Cooper has written three series and was nominated for an Edgar. This is the latest in Cooper’s Milt Kovak Mystery series.
It’d been a while since I’d read a Sheriff Milt Kovak book, but it was easy to fall back into his world. The series doesn’t have gore or psychos preying on women, but centers instead on a small town sheriff in Oklahoma and the slightly off-kilter townsfolk.
Shotgun Wedding starts off at the wedding of two of Kovak’s deputies. Everybody in town is there to celebrate the nuptials. Everybody, except those busy robbing the local bank. The two deputies head off to their honeymoon at a beautiful Oceanside resort in the Caribbean while Milt sorts through the robbery, a kidnapping and an ex-wife who could be listed in the dictionary under “justifiable homicide.” The two deputies, though, don’t get off easy. They find themselves in the middle of a hurricane in a hotel being overtaken by pirates.
Shotgun Wedding is a fast, fun read. You can go back and read the others in this series, or just pick up this one. If you want a light mystery with multi-dimensional characters and lots going on to keep you reading, then I recommend Shotgun Wedding.
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