Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shotgun Wedding

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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13 comments:

  1. Thanks for the hearty recommendation. I'm writing my first ever series right now, and I want to make sure that each book "stands alone" enough to be a complete read without having to have read the book(s) before it in the series, yet at the same time be compelling enough to make a reader WANT to go back and read the earlier books in the series. Make sense?


    The Old Silly

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  2. It sounds like a delightful, light summer read. Thanks, Helen.
    Karen

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  3. I love the title of that book!

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  5. Sounds like the perfect book to drop into the summer tote, taking along on the go to the beach, lake, park!

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  6. Intriguing sounding book that I've got to read. Thanks for the review.

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  7. I like a fun read. Pirates on your honeymoon? Well that would certainly make it memorable. I'll have to check it out.

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  8. Sounds like a good book. Almost sorry I came over to read your blog today. Just what I need, another book on my TBR pile. LOL!!

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  9. Every time I take one book off my TBR pile, I seem to add another (or three).

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