Matrimony, Mayhem and Murder
Imagine meeting your future mother-in-law and wondering just who this person is. Imagine learning that she is wearing a diamond necklace that belonged to the Royal Family and was to be returned to Buckingham Place without any fanfare, the necklace is supposed to be on grand display of the royal jewels at Windsor castle and open to the public. But you know that where Nathan and Fiona Quinn are involved nothing is that simple. Rita Landry is Nathans’s mother and is really a secret agent. Two men Orlofsky and Guseva are hunting after her to bet the neck because she is too smart for them. After picking up Rita at the airport, she and Nathan were spending time together and her mother and father arrived with their dogs. This is just the beginning. Then her brother shows up Chad who always managed to embarrass her and he is with someone named Kristin his girlfriend, embarrassing stories told and then things get dicey and dangerous when Kristen asked to leave, Fiona, Mom and dad and the dogs big them farewell and Nathan pick up the tap for dinner and this is just the start. Filled with slapstick scenes, humor and comedy you won’t believe what happens next. Rita claimed she worked for Gerrard her handler at Global Shield. Stating they do government contracts a staff for the Palace and governments related. The place was forced to tell the queen the necklace was missing. ,. The people at the hotel where the necklace might have been might have been involved in a murder. too. Antonia Pavez, the maid, Chad, Fiona’s brother who came to see his girlfriend Kristin at the hotel in the bridal suite, was found dead but why Fenella Bliss whose purse was stolen and Mr. Gupta THE van driver who picked passengers to take to the airport and then Bentley Jessop the security guard who caught the purse thief. Rita was fuming when she heard that Jenna Banister aka Kristin was dead and the necklace she handed off to her was missing. Nathan at the crime scene with another detective who let him work it with him, and the mayhem would begin, the wild chases but first Rita and Fiona have their own sting and you won’t believe what Rita cooked up. Rita is smart but when Fiona shows up at the airport she must think fast. Why does she go along with the plot? Poor Fiona must pretend she’s a serial killer and the air marshal is there to make sure that she does not break free. When they arrive in England things get even more tense and both Rita and Fiona must cover their tracks and do some fancy footwork. The root of the novel is the necklace that does belong to the Queen of England who wants it back but does not want the media to know. Nathan in the meantime is going to talk to the maid to learn more about what might have happened, and he wants to check out her things because she might be involved but how? Cliff and Nathan learn more about the maid and wonder what she is hiding. The air Marshal , Hal Underwood was on the flight and Fiona did a great acting job and Rita well she’s Rita. Chad faces interrogation, put not to worry the Snickers will ease his tension and why was his girlfriend hiding her true identity and what about the maid? We have Jenna who was expecting the maid with extra towels for the bride and groom. She assumed the maid would have taken the voices away. Then Rita gave Jenna the necklace and she was to catch a flight within the hour and the flight Fiona and Rita were on. Just what is the truth and whey was Chad in the Bridal suite? Nathan is sharp and realizes that they are missing something, and they need to check out the maid’s apartment. Nancy belt stressed and was in the SUV trying to learn more about what happened to her son and Fiona? Now Nathan had to consider what to tell Cliff and we learn the truth about Rita, and the fact that she worked with the FBI, CIA and the secret service at one point. What is the story about Global Shield is really an international security firm who works for the government or not? Going over to the towel rack and hoping to find more, according to Chad her and mother not much found. but the e4nd result when all the players are together you won’t believe what happens. Orlofsky, Guseva and Harry Dobbs had learned against the wall and the inspector was looking at threes who three up her hands in surrender . Added in we have the two women who thought it was a movie they were taking part in and then Rita learned about the fake but where was the real one? But Fiona is smart and astute and figures out that there is something missing, and she learns the identity of two people that Rita thought could be trusted? You won’t believe the double cross and the ending is filled with humor and we learn the real reason for her death, and the fact that revenge plays an important part. But will they get those involved? Who is Fenella Bliss, what about Gupta and the Van, what about Gerrard, and of course Jenna? The ending ties it up but not how you think? What happens to the necklace? What about the two Russians? What about Global Shield what the truth about them? Is Harry going to cooperate? Will they ever get it straight and will the wedding take place? What about the flowers you won’t believe the truth about that? What about Rita? What does she decide to do? Overall, the ending is like a game of scrabble where they tiles are on the board and you will not be surprised when they spell out MATRIMONY, MAYHEM and Murder! Fiona is at her best and author Cindy McDonald once again raises the bar.
- Fran Lewis: Just reviews