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TO HAVE AND TO KILL by Mary Jane Clark


by Mary Jane Clark

Pub Date: Dec. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-199554-5
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Clark abandons long-suffering TV newscaster Eliza Blake (Dying for Mercy, 2009, etc.) to launch her new Wedding Cake Mystery series with this glossy tale of premarital homicide.

Glenna Brooks and Piper Donovan have both appeared on the soap opera A Little Rain Must Fall, but that’s where the similarity ends. Glenna, continuing as the show’s most popular star, is about to marry Casey Walden, a teacher at the Metropolitan School for Girls, which her daughter attends; Piper, who’s been virtually unemployed since her character was killed off, is moving back in with her parents. Since everything about Glenna’s wedding has to be perfect, she wants famous photographer Martha Killeen to snap the pictures and Piper’s mother Terri, who owns The Icing on the Cupcake, to make the cake. But the course of true love doesn’t run smooth, and murder interrupts a high-profile charity auction at which the cast has gathered to benefit the school. Was the killer Glenna’s embittered ex-con husband Phillip? Casey’s brother Arthur, a jeweler who’s not about to share the proceeds of the family business? Casey’s yearning ex-girlfriend Jessie Terhune, an opportunistic drama teacher? Soap-opera king Quent Raynor, scheming for a coup that will publicize his show’s move to Los Angeles? Or Martha herself, whose financial woes have made her desperate for the sort of comeback she could achieve by photographing a murder in progress?

Rated PG-13 for brief violence. But no sex, no language, no detection—not even Piper’s FBI friend Jack Lombardi does himself proud—and only a single recipe, which you can find on dozens of online sites.