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True-crime writer Bailey Weggins finds herself smack in the center of another murder mystery in Kate White’s latest who-dunnit novel, ‘Til Death Do Us Part. As in White’s previous books, Bailey does not actively pursue this new project. In fact, when first approached by Ashley about the accidental deaths of two bridesmaids from the same wedding, she only casually entertains the thought of a double murder---let alone actually initiating an investigation. However, when Ashley is found dead just a short time after that conversation, Bailey simply can not help personally investigating the deaths. Aside from the fact that Ashley was the third bridesmaid in that wedding (providing additional evidence of pattern of killings), Bailey just happens to have been bridesmaid number four.
Bailey begins her investigation by rehashing the details of the wedding day of her close friend (and former bride) Peyton Cross a few years earlier. Her initial goal is to discover anything that might serve as a motive for the annihilation of her wedding party. Although the wedding guests and hired help offer only scattered details of the day’s events, her questioning solidifies Peyton’s reputation as a high-maintenance and shrewd businesswoman and reveals countless people who might do more than just scoff at Peyton’s success. For example, she learns of Peyton’s harsh dealings with family members (such as the distraught cousin hurtfully excluded from the wedding party), the resentful demeanor of the ex-wife of Peyton’s current husband, and numerous business associates who salivate at anything with the potential to tarnish the reputation of the great Peyton Cross.
While the novel’s character development is far from solid, this shortcoming fails to prevent this book from being a page-turner like each of Kate White’s previous novels. The sheer number of people involved in coordinating the extravagant wedding affair (not to mention the eclectic guest list) provides a wide range of characters for White to expose. This set-up, along with the fast-paced investigation, results in an enjoyable read. And, as Bailey’s investigation intensifies, the real mystery becomes not only the identity of the killer but whether Bailey will discover the truth before she becomes the next victim.