The Bride Wore White

Berkley. (Burning Cove, Bk. 7). May 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780593337868. $28. M
As “Madame Ariadne,” Prudence Ryland was warned by her intuition to get out of the dream-reading business. Now she’s sitting across from a man who’s determined to kill her. She manages to escape, knocking him out, then flees to Southern California, reinventing herself as a research librarian. Prudence learns that the man later died. Then she becomes a pawn in someone’s violent plans. She’s chloroformed, kidnapped, and left dressed in a bridal gown, next to a dead man in a ritzy hotel. Prudence recognizes the victim as Gilbert Dover, heir to Clara Dover who had tried to get the psychic to marry her son. Prudence’s only recourse is to turn to a dangerous man for help. Luther Pell has connections, and he hires the enigmatic Jack Wingate to protect Prudence while they investigate the mystery. But Gilbert Dover’s murder entangles Jack and Prudence with the frightening Dover family. Call it psychic ability or intuition, but the couple will need both to avoid death and treachery as they face one foe after another.
VERDICT An action-packed mystery, suspenseful from page one, with intensity and plot twists that don’t let up. The follow-up to When She Dreams is a compelling romantic mystery with psychic connections and sparkling dialogue.
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