The Wedding Plot

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mercy Carr, Bk. 4). Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250822369. $27.99. M
The fourth “Mercy Carr” mystery (following The Hiding Place) is a complex, action-packed page-turner with several subplots skillfully resolved. As the wedding of Mercy’s grandmother nears, Bodhi St. George, the ex-special ops director of the inn where the nuptials will take place, disappears. While searching for Bodhi at his farm, former military policewoman Mercy and her retired bomb-sniffing dog Elvis discover a body in the goat barn, stabbed through the heart with a pitchfork. Mercy calls in her boyfriend, Troy Warner, a Vermont game warden, along with his search-and-rescue dog, Susie Bear. Bodhi reappears, and Mercy hopes to question him. But the former soldier disappears repeatedly, even from his hospital bed. Instead, it’s Mercy who ends up injured. Despite her injuries, she’s determined to find out why former special ops soldiers are showing up before the wedding. However, the true danger might lie with the troubles that erupt when two families gather for a wedding.
VERDICT Fans will appreciate the return of beloved characters, including the dogs. Chapter headings, quotes about love, are appropriate and unusual in a masterly story with a climatic wedding scene.
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