posted on May 8, 2013 by Duffy Brown

Killer in Crinolines

CrinolinesHi Reagan Summerside here to talk weddings. The good, the bad and the deadly.

You know that old saying, always the bridesmaid never the bride, well I’ve been both. The bride part didn’t take proven by the fact that I caught Hollis, my husband and the hound of Savannah, doing the horizontal hula with Cupcake right there in his office. That was some staff meeting, all right.

The last wedding I attended I came to deliver a bowtie to the groom as he misplaced his.  The good part of that wedding was the cake was delicious. The deadly part was that the groom wound up dead in five tiers of icing and fondant, the ugly part was that my BFF, Chantilly, the groom’s ex got accused of the murder.

weddingdayRound tables decked out in peach-tone wedding linens with white flower arrangements of roses and forget-me-nots dotted the room and Doreen-the-wedding-planner lay crumbled in a heap on the floor.

“Oh dear Lord!” I starting for Doreen but stopped in my tracks because Simon was there too. He was face down in his very own five-tiered wedding cake with a silver cake knife sticking out of his back.

Chantilly shouldn’t have been at the wedding in the first place of course but she and her UPS truck just sort of wound up there.

weddingcake “You shouldn’t be here,” I said to Chantilly as she swiveled round in the driver’s seat of her UPS van. White icing and cake crumbs smeared her lips and a glob of raspberry filling dripped down her chin. A pink butter cream rose stuck to the front of her brown uniform blouse. “Dear God in heaven! You went and ate the wedding cake!”

“One slice,” she mumbled around a mouthful. “Who’s going to miss one little old slice? The freaking thing is five tiers high. It took three Cakery Bakery employees and the owner Delta Longford herself to lug it in. They even made GracieAnn Harlow stand on a ladder to get the bride and groom thing on top.”

Chantilly held up a chunk of mangled pastry. “This here should be my wedding cake, except for the pink roses. This should be my wedding day, my wedding colors of creamy-peach and blue-morning-rain. Simon is my man. We were engaged! How could he marry someone else!” Chantilly wailed, a tear sliding down her cheek and cutting a path across a white icing smear.

Hopefully none of the weddings you’ve attended were like this one with the groom dead as Lincoln right there in his own cake.

What do you think is the best part of a wedding? The cake? The first dance? The saying I Do?

Let me know and I’ll give away two KILLER IN CRINOLINE tote bags from the answers.

Hugs, Reagan

Duffy Brown

Duffy Brown

and then there’s the romance side of Duffy Brown... I am also Dianne Castell

As a USA Today bestselling author, I wrote for Kensington and Harlequin, won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, HOLT-Medallion Award, been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and included in Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list.

9 thoughts on “Killer in Crinolines”

  1. CateS says:

    I make an effort to watch the groom’s face when he first sees the bride!!

    1. duffybrown says:

      How lovely! I need to do this. That first rush of love is amazing…pure magic.

  2. duffybrown says:

    Thanks for having me on Writerspace! Always fun to be here. I had a really small wedding and no bodies. What about your wedding? Your dream wedding? I wanna know.

  3. Lori P says:

    I love to watch the brides and grooms faces when they first see each other. My hubby and I had a small wedding at our home church. It was very nice with all of our friends and family.

    1. duffybrown says:

      Sounds like the perfect wedding, Lori, close friends and family. The thing memories are made of for sure.

  4. Linda Abbott says:

    I think my favorite part is the dances. I love to see the couple’s first dance, and when they dance with their parents. The father- daughter dance always makes me cry.

    1. duffybrown says:

      Yeah, that father/daughter dance makes me cry too. So touching. There are a lot of lovely things about weddings. I esp love the cake…wedding cake is the best.

  5. Barbara Thompson says:

    I love the “I Do”. It’s a sacred vow with the couple looking at each other with love and adoration. A beautiful time that you can’t recreate. What can I say, I’m a romantic.

    1. duffybrown says:

      That commitment is priceless. Those of us who have been around the block a few times knows the problems ahead but for now it’s all love and happiness. That’s what gets them through the tough times.

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