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A groom with a view : a Jane Jeffry mystery
Churchill, Jill, 1943-
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First edition.
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New York : Avon Twilight, 1999.
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218 pages ; 22 cm
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Jane Jeffry and her best friend Shelley are being paid to plan a wedding in a remote, rundown monastery-turned-hunt club. But as they rush to transform the musty, moosehead-lined halls into a matrimonial wonderland, one almost-participant takes a suspicious slippery tumble to a very sudden death.

The mousy bride-to-be's pushy papa insists that the marriage show must go on, despite Jane's nagging near certainty that the victim was unceremoniously "helped" down the stairs. And now Jane's going to have to come up with a murderer and a motive, even as the first strains of the bridal march begin.

Author Notes

Jill Churchill (born Janice Young Brooks) on January 11, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a degree in education from the University of Kansas in 1965 before teaching elementary school. Between 1978 and 1992, she was book reviewer for the Kansas City Star. She published several historical novels under her real name before introducing a new series in 1989. This mystery series follows Jane Jeffry, a widow with three children in Chicago. With her neighbor and best friend, she gets involved in murder cases. The novel titles are puns on literary works and reflect Jeffry's cozy domestic life which she leads between crime-solving episodes.

Churchill is the winner of the Agatha and Macavity Awards for her first Jane Jeffrey novel and was featured in Great Women Mystery Writers in 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

With calm efficiency and occasional grace, Jane Jeffry, who last year solved a murder while doing the Christmas baking (Merchant of Menace [BKL O 1 98]), takes on the task of wedding planner for an acquaintance, Livvy Thatcher, who is too busy running her father's company to attend to her own nuptials. Jane attempts to organize the event, set to take place at Livvy's family's monastery turned hunting lodge, but there are numerous distractions: two antique aunts appear; Uncle Joe, the lodge caretaker, is snarly; and Larkspur the florist flits about searching for buried treasure. Worse, the bride seems distant, her father controlling, and the bridegroom sleazy. When murder enters the mix, Jane tries to keep the wedding on course while tracking strange noises, errant bridesmaids, and family secrets--ably assisted by her best friend, Shelley, and her sweetie, detective Mel. The mystery itself, a bit wobbly, is not the point here, but Jane is companionable, smart, and down to earth. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her 11th Jane Jeffry mystery (after The Merchant of Menace, 1998), Agatha Award-winner Churchill delivers another charming, if somewhat predictable, cozy. Looking to earn some extra money because her car is always having problems, widowed mom Jane takes on a job as wedding consultant to Livvy Thatcher, a young businesswoman. Jane then enlists her best friend and neighbor, Shelley Nowack, to help her. The wedding is to be held at an old family hunting lodge that was once a monastery, and it proves to be a somewhat spooky venue for the nuptials. After Jane and Shelley arrive at the lodge, the eccentric cast of characters (and eventual murder suspects) begins to gather: a mysterious, laconic caretaker whom Livvy calls "Uncle Joe"; Mrs. Crossthwait, a cranky, elderly seamstress; three bridesmaids; a caterer; and a florist named Larkspur, not to mention Livvy's elderly aunts. Add the bride and her father, an arrogant captain of industry, and the groom, his mother and brother, and the stage is well set for shenanigans. Larkspur tells Jane the story of a hidden family treasure, and later it is Larkspur who discovers Mrs. Crossthwait dead at the foot of the stairs. Did she fall, or was she pushed? To find out, Jane enlists the aid of her lover, Chicago cop Mel Van Dyne, who comes along to help the local police. Another murder puts a definite damper on the postwedding festivities, and soon after Jane and Shelley winkle out the solution. Though the identity of the killer will come as no great surprise, Churchill delivers a satisfying plot laced with subtle humor and some enjoyable gothic flourishes. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Chicago sleuth Jane Jeffry tries her hand at planning a wealthy acquaintance's weddingÄin a rather dingy hunting lodge that started life as a monastery. Murder forces Jane back into sleuthing mode, however, to the delight of series fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.