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The bride wore blood
Hunnings, Vicky.
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New York : Avalon Books, [2002]

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262 pages ; 21
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"An Avalon mystery"--Jkt.
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When death investigator Detective Shark Morgan is summoned to investigate the tuxedoed body sprawled across the steps of the antebellum church just off Hilton Head Island, he is unsure if he is dealing with a tragic accident or murder. Either way, millionaire real estate developer Marcus DeSilva is very dead.Morgan and his partner, Dell Hassler, begin to peel away the layers of deceit and deception surrounding DeSilva s life, one name keeps cropping up at every turn: Marissa, the widowed bride, a woman with a shadowy past, whose face has haunted Shark since he first saw it filling his television screen on the local evening news. Is she simply another unfortunate victim, or is the violence that seems to be following in her wake more than just coincidence?

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Booklist Review

Beaufort County, South Carolina, "death investigators" William "Shark" Morgan and Dell Hassler are charged with determining if wealthy Marcus DeSilva, shot through the heart as he stood outside the church on his wedding day, was murdered or the accidental victim of a deer hunter with bad aim. If it was foul play, there are myriad suspects: the victim's widow, his son, an ex-wife, a former business partner, a former girlfriend, and ex-admirers of his widow. The case is further complicated by Shark's ever-growing attraction to the grieving widow, who stands to gain the most from DeSilva's death. Realistic characters, particularly Shark, the complex relationship between partners Shark and Dell (including the tension that develops as Dell learns of Shark's possible conflict of interest), vivid details of police procedure, and a surprising plot twist at the end combine to make this a solid debut. An unresolved story line promises the welcome return of Shark and Dell. --Sue O'Brien

Library Journal Review

Detective Shark Morgan steps in when murder claims a millionaire Hilton Head Island, SC, real estate developer on the steps of the church where he has just married. The usual soap-opera array of suspects soon appear: the new widow, of course, the alienated college-age son, the spiteful and disapproving sister, the bitter ex-business partner, et al. Shark finds himself attracted to the widow but works at uncovering the reality behind the faade. While formulaic and predictable, this first of a new series provides easy and unchallenging vacation reading. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.