Miz Scarlet and the Bewildered Bridegroom
When innkeeper Scarlet Wilson is asked to host Annalee Pinault and Gunnar Magnusdotter's nuptials at the Four Acorns Inn, she never expects it to start a war of matrimonial madness. Three senior citizens want Scarlet to get into the wedding business and they aren't willing to take no for an answer. It doesn't take long for things to spiral out of hand. Someone wants to stop Scarlet and the gang, and before long, the dirty tricks turn dangerous! How challenging can it be for the owners of this small bed and breakfast establishment to prepare for a wedding with a guest list of twelve? It hardly seems like a difficult task. But as the preparations begin, so does the unexpected harassment. A shocking surprise in the middle of the night is discovered just before all hell breaks loose. Relieved that they have escaped a frightening fate, everyone at the Four Acorns Inn is stunned to learn the perpetrator is a professional hired for the job. Once he's been hauled away by the Cheswick Police Department, Scarlet and the gang try again to get back to the wedding plans, only to find themselves facing a set of masked intruders willing to commit violence and vandalism. Who's behind this horrible campaign of mayhem being waged on the residents of the inn? More importantly, what's the point of it all? As the day of the wedding approaches, things go from bad to worse. Scarlet's mother, Laurel, and Cousin Lacey are ready to pack up and flee to Bermuda...or Tahiti...anywhere their stalker can't find them. Poor teenage Jenny thinks it's her fault these terrible things are happening. And Scarlet? She can't fight an enemy she can't see. Enter Kenny Tolliver, Scarlet's heartthrob and the regional head of Mercer Security. He's willing to delve into the mystery and find the culprits with the help of Max Weingarten, a retired state police investigator. If only Scarlet would trust the professionals to do the job.... When Scarlet doubts Kenny's ability to protect the residents of the Four Acorns Inn, his frustration with her boils over, leading him to bet her that he can safely get the bride and groom hitched. What does he expect when he succeeds? He wants her to make a very public apology. But when there's yet another break-in just before the wedding party arrives, it seems unlikely he'll ever hear it. As tensions and tempers rise, one thing becomes clear -- someone's willing to do just about anything to prevent Scarlet Wilson from hosting weddings at the Four Acorns Inn. Does that include kidnapping the bride?
- Paperback | 188 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 11.94mm | 340.19g
- 05 Mar 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Sara M Barton
Sara M. Barton is the author of several cozy mystery novels and novellas, which are light-hearted "whodunits," along with some spy thrillers with a much darker edge. The Scarlet Wilson Mysteries are her most popular. Laced with humor and good-natured camaraderie from a regular cast of characters, "Miz Scarlet" and the gang tackle crimes in the fictional village of Cheswick, Connecticut. The Four Acorns Inn was once a private home, but now is a small bed and breakfast, where Scarlet and her teenage assistant, Jenny Mulroney, pamper guests. Reunited with her high school heartthrob, Kenny Tolliver, after a few decades, the feisty, funny innkeeper is still trying to figure out this love thing as she slides into middle age with the brakes on. Unfortunately, she has a knack for finding trouble at the drop of a hat, and once she finds it, she rarely lets it go until the problems are sorted out. Among the other series she's written are the Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mysteries, featuring gutsy, goodhearted Latimer Falls, Vermont Deputy Gabby Grimm; the Off-the-Books Mysteries, featuring FBI Agent Henry Hartman, his wife, Sydney, and the Hartman ladies; and the Roaring Kill Mysteries, featuring former protected witness "Marigold Flowers," author and TV producer Jefferson Cornwall, and his mother Liz, better known as mystery writer Lisbeth Causley. In addition, Sara M. Barton provides family caregiver education as The Practical Caregiver. She blogs about hospice, cancer, and other caregiver issues; she also provides free caregiver education at The Practical Caregiver Guides website.