Excerpt from The Guest List

Did you pick up a copy of Fairy Blade Unmade yet? My latest release is out now, and it is a lot of fun.

Reg Rawlins is back!

Fairy Blade Unmade is book #7 in the Reg Rawlins, Psychic Investigator series. It can be read as a standalone or enjoyed as part of the series. If you like your mystery with a side of magical adventure, be sure to pick it up.


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I am currently reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley. First off, it is praised repeatedly as being reminiscent of Agatha Christie. It is like Agatha Christie insofar as it is a murder mystery with a closed cast of suspects. The characters all have shameful secrets and, I assume later in the book, will turn out to have more connections than the reader is initially told.

But the language and descriptions are much more graphic than Dame Agatha. I would not recommend it to someone who is looking for a Miss Marple or Inspector Poirot. There are a lot of grammatical constructs that are ambiguous, awkward, or confusing. It is told from multiple points of view and timelines, which you’ll never find in an Agatha Christie. I’m two thirds of the way through, and the murder has not yet taken place or been discovered/described.

You don’t get this. This isn’t your moment. You didn’t create it. I created it in spite of you.

― Lucy Foley, The Guest List

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

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