Monday, June 28, 2010

Wedding Season Brings on the Feared Bridesmaid's Dress

I’d like to thank the Expressions authors for letting me stop by the blog. I’m Amanda Flower, and I write for the Five Star Mystery line.

It’s wedding season again, and the perfect time for the release of my debut novel Maid of Murder, a wedding themed cozy mystery.

In Maid of Murder, India Hayes, a college librarian and reluctant bridesmaid, is thrown into the role of amateur sleuth as she hunts down the person who murdered her childhood friend and framed her brother for the crime.

When bride-to-be Olivia turns up dead in the Martin College fountain and the evidence points to India’s brother Mark, India must unmask the real culprit while juggling a furious Mother of the Bride, an annoying Maid of Honor, a set of hippie-generation parents, a police detective who is showing a marked liking for her, and a provost itching to fire someone, anyone—maybe even a smart-mouthed librarian.

I started writing Maid of Murder when many of my friends were getting married, so I attended a string of weddings over several summers. Unlike India, I have only been a bridesmaid twice. She held that post seven times to my two, but the experience of being in a wedding party certainly inspired my novel. One big difference…no one was murdered in any of the weddings I attended.

However, a similarity between Maid of Murder and a real wedding is the dreaded bridesmaid dress. If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, you know what I’m talking about. One of my favorite scenes in the novel is early on when India tries on her bridesmaid dress for the first time. India has a fair complexion and the dress is gold. Consequently, it looks awful on her, and of course, it is about two sizes too small for her. She is horrified as any woman would be.

Unfortunately before the wedding can occur, the bride is murdered. Was it due to the horrible bridesmaid dress or something more sinister? That’s what India is determined to find out.

Happy wedding season all and happy reading too!

To learn more about Amanda and Maid of Murder visit her online at You can also follow Amanda on Facebook at or Twitter at


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Amanda,

Your novel sounds like an enjoyable mystery!
I think most of us have had experiences with bridesmaid dresses, but this sounds like the ultimate! Congrats on the excellent reviews of your novel. Wishing you much success.

Mason Canyon said...

Amanda, this sounds like a perfect cozy mystery for the summer. It's definitely going on my wish list. Best of luck.

Thoughts in Progress

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a perfect beach read! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

What fun, Amanda. I especially like the smart-mouthed librarian. Not that I've ever known a smart-mouthed librarian. : )Best of luck with Maid of Honor. I know it's going to be a smashing success!

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Amanda: Geez, what a combination--reluctant bridesmaid and murdered bride. Well, don't give it to anyone for a bridal present! (Seriously, sounds like a great summer read, and perfect time to have it come out).
Enjoyed your post, and come back anytime.