Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weddings Can Be Deadly

Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce Ducote from the best-selling "Southern Ladies" mysteries by Miranda James

An'gel Ducote set down her coffee cup and looked at her sister across the breakfast table. "I think we ought go a few days early. I'm sure Mireille and Jacqueline will need help with last-minute preparations for the wedding."

Dickce Ducote sighed. "I just knew you were going to suggest that." She picked up a piece of buttered toast and stared at it for a moment, then put it back on the plate. "I've already had three. That's enough." She didn't sound happy about it, though.

"As we've lived together nearly eighty years, Sister," An'gel replied with a touch of acid in her tone, "I'd be surprised if you hadn't known. The point is, you know how much there is to do at the last minute. We've certainly helped out with other family weddings."

"Mireille is a distant cousin," Dickce pointed out. Mireille Champlain, related to the sisters on the maternal side, lived in St. Ignatiusville, Louisiana, with her daughter Jacqueline and her husband, and Jacqueline's daughter by her first marriage, Sondra, the bride-to-be. "I forget how many times removed."

"Removed or not," An'gel said, "she's still family, and Jacqueline is, after all, my god-daughter. I feel we should be there early to help."

"I know there's no use in my resisting," Dickce said. "You always get your way. I just want to remind you, though, about how annoying you've always found Sondra."

"She is certainly one of most spoiled children I've ever known," An'gel admitted. "Surely by now, though, she's grown out of some of that."

Dickce snorted. "With Mireille and Jacqueline giving in to her all the time? Don't you bet on it." She
leaned back in her chair and crossed her arms across her chest while she regarded her sister with a speculative expression. "Tell you what, I'll agree to go a couple of days early, but we have to take Benjy, Peanut, and Endora with us."

"Take the dog and the cat to the wedding? Seriously? I don't think so." An'gel echoed her sister's snort. "Besides, I'm sure Benjy would rather stay here and look after them, rather than go to a family occasion with people he doesn't know."

"I think you're wrong. Benjy would enjoy a trip like that," Dickce said. "Anyway, Peanut and Endora will pine away for us if we leave them behind."

An'gel knew her sister could be every bit as stubborn as she herself was. "Very well," she said. "They can go. Benjy will probably be bored stiff, but it's your doing."

When the sisters travel to Louisiana with their ward, Benjy, Peanut the labradoodle, and Endora the Abyssinian, the family wedding turns out to be anything but boring. You can read all about it on September 29th, when Dead with the Wind, is published.


  1. Dead with the Wind sounds like a great book. I am looking forward to finding out what happens at the wedding!

  2. Maybe this time, you two might enjoy simply being guests, without meddl...I mean, without helping.

  3. It's going to be great! Can't wait to read it. I really enjoyed "Bless Her Dead Little Heart" 😄😍

  4. Jen, Zita, thanks! I hope you'll have fun with it. And Dora, well, helping is what the sisters do best. :-)

  5. Looking forward to it!

  6. Looking forward to the new book, of course! But, Dean, when are we going to get an interview with Diesel????

  7. This is going to be a great book! I really enjoyed the first book in the series!