With her wedding only a few months away, Ryli is scrambling to make sure everything is in order. On her to-do list: Get measured for her wedding veil at the new fabric store in town, Quilter’s Paradise. But when Ryli and Aunt Shirley literally stumble over a body at the store, and whispers of corporate espionage arise, Hank convinces Ryli and Aunt Shirley to solve the case for the next big story in the Granville Gazette.
An easy enough task…if Ryli wasn’t constantly getting beaten up by 90-year-old ladies in self-defense class, and Aunt Shirley wasn’t having to dodge Old Man Jenkins’s overtures around every corner.
By the time Aunt Shirley finally puts the pieces together and figures out who the killer is, it may be too late for Ryli. Can Garrett, Old Man Jenkins, and Aunt Shirley work together to get Ryli to safety, or will the vow of ‘til death us do part’ take on a more sinister meaning for Ryli and Garrett? (Summary via Goodreads)
Everytime I read a book in the Ryli Sinclair Mystery series I cannot help but love everything about this series a little more each time !! I especially LOVE Aunt Shirley and her quirky appearance and her outlook on life. And the relationship she has with Ryli is one to cherish and long for in your own life.
Veiled in Murder is the fifth book in this series by Jenna St. James and Ryli and her fiance, Garrett, are beginning to plan their wedding. Now this seems like it would be a romantic, loving, slightly stressful time for the bride and groom to be and that would be true IF this were a normal couple. Unfortunately this is Ryli who attracts murder and mayhem and her fiance who is the Police Chief.
While getting fitted for a veil Ryli and Aunt Shirley overhear things between a co-worker and the owner which seem off. When the co-worker asks them to meet them the next morning to talk, they are more than happy to hear her out and help. Unfortunately when they arrive at the store for the meeting, they find the employee stabbed to death. Not wanting to step on Garrett's toes during the investigation but wanting to get the juicy details for Hank and the paper, Ryli and Aunt Shirley try to piece things together by talking to the employees at the store.
When Ryli gets summoned to the store after hours under false pretenses, it is Aunt Shirley that comes to her rescue !!! But of course Aunt Shirley being the person that she is, comes barrelling in with the calvary to save the day !!
St. James has such a knack for telling a captivating story and making the characters feel like more than just characters in a story, she makes YOU feel like you are a part of the family. While Ryli and Aunt Shirley are working the paper and "solving" crimes, Ryli and Garrett are planning their wedding and their future together, and Ryli's brother, Matt, and his wife, Paige, are getting ready to extend their family as they await for Paige to give birth......and BOY, or GIRL, is there some big news on that front !!!!
I look forward to seeing what comes next in this series with the sixth book, Bachelorettes and Bodies, as the gang celebrate Ryli's last hurrah as a single lady and the party is all Aunt Shirley's doing !!!!
Review by Missi S.