Sheriff Joe Dalton serves as best man at his son, Dan's, wedding, but will he have to replace his rented tuxedo when he's forced to dive into the swirling Ohio River to fish out the body of a member of the wedding party? 
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Sheriff Joe Dalton's son is getting married. What should be a happy occasion turns into anything but when the bride's mother is found face down in the river. She wasn't a very likeable person, but that doesn't make it any easier for Joe to find her killer.

Everyone in the family and some of the people attending the wedding are suspects. Joe has his work cut out for him as he tries to be a father and sheriff at the same time.

Then there's his mother-in-law staying with him. She's enough to deal with all by herself. She was to return home after the wedding but has decided to stay to make sure Joe solves the murder. This just serves to make him want to solve it even faster. Can he find the killer without alienating his son and daughter-in-law?

This is the first book I've read by this author. It surely won't be the last. I loved this book. Joe is such a great character and the plotting is so well done. I enjoyed Metropolis, too. I was worried when I started reading this book that it was going to be a mystery with Superman in it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn't the case.

Give it a try. I think you'll like it! I highly recommend it.

Dawn Dowdle

Dressed in his tuxedo the father of the groom, also known as Sheriff Joe Dalton, waded into the Ohio River to begin his investigation of the murdered woman and mother of the bride, Artalee Cooper-Smith. With fond affection for his new daughter-in-law, Jazz and her two younger sisters as well as their step-father, Joe knew he had to handle this with extreme delicacy.

Weddings were suppose to be beautiful, a celebration of two people coming together forever. Jazz and Dan wanted to elope but Artalee refused listen. She wanted to make sure this event was one to be remembered not for her daughter’s sake but for her own selfish reasons. She definitely got her wish.

If the pressure of trying to handle this with kit gloves wasn’t enough, Joe also had to battle the States Attorney Terri Reynolds and Mayor Buchanan who wanted him to step down and if they got their way it would be permanent. Terri Reynold’s altererior motive had been to replace Joe with one of her relatives so she was constantly looking for mistakes. Joe refused to leave but he knew he better solve the case quickly or Terri would get her way.

Her friends believed Artalee was generous to a fault while her own family knew the person beneath the exterior left Joe with an ample list of suspects. And to add to his equation of problems, his own outspoken and opinionated mother-in-law became one of the number one headaches.

Through twists and turns this book was an outstanding cozy mystery. I’ve never had the opportunity to read one of Lonnie Cruse’s books before, but you can bet, I’ll be looking for the others. Fast paced, a book you can not put down once you begin.

Skye Lindborg