I have read the 102nd book for the book challenge. It was Something Blue: Lord and Lady Hetheridge Series #3 by Emma Jameson.
In this third book in the series, Anthony Hetheridge and Kate Wakefield are planning their wedding for a few days after Christmas. It will be held at Wellgreave Hall and is to be a huge society affair. Unfortunately, Kate’s mother and sister have emerged and are threatening to crash the affair, having made their presence known in the tabloids.
Another murder and another mystery has occurred for Hetheridge’s team to solve. Peerless Petrol’s CEO Michael Martin Hughes has been poisoned in his luxury suite at a hotel in London after a soirée. Unfortunately, the CCTV feeds from outside his room have been diverted to show the gorilla enclosure at the London Zoo.
There is no shortage of suspects. Sir Duncan Godington is one. Riley Castenet, his personal assistant is another. Arianna Fremont, his fiancée and PR director, is also a suspect, as are his soon-to-be ex-wife Thora and his son. Hetheridge’s team investigate all these suspects.
They find that Hetheridge’s daughter Jules is dating the former IT person, Steve Zhao, who is responsible for the misdirected CCTV feed, at the direction of Dirk Oakenwood, a hanger-on of Sir Duncan Godington. Sir Duncan was in talks with Hughes to take over an environmental part of Peerless Petrol’s campaign after a disastrous oil spill. Sir Duncan hated Hughes personally, though.
Riley believed that she was really the love of Hughes’s life, not Arianna or Thora. Thora believed that she and Hughes were resolving their differences. The son threatened to kill himself and to kill his father. Arianna says that Riley is delusional.
Then Arianna is found dead from poisoning at Peerless Petrol’s offices. The culprit is Riley Castenet who poisoned her coffee and took her blue butterfly scarf, which she believed Hughes had given to Riley. The police now believe that Riley also murdered Hughes as well. But Riley says something about Sir Duncan that makes Kate and Hetheridge believe that Sir Duncan murdered Hughes. Only they cannot prove it.
The day of the wedding comes. All are assembled at Wellgreave House. Bhar makes the announcement that Kate and Hetheridge have eloped. They wed at his country house in Devon three days earlier with Henry and Ritchie in attendance. They are now off on their honeymoon. The guests are free to enjoy the music and the food.
This was a sweet book. The murder mystery was a good one. And I liked all the wedding preparations. I’m glad that Kate and Tony eloped and skipped the fancy wedding. It’s too bad Sir Duncan got away with another murder. But, oh well.