MISCHIEF IN MARCH
Book 3 in the Calendar Mystery Series
By Juliet Kincaid
Excerpt from Minty Wilcox’s Journal
11: 55 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 1900
It’s shortly before midnight on the very last day of my life as a single miss. Or so I hope and pray.
Right now, I’m sitting on the floor way up at the top of the house in the storeroom where Mama and I hid my wedding gown. We even put it under lock and key.
When we got it up here, we draped it on Mama’s dress form surrounded by old sheets so the train wouldn’t get dusty from the floor. My wedding gown is beautiful and white, its bodice encrusted with pearls and its skirt covered with lace. And it gleams like a ghost in the light of the lantern I’ve set on the floor next to me as I write what will be my last installment in my investigation into all things Daniel Price before our wedding day.
But what if something happens to my wedding dress or the flowers in my bouquet or the fine new suit Daniel is supposed to wear or the wedding ring he’s supposed to give me?
What if the wedding doesn’t go off as planned?
Or the wedding goes off, but what if we don’t set off on our honeymoon on time or even at all?
Oh, that man I’m supposed to marry tomorrow. He can be so aggravating. He still hasn’t told me where we’re going on our honeymoon. That doesn’t seem fair after I’ve warned him time and time again that he’s to keep no more secrets from me. It makes me wonder what else he hasn’t told me about himself that a girl needs to know before she gets hitched to a fellow.
Not knowing where we’re going for our honeymoon just adds to my jitters about the whole thing.
What if we don’t get to the church on time . . . or at all?
So many possible slips between the lip and the cup, rum punch cup if Papa and my brothers have their way.
I tell you one thing I know for certain and for sure. If the least little bit goes wrong with Mama’s plans for the wedding, she’ll have a conniption fit that might even lead her to blaspheme right there in church in front of God and everybody.
This makes me smile, but really I shouldn’t.
So much could go wrong. So much has gone wrong already leading up to our wedding day, so many unexpected events, so much mischief, some of it amusing and good-spirited and some of it malicious . . .
And then there’s the murder and Daniel in jail for committing it.
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As their wedding day rapidly approaches, Minty Wilcox still has many questions about her fiancé Daniel Price.
Did he really kill a man?
What else is he hiding about his past?
Why has he never told her he’s rich?
And for goodness’ sake, where are they going on their honeymoon?
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Amazon Review of Mischief in March
The Groom is Going to Jail? So much to like about this book. First, Minty Wilcox, a decidedly modern miss, determined to find a place for herself in a business world dominated by men, but who fears her fiancé is keeping secrets from her, including where he plans to take her for the honeymoon. And the fiancé, Daniel Price, chief investigator of the Kansas City branch of the detective agency founded by his grandfather, who faces the likelihood that he will be forcibly walked into jail when he had been planning to walk his bride down the aisle. Certainly not the least are the incredible historical details of Kansas City in the early 1900s, rich with descriptions of well-known buildings and shops and places like Emery, Bird, Thayer to grab a quick bite. Since the letter carrier delivered Mischief in March to my mailbox, I haven’t been able to put it down.
Another Amazon Review of Mischief in March
Beware of Relatives . . . Minty Wilcox is in love and is anticipating her wedding while still learning new things about her husband-to-be. Meanwhile, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents – tons of folks start arriving for the up-coming nuptials. Mystery and mayhem ensue. Minty investigates, and family members help while Mother becomes tense over all the wedding plans. Another fun Calendar Mystery.