Summary- Jaine Austen is hired to help an old highschool nemesis rewrite Shakespeare for her wedding ceremony. Everything is going fine until the bride plummets to her death from the balcony. Naturally, Jaine can’t help but investigate.
The Jaine Austen series is always lots of fun to read. The books are humorous though often far fetched. They remind me a bit of shows like I Love Lucy where the heroine ends up in ridiculous situations that couldn’t possibly happen to regular people but we find them amusing anyways.
Jaine Austen is a freelance writer who lives in California where she is an oddity as someone who wears elastic pants and is somewhat overweight.
Killing Bridezilla was an interesting look into Jaine’s past which is a fairly rare thing. In other books we learn that she had a crappy first marriage and that her parents are loving but a little crazy. Still, other than book one in the series, this one I thought added the most characterization by giving a glance into Jaine’s past. That past is presented when Patti who was one of the popular high school girls hires Jaine to help her rewrite Romeo and Juliet to perform at her wedding. As one can guess from the title, Patti is an awful person who no one really likes. One thing that can be said for the Jaine Austen series is that almost everyone killed is a terrible person whose death the reader can’t feel too bad about.
This book also introduces Mamie, a cute doggy to add extra comic relief and to be an opposite to Jaine’s less than lovable cat Prozac. The Mamie secondary story line is what most stood out about this book.
The mystery itself was fairly good for a book in this series. The killer was someone that was a reasonable suspect and had a decent motive. In some of the other books in the series the killers seem random so to have a killer who makes sense is a particular plus for this book.
This book doesn’t stand out quite as much as some of the other books in the series and is one of the more forgettable ones. Many of the Jaine Austen books have eye roll moments and this one was super packed with them (such as when the man Jaine hired to pretend to be her boyfriend is recognized as a male stripper).
Overall, I recommend this series but this isn’t one of the best books in the series. I wouldn’t recommend it as the first Jaine Austen mystery you read but it is worth reading if you want to know a bit more about Jaine Austen after getting into the series.