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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Wedding Deception is a mystery by Marlow Kelly. Special Agent Finn Callaghan visits his trainee, Agent Kennedy Morris, at her apartment building to offer her a job in Montana. He meets her haughty mother and insolent sister, Riley. While discussing the job, newlywed Blake Sheldon discovers his bride, Vanessa, has disappeared from their apartment. Agent Finn is contacted by the building security. He and Kennedy’s investigation reveals someone was spying on Vanessa, whom most persons in the building didn’t know very well. The bride had very little personal effects and no family or friends attended the wedding held in the building. Could she be a con artist? The case takes a surprising turn when Agent Finn finds out Riley happens to be the groom’s ex-girlfriend.
Marlow Kelly’s story, The Wedding Deception, is a Gathering Storm Novella. It’s a very light “whodunit” mystery that I found nicely developed, considering it is a short read. The author wrote clearly, describing scenes that made me look more closely at the characters. Although there is an attraction between Kennedy and Finn, this was not one of the main features of the story. Kennedy is a bit headstrong and doesn’t listen to orders. Finn is calm and thinks things through before passing judgment. The cover image is lovely. The Wedding Deception is from The Gathering Storm Series in which the main characters, Agents Finn and Kennedy feature. Readers can follow them to Montana in the next book from the series, Sun Storm.