Friday, June 21, 2013

Till Death Do Us Part — Review

Till Death Do Us Part by Tristi Pinkston is the fifth and last book of the Secret Sisters Mystery series.

And that makes me a little sad because I love Ida Mae Babbitt and her group of crime-solving cohorts.

Just to remind you of the books thus far:

In Secret Sisters, we meet Ida Mae, Arlette and Tansy, the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society presidency. In their zeal to provide service to ward members, they get involved in a murder mystery. With the help of Ida Mae's computer genius nephew, Ren, and Arlette's granddaughter, Eden, (who start a budding romance) they catch the bad guys but then have to face the consequences of their less than legal activities. (Read my review here.)

Dearly Departed takes Ida Mae undercover at a nursing home, where she and her sidekicks search for a killer. There she meets a handful of quirky characters, including George, a potential love interest. We also meet Kevin, who is trying to win Eden's heart away from Ren. (Read my review here.)

In Hang 'Em High, the ladies take off to a dude ranch, to reunite Ida Mae with her estranged son, Keith. Hi-jinks ensue as once again there are dead bodies to find and mysteries to solve, but this time without Ren (who is on his mission). (Read my review here.)

Targets in Ties takes the ladies down to Mexico to pick up Ren at the end of his mission. Instead of visiting the ruins and shopping for baubles, they find themselves prisoners of an antiquities thief. And when they get back to the U.S., George surprises Ida Mae with her biggest adventure yet! (Read my review here.)

All caught up? Good. Let's move on to the blurb:
Will Ida Mae survive her own wedding?

When charming,and mostly bald,widower George Gilmore asked Ida Mae Babbitt to marry him, she was surprised and delighted. But now he has made another proposal,to hold the wedding in two weeks,while all his children are in town. Flustered but sure she can handle it with the help of her friends, Ida Mae agrees.

The plan doesn’t go over so well with George’s family, however, and Ida Mae finds herself the victim of a plot to stop the wedding. At first the incidents seem like harmless pranks, but they escalate until Ida Mae finds herself in real danger, and in real pain. Bells are ringing, but are they wedding bells or death knells?

While not as laugh-out-loud funny as some of the previous books, Till Death Do Us Part is a sweet closure to the series. We finally get to meet Ida Mae's daughter. We also meet George's family. Eden makes a choice between Ren and Kevin. And Ida Mae gets a new church calling.
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that I am going to miss this group, especially Arlette. Her no-nonsense wit always makes me smile. Tansy makes me laugh. And Ida Mae is one tough cookie when she needs to be.

I'm not the only one in my family who likes these books. My mom is a huge fan. For the past six months she's been asking me almost weekly when this last book was going to be available. I sent her the e-book as soon as it was published and she read it in a day. We both love the series and are sort of hoping that in a few years, Tristi will reconsider and give us another book or two in this series.

If you like good, clean, fun cozy mysteries, I highly recommend the entire Secret Sisters series!

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