I read the last (book 5) of the Chintz ‘n China cozy mystery series by Yasmine Galenorn, One Hex of a Wedding, last weekend in a reading marathon while I was trying to avoid other commitments. 🙂 This finale to the series focuses, as the title might suggest, on everything that could and does go wrong leading up to Emerald and Joe’s wedding.
If you have read any of this series, you know that Emerald owns a tea and china shop, but most of the books focus on her relationships with her friends and family. This one is no different. The product description reads, “Wedding bells turn to sour notes for Emerald O’Brien. Her fiance is wounded by gunfire, her ex-husband becomes the prime suspect, and her maid of honor is being stalked. Now it’s up to Emerald to divine if the incidents are related. Includes a charm recipe.”
Emerald is off of work to plan and pull off her wedding to Joe, her younger fiance. During this short time period, Em’s ex-husband shows up and ruins her engagement party, the groom-to-be gets shot, her best friend is being stalked, her intended wedding gown is ruined, and she receives a hexed necklace to wear at her wedding. There is not much more that could go wrong.
Since I have mentioned these things in my earlier blogs about books in this series, I will point out that again there is no tarot in a book about a tarot reader, and there is little of the shop (the Chintz ‘n China from the series title). This book, actually, could be one in a coffee series as much time as Emerald spends stopping to get and or drinking some coffee combo drink or another. There was also a bit less sex / sexual innuendo this time around, but the “f” word was used very often, which may put off some readers of cozies. However, it was enjoyable to read about daughter Miranda’s first love and the family dynamics of Emerald’s birth family since we have seen so little of them previously. I missed Harlow’s baby and the neighbors who played prominent roles in previous books, though.
Nonetheless, Emerald weathers the storm, and solves the mystery (who is the stalker?), and gets married. The marriage is of course a fabulous way to end the series.