Title: The Bride Wore Size 12
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.
With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather’s already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather’s sure things can’t get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather’s long-lost mother shows up.
Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she’s determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it’s the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.
I finished the series (unless Meg Cabot has another surprise installment sometime in the future, I suppose)! And, not only that, but I actually enjoyed myself even more with the last two books, which is always a nice surprise!
Hmm, remembering the beginning… I was doing so well with actually writing reviews the same day or the day after, but then I was in a mini-rut and am just now getting around to writing this review, about a week and a half or two weeks later. So, I don’t actually remember much of the beginning, but I know that I obviously enjoyed it because I read this book pretty quickly, especially for me when it comes to adult books. So, yay for that?
There’s plenty of plot outside of the mystery to go around. Heather is getting married in this book (if you think that’s a spoiler, then you obviously didn’t read the summary – or, you know, the title), so there’s some drama surrounding that. No, she’s not having second thoughts or anything like that, but she’s busy dealing with unexpected wedding guests and people interfering and an unwanted mother getting invited and such. Plenty of drama to keep Heather busy even if she didn’t have a mystery to solve as well.
The only reason I really want more books from this series is because every little scrap I get about the characters apparently aren’t enough – I want more. Since this is a mystery book first and foremost and a story about Heather’s life second, the regular characters don’t get as much focus as the murder victims because they’re often in the background. So, I liked pretty much all the regular characters, but I want more from them!
I’ll admit, I had to reread the summary to remember what the mystery in this book was about, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it! An RA in Heather’s building is murdered and it turns into a very interesting mystery involving misbehaving RAs and foreign princes who may be hiding something and plenty of mysterious drama to offset the personal drama in Heather’s life.
The “Adult” Aspect
Just as was the case with all the previous books in this series, it’s pretty light on the adult stuff. Oh sure, it’s there, but nothing explicit is really spelled out – it’s more vague. So, this is definitely a good transition series for teenagers wanting to get into adult fiction or something.
Now that Heather is with Cooper and is getting married to him, the romance has kind of taken a backseat, but with all the drama going on in this book, I didn’t actually mind that. I do like Cooper and their relationship, but it was never all-consuming or anything for me and I never felt the need to read endless scenes of cute moments between them like I might with other couples. So, I felt like there was just the right amount of romance for me, but others might disagree.
Everything gets perfectly wrapped up for the wedding at the end. I won’t tell you whether it goes off without a hitch (although I don’t think it’s a spoiler either way since there isn’t a huge focus on the romance and such), but I thought it was a pretty satisfying end. Oh, and I’m pretty sure there’s a small cameo with the protagonist from another Cabot series, Queen of Babble, although I started reading that series after this one, so I wasn’t totally sure. But I love reading little cameos like that, so that’s awesome if I was right!
So, I ended up liking this fifth and final book just as much as the fourth book. I’m torn a bit, though – I was perfectly satisfied with how things ended, but I also want more so that I can keep up with these characters that have found their way into my bookish heart over time!