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Lavender Lies: 11/14/18
Lavender Lies by Susan Wittig Albert is the eighth book in the series. I know, I know, I keep saying I'll stop but I keep coming back for more.
For reasons that are beyond me, China and McQuaid are now planning their wedding and the date is rapidly approaching. Except by planning, I mean, mostly moaning about how they don't want anything special and tossing out goofy ideas that their friends all nix.
In the background of all of this there's a hurricane that is threatening to ruin the wedding or at least drive the event inside.
Then a wealthy land developer ends up murdered and no one seems surprised or all that bothered beyond the man's widow. His death seems to implicate people in China's wedding party and McQuaid is still struggling to be back on the job so China decides to solve the murder herself.
The twee wedding and the sudden evil land developer read like a murder mystery set in the middle of The Good Witch. It also reads like inspiration for Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson, which came three years later.
The ninth book in the series is Mistletoe Man.