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Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.
So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens...in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.
Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.
This book was , for me anyway, more of a cozy mystery meets great beach read! I was rooting for Riley all through this book and I hated her awful husband Wendell as much as she did! I was crazy about her Aunt, what a wild card she turned out to be…… I am still not sure about Riley’s brother, I found his character to be weak and dishonest, I just could not get into his corner at all. The setting, Belle Isle, was one that I would love to spend a summer on and I loved the summer-house that Riley grew up vacationing in. As for Riley’s mother? I definitely could not relate to in any way, too old-fashioned stand by your man no matter what for me. I could not warm up to Parrish, Riley’s best friend, at first but when she finally came through for Riley and started to be there for her then I was okay with her. I am still not sure what Parrish’s secret was, did I miss something?
All in All this was a great summer read/cozy mystery, bring up a beach chair and enjoy!