Summary

Beach Wedding gives the reader a front-row seat into the glitz and glamour of the Hamptons while revealing the sordid underbelly. The characters are fresh and exciting as they weigh family honor against blind acceptance of the status quo.

5-STAR REVIEW: BEACH WEDDING by Michael Ledwidge

The Description

Publication Date: February 15, 2022

A high-society wedding party stirs up new evidence in an unsolved murder in this thrilling stand-alone from the New York Times bestselling coauthor of James Patterson’s Now You See Her and The Quickie.

Hamptons sand… Hamptons money… Hamptons murder…

When Terry Rourke is invited to the spare-no-expense beach wedding of his hedge fund manager brother, he thinks that his biggest worry will be flubbing the champagne toast. But this isn’t the first time Terry has been to the Hamptons.

As the designer tuxedos are laid out and the flowers arranged along the glittering surf, Terry can’t help but take another look at a decades-old murder trial that rocked the very foundations of the town—and his family. Terry soon learns that digging up billion-dollar sand can be a very dangerous activity. The kind of danger that can very quickly turn even the most beautiful beach wedding into a wake.

The Review

It’s been over two decades since Terry Rourke has set foot in the Hamptons, but his big brother is getting married and wants a family reunion. In Beach Wedding, author Michael Ledwidge delivers an action-packed thriller centering around an old murder case that impacted the Rourke family and the community.

The author begins the story in the present with Terry and his family marveling over the beach house that brother Tom has rented for the month. Lavish and over the top, the setting clearly shows a contrast between Tom’s current life of luxury compared to the Rourke family’s humble beginnings…the exact opposite of the country club set. Terry, now a police sergeant in Philadelphia, looks back to that hot day in July 1999 when everything changed.

The story then switches to the past, providing a framework leading up to the murder of one of the community’s most prominent citizens and ensuing trial, where Terry’s father served as head assistant district attorney. When Terry discovers fresh information that causes him to delve into the past, he learns that someone wants those secrets left alone.

In a community where money and power often trump justice, Terry has to decide if finding the truth is worth putting his life—and his family—in danger. The suspense is high in this story, thanks to multiple twists and turns and solid storyline development.

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About The Author

MICHAEL LEDWIDGE is the writer of seventeen novels, the last dozen being New York Times bestsellers co-written with one of the world’s bestselling authors, James Patterson. With twenty million copies in print, their Michael Bennett series is the highest-selling New York City detective series of all time. One of their novels, Zoo, became a three-season CBS television series. He lives in Connecticut.

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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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5-STAR REVIEW: BEACH WEDDING by Michael LedwidgeBeach Wedding gives the reader a front-row seat into the glitz and glamour of the Hamptons while revealing the sordid underbelly. The characters are fresh and exciting as they weigh family honor against blind acceptance of the status quo.