Missing, Presumed Wed
by Sharon Wildwind

Gale, 2009. ISBN 978-1-594-14787-6.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 07/24/2009

Fiction: Mystery

Sharon Wildwind has captured me for several hours once again. It is 1974. Her heroes, Avivah, the cop, and Pepper, the nurse, are sharing a house with their good friend Benny whose marriage to Lorraine is due to take place during the upcoming weekend. Pepper had met Avivah and Benny shortly after they all had served in Viet Nam. They had been good buddies ever since. Wildwind is a master at creating characters who are psychologically complex and unfailingly interesting. She makes us aware of the tensions Viet Nam vets felt when returning to the States after the unpopular ending of an unpopular war.

First to arrive for the wedding are members of Benny's family coming in by ones and twos. Each one seems to carry his own mystery ranging from World War II, to the Irish conflict to association with con-men. Sub-plots abound. There is murder, attempted murder, love and doubts about love all mixed in with wedding preparations and the ceremony which does take place.

One of the many sub-plots deals with Pepper, Colonel Darby Baxter and his ex-wife who works for the government. Another covers Avivah as a new police officer in a time when Affirmative Action has just been introduced. Missing, Presumed Wed deals with serious issues while keeping the reader guessing about the mystery plot line to the very end. I'm looking forward to the fifth and final book in the series. Will Pepper and Darby wed? Will Avivah and Nate become a couple? Stay tuned.

Sharon Wildwind grew up in Louisiana and served in Viet Nam as a nurse. This is the 4th of 5 in the Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen mystery series. She also journals and teaches workshops. She has lived in Canada and North Carolina. Visit her website.

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