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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 23, 2012

I love weddings, so I was happy to attend one last night. My critique partner’s son was getting married, and all of us in critique group were invited. The six of us have been together for years. We celebrate our book sales and rave reviews, bemoan our rejections, and generally support each other through life’s events. Sometimes our pre-work chatter seems more like a therapy session than a discussion of the book biz. It’s wonderful being part of this group of committed and caring friends, especially when we get together with our spouses and socialize.

While dining at the reception, listening to the dance music, and watching the bride, I couldn’t help but feel I had stepped into my latest book, Shear Murder. In this story, hairstylist Marla Shore is attending her friend Jill’s wedding as a bridesmaid when she discovers the matron of honor dead under the cake table. Naturally, I sneaked a look there last night, but thankfully the cake cutting ceremony took place without a hitch. It was a lovely evening which engendered many happy memories.

Bride Dance








Cindy Toast

Author Cynthia Thomason, mother of the groom, giving a toast.

Zelda, Nancy, Allison

Zelda Benjamin, Nancy Cohen, Allison Chase

Oline Cogdill

Mystery Reviewer Oline Cogdill

Critique Chorus

Zelda Benjamin, Allison Chase, Cynthia Thomason, Karen Kendall, Sharon Hartley








Has anything unusual ever happened to you at a wedding?


6 Responses to “Weddings”

  1. Betsy said

    We went to a wedding years ago where the mother of the bride and the father of the groom got into a fist fight. The father of the groom ended up with a bloody nose. The bride ended up in boohooy hysterics. The rest of us enjoyed the side show and got quietly drunk.

  2. Looks like you all had a blast! Agood critique group is like a little family. So nice to be close to people who get it!
    I have never been to a wedding except my own and it was just five people with us. So this looks like great fun!

  3. Aw, Mary, you need to get invited to more weddings!

  4. traciella said

    Nancy, this is great – I love the pictures!! And I love your blog, too 🙂

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