Special Agent Stella Lavender has a stressful‚ adrenaline-fueled job: buying drugs undercover from paranoid drug dealers.
So one afternoon she's grateful to be relaxing at an elegant outdoor wedding. But as the guests wait‚ then grow restive‚ the satin-clad bride is dying most horribly. Who would kill a bride--an "angel" according to the groom--just minutes before her nuptials?
Joining the investigation‚ Stella discovers the bride's surprising history and that jealousy‚ depression‚ and grief colored her relationships.
In Cold Feet‚ Karen Pullen draws the reader into a riveting story that alternates between Stella's life as a drug agent and her determination to untangle a complex knot of secrets‚ harmful emotions‚ and questions of identity in order to find a killer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Karen Pullen’s mystery novel “Cold Feet” scurries to a start revealing the vivid murder of a beautiful, gowned bride minutes before her nuptials. Then enters the wedding-guest heroine, Stella Lavender, a petit yet tough undercover narcotics agent, who is pulled into the bride’s murder investigation due to her proximity to the killing. The book follows Stella’s journey in the investigation as well as her narcotics work. She interplays with a host of strong and individual women, such as her artist/mother Fern, a drug dealer/mom Bebe, and the ultra-complex, determined murder victim herself. “Cold Feet” is a fast read. It’s unique, unexpected, multi-dimensional, and full of beautiful prose, such as: “Fern’s farmhouse looks its very best in May, when, like well-applied makeup, Nature camouflages the property’s many flaws. The ramshackle woods encircling her field are dotted with dogwoods, their floating white-petaled flowers distracting the eye from the rampant kudzu. In the field, lush grasses disguise the gopher holes and mole tunnels. Carolina jasmine winds around the crumbling wood of the trellis over the front door.” I really enjoyed “Cold Feet.” Karen has crafted beautiful prose that should end up on the top of your stack of nightstand books. M. Todd Henderson