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It's the dead of winter and struggling actress and wedding-cake decorator Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in warm and romantic Sarasota, Florida, enjoying the powdery white beaches, soothing seas, and golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. She and her family are there to celebrate her beloved cousin's wedding. Not only is Piper creating the sugar-sand-dollar-festooned wedIt's the dead of winter and struggling actress and wedding-cake decorator Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in warm and romantic Sarasota, Florida, enjoying the powdery white beaches, soothing seas, and golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. She and her family are there to celebrate her beloved cousin's wedding. Not only is Piper creating the sugar-sand-dollar-festooned wedding cake, she's also the maid of honor.But a cloud seems to be hovering over the whole affair. Shortly after a bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a kindly neighbor's car is run off the road and a prospective witness, an innocent Amish teenager, is threatened to keep silent. Then a body is found on the beach where the wedding will take place. With the nuptials threatened, it falls to Piper to unmask a killer. Could it be the wedding planner with something to hide? A doctor and his wife who collect unusual Japanese figurines? The best man, an ex–drug dealer with lecherous eyes and roving hands? What about her cousin's future stepfather—or even the bridegroom himself?As Piper gets close to figuring out who's been covering his guilty footprints in the sand, the cunning killer has already set his sights on Piper as his next victim!...

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Footprints in the Sand: A Piper Donovan Mystery Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-01-30 03:48

    "Footprints in the Sand" is a typical Mary Jane Clark suspense/mystery. It's a great read for a weekend, vacation, or a day at the beach. It's not heavy, but it certainly isn't a light read either. The chapters are super short, which I like, and the story moves very fast. I love how Piper and Jack's relationship is beginning to blossom. I love a little romance mixed in with my mysteries. I also like how Ms. Clark adds a little "research" to each of her stories. The "research" for "Footprints in the Sand" was Amish life and Florida's sea life. I loved the Amish proverbs and how their life is lived in today's world. I did not realize Florida had a rather large Amish community. The incorporation about the sea turtles nesting was pretty cool. I vacation to the east coast of Florida each summer during sea turtle nesting season. The sea turtles are a major part of Florida's every day living.

  • Amy
    2019-02-15 02:03

    I really enjoyed this one. I hadn't heard of this series before, but I think I will probably look up some of the others. I like that I didn't figure out the culprit right away. I was a little surprised, in fact. I thought the amount of Amish information was interesting. I never thought about Amish being in Florida, but if this book is anything to go by, I guess there is a substantial community around Sarasota. The book does seem to be well researched on that aspect.

  • Kristin
    2019-01-31 04:35

    I usually love Mary Jane Clark and this series. This one annoyed me. It almost seemed like she was trying to make the main character seem younger. She kept having her post pictures to facebook and abrieviating words until I wanted to stop reading. She also didn't do too much to solve this one, she just kind of stumbled around until the bad guy went after her. I will read the next one, but I'll just get it from the library instead of buying it.

  • Kelly Bretzke
    2019-02-04 04:04

    I enjoyed this murder mystery story. The plot kept me guessing until the very end, and I live in FL and absolutely adored the description of the beach setting. However I felt that some of the character descriptions lacked a little interest and a few paragraphs had me skimming to find more intriguing dialogue. I love mysteries and this was a nice weekend read. I would be interested in reading another book by Mary Jane Clark to see how they compare.

  • Barb
    2019-01-24 06:01

    It's the dead of winter and struggling actress and wedding cake decorator Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in warm and romantic Sarasota, Florida, enjoying the powdery white beaches, soothing seas, and golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. She and her family are there to celebrate her beloved cousin's wedding. Not only is Piper creating the sugar sand dollar-festooned wedding cake, she's also the maid of honor. But a cloud seems to hover over the whole affair. Shortly after a bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a kindly neighbor's car is run off the road and a prospective witness, an innocent Amish teenager, is threatened to keep silent. Then a body is found on the wedding beach. With the nuptials threatened, it falls to Piper to unmask a killer. Could it be the wedding planner with something to hide? A doctor and his wife who collect unusual Japanese figurines? The best man, an ex-drug dealer with lecherous eyes and roving hands? What about her cousin's future stepfather—or even the bridegroom himself? As Piper gets close to figuring out who's been covering his guilty footprints in the sand, the cunning killer has already set his sights on Piper as his next victim!This is the first novel of MJ Clark that i have read. I'll be reading more. Loved it. 5 stars.

  • Laura
    2019-01-25 01:46

    Piper does not change. She has not learned from her past. The character development is soooo slow. I don’t know if I will read another in this series. For a while. I want the character to grow. She is still barging in on private issues. She justifies her rudeness by saying she is solving a mystery, but she is stagnant. The character development is almost totally absent wth Levi, the Amish young man. He did not react in a “normal” way.

  • Katey
    2019-01-23 05:43

    I'm enjoying this series, more than just because the books are quick reads. This particular story was fun, and I loved where the wedding took place in this one. Florida, the food, the weather. The story was just fun. One more book left in this series.

  • Ellen Curran
    2019-02-22 03:59

    A fun, quick read with familiar characters and pretty good story. Not her best, but fun and a good, light read.

  • Notserp2002
    2019-02-21 07:04

    really enjoyed this mystery - had me back and forth between a couple of suspects until towards the end when i figured it out.

  • Sonjie Outlaw
    2019-02-22 06:55

    Wedding on the beachThe story was very well written a d kept your interest. You were never sure who the killer was going to be.

  • Jean Hall
    2019-01-26 06:03

    I enjoyed reading this book. Of course I THOUGHT I had figured who the culprit was for a good while before the end, when I found out I was way off.

  • Marie
    2019-02-13 06:59

    In Footprints in the Sand, Piper Donovan is in Sarasota, Florida for her cousin's wedding. Not only is she making the wedding cake, but she's also the maid of honor. When one of the bridesmaids disappears and some other incidents threaten to postpone the wedding, Piper steps in to solve the mystery and save the day. She's got her work cut out for her though, because everyone's been keeping secrets and even the most innocent actions are suspect. I really enjoyed this 3rd installment of the Wedding Cake Mystery series. Even though it's part of a series, I think it can be read as a standalone book. I'm not totally caught up on all of the books; I've only read one other one, the 2nd. In this book, I don't remember many (if any) references to previous mysteries, so anyone new to the series shouldn't have any trouble starting here. The short chapters and the way in which Clark skipped amongst the different story lines really added to the suspense. The author had me reading as fast as I could and rapidly turning the pages, just to see what would happen next. As usual, Clark has put together a great mix of eclectic characters. Piper is always fun to read about. She definitely has a unique set of skills. I wasn't sure I liked her postings on Facebook, but that's individual taste. I also liked reading about Isaac, who left the Amish life behind to become a wedding planner. The location specific details really made me feel like I was in Florida. Clark presented some fascinating information about the sea turtles and a little about the invasive Australian pine. I loved reading all of that new-to-me information. However, I'm not entirely sure the mystery itself hinged on any of it. Change a few details and the mystery could easily have taken place on another beach halfway around the world. By having a few Amish characters, Clark is able to touch upon some Amish traditions, such as Rumspringa and shunning. She was also able to insert some charming Amish proverbs. Like the sea turtle information, it was interesting and added another dimension to the story, but I don't think it was a natural fit with the rest of the story. Clark definitely made it work, though, and I enjoyed learning a little more about the Amish. New Word:netsuke (page 23): a carved wooden or ivory ornamental toggle on a kimono cord. As I said above, the author included some Amish proverbs. My favourite appears on page 289:Even a saint is tempted by an open door.I've read a number of other books by Clark, all of which I enjoyed. My review of The Look of Love can be found here. The first one of the series is on my eReader, but I still haven't gotten to it. Clark also writes the KEY News Thrillers series, which is also good. I've only read the last three. For those reviews (and more), visit my Reviews by Author page and scroll down to Clark, Mary Jane. Recommended. Despite my small complaints about this story, I'd definitely read another book by this author. For more information about this book or to browse inside, please visit theHarperCollins website.I'd like to thank those nice people atHarperCollins for this review copy. Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark, William Morrow (HarperCollins), ©2013. ISBN 9780062222824(Uncorrected Proof), 367p.This review is also available on my blog, Daisy's Book Journal.

  • WJ
    2019-02-04 00:50

    When I started Footprints in the Sand I wasn't aware that it was part of an existing series, however this won't really impact your reading experience by much. Piper Donovan is presented to us as a cool twenty-something actress/wedding cake designer with a penchant for getting herself embroiled into mysteries and of being street-smart enough to help solve these mysteries. In Footprints Piper is attending the wedding of her cousin's wedding, only that her cousin seems to be ill-at-ease because one of her good friends has suddenly gone missing. Soon the body is found and a young Amish boy seems to be the perpetrator behind the murder. But Piper senses that he is innocent, covering up for someone else's crime. Only who would the real murderer be? And while Piper is investigating, the murderer draws ever closer to her.Though the book is presented/sold to us as a mix between chick lit and a mystery, with my expectations of the book being suitably lowered I still found the book to be a rather tedious one. First of all I found Piper's lack of self preservation skills to be incredibly stupid. It's a personal opinion but I really have to understand the protag's motivations in order for me to appreciate their choices and like the story being told. Piper Donovan was not an easy character for me to feel connected to, in particular because of how she kept getting herself into tight spots. (view spoiler)[The whole part about the rubber alligator or whatever being hidden in her bag to warn her off was really dumb to me as well. It seemed like a grade school prank to pull. (hide spoiler)]There were many little details that weren't properly explored throughout the book too. Clark introduces an Amish character without letting us know much about the Amish people, which is particularly confusing for people who don't live in the US and haven't been exposed to such a culture before. I'm still not quite sure how being Amish helped to create a more rounded character. The introduction of those delicate Japanese figurines were kind of pointless too, because I still found the doctor's character to be rather flat even by the novel's end. Perhaps Clark was attempting to juggle too many characters and ended up failing to create distinctive differences between their voice and their backgrounds.In terms of the mystery, the pacing of the book was actually not too shabby. There were enough incidents and accidents occurring throughout that will keep you engaged and interested in the novel. However, even though the pace of the novel was quite alright, I will say that the plot wasn't actually one that was very original. (view spoiler)[ An important character conveniently develops a case of amnesia that prevents her from pointing out the murderer. And while I haven't yet read about characters who've been poisoned by puffer fish, Piper isn't exactly an original, intelligent female character either. (hide spoiler)]I haven't had much luck with the crossover genre of chick lit and mystery, such as with my recent experience reading Love in a Nutshell. Footprints in the Sand was another disappointing read and I'm starting to wonder if this genre just isn't meant for me after all. Oh and I would really appreciate it if someone can let me know why this book is called Footprints in the Sand because I'm really not sure why this is the case.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-01-31 02:04

    Weddings are usually a time for joy and happiness, not for murder. Yet in the midst of wedding plans for Kathy Leeds and Dan Clemens, people that are part of the wedding plans keep on showing up missing. When one of Kathy's bridemaids, Shelley Hart goes missing for a few days, she begins to wonder just where she has gone since it's out of character for her to leave and not let someone know. Not only that, Nora Golubock claims she saw a man carrying a body into the bushes late at night but never thought to mention it to anyone. Now when the police call Kathy, they inform her that Shelley's car has been found with blood in it but no sign of her. Piper Donovan is a struggling actress that has flown down from New Jersey to be Kathy's maid of honor in her wedding. Little did she ever expect to find herself once more in the middle of what could be a murder investigation. It seems that Shelley oversaw all the event held at the Whispering Sands Inn where she was staying. If clients wanted a wedding reception, family reunion, business meeting or some other kind of gathering, they booked it with Shelley. It's also no surprise that one of her employees, Isaac is more than happy not having her around. Her absence made his life so much easier. He was the one to draw up the plans for the events and implement them. His concepts were always big and lush - in direct opposition to the simple, plain Amish way he was brought up. Now that he has walked away from the Amish faith and was being shunned by his family, he could now go back to implementing ideas the way he imagined and not changing them for Shelley. However in order to compensate his rich lifestyle he began with the theft of a sea turtle mosaic from the hotel. However when he got sick for a week, Shelley came by to drop off his paycheck and found the missing item. When Shelley confronted him, outraged by his dishonesty, he begged for another chance and to not tell the owner, Walter Engel or the police. However, with Shelley missing, Isaac could stay right here at the Whispering Sands Inn and life would be much easier. In the latest Piper Donovan Mystery, Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark immediately takes the reader into a suspense thriller to determine just in fact who murdered Shelley Hart. While the clues seem easy enough to decipher, Mary Jane Clark does a masterful job at keeping you guessing as you turn up with dead ends in your own search for answers. This is a must read for all fans of murder mystery genre's. The location is perfect on the sands of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida as Piper begins to follow the leads and hopes to solve the crime before the wedding. When a group of beach combers decides to build a sand castle what they uncover could spell disaster!I received Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. This is a great book to take you away for an afternoon for testing your own crime solving skills. It's face paced and engaging enough to keep you turning pages until you finish the novel. This is first for me reading a Mary Jane Clark novel but I can tell you it will not be my last. I love her writing style because I can get through it in a few hours and feel completely immersed in the story and characters she creates. In my opinion I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars. This is the third book in the Piper Donovan Wedding Cake Mystery series!

  • Kim
    2019-01-25 03:48

    It was quite nice to listen to this audio book about Florida beaches while driving through snow.

  • Ceelee Sunshine
    2019-02-08 01:36

    What a great mystery! This is the first book I have read by Mary Jane Clark and won't be the last. I would classify this as a cozy except I think it is more suspense-mystery than cozy. Piper Donovan is a hard character for me to love but I like her OK. I think the thing is that she did a couple of really stupid things like giving an envelope full of money to a person to give to someone else without knowing who she was giving it to and went swimming alone when she knew a killer was out there. I got a little irritated at the Facebook promoting too but since Piper is based on her daughter Elizabeth who told her how 27 year old young women talk and act, I guess it shows that social networks run their lives but it made me think she was superficial and she only wanted to get attention and lots of responses from the pictures she posted. Otherwise it was a great book! The story is set in Sarasota Florida in mid'February, about this time of year which to me was really neat! Piper had come down from new jersey to be maid of honor at her cousin Kathy's wedding. The festivities were marred by the death of a young woman who worked as a manager at the Whispering Sands Inn and the number one suspect in the police force's eyes was Levi whose cell phone was found near the body. Piper becomes involved in the case since Shelly was a friend of Kathy's and she had met and liked the young Amish man. There were plenty of suspects from an ex-con to the real estate developer and Piper enlists the aid of her FBI man Jack to help her figure out "whodunit". U have been starved for a good mystery as it seems the few months I have been reading a lot of literary fiction. I like Ms Clark's writing style. She sues short chapters like like James Patterson does and I like that because it makes the book flow a bit faster for me and I can read a couple chapters when I have a few minutes but not enough time for a full reading session. The murderer wasn't revealed until the final few pages and i have to admit I didn't suspect that person but it made sense. There is even a simple recipe for Key Lime pie in the book which i also did not exect and appreciate as I love them!

  • Chris
    2019-01-22 05:38

    Typical of Mary Jane Clark. "Footprints in the Sand" is a quick and easy light read, perfect for the weekend by the pool. Good story, not too predictive, but not a 'bite your fingernails' suspense either.

  • Tonya
    2019-02-16 05:02

    Plans for a romantic beach wedding are threatened when a bridesmaid goes missing and it falls to Piper Donovan to save the day in the third installment of Mary Jane Clark's enthralling Wedding Cake Mystery series"Mary Jane Clark is a master at whipping up delicious nightmares for mystery fans…"-Associated PressIt's the dead of winter and struggling actress and wedding cake decorator Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in warm and romantic Sarasota, Florida, enjoying the powdery white beaches, soothing seas, and golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. She and her family are there to celebrate her beloved cousin's wedding. Not only is Piper creating the sugar sand dollar-festooned wedding cake, she's also the maid of honor.But a cloud seems to hover over the whole affair. Shortly after a bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a kindly neighbor's car is run off the road and a prospective witness, an innocent Amish teenager, is threatened to keep silent. Then a body is found on the wedding beach. With the nuptials threatened, it falls to Piper to unmask a killer. Could it be the wedding planner with something to hide? A doctor and his wife who collect unusual Japanese figurines? The best man, an ex-drug dealer with lecherous eyes and roving hands? What about her cousin's future stepfather-or even the bridegroom himself?As Piper gets close to figuring out who's been covering his guilty footprints in the sand, the cunning killer has already set his sights on Piper as his next victim.-- My thoughts on this book varied. I really really loved the storyline. It moved fast, but sometimes maybe too fast. I had a hard time keeping up who was who and the mystery just seemed a bit much. I enjoyed Piper, I thought she was a fun character, easy to like and get along with. A bit of a love story in there, I just thought it lacked the extra something to really make me fall in love. Overall, a wonderful beach read....I received a copy of this book from Goodreads first read program in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Cynthia Ann Smith
    2019-02-16 07:56

    Awesome readPiper's escapades at the Whispering Sands Inn left me want to read way too long! I should tell you that this book is well written and has many twists and turns, I was leaning an entirely different direction of who killed who up until Piper discovers the wedding gift she presented to her cousin turned me upside down! Lots of twists and turns make this book a joy to read!!!!

  • Patty
    2019-01-26 06:36

    Footprints In The SandBy Mary Jane ClarkMy "in a nutshell" summary...Florida...sun...sand...and...murder...actually more than one murder.My thoughts after reading this book...Hmmm...there are tons of interesting characters in this book...and I suspected each and everyone of them while I was reading. And can I just say that every once in a while I love books with lots of really short chapters? Yum! This book had the best short chapters ever...each one made me suspect someone new. I truly did not suspect the real murderer until the very end...and just so you know...it was the very last person I would ever suspect!Let me briefly tell you what happened. This is what I would call a light hearted mystery so I will not be revealing anything major...it would spoil the fun of this delightful book! Piper...the Nancy Drew character in this book...is in Sarasota for her cousin Kathy's wedding. A friend of Kathy's disappears and this starts a progression of horrible events. Murders...mayhem...alligators...and...Puffer Fish! It is just fun and entertaining and well written. What I loved about this book...In a word? Everything! There are tantalizing food descriptions and beaches and wild life and quirky characters and mysterious characters and again...I suspected everyone. I loved it! I love the kind of cozy mystery where a supporting character makes a really bad choice and you know ultimately...it's curtains for them! Great fun!What I did not love...There is a recipe for Aunt Nora's Siesta Key Lime Pie in the back of the book...easy, no baking, and now I am forced to make it. Fictional Aunt Nora says it's the best.Final thoughts...What a delightful fun book this was. I have not read a Mary Jane Clark book in ages...she has written tons...but I loved Piper. I need to check out more of these books. If you love a relaxing cozy suspenseful mystery...this is an amazing one to choose. Sent from my iPad2 by Patty!!!

  • Teena in Toronto
    2019-02-01 01:03

    Piper's cousin, Kathy, in Sarasota is getting married and Piper is her maid of honour. Plus Piper and her mom are making the wedding cake (Piper's mom runs a bakery in New Jersey where Piper helps out). Shelley, Kathy's bridesmaid, has disappeared and Kathy is understandably concerned. Piper's widowed aunt (Kathy's mother), Nora, is dating Walter, who owns the hotel where Piper's family is staying. He is in the process of trying to convince the surrounding neighbours (including Nora) to sell their places so he can knock them down and expand his hotel.This is the fourth book I've read by this author and also the fourth I've read in her Wedding Cake Mystery series (I've read the first, second and fourth) ... they all work as stand alones. I liked the writing style and the short and snappy chapters but wasn't crazy when it got bogged down with the lectures during the tours.I thought the storyline was just so-so, though. A body is found buried in the sand, an elderly neighbour is run off the road and almost killed, there is a suicide and then another murder ... and the wedding plans still continue along with boat tours, etc. Everyone is able to move past all this and carry on ... really? There are lots of characters who could have been the murderer and you don't find out until the end ... I thought the reveal of the killer was weak. There was a huge emphasis on Piper posting EVERYTHING on Facebook in this story, including a shot of the body found on the beach ... in the last book, she just posted updates to her status.At the end of the book, there is a recipe for Aunt Nora's Easy but Sinfully Delicious Siesta Key Lime Pie. While not crazy about this book, I look forward to reading others by this author. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/01...

  • Sandra
    2019-02-11 03:41

    I received this book for free as a first reads giveaway and was very happy to have the opportunity to read some of Mary Jane Clark's work. This is the first book I've read by her and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Synopsis:Footprints in the Sand is a murder mystery set in Sarasota, Florida during a wedding. Piper Donovan is our main character and also maid of honor to her cousin. When one of the bridesmaids in the upcoming wedding suddenly vanishes and is later found dead, Piper takes it upon herself to investigate. As the plot progresses and more people start to lose their lives it becomes increasingly clear to Piper that this murderer must be found. Piper goes to great lengths to solve this mystery and ends up putting herself in serious danger. Review:Overall, I give this book a 4/5 stars. I definitely enjoyed the mystery of it but it also felt a bit slow at times. Not once did I guess correctly the killer's identity and didn't put anything together until Piper herself did. The plot was definitely not predictable. A major theme throughout the book is that of the Amish faith which I felt added an interesting aspect to the plot.One thing I really appreciate about the book is that it has shorter chapters. This made it easier for me to read a bit here and there when I had a few minutes. I also liked the few chapters written from the perspective of the murderer. As a main character, I loved Piper. She was headstrong and fearless. I wish I read the first two in this series before picking this up as I think it would be beneficial to know more about Piper's character development but you could definitely still read this book by itself. I will however, probably read the other books as well.I would like to thank the author/publisher for giving me the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of this book.

  • Lauren Fidler
    2019-02-19 07:42

    so, this one was much more in line with what i'd classify "beachy summer mystery" - not terrible enough that it takes forever to convince yourself to get into it and not so great you wish you'd read it when you could really focus on each and every authorial decision.honestly, i picked this one up because i assumed the author was mary higgins clark, not mary jane clark.i'm guessing she benefits from that mistake often.turns out, they're ex-in-laws. SO close.piper donovan is apparently (i've not read her other mysteries, but i probably will now because they take me less than three hours from start to finish) an actress turned cake designer whose one-dimensional parents suffer from macular degeneration and a paranoid obsession with death. they also make cakes, which piper helps out with between acting jobs. which seem few and far between these days, if i'm reading these things right.when i googled "mary jane clark" (because you know i did), i learned that she has a daughter elizabeth higgins clark who is an actress and starred temporarily in a soap opera, like piper, and who featured in an episode of "criminal minds", that piper watched in her hotel room. nice plug/moral support from mom there, kiddo!still, the book wasn't awful. there are some pretty terrible stereotypes (um...jo-jo, the waitress/single mother of three who blackmails the lady killer???) but the pacing is quick and easily digestible and you can almost forgive the perhaps one-dimensional, stereotypical treatment of many of the minor characters.also, if piper could stop saying things like "ridic" the world would be a happier place.three stars for a fast-paced cadence that made me wish suddenly that i, too, was vacationing on a beach somewhere.

  • Alaina
    2019-01-29 05:59

    Love this cozy mystery

  • MissSusie
    2019-02-01 01:44

    This was an ok cozy I didn't realize it was 3rd in a series so it took a little while to learn the characters backgrounds, some of the story was a bit farfetched but the characters made me curious enough that I may go back and listen to the first 2. I enjoyed parts of this book but had a problem with the actions of some of the characters, it did keep me guessing and a couple of the red herrings did get me.The part that annoyed me the most was Piper’s posting everything to Facebook and the way she talked about getting comments and ,oh wait there’s a dead body let’s post a picture of her dead body so I can see how many comments I get. What??!!??This was one of my vacation listens, I chose light easy reads and this one fit the bill it is a cozy mystery with traces of chick lit but the story wasn’t horrible I just question some of the actions. Piper should really leave the sleuthing to her dad (a former cop) or to her boyfriend (FBI Agent) because honestly she’s not very good at it and just pretty much put a huge target on her back without finding any answers, by the time she did figure it out it was almost too late.Plummer narration was well done, everyone had a distinct voice and I would look for more books she has narrated.My rating is somewhere between these two:3 Stars- Good Book but some things didn't connect with me2 1/2 Stars- just didn't connect to this book but was ok

  • MGE.Dee
    2019-02-03 08:39

    The plot revolves around Piper Donovan who's in sunny Sarasota Florida with her family to attend the wedding of her beloved cousin. Shortly after the rehearsal dinner, they find out one of the bridesmaids mysteriously disappeared and it's up to Piper to unmask the mystery. This book was such a disappointment to me. First of all, there was no mention whatsoever that this is not a stand alone title but part of a series so if you're not a Mary Jane Clark books veteran then chances are you'll end up like me, taking a while to decipher then remember who's who in this story. Aside from that, the way the chapters are written is exceedingly vexing. After approximately 6 paragraphs, the chapters end abruptly probably in the hopes of creating suspense; the result however, is a 300 page book with 108 chapters. Sometimes I feel Clark runs out of ideas on how to end the chapters obviously because you can't possibly end 108 chapters 6 paragraphs apart in a suspenseful note every single time, yet Clark insists on doing that. The book is a fast read- I give it that, but there is no room to tune in the book before another chapter springs up. Overall, the writing felt very flat to me. After 150 pages, I decided to finally cave in and give this book a rest and I think I did myself a great favor.

  • Donna Dalziel
    2019-01-22 03:34

    A good book for free time reading. Nothing much to expand the mind. It did have a nice setting and had some interesting tidbits about the Florida coastal city on the Gulf. A beach read for sure.

  • Randee Baty
    2019-02-18 06:57

    Piper Donovan, aspiring actress, is headed to Florida to be the maid-of-honor in her cousin's wedding and to help her mom bake the wedding cake. When she arrives, she find that one of the bridesmaids has disappeared and no one has seen her for three days. This is just the first of a string of unfortunate events that seem to be plaguing this wedding. The beautiful Sarasota beach setting seems to be covering a dark secret and Piper is determined to find out what it is so her cousin's wedding won't be ruined. There are plenty of suspects, interesting characters,lovely settings and sea turtles. In fact, a great beach read! American Cozy Mysteries (don't know if that's an official genre but it is to me!) is my favorite genre and this is a fun, fluffy example. There is the involvement of the Amish community which I know appeals to many readers. Footprints in the Sand is the third mystery in the Piper Donovan series and the first one I've read but that doesn't seem to be a problem. It was fine as a stand-alone mystery. It's a quick read that makes me want to find the first two in the series.I received this book from as a Goodreads giveaway and I appreciated the chance to read and review it.

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-02-13 00:37

    I love Amish books and my husband started this book and then handed it to me to read instead. The Amish story line turned out to be pretty weak and didn't really add much to this story at all. I found this book silly, really silly and not something I would usually choose to read. I have read ‘Cozy’ books in the past and enjoyed them….but not my favorite genre. A good gritty mystery is more my pace. That said I have to say that if this was my first ‘cozy’ it would be my last.The story was OK, but the way the mystery was solved was ridiculous. The killer took too many risks assuming he wouldn't get caught and he made major mistakes. I was surprised that it took Piper so long to figure it out…the whole, ‘I think I know something and yet I can’t put it all together,’ Got old real fast.The ending was laughable and I only give the book 3 stars because it was a nice story without sex and gore, but not my thing. Many people out there like Cozy Mysteries, but for my taste the silly antics and laugh out loud mistakes need to stop. Death is happening around you and yet, Hey lets party! Really…in what world is that OK?If you like these types of mystery then go for it…..but if you are like me stick with the darker side of life and read a real mystery.

  • Mark Flowers
    2019-02-11 06:42

    Adult/High School–Piper Donovan is back to solve another murder with a fabulously implausible connection to a wedding. This time she is the maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding in Florida when one of the bridesmaids turns up dead, followed shortly by an attempted murder on a potential witness, another possibly related murder, and a mysterious suicide. Piper’s attention is divided among her role in the wedding, supporting her cousin; the ever increasing body count; and the impending meeting between her parents and her new boyfriend (conveniently an FBI agent). As in the other Piper Donovan mysteries, Clark keeps the pace lightning fast and the suspense high through exceedingly brief chapters that change perspective among all the major players, including the murderer (though his identity is kept safely secret). Though Clark’s prose can be too utilitarian, with dialogue tending to the expositional, the clockwork precision of her plot can only be admired, and her characters, particularly Piper’s parents, shine through. Clark is not the equal of, say, Alan Bradley, but this novel and the previous one in the series are still excellent recommendations for teen fans of cozy mysteries.http://blogs.slj.com/adult4teen/2013/...