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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


WELL READ, THEN DEAD
Book 1 in the Read 'Em And Eat Mystery series
by Terrie Farley Moran

First in a new series!

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.
 
Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. If it’s not Rowena Gustavson loudly debating the merits of the current book club selection, it’s Miss Augusta Maddox lecturing tourists on rumors of sunken treasure among the islands. It’s no wonder Sassy’s favorite is Delia Batson, a regular at the Emily Dickinson table. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking.
 
No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.
 
Includes a buttermilk pie recipe! 


WELL READ, THEN DEAD is one of my top three favorite new mystery series of 2014!

I have never read the first book of a series and the first published book for an author and been this blown away.

Any time a book grabs me on the first page and won’t let go, I know I am in for some of the best reading time I have ever spent. WELL READ, THEN DEAD, did that and more. I so enjoyed the book, I found myself smiling while reading and the real world around me fading away.

The characters and settings mix wonderfully and draw the reader in. It was a delight to get to know Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget “Bridgy” Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. They are two of the most enjoyable characters I have read this year. And wait until you meet Aunt Ophie! She’ll have you laughing out loud. There are shelves lined with books, delicious menu items, such as Old Man and the Sea Chowder, Miss Marple Scones and honest to goodness, Green Eggs and Ham, tables named after famous authors, and book groups like the Books Before Breakfast club. Beyond a doubt, if I had a real life Read ’Em and Eat near me, I would spend so much of my time there you’d think I was on the payroll!

What about the mystery element of the book? Perfect! Even after reading the back cover blur, I forgot who the victim was until I started reading the book. I cried when I read she was dead, because in just the short time I had been reading, I knew that woman would be someone I would love to spend a lot of time with. With the suspects that kept popping up, it became harder to guess who the murder was. I was in suspense the entire time and more emotionally invested than I have been in a story in ages. And with a twist that I didn’t see coming, it’s no wonder when I closed this book I just sat there and said “Wow”.

This book is a must read for all cozy fans and the perfect book to gift someone if you would like to introduce them to cozy mysteries.

WELL READ, THEN DEAD
is available at your local bookstore
or online book seller.




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Please read on for the answers to 
Monday Mystery Mashup!

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SOLUTIONS

1. Death Come Quickly

2. Murder As A Second Language

3. And Then You Dye

4. Death Of A PTA Goddess

5. Treacherous Tart

Check back next Monday 
for more Mashups!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed Well Read, Then Dead, and I appreciate your spreading the word to other readers. xo Terrie Moran

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  2. Got my copy...now, for time to read...maybe this weekend!

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