Thursday, January 5, 2017

In today's 
Book Spotlight 
is the first book in a brand new series by author
Susan Bernhardt 

Book One in the Irina Curtius Mysteries

All done reading your Christmas cozies?

Well, you don't have to be done with winter cozies!

is a wonderfully written cozy set in Manhattan, but with a small town feel. 

Read more about it!

Irina Curtius, a retired ballet dancer living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, runs a ballet studio for young children. Recently, she has been watching her younger and otherwise healthy neighbor, Stephen Kramer, become ill over time. When Stephen travels for business, his health always seems to improve dramatically after he has been away, but only temporarily. Within days of returning home, his health begins to deteriorate again. On top of that, Stephen has added stress due to problems he is having with his wife and his irate live-in sister-in-law. Sadly, Stephen's last bout with his mysterious illness has proven to be fatal. Unsatisfied with the official explanation and in order to deliver justice for her friend and neighbor, Irina sets out to uncover the truth and prove that Stephen was indeed murdered.

It won't be easy, though. A former lover from Irina's college days at NYU has suddenly reinserted himself into her life, wanting to pick up where they left off. Additionally, a strange newcomer arrives in Irina's neighborhood and he now seems to be shadowing Irina, appearing everywhere she goes. The story that unfolds, interwoven in the everyday lives of Irina and her social circle, highlights the unpredictability of life, the best and worst of humanity, and the powerful bonds that drive people together (and apart).

About Susan Bernhardt

Susan is a retired nurse who volunteers at her local free clinic. She lives with her husband, William, and has two sons, Peter and David.

An avid reader of mysteries, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc. and the Wisconsin Writers Association. Her published works include: A Manhattan Murder Mystery: An Irina Curtius Mystery, The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1), Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2), Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3), "October 31st", "Midsummer", and "John and Madeline."

When not writing, Susan loves to travel, bicycle, kayak, and create culinary magic in her kitchen. She works in stained-glass, daydreams in her organic garden, stays up late reading mysteries, and eats lots of chocolate.

Praise for

When I write a review the book starts with zero stars and has to earn each and every one. No matter who the author or series. I like to say that the book better be worth my time. Not only does this book earn the stars and my time, if I could I would give it a 10. Thank You Susan Bernhardt for a series that really worked my little gray cells. Can't wait for the next book.

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Most writers who don’t live in New York don’t get that but somehow Ms. Bernhardt did. “A Manhattan Murder Mystery” is like a love letter to this great city and it’s obvious that the author respects New Yorkers and how we live here.

But I’m here to talk a little about the book and not New York, even though New York City is a huge part of this novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed “A Manhattan Murder Mystery.” You think you know what’s going on with the murdered Stephen, most avid mystery readers would catch on fast and Ms. Bernhardt doesn’t try to hide it from her readers but how he was killed is not the reason to continue reading the story. It’s not the how but the “why” and the “who” about his death that forces you to read to the last page.

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I throughly enjoyed this book. I hated to come to the end because I was enjoying the characters so much!!

I hope this is the first of many stories with Irina and her friends. I highly recommend this book.

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Susan Berhardt excels at description. She captures the energy of the city & will make you love it, too. And oh the food! Don't start your diet while reading this book. Lovely characters, even the bad guys. A sweet romance for older characters makes this a good read.

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  1. This is one for my main wish list Lisa.TYVN

  2. Thank you, Lisa for the beautiful post about my new novel A Manhattan Murder Mystery!!!

  3. Susan Bernhardt's book sounds great; I will have to order it soon. Once I get all of my Amazon Christmas things all squared away then I will start ordering books for me. The cover is so inviting and I know the writing will be wonderful as always. Thanks for reminding us, Lisa.
    Cynthia B.

    And to Susan, much success with this book. <3

  4. I loved this book. Thanks for sharing, Lisa, and thanks Susan, for writing such a great book.

  5. Thanks, Lisa. I have this on my wish list, too.

  6. Thank you, ceblain, Mary, Andrea, and Patricia. I appreciate your wonderful comments and if you read A Manhattan Murder Mystery, I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the book. <3

  7. This book sounds fantastic and I'm heading to Amazon immediately. Thanks to both Lisa and Susan!