Sunday, May 26, 2019


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 3 in the By the Sea Mysteries
by Kathleen Bridge

When a murderer crashes a masquerade ball, it's up to Liz to unmask the killer . . .
It's been quite a year for novelist Liz Holt. She's overcome a lot and is finally feeling at peace with her new life at her family's hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea, on the beautiful barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida. She's ready to ring in the New Year at the Florida Writes Literary Masquerade Ball.
But when her ex-boyfriend surprises her at the ball, she can't disguise her anger, and the two engage in a very public argument. When her ex turns up on the hotel grounds, shot through the heart, Liz finds herself topping the suspect list. With the help of family and friends, she needs to clear her name before the real killer waltzes away scot-free . . .
Recipes included!


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A talk with Kathleen

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Kathleen!

KB: My pleasure!

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about you, and your book/series.

KB:I’ve recently moved from Long Island to a barrier island on the Central East Coast of Florida. There is a lot of history on the island, including sunken treasure from a fleet of eighteenth-century Spanish galleons netting fortune hunters millions of dollars in gold. (and as a side note—they’re still finding gold doubloons washing ashore today!) I also found an old postcard from a resort that opened in 1926 called the Indialantic by the Sea Hotel and dug into its history. It was demolished decades ago but it still lives on in my A By the Sea Mystery Series. Murder by the Sea is the third book in the Series and opens with a Literary Masquerade Ball that takes place on New Year’s Eve where someone might or might not get murdered.

LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about your next book?

KB: The reason and person responsible for my protagonist, Liz Holt’s scar on her right cheek will be revealed, with a twist.

LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?

KB: Yes. I love researching things. In my By the Sea Series Aunt Amelia is a prolific television character actress from the 1960s-1970s so I had to mine through lots of TVland memories and do a lot of editing so I don’t lose the narrative or veer away from the plot.

LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?

KB: My reader’s block comes from writing two series a year and not having much time to read. I would say I never have a hard time getting into reading because I do it at night when my brain needs a break writing.

LKBR: Are there any magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others something readers could also benefit from?

KB: I am a member or Mystery Writers of America and Sister’s in Crime, their newsletters are very informative. I also love to read the New York Times book section weekly and online mystery blogs.

LKBR: Is there anything you would give up if you thought it would make you an even better writer?

KB: I suppose I would sacrifice my weekend antiquing and vintage hunting to make the time. Let me rephrase that… I would cut down.

LKBR: Any new projects in the works?

KB: Yes, I am in the process of writing my fourth A By the Sea mystery and I’ve completed my fourth Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery due out this summer.

LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?

1. How much romance do you like in your Cozy Mysteries?
2. Do you only read specific genres of cozies, i.e. paranormal, culinary, pet-centered, or do you read them all?
3. Do you like it when there are recipes or how-to tips at the end of cozies or you could take them or leave them?

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books? 


FB: Kathleen Bridge and AuthorKathleenBridge
Twitter: @Kathleenbridge
Instagram: @authorkathleenbridge
Pinterest: Kathleen Bridge

LKBR: Thank you so much, Kathleen for letting us get to know you better!


About the Author

Kathleen Bridge started her writing career working at the State News, the student newspaper of Michigan State University. She is an antiques dealer on Long Island and the author and photographer of an antique reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games.

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Purchase Links:
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Each book I read by author Kathleen Bridge simply gets better and better. MURDER BY THE SEA is no exception.

When a mystery book opens with a literary masquerade party in progress, how can you not get pulled in? It was so fun seeing what famous characters would be mentioned next.

But the party for us readers really started with the discovery of the body. From that moment on, author Bridge had us chasing down clues, suspecting so many people I lost count, and lead us through some amazing twists and turns, most of which led to dead ends, until finally all is made clear. By that point, I was breathless!

MURDER BY THE SEA is perfect summer time, vacation reading. Heck, it is perfect reading for any time of the year. If you haven’t read the first two installments of the By the Sea Mysteries, pick them all up and read them back to back.



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May 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 20 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews - SPOTLIGHT
May 21 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
May 21 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
May 21 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW
May 22 – Kelly P's Blog – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT
May 22 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 23 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 23 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT
May 23 – Brooke Blogs – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Here's How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
May 25 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW
May 25 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
May 25 – Ruff Drafts – RECIPE, SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 26 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – 4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ - GUEST POST

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  1. I’m so happy to hear there will be anew book in the Hampton Homes and Gardens series. I’ve missed Meg! To answer Kathleen’s questions: (1) I like some romance in my cozies but not a fan of love triangles; (2) I read all most all cozies, even a very few paranormal ones — just not a big fan of paranormal usually; (3) I like recipes and tips in my cozies. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Thank you for the interview with Kathleen Bridge and being part fo the book tour for "MURDER BY THE SEA. Your review confirms that I would love to read this book.
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