Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Author Spotlight- Kathleen Bridge

Cozy Mystery authorKathleen Bridge makes her debut today with her first book Better Homes and Corpses.

Welcome to Weekend In The Hamptons.
The Hamptons is the setting for my cozy mystery series: A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery. My first book in my Hamptons Home and Garden Series is Better Homes and Corpses and will be out Aug. 4, 2015 from Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Random House) I spend every weekend I can on the easternmost tip of Long Island. I have a fondness for Montauk, perhaps it's because of my Michigan roots--sandy beaches (Great Lakes) and the laid-back atmosphere and warm salt-of-the-earth locals. If I need a dose of celeb sightings or gourmet meals, East Hampton is only a few miles away. Montauk also has its fair share of top restaurants to satisfy any foodie's palate. I hope this will be a place you can kick-back and get into the weekend vibe, share stories and blessings and most important, have fun! Kathy



Monday, August 3, 2015

First in Series- Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge

Happy Monday! It's time for a brand new first. Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge will be released on August 4th.

Series: Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
Language: English

After Meg Barrett found her fiancé still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting…

In between scouring estate sales for her new interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, Meg visits the swanky East Hampton home of her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. But instead of seeing how the other half lives—she learns how the other half dies. Jillian’s mother, known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, has been murdered. Someone has staged a coup.

When she helps a friend inventory the Spensers’ estate for the insurance company, Meg finds herself right in the thick of things. Cataloging valuable antiques and art loses its charm when Meg discovers that the Spenser family has been hiding dangerous secrets, which may have furnished a murderer with a motive. As Meg gets closer to the truth, the killer will do anything to paint her out of the picture…


About the Author

Kathleen Bridge started her writing career working at the Michigan State University News in East Lansing, Michigan. She is the author and photographer of an antique reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games, and the author of Revenge of the Sports Widows—How to Cope with a Sports Fanatic. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and has taught creative writing classes at the William Cullen Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York. Kathleen is also an antiques dealer in Long Island, New York, and has contributed to Country Living magazine.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Weekly Wrap UP #82

Happy Sunday! Here is what happened:

July 27th- First in A Series- A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes
July 28th- Author Spotlight- Tonya Kappes
July 29th- Book Trivia- Joyce and Jim Lavene
July 30th- Guest Post- Terrie Moran
July 31st- Blog Tour- Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Marty Wingate

Book's I've Read:

Give 'Em Pumpkin to Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Coming this week:

August 3rd- First in A Series- Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
August 4th- Author Spotlight- Kathleen Bridge
August 5th- Blog Tour- Give'Em Pumpkin to Talk About by Joyce and Jim Lavene
August 6th- Guest Post- Karen Rose Smith
August 7th- Blog Tour- Killer Wedding Cake by Gayle Trent
August 8th- Shelley's Reviews

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Shelley's Review

Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 28, 2015)
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery Series, Book 4

These days, home stager Caprice De Luca's calendar is a full house. Her grandmother's health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she's torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend's house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice's ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn't surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer's set list...


Caprice has surely gotten herself into a fine mess with Ace. Ace asked if she could help Alanna out by doing what she does best and that is staging Alanna's house for sale. She gets more than she wanted when she finds Alanna murdered and has to do what she can to save herself from becoming the next victim and clear Ace as suspect. This book will bring out the southern charm in you as you help Caprice find out what is going on and who killed Alanna. You will be tied in from the start and wanting more when it is over. This is my favorite so far in the series and the characters and strong story make it a fascinating read. You won't want to miss it. I'm am eagerly waiting to see what Caprice will get herself in to next. Charming, witty and fun complete this story.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour- Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Marty Wingate

Pru Park stopped by today with her latest book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Marty Wingate. Welcome Marty and Pru, so thrilled you can join us.

Print Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Alibi (August 4, 2015)
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Sold by: Random House LLC

Perfect for fans of Laura Childs, Ellery Adams, and Jenn McKinlay, Marty Wingate’s enchanting Potting Shed Mystery series heads to Scotland as Pru Parke plans her wedding . . . all while a vengeful murderer is poised to strike again.

After her romantic idyll with the debonair Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse culminates in a marriage proposal, Pru Parke sets about arranging their nuptials while diving into a short-term gig at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. At hand is the authentication of a journal purportedly penned by eighteenth-century botanist and explorer Archibald Menzies. Compared to the chaos of wedding planning, studying the journal is an agreeable task . . . that is, until a search for a missing cat leads to the discovery of a dead body: One of Pru’s colleagues has been conked on the head with a rock and dumped from a bridge into the Water of Leith.

Pru can’t help wondering if the murder has something to do with the Menzies diary. Is the killer covering up a forgery? Among the police’s many suspects are a fallen aristocrat turned furniture maker, Pru’s overly solicitous assistant, even Pru herself. Now, in the midst of sheer torture by the likes of flamboyant wedding dress designers and eccentric church organists, Pru must also uncover the work of a sly murderer—unless this bride wants to walk down the aisle in handcuffs.

You will be pulled in to the story right from the start. Pru is busy getting ready for her wedding and wants everything to be perfect from the flowers, the music and the caterers she has worked hard for everything to run smoothly. So when a body is found while she is looking for the cat she gets more than she hoped for on her big day.She now has to deal with all the wedding plans and find the killer to clear her name before she walks down the isle.

With a cast of characters so fun and well developed, The story will keep you captivated and intrigued right to the last page. I am a fan of Pru's and look forward to the next book and what she will find herself tangled up in next. Charming, witty and fun.

About the Author

Marty Wingate is the author of two previous Potting Shed mysteries, The Garden Plot and The Red Book of Primrose House. Her new Birds of a Feather Mystery series debuted with The Rhyme of the Magpie. Wingate is a regular contributor toCountry Gardens and other magazines. She also leads gardening tours throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and North America. More Potting Shed and Birds of a Feather mysteries are planned.

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What's New? A Gilded Grave (Newport Gilded Age Mystery Series)by Shelley Freydont.

Print Length: 405 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425275841
Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC

First in a new series from the author of the Celebration Bay mysteries

In 1895, the height of the Gilded Age, the social elite spend their summers in Newport, Rhode Island. Within the walls of their fabulous “cottages,” competition for superiority is ruthless … and so are the players.

During her first Newport season, Deanna Randolph attends a ball given in honor of Lord David Manchester, a Barbadian sugar magnate, and his sister, Madeline. The Manchesters are an immediate success—along with their exotic manservant and his fortune-telling talents.

But on the nearby cliffs, a young maid lies dead—and suspicion falls on Joseph Ballard, a member of one of the town’s most prestigious families.

Joe humiliated Deanna when he rebuffed an engagement to her, but while he may be a cad, she knows he isn’t a killer. Now the reluctant allies must navigate a world of parties, tennis matches, and séances to find the real murderer. But a misstep among the glittering upper classes could leave them exposed to something far more dangerous than malicious gossip…

Shelley Freydont is the author of the Liv Montgomery, Celebration Bay Festival Mysteries (Berkeley Prime Crime). She also writes the Katie McDonald Sudoku murder series and Lindy Haggerty Dance Company mystery series. She has written several romance novels under the pseudonym Gemma Bruce. Her books have been translated into seven languages.

Her first women's fiction novel, Beach Colors, written as Shelley Noble, was published by William Morrow June 2012. Stargazey Point will be available July 2013.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Shelley is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers.

For more about Shelley, please visit her website www.shelleyfreydont.com.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guest Post- Terrie Moran

Guest Post with Terrie Moran. Terrie is the author of the Read Em and Eat Mystery Series. We are talking about great books, yummy foods and summertime.

One of the great joys of having a new book released is that instead of sitting all alone in my writer’s cave, I get to roam around the blogosphere and visit. So I am pleased as punch to be here at Shelley’s Book Case. Caught Read-Handed is the second book in the Read ’Em and Eat series following Well Read, Then Dead, which recently won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel.

Mary Sassafras (Sassy) Cabot and her BFF and business partner Bridgy Mayfair are the owner-operators of the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore, where you can have breakfast (try the Agatha Christie soft boiled eggs with Catcher in the Rye toast) and then browse the book shelves for something to read while you lounge on the beach.

You see, the Read ’Em and Eat is located in the town of Fort Myers Beach on the Gulf coast of southwest Florida, where the sun shines most days and folks smile hello even if they’ve never seen you before. Sugar white sand covers the seven-to-eight mile coastline so there is plenty of room for everyone.

If it sounds like paradise, well I can tell you that it is, except when there is murder afoot. In Caught Read-Handed Sassy is on the charitable errand of donating books to the library for a fund raising sale when she sees a man who looks familiar. While Sassy is struggling to get the box of books through the front door, a library volunteer begins yelling at the man and chases him out of the library. When the volunteer, an obnoxious woman who some call “Tanya Trouble”, is found bludgeoned in her own hot tub, the man becomes the primary suspect. But Sassy discovers he is a PTSD veteran named Alan and the brother of an old friend >br />
While Sassy is trying to help Alan’s family sort things out, Café chef extraordinaire Miguel Guerra, is rallying support to rid Estero Bay of a huge Anaconda snake that wandered north from the Everglades. Miguel is afraid that his beloved Maine Coon, a furry ball of cute named Bow, will be in danger if the snake slithers ashore. Most of the pet owners on the island agree with him, but there are plenty of folks who want to save the Anaconda and there is a battle in the making.

Well there you have an idea of what you will find in Caught Read-Handed, great food and great books. Did I tell you that a number of book clubs meet at the Café? I love listening to the different points of view when the clubbies talk about books like Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried or The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart. I tell you, sometimes the book club meetings can get a bit rowdy.

The last thing I want to mention is Miss Marple’s Orange Iced Scones They’ve always been a treat for the Read ’Em and Eat patrons and now they can be a treat for you as well.

Karen Owen, who blogs over at A Cup of Tea and A Cozy Mystery http://acupofteaandacozymystery.blogspot.com/ developed a fabulous recipe for the scones and you will find it in the back pages of Caught Read-Handed. Please do try it—the scones are so mouthwateringly delicious. Served with a cup of tea or a glass of sweet tea they are the perfect beachside snack. Enjoy!


Agatha Award recipient Terrie Farley Moran is the author of the beachside Read 'Em and Eat cozy mystery series including Well Read, Then Dead and Caught Read-Handed. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. Her website is www.terriefarleymoran.com

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