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
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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