Monday, July 6, 2015

ARC Review & #Giveaway ~ Caught Read-Handed (Read Em and Eat Mystery, Book 2) by Terrie Farley Moran #CozyMystery

Welcome to my review of Caught Read-Handed, Book 2 in the Read Em and Eat Mystery series by Terrie Farley Moran!

Caught Read-Handed
by Terrie Farley Moran

Series: Read Em and Eat Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270295

About Caught Read-Handed:

From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Dead comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat.

Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe—also known as “Tanya Trouble.” She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she’s later found murdered in her own hot tub.

The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.

Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!

My Review:

My review of Well Read, Then Dead, Book 1 in the series can be found here:

Sassy and Bridgy are back! This time Sassy is hip deep in a murder mystery that has her welcoming her former boss and his family to Florida. When Sassy overhears a shouting match between a new library volunteer, socialite Tanya Lipscome, and a man that bears a striking resemblance to the boss she left back on the east coast, Sassy knows she has to make the call. George acknowledges that he has a brother with PTSD that manages to disappear from time-to-time. When the police department arrest George's brother, Alan, on a murder charge - his argument with Tanya at the library has the PD focusing on him as murderer numero uno when Tanya winds up dead - Sassy has no other option but to get George to Fort Myers Beach pronto.

Sometimes, it really is a small world that we all live in!!

I'm a huge fan of this cozy mystery series. Food + Books = Completeness.

Sassy and Bridgy are both very likable and interesting characters. Each has their own quirks and ways about them but they complement one another. Of course, Sassy's involvement in the search for the killer is noticed by local law enforcement officers Ryan Mantoni and Frank Anthony. As the mystery progresses and her involvement escalates, so does the frustration of Ryan and Frank. Speaking of Frank...I was really hoping for a bit of Frank and Sassy flirting and well, that part sort of fell flat. There wasn't really even any childish teasing between them to even hint that they liked each other, so maybe Sassy will be moving in a different direction in that regards.

There are several themes woven into this novel. Some are clearly not about the murder, such as the snake that has decided that Fort Myers Beach is a great vacation spot; lots of land, water, and local cuisine in the form of outdoor pets. Others could definitely pertain to the murder involving neighbors, stepchildren, husbands, and veterans with PTSD. The set up and execution (pun intended) of this murder mystery is done well. Red herrings are tossed about like the protest signs Aunt Ophie and her crew are using to support the local snake on vacation. The back story and set up included for this novel is well written - the reader is provided all the back story needed to understand the who's and why's without being so overly inundated with useless information that you forget what's important.

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with Caught Read-Handed and found it to be a smooth flowing, easy read. The novel is engaging and will pull the reader in right from the beginning. There aren't any slow areas and everything seems pretty consistent. I was unable to solidly identify the suspect until pretty close to the reveal, which in itself is fantastic. I'm extremely interested to see where the author goes next with Sassy & Bridgy. You never know what may happen in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

ARC review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author:

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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Terrie Farley Moran said...

Thank you for this lovely review. I know what you mean, Sassy and Frank get me frustrated as well. Of course Cady is interested in Sassy, and she seems to be able to handle the friendship with him better than her constant clashes with Frank. Sometimes I think her brain is too occupied with other things like running the restaurant and solving murders. I worry like a mother hen! LOL

Sapphyria said...

You're very welcome. I adore this series so much.

Lol. I see the affection between Cady and Sassy, as well. I guess I'm just rooting for Frank more though. :)

It would be interesting to see how Sassy's involvement in murders, restaurant running, AND a relationship would play out. I anticipate book 3 very much, regardless of relationship statuses :)

Grandma Cootie said...

I have been waiting for this book, can't wait to read and catch up with Sassy again.

Bonny McDevitt said...

Sounds juicy!

Kathy Gonzales said...

I pre ordered and got the book today , can't wait to dive in !

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Eventually I think Sassy will be ready for a relationship but she seems to have a full life as it is. I will tell you that one day this past winter, I was visiting another blog and just for fun I asked if the readers thought Sassy would wind up with Cady or Frank. The response was overwhelmingly for Frank. I guess it is those biceps. LOL.

Judy said...

I am really looking forward to read this book. I know this is my kind of book. Thanks for your giveaways!!

Peggy said...

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Jane Firebaugh said...

This book is already on my tbr list. It sounds great. Thank you! :)