by Terrie Farley Moran
Series: Read Em and Eat Mystery (Book 2)Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B00Q5DLWXA
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 of Well Read, Then Dead, Book 1 in the series can be found here:
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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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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