Monday, August 17, 2015

Cozy Monday

Better Homes and Corpses (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery #1) by Kathleen Bridge (Berkley Prime Crime mass market paperback, 4 August 2015).

Meg Barrett breaks up with her fiancĂ© when she finds out he's still seeing his ex-wife.  She leaves Manhattan,and her job as a magazine writer, and moves to Montauk to  start her own interior design business.

When Meg goes to visit her college roommate Jillian Spenser, whose family is considered Hamptons royalty, she is stunned to find an injured Jillian sitting next to her mother's blood-covered body.  Having been the one to discover Jillian and her mother, Meg is unwillingly drawn into the investigation.  

Meg's friend Elle, who works for the insurance company, hires her to help with the inventory of the estate, so Meg is forced to spend time there and get to know the rest of the family and assorted hangers-on.  She learns more than she wants to about the Spensers and their secrets and becomes drawn into family dramas.

Meg is a gutsy and resourceful character, and being the daughter of a police officer doesn't hurt.  Her parentage also adds to her determination to figure out what happened.  

The basis of the story is unusual and intriguing, and Kathleen Bridge constructs the story well. I look forward to reading the further adventures of Meg Barrett!

The publisher has generously offered a copy of Better Homes and Corpses to one of my readers in the United States.  Please comment below before midnight on August 24, 2015, and don't forget to include an email address where I can contact you if you win.

FTC Full Disclosure:  Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book.


  1. I am really looking forword to reading this new series. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Nice review, I would love to start reading this series

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  3. This series sounds great!
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  4. I love the title of this book. I haven't read this series, but after the review you gave, will be looking for the rest of the books.

  5. A new series that sounds terrific! Thanks for introducing it to me.


  6. I love 1st books in new series!!
    thank you for the giveaway.......

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  7. It sounds like this new series is going to be a good one! I'd love to start with the first book. I love the title, too.
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  8. Cute title! I'd love to read this new book by Kathleen Bridge!
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  9. What a great play on words for the title. It is my feeling that the first thing that draws me to a book/author I haven't read before is not only the cover illustration but the title too. Thanks for the review. robeader53@yahoo.com

  10. This one is on my list! Love the title....
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