Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Author Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Well Read, Then Dead (Read Em and Eat Mystery #1) by Terrie Farley Moran

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.

Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. If it’s not Rowena Gustavson loudly debating the merits of the current book club selection, it’s Miss Augusta Maddox lecturing tourists on rumors of sunken treasure among the islands. It’s no wonder Sassy’s favorite is Delia Batson, a regular at the Emily Dickinson table. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking.

No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.

If you were to step into the pages of Well Read, Then Dead, Sassy Cabot or Bridgy Mayfield are likely to welcome you with a conversation that goes something like this... 

"Welcome to the Read 'Em and Eat, your friendly neighborhood bookstore and cafe.  Come in, sit down.  That sound you hear?  Why that's the Gulf of Mexico lapping against the sugar-fine white sand of the immaculate beach that lines the entire west coast of our island, Estero Island, here in Fort Myers Beach  

Here's a nice cold glass of sweet tea for you while you decide on a snack.  We have Miss Marple Scones and Robert Frost Apple and Blueberry Tartlets.  Aunt Ophie's Buttermilk Pie is the special for today.  Oh, you noticed the books?  Sure, browse all you want.  Interested in anything particular?  We're happy to order.  If you like to talk about what you've read, here's a list of our book clubs and what they are reading this month.  They meet right here in that corner.  Pretty isn't it?  

The Potluck Book Club?  Oh, that's a fun group.  The books are food related, and we always serve free samples of the food associated with the book."  

The Read 'Em and Eat is where Island residents and tourists enjoy the relaxed and comfy atmosphere while eating a Swiss Family Robinson Cheeseburger or looking for the perfect beach book for an afternoon lounging in the sand.  Nothing could spoil the peace and tranquility.  Nothing, that is, except murder.  

You can take a leisurely visit to southwest Florida and enjoy the Read 'Em and Eat, the quirky folks who stop by, and perhaps catch a murderer.  All you have to do is read Well Read, Then Dead.


Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Well Read, Then Dead, the first cozy mystery in the Read ’Em and Eat series published by Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes short mystery fiction which has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and various anthologies, including the Mystery Writers of America anthology Crimes by Moonlight. Her work has been short-listed twice for Best American Mystery Stories. 

I always enjoy reading the first book in a new cozy series.  It's like you're meeting someone for the first time, and you feel the need to absorb all of the information you can about them all at once.  You pick it up, and from cover to cover, you're hooked.  

In Well Read, Then Dead, I was glued to the pages.  And not just because of the murder mystery (which was fabulous, by the way!), but because the setting for this book was unlike anything I'd ever read before.  It wasn't just a background to what had occurred, it was a character itself!  Such a creative and unique idea for a book series - one that I'm looking forward to reading in future installments.  

The ladies in Well Read, Then Dead, are beyond entertaining, and the writing is superb.  I'm looking forward to watching this great new series bloom and grow.  

Rating:  5 stars 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own.  

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Anonymous said...

SO want to read this one!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Thank you for inviting me here to Marie's Cozy Corner. I am delighted that you enjoyed Well Read, Then Dead. xo Terrie

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