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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting Book Blast and Giveaway





Murder at Morningside

by Sandra Bretting



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GENRE: Cozy Mystery



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Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?






Excerpt



Before Beatrice could say more, the front door flew open and in stomped an elderly gentleman. He was on the verge of a good old-fashioned hissy fit.



Y’all don’t deserve a say in this wedding!” he said to a young woman who’d slunk in behind him.



The girl looked to be the right age for his daughter. She wore flip-flops and a wrinkled peasant blouse, and she buried her head in her hands. Well, that lifted the blouse an inch or two and exposed her bare stomach.



Lorda mercy. It seemed the girl and her fiancĂ© must have eaten supper before they said grace, as we said here in the South, because an unmistakable bump appeared under her top. She looked to be about four months along, give or take a few weeks, and I could see why her daddy wasn’t too happy with her right about now.



After a piece, she lifted her chin and glared at him. “I hate you!” Her voice rippled as cold as the river water that ran nearby. “I wish you were dead.” She stalked away.



I fully expected the man to cringe, or at least follow her. Instead, he merely glanced our way and shrugged. After a minute, he pivoted on the spectacle he’d caused and casually strolled away, leaving a bit of frost in the air.



Oh my. Why don’t we continue,” Beatrice said.



Poor Beatrice. She obviously wanted to divert our attention elsewhere. It couldn’t have been every day one of her hotel guests wished another guest was dead. She hustled us farther into the ballroom, as if nothing had happened, all the while explaining the history of Morningside Plantation.





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AUTHOR Bio and Links:





Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract to the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.



Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.sandrabretting.com  and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting



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27 comments:

  1. You know what they say, if one of your clients is murdered, best to keep it under your hat.

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    1. You are so funny! It's too early for me to have a witty comeback, so I'll just raise my coffee cup to you. Cheers!

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  2. Thank you, Gabrielle! This was a very fun series to write, because the main character is sooo sassy.

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  3. Thank you for informing me about this book.

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  4. Good to hear from you, Sara! I hope you liked the excerpt, too.

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  5. If the gentleman (ahem) is elderly, then his daughter is either
    1. middle aged (not likely from the description/actions, but maybe)
    2. very young and perhaps the elderly gentleman had her late in life. So,... perhaps "daddy" is a bit of a hyprocrite or perhaps that wasn't the reason for the animosity after all or perhaps I just overthink things!

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  6. Mmm...sometimes overthinking things isn't a bad thing. That's how mysteries are solved :)
    P.S. You have the world's greatest ID!

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    1. Thanks! Even better, I have a custom arf2 hat (r2 design with floppy dog ears) that my guy crocheted for my birthday.

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    2. Okay - your guy is crafty and he's thoughtful like that? Hold onto him!! (I'm still smiling about your ID, by the way.)

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  7. This is quite the cover! I love it...
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! Missy DuBois is a sassy gal, so I'm glad the artist captured that :)

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  8. This sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! It was a lot of fun to write. It's nice when your lead character is someone you enjoy :)

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  9. Any book with a "hissy fit" in it is a winner with me! I adore books written in the South!

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  10. I'm glad you liked that, Donna! There are tons of "Southern-isms" in the book, not to mention a "bless your heart" or two :)

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  11. Did you have a fun Mardi Gras?
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    Sherry Compton

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  12. Hi Steph,
    I didn't get to celebrate much this year, because I had so much going on. Did you? And--even more importantly--did you find the baby in the King Cake? :)

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  13. Hi Sandra, I really enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds delightful! Thank you for sharing and for the contest!

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    1. You're welcome, Betty, and thanks for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Missy DuBois. She's a hoot to hang out with, and I never know where she's going to take me next :)

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  14. Sounds intriguing and entertaining, will have to read soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. You're welcome, Patrick. I hope you enjoy reading about Missy DuBois and her friends!

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  16. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the great giveaway

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    1. You're welcome, Tammy! I hope you liked reading about Missy DuBois...she's one of my favorite main characters so far!

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  17. Great excerpt! This book sounds like such a fun, interesting, and intriguing read! Can't wait to read this book!

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  18. Thank you for the compliment, Ally! I really think you'll have fun with Missy DuBois and her Southern crew!

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