Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting #goddessfish

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Murder at Morningside

by Sandra Bretting

 

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GENRE: Cozy Mystery

 

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BLURB:

 

Heads turn when milliner Missy Dubois waltzes into town to set up shop on the Great River Road in Louisiana. Heaven only knows the brides who get married in the grand old mansions there could use a bit of help.

 

But then Missy discovers a murder among the magnolias, and even the worst “bridezilla” seems suddenly tame.

 

 

 

Excerpt 

 

Time rewound with each footfall as I began to climb the grand outer staircase at Morningside Plantation. The limestone steps, burdened with the history of five generations, heaved their way toward heaven.

 

At the top lay a wide-plank verandah supported by columns painted pure white, like the clouds. By the time I took a third step, the digital camera in my right hand began to dissolve into the sterling silver handle of a ladies parasol. The visitors’ guide in my left hand magically transformed into a ballroom dance card bound by a satin cord.

 

Another step and the Mississippi River came into view as it flowed to the Gulf, languid as a waltz and the color of sweet tea. Could that be a whistle from a steamboat ferrying passengers past the plantation? If so, a turn and a wave wouldn’t be out of the question once I reached the top of the stairs, and good manners would dictate it.

 

I was about to do that when I realized the whistle was only my friend’s cell and not a Mississippi riverboat. “Ambrose! Turn that thing off. Honestly.”

 

“Sorry.” He shrugged. “I always forget you were Scarlett O’Hara in a past life.”

 

The mood was broken, though, and the sterling silver in my hand returned to plastic while the linen dance card hardened to a glossy brochure.

review

“Murder at Morningside” Missy DuBois is at one of her first jobs as an aspiring hat maker, when sadly the bride is killed before the big day. Missy then investigates to find the murderer. Sadly I had a very difficult time getting into this story. First, this is said to be the first book of a series, but I felt that there was a lot of missing back story that felt like may have been covered in another story. Second, I found the story a little choppy and bounced around a lot. Third and most important for me, I found the story very unrealistic. I had a hard time buying that Missy or anyone would feel obliged to help find a murderer just because she had befriended the deceased’s step-mother for all of an hour and felt she needed to do it because they were friends. Also, the only thing that makes her qualified to even begin an investigation is a course she took in college?? I just had a hard time buying it. I also found the characters not very relatable. I’m not from the south so maybe that’s the problem, but I couldn’t see these characters as real people. Sorry, I have to give this story a 3 hearts :(.
**Reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock***

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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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Sandra Bretting will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

 

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Posted on June 3, 2016, in Paranormal Romance & Author's That Rock. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Thanks for hosting me here today!

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt.

  3. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  4. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to reading this book!

  5. What is the name of your favorite restaurant?

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