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Caught Read-Handed by Terrie Farley Moran

IN THE August 8 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Caught Read-Handed and a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.

Sassy and Bridgy run Read ‘Em and Eat, a café/bookstore in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida–with the help of Miguel in the kitchen, of course. Each of the tables is named for a famous author with quotes, photos, and trivia on each one. There are several book clubs that meet there too, with Sassy acting as moderator. Fort Meyers is a small enough town that residents know each other and are always willing to pitch in and help. The tourists keep the economy going.

Sassy has a box of books to donate to the library’s annual sale but runs into a bit of trouble in the form of Tanya “Trouble” Lipscombe. It seems Tanya’s extra-rich husband thinks it would be a great idea for Tanya to do some volunteer work. That way, he won’t have to wonder where she is, who she’s with, or how much money she’s spending. Tanya puts in her time but is no help. book

Sassy drives into the parking lot at the same time as another car. The man who gets out looks so much like her former boss, George, that she calls him by name. When he turns, she sees it’s not George, but the resemblance is startling—enough that she later calls George to ask. It turns out it’s his brother, Alan, a veteran who suffers from PTSD. The family was worried about Alan, who goes for long periods without contacting them—that he’s found is the good news.

The bad news is Tanya didn’t think a homeless person should be in the library and didn’t hold back about saying so, in the loudest voice possible. Alan isn’t one for confrontations and bolts from the building. When Tanya is later found sitting in her hot tub with her head bashed in, Alan heads the list of persons of interest. Also missing is Tanya’s gold diamond-studded cigarette lighter. She claimed it was worth tens of thousands of dollars and she never hesitated to wave it around so people would know she was rich.

Tanya’s stepsons haven’t wasted a tear over her passing. Her husband, Barry, makes a great show of outrage that someone would kill his poor wife, but it feels staged rather than heartfelt.

George and family come to see what can be done for Alan. Sassy does her best to make them feel welcome but the whole thing is very stressful. Pastor John and the local veterans group pitch in as well.

There’s also the unwelcome distraction of a giant green anaconda snake swimming around the island. It’s not native to the area and is causing a lot of concern for people with small pets. The environmental group thinks the snake should be captured. Pet lovers want it killed. The solution for this problem seems almost as difficult as the solution to the murder.

Sassy and Bridgy do a bit of investigation, enough to ruffle the feathers of the police but not enough to put themselves in danger. Read ‘Em and Eat is Gossip Central, after all, so listening isn’t really investigating, is it?

The characters are a delight—Miguel with all his special dishes and treats (he’s shared the recipe for Miss Marple’s Orange Iced Scones); Ophie, Bridgy’s aunt who has got to be the biggest flirt in the South; the regulars at the café; and the two policemen—Ryan who follows and Frank who leads. Cady, the reporter, is a true gentleman and a great source. I think there could be the possibility of romance for Sassy there—or would Frank, the cop, be better?

All in all, snake and Tanya aside, Fort Meyers Beach is a place you’d love to visit—and then just stay to see what happens next. There’s bound to be another mystery, right around the corner. Until then, have another scone. This is the second book in the series. Well Read, Then Dead, the first, was reviewed for KRL.

To enter to win a copy of Caught Read-Handed, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Caught,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 15, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

You can use this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL and Mysterious Galaxy:

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her new one Bananas Foster. Sandy’s latest short story “The Tater Tot Caper” is one of eleven stories in The Killer Wore Cranberry: Fourths of Mayhem. The annual Thanksgiving anthology has eleven stories and this year, includes recipes. And it’s on sale! Available in all e-versions and in print.

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1 Marilyn WatsonNo Gravatar
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
August 8, 2015 at 9:31pm

This sounds great and I haven’t read in this series yet. Thank you for the contest.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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2 Jeanetta S.No Gravatar August 8, 2015 at 11:06pm

Caught Read-Handed sounds like a fun mystery book. Thank you for the review and chance to win the book.
myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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3 Caryn St.ClairNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 6:20am

Looks like a great bread. Thanks for the chance to win. stclairck@gmail.com

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4 Valerie HoynackiNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 8:03am

What fun it would be to visit that cafe/bookstore for real!!!!

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5 Karen DurbanNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 10:34am

New series for me. I’d love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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6 Peggy RancilioNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 10:43am

Looking forward to the second installment in this series.

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7 cheryl SmithNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 10:52am

looks like a good series..can’t wait to read..

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8 Annette NaishNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 11:32am

Oh my, this book sounds so terrific. I need to go find Well Read and Dead right away.

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9 Judy WeaverNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 12:39pm

Sounds like a must read to me!!

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10 Jan ChristensenNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JanSChristenen
August 9, 2015 at 1:58pm

This sounds like so much fun to read. Would love to win a copy. Email: willwriteforfood@mindspring.com

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11 candace knightNo Gravatar August 9, 2015 at 2:12pm

This sounds like a great book.

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12 Joan LeottaNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Joanleottawrite
August 9, 2015 at 6:33pm

Sounds like a fun series! I need some good diversion!
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13 Sheryl BoothNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Boothtalks
August 9, 2015 at 6:51pm

I am hearing alot of good things about this book and I want to read it for myself!

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14 Cindy SampleNo Gravatar
Twitter: @cindysample1
August 9, 2015 at 8:11pm

I loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to read this one!

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15 Marsha ColeNo Gravatar
Twitter: @MarshaC74
August 10, 2015 at 7:22am

This sounds like a great book and would love to win!
Thanks!

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16 jane chizmarNo Gravatar August 11, 2015 at 6:16am

Haven’t read this series yet ..looking forward to it. jchizmar01@windstream.net

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17 MegNo Gravatar
Twitter: @megmims
August 12, 2015 at 1:53pm

Loving book 1, looking forward to #2!

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18 bettyNo Gravatar August 12, 2015 at 2:13pm

Thanks for the chance to read your new series!

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19 LorieNo Gravatar
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 18, 2015 at 8:43am

We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher

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