Sunday, March 18, 2012
Book Giveaway and Review: Murder Buys a T-shirt by Christy Fifield
Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Glory Martine loves the quaint souvenir shop she inherited from her great-uncle Louis. Not only did she get a shop filled with collectibles and mementos, she also inherited his parrot, Bluebeard. The shop is situated in the small town of Keyhole Bay in Florida, where everyone knows everyone else’s business.
When the town’s football hero, Kevin Stanley, dies in a car accident, Bluebeard becomes uncontrollable. He’s destroying the shop and he begins uttering words that lead Glory to the conclusion that this death was no accident. She’s not about to tell the authorities or her friends that her shop is haunted and her pet parrot says it’s murder, so she has no choice but take matters into her own hands and search for the truth herself.
Glory manages to take some time for herself when she meets the new owner of the bookstore across the street. The attraction is mutual, but obstacles are continually thrown in their path.
This is the first book in a brand new series, “A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery” and it’s off to a delightful start. The characters in this book immediately feel like old friends. Sometimes new characters can feel stiff in a first book, but not this cast. They were all well written and realistic. I even loved the belligerent parrot. LOL
The storyline is a solid one with the mystery moving along at a good pace. I must admit, I wasn’t too surprised at “whodunit” , but that didn’t ruin the book for me. I enjoyed reading how they all got to the ending and how it all unraveled. Besides, there were a couple of other possibilities so I wasn't 100% certain.
A nice feature - at the end of the book there are several pages of "Down-Home" dinner recipes. I wouldn't mind trying a few myself, especially the banana pudding. It sounds yummy!
It's a fun book that will make the dreariest of days a little brighter. I already miss the characters and I’m looking forward to the next book.
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Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Now, it's time for you to win your very own copy of this fun book! Thanks to Berkley for providing this giveaway.
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