Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Giveaway and Review: Murder Buys a T-shirt by Christy Fifield

Cozy Mystery


Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Release Date:
March 2012

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.

and it also gets...

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.

To enter fill in the form below and follow these simple rules:

1) The contest runs from midnight (est), March 18th to midnight (est) on March 31st.

1) Entrants must leave a valid email address.

2) US residents only.

3) For an extra entry - follow this blog either through GFC or subscribe through email.

4) For another entry - tell us your favorite type of souvenir.

5) For an extra 2 entries blog about this contest on your blog.

I will notify a winner once one is chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their book or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

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For reading challenges:

Merely Mystery Reading Challenge
Where Are You Reading Challenge? (Florida)
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge


  1. I recently put this title on my wishlist! I'd love to win a copy

  2. This series looks like it will be a good one. I collect lots of things when I travel. T-shirts, shot glasses, and charms are things I started collecting when I was younger. More recently I have started collecting something handmade representative of the place being visited, so I can display them around the house. It's always fun searching for the perfect items to represent a constant memory.


  3. This sounds like a great read. I am so far behind on my cozy challenge reading!

  4. sounds great! Please enter me, I am a follower.
    My fav souvenires are mugs.

  5. I want to meet this parrot named Bluebeard--he should make the mystery lots of fun.

  6. My favorite type of souvenir is a golf score card.

  7. I love cameos, I collect them

  8. I like to collect coffee mugs. I have a nice collection. My kids always get one for me when they travel.

  9. My favorite souvenir is bookmarks and post cards. I like to get one of each everyplace I go as well as everyone I know gets me one.

  10. We like T-shirts! I also like coffee mugs and Christmas ornaments. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. It sounds like another excellent cozy mystery :D

  12. I love t-shirts! I always buy one or two when I travel!

  13. I have to say t-shirts. Well, and food (candy and such) but that doesn't last long! :)

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  14. This sounds like a great new cozy series! I don't travel anymore but I have a wonderful spoon collection. Friends and family have added to it for the last 25 years.


  15. I love tshirts for souvenirs!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  16. I always get the girls and myself a t-shirt and then I am hoping that I can make a quilt for them.
    Earlier in our marriage, I would try to find small pianos.

    I would love to win the book, "Murder Buys a T-shirt" by Christy Fifleld. Love the cover.

  17. My favorite souvenirs are real things from places that I have been like shells, rocks or bits of wood.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. What a fun read! I collect books. True! I like to get books from wherever I visit. I have Harry Potter books from Honduras

  19. My favorite type of souvenir is postcards!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  20. Sounds really good. I collect souvenir spoons - have since I was a kid.

  21. This books sounds fun! As a family, we try to pick up a magnet every where we go. And so if we've been there before, we can usually pick a cool second one.

  22. Sounds like a fun beginning to a series. I think I might even like the parrot.

  23. Oh, and my favorite souvenirs are magnets and t-shirts.

  24. For me it is coins, I have coins from all over the world. Love to read this book. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  25. This book sounds like a fun read, I think I'll look for it if I don't win.
    My favorite souvenir is a t-shirt. I'm a horrible t-shirt junkee! lol

  26. I collect pink pencils and pens.

  27. I collect pins that I pin on my travel hat.

  28. My favorite souvenir is always to purchase a Christmas ornament when I go anywhere.


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