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An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! by Rosemary Mosco and Jacob Souva (Illustrations)
Cookies and Clairvoyance by Bailey Cates
Cut to the Corpse by Lucy Lawrence
Death Overdue by Allison Brook
Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake
Gideon Falls, Volume 4: The Pentoculus by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Volume 1 by Sumito Oowara
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews
Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates
Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon
The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja (Artist) Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem (illustrator)
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel
Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas
Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
War Stories by Gordon Korman
The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap: Volume 1 by Kureha
Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari

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Better Homes and Corpses: 06/20/21

Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge

Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge is the start of the Hamptons Home and Garden mystery series. It's also the second book in recent months I've read with a main character who relocates to Montauk New York. This one though is a contemporary novel so it was interesting to see which details made it through, such as the historic lighthouse.

Meg Barrett has moved to Montauk after finding her ex-fiancé with his ex-wife. She quickly finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery when the Queen Mother of the Hamptons is murdered and her frail daughter is left with amnesia.

I have to admit from the introduction of Jillian I was immediately picturing Victoria Pedretti as she portrayed Nell Crain in the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House. Her apparent frailty is a key part of this mystery.

Meg's sleuthing is tied up in her knowledge of antiques and her willingness to get dirty going through people's attics and closets. She differs from other recent amateur sleuths I've read because she starts off the series with a large nest egg, enough to get her interior decorating business up and running and to buy a cottage. Yet, she's not like Tricia Miles in Murder is Binding who is older and has been saving up for this move through a long career.

The nuts and bolts of the mystery were pretty easy to figure out but the setting and characters are interesting. There was enough derring-do to keep things moving. All in all it was a satisfying page turner.

Book two is Hearse and Gardens (2016).

Five stars

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