Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries #2) by Kathleen Bridge

You may recall I shared with you about a new series Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries by Kathleen Bridge, and I do hope you took my advice and read part one, because now part two, Hearse and Gardens is available and it is even better! 

From the back of the book:

A Hamptons interior designer deals with skeletons in the closet in the new mystery from the national bestelling author of Better Homes and Corpses.

To keep her mind off the legal battle over the oceanfront cottage she’s trying to buy, Meg agrees to help her friend inventory and clear out furniture from the massive Montauk estate of wealthy art broker Harrison Falks. But the job takes a terrifying turn when Meg discovers a skeleton in a hidden room in one of the estate’s many bungalows. The remains turn out to be those of Harrison’s son, who went missing nearly twenty years ago—along with one of his father’s Warhol paintings.

As Meg delves into the Hamptons’ pop art past, she gets drawn into the sketchy goings-on and family drama at the estate. But when Meg makes no bones about solving the crime, she just might become the subject of the killer’s next installation.

My thoughts:

This book has such character. One in particular that speaks to me, Meg. She is so much the kind of person I would love to hang out with. Her yard sale skills remind me of the weekends I spent with my mom, both at yard sales and at the flea markets. I felt a connection with her from book one and the genuineness of her evolution has made it grow. 

The pacing is beautiful, as it was in the first part as well. I read this in one night because it was so smooth and engaging, I couldn't put it down. The descriptions were done to the point that you could easily sink into the setting, without being overdone or distracting. It was perfect, cozy. I can't wait for the next part. I look forward to seeing Meg grow and getting to know her friends better.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

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