Monday, August 10, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge


From the publisher: After Meg Barrett found her fiancé still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting…

In between scouring estate sales for her new interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, Meg visits the swanky East Hampton home of her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. But instead of seeing how the other half lives—she learns how the other half dies. Jillian’s mother, known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, has been murdered. Someone has staged a coup.

When she helps a friend inventory the Spensers’ estate for the insurance company, Meg finds herself right in the thick of things. Cataloging valuable antiques and art loses its charm when Meg discovers that the Spenser family has been hiding dangerous secrets, which may have furnished a murderer with a motive. As Meg gets closer to the truth, the killer will do anything to paint her out of the picture…


This book will definitely be included in my list of top debuts for 2015. The first in Kathleen Bridge's Hamptons Home and Garden mystery series, introduces readers to interior designer Meg Barrett, owner of Cottages by the Sea in Montauk. She's very excited to receive an invitation to her college roommate Jillian Spencer's East Hampton home where her mother is known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons. What Meg finds is Jillian cradling her murdered mother's body. When her friend Elle is hired by the insurance company to inventory the estate, Meg agrees to help out in order to find out what sort of skeletons the Spencers have in their closet.

This book almost has a gothic feel feel to it with a sheltered young woman living in a creepy estate by the water. The killer's identity kept me guessing until the very end, and the revelation came in a very climatic scene. The precious pup on the cover is Tripod the 3-legged dog who plays a key role.

Any kind of home decorating is typically beyond my abilities, but I greatly admire those who do have that talent, especially when it involves visits to estate sales and flea markets for unique pieces. I'm eager to follow along with Meg's adventures as she renovates and decorates her dream home.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Monday, August 17th for your chance to win a paperback copy of Better Homes and Corpses. (US entries only, please.)

60 comments:

  1. Interesting concept for a series of mystery novels! Will Tripod play a reoccurring role?

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  2. Better Homes and Corpses sounds like an enjoyable mystery book. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the review and giveaway.
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  3. Better Homes and Corpses sounds like a great start to a new series. Looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for the giveaway. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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  4. Love the title; thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  5. I love a new series. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Sounds great, love the cover. :)
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  7. Looks like a great new book. Love that title.
    Concats again on the beautiful Miss Mudpie!

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  8. Murder, mayhem and dead bodies. I LOVE IT!

    Yes please I'd love to be entered into this giveaway. I want to add this book to my home library.

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  9. A Home and Garden cozy series - sounds terrific! Skeleton in closets can be so intriguing.
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  10. Cute title. I want to hear about Miss Mudpie :)

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  11. Home decorating is not my strong suit, but I always enjoy reading about 'finds' people make at estate sales, etc. Thanks for the chance to win the first in this new series, it sounds great!
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  12. Thanks, Melissa! Home decorating is not within my ability, either, but I greatly admire those who are able to find used items and repurpose them.

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  13. Sounds like a great read. I love the title.

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  14. What a delightful and unique book. Thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. How special. Love this title and the cover is perfect. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Sounds like a great start to a new series, and I love the name Tripod, this definitely sounds like my kind of book.
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  17. Wow, this sounds like an absolutely wonderful book. Thank you for this chance. ReadingMama922@gmail.com

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  18. Great title! Looking forward to reading it!
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  19. This sounds like a fun read!

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  20. Sounds like a fun read and I like the title. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
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  21. Looking forward to reading this one.
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  22. I love to start series with the first book.

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  23. Sounds like a fun read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  24. I like the idea that this book has a Gothic feel to it. I used to read lots of Gothic romances so cozy with a touch of Gothic will be fun. Thanks for the contest.
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  25. Sounds like a fun book to read. I love murder mysteries. Trying to figure out who done it. Thanks for the contest. Will try to find it out and about the book stores.

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  26. Love the bookcover. Looks like great cozy mystery.

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  27. Maybe I could get some tips for my home. It sounds like a fun read. Ladyvyvian@hotmail.com

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  28. This looks like an interesting and fun read. Queen Mother of the Hamptons? Wow! Kind of fun to find out people's family secrets, especially those who have such exalted positions...would love to read this and appreciate the first in series! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  29. a definite must-read for me!!
    thank you for the giveaway.......

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  30. Love the concept, and the "gothic" quality you describe. I put it on myKindle list to read!

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  31. Love to get in on the start of a new series.
    thanks for the chance.

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  32. I've been waiting for this to come out. It looks like a great debut for a new series.
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  33. I love those retro Gothic Mysteries so I am looking forword to reading this new series.
    Thanks for the review

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  34. I love the cover of this book. It sounds interesting. I would love to read it!

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  35. Sounds like yet another good read.
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  36. I'm always drawn to a book with a dog on the cover.
    Ann
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  37. Lovely cover and great title...already added to my TBR pile. Kuzlin at AOL.com

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  38. Better Homes and Corpses sounds like an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the review and giveaway.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  39. Love stories about dogs or cats @ mysteries.

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  40. Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy!

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  41. So many great books and this sounds like another must read!
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  42. I have this book on my wish list.
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  43. Della Looks intriguing and has been added to my TBR's
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  44. I too had this book on my Amazon wish list. Thank you for the chance to win.
    karolyn.yoakum@gmail.com

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  45. Seems like a good book. Please enter me on the chance to winn.

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  46. As a guy I found the book very interesting. It was the type of book that was hard to put down!

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  47. Sounds like a series I would like to start. I would like to win it.

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  48. Sounds like a series I would like to start. I would like to win it.

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  49. Sounds like a series I would like to start. I would like to win it.

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  50. Sounds like a series I would like to start. I would like to win it.

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  51. Sounds like a series I would like to start. I would like to win it.

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  53. Got me hooked already! I'd love to win a copy!!
    mtrver at gmail dot com

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  54. Sounds like a fabulous book and I love the concept. Great Cover too...thank you for the giveaway,
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  55. I love antiques, Estate sales, old homes and homekeeping. And, as I told Kathleen already, this is my favorite title of all of them that have come out so far. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and I'm going to cross my fingers in hopes of winning this one.

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  56. Love it!! How exciting 💖💖💖

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  57. Between my interest in interior design, my love of estate sales, the setting, the great title, and the main characters name, this book automatically earned a place on my wish list. Thank you so much for the chance to win it.

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  58. Great review! This sounds like a great new series. I never had any talent when it comes to decorating either but I love to watch home decorating shows.

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