I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 293
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Vanessa Daniels
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Also by this author: Hearse and Gardens, Ghostal Living
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…
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What I thought of this book.
After finding out her fiance still had feelings for his ex-wife Meg decides it’s time to redo her life and quits her fancy job and moves from Mahattan to Montauk. She gets a job at the Queen of the Hamptons going through her old things for her new Interior Design business Cottage by the Sea.
She just arrives at the house when she finds Jillian on the floor holding on to her mother who is dead. Meg is immediately thrown into the investigation since she came upon the seen. Jillian was hurt but has a bit of amnesia and can’t remember what happened.
As she helps go through old furniture on the Spencer estate she starts to unfold a secret that could have been reason for murder. It also seems like someone is trying to help Meg along in her investigation but when things don’t go the way they want, they might have to just eliminate Meg as well.
I always love books that deal with antiques and furniture or old houses as I find it fascinating how people can see something and think of how they can use that to design a room. I would love to be able to do that but I am not real good at that…lol. Meg worked for a home and garden magazine and now she has her own interior design business. So she has an eye for details and it helps her solve a crime though the pieces didn’t fit until right towards the very end.
I like Meg, she is trying to forget about her fiance and go on with her life. She meets Cole, who is the victims son and they seem to hit it off, but in her mind he is also sort of a suspect, though she doesn’t want to think he could do anything like that. Kind of a rocky start to a new relationship.
Overall, great characters a good mystery and a bit of humor so if you like cozies then you will like this one. 🙂
Vanessa Daniels is a great Narrator. I have listened to her before so I knew she was going to be good. 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016