Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ghostal Living

 This next installment in the Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries centers around literature.  The book is full of references to many American authors and particularly the ones with connections to Long Island.  Kathleen Bridge returns with her main character Meg Barrett and her bff, El.   This installment is full of references to Fitzgerald, the least of which is the costume party that sounds like something straight out of The Great Gatsby.  

There are plenty of vivid descriptions of the decor, the books and the landscaping details.  Bee lovers will enjoy all the reference to honey and the Apiary in the book.   All the wonderful details about the Hamptons and the American authors blend well with the cozy mystery.   The guilty party is well hidden and its revelation a very climactic scene. 

I'm curious to see what the central theme of the next book is since we have now read about antiques, artists and authors.  

Ghostal LivingGhostal Living by Kathleen Bridge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I continue to enjoy this series of books set in the Hamptons. Besides the enjoyable descriptions of the Long Island areas and its residents, the books are full of cultural references. This one centers around Bibliophiles and books. Ms Bridge ties the area into the lives and works of many famous authors all while telling a wonderful cozy mystery. The mystery is multi layered and well thought out. There are several side mysteries that are somewhat intertwined. All in all an enjoyable read. This is the 3rd in the series but can be read as a standalone

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

Possible prompts

I will decide as the year goes along which prompts I use it for on several challenges since it meets multiple criteria within the challenge.

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #53
  2. Calendar of Crime  #CalendarOfCrime2021   
  3. Cruisin thru Cozies  free choice #32
  4. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #56
  5. Craving for Cozies  Book #48
  6. Pick your Poison #6-4 A book about flappers
  7. Backpacking Bookworm  #bbReadingChallenge2021  personified animal
  8. Medical Examiner Challenge  3 Toe Tags
  9. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 1
        • Library or bookstore
      • Row 3
        • Cliff, roof, high place
      • Row 5
        • Beach or shoreline
    • Weapons
      • Row 4
        • Push or fall
      • Row 5
        • Medicine or drugs
    • Detectives- Meg/El
    • Victims-  Franklin & Violet Hollingsworth; Randall
  10. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #62  Shot #3
  11. Audiobook  #2021AudiobookChallenge  #5


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