Hearse and Gardens

Hearse and Gardens

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by Kathleen Bridge
     
 

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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

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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.
 
INCLUDES RECIPES AND DECORATING TIPS

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Praise for the Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery series

Hearse and Gardens is filled to the brim with fabulous characters, wonderful mystery and stellar setting...Author Kathleen Bridge has once again written a fabulous cozy, full of flair, panache and very well designed.” —Open Book Society
 
“A delightful sneak peek into life in the Hamptons, with intricate plotting and a likeable, down-to-earth protagonist. A promising start to a promising series.”—Suspense Magazine
 
“The descriptions of furniture and other antiques, as well as juicy tidbits on the Hamptons, make for entertaining reading for those who enjoy both antiques and lifestyles of the rich and famous.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425276594
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery Series , #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
64,405
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Kathleen Bridge, national bestselling author of Better Homes and Corpses, started her writing career working at the Michigan State University News in East Lansing, Michigan. She is the author and photographer of an antiques reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and has taught creative writing classes at Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York. Kathleen is also an antiques and vintage dealer in Long Island, New York, and has contributed to Country Living magazine.

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Hearse and Gardens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BeckyMcF 7 months ago
Book 2 in the Hamptons series is even better than the first! Besides liking the main characters in this series, I enjoy the extras about food, antiquing, decorating, the Hamptons, and health. There is casual but clever insertion of asthma and inhalers which could be very helpful to readers. The discovery of a skeleton opens a fun, secret rooms and passages mystery that coordinates quite well with Meg's real life dramas. At the end, everything made perfect sense and best of all, for me as the reader, I got some surprises! I am looking forward to Book 3!
Dollycas 11 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Escape to Montauk with interior designer Meg Barrett. She is excited to help her friend Elle Warner inventory and move the furnishings of some bungalows on the Harrison Falks estate. They end finding more than they bargained for when they find a skeleton in a secret room. It isn’t long before the remains are identified as the son of Harrison Falks. Rumor had him leaving the area 20 years ago in possession of a well known piece of art created by Andy Warhol. Meg just can’t help but to insert herself into the investigation and the family drama. Her bones may be the next ones found as she is installing herself right on the killer’s radar. I really like Meg. She may be hearing impaired but she knows how to deal with that and most of the time the disability doesn’t present any problems…but, of course…there are those times…where it gets her into a bunch of trouble. I like the way she works together with Elle and that they each know their strengths and weaknesses and really balance each other. The house that Meg is working on sounded wonderful before she decorated it but amazing after so worked her magic on the place. We meet Harrison Falk, his family, caretaker and staff. Eclectic is a great way to describe this bunch. Old money, a huge estate, with so many secrets. Great descriptions by this author make is so easy to visualize the vast estate and these characters. I really like the way the author weaves history into this story and introduces us to Montauk residents of the past and their stories. This time I found the information about pop art and artists very interesting. The plot has some nice twists and the pacing is absolutely perfect. There is a good dose of humor and a bit of romance sprinkled throughout the story too. This was a fun read and I can’t wait to return to Montauk.
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LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Kathleen Bridge is proving to be an exciting voice in cozy mysteries. HEARSE AND GARDENS is written with the same enjoyable mix of mystery, action, and humor as Bridge’s first Hamptons Home & Gardens installment, BETTER HOMES AND CORPSES. The characters in this series are wonderfully layered, and eclectic. Series lead, Meg Barrett, is hearing impaired, but this does not stop her from getting into the thick of things, and holding her own…and then some! My favorite parts of both book in this series is going on antique, and up cycling hunts with Meg and her friend Elle. If I could come across the amazing treasures the do (with the exception of dead bodies), I’d be out there searching every day! With her fluid writing, sense of timing, and superb way with descriptions, author Bridge’s series is one you will want to add to your bookshelves! The back of this book has some great decorating tips, and yummy recipes!