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Well Read, Then Dead
     

Well Read, Then Dead

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by Terrie Farley Moran
 

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First in a new series!

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.

Overview

First in a new series!

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.
 
Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. If it’s not Rowena Gustavson loudly debating the merits of the current book club selection, it’s Miss Augusta Maddox lecturing tourists on rumors of sunken treasure among the islands. It’s no wonder Sassy’s favorite is Delia Batson, a regular at the Emily Dickinson table. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking.
 
No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.
 
Includes a buttermilk pie recipe! 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425270288
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series , #1
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
248,226
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, where murder and sweet tea are always on the menu. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren. 
 

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Well Read, Then Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
MarieHahn13 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading the first book in a new cozy series. It's like you're meeting someone for the first time, and you feel the need to absorb all of the information you can about them all at once. You pick it up, and from cover to cover, you're hooked. In Well Read, Then Dead, I was glued to the pages. And not just because of the murder mystery (which was fabulous, by the way!), but because the setting for this book was unlike anything I'd ever read before. It wasn't just a background to what had occurred, it was a character itself! Such a creative and unique idea for a book series - one that I'm looking forward to reading in future installments. The ladies in Well Read, Then Dead, are beyond entertaining, and the writing is superb. I'm looking forward to watching this great new series bloom and grow. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to be transported into the pages of a novel?  From page one, I knew this book would do this for me.  The Read 'Em and Eat Cafe on Florida's Gulf Coast Shores sounds just perfect.  Best friends, Sassy and Bridgy, run this book store cafe combo together.  The tables and food entries are named after books or authors.  Book clubs meet there with full time residents and snowbirds who discuss a book then eat scrumptious meals or snacks afterwards. Two faithful members, Augusta and Delia's families have lived in this area for generations.  Augusta speaks her mind and everyone listens.  Delia is quiet but holds many secrets.  When someone kills Delia, Augusta sends Sassy and Bridgy on a number of missions, not the least of which is to find her friend's killer. Their love for their friends makes them want to help assuage Augusta's grief by helping in any way that they can.  Running their cafe and finding answers is not an easy task, especially when someone causes more deadly trouble. Loved the location and atmosphere in this book.  Perhaps even more, I appreciated the loving and caring way that people treated each other in this story, except for a couple of loud and difficult book club members who wanted to control everything and everyone.  Some history of this location was a great addition to the story and clues. The "got 'cha" ending was so very satisfying also!  Great start to this new Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, when I first received this book from the publisher, I automatically assumed that I wouldn't like it. I love a good mystery, but based on the synopsis, I thought it would be too soft for my taste. Boy, was I wrong! I was hooked from the very beginning. Not only did this book fulfill my love for a good mystery, it also gave me the satisfaction I get from reading about great literary characters. The fact that this book is the first in a series is great because after reading this, I want to read more! On another note, I always thought having a bookstore/cafe would be a great idea; glad that the setting was right up an alley that I also think is fun and interesting!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this book. The mix of characters was great, some you love some you hate and of course the eccentric ones, and they all mixed together to make an interesting read. The setting description had me googling Fort Myers and checking it out. The possible love interest is hinted at and seems like this will not be a jump into it but we will be able to bloom with it. The mystery was great, I admit I figured it out but it was written so well that I enjoyed reading as Sassy figured it out. I loved Skully and Ophie, I hope that we will get visits from them in the future. I eagerly await the next in this series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Well Read, Then Dead is the first book in the A read 'Em and Eat Mystery series. Business is going good for Sassy and Bridgy at the Read 'Em and Eat café on Fort Myers Beach. But things are about to change, Carlos their chef, slips in the kitchen and breaks his leg. The next morning, thru the magic of the internet, Aunt Ophie comes flying thru the door laden with grocery bags, ready to take over the kitchen. Truth be told, she'd probably like to take over everything at the café. Two of Sassy favorite regulars are Miss Augusta and Miss Delia, who are cousins. Miss Augusta loves to entertain everyone who will listen with tales of buried treasure in the area of Ft. Myers Beach. When Delia is found dead on the floor of her home, Augusta is devastated and insist that Sassy find out who had killed the shy Miss Delia. Everyone begins to look at the "wreckers", those you look for sunken treasure. But rumors begin that Miss Delia owned an island in the area of Ten Thousand Islands. Those closest to her just figured it was a good story. This story has a wonderful cast of characters. Auntie Ophie is a take charge woman and Sassy and Bridgy wonder if they will recognize there café when Carlos returns. Miss Augusta is a "tough old bird" and look forward to reading more about her and her feisty character. There is Maggie and Holly, her daughter and a teenager, who will, maybe, bring a younger point of view to future meeting of the Classic Book Club. On the romantic interest side for Sassy are Cady, a local newspaper reporter and Ryan Mantoni, a handsome county deputy. Another character that I hope will be back is "Skully", he got that nickname awhile back, as he was seen carrying around a human skull. He's a reserved gentleman who does odd jobs and makes jewelry out of shells. A very interesting new series and am most definitely looking forward the next book.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This sounds like my kind of place that mixes books and food? And that cover. Love it! In this, you got not only a book club, but a bookish theme restaurant and a library. Add a bookstore to the mix and we're set. Unless I missed it but other than that, there you go. Anyway what haven't I said about cozies that have a bookish theme to them? A new series that of course have heard nothing about. I can see potential with some of the characters and like that while there isn't a hint of a romance, exactly, you're curious to see what the series will do with it. Nice surprise and change of pace with that. Another fun read and start to a new series that I hope to keep up with. Thanks to the other bookish theme cozies I need to catch up on.
TessT More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st book in Terrie's Read 'Em and eat series. Set on Florida's Gulf Coast, in beautiful Ft. Myers, makes me long for a winter in the sunlight.  Sassy and Bridget own the bookstore/cafe there. When a murderer takes the life of one of Sassy's book club members, Miss Delia. Her cousin, Miss Augusta, is overcome with grief. Who would murder such a sweet, loving person? Miss Augusta soon begs Sassy and Bridget to investigate. The ups and downs, in and outs, and twists and turns kept me interested, and looking forward to more by Terrie Farley Moran. It's a great book to read on a cold winter's night, snuggled up with a blanket, in front of a fireplace, with a nice cup of Earl Grey within easy reach. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
lsneely More than 1 year ago
Thinking about the beach with cool weather movie? Take a trip to Fort Myers and enjoy food and a book at the Read 'Em and Eat Cafe and book shop! It's a beautiful setting with two sharp sleuths and a delectable mystery served up Southern style! You'll love this one!
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Sassy Cabot and Bridget Mayfield are two best friends who are also the owners of a bookstore cafe called Read 'Em and Eat. Things are going great for the two till their head chef has an accident, breaks his leg and is out for surgery. Out comes Bridget's aunt, a characters on her own Ophie who takes over the kitchen and basically makes it her own. Read 'Em and Eat has an interesting set of clientele, including two cousins Augusta and Delia. When Delia is found dead and murdered, Sassy has offered up to do anything she can in order to help Augusta in this time of grief and getting the funeral ready. But Augusta wants to find the murderer and it looks like she is pressing Sassy to do it. Interesting start to a new series. I liked the characters, there were some good ones and other's made me cringe a little. Like Jocelyn, the pastor's wife. I thought her actions and words towards Sassy was uncalled for and honestly a really strange behavior for a pastor's wife. I liked Skully the best and his hobby of creating pieces using sea shells. Makes me want to pull out a bunch of sea shells I got from Florida 3 years ago and create something myself heh. There are a couple of potential love interests for Sassy in the new series. One of them is a new comer, Frank Anthony. Everything is done subtle, so it be interesting to see how it all plays out. What took a bit of a turn for me was the small lack of emotion. I for some reason had a hard time finding Sassy's reaction to Delia's death a little weird I guess, or maybe I'm just weird but it didn't work for me. Anyway, excited about this new series, would love to see how it keeps going! I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Well Read, but Slow Plotted   When life threw them lemons, Sassy and Bridgy headed south.  The lifelong friends went from New York to Florida and opened a combination café and bookstore called Read ‘Em and Eat on the Barrier Island of Fort Myers Beach.  Over the last few years, they’ve made friends, especially through the book clubs that Sassy runs.   Which is why it is upsetting and shocking when Delia Batson turns up dead one morning.  Even more surprising is that it was murder.  Delia was a quiet woman who would never cross anyone if she could help it.  When her cousin, Augusta, asks Sassy to look into the murder, she begins to stick her nose into the investigation.  But what will she find?   I’d been hearing great things about this debut, and many of them are deserved.  The characters are strong and the setting is brought to life.  I loved spending time in the book.   Unfortunately, the plot is rather slow.  We get a lot of time with the results of a death, but not as much investigation or twists as I would have liked.  The twists that were there I did enjoy, and the ultimate solution was logical.  I just wish the pacing would have been better.   I’d heard so much praise that I am glad I read this debut.  I hope the pacing issues are resolved in the next book in the series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
One of my top three favorite new mystery series of 2014!  I have never read the first book of a series and the first published book for an author and been this blown away.    Any time a book grabs me on the first page and won’t let go, I know I am in for some of the best reading time I have ever spent. WELL READ, THEN DEAD, did that and more. I so enjoyed the book, I found myself smiling while reading and the real world around me fading away.  The characters and settings mix wonderfully and draw the reader in. It was a delight to get to know Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget “Bridgy” Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. They are two of the most enjoyable characters I have read this year. And wait until you meet Aunt Ophie! She’ll have you laughing out loud. There are shelves lined with books, delicious menu items, such as Old Man and the Sea Chowder, Miss Marple Scones and honest to goodness, Green Eggs and Ham, tables named after famous authors, and book groups like the Books Before Breakfast club. Beyond a doubt, if I had a real life Read ’Em and Eat near me, I would spend so much of my time there you’d think I was on the payroll!  What about the mystery element of the book? Perfect! Even after reading the back cover blur, I forgot who the victim was until I started reading the book. I cried when I read she was dead, because in just the short time I had been reading, I knew that woman would be someone I would love to spend a lot of time with. With the suspects that kept popping up, it became harder to guess who the murder was. I was in suspense the entire time and more emotionally invested than I have been in a story in ages. And with a twist that I didn’t see coming, it’s no wonder when I closed this book I just sat there and said “Wow”.   This book is a must read for all cozy fans and the perfect book to gift someone if you would like to introduce them to cozies mystery.  
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
Isn't this a great title? This is the first book in a new series and am I glad to be in at the beginning. I liked everything about this book. Starting with a charming cover and title. The setting is a café in Florida named Read em and eat. And this is not just a simple restaurant - it is a cozy eatery and bookshop combined. The tables are all named after authors and the menu items also have literary names. A place for book groups to meet- discuss books and eat delightful snacks. Two of the book group members are cousins Augusta and Delia- and just when you figure they are going to be part of the cast of regulars, one of them is found dead. And there are such kooky characters providing shakes of my head and chuckles. And there are surprises, twists and turns. This series promises to be a hit.
Rebecca Stock More than 1 year ago
Come on down to Ft. Myers Beach and join us at the Read ‘Em and Eat Bookstore Café, the third book in the Read ‘Em and Eat mystery series This is a new series for me and I had to catch up on the characters but it didn’t take long. The story begins when a book club led by Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, owners of the Read ‘Em and Eat Bookstore Café, lead a small group on a road trip to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Prior to the trip the “clubbies” read the book The Florida Life of Thomas Edison. After packing food and drink into a rented van from Gulf Coast Cab and Van the ladies set off on the trip with their regular van driver Oscar Frieland who enjoyed joking and teasing the “clubbies.” After a fun filled excursion the ladies returned to the bookstore and scattered through the parking lot before having drinks and snacks at the café. All were busy when Bridgy discovered her sunglasses were missing so she went back to the van and found Oscar dead in the van. Now the sheriff office has questions for Bridgy, who is very upset at finding a body while her best friend Sassy starts to do some investigating of her own.
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Madriver More than 1 year ago
I wasn't crazy about this book, and it seemed to take a long time to read. Maybe that's because this is more of a winter-type book for me (I'm in the northeast, and the snow is gone), or may that's because I'm getting tired of the "cozy mystery" formula and all the cutesy stuff that goes along with that - like the characters' names. Regardless, I thought it was predictable, the story dragged, and the characters weren't engaging (except for Augusta - I liked her).
jaysueread More than 1 year ago
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YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
I love reading brand new cozy series. I feel like I’m getting in on the ground floor and meeting new “friends”. The characters in this one were so easy for me to get to know and I already adore them. First, the setting is a bookstore café in Florida - so it immediately won me over. Sassy, along with her best friend, Bridget, are the owners of the “Read ‘Em and Eat” café. Sassy loves the bookstore side, while Bridget is all about the café part. Each table is decorated with a specific author theme and quotes from that author. Customers might find themselves sitting at the Agatha Christie or Emily Dickinson table. I would so love to have a shop like this in my area. The closest thing we have is a chain bookstore with a café in it and that’s not quite the same. I could feel the ambiance at the “Read ‘Em and Eat” café right through the pages of the book. Our amateur sleuth this time is Mary Sassafras Cabot – “Sassy” to her friends. At first I was a bit annoyed because the entire town seemed to rely on Sassy to do everything for them, but then I saw what a close knit group the town was and how much Sassy loved them. She will do anything for the people she loves and cares about. Sassy runs several different types of book clubs. When a soft spoken member is found dead, one of the victim’s relatives asks for Sassy’s help in finding out who was responsible. She never expects to uncover that the victim had so many secrets and finds villains in some interesting places. It’s up to Sassy to stop them before someone else is killed, since she's getting no help from the police. The author does an amazing job with developing the characters such as Sassy, Bridget, Aunt Ophie, and Miss Augusta. They were so realistic to me. Aunt Ophie and Miss Augusta made me smile. Eccentric characters with a heart of gold. The story moves along at a great pace and keeps readers guessing until the end. I know I didn't guess who the culprit was until the end and I was pretty surprised. I’m sure the author will be giving us many more books in the future. I can already tell this series will be an interesting ride and I can’t wait to get back for another visit to the “Read ‘Em and Eat”. Great series debut and a very talented new-to-me author! What more could I ask for? FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writer as the book/coffee shop/cafe has become rather overdone. A cute one had used book store wih new remands/cafe/and at night a bar with entertainment. Owner lives above store and feuds with librarian who claims his policy of a free book with coffee specials ruins her business? There is alubrary dog instead of library cat. The cafe part has health dept kicking out pets but this dog is a therapy dog with little coat
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