Braking for Bodies

Braking for Bodies

by Duffy Brown

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Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.
Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.
But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101631546
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: A Cycle Path Mystery , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 114,882
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Duffy Brown is the national bestselling author of the Cycle Path Mysteries and the Consignment Shop Mysteries. She loves anything with a mystery. While other girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and works at a consignment shop when she’s not busy conjuring up whodunit stories.

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Braking for Bodies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Duffy Brown's Braking for Bodies Welcome to Mackinac Island. You will arrive to the Island by ferry boat. Once here, you travel by horse-drawn taxis, bikes, horse-drawn carriages, horseback or foot. Automobiles have been banned which resulted in noise-free, clean air with a quaint village ambiance. The stunning imagery and vivid sense of setting add dimension to the story. Every year there is a Lilac Festival on the Island. You can smell the lilac trees due to the figurative description given by the author. The story is so well written and contains such vivid detail that you feel like you are right there and all the drama is happening right around you. Our main character, Evie Bloomfield, is a transport to the Island from Chicago for close to a year. She is co-owner of Rudy’s Rides, a bicycle rental shop. This is also where she lives with her two cate as Rudy has moved into Irma’s Fudge Shop awaiting their wedding. Evie is in her wedding and needs to get Irma’s wedding dress from the incoming ferry. Whoa…what’s wrong with her best friend Fiona??? Turns out Fiona’s former boss nicknamed “Peephole Perry’’from LA has arrived on the island with his mistress. What is going on?? Why is Fiona upset? Then on the next ferry, Mrs. “ Peephole Perry” arrives and the action begins…… Riding her bike up to the Grand Hotel, Evie goes head first over the handle bars landing on a body…a dead body. The guests at the hotel think that this is one of those Murder Weekend Plays which adds to the turmoil!!! The book totters between the present and past. This makes the mystery explainable as the reader learns the facts. Blending just the right combination of the ingredients: murder, mystery, mayhem, a engaging plot, unbelievable shenanigans, twists and turns plus humor and a touch of romance. The author has creatively drawn up a wonderful cast full of great people readers will love plus plenty of suspects who they will love to dislike. You will feel as if you are part of the family. Plus you will find plenty of colorful suspects to be investigated. This cozy is witty, clever, surprising and unpredictable!!! It is the second book in The Cycle Path Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. Enjoy!!! Thanks to the author via Facebook’s Cozy Mystery Review for the book. My opinion is my own.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
What a fun and fantastic story! This is the second in the series and I had so much fun reading it, I hated to finish it. And now I will have to wait a while again to read more about Evie and her misadventures. Evie runs into another dead body and this time it is her very good friend Fiona who looks good for the murder. So the race is on to keep Fiona out of jail and find the real murder. I did have my thoughts on who did the deed and some other crooked things, but I like that I was on the right track. The characters in this series are a lot of fun. I love all of the different themes painted on the bikes. It's going to be hard to wait for the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
Alison More than 1 year ago
Breaking for Bodies, the second book in the Cycle Path series does not disappoint. Duffy’s characters are very real and believable; they have their flaws. Evie Bloomfield doesn’t have have a perfect life and she is not a master sleuth. What she does have is an unwavering loyalty to her friends and an unbreakable determination to catch the real killer. Combine that with a healthy dose of sarcasm and she can be a force to contend with. With a little luck and a lot of sass Evie is determined to solve the mystery.
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in return for an unbiased review. I finished book 1 of this series shortly before receiving the ARC of book 2 and this new installment in the series did not disappoint. Evie Bloomfield had gone to Mackinac Island "for the summer" to help her boss Abigail's father Rudy in his bike shop...and never left. Now a partner with Rudy, her graphic design background is put to work creating "theme bikes" for the Fudgies. She's also settled in with many of the locals, although Irish Molly continues to tell her she has a "dark cloud" over her, and a good number believe it as a murder occurred shortly after Evie's arrival. Now Evie is deeply involved in the wedding plans of Rudy and his beloved Irma, so she just KNOWS there's no cloud. Until...there's dress mix-up, her friend Fiona's former boss/nemesis arrives with his hoochie girlfriend in tow followed by his wife, and then...yes...another murder. Between her friend being a prime suspect, wedding plans in an uproar, her mother arriving and re-igniting her romance with a retired mobster, and hot cop/son of the bride Nate Sutter being totally distracting...let's just say that cloud is not only there, it appears to be growing! I do enjoy the characters in this series. Along with murder you get humor -- what's not to like?
dmhalvers More than 1 year ago
It isn’t often that I find myself laughing out loud when reading a book. True, I might smile, smirk, or even give a half a chuckle, but an actual and honest to goodness laugh out loud just doesn’t happen all that often. “Braking for Bodies,” however, the second in the Cycle Path Mystery series by Duffy Brown, was so LOL funny that I thoroughly enjoyed laughing my way through it! This book brings us back to beautiful Mackinac Island where Evie is enjoying her new life away from the big city. She enjoys her work at the bike shop and has made good friends on the Island. In fact, helping one of her new friends is what actually gets this mystery rolling when bride-to-be, Irma, asks Evie, her maid of honor, to pick up her wedding dress that is arriving on the ferry. Also arriving on the ferry is Fiona’s (Evie’s best friend) old boss from Los Angeles, who must be up to his same old swarmy, sleazy tricks because he is soon murdered, and with Fiona being the prime suspect, it’s up to Evie to clear her best friend’s name! Once Evie is on the case, hilarity ensues, and the real fun begins. This series has a wonderfully quirky and lovable cast of characters who feel very real and down to earth, so much so that I feel like I’m living the story right along with Evie. “Braking for Bodies” starts out fast and funny, even has a little hint of romance, and it is just a well-written engaging mystery. Duffy Brown has given us a wonderful second entry into the Cycle Path Mystery series, and I can’t wait to read the third! I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
Mackinac Island, the Lilac Festival, a wedding, and a murder make for comical chaos in Braking for Bodies. This is the second installment of the Cycle Path Mystery series. Evie Bloomfield has been on Mackinac Island for a year now, and is currently getting a friend's wedding ready during the island's Lilac Festival (a job and a half in itself), when she literally falls over a dead body. From that point on, it is a mystery plagued with a wonderful comedy of errors. In this second book, Ms. Brown has found and solidified the voice for Evie, an accident prone partner in a bicycle rental shop. Evie is a loyal friend, impulsive, stubborn, smart, and extremely funny. She tackles each mystery with both logic and a crazy impulsive streak that gets her into trouble more times than not. The mystery itself is well plotted with no bits left hanging. I had an inkling of who did it, but I wasn't sure until the very end. Bonus in my eyes! Throughout the book, the use of imagery takes me back to my visits to Mackinac Island and makes me want to go hunt out the inspirations for the settings. By far the best part of the books is the cast of characters. The supporting characters are so quirky that I couldn't help falling in love with every one of them and wanting them all to be my neighbors. If you are looking for a book with a great mix of humor and mystery with a side of Northern Michigan location, this is the series you are looking for. I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It was so funny and had some romance built up from the last one. Great way to cover up murder from tourist is to make them think they're apart of a murder mystery weekend. Brilliant!
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Braking For Bodies by Duffy Brown is a delightful book in the Cycle Path Mystery. Evie Bloomfield is enjoying making Mackinac Island her new home. Just when she thinks her stress level is finally going away her bff Fiona is front and center with the latest murder. Seems Fiona’s former boss is as sleazy as they come and the list of suspects grow by the day. Detective Nate Sutter has his hands full with his mothers upcoming wedding and now there is a body on the island. Of course the thorn in is side, one Evie Bloomfield is right in the middle of it all. Luckily for Nate and Evie the tourist think it’s a murder mystery weekend, so that gives them some time to figure out the real killer. The cast of characters will keep you guessing to the very end. What a fun and delightful read. Eager to read the next book by Duffy Brown.
DeeL-W More than 1 year ago
Normally I like my characters to be more respectful of crime scenes and evidence but in this madcap case, I'm more forgiving. The second "cycle path" mystery brings back the amusing characters from Mackinac Island in a rollicking murder mystery. This is a truly fun read. Exaggerated characters and situations add to the fun. Go along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.
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KelliJo More than 1 year ago
Get ready for a romp around Mackinac Island! Where there's a Lilac Festival and Evie Bloomfield and her dark cloud, there's bound to be fun...and trouble. While trying to take care of her maid-of-honor duties to a quickly falling apart wedding, Evie must try to find a killer and prove to Chief Sutter that her best friend, Fiona, is innocent. Fiona's old boss from LA has shown up with his secretary, and mistress, Zo, followed closely by his angry wife, Madonna. He's not on the island a full day, when poor Evie finds him dead - with Fiona hovering close by. To keep the tourists from mass-exiting the island, Evie talks Sutter into letting everyone believe that it is a Mystery Game, and everyone involved are actors - not a real murder. The Grand Hotel gets into the fun, offering the winning team who figures out the Mystery, a free weekend at the Grand. Duffy Brown takes you on a fun ride, on a bicycle of course (and sometimes "borrowed" horse) around Mackinac, trying to figure out just who "done it". There are too many possibilities and not enough real clues. Is the wife or the mistress? They have alibis. Is the check-in clerk and hotel manager? They've got something going on. Is it Fiona and her singer friend, Idle Summers? Peep had something on both of them. You're gonna have to read to the very end to find out! And you won't be able to put it down until the end!!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Not having read any books in this series, I’m jumping in mid stream. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this book. Sure, it would be better to meet the characters from the beginning. I’ll fix that when I grab the first book. Wow. This book takes off and never slows down. Evie Bloomfield rushes from one thing to the next, trying to clear her friend’s name after she’s accused of murdering Peep. He’s the scum bag who came to Mackinac Island to blackmail Fiona. No surprise he’s found dead, killed by a bottle of virgin olive oil, no less. Said bottle last seen in Fiona’s hand. From here on, things take a turn for the hilarious. The Corpse Crusaders, a group of guests at The Grand Hotel, think this is a parlor game and they are all up in the investigation, seeking clues, tampering with crime scenes, and generally making a nuisance of themselves. Evie and sexy local policeman Nate Sutter let them believe this, figuring to solve the murder with none the wiser, and they don’t want something like murder to ruin the upcoming Lilac Festival, a big draw for the island. There’s a couple of scenes where Evie needs to get rid of the Corpse Crusader’s so she drops hints that Nate has the answers. I can just imagine his face when they start pestering him. She’s such a pistol. I tell ya, following Evie around the island was exhausting. She’s either pedaling a bike all over the place or stealing Nate’s horse. And she’s not the best at sleuthing. From braking into and out of jail, to destruction of property and aiding and abetting a fugitive, my head was spinning. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with this much mayhem. And so many laughs. About stealing Nate’s horse. I’ve been to Mackinac Island a few times, and cars aren’t allowed there. You can walk, rent a bike, or ride a horse or in a carriage. It’s such a difference from the traffic noise. And the cafes and shops are delightful. I kind of felt for the poor girl. Evie is so busy running the bike shop, helping to pull together Nate’s mothers wedding after everything falls apart, and saving her best friend from spending the rest of her life in jail, she doesn’t even have time to do her laundry. She’s running around the island in dirty clothes and her hair, well, you can imagine. Yet, she never flinches. Never loses her sense of humor. I’d “kill” for a friend like her. An island community is a lot like a small town. Most people know each other, at least by sight. The islanders are taking bets on when Nate and Evie will hook up. It added one more fun plot to this book. I placed my own bet. Now to see if I’m a winner. A laugh riot from beginning to end. This is a cozy series you won’t want to miss.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series that I have read and it was good as a stand alone. Although I am going to go back and read the first one as I generally like to read the whole series in order. I liked that this book was set on Mackinac Island where most people do bike so what a perfect subject for this book to follow. I enjoyed hearing about the Lilac Festival that would be so fun to go to as that is my favorite flower. But not when you find a dead body. It was fun to follow Evie along as she is trying to figure out who killed Peephole Perry. What a name right? The characters in this book were enjoyable and the setting very quaint. The author did a good job of giving you just enough so you thought you had it figured out but then realize you do not. I thought the book moved at a good pace and was a fun weekend read. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Nook-loverLL More than 1 year ago
Great fun read! Now I am ready for your next Mackinac Island book, but am willing to wait. I found myself laughing out loud and not wanting the end of the book to come. Thank you Duffy Brown for a great Evie Bloomfield mystery.
krazyquilter More than 1 year ago
loved this book! Such a fun read. It moves along so quick. Like riding a bike down hill. You get a great feel for Mackinac Island with out pages of description. The characters are all people I would love to meet! Can't wait for the next book in this series!!
afbaugh More than 1 year ago
A fast paced mystery set in the lovely island community of Mackinac where the cast of characters have you laughing out loud one minute and rooting for the next. A great addition to the series, Duffy's second Cycle Path mystery does not slow down. A wedding to plan and pull off while hunting for the killer of a sleazy journalist is the just another day in the life for Evie Bloomfield. A little romance with the chief of police spices up a rather complicated mystery for Evie. I can't wait to read more in this series.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Evie and Nate Sutter are getting ready for the wedding between Nate's mom and Evie's partner at the bike shop. While going to pickup Nate's moms wedding dress she meets up with Fiona and meets the ferry landing on the island Fiona gets upset when she sees Perry someone Fiona use to know back in her days of living in California and what Evie can tell not in a good way. Doesn't take long before Perry winds up dead in the bushes of the grand hotel and Evie finds herself knee deep in oil and a dead body. What does Perry have that he's holding over Fiona? More importantly is it true? As with every Duffy Brown book she has a way of weaving humor into her mystery and this one doesn't disappoint I found myself laughing out loud more than once so much I shared the funny parts with my husband. I love her ability to weave other aspects into a mystery. Was so worth reading this series I loved it!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Pack your bags we are headed for Mackinac Island for the Lilac Festival!! There are tourists everywhere and even a few people posing as tourists. Evie’s friend Fiona is shocked when her former boss, Peephole Perry, gets off the ferry. This can’t be good. His trip is cut short when he is found dead outside of The Grand Hotel. This isn’t good for Peep or the island. A dead body could mean cancelled reservations and a mass exodus of the guests that have already arrived. When one of the hotel’s guests thinks it is a murder mystery game, Evie convinces Police Chief Sutter that this is a great cover so he (with her help) can catch the killer. Unfortunately all the evidence points at Fiona so Evie needs to catch a “brake” to prove her innocence. I have to start by saying if you need a pick me up pick up this book! I was laughing, giggling, and almost rolling on the floor laughing throughout the entire book. I know murder is a serious thing but poor Evie, she has so many things to do and so many things go wrong, she has to find the humor or she would spend the whole book in tears. From a missing wedding dress, to a mistress, and a few near misses that may have been attempts on her life, Evie treks back and forth around the island trying to do everything asked of her and more. Duffy Brown brings us back to this idyllic island to follow around Evie Bloomfield. Evie is a smart woman with a very unique business, renting one of a kind bicycles that she has painted herself. You can rent the music bike, or the Sherlock bike, one of the many lilac bikes or any other of the very imaginatively themed bicycles. Evie’s mother has returned to the island and has opened her law office behind bike shop. There is a fudge shop right next door and Rudy, the original owner of the bike shop, splits his time between the 2 places. His thoughts are more on keeping his bride to be happy than anything else. I am totally in awe of the way Ms. Brown writes. I was grabbed from the first page. My attention was completely held until the last word. To be truthful I didn’t want the story to end. The whole murder mystery game just had me in stitches. At least 4 teams of people were tracking down “clues” and creating theories to catch the culprit. The way the main characters dealt with them all while really trying to solve the mystery itself was truly a unique plot idea. A great addition to this series. Murder and yes, mayhem along with wonderful characters shine in this Cycle Path Mystery. I have already been to Rudy’s Rides and reserved the Nancy Drew bike for our next excursion to this wonderful place!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Evie Bloomfield is ready for Spring. After a wicked winter on Mackinac Island, she's ready to enjoy being outdoors. When she sees her friend, Fiona, at the dock, she's surprised at how furious Fiona is. She's mad that her former boss and his girlfriend are on the Island. Peephole Perry is threatening her. Things get worse when his wife arrived. Now he's dead and Fiona is the main suspect. Evie knows that someone is framing her friend. She won't let sexy Sheriff Nate Sutter put her friend in jail. Evie knows that they can help sort this out. All they need to do is track down the killer and convince the tourists that it's a murder mystery contest. Can they succeed and avoid being the next victims? Duffy Brown had me from the first page. The characters both old and new are amazing. Evie is a feisty heroine who won't be stopped when her friend needs her. I liked her and her kitties. They are the only ones who can keep her in line. She and Fiona make a great team. They're like Lucy and Ethel. The Sheriff has his eyes on Evie. He's attracted to this stubborn woman, but so far he hasn't got the girl. This is a well told mystery that has a great setting, plenty of suspects who wanted the blackmailer dead and a wedding that is self-destructing. The snappy dialogue and wild situations kept me laughing. The ending left me wanting more. I can't want to see what happens next.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Quiet Mackinac Island is the perfect setting for author Duffy Brown’s Cycle Path Mystery series. In the latest installment in the series, BRAKING FOR BODIES, the tranquil atmosphere of the island is disturbed when Peephole Perry, the editor of a sleazy L.A. rag, gets off the ferry. Perry is the former boss of Fiona, who’s upset to see him arrive. When Perry is later found dead, Fiona turns to her best friend, Evie Bloomfield, for help. Evie has her hands full helping with the bike shop, but she’s determined to track down the real killer. She may be speeding into trouble, but she’ll do all she can to help clear her friend. This is a charming story that moves at a steady pace with twists and turns. The setting is quaint and wholesome, while the characters are contagiously likable and well-developed. The blend of mystery and mayhem with friendship and a touch of romance makes for a well-balanced tale. The story quickly draws you in and take you on an entertaining mystery ride. 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. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Pugmom76 More than 1 year ago
Fudgies and lilacs and bodies, OH MY! This is what you’re in store for when you read Braking for Bodies, the 2nd book in the Cycle Path Mystery series! Since she is no longer a “fudgie”, Evie Bloomfield is loving life on Mackinac Island. Running the bike shop with her new friend Rudy, she just might be able to get rid of that black cloud following her. Or so she thinks! In the midst of helping Irma and Rudy plan their wedding, she has to hit the brakes when she stumbles (literally!!) upon another dead body. When her friend Fiona is accused of the murder Evie takes it upon herself to try to sniff out the real culprit. Since the highly popular Lilac Festival is taking place there are tons of tourists milling about who seem to think they are in the middle of a Murder Mystery Weekend at the Grand Hotel. Little do they know there’s a real dead body and a real murderer on the loose! Will Rudy and Irma’s wedding go off without a hitch? Will they find another dead body in an old refrigerator? Will Evie finally learn to ride a bike without getting scraped knees (probably not!)? Hold on to your bike helmets because this book will leave you pedaling for more! I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
PammieJo-CozyQueen More than 1 year ago
It's been 10 months since her move to Mackinac Island became permanent & Evie has settled in nicely. No longer a "fudgie" as locals call the tourists, she's living alone at Rudy's Rides these days & is now a partner with him in the bike rental shop. Rudy has moved in with Irma at her Fudge Shop while they get ready to tie the knot. Poor Evie can't stay out of trouble though or away from dead bodies & on the way to straighten out her latest mess, she runs right into another one. Peephole Perry, as he's known back in L.A., is the unlucky victim this time. He used to be the boss of her newly adopted bestie, Fiona, who had a public row with him as soon as he got to the island. Now Evie is doing all she can to keep suspicion away from Fiona while still providing maid of honor duties to Irma. I love the characters in this series. Each one is unique & funny in their own way. I like that their relationships with each other have grown since the last book. Being as loyal as they are in defending each other has some very comedic moments while the veil of suspicion visits more than just Fiona. The plot was pure genius. Duffy writes a great mystery & has a true talent for laugh out loud dialogue. More than ever, I'd love to visit Mackinac Island. My only disappointment would be if Evie & the gang weren't there to meet me at the ferry! This series is great fun & isn't to be missed. **Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & comments included in this review are entirely my own.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
When I got the chance to read this book I was thrilled. Ms. Brown's books are always such an enjoyable read and this book is no different. I cannot begin to say enough about her characters, normally too many quirky characters annoy me but she makes it work so that you hope that you can jump right in with them. Evie is a strong woman, running a bike shop and helping friends and nobody is going to slow her down. When Fiona's ex boss arrives on the island trouble begins. Fiona is prime suspect and Evie is out to clear her name. This mystery kept me guessing until the end with plenty of twists and turns that never slowed down. I look for laugh out loud moments and Ms. Brown always delivers, the word play between Sutter and Evie especially had me laughing. The drawback? I now have to wait for the next in this series. *I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review and this is my honest opinion.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the second book in The Cycle Path Mystery series by Duffy Brown. Evie Bloomfield moved to Mackinac Island several months ago, and is finally settling down. When Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss arrives on the island and is found dead. Fiona becomes the number one suspect. Fiona decides to put her sleuthing skills to the test to find the killer so she can clear her friend’s name. If you are looking for a great mystery that will keep you guessing until the end, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago