Murder by the Sea

Murder by the Sea

by Kathleen Bridge


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When a murderer crashes a masquerade ball, it's up to Liz to unmask the killer . . .

It's been quite a year for novelist Liz Holt. She's overcome a lot and is finally feeling at peace with her new life at her family's hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea, on the beautiful barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida. She's ready to ring in the New Year at the Florida Writes Literary Masquerade Ball.

But when her ex-boyfriend surprises her at the ball, she can't disguise her anger, and the two engage in a very public argument. When her ex turns up on the hotel grounds, shot through the heart, Liz finds herself topping the suspect list. With the help of family and friends, she needs to clear her name before the real killer waltzes away scot-free . . .

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Praise for Kathleen Bridge

"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 on Better Homes and Corpses

"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 on Better Homes and Corpses

"An excellent read."
-RT Book Reviews on Hearse and Gardens

"Ghostal Living is a marvelously entertaining tale of revenge, murder, quirky characters-and disappearing books! With a clever protagonist, wonderful details of life in the Hamptons, and plot twists on top of plot twists, Kathleen Bridge will have mystery readers clamoring for more."
-Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516105250
Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: By the Sea Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 66,955
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Bridge started her writing career working at the State News, the student newspaper of Michigan State University. She is an antiques dealer on Long Island and the author and photographer of an antique reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games.

Lauren Ezzo is a Chicago-based audiobook narrator and commercial voice talent. A Michigan native and Hope College alumna, she has recorded over 100 titles and garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.

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Murder by the Sea 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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joannefm2 24 days ago
Liz Holt is a novelist who lives in Florida at an old hotel-turned-boarding-house with her father, a semi-retired attorney, and her aunt Amelia, an ex-actress who owns the place. She's excited to be attending their annual literary ball, or at least she would be if she hadn't discovered that her ex-boyfriend, novelist Travis Ostermann, is there, and he's up to no good. Liz and Travis broke up when they got into a fight one night that left her with a scar on her face. He wrote a fictionalized account of the evening, and now he's back trying to blackmail Liz into going on a book tour to promote the book. She, of course, wants nothing to do with it, and they have words, which are witnessed by one of the guests. When Travis is discovered murdered, Liz becomes the prime suspect. But she - and her family and friends - know she's innocent. So who killed Travis? While there are plenty of suspects, it won't be easy going, considering no one wants to give information and the press are surrounding them like hawks. It will take Liz and her friends everything they have to ferret out the truth or she'll be writing her next novel in jail... This is the third book in the series, and I always like to give authors at least three books before I make a final judgment. Here it is: I'm done with this series. After three books we finally get to know what happened to Liz on that fateful evening that permanently scarred her, and it's not dramatic, just an accident after all. Silly me; I was thinking that perhaps Travis pushed her through a sliding glass door or something, but alas, no. Very simple and very ho-hum. Also, there are just too many characters and the author keeps adding more and more. Why everyone has to 'pair off' is beyond me, and all these characters just bog down the story. Liz also doesn't act like a woman who's not yet thirty. She spends her time with octogenarians and acts just like them. I also didn't understand why she'd go searching for Travis on her own - at night - knowing the type of person he is. She should have at least grabbed her friend Kate to go with her. It's not very smart of her at all. In the end, the book lost me with all of the characters and too many back stories. One or two is fine, but first you have to invest yourself in the characters, and I can't see anyone liking Susannah, and Liz herself isn't that likable as a protagonist. Unfortunately, while there may be more books in this series, I just don't care for it enough to continue reading. Not a bad series, and many might find it delightful, but it's just not for me.
ganderson523 3 months ago
Murder by the Sea is a great addition to the By the Sea series that takes place in lovely south Florida and Melbourne Beach. Liz Holt grew up on the beach and has recently returned after spending time in Manhattan as a writer. She moved home after a bad relationship with another author, Travis Osterman. She and her dad lived on the beach with her great aunt, Amelia Holt, a former actress, and owner of a hotel, Indialantic by the Sea. In its heyday, the hotel hosted many big actors and stars. Now it is home to a some group of friends. On New Year's Eve, the hotel was host to a Literary Masquerade Ball. Things went sour when Travis and his entourage including his agent and friends show up and he confronts Liz. Their argument was witnessed by others and brought to light when he is found dead the next day. The regular crew of friends do their investigating to find the real killer. Fenton, Liz's attorney father, along with her detective boyfriend Ryan, Betty, mystery author and hotel resident along with Liz do their investigating. Charlotte, agent with the Sheriff's office and fiancee of Fenton has been taken off the case since she is too close to the accused. This is another great read in the series with its lovely setting and fun group of characters. Things are more complicated since everyone was in disguise at the time of the murder. I received a complimentary ARC from Lyrical Underground and Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
4GranJan 3 months ago
New Year's Eve Murder Cozy Mystery This cozy mystery takes place on a Florida coastal island. This is an excellent mystery with plenty of suspects and lots of motivation! The story takes place in an old, historic mansion that is a hotel. They hosted a New Year's Eve Masquerade Party and someone ends up dead while all of the suspects were in costume. The plot is very well done. I had trouble putting this book down once I had started it! This is the third in a series and the first that I have read. It stands alone quite well. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Chatting-About-Cozies 3 months ago
A fun and entertaining cozy mystery! I love all the reminiscing about Nancy Drew, classic books, old TV shows, commercial jingles, and old movies. Protagonist Liz lives with several aging, eccentric people who are all delightful characters in their quirkiness. Her great aunt, Amelia, has the biggest heart for helping people and pets, and that’s one reason Liz and her father are among her guests who live at the Indialantic by the Sea Inn on a barrier island in Florida. A dark cloud suddenly arrives in the form of Liz’s trouble making ex, Travis, and his rag-tag posse of supporters. During a literary masquerade ball, Travis disappears and is later found deceased from a gunshot wound. A lively game of whodunit challenges Liz to clear herself as a suspect. This is a cozy sure to please all who read it, and I look forward to more stories in this series! I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical Underground. Thank you.
CozyOnUp 3 months ago
Life has been much more relaxing for author Liz Holt in Melbourne Beach, Florida than it was in New York. As she rings in the New Year with her family and boyfriend at a masquerade ball, her former boyfriend and fellow author, Travis, shows up wanting something from her. Liz has closed that door on her past, but when Travis is found murdered in the garden, the doors to her past are wide open again. Liz and the gang need to find the murderer before Liz is charged and convicted of a crime she didn’t commit. I truly enjoy this series. Aunt Amelia really comes to life for me, I hope I’m half as cool and spry as she is when I am in my 80s. You can almost smell the salty air as you are transported to the Indialantic Hotel. A third strong installment in this series. It’s on my must read list of authors and series I keep an eye out for.
MKF 3 months ago
Masquerade balls and New Years Eve just mean trouble, don't they? Liz, who has been happily settled at the Indiatlantic Hotel with her dad and great-aunt Amelia (and love interest Ryan), was looking forward to a nice evening, not an encounter with her vile ex Travis. Nor did she expect to find herself the top suspect when he's shot to death. This is a fun series, with good characters, fine atmospherics, and honestly, enough twists to keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Don't worry if you haven't read the first two as this is fine as a standalone. A classic and entertaining cozy. I'm a fan.