The septuagenarian women of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club have gathered in secret late one July night to check skinny-dipping off their bucket list. But as Francine observes, the jittery members seem more obsessed with body issues and elaborate preparations than actually stripping down and getting in the pool. A pungent smell emanating from the pool shed provides a perfect distraction. When a dead body flops out, it's an answered prayer for Charlotte, since the first item on her list is to solve a murder.
Unfortunately for Charlotte and Francine, before they can discover who really killed the man, they must negotiate neighborhood tours of the crime scene, press coverage of their skinny-dipping, an angry homeowners' association, a disastrous appearance on Good Morning America , media offers sought by a hungry publicist, and a clever killer.
"Bubbly characters keep this cozy debut lively as you search through the red herrings for the big fish."Kirkus Reviews
"A well-crafted mystery."New York Journal of Books
"Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Elizabeth Perona's charming debut, Murder on the Bucket List. This warm and witty caper features delightful characters, hilarious antics, and a celebration of friendship...Don't miss it!"Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of The White House Chef Mysteries and The Manor House Mysteries
"Elizabeth Perona mixes murder, mystery and a charming cast of characters to concoct an engaging and fun read. High on ingenuity and imagination, low on gore, Murder on the Bucket List keeps the reader guessing."Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Cake Mysteries and The Key News Thrillers
"Murder on the Bucket List is the best kind of cozy mysteryinviting, engaging, intelligent, warm, and witty. Elizabeth Perona's ensemble cast of senior sleuths puts out a welcome mat I couldn't refuse, and you shouldn't either."Molly McRae, national bestselling author of The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries
"Elizabeth Perona has created a wonderfully light read, with a fun combo of race cars, suburban life, adventurous seniors, and a killer I did not see coming. Can't wait for the next adventure of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club!"Clare O'Donohue, author of The Someday Quilts Mysteries
About the Author
Elizabeth Perona (Plainfield, Indiana) is the father/daughter writing team of Tony Perona and Elizabeth Dombrosky.
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I don't get the great reviews. The women find a body, the cops allow them to bring people in to view the crime scene. One woman cooks in another's kitchen, using the other's ingredients - without asking her if it's alright! - and then when someone practically gets injured, the person filming it tells the homeowner she'll have to pay the guys medical! Really? Who walks into someone's house and decides to just take their stuff and cook with it so they can film a show? There's a young cop who notices one of the seniors has a nice body - double ick. Sooo many scenes like this...
Title: Murder on the Bucket List - Bucket List Mystery 1 Author: Elizabeth Perona Published: 7-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 336 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Women's Fiction; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780738745091 ASIN: B00ZISDNZI Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating:5 Stars . . Brownsburg, Indiana's Summer Ridge Bridge Club members Alice, Joy, Francine, Mary Ruth and Charlotte all get together to discuss each other's bucket lists and how to fulfill them. While night while crossing skinny-dipping off one's list they discover a dead body in Alice's pool shed which thrills Charlotte to no end as solving a murder is at the top of her list, but Alice is distraught over the reports and police trampling her beautiful grounds. The ladies, all in their seventies decide that they will group together to solve the murder. With no experience the ladies often attract more trouble than answers. Can they uncover the killer before he buries them? These ladies are a riot and will make you hope you have as much energy and courage as they possess at their age. They have not gone quietly into their golden age. Instead they are enjoying life to its fullest. Fearless in their defense of each other. Their friendships and attitudes remind me of Fern Michael's Myrna and Anna. I love them just as much, and cannot wait to read more of them soon. I think you will too. I gave Murder on the Bucket List a 5 out of 5 star rating.
4 STARS I liked the characters. I can see a group of friends doing the crazy stuff together. Makes me want to put together a list with my friends. They help each other accomplish their goals. Summer Ridge Bridge Club is a group of 60+ year old women who play bridge together. They also have made a bucket list of sixty items when they turned 60. They help each other cross things off there list. They had gathered to skinny dip in Alice's pool at midnight with just candles lit. No one wanted to get disrobed and in. They decided to check the pool shed when they smelled something bad. When they opened it a dead body fell out. Friderich was the deceased. He is a mechanic in the world of Midget racing. Some wanted to lie about what they were at Alice's to do. Others wanted it known because being on the front page of the newspaper was on their list. Charlotte has wanted to solve a murder on her list so this was her chance to do it. The ladies got opportunities to cross off things on their list as they tried to figure out who the murder was and clear Alice's husband Larry of the crime. Larry has lots of secrets that he is keeping even from his wife. He is a prime suspect. He rented space out to Friderich Guttmann. The setting of the book is Brownsburg, Indiana. Most of it was set around the racing world of Midget cars. At times it was funny and other times it missed the mark. Lots of drama, fun good times. I like the characters and would love to see them back for another story. This is a good mystery that works and pulls it all together. It is also a clean read. I was given Murder on the Bucket List to read and in return agreed to give a honest review of it and be part of Murder n the Bucket List blog tour.
Put Reading This Debut on Your Bucket List Sometimes, a book crosses my path, and it sounds like so much fun I just have to read it. That was how I felt after reading the description of Murder on the Bucket List. I’m delighted to say it lived up to my expectations. Francine McNamara and four of her friends each created bucket lists when they turned 60. While they let a decade go without being active in crossing the items off their list, they have recently started to work together to fix that. Which is why the five of them are at Alice’s pool at midnight one night to help Joy knock skinny dipping off her list. As the friends find ways to stall, Mary Ruth notices a foul odor. Investigating further, they find a dead body in the pool shed. The victim is Friederich Gurrmann, a mechanic for the midget car circuit with ties to a local celebrity racer. While it kills the mood for the dip in the pool, it soon leads to other items from the bucket lists being marked off, including Joy’s desire for publicity and Charlotte’s desire to solve a mystery. But who would kill Friederich? More importantly, why did he end up in Alice’s shed? Confused by all those names I just threw your way? Don’t be concerned at all. While the first chapter is a bit overwhelming meeting all five woman and finding the body, the characters are very strong and it was only another couple of chapters before I had all the players straight. During that time, we are given plenty of reminders and pieces to connect everyone, so I never had to flip back to remember who was whom. We’ve got a lot of characters, too, not only the five women who are the core of the book but the suspects and supporting players who pop up as the book progresses. It absolutely helps that Francine is our only view point character. While the story is told third person, we never leave Francine’s side as the case unfolds. As she spends times with characters alone, we get a better feel for them. I also loved the fact that our main characters are all in their 70’s, much older than the normal age for the books I read. Yet they are all obviously still sharp and active. I want to be like them in 30 years myself. The plot of the book starts quickly, and the pace never really lets up. There is plenty happening here in addition to the murder, but the mystery is never eclipsed by any of it. I did figure out the killer before the end, but I didn’t have the motive right until it was all explained. The climax was wonderful. In addition, there is humor. As the story gets picked up in the press, the notoriety the “skinny dipping grandmas” earn is very funny. At times, I did find the characters a bit annoying and selfish as they dealt with their fifteen minutes of fame, but it never lasted for long as something would happen that would make me laugh again. Any complaints I noted above are all minor, and I was sorry when I reached the end of Murder on the Bucket List. This is a winning series debut, and I can’t wait to visit these characters again. You can bet reading the sequel is high on my bucket list. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I love my cozies and am always looking for a new series and author. This one was such a blast. I loved these ladies and it was double fun because these characters are on the other side of 60 and 70 years old. You wouldn’t know by the shenanigans they got into. Especially the skinny dipping. A few of them were all for getting it checked off their bucket lists. But a few were afraid to drop their robes and expose those bodies to view. They might all be good friends, but some things should remain unseen. It was funny how some hemmed and hawed and just plain stalled the disrobing. I think several of them issued huge sighs of relief when, while checking the pool shed for chemicals, the door was opened and out plopped a dead guy. Hey, that’s one that needs to be checked off a bucket list too. Solve a murder. Whether they like it or not, all of the ladies are involved in this mess and the fun begins as they poke their little noses where they don’t belong. I was reading the scene about the crime scene tour to my mother and we got the giggles. I’d try to read more, glance over at her, and we’d bust out laughing again. A whole lot of laughs in this book. I felt like I knew these ladies. My mother and her friends are so much like them. I can only hope I’m that spry, determined, and nosy when I get their age. More than one mystery here, lots of colorful, quirky characters, and a few things thrown in to spice it up, Murder On The Bucket List has everything I require in a fun cozy. I’ll be following these ladies through this series. I wonder what mess they’ll stumble into next.