Read to Death

Read to Death

by Terrie Farley Moran

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Overview

Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran

The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder...
 
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
 
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories  and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.
 
After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425270301
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Read Em and Eat Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 371,327
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is the national bestselling author of the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries, featuring Caught Read-Handed and Well Read Then Dead. 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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Read to Death 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Even though I like the second one a little better, I still had fun reading this one. What is it about cozy mysteries that are fun to read? The writing style, characters, setting is what helps. Oh and the mystery too. Another pretty good read in this series so far.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran is the third book in A Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery series. Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield are taking the Cool Reads Warm Climate Book Club on an outing to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The tour ties in with the book The Florida Life of Thomas Edison the group just finished reading. Everyone has a good time and they return to Red ‘Em and Eat in high spirits. Bridgy forgot her sunglasses in the van and goes out to retrieve them. Upon hearing a scream, Sassy runs out to investigate. Their van driver, Oscar Frieland is dead. The police are called and Lt. Frank Anthony shows up (assigned the case). Everyone is separated and held for questioning. Bridgy ends up the main suspect (she just went to get sunglasses) and that does not sit well with Sassy. Sassy is determined to find the culprit. Of course, Bridgy’s mother, Emelia decides to come visit and brings Sassy’s mother, Sage with her (this should be interesting). Can the group find out who killed Oscar before Bridgy ends up in the brig? Read to Death is nicely written and had a good pace which made for an easy to read book. The mystery was a bit of a letdown. Oscar made a comment (before he died), and I knew he would be the victim. A comment from someone else told me the name of the killer before the murder even occurred. I liked the setting of the novel in Fort Myers Beach. It was interesting to read about their trip to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates (I have always wanted to visit). I liked most of the characters in the book the one exception was Sage, Sassy’s mother. I thought she was too over-the-top and extremely annoying (and pushy instead of funny). I give Read to Death 3.5 out of 5 stars. I just felt that book was lacking. We get quite a bit of information about the city, the sites, and books. I wish the author had put a more work into the mystery as she did the research on the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. I found some information to be repeated a few times and there were way too many references (more than eight) to the Heap-a-Jeep (the main characters’ car). Will I read the next book in A Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery series? Of course. This could have just been an off book in an otherwise enjoyable series. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Yes, I am one of those readers who is absolutely looking forward to reading Book 4 in this series! Read to Death is a super story filled with a wonderful Books Cafe and main cast of characters. I love how the author weaves every day life into the storyline while a mystery is being unraveled! Miguel can cook for me any time, too! While I am waiting for Book 4, I think I will be reading some of the book club books from this one!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts The Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club goes on a field trip but it ends badly. The van driver, Oscar, is killed on the van after all the book club members have scurried off. Bridgy ends up finding his body when she returns to look for her missing sunglasses and that makes her the prime suspect for his death. Everyone knows she is innocent but the police don’t appear to be looking for other suspects. Before Bridgy is reading her books in a jail cell she and Sassy with the help of their friends do their best to find the real killer. I have escaped right into all three books in this series. Sassy and Bridgy are fabulous characters and I wish the Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café actually existed because I want to visit and meet them, Miguel, Ophie, and all the other characters that come through the doors. I really enjoy reading about the teenage book group and all the things they do. The plot was terrific, just as I knew it would be. Plenty of suspects with plenty of twists. As each suspect was eliminated the focus kept returning to our Bridgy. When things seemed too dire Ophie always came to the rescue to brighten things up. Things were a little tense when her sister, Bridgy’s mom, came to town but Sassy’s mom came too and that helped to lift the tension. These women love to shop and you can’t stay mad when you are shopping. Of course the setting was pure bliss and we get to see many different places as the girl’s investigation continued. We also traveled to some touristy spots to keep one certain mother out of Miguel’s kitchen. An truly captivating cozy! Great characters with great relationships, an intriguing whodunit in a delightful setting! I can’t wait to return to the Read ‘Em and Eat! I highly recommend the entire series!
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn't love to visit a cafe that hosts several book club meetings per day? And sells books to boot? This is such a great location, it's a little disappointing to realize that it is only fiction. In this story, Sassy finds her best friends and room mate the only convenient suspect for murder, and decides to snoop around on her own to clear her pal's name. Throw in a little family drama at home and a business to run, and she has her hands full! This was a fun story, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Terrie Farley Moran takes readers on a magical trip to south Florida for a bit of sun, sand, fun, history and a murder mystery. Moran’s protagonists – Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield – are smart, determined, feisty and lovable. The secondary characters add color and depth to the story. All the characters are well-developed and realistic. With a bookstore café and Fort Myers (FL) as backdrops, the author places readers in the middle of the action through her rich descriptions and vivid details. Blended with bits of history and humor, the author brings the setting to life. The story moves at a steady pace and holds your attention from beginning to end (which includes tasty recipes). The third installment in Moran’s Read Em and Eat Mystery series, READ TO DEATH can be read on its own. New readers aren’t left in the dark and returning fans aren’t overloaded with too much repeat information. A wonderful combination of friendship, colorful history, delicious food, love of books and, of course, a murder mystery makes this a tantalizing read. 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.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Terrie Farley Moran gives us another winner. READ TO DEATH by Terrie Farley Moran The Third Read 'Em and Eat Mystery Sassy and Bridgy give their Cool Reads/Warm Climate book club a grand finale by hosting a tour of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Upon their return to the Read 'em and Eat Cafe however, an ending they never expected occurs. Bridgy, instead of finding her lost sunglasses, finds the body of their murdered bus driver. Her unusual apology when Sassy appears on the scene has sheriff's deputies raising eyebrows so Sassy quickly calls in legal reinforcements. Surely Bridgy isn't responsible, but who is? The book club member who seems to have disappeared, a sailor with a grudge, someone from his past? When being questioned by law enforcement, not only is it handy to have a lawyer, but it's good to have your mother-so both Bridgy and Sassy's moms arrive to provide support, even though friction remains rife between Bridgy's mom and aunt. Can the Brice babes get along? Will Bridgy be exonerated? Will Sassy play nice with Lieutenant Anthony? Sharing details about life in Florida brings readers right into Sassy and Bridgy's world, whether it's emergency preparedness planning for hurricanes or shopping in unique boutiques. I love being an armchair traveler and READ TO DEATH also gave me the opportunity to learn about the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Moran delves a bit deeper into familial relationships in this book. The bond between mothers and daughters, as well as sisters, is explored. While troubles and differences are part and parcel of being a family, so is love and support. Terrie Farley Moran gives us another winner with READ TO DEATH. Adjusting to life with the snowbirds and their inevitable departure creates a different sense of community, but that sense of community is strong in her Read 'Em and Eat series. Unique characters filled with personality inhabit her pages providing plenty of fodder for the mysteries they encounter. Recipes Included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Read To Death is the third book in the A Read 'Em And Eat Mystery series. Another wonderful and sunny visit to Ft. Myers Beach, FL and a stop at the Read”Em and Eat Cafe to visit with Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield. Time is getting close for the “snowbirds” to migrate to their Northern homes and Sassy and Bridgy are planning a trip to the Edison and Ford estates with the members of their Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club. Upon returning to Read “Em, everyone is scurrying around retrieving their souvenirs, when Bridgy realizes that she must have left her sunglasses in the van they had used. But what she finds is Oscar, their driver, dead, with scissors protruding from his neck. Of course, the police begin to look at Bridgy as a person of interest, especially after they learn that her first words after having found Oscar were: “He's dead. I am so sorry”. Sassy knows she has to do what it will take to prove Birdgy's innocence. This book has a very interesting and often times quite humorous subplot. To be at her daughter side in this time strife, Emelia, Bridgy's mother comes to town for support, in addition, Sage, Sassy's mom, also comes. Aunt Ophelia and Emelia have been like “water and oil” for a number of years. So, in the middle of searching for a killer, Sassy and Bridgy also need to entertain their mothers and try their best to make sure Ophelia and Emelia are apart as much as possible. Both of these ladies will provide the reader with a lot of chuckles, particularly Sage Most all of the characters from the previous books are back once again. Also Lt. Frank Anthony, the lead investigator is back, once again ruffling Sassy's feathers. As is Deputy Ryan Mantoni is back hoping that he will have enough time to enjoy a slice of Aunt Ophelia's buttermilk pie. Tony and Skully are also back to help Sassy deal with some of the local watermen. Delicious recipes are also included. I will definitely be watching for the next book in this fun series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Having long anticipated this third book in the Read ‘Em And Eat Mysteries, I was thrilled to see author Terrie Farley Moran did not disappoint! I have adored this series since the since chapter one of the first book, WELL READ, THEN DEAD. Author Moran has a writing style that is so light and fluid, reading her stories is a pure joy. I was ecstatic to be back in Florida and the Read ‘Em And Eat bookstore café with Sassy and Bridgy, and all the wonderful characters in this amazing series. As with the two books before, READ TO DEATH was a fun, and exciting mystery that I couldn’t put down! The plot for this story was so extremely well done. It pulled me in and kept me captivated as I tried to guess the who and why. You need to add READ TO DEATH! And if you haven’t already, get the first two books as well. You will not be sorry! Take a peek in the back of the book and you’ll find a savory, and a sweet recipe sure to my your tummy growl!