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  • A Tremendous & Fun Read

    Evil by the Sea is the fourth book in the 'By the Sea Mystery' series written by Kathleen Bridge. I have read the third instalment, Murder by the Sea, so I was delighted to dive into this one. In this eccentric tale, novelist Liz Holt has moved back to the barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida, and is working again in her family's hotel and emporium, the Indialantic by the Sea. A wedding is due to take place at the hotel which is known for hosting events with unusual or wacky themes. The groom-to-be, white warlock Julian Rhodes, is the leader of the Sunshine Wiccan Society, but he is poisoned at his own rehearsal dinner on the hotel's sightseeing cruiser. Although she is a celebrity psychic, his intended, Dorian Starwood, did not foresee this happening and so enlists the help of Liz to apprehend the culprit, with delightful though potentially dangerous, consequences... I adored this novel and in spite of the fast pacing, I had no trouble keeping up with the events and the characters! The author's writing style was comedic, easy and fun. Her characters are memorable, especially Great-aunt Amelia with her kooky personality traits, and most of the supporting characters played good parts, including Liz's garrulous parrot, Barnacle Bob. The fantastic descriptive imagery by Kathleen Bridge of the island and the general locale helped to made this a compelling and bewitching tale. The mystery itself had ample misdirections and red herrings and I had a ball figuring things out as I puzzled over the clues. With its great characters and a solid plot, this really is a splendid read and also a tremendous series. I highly recommend Evil by the Sea to those with a penchant for well-written cozy mysteries and I very much look forward to my next outing with Liz and her mouthy parrot! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Great!

    friendship, amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, private-investigators, family-dynamics, murder-investigation, Florida, barrier-islands, psychics It all happens at a beautiful restored family hotel on one of the barrier islands of Florida. Mystery novelist Liz whose love interest is a PI, her father is a lawyer, his fiancee who is a police detective, her own rescued parrot (prone to voicing obscenities), but it's her Aunt Amelia who was an actress in many of the mid century TV shows whose friend is remarrying to a rather inauspicious but charismatic much younger man that is the center of all the activity. The publisher's blurb is a pretty good hook, but there's lots more to recommend the plot with its twists and red herrings than meets the eye. I admit that I enjoyed another in the series, but there is enough clear referencing to make this one enjoyable all by itself! I loved it and couldn't stop until finished! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books/Lyrical Press via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • I enjoyed it

    This is the fourth book in the series, but the first I have read. Eccentric and interesting characters and a well written whodunit. I will have to read the previous books now. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • A Winner

    Kathleen Bridge writes a Community of People we all would love to know. Liz Holt has moved home to the Indiatlantic Inn, which is a Hotel and Emporium, in Melbourne Beach, Florida that her Family owns. Dorian Starwood, with hair that contains glittery strands of metallic green, pink, and gold has been her Aunt's Psychic for over twenty years and now she is having a second, small, wedding.The Groom is Wiccan Leader, Julian Rhodes. Liz's Aunt is a double for Esmeralda in Bewitched including eye liner and curls. During the Mystical Merafest, tents are set up for Sirens by the Sea, Delicacies By the Sea, and many others but there is Murder afoot. Liz had better get busy before she ends up as the next body. This is a lovely trip to quirky characters, psychics, incense, and a fabulous cast of characters. If I hadn't run into some of these people in Florida I might think I was in the 1970's. It makes me want to get out my beads, wear patchouli and join them. But with murder, delicious food, beautiful vistas, creative characters, a Parrot and a Ferret - the understated humor is a winner for this Mystery. Five Stars My thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books

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  • I strongly recommend it

    It's always great to be back to Indialantic hotel and meet again the cast of quirky characters. This was a gripping and highly entertaining read, full of twists and turns. The plot is complex and well told, the characters are as interesting as usual, the mystery is solid and kept me guessing. I strongly recommend it. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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