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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Murder Buys A T-Shirt (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery #1) by Christy Fifield


A while ago, I was looking for an inexpensive book to read that would fill the void of finishing another cozy mystery book series, and I came across Murder Buys A T-Shirt (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery # 1) by Christy Fifield. It took me quite some time to actually pick it up to read, and I am so very happy I picked it up because I think I have a new favorite cozy mystery book series.

The main characters in Murder Buys A T-Shirt (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery #1) are all very likeable, especially Glory Martine whose point of view the story is told from. However, the character that steals the show is her pet bird, Bluebeard. Although this is a cozy mystery, the mystery wasn't too big of a mystery. I didn't mind it too much because the story line and characters were so engaging. It made me feel as if I were part of the friend circle and actually lived there.

I loved the fact that the story took place in a town called Keyhole Bay, which is just outside of Pensacola, Florida. I don't know if Keyhole Bay is a real town or not, but I am very familiar with Pensacola and could imagine Keyhole Bay perfectly. It cracks me up that Pensacola is considered a big city in the book because I think of it as a very small town. I guess that is because I live in a very large metropolitan area.

As far as figuring out whodunit, I was pretty sure I knew who it was, but I wasn't sure of the motive. The author also kept throwing suspicion on other characters, so that helped in keeping me second guessing myself. It does follow the typical formula for cozy mysteries, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the book immensely.

The book also has bonus material at the very end . . . all the meals that were served during the Thursday night social gathering with Glory, Karen, and their friends, are included. Even though I was born and raised in the south, I don't enjoy most southern food, so I probably won't try any of the recipes myself, but I thought this was a great idea for those who do enjoy southern food.

Four out of five stars is what I gave Murder Buys A T-Shirt (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery # 1) by Christy Fifield, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series entitled Murder Hooks A Mermaid (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery #2).

Synopsis of Murder Buys A T-Shirt: Glory Martine inherited 55% of her great-uncle Louis' souvenir shop called Southern Treasures. Her cousin Peter inherited the other 45%. When the local high school football captain dies in a car accident, Glory suspects it wasn't an accident and is on a mission to prove her suspicions.


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