Murder by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) by Kathleen Bridge

Murder by the Sea
(A By the Sea Mystery)
by Kathleen Bridge

About the Book

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 exactly where she needs to be 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. Naturally, after her ex is found dead on the hotel grounds, shot through the heart, Liz tops the suspect list. With the help of family and friends, she needs to clear her name before the real killer waltzes away scot-free . . .
Recipes included!

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.
Author Links:
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The band stopped playing and they heard someone onstage tapping at the microphone. “Attention, everyone,” Aunt Amelia said. “It’s an hour before the new year. Shortly, I’ll announce when we should move outdoors for the countdown and smooches, followed by a dazzling display of fireworks over the Indian River Lagoon.” Aunt Amelia looked directly at the Indialantic by the Sea Emporium’s most recent shopkeeper and gave him a sly smile. Then she stepped off the stage to much applause, stopping when she reached none other than Samuel Clemens dressed as Huck Finn, barefoot and all. His gray ponytail was tucked beneath a ratty hat with fishing lures hanging from the brim. A fishing pole dangled with what Liz hoped was a rubber fish. Samuel Clemens was the name on his birth certificate, but everyone called him Ziggy.

Ziggy took Aunt Amelia’s hand in his. If her great-aunt’s face wasn’t covered in white pancake makeup, she’d most definitely be blushing. Ziggy had rented a space in the emporium after last October’s hurricane took the
roof off his surf shop. He and Aunt Amelia went way back—sixty-five years back. They’d recently rekindled their friendship and a shared love of surfing. If Liz hadn’t seen it for herself, she never would have believed her eighty-year-old great-aunt could ride a wave.

Ryan said something to her, but it didn’t register. Liz could have sworn she saw someone she knew. Paula Resnick, her ex-boyfriend Travis Osterman’s literary agent. Unless Paula had a twin, there was no mistaking her one-of-a-kind upturned nose and inner-tube lips. She said, “Hold that thought. I see someone I need to talk to.” Then she raced off in pursuit of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Ryan called out, “You better be back before the countdown to midnight. I demand a kiss from your prim little mouth, Miss Eyre.”

“But of course, Monsieur Valjean,” she said, barreling across the dance floor. She tripped on the hem of her dress and fell headfirst into the paws of the Beast from Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s fairy tale. Beauty looked on in alarm. Beauty had nothing to worry about; Liz already had her prince and wasn’t in need of another. When she finally made it to the corner of the courtyard, she hurried through the doorway leading to the hotel’s grand dining room.

There was no sign of Paula.

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