Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cover Reveal: Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting (Giveaway)

Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?


Before Beatrice could say more, the front door flew open and in stomped an elderly gentleman. He was on the verge of a good old-fashioned hissy fit.

“Y’all don’t deserve a say in this wedding!” he said to a young woman who’d slunk in behind him.

The girl looked to be the right age for his daughter. She wore flip-flops and a wrinkled peasant blouse, and she buried her head in her hands. Well, that lifted the blouse an inch or two and exposed her bare stomach.

Lorda mercy. It seemed the girl and her fiancĂ© must have eaten supper before they said grace, as we said here in the South, because an unmistakable bump appeared under her top. She looked to be about four months along, give or take a few weeks, and I could see why her daddy wasn’t too happy with her right about now.

After a piece, she lifted her chin and glared at him. “I hate you!” Her voice rippled as cold as the river water that ran nearby. “I wish you were dead.” She stalked away.

I fully expected the man to cringe, or at least follow her. Instead, he merely glanced our way and shrugged. After a minute, he pivoted on the spectacle he’d caused and casually strolled away, leaving a bit of frost in the air.

“Oh my. Why don’t we continue,” Beatrice said.

Poor Beatrice. She obviously wanted to divert our attention elsewhere. It couldn’t have been every day one of her hotel guests wished another guest was dead. She hustled us farther into the ballroom, as if nothing had happened, all the while explaining the history of Morningside Plantation.

Pre-order Links:

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-at-morningside-sandra-bretting/1122597549

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Morningside-Missy-DuBois-Mystery-ebook/dp/B014NWMHEW

Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract to the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.

Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.sandrabretting.com and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting.

Sandra will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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  1. Thank you for hosting me! Love to hear about people's current "must-read." Anything extra good?

  2. Thank you for your comments.

    I've been watching Mercy Street on PBS, a medical drama set during the Civil War when an Alexandria, VA hotel was turned into a Union hospital. It's fabulous; though a bit gory. They are releasing a book on the true stories of the nurses who served there, so I've pre-ordered it from Amazon. Can't wait!

  3. Mercy Street sounds really good! I love anything having to do with the Civil War. The mansion where the murder takes place in Murder at Morningside was built in 1850, just before the war started. Such a fascinating time in our history!

  4. Definitely a fascinating, yet dark, time in our history. You can check out Mercy Street on Amazon and Heroines of Mercy Street there too.

    I was hoping this would be a new series to replace Downton Abbey, which ends this season. Looks like it is only a six-part mini-series. :)

  5. Thank you Cheryl for the intro to a new-to-me author! This book sounds like a good one to me!

    1. I hope you enjoy reading about Missy DuBois and her exploits!

  6. You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it.