Apr 20, 2012

Book Review: Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield

Title: Murder Buys a T-Shirt: A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery
Author: Christy Fifield
Paperback published March 6, 2012 by Berkley
Source: contest win

Comments: A cute cozy, first in a new series, with an ever popular haunted theme. In this series, Glory's Southern Treasures shop in the Florida Keys is haunted by her deceased Uncle Louis, who gives her clues and cryptic comments through his parrot, Bluebeard. A clever scenario and set up for the cozy. I couldn't guess the culprit in the murder of the local high school football hero, and the plot was carefully crafted. My only gripe with this and with many recent cozies - there is not enough action and suspense. Instead there is padding that makes it easy for the reader to flip through the book and still get the meat of the mystery.

Publisher's description:

Glory Martine has inherited her uncle's Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by--and ghosts--who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history...

My rating: 3.5/5. I am looking forward to the next in the series. I liked Bluebeard's antics and his @!!& language.


Zibilee said...

I haven't read a lot of cozies, but this one sounds sort of interesting. I can imagine that it would probably be a brain-candy type of read for me. Great review today!

Deepali said...

What IS a cozy? I assumed that its a book you cozily curl up with.... :P

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

I have to tell my daughter about this cozy. After college she spent the summer in Maine working at a Tshirt shop :)

Harvee said...

Deepali: Thanks for visiting again. Cozy mysteries are light mysteries, where there is not a lot of gore or violence and the ones who get killed are usually the unpopular characters, the ones most people won't miss.

Suko said...

Glad you enjoyed this! I need to explore this genre. It sounds like I'd enjoy it.

Staci said...

I'm always looking for a fantastic cozy series that keeps getting better. There are so many to choose from that it can become overwhelming at times!

Siar said...

The title is very attractive. I am also looking forward to view it.

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