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Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Design to Die For (Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries #5) by Kathleen Bridge

A Design to Die For

Beyond the Page Publishing, 200 pages
Publication Date: July 2, 2020

Amazon synopsis: 
“Discerning cozy mystery fans who delight in well-developed characters, rich detail, and a smart plotline will find that Kathleen Bridge’s A Design to Die For is their cup of tea!” —Ellery Adams, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Montauk’s first annual Designer Showhouse was meant to be a collaborative event, so decorator Meg Barrett can only despair at the group of cutthroat designers scheming to sabotage each other on the project, not to mention the oddball collection of ghost hunters slinking around to investigate a supposedly haunted cottage. But when one of the owners of the showhouse is found murdered on the rocky beach below, Meg suddenly finds herself clashing with local police because of evidence that points to her as a prime suspect.

Desperate to clear her name and track down the real culprit, Meg discovers that many of her fellow designers despised the victim for his unscrupulous business dealings, while others were speculating about his extramarital affairs. And as more secrets emerge about both the deceased and the many outsiders who have come together for the showhouse, Meg realizes she’ll have to decipher a murky pattern of clues to escape the killer’s deadly designs on her . . .


4.5 stars

This is the fifth book in the Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries by Kathleen Bridge.

Decorator Meg Barrett is designing a few rooms in a local mansion for a showcase event. And a few of the other designers are taking their own designs a bit too seriously. Then one of the owners of the home is found murdered. Don’t worry. There are tons of suspects, including a number of paranormal investigators who are casing the area and particularly this specific house for hauntings.

Surprisingly, the evidence points to Meg as the main suspect. So she is pretty motivated to clear her name. The Hampton setting makes this all the more intriguing since so many of the people here have money. I am not certain of Meg’s standing where money is concerned since this is the first book I have read in this series. But I do plan to read the others ASAP. I am totally intrigued.

I was a little up in the air about the love interests here. First she totally into one man, and when he turns up saved from a wreck kissing another woman, Meg turns to option number 2: Patrick, a popular author. That quick switch didn’t make sense to me.

Overall it was a good read and I do recommend it.

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. What a fun read!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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