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Better Homes And Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
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Better Homes And Corpses

by Kathleen Bridge

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Meg Barrett left her cushy job in New York City when she discovered her fiance-boss in a compromising position with his ex-wife. She moved to Montauk on Long Island and is building a career as a designer. When she is called by a college roommate Jillian Spenser to go through her wealthy socialite mother's attic, she walks in on a murder. The socialite,known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, is dead and the daughter has amnesia.

Meg gets involved in solving the case to help her old roommate. There are suspects aplenty from the estranged son Cole Spenser to the artist living in one of the cottages on the grounds. There are tangled relationships among the suspects too. Cole has been estranged from his family for seventeen years since he fought with his mother. Meanwhile, the son of one of the mother's confidants has moved into the role of son because of their shared interests in antiques and collectibles.

I liked the setting and the information about antiques and shabby chic decorating. I liked that Meg is trying to rebuild her life and career. The characters were all nicely developed and the mystery was twisty enough to keep my attention. Typical in cozy mysteries, the recipes in the back also looked interesting. They were supplied by Meg's dad who is a retired homicide detective turned gourmet cook since Meg's only culinary ability is doctoring up simple foods with herbs. ( )
  kmartin802 | Feb 24, 2018 |
This first novel in a new series shows much promise. Meg Barrett left a job and a two-timing fiancé behind for what she hoped would be a better life being an interior decorator. Searching through garage and estate sales for treasures can be fun, especially when you find an antique among the junk. But when Meg becomes ensnared in helping an old college roommate through the grief process when her mother is murdered, Meg finds that decorating morphs into detecting without much trouble. Just like decorating sometimes means stripping away the old layers, so must Meg strip away the obvious clues to find what lies beneath. Secrets abound, especially among the rich, and even Meg has trouble believing what she is finding. There are many twists along the way, because really, the road to truth is never straight. Many delightful characters people this story, and I can only hope that they find their way into the next novel as continuing characters in this enjoyable new series. ( )
  Maydacat | May 12, 2016 |
Better Homes and Corpses is the first book in the A Home & Garden Mystery series.

This looks to the beginning of an interesting series that will center around the affluent residents of The Hamptons.

Meg Barrett has decided to start a new life and has left her job with American Home & Garden magazine and her fiancee. She has moved to Mantouk to start Cottages by the Sea, a home decorating/refurbishing business.

One of the first things on her schedule is a visit to Seacliff, the home of Caroline Spencer, the foremost antique and art collectors on the, East Coast. But what she finds is Jillian, Spencer's daughter and former roommate of Meg, holding the lifeless body of her mother. When Meg is contacted by Elle Warner to help with the inventory of the Spencer estate, she jumps at the chance to learn exactly what happened that day at Seacliff.

Meg soon learns that Jillian has been under a doctor's care after a sailing accidents some years back with her brother Cole, The next day after the boating accident Cole has a motorcycle accident, then an argument with his mother and has been estranged from the family since. Only returning upon the death of his mother. Then there are a couple occurrences of Jillian being stalked. And another time when Meg and Jillian are out for a drive, someone tries to run them off the road.

There is no shortage of suspects for Meg to look into, starting with Cole, Adam Prescott, who was Spencer's assistant for the antiques and art collections, Salvatore, who was once an artist and lives on the estate, even, the Arnold's, housekeeper and butler are suspected, Tara Gayle, who runs and antique business and is a former girlfriend Spencer inventory.

A very interesting story with an interesting cast of character. Left me guessing to the end and the person that I suspected wasn't the killer.

Looking forward to the next book. ( )
  FredYoder | Aug 2, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425276589, Mass Market Paperback)

After Meg Barrett found her fiancé still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting…

In between scouring estate sales for her new interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, Meg visits the swanky East Hampton home of her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. But instead of seeing how the other half lives—she learns how the other half dies. Jillian’s mother, known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, has been murdered. Someone has staged a coup.

When she helps a friend inventory the Spensers’ estate for the insurance company, Meg finds herself right in the thick of things. Cataloging valuable antiques and art loses its charm when Meg discovers that the Spenser family has been hiding dangerous secrets, which may have furnished a murderer with a motive. As Meg gets closer to the truth, the killer will do anything to paint her out of the picture…

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"After Meg Barrett found her fiance still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting...In between scouring estate sales for her new interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, Meg visits the swanky East Hampton home of her old college roommate, Jillian Spenser. But instead of seeing how the other half lives - she learns how the other half dies. Jillian's mother, known as the Queen Mother of the Hamptons, has been murdered. Someone has staged a coup. When she helps a friend inventory the Spensers' estate for the insurance company, Meg finds herself right in the thick of things. Cataloging valuable antiques and art loses its charm when Meg discovers that the Spenser family has been hiding dangerous secrets, which may have furnished a murderer with a motive. As Meg gets closer to the truth, the killer will do anything to paint her out of the picture..." - Page [4] of Cover.… (more)

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