Monday, May 30, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Tours: Murder at Morningside

Murder at Morningside
by Sandra Bretting


GENRE: Cozy Mystery



Heads turn when milliner Missy Dubois waltzes into town to set up shop on the Great River Road in Louisiana. Heaven only knows the brides who get married in the grand old mansions there could use a bit of help.

But then Missy discovers a murder among the magnolias, and even the worst “bridezilla” seems suddenly tame.


Excerpt :

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.

Review:  I have a tendency to judge a book by its cover. I saw the cover on this one and knew I had to read it.  I also am a huge sucker for cozy mysteries. I love them! I read as many as I can. Next to romance, this is my favorite genre.

Another reason I was drawn to the book is the southern setting. I'm not sure why, but I tend to like cozy mysteries that have southern charm and this one is full of it.

Missy is a hat designer and when she gets a job making a wedding veil things get exciting.

Its a cute first installment in a new series full of quirky characters. 

Rating: 4 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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 and through Facebook at




Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Sandra Bretting said...

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks for having me here today.

Peggy Hyndman said...

When you start a new book, do you have all the characters in place and an ending planned, or does it come to you as you write?

Peggy Hyndman said...

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

Sandra Bretting said...

Hi, Peggy! I have my characters planned, and I always know the ending ahead of time. What might change are the scenes in the middle to get my characters to that particular ending. Also, my only cure for writer's block is to step away from the computer for awhile. If my creative well has gone dry, it means I need to refill it doing something else. Best of luck in the giveaway! (P.S. If worse comes to worst, my publisher was kind enough to price the eBook at only $3.99, so more people could enjoy it.) Happy Memorial Day!

Rita said...

Sounds like a great read.

Sandra Bretting said...

Thanks, Rita! It's gotten a lot of good reviews, so I must be doing something right :)

James Robert said...

Happy Memorial Day and saying thank you to all our military men and women who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless our Military men and women and their families.
Thanks for this opportunity to win this giveaway

Sandra Bretting said...

You're welcome, James! Hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day.

Tammy Woodall said...

It looks like a great read. Thanks.

Becky Richardson said...

Your book sounds great.

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great excerpt! I'm looking forward to reading this one :)

Sandra Bretting said...

Thanks, Becky and Victoria! Best of luck to both of you! The book is priced at only $3.99 (about the cost of a Starbucks!) so I'm hoping a lot of people will be able to get to know Missy DuBois and her friends.

James Robert said...

Good afternoon! I am appreciate of you giving us the opportunity to win this giveaway, thank you

Sandra Bretting said...

You're welcome, James! Hope you have a great Tuesday.