by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry
I think Femme Dana and I first met Terrie Farley Moran at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. The three of us were signing copies of the MWA anthology Crimes by Moonlight, which was edited by Femme Charlaine. So it seems as if Terrie is an honorary Femme already. I've known Terrie's short fiction for years not, and I'm so happy to welcome her as she introduces her first novel, Well Read, Then Dead.
Take it away, Terrie!
Hi, my name is Terrie Farley Moran. I want to thank my good pal Toni Kelner and her alter ego Leigh Perry for inviting me to join y’all here today. Stop scratching your head, you heard that right. I am a New York City girl born and bred, but a little bit of southern has crept into my writing via some of the delightful characters in my soon-to-be-released cozy mystery, Well Read, Then Dead. Let me tell y’all a smidgen about the story. (There I go again!)
Sassy Cabot and her BFF Bridgy Mayfield packed up and moved south, leaving Brooklyn behind. They are determined to build a new life on spectacular Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The island stretches along the Gulf of Mexico with miles of sugar white sands edged with sea grapes, palm trees and a variety of tropical foliage. It’s not unusual for blue egrets and herons to circle lazily above while a red shoulder hawk calls kee yarr in the distance. The surrounding waters abound with red grouper, yellowtail snapper and plenty of common snook.
Bridgy has always wanted to own a breakfast and lunch café at the beach, while Sassy has long dreamed of owning a bookstore. And with a lot of elbow grease and resourcefulness, the Read ’Em and Eat Café comes to life, blending a dining area where they serve delicious book related meals (think Miss Marple Scones or Old Man and the Sea Chowder) with a far-reaching mix of books shelved near a comfy area where a variety of book clubs meet.
When the café chef falls and breaks his leg, Sassy and Bridgy are rescued by Bridgy’s Aunt Ophelia, she of the impossibly high heels, well-mannered ladies rules and “honey chiles” and y’alls” a plenty. Ophie has barely stocked the refrigerator with gallons of buttermilk for her famous buttermilk pie, when tragedy strikes. A beloved book club member and frequent breakfast guest has been found dead in her own living room. The disaster has set the population of Fort Myers Beach in quite a tizzy. There’s speculation about motive for murder. Could it be sunken treasure? Old family secrets? Or a real estate deal of epic proportion? The strength of life-long friendships outshines all.
So what do you think? Does Well Read, Then Dead seem like something you would enjoy reading while you sip a glass of sweet tea and maybe nibble on a cookie or two? Well I have great news. There are twenty-five copies available for a giveaway on Goodreads. Click right here! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/98204-well-read-then-dead
And to show you just how pretty Estero Island is, here are a couple of pictures I took on my last visit. This is Bowditch Point, the northern-most end of the island. It is the exact place where the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico turns brackish when it meets the fresh water of the Caloosahatchee River and smaller rivers and streams. And that inviting sand wanders the length of the island right down to Lover’s Key.
Toni, thanks so much for inviting me to visit the Femmes Fatales. I hope that your readers will stop by the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win Well Read, Then Dead. And please folks, stop by my website www.terriefarleymoran.com I love company.
Many thanks to Terrie for telling us about her new book. And having been born in northern Florida myself, I can vouch for those sugar sand beaches. Come get your feet wet when Well Read, Then Dead is released on August 5.