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Murder At Morningside
Missy DuBois Mysteries - Book I
Sandra Bretting

Kensington Publishing Corporation
24 May 2016 / ISBN 9781601837141
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Missy DuBois is a milliner specializing in wedding styles who runs a shop called Crowning Glory in Louisiana. Her latest job sounds a dream, making a wedding veil for a wealthy bride and staying at the luxurious Morningside Plantation. But it soon turns into a nightmare when the bride is found dead, a ghost in Civil War attire roams the corridors at night and everybody seems to have a motive.

This one hits the ground running with Missy and her dress designer friend Ambrose arriving at the plantation. It doesn't take long before there is a body and the rest of this story involves plenty of detection as Missy turns sleuth and goes all-out to discover whodunit. If you are tired of mysteries featuring a lot of romance you won't find much here, and other clichés such as hot cops, wacky parents and ex-husbands are also missing. In their place is a fairly linear tale that introduces several series characters, has a good sense of where it is set and a likeable protagonist. This is the first in the series but I hope that we will get more of an impression about the appearance of the two main characters. Getting to know them gradually through Missy the narrator is a good idea but by the end of the book details are somewhat lacking. However, this is a small price to pay for a cliché-busting debut that promises to get even more interesting as we get to know the people and see where they work. An entertaining page-turner.

Reviewed 2016