Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Carried to the Grave and Other Stories by Leslie Budewitz

 Carried to the Grave & Other Stories
Book Summary

In her A Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, Agatha Award-winning author Leslie Budewitz introduces us to Jewel Bay, a tight-knit Montana community that thrives on tourism and farm-to-table fare. Featuring Erin Murphy, beloved proprietor of the Merc—a century-old general store converted into a local foods market—each book brings us closer to the folks who call Jewel Bay home, and the cunning culprits in their midst.

In this delicious new collection of five short stories and one novella, she takes us further into the heart of Jewel Bay—from the playhouse to the Merc, from funerals to food festivals—with equal parts humor, suspense, and compassion, and no shortage of murder to spice up the menu . . .

In CARRIED TO THE GRAVE, a long-hidden family secret refuses to be put to rest.

Jewel Bay’s community food festival serves up the perfect opportunity for a devious killer with an appetite for murder in POT LUCK.

In THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER, a small gesture by a mysterious man turns out to change lives . . . and much more.

A romantic getaway to a secluded beach town in Mexico provides a deadly remedy for a couple’s trouble at home in A DEATH IN YELAPA.

As the local playhouse opens for the season, it’s curtains for a stage manager with a secret in PUT ON A DYING FACE.

And in AN UNHOLY DEATH, when Kate and Paddy Murphy open Murphy’s Mercantile in 1910, they know making a go of it in rough-and-tumble Montana will be hard work, but for a local preacher, it’s murder.
My Thoughts

Carried to the Grave and Other Stories by Leslie Budewitz contains tales involving the characters from A Food Lover’s Village Mystery series.  Erin Murphy in Jewel Bay, Montana runs the Merc, a local food market.  There are five short stories and one novella in this book.  This is a nice addition to the series. Each storyline ties back to Erin Murphy and/or The Merc.  We get to see how Adam went from friend to husband in this collection.  I especially enjoyed An Unholy Death where we get to go back to the opening of The Mercantile.  I thought the stories were well-written and engaging. We get a chance to explore Jewel Bay and get to know the unique characters (past and present) that reside in the town a little better.  Fans of the series will enjoy these fun mysteries.  You can read all at once or one at a time. Carried to the Grave and Other Stories contains humor, romance, mystery, kindness, and more than a little mayhem.  

Carried to the Grave and Other Stories is available from Amazon*.  You can find the novels in A Food Lover's Village Mystery series here.  You can find Leslie Budewitz's other novels here.  Thank you for visiting today.  Tomorrow I am a stop on the Celebrate Lit Tour for Murder at Madison Square Garden by Linda Shenton Matchett.  I hope that you have a friendly day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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1 comment:

  1. Kris, so glad you enjoyed Carried to the Grave -- and I love that you found pictures of the real-life inspiration towns!