Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran

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Read to Death
by Terrie Farley Moran

The novel is engaging and pulled me in right from the beginning.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

This book was so good I did not want it to end.
~Laura’s Interests

The characters are fun and realistic, and the mystery keeps you turning pages, anxious to see how it all plays out.
~Book Babble

READ TO DEATH is a fun, lighthearted read that is character driven.
~Cinnamon Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

I really enjoyed Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran. There is a lot going on so you need to pay attention while you read ~ it took me to the end to figure out who the murderer was! Which is just how I like a cozy mystery to be.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

This is a fast paced story that will have you turning pages and it kept me guessing till the very end..
~Melina’s Book Blog

The authors writing style is very light and flowing which makes your reading time just fly by.
~A. Holland Reads

A spunky heroine, a bookstore-cum-cafe, a host of interesting secondary characters, and Florida’s West Coast — this series is a lot of fun! Read to Death is the third book*, and Moran is on a roll.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

Terrie’s writing flows smoothly at a fast pace. The reader is engaged in the story right up to the end.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

Terrie Farley Moran gives us another winner with Read to Death…Unique characters filled with personality inhabit her pages providing plenty of fodder for the mysteries they encounter.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

Author Moran has a writing style that is so light and fluid, reading her stories is a pure joy.
~Lisa K’s Book Reviews

Terrie Moran has done it again with Read to Death. With a delightful cast of characters that bring the humor and fun to the story.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This was a fun story…
~The Book’s the Thing

This story has everything from humor to mystery combined for some fun in the Florida sunshine.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

With a fun Southern setting, quirky characters, and a mystery plot that twists and turns from beginning to end, Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran is a perfect cozy mystery. It may be my favorite in the series so far. I didn’t want it to end!
~Brooke Blogs

Read to Death is a great novel with a fun storyline and even better characters! Oh and don’t miss out on the yummy recipes waiting in the back of the book!
~Classy Cheapskate

This is an enjoyable cozy mystery…The south Florida setting was delightful, and a fun trip for this armchair traveler!
~View from the Birdhouse


Read to Death
(Read Em and Eat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425270301


The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…

At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…

With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

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Michelle at I Read What You Write is unable to post today so I am sharing Terrie’s Interview here.

Hi. I am mega delighted to be with you today. My name is Terrie Farley Moran and I write mystery short stories and cozy mystery novels. Read to Death is the third book in the Read ’Em and Eat series. I hope you recall Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, which was followed by Caught Read-Handed last year. BFFs Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield are the proud owners of the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore located in the idyllic community of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. In Read to Death, Sassy and Bridgy take the Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates to get a glimpse of what the Florida Gulf Coast was like a hundred years ago when Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent winters there. This end-of-snowbird-season-outing is a huge success until Bridgy discovers the murdered body of their van driver sprawled out on the front seat of the van. Is Bridgy a witness? A suspect?

What advice do you have for new authors, like me?

The best advice I can give anyone is to write as much as possible. Write consistently and trust your own judgement when it comes to how your work should look and how it sounds when you read it aloud.

Do you hear from your readers much?

One of the absolute best things about being a published author is that I hear from readers all the time. I have developed friendships that I treasure. Through my books I have connected with people I would otherwise never have met.

What is the first book that you remember reading?

My aunt gave me a copy of Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field when I was about three years old. I remember one or the other of my parents reading “Little Boy Blue” or “The Naughty Doll” or most especially “The Sugar-Plum Tree” to me over and over again. I am sure that there were Little Golden Books that I was able to read before I could read Field’s poems but my best day ever—probably early Kindergarten—was the day I began to read Poems of Childhood on my own. I still have the original book, much the worse for wear and have read it to my children and grandchildren.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I learned that the characters don’t always do what I want or expect. Apparently they hang out together and plot against me. I will admit that they are far more creative than I am. I think this is why so many writers take breaks and go for a long walk, work in the garden or take a bike ride, any activity that lets the brain roam free. It gives the characters the time and room to do their thing.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story stirs emotion in the reader. It may be that the story strikes a chord that instills anything from terror to bliss or any combination of the feelings that range in between but, to be a success, the story must arouse an emotional reaction in the reader.

If you could go on a road trip with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and where would you go?

I would resurrect John D. MacDonald, a writer who clearly defined Florida and all its strange ways in his twenty-one novel series featuring Travis McGee, an investigator who helped his clients recover things or money they lost via a swindle or larceny of some sort. Since McGee lived on his boat, the Busted Flush, I think McDonald and I should take McGee’s houseboat and tour Florida’s magnificent waterways.

If you had a secret room that opened by pulling a book on a shelf, what book would you choose?

Easy peasey. I would pick Plain Speaking an oral biography of Harry S. Truman by Merle Miller. I have always admired President Truman. He assumed office due to the death of President Roosevelt, who hadn’t confided in Vice President Truman at all. So there were a lot of doors he had to learn how to open, and open them he did.

How do you avoid or defeat writers block?

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe that every morning when I sit at the computer, if I sit long enough, words will appear on the page. They may not be great words but they will be on the page and once they are there I can rework them until they tell great stories.

How do you define success as an author?

If anyone reads and enjoys my work, I’ve hit the bullseye.

Thanks so much for having me visit. This was great fun.

About This Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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13 thoughts on “Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran

  1. I have family who live in Naples and Tampa, Florida, and they talk about the culture shock they dealt with comparing life to California. I enjoy Terrie’s books because they do add a bit of Florida.

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