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Bones and Roses (Cypress Bay Mysteries Book 1) by [Goudge, Eileen]
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Editorial Reviews


"Eileen Goudge's first book in the Cypress Bay Mystery series catches the reader in a strong undertow of a plot. Before you know it, you're being drawn in, out, and under. Expect to become immersed with the indomitable heroine, Tish Ballard, the cast of colorful secondary characters, and Eileen Goudge's trademark storytelling."--Sandra Brown

"It was a pleasure to read such a sophisticated, cleverly crafted mystery with complex, intricately drawn characters who rarely behave in the way you expect. I was fascinated by everyone in this story and never saw the end coming. Welcome to the world of amateur sleuths, Tish Ballard! May you have a long and satisfying career."--Donna Ball, author of The Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries

"The legion of readers who devour Eileen Goudge's dark and densely-plotted novels in which average women discover the depths of their emotional strength through adversity will no doubt fall in love with the heroine of her Cypress Bay Mystery series. Resort rental agent Tish Ballard is gorgeous, funny, and accessorized with the sort of sourball bittersweetness that comes with living a fast life in a tiny seaside hamlet whose full-time residents have long memories for her pre-AA alcohol-induced antics. In Bones and Roses, a grisly inheritance answers one very important question about the decades-old mystery that changed Tish's life for the worst. Even more importantly, it a fast and furious opening act for a new mystery series."--Josie Brown, author of The Housewife Assassin's Handbook series

From the Author

I'm the author of 15 women's fiction novels and a voracious reader who got hooked on books reading Nancy Drew under the bedcovers by flashlight as a young girl. Maybe that's why I jumped  genres with Bones and Roses, my first mystery novel. I couldn't resist the lure. Much of it was written in the early morning hours while it was still dark out (not by flashlight, thankfully!) because the story in my head wouldn't sleep.  This is also the first novel of mine that has my handprints all over it--I conceived, wrote, and published it all by my little old self.  Click "Look Inside" to enjoy an excerpt and visit me on my website, Twitter or Facebook to let me know what you think of the book!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1445 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991589424
  • Publisher: Eileen Goudge (August 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2014
  • Language: English
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By Judith D. Collins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A special thank you to INscribe Digital and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Eileen Goudge is back, stronger than ever with BONES AND ROSES, the first book in her exciting new Cypress Bay Mysteries series. Filled with lovable characters, razor sharp humor, and tons of drama for a page-turner mystery charmer!

In Northern California and the seaside town of Cypress Bay, readers meet the vacation rental queen, Leticia “Tish” Ballard, the former real estate broker, and recovering alcoholic, presently the owner of her own company, Rest Easy Property Management. She gave up the suits, and hectic life of real estate sales for flip flops and a more laid back lifestyle, where she takes care of the owner’s homes and prepares them for the guest arrival.

Currently, Tish is dating Daniel (comfortable, not sizzling), enjoys spending time with her BFF Ivy, and taking care of her very high IQ troubled adult brother, Arthur (he is a riot). However, her head begins spinning when she is left with a storage unit with a mysterious trunk filled with skeletal remains and opens up a past, and a crime (s), never solved.

Of course, while she puts herself front and center of the investigation, she has to come face to face with her old high school sweetheart, and lead detective, Spence, plus a number of other eccentric characters as she races to find the real killer as her life is on the line—keeping you guessing until the end with a nice twist.

As usual, Goudge is a master at character development, and storytelling, with obstacles coming in every direction for an engaging and satisfying read. I was blown away by the inspiration for the book and the events taking place in the author’s own life at the time of writing.
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I don’t normally read mysteries, but I’m a huge Eileen Goudge fan so I had to get Bones and Roses as soon as it came out. I loved it and can’t wait to read the entire series!

The story is absolutely captivating, with so many unexpected twists and turns that I was never able to predict what might happen next. It’s hard to believe that this is Goudge’s first mystery, because she knew just how to build up the suspense, make you think almost anyone could be guilty, and then turn everything around to shock you with the truth!

Eileen Goudge has a rare gift for creating intriguing, complex and well-developed characters. I already knew this because I recently devoured Garden of Lies and The Replacement Wife, which are now two of my all-time favorite books. But I was pleased to discover that even a mystery can also delve deep into the human psyche and relationships in ways that are profoundly moving.

I came to adore Tish and look forward to reading many more books about her adventures. She’s a bit rough around the edges, but that’s one of the many qualities that make her so entertaining and relatable. A recovering alcoholic with a sharp tongue and a talent for breaking and spilling things, Tish’s brutally honest inner dialogue had me laughing at times and tearing up just as often.

The relationships between Tish and all the people in her world are complicated and unpredictable, which made for excellent storytelling. Her interactions with her mentally ill brother were humorous as well as touching and provide meaningful lessons about unconditional love.

The dilemma Tish faced in her love life, including some pretty steamy thoughts and interactions with someone other than her boyfriend, added another delicious level of drama to the story.
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BONES AND ROSES by Eileen Goudge is another winner!

Sometimes when an author is accustomed to writing a particular genre and garners much acclaim for it, changing format can be a bit daunting. Apparently this is NOT the case for Ms. Goudge because she's struck gold again!

In her new Cypress Bay Mystery series, we meet Tish--real estate manager, care-giving sister to a mentally challenged brother and recovering alcoholic. Things are going well for her until she agrees to take delivery of a large package in a storage locker. OMG!! Apparently her mother didn't run off and abandon her son and daughter after all!!

You can now add tenacious investigator to her description!!

Chock full of engaging storyline, quick witted humor, crazy situations and that hint of romance, the Cypress Bay series will be another one readers will want to visit again and again. I know I cannot wait until the next volume comes out!
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Eileen gouge has written the first in a wonderful mystery series based In Cypress Bay a town that seems bucolic to the outsider but those who live there know the drama gossip &danger that lurks there.So well written a true pages turner.looking foward to the next in the series.
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This is the first book in a new series for this author and the first book of hers I have read. I really enjoy first person female sleuth type stories and especially liked this one. It started off pretty mild, but things picked up rather quickly.

When the remains of Tish's long lost mother are discovered, Tish takes it upon herself to investigate since she feels the police aren't taking the case seriously enough. She enlists the help of a somewhat burned out and possibly alcoholic retired policeman and her best friend and total opposite, Ivy. Tish handles the dangers like she was born for it. She doesn't require the help of any of the romantic interests in her life, she just pushes on despite the possible consequences.

I really enjoyed this story and am glad it is going to be a series. I have high hopes for Tish and her end of the story love interest. He was my favorite.

I appreciate Net Galley providing me with a copy of this book for review.
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