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Bones and Roses (The Cypress Bay Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
After wrecking her real estate career in a booze-fueled blowout, Cypress Bay property manager and recovering alcoholic Tish Ballard thought she had put her past behind her. But when she opens an old trunk, a bequest from an anonymous benefactor, she finds it filled with bones and roses.
Suddenly Tish is plunged into a murder case that dates back to her childhood. Pitted against her high school crush, homicide detective Spence Breedlove, she finds herself in jeopardy—in more ways than one.
Can Tish unmask a killer before the man who broke her heart puts her behind bars or, worse, she becomes a corpse herself?
Author Nora Roberts raves that Eileen Goudge “writes like a house on fire”—and with Bones and Roses, the first book in the Cypress Bay Mysteries, the New York Times–bestselling author of Garden of Lies delivers a suspenseful plot, memorable characters, and delectable touches of romance.
Bones and Rosesis the 1st book in the Cypress Bay Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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Young Goudge with her Sister
Goudge, age three, and her sister, Laura, in a playhouse built by their father. In addition to being a painter and insurance agent, Goudge’s father also designed and built houses.
Goudge at a Book Signing
Goudge with her younger sister, Patty, at a book signing for Garden of Lies in 1986. For Goudge, one of the most exciting aspects of the book’s release was sharing with her friends and family a project she’d been working on for so long.
Goudge with her Husband
Goudge with her husband, Sandy Kenyon, near his homestead in Vermont. Goudge’s own real-life romance reads like those in her novels: After three failed marriages, she met Kenyon while being interviewed for the radio. When the interview ended, they continued the conversation, talking up to three hours each night, and married soon after.
“A sophisticated, cleverly crafted mystery with complex, intricately drawn characters who rarely behave in the way you expect. I never saw the ending coming.” —Donna Ball, author of the Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries
Praise for Eileen Goudge
“Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave.” —Nora Roberts, New York Times–bestselling author
“Eileen Goudge . . . is wise in the ways of the human heart.” —Kristin Hannah, New York Times–bestselling author
Eileen Goudge is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She has published fifteen novels, including New York Times bestseller Gardens of Lies, Thorns of Truth, and The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01DN759CK
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (May 24, 2016)
- Publication date : May 24, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2014 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 249 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #234,570 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tish is a recovering alcoholic who owns her own small property management business and looks after her mentally ill brother. Her already hectic life is thrown into turmoil when she is called to a storage facility and told someone has left something for her. What she finds turns her entire world upside down and e,boils her in a hunt for a killer.
The story arc is well paced and keeps the reader guessing. There is a great secondary cast that help propel the story. There is humor, suspense, tension, and moments that will have you holding your breath and cursing with anger or annoyance. In short, the book has got it all.
There are some story elements that felt like they needed more depth or else could have been omitted. I’m not quite sure what they contributed to the narrative. But overall this was an entertaining read, my first by this author but it won’t be my last.
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. You’ll have to read the book to find out what I mean by that. But I certainly enjoyed that aspect of the book and needed a cold shower after a few scenes!
I could go on and on about this book and about Eileen Goudge, who is such a talented author, but instead, you should stop reading reviews and grab this book now! You won’t regret it!
I loved so many of the characters, which were richly drawn. Tish Ballard, the protagonist, was a particular favorite of mine. In her mid-thirties, she was a recovering alcoholic, whose mother had abandoned her now schizophrenic brother and her when they were young children. She was the caregiver of her brother, who was also endearing and funny.
And who would not love Tish's best friend, Ivy, who created dioramas that
featured insects? I wanted one to the point at which I searched online!
I deemed Bones and Roses an old-fashioned mystery because it brought back memories of my days with Nancy Drew. It was an intriguing whodunit from almost the first page, with Tish a grown up Nancy.
The setting in Cypress Bay, an upscale beach community in California, was ideal for the story. Tish's one-woman company that cared for expensive homes let me be a voyeur into places that came to life because of their vivid descriptions.
I would be remiss if I neglected to mention Eileen Goudge's wicked sense of humor. Tish and Ivy made me laugh out loud many times, even when they were in danger.
Bones and Roses left me waiting for the next Cypress Bay story. I cannot imagine anyone who would not have fun unraveling this mystery.
Tish Ballard owns and runs Rest Easy Property Management and is a recovering alcoholic. With her best friend Ivy, an artist and flower child of the 60's, she finds herself trying to solve the mystery of her mother's death. She had always believed her mother ran off with her lover and abandoned her. When she was given the key to a storage unit, she found her mother's body and set out to solve the murder.
I am already reading the second book in the series as the first was very good and worth the reading time.