Murder Buys a T-Shirt (Google eBook)
Glory Martine has inherited her uncle's Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by--and ghosts--who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This is the first book in the A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery series. Glory Martine, owns 55% of Southern Treasures in Keyhole Bay, FL. Her cousin Peter owns the 45% and lives in Alabama but still is as close as a phone to "help" Glory run the business. One of the things that came with the shop is Bluebeard, a salty talking parrot. Glory's childhood friend Karen, who is a news reporter for a local radio station, stops by to visit. Glory is busy straightening her inventory that she thinks Bluebeard messed up. On the way back from a trip to the Panhandle, Karen's police scanner goes off reporting a car accident. They get to the scene shortly after the police and see that vehicle is that of a local football star, Kevin Stanley. Stanley is confirmed dead at the scene. That evening while working in her shop, out of the blue, Bluebeard says "not accident". The uncanny thing is that it sounded just like she remembered her late Uncle Louis sounding. Glory doesn't believe in ghosts, but this is to uncanny to ignore or to share with friends. The police are playing it close to the vest and not providing much information. The word is that Stanley was at a gathering and had been drinking, but there were some that said he was there but wasn't drinking. The owner a local auto dealership had given Stanley a "lot boy" job at the dealership. Could they have had a disagreement that ended tragically? Or was Stanley letting his "star" status go to his head and the football coach was worried about the team having a successful season. Glory and Karen have two friends, Ernie and Felipe, with whom they rotate fixing dinner on Thursdays, have their plates full sorting out all the suspects. Glory also enlists the help of Jake, who owns the bookstore across the street. I really enjoyed this story and it was a quick read. Very enjoyable and like-able characters. interesting story and a well developed plot. Looking forward to the next book.
Review: Murder Buys a T-shirt (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery #1)User Review - Goodreads
This is a fun cozy mystery with a nice plot although I did get the bad guy too early. I'm not a huge fan of ghosts in standard mysteries and the idea of the ghost speaking through the parrot didn't do a lot for me. Not sure I would read more but a nice piece of fun reading.