Manor of Dying

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Sad to say that I'm a late comer to the Hamptons. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be buying the first three in the series. I could emphasise with Meg over her bossy always hungry feline mistress. Wondering about Cole and Meg's relationship too. I highly recommend this book.
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Another wonderful mystery from author Kathleen Bridge. Never a dull moment. A must read for mystery fans!
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Another interesting entry in a cozy mystery series by Kathleen Bridge. This one contains a host of interesting and interconnected murder mysteries interwoven with just enough real life history to keep you interested. Can hardly wait for the next entry.
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Book four in the Hamptons Home & Garden mystery series. History comes knocking when Meg Barrett attends a remote mansion house in order to source period furniture. As discoveries are made regarding the history of the old house Meg finds herself in a disturbing situation. Enjoyable, murder mystery falling into the cosy genre. A pleasing and entertaining read.
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In the fourth book of the Hamptons Home & Garden series, Meg Barrett and her BFF Elle arrive at Nightingale Manor, a former insane asylum, just ahead of a blizzard.  Hired as set consultants for a television miniseries, the ladies are in their glory among all the vintage and antique items of the Manor.  When the current owner and grandson of the asylum's founder is found dead during the storm, Meg cannot contain her nosiness about both the current murder and the riddle of the mysterious death of a former mental patient.
This was another great addition to the series and I am looking forward to the next book.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of the book for review.
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First for me from author and yes I did enjoy the book.  Had me remembering the time when I played dress up with my mom's old clothes from the attic.  What a fun story.  Always good to do things with a friend.
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I enjoyed the first three books in this series and was thrilled that it had found a new home with Beyond the Page. I've never been to the Hamptons but reading these mysteries makes me want to put a visit on my to do list. Now it's winter and business is slow, the perfect time for Meg and her friend Elle to take another job. A film crew is going to shoot a 1930's mini series on Shelter Island in a grand old manor house that, at one time, was a sanatarium. Back in the 1950's there had been a high profile murder committed there and some think the place is haunted. On top of that, once they are in the process of gathering up props for the filming the power goes out and Meg and Elle are trapped in the elevator for what seems like ages! Well it's really not that long but for this reader? 20 minutes would do me in. Once they are released they behold a dead body, murdered in copycat fashion to the previous crime.There should be a rule that creepy basements are off limits. The victim is the grandson of the doctor who ran the sanatorium. Of course Meg and Elle set out to connect the two murders.
This mystery had it all - a snowed in group of people making for a great locked room setting - check. A very creepy backstory - check. Hints of a haunting - check. A bit of romance - check. A really neat setting for the house - check. Two sweet Scotties named Murphy and Max - perfect. Put it altogether with talk of antiques and period fashion and a wonderful puzzle to solve and I was happily transported for the day. It made me want to get my copies of the Nick and Nora movies and binge watch them.
My thanks to the publisher Beyond the Page for continuing this wonderful series and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Manor of Dying is a good cozy type mystery.  I enjoyed the plot and the characters.  Mystery fans will enjoy this book.  Thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook.  This is my unbiased review.
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Meg and Elle, one has a nose for antiques and the other for poking it into other peoples’ business literally. Meg’s curiosity and her need to know attitude land them in trouble most of the time and this time, their job with the antique insurance company prove to be just that. I believe Meg curiosity would land her in serious trouble if she doesn’t curb her nosiness. She also needs to be decisive in which guy she really loves and stop letting her emotions rule her actions. An interesting intriguing and fun read.
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This is the 4th book in the " Hamptons Home and Garden" mystery series. I have read the entire series and highly recommend the entire series.   I enjoy the location of the Hamptons and how the author so richly describes the area.  This series is smart , fun and always includes a good sleuth with surprising clues. I find them highly enjoyable cozy mystery books.  This new book is delightful . 
In this next in series our savvy protagnist Meg is going to a spooky old mansion to find decor for a project that will include decor from the 1930's .  The mansion has a haunted past with a murder and was a former insane asylum.. She has brought her friends along and soon a storm hits and they are stuck in the old elevator !  This reminded me of Agatha Christie as they find a murder occurred  in the mansion once they emerge .   They are faced with the owner lying with a ice pick  !  The suspect list is limited to those they know are present which makes the mystery all the more intriguing.,  The clues were multi layered and fun to try to figure out. The setting of the old mansion with a mysterious  history  added a great spooky feel. to the book . 
This was the perfect mystery read with underlying suspicion , great plot and fast paced writing. I found it pleasing to the end  and look forward to the next in series.  Very smart series that will please every mystery reader.
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I enjoyed this latest installment in the Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery series.  It's been a while since the last story, and I had been hoping there would be a new book.  I enjoyed this well-written story.   Will you figure out who the murderer really is and why before the story ends?
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This the 4th book in Hampton Home and Garden series but the first one I have read. It work well as a standalone, however I have added the earlier books to my TBR list.

Meg Barrett and her partner, Elle have been hired to inventory the props needed for the pilot show of a new miniseries. They are headed for Southampton on a stormy winter day. After spending the day working, they are trapped in the elevator overnight. In the morning they find Dr. Blake kill in the same way as a 1960s murder that happened in the same house. Meg curiosity takes over and she feels that there is a connection between the 60s murder and Dr. Blake's murder. Will she prove it? I highly recommend this book.
Recipes are included

 Disclosure: Thanks to Belong the Page Publishing for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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It reminded me of a fun game of CLUE. Loved the setting of the old insane asylum, Lots of twists and turns to keep you interested. Loved it!
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This is the fourth book in the Hamptons Home and Garden series. Meg Barrett has been hired, along with her friend Elle, to be a decorator for a television series. The house is owned by the family of Dr. Blake and was once a sanitorium; it is reputed to be haunted with the ghosts of prior residents. There was also a murder on the grounds in the 1950's involving two celebrities. At first, Meg is skeptical of any such talk but when she and Elle are trapped in an elevator for over twenty hours and Dr. Drake is found murdered, they wonder if his killing could be connected to past events. 
The book was an enjoyable, well-paced cozy read. The number of characters was manageable although it then also limited the scope of suspects. It can easily be read as a standalone. I really liked the detailed descriptions of the Hamptons in the winter. I've never been there before but the author made me feel like I was seeing it with my own eyes. There was also a lot of attention devoted to the interior decorations of various locations and noting the types of materials used. The inclusion of the "Little Grey" cottage with its historical connections to the "Grey Gardens" home owned by cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis added another dimension to the book. There were decorating tips and recipes included at the conclusion.

Thanks to NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishers for a digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars, I really liked it.

Book 4 in the series.

This is another series that was saved from the Berkley purge by a new publisher. It's good to see some of these series that I thought were dead coming back.

This is actually probably my favorite so far in the series. I loved the setting, the spooky old sanitarium on an island in the middle of a snow storm. And I really love Meg. The fact that she's hard of hearing makes her all the more real to me.

The only thing that keeps this book from being perfect is the love interest. Or should I say love interests? I don't like Cole, the constantly gone boyfriend, who obviously cares more for sailing then Meg, but I really dislike the hinted at love triangle. That needs to be resolved one way or another (Although I admit, I favor Patrick over Cole). Either way, the dreaded love triangle trope results in an automatic 1 star downrate from me.
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When old and new murders have a well executed tie in, it makes for a wonderful read. The author does a good job of setting the stage for the old and the new. One great thing about this series is that it does seem real, so the reader can really imagine themselves in the story. A perfect read.
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I didn’t care for the plot for which the conclusion seemed simplistic as did most of the characters 
Thank you netgalley and the publisher for making this arc available
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Manor of Dying can be read alone if you have not read the previous three books in A Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery series.  The author provided the backgrounds on the main characters plus we are told about the last three cases.  The characters are developed and relatable.  Kathleen Bridge is a descriptive writer which will allow readers to visualize the scenes and the characters.  However, it does slow down the pace of the story.  I enjoyed the information on various decorating styles and the descriptions of the beautiful antiques.  I wanted some of the lovely pieces stored in the attic of Nightingale Manor.  The mystery was interesting in the way it tied to the past murder.  I liked how Meg found various clues to the old case while digging into Dr. Nightingale’s murder.  I wish it had been a little more challenging to identify Dr. Nightingale’s killer.  The story highlights how women were treated in psychiatric facilities in the past plus the horrible procedures they suffered in an attempt to “cure” them.  Meg is missing her boyfriend, Cole with the holidays approaching.  They get to spend so little time together.  Patrick Seaton, though, continues to be thrown in her path and she cannot help but think about a future with him.  We will have to wait and see what happens.  Manor of Dying has vintage fashions, a beach poet, a creepy sanitorium basement, two adorable Scottie dogs, an iced cosmetic surgeon, and one curious interior decorator.
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Manor of Dying by Kathleen Bridge is the 4th book in the Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery series, and I am thrilled the series is back, under a new publisher.  Meg Barrett is a decorator who is hired  along with her best friend Elle, to a remote island, and a building which use to be an insane asylum in the 1930's.  The building was picked to be the set of a television program, and Meg and Elle were hired to pick out authentic furniture for the time period.   Right from the beginning there are strange things going on, including both a new and an old murder.  I really enjoyed this book, I felt I was right there in the snow storm with them.  I can't wait for the next book in the series.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by Netgalley and Beyond the Page Publishing. Thank you.
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"Manor of Dying" earns 5/5 Vintage Mysteries...Clever and Engaging!

I am an eager fan of Kathleen Bridge's By the Sea Mystery series, so I'm embarrassed I've not been faithful to her Hampton's Home & Garden Mystery series. But, better late than never...after reading book five, I am a fan now! 

Meg Barrett has set up a lovely interior design business, Cottages by the Sea, in Montauk, Long Island, and with the slow down in business opportunities during the winter months, she accepted a job at Nightingale Manor on Shelter Island, just a short ferry ride across some choppy grayish waters. Hired by a film crew setting up for a Thin Man-style mini series, Meg and BFF/partner Elle would be inventorying items to be used for the 1930s era and assisting the set designer. But, the old manor, once an sanatorium/asylum, and site of a grizzly murder sixty years ago...oooh, that's a super set up for things to go wrong! Then the arrival of a major storm, a power outage, elevator mishap, and a dead body...ok, things have definitely gone wrong! I love it!

Cozy fans will love it, too! Kathleen Bridge's well-written first-person narrative allowed me the vicarious thrill to be in the middle of Meg's experience....her fears, her strengths, her connections with other people, and her journey to a very exciting conclusion. The mystery kept me quite engaged, fascinated by the tales behind the murderous events at the manor and the current owner's legal issues, and challenged to determine the culprit. Her writing style was rich with vivid description of the physical and the emotional, and dialogue illustrated well the tone and personalities. I really like the sister-like dynamic between Meg and Elle, and the manner in which they collaborate. There are a lot of characters to follow, but there were enough references to keep everyone's story straight. Karma did well to bring motive into clarity..creative! 

And I love the bonuses! Meg and Elle's Think-Outside-the-Box Guide to Repurposing Vintage Finds highlights ideas about creating a barista station in the kitchen, turning a windowsill into an herb garden, one-of-a-kind magnets, and more. For the culinary fan easy-to-follow Year-Round Party Pleasers: Jeff Barrett's Roquefort/Fig Flatbread, Meg's Mozzarella Balls, Artichokes and Olives, Meg's Easy Cheesecake Bars, and Claire's Cranberry Pineapple Punch!
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