By Bridgy Mayfield from the Read ’Em and Eat mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran
Hi there, my name is Bridgy Mayfield. Along with my bestie, Sassy Cabot, I own the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore in the always sunshiny community of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Everyone at the Read ’Em and Eat wants to say a big HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, and to the uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, moms, grandmas and friends who help take on that role is a child’s life. Great work all!
Well there is a lot of excitement here in Fort Myers Beach. The grand and glorious news is that there is a brand spanking new book outlining our adventures. It is called Read to Death and I would say it is the best book about us yet, except—well, I wish our author picked someone else to be the patsy. But no, there I am a major suspect in the murder of Oscar Frieland, the funny old gentleman (well not exactly a gentleman) who drove the Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club to their end-of-season outing at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Much as I love visiting the place where Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent their winters a century ago, boy, am I ever sorry I went along on that trip.
Believe me when I say finding a dead body is a terrible experience. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I just want the entire episode not to have happened. Fortunately, Sassy is more strong willed than I am so she is determined to find the killer and clear my name. Does she honestly think sneaking on a fishing charter boat or hanging out in waterfront bars crawling with wharf rats will help me? Don’t get squeamish, they’re not real rats (that’s what I feared at first) but when I squealed Sassy’s new friend Bert laughed and Sassy told me that wharf rats are people who like to hang around the harbor.
When she heard the possibility that I was in trouble, my mom flew down from Brooklyn and much as I love the comfort of having her around, my straight laced mom and her sister, my slightly wild Aunt Ophie do tend to get on each other’s nerves. And then, of course, the unexpected guest mom brought with her can be quite a handful.
So to celebrate the July 5th release of Read to Death, I am thrilled to offer the prize of your choice. One lucky reader will get the choice of a signed copy of Caught Read-Handed or a Caught Read-Handed tee shirt. Comment below before midnight Monday June 20 for a chance to win. Don’t forget to include your email addy. Oh and I would be thrilled if you pre-ordered a copy of Read to Death—I sort of am the star, you know.