Thursday, June 30, 2016

History Corner /Book Review: The Curse of the Bridal Chamber by Hunter Murphy

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Rolltop Publishing, via Netgalley,for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Ah the Summer memories....

The Curse of the Bridal Chamber cover


The indomitable senior sleuth Imogene and her outrageously endearing Alabama family find themselves in hot water while on a family vacation at a mermaid convention in sunny Florida. When Imogene and her brood, including Goose the bulldog, encounter a dead body floating in the freshwater springs beneath their glass-bottom boat, the local police immediately arrest one of the Alabama visitors for the crime.

Now the aging amateur crime solver must exonerate her own family, but unearthing a killer among the park’s past and present mermaids and employees promises to be no easy task, since so many of them are thrilled that the victim is sleeping with the fishes. And a decades-old curse that has deposited more than one dead body in the Bridal Chamber spring now seems focused on Imogene and her kin, who are wading into dangerous waters indeed. Witty and colorful, The Curse of the Bridal Chamber will keep you enthralled until the final surprising revelation.


This is the 2nd book in the Imogene and the Boys series (book 1 being Imogene in New Orleans).

Ever read a book that has you laughing hilariously through the whole book, and you HAVE to put it down, because you just can't laugh anymore, or because you are getting too many weird looks? THIS is one of those books! Think Tales of the City mixed with Steel Magnolias, and add a touch of Thelma and Louise, and you're getting close! Add in a mystery in a mystery, in a mystery and you've got the most enjoyable of Summer reads!

Imogene and her sister Agnes are an elderly force to be reckoned with! These two fiesty women will have you smiling, laughing and raising a fist in support of Southern sassy women on the loose! Add in Jackson, who is trying to keep tabs on them, deal his boyfriend Billy in jail, while carting around a 75 pound English bulldog named Goose, and you just can see the movie rolling in your head as you're reading it!  Add in some red herrings and great bit of history about Florida theme parks before the Mouse invaded, and you've got a super Southern read, that I just can't recommend enough! If you're Southern, you will recognize Imogene and Agnes as favorite aunties, and Jackson/Billy as an "eccentric" uncle/cousin. This is the South, love it or leave it!

So put this one on your 'to buy' list for when it comes out in September, and back to school will be ever so much more fun!

About the Author:

Hunter Murphy is a writer from Alabama. Some of his literary heroes include P.G. Wodehouse, Eudora Welty, Christopher Morley, Eugene Walter, and Agatha Christie. He’s a fan of good storytelling, no matter the medium. He likes to sit on the back porch with his English bulldog and discuss books. He took his first trip to New Orleans in 1987 when he was in fifth grade, where he attended his first Mardi Gras. He has been returning to the mysterious Crescent City ever since the first Imogene book came out. Check out his website for more info

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