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A promising new cozy series set in Louisiana

Murder at Morningside By Sandra Bretting Kensington Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date: May 24, 2016 Review While hats might not be your cup of tea, you still may enjoy this light cozy mystery set in Louisiana. The first in a new series, Murder at Morningside features Missy DuBois, hat designer and owner of Morning Glory, a hat shop catering to Louisiana sophisticates. Missy loves being in the know almost as much as she loves gorgeous hats. Thus, it is no surprise that she takes every opportunity to help investigate when the bride she has been hired to create a veil for is murdered. It helps that the investigator on the case is an old family friend. On the whole, Murder at Morningside is easy to like, even though it isn't thrilling or memorable. The characters were not as well developed as they could be, but I expect that will improve as the series progresses. The plot, on the other hand, was nicely planned. Oddly enough, I was more impressed by the first couple of chapters of Something Foul at Sweetwater, the next book in the Missy DuBois series. The inclusion of those chapters bumped a rating of 3 up to a 4. 4/5 I received a copy of Murder at Morningside from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom Description Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder? Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women's bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm to spare, she's going to need more than manners and a manicure to put a hat pin on this murderous affair . . .

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