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Dead Man's Float (A Jersey Shore Mystery #1)
by Beth Sherman
HER OLD HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH HAS CLEANED UP HIS ACT. . .Annie Hardaway is a reluctant expert on house-cleaning, horticulture, and pet care, who specializes in making some of the country's most famous how-to writers look good in print. But when her long-ago high school crush is found dead in their New Jersey shore hometown, Anne has no idea "how-to" find out the truth.
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published 1998 by Avon Books
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Cozy mystery series are tricky. If they are not well written they are formulaic & predictable. I purchased an used paper copy of Beth Sherman's Dead Man's Float because of the location. Her series takes place in a Jersey Shore town, but not Long Beach Island. Sherman wrote several books in the series in the late 90s/early 2000s, then discontinued it. None of them are on Kindle. Despite this disappointment, I could tell right away I would enjoy the series. The lead character Anne Hardaway is ...more
It seems like all my favorite mystery writers somehow stop writing mysteries or move on to other things, but I really enjoy this series by Beth Sherman, set in an imaginary New Jersey shore beach resort that bears a strong resemblance in everything but name to Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Beth's a good writer, the plots are solid, and the atmosphere (having spent a few summers in Ocean Grove myself) is spot on. A lot of fun.
Beth Sherman is a writer and editor based in New York City. She writes a bi-weekly column, "Design and Decor," for Newsday that gives decorating tips and home-related advice. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Harper's Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living, Bride's, Fitness, Working Woman, House Beautiful, American Health, Parents, and ...moreMore about Beth Sherman...
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