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Bogey Nights (A Bogey Man Mystery #1)

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You know your day has taken a turn for the worse when you buy a vintage house to convert into a restaurant, and you find a vintage body buried in the basement.

Chris and Pamela Cross lose their 1940s-themed restaurant when a fire destroys the building. Deciding to change course, they buy a 1920s vintage brick house to convert into the new restaurant, Bogey Nights. Before wo
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Dark Oak Mysteries (first published March 1st 2011)
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Anna Burke
Sep 19, 2014 Anna Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written cozy mystery with likable characters and an enjoyable plot. It's a quick read, that breezes along. I felt a little nostalgic reading this book that sets a lighthearted tone reminiscent of a time when things just seemed easier. Not that things are that easy for the couple at the center of this story. Newly married, the members of this blended family are delighted to be together. The bride's seven years old son from a previous marriage is actually respectful to his parents, ...more
DelSheree
Aug 05, 2012 DelSheree rated it liked it
For Chris and Pamela Cross, watching their restaurant burn down seems like a low point in their lives. Everything starts looking up when they purchase a new building for a second chance at a 40's themed restaurant, but the happy feeling only lasts until they find a body in the basement of the new building. Their only relief is that the body has been there for a while, since the 1940's to be exact. Their new venture seemed marked for failure, but soon, getting the restaurant off the ground takes ...more
Cathy Cole
May 21, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
First Line: The far off cry of the sirens turned into a frantic wail as they neared Good Joe's Honky Tonk, sending a chill down my spine and panic rising up my throat.

Pamela Cross is right to feel that panic. She and her husband Chris have just watched their 1940s-themed restaurant burn down to the ground. Fortunately they quickly find an old house that can be converted to a new forties-style eatery and hope that their chef as well as the wait staff and the band that provides the live music will
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Laurel-Rain
Oct 03, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing
Chris and Pamela Cross love the forties era, from the décor to the music. It doesn't hurt that Chris resembles Humphrey Bogart, and his impersonations of the Bogey Man are part of the draw to their restaurant. When it burns down, though, they must begin again. Nonplussed by the obstacles, however, they soon begin renovating a newly purchased vintage house that will become Bogey Nights.

Unfortunately, shortly after their purchase, a dead body shows up in the basement, compliments of their Labrador
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Scott
Nov 09, 2013 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Pretty torn on this book and here are just some random thoughts...

Love the 40's theme
Who doesn't love Bogart
Book started off with average (at best) writing but then picked up and I settled in enjoying the writing
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Every 10-15 pages I would be struck by a particularly badly written paragraph that was so poorly written that it brought me out of the reading experience because I was so troubled by the writing...this is not a good thing...a reader should be absorbed in the writing not drawn out of
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Nancy Wolfe
Jun 11, 2014 Nancy Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. This is a quick read cozy mystery that begins with Chris and Laura's restaurant burning down. Their heroic labs rescue the chef by pulling him out of the building. Chris has his eye on a building to relocate their restaurant but it will need renovation. It is a older boarding house and during renovation their labs lead them to a discovery in the basement. A pile of bones is found which belong to a man who was a former boarder. Throw in a ...more
J.R.
Feb 01, 2013 J.R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
When fire destroys their forties-themed restaurant, Pamela and Chris Cross buy a vintage house with the intent of starting over again.

Renovation is barely begun when their dogs, appropriately named Sherlock and Watson, uncover a body buried in the cellar. Chris, who bears a striking resemblance to Humphrey Bogart, and Pamela are drawn into an investigation, which is encouraged by their past as well as relatives of the victim and new acquaintance, Janet, a homicide cop whose superiors aren’t inte
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C.L. Swinney
Oct 14, 2013 C.L. Swinney rated it it was amazing

I was excited to read Bogey Nights because several friends had told me it was a great read. Well, they were correct. I now realize there are two other books in this series, They Call Me Ace and Bogey’s Ace In The Hole, that I MUST get and. If you are looking for some romance, murder, and a little humor, then Bogey Nights would be perfect for you.


I liked reading how the author wove the main protagonist’s family into the story, and I enjoyed the dialogue. The plot was witty, as was the humor. I th
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Patricia Gligor
Jan 26, 2013 Patricia Gligor rated it it was amazing
I love a mystery and "Bogey Nights" certainly provided me with an intriguing plot and a cast of wonderful characters to read (and care) about. (I feel as if I know Pamela and Chris Cross and their son.) But this novel and the others in Marja McGraw's Bogey Man series go a step further; they make me smile (and sometimes laugh) as I read them. The best way I can describe her books is to say that they are "feel good" mysteries. In my opinion, it takes quite a writing talent to accomplish that. I hi ...more
Betty
Jun 18, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
A very creative mystery series where the present is combine with the 1940s. While not fixing a cozy there is no sex or violence and two golden labs. A new author for me and I will read her again. The was a surprise and not what I thought. I remember the 40s very well and the story has taken me on Memory Lane.
Pam and Chris watch their restaurant burn to the ground. Rebuilding the it they buy an old Victorian home to remodel. Sherlock and Watson, the labs find a skeleton in the basement. The murde
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Tony
May 31, 2016 Tony rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
One of my favorite series. This family knows how to fall into a mystery and come out with a delightful reading adventure. Author McGraw has created a series worth reading because there is never a dull moment. Characters are well presented without a feeling of make believe; in other words they could be your neighbors. Always a laugh or two to lighten your mood. Not your cookie cutter mystery which is why I gave 5 stars.
Dianna
Aug 30, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dianna by: Less
This is a very quick and easy read. It was recommended to me by my daughter Lesa.

It is the story of a very old murder case, but it also has a little romance in it as well as the mystery. You find yourself reading one chapter after another because you just need to know what is happening next.

I recommend this book even if, like me, you are not a murder mystery fan. It is not blood and gore. It is just a good book.
Lesley~aka Ella's Gran
A well written cozy mystery that kept me guessing until near the end. The story line is good, has a little humor, touch of romance, family (including the dogs), and a couple of historic murders, in a small town setting. I personally found the constant lip curling and eye rolling references a little wearisome, but otherwise I enjoyed this book. I will certainly read more by this author.
Mary Schildman
Jun 02, 2014 Mary Schildman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Bogey

The author described her book as, a little humor, a little romance and a little murder, well that was SPOT ON ! Loved the characters and the story was good and well written. Looking forward to more of the series.
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 Kristina Franken rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Jakenv
Bogey series is a must read for Bogart fans. Each book is readable separately but you are cheating yourself not reading all books. Characters are warm, funny and best of all believable.
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Other Books in the Series

A Bogey Man Mystery (4 books)
  • Bogey's Ace in the Hole (A Bogey Man Mystery, #2)
  • They Call Me Ace (A Bogey Man Mystery, #3)
  • Awkward Moments (A Bogey Man Mystery, #4)

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