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Well Read, Then Dead

(A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,281 ratings  ·  264 reviews
First in a new series!

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.
Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lun
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Berkley
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Laurie Anderson
Not my cup of tea
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love reading brand new cozy series. I feel like I’m getting in on the ground floor and meeting new “friends”. The characters in this one were so easy for me to get to know and I already adore them.

First, the setting is a bookstore café in Florida - so it immediately won me over. Sassy, along with her best friend, Bridget, are the owners of the “Read ‘Em and Eat” café. Sassy loves the bookstore side, while Bridget is all about the café part. Each table is decorated with a specific author theme
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.

Includes a buttermilk pie recipe!
Dollycas’s Thoughts
The Read ‘Em and Eat sounds like a perfect escape if you ask me. Delicious food served at tables named for famous authors with author and book trivia encased
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every character in this debut cozy mystery are so quirky and charming well except maybe the killer but that's another tale for another day. Read 'Em and Eat is a quaint little bookstore/cafe run by Florida's own, Sassy Cabot and Bridget Mayfield. The bookstore being a dream of Sassy's and and the cafe being a dream of Bridget's. The book meetings are in full swing at Read 'Em and Eat and many Florida's resident book lovers attend. Delia Baton is a regular of the meetings along with her best frie ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This sounds like my kind of place that mixes books and food? And that cover. Love it!

In this, you got not only a book club, but a bookish theme restaurant and a library. Add a bookstore to the mix and we're set. Unless I missed it but other than that, there you go.

Anyway what haven't I said about cozies that have a bookish theme to them? A new series that of course have heard nothing about.

I can see potential with some of the characters and like that while there isn't a hint of a romance, exactl
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great book! I truly enjoyed this first novel in the new cozy series, A Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery! Kudos to Terrie Farley Moran on her first full-length novel, who has proven her writing skills with short stories and wows everyone with this offering.

First, I really like the concept – a bookstore and cafe combined into one place, the Read ‘Em and Eat. Served up in unique style are a variety of
This was a good one! Can't wait to read the next. ...more
Terrie Farley Moran strikes just the right note with her debut mystery, Well Read, Then Dead. Set in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, the author evokes all the history, beauty and charm of southwest Florida with her knowledge of the area, her research, and her use of local color. The tourist area with its secrets and past comes alive on her pages.

When best friends Sassy Cabot and Bridget "Bridgy" Mayfield left Connecticut behind, they moved to Florida, where they combined their dreams, opening a books
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Well Read, Then Dead" by Terrie Farley Moran.


Read 'Em and Eat Café -known for it's food but most of all it's books and The Books Before Breakfast club.

Sassy-Co-owner of the Cafe and BFF with Bridgy.
Bridgy-co-owner with Sassy her BFF.

Miss Augusta-member of the book club with Miss Delia Batson and frequent customer at the café.
Miss Delia Batson-cousin to Miss Augusta and member of the book club.

Miguel-cook at the Café.
Ophrie-Bridgy's Aunt Ophelia and excellent (but messy) cook while M
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well Read, Then Dead is the first book in the A read 'Em and Eat Mystery series.

Business is going good for Sassy and Bridgy at the Read 'Em and Eat café on Fort Myers Beach. But things are about to change, Carlos their chef, slips in the kitchen and breaks his leg. The next morning, thru the magic of the internet, Aunt Ophie comes flying thru the door laden with grocery bags, ready to take over the kitchen. Truth be told, she'd probably like to take over everything at the café. Two of Sassy favo
Chatting About
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4-1/2 Stars! Welcome to the beauty of Fort Meyers, FL, and the Read 'Em and Eat Cafe and Book Corner. Best friends, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield co-own the business. The ambiance beckons as great food is prepared and served, and interesting book club groups meet at the cafe. Two cousins, Augustus Maddox and Delia Batson, actively participate at the book club meets. They talk about how they own family land that pirate treasure could be buried on. When Chef Miguel falls and breaks his leg, it's ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book over at Criminal Element, so see that for my full review. Basically, this is an excellent debut of a cozy mystery series. As with most first-in-series books, it has a lot of backstory, but that is the only negative thing I can say. The characters were fun and interesting and fully fleshed out and the mystery was intriguing. The setting is a character in and of itself, and not to be dismissed. Get this one for sure! ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2015-sep
I loved the fact that the book took place in a cafe/bookstore. I also enjoyed the fact that several books were mentioned in this book. Some I am going to have to check out. Something was missing for me though. I did miss the quaintness that some cozies have. The book was just ok. 3 stars
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my top three favorite new mystery series of 2014!

I have never read the first book of a series and the first published book for an author and been this blown away.

Any time a book grabs me on the first page and won’t let go, I know I am in for some of the best reading time I have ever spent. WELL READ, THEN DEAD, did that and more. I so enjoyed the book, I found myself smiling while reading and the real world around me fading away.
The characters and settings mix wonderfully and draw the
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I were going to teach a course on how to write a cozy, I would chose this one as guide! First of the setting is the Fort Meyers Beach close to the barrier islands of Florida. Already the reader wants to go to sandy beaches, see the wildlife and feel the ocean breezes. This book really made me want to go back to Florida.

It is easy to remember the characters, the main character Mary Sassafras “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget “Bridgy” Mayfield share ownership of the Read Em and Eat café and bookstore.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have so many series that I read that when a new one is released, the 1st thing I ask myself is, do I need to add another to my list? In the case of Well Read, Then Dead, the answer is a resounding YES.

I had been waiting for this one to be released and available at my library and I wasn't disappointed when I finally read it! Well Read, Then Dead centers around a small breakfast/lunch cafe called Read ’Em and Eat in the Fort Meyers beach area of Florida. Unique to this particular cafe is that i
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
First in a new series that combines several of my favorite things - food and books! Sassy & Bridgey are best friends that opened this restaurant/book store and have turned it into a hit in this small FL town thanks to some of the residents and the snowbirds. They have several book clubs with a myriad of interesting attendees - and some nearly come to fisticuffs! Then Miss Delia is found dead and her friend Augusta knows she was it is Sassy & Bridge on the case.

I think this is the f
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great new mystery series! The story is set in Fort Myers Beach, Florida and has an interesting crop of retirees, snow birds, shop keepers, treasure hunters, and eccentric locals. Among them are the owners of the Read It and Eat, a breakfast & lunch cafe/bookstore. Bridgy and Sassy are best friends who leave NYC to pursue their dreams in sunny Florida. Their cafe is a hit, as are their various book clubs, and they enjoy coming up with literary dishes to serve to their customers. One fatefu ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Star rating: 2 Stars

When one of her prominent book club members is murdered, Sassy gets conscripted by the deceased's best friend to help catch the killer. Little does Sassy know she's putting her life and the lives of her best friends in jeopardy to try and find the murderer of Delia Batson.

In the beginning, this novel was an enjoyable and light read but, the farther along I got the more the writing started to unravel. Fifty percent of the way through it on my Kindle and no real progress has be
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is the first in a new series. I love the main characters, Sassy and Bridgy, and the rest of the supporting cast--I even grew to like Aunt Ophie. The book has everything I like in a cozy mystery...books, food, a little local history, and a murder. I know I would enjoy visiting the Reading 'Em and Eat Cafe! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Kevin Egan
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Well Read, Then Dead with a smile on my face from start to finish. It is the perfect cozy, with appealing characters, a setting you want to visit, if not live inside, and, what I admired most, a crime that marries one of the seven deadly sins with local history. I can't wait to see what Sassy and Bridgey encounter in the next installment. ...more
Deborah Lacy
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrie Farley Moran pulled me into the world of Fort Myers Beach, Florida and didn't let me go. This is a wonderful cozy mystery for a day at the beach, the park or anywhere. Set in the Read 'Em and Eat Cafe, you not only get a great book but plenty of classic book club ideas as well. This is the first in a series and I cannot wait to see what Sassy and Bridgey get up to next! ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to go to the Read ‘Em and Eat cafe! I love the concept of this series and the characters are great too. The mystery was done well and I was kept guessing as to the outcome. Looking forward to the next book. #readforkimberly
Dawn Frazier
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a first in a new series, great book! I really enjoyed the setting, and the characters are great. Looking forward to the next book!
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The characters in it are great. Everyone from sassy to Augusta. Anxious for book 2
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally from New York, Mary "Sassy" Cabot and Bridget "Bridgy" Mayfield flew south amid a cheating husband scandal and the relocation of a place of employment. Not looking back, the duo opened up a cafe/bookstore called Read 'Em and Eat in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. They have quite the following between the regulars and the tourists.

When a tourist in a bucket shaped hat comes to Read 'Em and Eat asking about Delia and Augusta, long time residents who are also cousins, and then Delia ends up
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review (and an interview with the author!) originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Well Read, Then Dead was a delightful surprise. Of course I expected to enjoy a cozy mystery focused around a bookstore-cafe combo, but I didn't have an inkling how much I would like the characters - especially Sassy, Bridgy, and Aunt Ophie (who is a stitch!) Feisty old Augusta is also a favorite of mine, with her strong sense of justice and her habit of telling it like it is. The recurring supporting cha
A bookstore cafe, more cozy than a Barnes & Noble (sorry, I do love those stores), where the goodies and the good reads occupy the same space. And the tables are named after famous writers. And the co-owner's nickname is "Sassy", which fits her to a "tee". All these little extra touches of care by the author are very, very much appreciated! I LOVE IT!

The opening scene introduces us to many primary and secondary characters, and they are all well-'drawn'. The opinionated and intimidating pastor's
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

3 1/2 Stars!

Sassy Cabot and Bridget Mayfield are two best friends who are also the owners of a bookstore cafe called Read 'Em and Eat. Things are going great for the two till their head chef has an accident, breaks his leg and is out for surgery. Out comes Bridget's aunt, a characters on her own Ophie who takes over the kitchen and basically makes it her own.

Read 'Em and Eat has an interesting set of clientele, includ
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well Read, Then Dead is the first book in the Read 'Em and Eat Mystery series. Two friends from Brooklyn move to the barrier islands on Florida's Gulf Coast. They start up a bookstore café. The menu has items that are named with titles and items from books. The tables are named for authors. They serve great food, sell books and hold book club meeting at the café.

There is at times some contention between several people at the book club meeting while discussing books. Later a lovely elderly book c
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