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Caught Read-Handed

(A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  104 reviews
From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Dead comes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat.

Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraisi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Berkley
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QNPoohBear No it's not all that silly. In the first book the heroine does do something stupid but the locals are aware of her interest in sleuthing and are prote…moreNo it's not all that silly. In the first book the heroine does do something stupid but the locals are aware of her interest in sleuthing and are protective of her. I've read cozies that are more silly than this series. (less)

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Chatting About
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Are y'all ready for another heartwarming and exciting visit to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida? Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield co-own a Bookstore Cafe, Read Em and Eat, which caters to both town regulars and tourists. Bridgy's Aunt Ophie, owns a nearby shop, Treasure Trove, and she's quite a character--there's never a dull moment when Ophie's around! Warmhearted and attentive Miguel, is the main chef at the cafe....a fabulous cook....who dotes on his precious Maine Coon cat, Bow. When a library volunt ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caught Read-Handed is the second book in the Read 'Em and Eat Mystery series.

A wonderful sequel to Well Read, Then Dead which won an Agatha for Best First Novel of 2014.

Sassy Cabot has culled the shelves in the Read 'Em and Eat bookstore/ cafe and has headed for the library to donate the books. As she enters, she notices Tanya Lipscome in an argument with Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD. A day or two later when the body of Lipsome is found in her hot tub, Alan becomes at prime suspect. Then whe
Dawn Frazier
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the Read Em and Eat mystery series. I loved it! What a great read, and perfect for summer, as it takes place in Ft Myers Beach, Florida. Bridgy and Sassy are back, running their Café/Bookstore, and I would so much like to visit there! It is the perfect little restaurant, and the food sounds so delicious, and of course there is the book corner, where they have book groups, and you can do your own book shopping. Sassy gets herself involved trying to solve a murder for an old fr ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic follow up to the first read em and eat story. This one is even more exciting then the first. I loved all the recurring characters and tempting treats that got mentioned throughout the book. I highly recommend this series and I hope you will love the new book as much as I did.
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

So excited to return to the Read ‘Em and Eat Café! Sassy, Bridgy, Ophie and Miguel are back! This time a library volunteer is killed and we quickly see she was not a very nice person so there should be plenty of suspects but the police quickly hone in on a homeless veteran with PTSD, a man that looks very much like Sassy’s old boss, George Mersky. Sassy contacts the man and finds out his brother, Alan is living in Florida. Sassy agrees to help the vet until his brother can get
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first book in this series, WELL READ, THEN DEAD, was one of my top three favorite first books in a new series in 2014. I devoured it. So, to say I have been looking forward to CAUGHT READ-HANDED, well, that doesn’t even come close to how much I’ve wanted to read this book. I have to say . . . it was worth the wait!

Author Terrie Farley Moran has done it again in the second installment of her Read ‘Em And Eat Mystery series. She has taken her gift of amazing story telling and lifted it to a wh
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Read'Em and Eat Mystery Series, and I found this book even more delightful and a must read for fans of the first, Well Read Then Dead,or just jumping into the pool of this series. Transplants, and BFF's Sassy and Bridgy from the one of the New York boroughs(as is the Author) and being who they are dive in to ownership of a sweet little restaurant in the heart of Fort Myers Beach with not only a delightful menu (as so many of us like to have a snack or two while rea ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A twenty-foot green anaconda is swimming around in Estero Bay, off Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. Naturally, the local residents are upset. The let-our-pets-be-safe-in-their-own-yards faction wants the predator killed. The save-all-of-Nature's-creatures faction wants it captured and shipped out-of-state. As if the weren't confusion and comedy enough, a wealthy woman is found dead in her hot tub. No, not of strangulation by snake; someone has bashed her over the head. Turns out, her developer husban ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield co-own and run a busy bookstore/restaurant called Read 'Em and Eat. While donating books to the library, Sassy observes an altercation between volunteer Tanya Lipscome and homeless veteran Alan Mersky. Tanya is later murdered in her hot tub and Alan becomes the top suspect. And as a side story, chef Miguel is very concerned when a giant anaconda in the waters near Fort Myers Beach, Florida might pose a threat to his cat Bow. Sassy and Bridgy, along with Aunt Ophie ...more
Susan Chalfin
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A truly fun cozy with effervescent humor. The nasty wife of a local real estate mogul is found strangled in her hot-tub, and a veteran with PTSD who had tangled with her at the local library is suspected. Sassy, the owner of the local Read and Eat 'Em cafe, recognizes the vet as her former boss' brother, and engages in some amateur sleuthing , assisted by her co-owner and investigator, Bridgy, and Bridgy's outrageously frou-frou Aunt Ophelia. A loose water snake on a tear, furious pet-owners det ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an advanced reading copy of Caught Read-Handed. I loved the first book in the series (Well-Read, Then Dead) and was anxious to read Book #2. I was not disappointed! I feel like I could be friends with the main characters, Sassy and Bridgy. Their restaurant/bookstore, Read 'Em and Eat, is someplace I would love to visit. I also loved the secondary part of the story--a green anaconda loose in Fort Meyers Beach and threatening all the small animals in town. I highly recommend ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!! Second in a series and now I have to wait to find out if there will be a third book. It takes place on Ft. Myers Beach, my neck of the woods and it's marvelous to read about home!! Ms. Moran has a quick wit and the characters jump off the page. I feel a real kinship with Aunt Ophie, Sassy and Bridgy and Miguel. Can't wait to read more about their wacky adventures and murder!! ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
One of my favorite new series! I love visiting the Read 'Em and Eat, spending time with Sassy and Bridgy, even Ophie - and hoping that the next visit will come quickly! ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this great novel. Terrie Farley Morgan does it again. Great storyline, great characters, etc.
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very interesting series. I think I will enjoy reading more of it.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked some of the first book in this series, and had hoped that the parts that annoyed me might come down in the second. Nope. If anything, they increased and I was just too irritated to continue.

The busybody aspect is a cozy staple. I get that. But it can be done in a less "hit-you-over-the-head" manner than it is here. These people don't even try to pretend that they are anything other than the nosiest parkers in the history of the world. Nor do they care how inappropriate that nosiness may
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
This was a fun book. I really like the Read 'Em and Eat cafe - the decor and food sounds like such fun. The mystery was interesting and I really enjoyed how Bridgy helped Sassy get some clues. I like the characters and they are a little different from the stereotypical cozy characters. I also loved the hand and foot and cornhole references - the book may be set in south Florida but those went straight to my midwest heart! ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love me some cozy mysteries. This was pretty good. From the characters, food descriptions, writing, pace and setting. Oh and the mystery too.

Another good sequel and wonder what the next mystery Sassy and friends will get to next.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeanie

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jeanie

Terrie Moran Farley has outdone herself, delivering ‘Caught Read-Handed’ as even better than the first book in the Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery series! Sassy and Bridgy, BFF’s, and Bridgy’s Aunt Ophie, are back. Ophie now has her own shop, Treasure Trove, just down the street from the Read ‘Em and Eat, a wonderfully unique cafe and bookstore where good reads and good eats go hand-in-hand. Try to keep the ketchup off of the
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sassy and Bridgy are back! This time Sassy is hip deep in a murder mystery that has her welcoming her former boss and his family to Florida. When Sassy overhears a shouting match between a new library volunteer, socialite Tanya Lipscome, and a man that bears a striking resemblance to the boss she left back on the east coast, Sassy knows she has to make the call. George acknowledges that he has a brother with PTSD that manages to disappear from time-to-time. When the police department arrest Geor ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was one of those cozy mysteries that addresses a issue that is all to real . It was a heart felt and very touching edition to this series where your heart actually goes out to the murder suspect and inside your some how rooting for best friends, cafe owners of Read 'Em and Eat and ameteur sleuths Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield to find the real killer because it's just not possible that this person could have done it but could they?, It made me wonder and wanting to see how it would turn ou ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Caught Read-Handed by Terrie Farley Moran
The Second Read 'Em and Eat Mystery

While dropping off a book donation at the local library Sassy sees a familiar face, but a closer look reveals it's not the man she thought it was, her former boss. Before she can continue into the library itself she hears a caterwauling, and the man rushes out of the library he had just entered. The carrying on came from a trouble making volunteer, who seems to be there only to placate her rich husband and give headaches
If you're looking for an atmospheric mystery with two spirited amateur sleuths, you can't go wrong with Terrie Farley Moran's Caught Read-Handed. The first in this series, Well Read, Then Dead, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The new mystery is even more polished.

Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield are best friends who own Read 'Em and Eat, a bookstore cafe in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. They've only been there for three years, but they fit in the local community. So, it was natural for Sa
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bout of insomnia last night helped me to finish this, Caught Read-Handed, the second book in the A Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery Series. The mystery involves a local trophy wife who volunteers in the library amidst other extra-curricular activities. Sassy and Bridgy become involved in the case when the brother of Sassy’s ex-boss, a veteran with PTSD is accused of the crime. They track down clues, question suspects, and follow up on motives. While all this is going on they still have to run their bo ...more
Sue Ross
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series. There are few places I would rather live than my Knoxville, Tennessee, but if the Read Them and Eat Café was an actual place, I’d want to live in Fort Myers Beach, Florida just so I could spend my days at the café.
In this second book in the series, Sassy, Bridgy and Miguel, who is back from recovering from a broken leg, are upset about a huge green anaconda swimming around in the neighborhood. Miguel is worried for his cat, Bow’s safety as are other pet owners.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sassy sets out to help an accused murderer when she discovers that the accused is the brother of her former employer. But as usual she butts heads with Lieutenant Frank Anthony in her efforts to help which results in some of the most entertaining exchanges in the book. The two are quite opposite in character and so irritate each other greatly but I have a sneaking suspicion that they are attracted to each other. I'm eager to read future books in order to find out. I also thoroughly enjoyed Sassy ...more
Jane Night
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a nice cozy mystery. I really enjoyed Sassy and her friends as characters. Sassy owns a little book themed restaurant with her best friend. Additionally, they have a funny cook who is obsessed with his cat in this book because there is a big snake on the loose.

The book takes place in Florida but it didn’t feel like what I was expecting for a Florida novel. I always imagine Florida being mostly retirees. There are retirees but also many younger characters as well. I have a whole new view
Barbara ★
I might have enjoyed this more if I had read the first book in the series and gotten to know both Sassy and Bridgy (what a stupid name). As it was, I really didn't like Sassy and Bridgy wasn't present enough to get a read on her (pun intended). I liked the idea of the diner cum bookstore but they didn't actually sell any books though it was implied. Also they provided food for every free book club but again didn't appear to get paid for anything which had me wondering how they were making any mo ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was instantly drawn in by the characters, most especially Sassy and her spicy cook Miguel. While those two were my instant favorites, there were loads of interesting people populating this mystery. While they were both very different I really enjoyed the two main detectives, Ryan and Frank, and happen to think Frank could end up being a very interesting leading man.

The mystery was fun to ponder, especially as things were uncovered and there was many more reasonable suspects. The pace was perf
Dez Nemec
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, cozy-mysteries
DISCLOSURE: I only read half this book. And if I wouldn't have done that had I not spent 90 minutes on the treadmill attempting to atone for my turkey day binge. I just couldn't deal with all the cutesy crap - the character names (Sassy, Bridgy, Orphie), the dish names (Green Eggs and Ham, The Secret Garden Salad, Catcher in the Rye toast) and the nicknames (Tanya Trouble, Heap-a-Jeep). Then we have Aunt Orphie and her faux-southern crap like calling people "honey chile" and her overabundance of ...more
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