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Murder at Morningside

(Missy DuBois Mystery #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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 th
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Published May 24th 2016 by Lyrical Underground
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Murder at Morningside is the debut book in the Missy DuBois Mystery series written by Sandra Bretting. Missy is a wedding hat designer in Louisiana who is in love with her best friend Ambrose, a wedding dress designer, and who has a penchant for being a little too nosy and finding dead bodies. After I won the third and fourth books in a giveaway contest last year, I read them and thought they were good. I wanted to catch up on the beginning before the fifth one is released in the future, so here ...more
A cozy whodunit filled with Southern charm, scenery, and humor. Readers are sure to be entertained!

Custom hat-maker, Melissa "Missy" DuBois, and her best friend, Ambrose "Bo" Jackson, a couture wedding gown designer; travel to Morningside Plantation for a weekend wedding. Amidst the beautifully manicured gardens with a view of the Mississippi River, it seems thoughts of revenge have been simmering for quite some time. When the bride-to-be, Trinity, is murdered; questions arise as to whether her
Penny Marks
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Morningside is the first book in a new series by Sandra Bretting. It is packed full of southern charm that is set in Louisiana. I think this series is one to watch! I loved it. Course I'm a southern gal at heart too. I suggest you sit back on your porch with a big old glass of sweet tea and enjoy.
Missy DuBois has opened a hat shop called Crowning Glory. She is dripping with southern charm and has landed a socialite wedding. She has designed a veil that would make any southern gal swoon
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
The clever cover caught my eye as this a new author for me. Missy DuBois, a custom hat designer goes to Morningside Manor to fix the veil for a bride and her bridesmaids. The bride is found dead in one of the bathrooms before the wedding. Missy befriends the Mother of the bride and decides to help the police find the answer. I appreciate the detail descriptions of the hats. I still wondering about the plot and feel the characters were one sided. I felt that Missy went places and did things that ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, netgalley-arc
ARC honest review for Kensington Books via NetGalley.

A good start to a New series.

Missy DuBois, a hat designer with her own boutique, Crowning Glory on the Louisiana's Great River Road and her clothes designer friend Ambrose, who owns Allure Couture the shop next door to hers. Are invited to attend the wedding that they both designed for at Morningside Plantation.

Only to have the bride-to-be drop down dead before reaching the alter!

And Missy decides that she need to find answers.

I enjoyed this
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

I really enjoyed this book. From the first page, the author paints a picture so vivid, you can almost feel the southern heat. The characters are written realistically, and as the murder is unraveled, it becomes more and more heartbreaking. The very end of the book left me rolling my eyes at how the characters acted, but other than that it was very enjoyable.
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting is the first A Missy DuBois Mystery novel. Melissa “Missy” DuBois and her friend, Ambrose are at the Morningside Plantation to assist with a wedding of Trinity and Sterling. Ambrose is doing the gown (owns Ambrose’s Allure Couture) and Missy the veil (owns Crowning Glory). Unfortunately, before the bride and groom so can say their I Do’s, the bride is found dead in the bathroom (what a horrible place to kick the bucket). Who would want to kill a pregnant ...more
Danielle Urban
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting is an intriguing Southern slash historical murder mystery. The main character, Missy DuBois and her fashion guy friend are the perfect friends. Then there's the front desk lady who seems to more than friends with the bride's groom. Missy DuBois knows they know another and saw they arguing...about what she doesn't know. But then it's not soon when the mother of the bride finds out her daughter is late to a hat competition. The desk lady offers to look for ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in a new series by Sandra Bretting. This author is new to me and I found her to have a nice writing style. This book is full of delightful characters that have wonderful southern charm. I am very character focused when I read books as my connection to the characters are what keep me coming back to a series. I found the characters in this book to be a bit underdeveloped. I would have liked them to have a bit more depth to them. However, I did like the relationship between M ...more
RO G'ma
Murder at Morningside is the first book in Sandra Bretting’s Missy DuBois Mystery series. I loved the Southern charm, scenery, and humor in this book. This is a new-to-me author and I like her writing style. The book is well written and there are some twists and turns; however, I wish the characters were a little more developed. Some of the events in the story weren’t plausible to me and distracted from the story. I’m looking forward to seeing how the second book plays out.

Melissa “Missy” DuBois
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting is the first book in this new cozy series and was an interesting book.

Missy DuBois is a smart young woman who has opened her own hat and millinery shop in a small town along Louisiana's Great River Road. Her friend and shop neighbor, Ambrose, designs wedding dresses for elite southern belles. As guests at a wedding at the Morningside Plantation, they are quickly thrust into the murder of the bride. The plot was good with some twists but it slowed down in
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Murder at Morningside was an ok read, but I never really warmed up to Missy. Some of the 'Southernisms" she uses irritated me like "Butter my biscuit(s)" which is used a couple of times. I also felt that Ambrose (her best friend), aka Bo, was underused as well as Lance, the police presence.

The story moved along fine and there was quite a cast of potential killers but Missy's actions and that of some of the other characters were a bit preposterous at times. Throwing together a fashion show in abo
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Sandra Bretting
This is a new author to me. The setting of the book takes place in Louisiana and comes with all the southern charm you come to expect from the south. I loved the old sayings she usod like “Lorda mercy” I haven’t heard that one since I was a child.

I love her writing style like “It seems the girl and her fiancé must have eaten supper before they said grace” descripts a baby bump under her top. And “Terrible shame. Yellow caution tape dressed the bathroom door like a satin sash o
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you like reading about the south, especially Louisiana, you'll enjoy this cozy! Set close to Baton Rouge the protagonist, Missy, is a milliner and creates veils for brides along with various hats and cloches. Like most cozies, she puts herself in harms way but doesn't realize it most of the time.

This was an engaging story that I enjoyed. I had no idea who to suspect as the "bad guy" until a certain fact is revealed. If you pay attention you'll know who it is BUT you won't know why until the k
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
A nice first in a new series. I liked Missy, and I liked the Southern charm, although there might have been one too many exclamations of "gah-lee" for me!

She's a typical amateur detective though, nosy as heck and putting herself in to dangerous situations after swearing she'd do no such thing, haha. "Why, Lance. Do you really think I'd run off and do something foolish?" And Lance (the police detective in charge of the murder investigation) knows it's going to happen, too, but he's powerless to
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missy DuBois Mysteries, make me want to grab a mint julep and go find a rocking chair on the veranda. Enjoying a weekend at Morningside Plantation is Missy's dream. But a murder on the grounds throw her weekend way off kilter.
Fast read, scenery sounds beautiful, quirky characters. I loved it!

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I remember where I decided I couldn’t read any more and skipped to the end to see who did it. Maybe I just couldn’t connect with the main character. The novel just felt like it was one long forced dialogue between the main character Missy and the other characters on the plantation. She would just keep asking them questions... that’s what the whole novel is. I mean she even goes to the extent of leaking confidential police information to one of the suspects to just see if h ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am confused about the victim Trinity, I don't remember if there was ever an identity made as to whom the father of her child belonged too. Maybe I just missed it or the author didn't feel it was all that important to the story. Also not real sure what Mr. Solomon (Trinity's) fathers name is. Hebert or Herbert? May have been just type-o in digital book. I found there to be both spellings while reading especially in chapter 9. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and plan to read the next one in ...more
I borrowed this ebook from my local library, thinking that just maybe I’d found a new cozy mystery series. Unfortunately I was disappointed somewhat with the over the top ‘Southern’ characters, which is a shame because I found the setting quite interesting.

I will pick up the next book to give the series a fair go.

2.5 🌟
Micky Cox
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wedding, a fashion show, a ghost and a murder all in the same weekend, these characters have a full schedule and it is great entertainment for the reader! Interesting characters with decent development and an interesting plot with multiple potential suspects. Definitely made for an entertaining read and has me interested in the next book in the series!
Great cozy

On a Louisiana plantation turned hotel and event center with interesting characters everywhere, secrets around every corner, and "ghosts of the Confederacy" flitting here and there, what more could one possibly need in a murder mystery?
Laura Michaela
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this after reading some very mixed reviews. The story was good, although the characters seemed like cardboard stereotypes. But the reveal? I hate being treated like I'm stupid.

Mary Corso
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fun characters, nice setting, and a good mystery combined into one book. You may even learn something new when reading it. What's not to like?
Ann Oni
DNF; not for me. Too... dare I say vapid?
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missy and Ambrose go to Morningside Plantation to work a wedding. They are best friends with her hat/veil shop next door to his designer dress shop. But the bride is murdered before the wedding. Missy goes around, questioning everyone, trying to find the murderer. There’s a lot of red herrings to throw us off, a fashion show gets mixed in, and Missy almost gets killed, too. Altogether, a good story that I liked a lot. Glad to see there is more of Missy’s story to read.
Jane Reads
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting, Book 1 of the Missy DuBois Mysteries. The series has an original concept, revolving around murders committed at Southern plantations located along the Great River Road of Louisiana.

Missy, a fashion design major and maker of hats in college, has a hat shop in Bleu Bayou, on the Great River Road. Missy's shop, Crowning Glory, specializes in custom-made wedding veils and fascinator hats for brides. The shop next door, Allure Couture, is ow
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title: Murder at Morningside - Missy DuBois Mystery Book 1
Author: Sandra Bretton
Published: 5-24-2016
Publisher: Kensington Books / Lyrical Underground
Pages: 190
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Women's Fiction
ISBN: 13: 9781601837134
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I received a copy of "Murder at Morningside" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Publisher's Description:

Hat designer M
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Kensington Books for providing me with a free ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

‘Murder at Morningside’ comes across as an interesting little debut cosy crime story. So, when I say “It was okay” I’m not being mean… I’m just letting you know it has the potential for greatness, but I just couldn’t see if from the first book alone. If that makes sense? I don’t yet get the urge to rave over it… but I can see it happening maybe one day. ;
Murder at Morningside is the first in the Missy Dubois mystery series. Melissa "Missy" Dubois owns and operates Crowning Glory her hat shop located next door to gown designer Ambrose "Bo" Jackson in Louisiana.

Missy and Bo have been hired to outfit bride to be Trinity whose wedding is being held at the Morningside Plantation. Delighted to be spending the weekend together at the stately mansion, Missy is shocked to discover that the home might actually be haunted by the ghost of a Confederate sold
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Murder at Morningside is a smart and engaging cozy mystery from Sandra Bretting. Set in the south, the mannerisms and phrases used are excellently carried out. I was born in Michigan but half of my roots are in the south. Therefore, many of the sayings uttered by not only the protagonist, Missy, but the entire ensemble, are quite familiar to me. I enjoyed the familiarity of them as I read through the book.

The plot itself was nicely executed and pretty solid. I enjoyed the multiple threads involv
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Sandra Bretting writes a bestselling mystery series for Kensington/Lyrical Underground called The Missy DuBois Mystery Series. Book four in the series recently was ranked an Amazon Top 100 Mystery.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Sandra began her career writing for the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine and others. From 2006 until 2016, she wrote feature stories

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