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The Curse of the Bridal Chamber

(Imogene and the Boys #2)

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The indomitable senior sleuth Imogene and her outrageously endearing Alabama family find themselves in hot water while on a family vacation at a mermaid convention in sunny Florida. When Imogene and her brood, including Goose the bulldog, encounter a dead body floating in the freshwater springs beneath their glass-bottom boat, the local police immediately arrest one of the ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Rolltop Publishing
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Judy Z
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read by Hunter Murphy. Imogene in New Orleans was a great fun read but I think The Curse of the Bridal Chamber is even better. In this book, Aunt Agnes joins Imogene and "the boys." They visit a mermaid convention in Florida. On their first boat tour, a corpse emerges below the glass in the bottom of the boat. One of Imogene's family gets arrested for the murder, so the sisters go into overdrive to piece together what happened. It's a frantic, hilarious chase full of ...more
NJones
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by the publisher**

I’d follow Imogene anywhere, but when she and the boys take Aunt Agnes to a mermaid convention in Florida, the fun is outstanding. Aunt Agnes is Imogene’s older sister, who calls the mermaids “women fish”. :) Goose the bulldog is so cute. I loved the setting too, an old park where Hollywood filmed Tarzan and other movies around the crystal clear water.

The mystery involves the death of a park employee, a man who mistreated the mermaids and probably deserved to d
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debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, netgalley, arc
Very enjoyable cozy mystery. I saw this book on NetGalley and requested it because of the cover and the fact that it was in FL at a mermaid convention. I didn't realize it was the second book in a series...but, it actually worked well as a stand alone. Fell in love with the characters, Imogene, Billy, Jackson, and Goose the bulldog. The Alabama family (I live and am from Alabama, so big plus) travels to FL for a family vacation. They stop at Clear Springs Park and find themselves participating i ...more
Larissa
I really wanted to like this book… and I did. I was drawn to the concept of a vacation in “real Florida” that turns upside down because of a murder. This book is a character-driven mystery, led by an all-star cast including two Southern seniors, a gay couple, and a bulldog named Goose. Throw in some mermaids, monkeys, and the setting of some world-famous Hollywood films (including Tarzan), and you’re set for a good time.
I don’t want to spoil it all, but suffice it to say that one of the main cha
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Barbara
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly what I needed, a fun murder mystery on a lazy summer weekend. Imogene and Agnes made me laugh a lot. I was interested in the secrets lurking in that lovely park too. Plus the bulldog was funny and I have always loved mermaids and old people. It made me want to visit a place like Clear Springs!
Laura Salas
This will be fun, I thought. Elderly sisters, maybe a bit cantankerous, the grandson of one of them and his partner, and Goose, the bulldog. And mermaids! I grew up in Florida, and the park and mermaid shows the book centers around is based on the WeekiWachee Springs that I never went to (or maybe once when I was very young) but always heard about. But while I find mild cantankery amusing, this mystery is way too high on the scale for my taste. The sisters argue with each other. They argue with ...more
Jay
I've read this book twice now. Mermaids, murder, spunky old people, secrets, and a fascinating history of a Florida park. This did it for me. There are a lot of funny quotes in this mystery. Good stuff. Thanks to the publisher for this ebook ARC.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
When Imogene and her sister Agnes are taken on a vacation to Florida by the boys (Jackson and Billy) you never know what is going to happen, well actually you do. Shortly after arriving at the Clear Springs Park for the mermaid convention, a dead body is found. When Billy is arrested for the murder, the rest of the family will do whatever it takes to prove his innocence. The problem I had with this book is the rudeness, yelling, anger etc. that occurs during this investigation. It seems that whe ...more
Jeremy Turner
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I began reading this book and didn’t realize that it was the second book in a series, but it turned out that didn’t matter! By the end of the first chapter the characters had been well established and I could sit back and enjoy it. The further the book got into the characters the funnier and more entertaining the plot was. I must say, I really like that most of the characters are senior citizens. It adds a unique perspective that most mysteries don’t have. The setting at FL and at a Mermaid conv ...more
Pixie
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
As an avid reader, there's really not a genre I won't at least try, I review books for the awesome publishers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Curse of the Bridal Chamber, for me is proof of the age old adage 'never judge a book by its cover'

As you can see the book cover is bright and enticing it definitely appealed to my creative side, and I loved all the warm bright colours, plus I'm a real sucker for skulls.

The blurb on the book seemed tempting, it promised lots of fun, mur
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Audrey Terry
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways, fiction
I just don't think that this one was for me. As a kid I was an avid watcher of Scooby Doo, and this story hit a lot of the same notes for me in that the good guys run around in circles picking up clues and getting tied up in broom closets while the bad guys creep around in the shadows and pop out of storage sheds to bonk the main characters and run away. Unfortunately, this wasn't a book written for children, and the dog is much less endearing than Scooby Doo ever was, although he does share the ...more
Brenda
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic mystery.

I read this because I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, Imogene in New Orleans. Well #2 did not disappoint.

This book introduces us to Imogene's even wilder sister Agnes, a woman who could have a book written about her alone. When trouble comes to the group, in the form of a murder accusation, the sisters confront it head on. The result is an entertaining adventure in the Florida woods and spring-fed rivers. Throw in a mermaid convention, an old curse, and a lot of sec
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Christine
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again Imogene, Billy and Jackson are off on another whirlwind adventure. This time they are joined by Aunt Agnes, Imogene's sister, as they head to Florida and a theme park featuring mermaids. While on a glass bottom boat cruise in the park, the body of a dead man comes into view. Before you know it hypochondriac Billy has been arrested. It's up to Imogene,Jackson and Aunt Agnes to get to the real killer.

The idea of a theme park with mermaids sounds like such fun. I almost wanted to tag al
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Rachel
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book and fabulous mystery. I laughed all the way through it. I wish I had family like Imogene and Agnes. They're crazy and fun. It's an unusual plot. I found the Florida history very interesting. The racial past of the park too. I had no idea places like this existed in Florida. Getting to see it through Imogene's and Agnes's wide-eyed made it all the more pleasurable. Also, I didn't guess who the murderer was. I would highly recommend this book to mystery and comedy lovers, and anyone ...more
Samantha O'Brien
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has great suspense, just when you think you know what is around the corner BAM another new idea of what is going on springs into your mind. Even to the last page I was unsure how it would all pan out. One bad thing tho, why on earth did that have to happen right at the end, I found that a little deflating, but a nice feel good ending none the less.
Ruth
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
A great plot/story, but the characters were all annoying and did illogical things. The dog was a prop, and contributed nothing to the story. It's a first book, so maybe that's why the writing was so poor.
Bree
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fabulous mystery and comedy of errors all taking place in a marvelous Florida park.
Thelonia Saunders
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
A trip to the Weeki Wachee Springs sounds like a great vacation for the whole family – but when someone gets murdered, the mermaid springs begin to look a lot less picturesque. Elderly sisters Agnes and Imogen and “the boys” (Agnes’ son Billy and his boyfriend Jackson) all get drawn into the mystery of who killed the man whose body ended up in the river – while also solving a murder from thirty odd years ago.
At first glance, you’d think this’d be a slam dunk of a mystery. It has mermaids, a wond
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Kourtney Bradley
Recommended for readers of all genres!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Curse of the Bridal Chamber. It revolves around this mysterious Florida spring called “The Bridal Chamber.”

When Billy decides to take his partner, Jackson, his mother, and his aunt on a trip to see the mermaids at a convention, they are expecting adventure- and an adventure is precisely what they get! The convention pulls in mermaids from previous generations who starred in shows around the park. Although I did not read the first b
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Kourtney Bradley
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed The Curse of the Bridal Chamber. It revolves around this mysterious Florida spring called “The Bridal Chamber.”

When Billy decides to take his partner, Jackson, his mother, and his aunt on a trip to see the mermaids at a convention, they are expecting adventure- and an adventure is precisely what they get! The convention pulls in mermaids from previous generations who starred in shows around the park. Although I did not read the first book in the series, the second book read
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alexis green
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The indomitable senior sleuth Imogene and her outrageously endearing Alabama family find themselves in hot water while on a family vacation at a mermaid convention in sunny Florida. When Imogene and her brood, including Goose the bulldog, encounter a dead body floating in the freshwater springs beneath their glass-bottom boat, the local police immediately arrest one of the Alabama visitors for the crime.

Now the aging amateur cri
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Cheri Roan
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Mama said there’d be sights and wonders…”

Clear Springs, where beauty and serenity surrounds. Mermaids and monkeys add to the enchantment of the magical park. However, the waters hide deep dark secrets that when a body rises from the deep everyone is a suspect. Which lands poor Billy McGregor, whose family was invited to the mermaid convention, in jail for a murder he couldn’t possibly have committed. The park people are determined to keep their secrets. But Billy’s partner Jackson along with th
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Andrea Pryke
May 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
I liked the idea behind this book, but it just didn’t work for me, part of me is hoping that this is not the finished product, it is a very odd book, the first half of the story really jarred with me and seemed really disjointed, with the characters really over reacting at the situations they were in and it just didn’t flow, after the 50% point, it was like a different writer had taken over and the story flowed so much better and the characters settled down.

However, I really wanted to give the s
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The Irregular Reader
I received an advance ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book seemed like it would be a lot of fun. Murder. At a mermaid convention. In the swamps of Florida. A pair of kooky old women as amateur detectives. This had all the makings of a great summer read, something along the lines of a Dave Barry or Carl Hiassen novel.

I tried. I really did, but I couldn't finish the book. The mermaid convention is just beginning, the old ladies are appropriately saucy, and the dead body
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Fran
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hunter Murphy selects settings that are unique and he makes them come alive. I have read travel logs that are less vivid and enticing. As in his debut, Imogene and the boys are hilarious and irresistible. What a fun romp! I can't wait for the next adventure!
Danielle Urban
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Curse of the Bridal Chamber by Hunter Murphy is the second wonderful installment to a great series. This latest cozy mystery takes readers to Florida. I love following Hunter Murphy's group of characters as they travel. No matter where they go there's bound to be an adventure. Wherever the main character, Imogene, goes, there's a dead body popping up somewhere. This time;however, Imogene's relative will end up arrested for the murder. It will take everything Imogene has as an amateur sleuth ...more
Alyce
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I found the "The Curse of the Bridal Chamber" to be a bit of a bore. If I could give a half star rating I would probably give this a 2.5. It never really grabbed my attention even though on the surface Hunter Murphy's story had an interesting premise.


A young male nurse and his partner take his older aunts (in their 70's) to a mermaid convention. The nurse happens travels everywhere with his medical kit which happens to be helpful considering the mayhem that happens at the mermaid convention inc
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Sarah
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Imogene and the Boys series and the first one I've read.

Imogene, her sister Agnes, her son Billy, her son-in-law Jackson and their bulldog Goose, have been invited to Florida to go to the famous Mermaid park, when they arrive they meet some interesting characters who need a good slap in the face and, while on a glass bottom boat ride, notice a dead man floating under the boat, one thing leads to another and Billy is arrested for murdering him.

Jackson, Imogene and Agne
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Lisa Morin
May 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
It's not often that I leave a one star review.
This book was difficult to get into. I kept putting it down for a day or so and trying it again. No matter what, there was nothing that captured my attention.
I admit I only read 50% of the book, I felt that I gave it more than enough time to get exciting, it just never did.
From what I read, a pair of sisters, a son and his partner go to a mermaid convention. The son is a hypochondriac that travels with his own medical kit. He is a nurse and he heard
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Sophie
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Designed as an easy read mystery, I found The Curse of the Bridal Chamber quite a disappointment. So much so that I gave up reading it part way through (30%) which is extremely unusual for me.

The writing style was OK if a little clunky, but I found the various main characters to either be aggressive and unpleasant, or weak and ineffectual people. The plot didn't seem to hang together very well and much of the time was totally implausible (murder arrest without opportunity, running from police fo
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Hunter Murphy is a writer and library staffer from Alabama. Some of his literary heroes include P.G. Wodehouse, Eudora Welty, Christopher Morley, Eugene Walter, David Leavitt, and Agatha Christie. He’s a fan of good storytelling, no matter the medium. He lives with his longtime partner and their dashingly handsome English bulldog.

Imogene in New Orleans is the first in a mystery series featuring Im
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