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A Killing by the Sea

(A By the Sea Mystery #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The breathtaking barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida, is every tourist’s fantasy—until murder washes ashore . . .   
Trading the urban sprawl of Manhattan for the tranquility and exotic beauty of a Florida barrier island was the best decision author Liz Holt ever made. What could be more ideal for relaxing, regrouping, and getting a writer’s creative juices flo
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Published September 25th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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I loved this story! The cast of characters is quirky making them interesting and entertaining. Liz, the protagonist, is a strong, sensible woman who’s slowly recovering from an abusive ex and an injury that’s left her relationship-shy. Living with her beloved Aunt Amelia and friends at the Indialantic by the Sea Hotel, Liz is surrounded by love now and working on her second novel. There are several pets, both feline and canine, plus a talkative parrot! The Florida beach setting is awesome until ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second issue of By The Sea series finds Liz Holt helping with Indialantic Hotel and writing her new novel. Liz is wondering if the next festival will be held before the hurricane arrives at the barrier island. I like the story but felt the writing was not smooth and interfered with understanding the characters.

Watching the waves from the beach Liz noticed a turkey vulture hovering over the beach. She checked out the area and finds Declan's body and the next a gold coin under where his body l
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a privilege it was to be able to read Kathleen Bridge's A Killing By The Sea as an Advanced Reading Copy. The main character Liz is easy to like and mysterious herself, coming out of a horrific relationship, face scared and flawed, yet she is working on herself. Settling in after returning to the place she once again calls home, working on herself, writing, learning and loving. She is a strong and remarkable character. We learn more about her, her past and her future in A Killing By The Sea ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liz Holt and the quirky characters living in and around the Indianatlantic Hotel in Melbourne, Florida return in this second installment of the By the Sea series. Minna's nephew Dylan dies at sea under suspicious circumstances. He was also a talented photographer whose underwater pictures sold out at a gallery show after his death. Liz is determined to find out the truth about his last trip out to sea, all while trying to ride out a potential hurricane.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The mystery w
Lisa Morin
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Killing By The Sea, by Kathleen Bridge, tells an intriguing tale of murder, lies, secrets and pirate treasure.
Liz Holt is a good, strong character who is very easy to relate to. I enjoy her role in this book, she stays strong and determined to find the answers to a nasty murder.
When a dead body washes up on shore, everyone is saddened to learn that it's Dylan, who disappeared not long ago.
Odd things soon begin to happen, and Liz can't stand by without asking questions, and it's those questions
Peggy R
This is the second book in the latest series by author Kathleen Bridges. It is an entertaining and enjoyable read. The characters are diverse and a bit on the quirky side which means the cast is appealing. The mystery is well done and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. My only issue was with Ryan's jealousy. For me it seemed a bit out of place.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
A Killing by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge was another lovely cozy mystery addition to this series. Ms. Bridge's descriptive writing made me feel like I could actually be there at the Indiatlantic by the Sea Hotel and Emporium.

Liz continues to grow and evolve in this book and she has begun to write again now that she is home. Her relationship with Ryan is progressing in a natural way for this relationship-shy woman. However, that all gets put on hold when she finds a body washed up on the shore of
RO G'ma
A Killing by the Sea is the second book in Kathleen Bridge’s By the Sea Mystery series. The quirky characters are well developed and the well-plotted mystery moves at a steady pace, with lots of twists and turns, action, and humor.

Liz Holt returned to Melbourne Beach, Florida six months ago after living in Manhattan for the past ten years. She’s staying at her childhood home, Indialantic by the Sea Hotel and Emporium, which is owned by her great-aunt, Amelia Eden Holt, a former television charac
Patricia Romero
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Indialantic By The Sea in Melbourne, Florida, is home for Liz Holt. Has been for generations and now she is back home after a bad relationship and an injury she would rather not talk about. Back with Aunt Amelia and the quirky characters who own the shops in the Emporium, she is feeling safe and loved and just maybe she can write again.

But before she can settle in to write, a body washes up on their beach. The body of a local fisherman. But it doesn't look to Liz like an accident. So with their
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liz Holt is happy with her decision to leave Manhattan and live at her family’s hotel in Melbourne Beach, Florida. She is using her time writing a novel, and preparing for their first annual Pirates’ Weekend. But, all that is shattered when the body of a known fisherman is washed up on shore. Liz believes that his death is not an accident. As a hurricane approaches the barrier island, can Liz find the truth before it’s too late?
I liked this cozy mystery. The protagonist seemed very likeable and
A Killing by the Sea is fun, action packed mystery with a great setting and a cast of interesting, quirky characters. Liz Holt grew up at Melbourne Beach, Florida and has recently returned from New York City after an abusive marriage, newly divorced. She and her father has lived with her great Aunt Amelia at her formerly famed resort, Interlantic by the Sea hotel, shops and grounds, since the death of her mother when Liz was a young girl. Amelia is an sprite and lively eighty year old former act ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Liz Holt has returned to Melbourne, Florida after a disastrous breakup and is now living happily in the home of her childhood, the Indialantic by the Sea hotel with her father and great-aunt Amelia. She's also at the beginning of a new relationship with ex-firefighter and arson investigator Ryan Stone, who's moved here to help his grandfather run the deli at the hotel's emporium.

When everything at last seems to be going swimmingly for Liz, she sees a body on the beach and discovers it's the neph
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a great book for a day of air travel, including a long layover. It didn’t take a lot of thought to follow. That said, it was also somewhat disjointed. Lots of references to the previous book in the series (which I’ve not read), some odd word usages, a love interest who honestly seemed very immature, and a story just kind of all over the place. I enjoyed the setting, which takes place in an area where both my children lived in recent years. So, while it was somewhat interesting, not enou ...more
Murder hits close to the Indialantic Hotel in beautiful Melbourne Beach once again, and Liz Holt is on a mission to discover the killer. With a hurricane on its way, Pirates' Weekend on the calendar, and talk of lost treasure, Kathleen Bridge's A Killing by the Sea kept me on the edge of my seat as I got to play armchair detective along with Liz, Great Aunt Amelia, bff Kate, boyfriend Ryan, and the rest of the residents. A nice sequel to Death by the Sea, the mystery is cleverly crafted and quit ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liz never thought coming back to live in Florida after 10 years in New York City would turn out to be deadly. After an ugly ending to her relationship with her boyfriend (good riddance to bad rubbish as the old saying goes). In this, the second mystery, Liz is happily living in a nice little beach cottage, back in the family fold. Her great Aunt, a former character actress from the 1950's and 1960's runs a slightly worn around the edges hotel, one with an olympic sized pool, cottages.....plenty ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the By the Sea series. In this outing, Liz Holt has moved to the Florida island where she grew up to regroup and try to finish the novel she’s working on. Life gets in the way of her intentions, especially when a body of one of the locals is lost at sea from one of the fishing boats. Liz finds the body, and notes, with dismay, the large gash in the back of his head. She has many other things to worry about more than investigating a possible murder, like the upcoming Pi ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in series. I highly recommend the first in this delightful series. This is a strong well crafted cozy series with a charming coastal Florida setting,, savvy smart protagonist and always a great sleuth with fun supporting charcters.
Liz Holt grew up at Melbourne Beach, Florida and has recently returned from New York City after an abusive marriage ended. She is healing amid her family and learning to be happy again. She and her father live with her great Aunt Amelia at her form
Jennifer Ritter
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Killing by the Sea is the second book in Kathleen Bridge’s By the Sea Mysteries. Liz Holt, an award winning author with a difficult recent past, returned to her family home at the Indialantic by the Sea hotel in Melbourne Beach, Florida, about six months ago. This resort, which has seen better days, was founded by Liz’s great grandfather. Now owned and operated by her great aunt Amelia and more of an unpaid rooming house than resort, they depend more on the By the Sea Emporium rents and events ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, e-arc, own, serial-cozy
In Kathleen Bridge's A Killing by the Sea, the 2nd installment in the By the Sea cozy mystery series, this installment would sweep you off your feet and captivate you with heightened suspense. For Liz Holt, her life couldn't be better as a writer and living in Melbourne Beach, Florida. But besides the continuous babble with her great-aunt Amelia and her friend Susannah Shay for a part in the play called the Bat, things do get dramatic along the shore. It all started with Liz finding a dead body ...more
Susan Johnston
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: A Hurricane is just one of the challenges facing Liz, her family and friends. A popular young man’s body washes up on the beach, after disappearing off a fishing boat. What is initially assumed to be a tragic accident turns out to be murder. What is the connection between his passion for photography, a theatrical troupe, sunken treasure and a wealthy man who owns multiple businesses? Did that connection get him killed?
Nothing is straight forward and there are some huge
Kathleen Gray
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liz has to get involved when Declan's body washes up on the beach near her home at the Indiatlantic Hotel. This second installment in a new cozy series features a strong protagonist in Liz, who has had tough times in life but is settled now at her family's hotel in Melbourne Beach, Florida and writing a new novel. She's got a neat relationship with Ryan, who hopefully will stay around permanently, as he is only in town to help his grandfather recover from a knee replacement. Ryan's law enforceme ...more
Leith Devine
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the By the Sea mystery series. I read the first book and was intrigued by the setting and the characters, and the second book did not disappoint. I really love the setting and it's so well described I wanted to go to Florida to try to find it.

In this book, Liz finds a body washed up in front of the hotel. Liz doesn't think it's an accident, especially when the local homicide detective shows up. As a hurricane approaches, Liz tries to solve the murder.

I love the cast
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Lovely setting on a barrier island off the Florida coast. The plot revolves around a missing young fisherman who washes up dead on the beach. Liz Holt and her sort of boyfriend Ryan Stone quietly investigate while Agent Charlotte Pearson, girlfriend of Liz's father, investigates officially. There are pirates, treasure and possible drug smuggling underlying the investigation and an impending hurricane puts everyone in jeopardy. My only complaint was the use of former actors as descriptions of the ...more
Stand alone – absolutely. This is the second in the series. I usually enjoy books set in Florida. The story was interesting and I was surprised upon reveal.

What I did like:
The cast of characters – their diversity.
The main characters are evolving. This one is set in Melbourne.
Lots of twists and turns, leading to a not so easily picked culprit.
References to show from the 1960s and 1970s.

What I did not like:
Many characters – distracting.

Looking forward to another installment.

I volunteered to read
Melissa Castor
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an intriguing book. I love the old hotel, the eclectic characters, and the charming emporium shops. In this book, the nephew of one of the shop owners is found murdered. There are several suspects including a wealthy man, his ex-wife, his half-brother, the wealthy man’s chauffeur, and a young man that worked with the deceased. Every page had me second guessing myself as to who the killer was. Very well written and I can’t wait to read the next book! Looking forward to seeing what’s next ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What fun! Love the old hotel and the menagerie of inhabitants. All those references to old actors, shows and movies is wonderful. I am old enough to get all the references too. Liz and Ryan are the love interest that certainly has a long way to go to being a real romance. Although Char and Liz's dad seem to have a good thing going. Aunt Amelia is quite the character and then the whole murder thing. Well this book covers all that and more. Love the slow beach pace of the book. Yet a lot does happ ...more
Karen Cleary
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The second in the series. Liz, the main character, has moved on and well into writing her second novel after a dry period caused by trauma with her former partner. The supporting characters are well drawn, and I like Liz being so close to her family and friends, instead of the isolated person so often depicted in mysteries. The plot is a bit more mysterious than in the first book, but still relatively easy to solve; that doesn't bother me as the writing is good.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the By the Sea Mystery series. It is an easy stand alone read set in Florida. Liz lives in her family's historic hotel on the beach and is working on her new novel. When a local fisherman is found dead on the beach it is apparent he was murdered. With a new treasure hunting boat in the area it has locals in an uproar. Pets play a big part of this series and it has a light romance brewing. I received a copy of of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first instalment in this series and I loved this one.
It was like meeting again some old friend. I loved the plot that kept me guessing till the end and it's full of turns and twists.
I loved the new characters and reading how the relationships were developing.
A very enjoyable and fun read.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful cozy mystery. Great characters and a very easy read. I really enjoyed the references to the actors and tv shows if the 60's and 70's. I am looking forward to more books in this series.
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Kathleen Bridge, national bestselling author of Better Homes and Corpses, started her writing career working at the Michigan State University News in East Lansing, Michigan. She is the author and photographer of an antiques reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and has taught creative writing cla

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