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Murder by the Sea

(A By the Sea Mystery #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  38 reviews
When a murderer crashes a masquerade ball, it's up to Liz to unmask the killer . . .   
It's been quite a year for novelist Liz Holt. She's overcome a lot and is finally feeling at peace with her new life at her family's hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea, on the beautiful barrier island of Melbourne Beach, Florida. She's exactly where she needs to be to ring in the Ne
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this kindle e-book through a Goodreads Giveaway. While this is the third book in the series, it worked well as a standalone novel for me. There are several quirky, fun characters that make this an enjoyable book. This is a classic murder mystery with multiple killer possibilities and twists and turns along the way. The gem of this series is the cast of characters and their relationships. The author does a great job of bringing the characters to life and the scenes are depicted in such ...more
A fun and entertaining cozy mystery! I love all the reminiscing about Nancy Drew, classic books, old TV shows, commercial jingles, and old movies.

Protagonist Liz lives with several aging, eccentric people who are all delightful characters in their quirkiness. Her great aunt, Amelia, has the biggest heart for helping people and pets, and that’s one reason Liz and her father are among her guests who live at the Indialantic by the Sea Inn on a barrier island in Florida. A dark cloud suddenly arrive
Gail C.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
MURDER BY THE SEA by Kathleen Bridge is the third book and my first in the “By the Sea” mystery series featuring writer Liz Holt and a cast of characters who appear to have on-going roles in the series. They all live on a barrier island in or near a historic hotel, the Indialantic. Liz has returned to Florida after ten years in New York City where she was involved in an abusive relationship which left her both physically and emotionally scarred.
In this novel, the mystery stand alone, although t
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liz and friends are celebrating New Year’s Eve with a masquerade ball. When Liz’s ex-boyfriend shows up at the ball, Liz is surprised and angry with his arrival. Even more surprising is his sudden demise, and Liz is the primary suspect. Fortunately, Liz has some good friends to help sleuth and discover the truth.

This is the third book in the A By the Sea Mystery series by Kathleen Bridge. I recommend reading this series in order. There are a number of characters, and their relationships progress
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder By the Sea by Kathleen Bridge is the best one yet in this series. I was drawn into the story from the first chapter.

Liz and her family and friends are enjoying a masquerade ball on New Year's Eve at the Indialantic by the Sea when her past comes back when her ex-boyfriend, Travis, crashes the party. Travis is one of those characters that I love to hate so it was no surprise when he is found dead the next day. Ms. Bridge's descriptive writing made me feel right at home again at the Indiat
Peggy R
Another fun installment in the By the Sea Mystery series. I enjoy this series because of the quirky characters and the close bond between the Icelandic by the Sea family. Liz as a protagonist is developing nicely and coming into her own. Her relationship with Ryan is developing nicely and I think they make a good sleuthing team. The secondary cast of characters are all well written and bring fun, humor and family. In this installment, Liz finds her self as the chief suspect in the death of her f ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge is the 3rd book in the By the Sea Mystery series, and another great book. Novelist, Liz Holt is now living in her home town of Melbourne Beach, Florida, she had been living in New York, and she's happy to be home and be with family and friends. To ring in the New Year, her family is hosting Florida Writes Literary Masquerade Ball, at their hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea. When her ex comes uninvited, and the two have an argument, Liz becomes the prime suspe ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books, dogs
The new year has started and the Indialantic hotel is holding a masquerade ball to ring the New Year. Liz Holtz is upset when she discovered her ex-boyfriend Travis and his friends have crashed the party uninvited. He wants Liz to support his book on their affair which she declined in a loud angry voice. When is a dead body is found he becomes the leading candidate for the murder? Her law enforcement friends are not allowed with the investigation because of a conflict of interest. Liz and her fr ...more
Sue Em
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Liz Holtz has made a good life for herself returning to the Indiatlantic Hotel after a traumatic and scandalous end to her relationship with Travis, an award winning novelist. New Year's eve Literary fancy dress ball is crashed by Travis and several other of his NYC coterie with the intention of getting Liz to agree to something. But he is murdered before all was revealed. Now Liz finds herself in the shortlist of suspects and has to clear her name. Another fun entry in this series. Thanks to ne ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Murder by the Sea is the third installment in the A By the Sea Mystery series set on the Florida island of Melbourne Beach and featuring author Liz Holt. Settling in to life at her family's Indialantic Hotel, Liz is looking forward to attending the New Year's Eve Literary Ball with her great aunt Amelia, her father and the other permanent hotel guests.

Everyone is having fun dressed as literary characters and Liz is very much looking forward to kissing her beau Ryan at midnight. Liz is distraught
RO G'ma
Murder by the Sea is the third 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 and humor. I enjoyed reading this fun and entertaining cozy mystery. The reveal, especially the motive, surprised me.

Liz Holt, an award-winning author, is back home in Melbourne Beach, Florida and is living in a cottage on the beach at her childhood home, Indialantic by the Sea Hotel and Em
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is book three in the By The Sea Mystery series.

This is my first foray into the By The Sea series and I thought it was decent. Good. Nice mystery. Nice twists.

The story starts out at a Masquerade Ball. So, since I didn’t know who anyone was anyway, this didn’t particularly bother me. But I can see how it would be difficult to pair costume to character once the real mystery starts unfolding.

I had a hard time getting into this one. I didn’t feel it got its sea legs until about three-fourths i
Murder by the Sea is a great addition to the By the Sea series that takes place in lovely south Florida and Melbourne Beach. Liz Holt grew up on the beach and has recently returned after spending time in Manhattan as a writer. She moved home after a bad relationship with another author, Travis Osterman. She and her dad lived on the beach with her great aunt, Amelia Holt, a former actress, and owner of a hotel, Indialantic by the Sea. In its heyday, the hotel hosted many big actors and stars. Now ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Liz Holt is a novelist who lives in Florida at an old hotel-turned-boarding-house with her father, a semi-retired attorney, and her aunt Amelia, an ex-actress who owns the place. She's excited to be attending their annual literary ball, or at least she would be if she hadn't discovered that her ex-boyfriend, novelist Travis Ostermann, is there, and he's up to no good.

Liz and Travis broke up when they got into a fight one night that left her with a scar on her face. He wrote a fictionalized accou
Jennifer Ritter
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder by the Sea is the third installment in Kathleen Bridge’s By the Sea Mystery series. Author Liz Holt has been home with her family at their Indialantic by the Sea Hotel, Melbourne Beach, Florida, for almost a year. Liz in enjoying the New Year’s Eve Florida Writers Literary masquerade ball being held at the Indialantic when she discovers her ex-boyfriend, Pulitzer winner Travis Osterman, and his publicist, Paula Resnick, have crashed the ball. After quite public words, Liz heads back to fi ...more
Randee Green
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
MURDER BY THE SEA by Kathleen Bridge is the third novel in the By the Sea Mystery series. The novel is due to be published on May 21st 2019 by Lyrical Underground.

Novelist Liz Holt is ringing in the New Year with her family and friends at the Florida Writes Literary Masquerade Ball when she runs into her abusive ex-boyfriend. Not long after Liz and Travis Osterman engage in a semi-public argument, Travis is found murdered on the grounds of her family hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea. Liz, unfor
*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a free e-book copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me.

The plot itself was fine, and while I appreciated protagonist Liz Holt’s efforts to investigate the murder of her ex-boyfriend and clear her name, I'm always confused when authors choose such an unlikable character to be killed off. By all accounts, the ex-boyfriend was a deplorable human being with zero redeeming qualities and I wa
Grace Koshida
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
It's New Year's Eve and author Liz Holt is attending a literary masquerade ball at her family's hotel, the Indialantic by the Sea in Melbourne Beach, Florida. But when her nasty Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-boyfriend Travis Osterman surprises her at the ball, Liz is upset and the two have a very public argument. The next day, Travis is found shot dead on the hotel grounds and Liz is the prime suspect.

With the help of her PI boyfriend Ryan, feisty great aunt Amelia and mystery author friend Betty,
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life has been much more relaxing for author Liz Holt in Melbourne Beach, Florida than it was in New York. As she rings in the New Year with her family and boyfriend at a masquerade ball, her former boyfriend and fellow author, Travis, shows up wanting something from her. Liz has closed that door on her past, but when Travis is found murdered in the garden, the doors to her past are wide open again. Liz and the gang need to find the murderer before Liz is charged and convicted of a crime she didn ...more
Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Liz' ex crashes Auntie's masquerade ball and ends up dead and the police focus on Liz. Way too many people are not upset by murder, leaving Liz and her family and friends several suspects to weed through. They manage, but the dirt they find on her ex is more than anyone expected.

I won this through Goodreads (thank you) so I jumped right into the series, not having read the first two yet. While the book does work nicely as a stand alone too, I have to admit I was confused in the beginning. Starti
***** The New Year's costume ball should be a fun thing, but an old nemesis shows up and then gets himself murdered. That seems to make mystery novelist Liz the prime suspect, but she and her patchwork family won't allow anyone the easy way out of this mess. Her father is a lawyer, his fiancee is a police detective, her love interest is a PI, but it's her Aunt Amelia who was an actress in many of the mid century TV shows and there is lots of reminiscing done. Add in a disreputable publishing rep ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This cozy was entertaining. Liz and her Auntie, Father, and friends set out to prove her innocence in the death of her ex-boyfriend and jerk, Travis. The setting is a barrier island off of Florida. The characters are a hoot. Auntie Amelia is a way-over-the-top former actress. The family hotel is called the Indialantic and is more like a boarding house. Liz lives in a cottage on the property as does her boyfriend. Many of the others live in the hotel will a menagerie of animals.

I loved the chara
Kathleen Gray
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Masquerade balls and New Years Eve just mean trouble, don't they? Liz, who has been happily settled at the Indiatlantic Hotel with her dad and great-aunt Amelia (and love interest Ryan), was looking forward to a nice evening, not an encounter with her vile ex Travis. Nor did she expect to find herself the top suspect when he's shot to death. This is a fun series, with good characters, fine atmospherics, and honestly, enough twists to keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Don't worr ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
A truly wonderful setting, that was nicely described.
A very well thought out plot, with lots of twists.
Lots of good characters, some very complex relationships.
But, I had a hard time at the beginning keeping them straight. I think because the story began right off with the masquerade ball, and the characters were introduced as themselves and the characters they played, it made it seem to be twice as many people, and was a bit confusing. Once I got pen and paper and made a list of the people and
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I found this book hard to follow with its large cast of characters. The description throughout seemed excessive and really bogged down the pacing and suspense of the murder mystery, which was too neatly wrapped up in a small section at the end. I wish that more focus had been placed on a few of these characters so I could really become invested in them. I was so confused by how everyone was interconnected and what they did that it completely overshadowed the murder. Also, the small details would ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series but I don't think this is the best book so far.
It was great to meet again the quirky cast of characters, both human and pets, the setting was great and the mystery kept me guessing till the end.
Even though I liked the book it seemed to me that something was missing and the book did not involved me as the other in the series even if it's a fun read.
I look forward to reading next installment in this series.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
“Murder by the Sea” by Kathleen Bridge is the first book I have read of hers and it won’t be the last. Even though this was book #3 I feel it can be read as a standalone. This was a very entertaining and fun mystery. The twists and turns along with the red herrings kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime. There are plenty of suspects with solid motives that will keep you guessing. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Anna Fox
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this book didn't ever grab me. The characters were good, as was the mystery. My problem was it was too descriptive. Also, one of the suspects motive dealt with a horse and there was a major error in regards to the race that made the horse so valuable. A little research would have corrected it - the Preakness is only for 3 year olds and can't be won twice.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
As i was to discover, this is the third book in a series by Kathleen Bridge. It took me a while to get into the story and no doubt that is because i hadn't read the previous two books. It took a while to get used to the characters. It is not often that i read cosy mysteries, which made a nice change. Overall, a good book and am hoping to read the first two books in this series soon.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review, freely given.
Lindsay Porter
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in this very delightful series. I was wondering when Liz's ugly ex Travis would show up and in this book he did. The storyline was great as usual. I loved the addition of Taylor (Travis' sister) and I hope she makes a reappearance. I really disliked Sussanah Shay and I'm glad she finally redeemed herself by the end of this book. The animals in this series are always a great bonus. I eagerly await the next book.
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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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