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Glory Martine has inherited her uncle's Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by--and ghosts--who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history...
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ISBN: 9781101576991
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MURDER BUYS A T-SHIRT is a very enjoyable start to a new paranormal cozy mystery series. What pulled me in first was the setting. Glory Martine runs a souvenir shop in the sunny town of Keyhole Bay, Florida. Her store brought back memories of my yearly trips to the Florida Panhandle as a child, though Glory’s Southern Treasures sounds nicer than the trinket shops I remember. She inherited the store and a cantankerous talking parrot named Bluebeard from her great uncle. The parrot was hilarious – with a mouth like a sailor. (Though, there’s no actual foul language in the book. Bluebeard’s cursing is written as “#^$&*&.”)

After Keyhole Bay’s top high school football player dies in a car crash, Glory suspects that Bluebeard is trying to tell her that it was no accident, and his squawk sounds very similar to her Uncle Louis who died decades ago. It seems like his ghost is haunting the souvenir shop and speaking to her through a bird! With the police convinced Kevin Stanley’s death was an accident, and his own fault at that, Glory decided to do a little investigating of her own.

I enjoyed the mystery and finding out about the possible suspects. I did feel like there were holes in the plot, with one major element of the mystery that was never wrapped up. Because it was specifically about Kevin Stanley’s death, I don’t see how it would carry over to the next book, but maybe it does.

For me, the characters in this book stole the show. Glory and her group of friends were realistic and likable. There’s Karen, Glory’s best friend and a reporter/radio personality at WBBY; Ernie and Felipe, the fun couple who owns the local antiques shop; and, of course, there’s the quirky parrot Bluebeard. We’re also introduced to Jake, the cute owner of Beach Books. He’s the new boy in town, but there’s already a romantic spark between him and Glory.

MURDER BUYS A T-SHIRT is a delightful cozy mystery, and I will definitely be reading more of the series. Yummy recipes of traditional Southern dishes are also included.more
First Line: "No, Peter. It is not a good idea."If only her interfering cousin Peter were the only fly in Glory Martine's ointment. Orphaned at the age of seventeen, Glory and Peter are joint inheritors of their uncle's souvenir shop in Keyhole Bay, Florida. Living in Alabama, Peter believes he's the "idea man" even though he hasn't got a clue about retail, or Southern Treasures, the souvenir shop stuffed with collectibles and mementoes of bygone days that Glory runs.But Peter isn't the only problem. Bluebeard, a cantankerous parrot that Glory also inherited from her uncle, has been trashing the shop at every opportunity, and she's in a quandary. She's beginning to think that the shop is haunted by the ghost of her dead uncle, but she's too afraid that her friends will think she's nuts if she shares her concerns with them.Then the local football hero dies in what everyone believes is a tragic accident involving a popular teenager who combined drinking with driving. When the talkative Bluebeard keeps insisting "It wasn't an accident!" Glory shares her worries with her best friend-- and her best friend takes it seriously. Now... how does Glory go about proving young Kevin Stanley's death wasn't an accident without spilling the beans about her resident ghost? Being a fan of the Georgiana Neverall series written by this author (under the name Christy Evans), I looked forward to this start of a new series. I wasn't disappointed. Murder Buys a T-Shirt is a low-key, light and fun read. The setting of a small town in the Florida panhandle that depends on tourism hits all the right notes, and the characters are a quirky bunch that can sustain a series over several books. Just enough is revealed about Glory's uncle to make me want to know more, and the paranormal angle is deftly handled. In fact, a scene with Glory and Bluebeard toward the end of the book brought a tear to my eye.If you're in the mood for some light-hearted fun that leaves you wanting more, I suggest you give this first book in the Haunted Souvenir Shop series a try!more
What a fun read. I hope this the beginning of a long run series.more
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MURDER BUYS A T-SHIRT is a very enjoyable start to a new paranormal cozy mystery series. What pulled me in first was the setting. Glory Martine runs a souvenir shop in the sunny town of Keyhole Bay, Florida. Her store brought back memories of my yearly trips to the Florida Panhandle as a child, though Glory’s Southern Treasures sounds nicer than the trinket shops I remember. She inherited the store and a cantankerous talking parrot named Bluebeard from her great uncle. The parrot was hilarious – with a mouth like a sailor. (Though, there’s no actual foul language in the book. Bluebeard’s cursing is written as “#^$&*&.”)

After Keyhole Bay’s top high school football player dies in a car crash, Glory suspects that Bluebeard is trying to tell her that it was no accident, and his squawk sounds very similar to her Uncle Louis who died decades ago. It seems like his ghost is haunting the souvenir shop and speaking to her through a bird! With the police convinced Kevin Stanley’s death was an accident, and his own fault at that, Glory decided to do a little investigating of her own.

I enjoyed the mystery and finding out about the possible suspects. I did feel like there were holes in the plot, with one major element of the mystery that was never wrapped up. Because it was specifically about Kevin Stanley’s death, I don’t see how it would carry over to the next book, but maybe it does.

For me, the characters in this book stole the show. Glory and her group of friends were realistic and likable. There’s Karen, Glory’s best friend and a reporter/radio personality at WBBY; Ernie and Felipe, the fun couple who owns the local antiques shop; and, of course, there’s the quirky parrot Bluebeard. We’re also introduced to Jake, the cute owner of Beach Books. He’s the new boy in town, but there’s already a romantic spark between him and Glory.

MURDER BUYS A T-SHIRT is a delightful cozy mystery, and I will definitely be reading more of the series. Yummy recipes of traditional Southern dishes are also included.more
First Line: "No, Peter. It is not a good idea."If only her interfering cousin Peter were the only fly in Glory Martine's ointment. Orphaned at the age of seventeen, Glory and Peter are joint inheritors of their uncle's souvenir shop in Keyhole Bay, Florida. Living in Alabama, Peter believes he's the "idea man" even though he hasn't got a clue about retail, or Southern Treasures, the souvenir shop stuffed with collectibles and mementoes of bygone days that Glory runs.But Peter isn't the only problem. Bluebeard, a cantankerous parrot that Glory also inherited from her uncle, has been trashing the shop at every opportunity, and she's in a quandary. She's beginning to think that the shop is haunted by the ghost of her dead uncle, but she's too afraid that her friends will think she's nuts if she shares her concerns with them.Then the local football hero dies in what everyone believes is a tragic accident involving a popular teenager who combined drinking with driving. When the talkative Bluebeard keeps insisting "It wasn't an accident!" Glory shares her worries with her best friend-- and her best friend takes it seriously. Now... how does Glory go about proving young Kevin Stanley's death wasn't an accident without spilling the beans about her resident ghost? Being a fan of the Georgiana Neverall series written by this author (under the name Christy Evans), I looked forward to this start of a new series. I wasn't disappointed. Murder Buys a T-Shirt is a low-key, light and fun read. The setting of a small town in the Florida panhandle that depends on tourism hits all the right notes, and the characters are a quirky bunch that can sustain a series over several books. Just enough is revealed about Glory's uncle to make me want to know more, and the paranormal angle is deftly handled. In fact, a scene with Glory and Bluebeard toward the end of the book brought a tear to my eye.If you're in the mood for some light-hearted fun that leaves you wanting more, I suggest you give this first book in the Haunted Souvenir Shop series a try!more
What a fun read. I hope this the beginning of a long run series.more
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