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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
Swiss Family Robinson. I remember asking my mom why we couldn’t live in a tree house, too.
What is your favorite book today?
Can I mention two? I just finished The Nightingale, which I loved, but I’m also thrilled they’re making a movie version of The Light Between Oceans, because that’s another favorite.
Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
Murder comes to the antebellum mansions that line the Mississippi.
What are you reading right now?
I’m finally getting around to Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See. (Embarrassing, isn’t it? The book came out in 2009.)
What books do you have on hold at the library?
Winter Garden, also by Kristin Hannah, and When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi.
Do you have any bad book habits?
I hate to admit this…I dog-ear if I don’t have a bookmark nearby. (Yes, I’m ashamed.)
E-Reader or print? and why?
I finally went all digital this year. (My husband bought me an e-Reader for Mother’s Day.) I like that I can read my books and check email on one slim device.
One book at a time or multiples?
I’m a serial monogamist…I like to savor one book at a time.
Keep books or give them away?
Can I vote for loan them out? I don’t expect my friends to return them tomorrow, but I do like to get my favorites back at some point.
Thanks for the interview…it was fun!
But then Missy discovers a murder among the magnolias, and even the worst “bridezilla” seems suddenly tame.
Before Beatrice could say more, the front door flew open and in stomped an elderly gentleman. He was on the verge of a good old-fashioned hissy fit.
“Y’all don’t deserve a say in this wedding!” he said to a young woman who’d slunk in behind him.
The girl looked to be the right age for his daughter. She wore flip-flops and a wrinkled peasant blouse, and she buried her head in her hands. Well, that lifted the blouse an inch or two and exposed her bare stomach.
Lorda mercy. It seemed the girl and her fiancé must have eaten supper before they said grace, as we said here in the South, because an unmistakable bump appeared under her top. She looked to be about four months along, give or take a few weeks, and I could see why her daddy wasn’t too happy with her right about now.
After a piece, she lifted her chin and glared at him. “I hate you!” Her voice rippled as cold as the river water that ran nearby. “I wish you were dead.” She stalked away.
I fully expected the man to cringe, or at least follow her. Instead, he merely glanced our way and shrugged. After a minute, he pivoted on the spectacle he’d caused and casually strolled away, leaving a bit of frost in the air.
“Oh my. Why don’t we continue,” Beatrice said.
Poor Beatrice. She obviously wanted to divert our attention elsewhere. It couldn’t have been every day one of her hotel guests wished another guest was dead. She hustled us farther into the ballroom, as if nothing had happened, all the while explaining the history of Morningside Plantation.
Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debutted from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.SandraBretting.com and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting.
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