Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: Bob at the Lake by R. Murphy

The Library reviewed BOB AT THE LAKE by R. Murphy as part of her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Roz will award one randomly chosen commenter a $25 Amazon gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops today.


Take a crabby woman of a certain age, move her to the wintry shores of a New York lake, and then throw in a martini-loving ghost from 1920s Manhattan. Last, stir in the good-looking grape grower who lives up the hill. Now there’s a recipe for a potent screwball cocktail!


A special thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for sharing this book with me. It is hands down one of the cutest books I've read recently. Told in the first person by "a woman of a certain age," I quickly identified with the main character and her attempt to make a new life for herself. Little did she know that she had her own ghost, Bob. He's been assigned to her to help her; however, neither of them know with what.

I could so see this as a movie--a la Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Between Bob, Roz's well-meaning family, and David, the hunk of a grape grower, there are a lot of fun things going on. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this story.


Roz Murphy is the pseudonym of a shy, retiring writer who doesn’t want her neighbors to know how nutty she really is. Brooklyn-born and Jersey-bred, Roz now lives on the misty shore of one of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes. Prior to that, her business writing career took her to many locations, including Manhattan, where she worked for a number of years. As a freelance and corporate writer, Roz won several national and international writing and communications awards.

Now Roz is pursuing her first love—fiction. She’s writing the ‘Bob’ books, the humorous chronicle of a crabby ‘woman of a certain age’ who moves to the wintry shores of a New York lake—and gets a ghost. And not just any ghost, mind you. Bob’s a plump, middle-aged ghost from 1920s Manhattan who swans around in a silk smoking jacket and drinks far too many martinis. Stir the good-looking grape grower who lives up the hill into this mix and you get a pretty potent screwball cocktail!

When she’s not reading, writing, hill-walking, staring mindlessly out the window at the lake or piling rocks onto her ever-diminishing lakefront, you can usually find Roz hanging out with her family, travelling, or exploring the amazing wines and wineries of the Finger Lakes.

‘Bob at the Lake’ is exclusively available as a Kindle download from Amazon. Please join Roz Murphy Author on FaceBook for updates on the many adventures of Roz, David—and Bob.

Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Bob-at-Lake-R-Murphy-ebook/dp/B00F3O9G4Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388423123&sr=1-1

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  1. Judith, thank you SO MUCH for your kind words about Bob at the Lake!!! You have made my day! Hurray!

    Bob and I look forward to returning later to answer any questions.

  2. I love that she sees this book as a movie a la Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Roz, did you have anyone in mind when writing the book? Or maybe the better question is, who else would you love to see play the lead roles in a movie of your book?

  3. What a great question--thanks so much for asking about who would play the lead roles in this movie. Casting the grape-grower, David, would be easy; he's some combination of a tan Colin Firth and a mustacheless Tom Selleck. Depends on which actor was available ;-) . As for Bob, I've never been able to shake Kelsey Grammer's image from my head while writing Bob. Grammer is so brilliant at playing characters who combine great intelligence with great incompetence. I could just see him bumbling around as Bob. As for Roz? Sigh... I honestly don't have a clue who would play her. I'd LOVE to get some suggestions! Thanks so much for a great question!

  4. Doesn't Meryl Streep live in New York?

  5. Judith...I love Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Roz...I get a good picture when you say Kelsey Grammer. As the heroine, how old is a certain age? Maybe a Diane Keaton? Or Julianne Moore?

  6. Judith, you have great readers! I love all of these suggestions and questions!

    Thanks so much for your hospitality today--I've had a wonderful time hanging out and hope I can return soon. Best--Roz

  7. Judith, just a follow up...

    I was so tickled with your wonderful review that I wanted to boost my post about it on FB. Doing so would have given BOTH of us more traffic and readers. BUT FB wouldn't let me!!! And here's the oddball reason...the little piece of artwork (The logo that says "Describe your life in six words...) that gets picked up when I tried to boost has words in it instead of art, and for some reason that violates a FB stricture. I just mention it because it will limit the way your reviews can be shared around FB, which is a shame because you wrote such a GREAT review! Contact me if you'd like more info, etc. Best--Roz Murphy