Murder at MorningsideHead on into the kitchen and pour yourself a cup of Community coffee while I put my face on. Don’t be shy about it, since the Fontenot girl will be ringing the bell at our hat shop before you know it.

Amazing to think she up and asked twenty of her nearest and dearest to be in her bridal party. We’ll be crafting hats at Crowning Glory for weeks to come, not to mention helping those girls dress for their own weddings someday here on the Great River Road.

Let’s just hope this to-do goes a whole lot smoother than the Solomon affair. Folks will be talking about that one for years to come. Who knew someone would waltz right onto the property at Morningside Plantation and murder poor Trinity Solomon the night before her big event?

My heart broke for the family afterward. Especially since the girl’s sweet Aunt Maribelle was so nice to me when I first showed up in Bleu Bayou. There was no way I’d let the culprit slither away, even though I almost lost my own life in all the hullabaloo.

Looks like I’ve finished fixin’ my face. Time to hop into my VW, which I named Ringo on account of it being a Beetle and all, and head over to Crowning Glory. You might want to bring your coffee, since there’s no telling what that gulf breeze will blow in.

Murder At Morningside is the first book in the NEW Missy DuBois Mystery series, published in eBook and hard copy by Kensington/Lyrical Underground, May 2016.

Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana’s Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

Hired to craft a veil for a socialite getting married at Morningside Plantation means Missy can bask in the height of antebellum atmosphere. But when the bride is found dead in a women’s bathroom, Missy the milliner finds herself entangled in one unfashionable murder. With the list of suspects thicker than the sweltering Louisiana heat, including a gaggle of bridesmaids shedding nary a tear and a family with no shortage of enemies, it seems anyone at the mansion may have done away with the bride-to-be. While Missy has Southern charm to spare, she’s going to need more than manners and a manicure to put a hat pin on this murderous affair . . .

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About the author
Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract at the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.

Her Missy DuBois Mystery series debuts 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 and through Facebook.

Readers: Most people own at least one hat. (Missy says she’ll even count ball caps.) Which is your favorite?

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win the eBook of Murder At Morningside for you or a friend. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 2, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

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