Murder on the Bucket ListPaperback - 2015
The septuagenarian women of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club have gathered in secret late one July night to check skinny-dipping off their bucket list. But as Francine observes, the jittery members seem more obsessed with body issues and elaborate preparations than actually stripping down and getting in the pool. A pungent smell emanating from the pool shed provides a perfect distraction. When a dead body flops out, it's an answered prayer for Charlotte, since the first item on her list is to solve a murder.
Unfortunately for Charlotte and Francine, before they can discover who really killed the man, they must negotiate neighborhood tours of the crime scene, press coverage of their skinny-dipping, an angry homeowners' association, a disastrous appearance on Good Morning America, media offers sought by a hungry publicist, and a clever killer.
"Bubbly characters keep this cozy debut lively as you search through the red herrings for the big fish."--Kirkus Reviews
"A well-crafted mystery."--New York Journal of Books
"Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Elizabeth Perona's charming debut, Murder on the Bucket List. This warm and witty caper features delightful characters, hilarious antics, and a celebration of friendship . . . Don't miss it!"--Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of The White House Chef Mysteries and The Manor House Mysteries
"Elizabeth Perona mixes murder, mystery and a charming cast of characters to concoct an engaging and fun read. High on ingenuity and imagination, low on gore, Murder on the Bucket List keeps the reader guessing."--Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Cake Mysteries and The Key News Thrillers
"Murder on the Bucket List is the best kind of cozy mystery--inviting, engaging, intelligent, warm, and witty. Elizabeth Perona's ensemble cast of senior sleuths puts out a welcome mat I couldn't refuse, and you shouldn't either."--Molly McRae, national bestselling author of The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries
"Elizabeth Perona has created a wonderfully light read, with a fun combo of race cars, suburban life, adventurous seniors, and a killer I did not see coming. Can't wait for the next adventure of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club!"--Clare O'Donohue, author of The Someday Quilts Mysteries