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Elizabeth Perona Books In Order

Publication Order of Bucket List Mystery Books

Murder on the Bucket List (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Under the Covered Bridge (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Male Revue (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Elizabeth Perona is a pen name used by two people, Tony Perona and Liz Dombrosky. They are related and Tony Perona is the father of his daughter Liz, and together they have penned a mystery series.

Liz Dombrosky graduated with a degree in teaching from Ball State University as part of the Honors College. She currently writes and loves being a stay at home mom to her child. Her first novel is under the name Elizabeth Perona and is written with her father and is titled Murder on the Bucket List.

Tony Perona is the sole author of the Nick Bertetto mystery series. It is composed of three books, Second Advent, Angels Whisper, and Saintly Remains. He is also the author of the thriller novel The Final Mayan Prophecy. He also serves as a contributor and a co-editor of the anthologies Racing Can Be Murder as well as Hoosier Hoops & Hijinks.

He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and also is a Treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. He also belongs to the group Sisters-In-Crime.

Elizabeth Perona’s first novel, Murder on the Bucket List, has garnered a lot of praise. Kirkus Reviews calls the debut from Perona cozy and lively, with bubbly characters. New York Journal of Books calls it a ‘well-crafted mystery’. New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy calls Murder on the Bucket List a warm and witty caper with delightful characters and hilarious antics.

In Murder on the Bucket List, something is in the air. The ladies of the Summer Ridge Bridge Club are close and enjoy living life together. The women are all in their seventies but still at young at heart, so they get together secretly one night in July to have an adventure. The Bridge Club wants to check skinny dipping off of their bucket list, and they have vowed to do it together.

The main characters of this novel are the two friends, Charlotte and Francine. While they are looking forward to going skinny dipping in the pool at their friend Alice’s home, the other members of their club seem like they are more worried about their bodies and how they look and staying busy during faux preparations than actually jumping in the pool and doing the deed. So when some of the women say that there is a strange odor coming from the pool, it seems like another proffered excuse to procrastinate on going skinny dipping.

But as it turns out, the smell in the pool area is not another excuse. It’s real, and Mary Ruth (who works as a caterer) thinks it is coming from the pool shed. They open the door and sure enough, a dead body falls out. Someone has been murdered and stuffed in the pool shed. For Bridge Club member Charlotte, this is way more interesting than a group of older women getting into a pool for a minute or two. It just so happens that her first item on her bucket list was not skinny dipping but was to have the chance to solve a murder.

It may be unfortunate, but Charlotte is thrilled and it seems like a prayer for adventure has been answered. It’s just too bad that someone has to die in order for her to get the chance! She pulls in her friend Francine to help her as she sets out to solve this case. Together they must figure out who has conducted the murder before it is too late. They negotiate the crime scene and unfortunately have to deal with the press’s coverage of their Bridge Club’s skinny-dipping outing that ended with a dead man falling out of a shed.

Now they have to contend with a number of situations that keep popping up. Between an angry home owner’s association and a horribly disastrous appearance on the television show Good Morning America, and media offers being extended to the two ladies left and right by a publicist who wants to represent them, as well as their fame-hungry friend Joy wanting to get her name in the papers, Francine and Charlotte quickly feel that they are in over their head. And of course, there is the killer out there to contend with.

This lively murder mystery story was called a wonderful light read by author Clare O’Donohue. Will the ladies find the murderer, or will they turn up with nothing for their troubles? Will Charlotte and Francine get the job done and put a horrible act and the person responsible to justice? You’ll have to read it to find out.

In the meantime, you can check out the sequel to Murder on the Bucket List, Murder Under the Covered Bridge. In this book, the ladies of the Bridge Club are back. These older ladies are determined to bare it all in the attempt to help Charlotte cross another thing that she has on her bucket list off for good. It’s going to be a pinup calendar shoot, and since the ladies are going to be taping a television spot to promote the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival.

The ladies decide that it might be a good idea to use their access to the Roseville Bridge to try and help Charlotte get her task of being a sexy calendar girl done for the day. It’s all going well for their calendar shoot on the bridge, but just when they are getting started, the shoot is broken up by gunshots. Not only that, the ladies see William stumbling down a riverbank and he is followed by a man holding a gun.

William is Francine’s cousin, and he seems really hurt. In the end, the injuries that he sustains were actually life-threatening. Is it a case of attempted murder, or is it something else? With the calendar photo shoot put aside, Francine and Charlotte have the chance to solve a mystery once more.

The two go into detective mode and decide to work together to try and uncover what William knew about the shooter following him since he can’t tell them himself. But just like the first time, Francine and Charlotte must go through a variety of trials, including two different instances of arson, a seance, nursing home residents with memory issues, a killer, and even a shortage on Mary Ruth’s corn fritter donuts.

Check out this exciting mystery thriller from Elizabeth Perona and see whether the truth can be uncovered and if the photo shoot can continue after all! Murder on the Covered Bridge is a great read. Be sure to check out the third book in the series, Murder at the Male Revue.

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