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“Women of Mystery” River Tour Set for March 28, Cruisin’ Down the River with Elaine Viets & P.J. Parrish.

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Women-of-Mystery-HeaderGuests attending Bonnet House’s “Cruisin’ Down The River: Women of Mystery River Tour” will cruise the New River and Intracoastal in style aboard the double-decker Water Taxi have to share an afternoon with award winning mystery novelists Elaine Viets and P.J. Parrish. Elaine will talk about her latest “Dead-End Job” mystery, Catnapped!, while P.J. Parrish will talk about her latest book, Heart of Ice.  The River Tour takes place on March 28, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Elaine Viets is looking forward to sharing her unique perspective with cruise passengers.  “Having worked close to a dozen dead-end jobs as a real-time way of researching my mystery novels, I have accumulated a ton of stories that always seem to delight and entertain audiences,” she mused. The lighthearted mystery, Catnapped!, is set in the world of show cats and cat shows.  Publishers Weekly comments, “The behind-the-scenes look at the show cat world is worth the price of admission alone in this witty cozy [mystery].”

P.J. Parrish, the New York Times bestselling author of ten Louis Kincaid and Joe Frye thrillers, is actually the nom-de-plume of two sisters – Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols. Their books have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today best-seller lists and they have won the Shamus and International Thriller Writers awards as well as being Edgar finalists. Renowned mystery writer Lee Child calls their new work “crime fiction at its finest.”

Admission to the River Tour is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. The yacht embarcation site is at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina located at 1881 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call (954) 653-1554.

Enjoy Special Tours of Private Living Quarters!

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Behind-The-Scenes-TourBonnet House Museum & Gardens visitors can participate in a unique VIP experience every second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Normally closed areas of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s private living quarters will be opened for these special tours, expertly hosted by our seasoned Bonnet House docents, and showcasing rooms not seen on our other tours. The special tours take place from 2 to 3pm, and cost is only $20 per person.

The special tour is offered in groups of 10 to allow for questions and discussion. Limited reservations are available, and pre-registration is required.  Please note that the ability to climb stairs is necessary to fully participate in the tour.  A video presentation at ground level will accommodate those guests unable to climb stairs. The main house tour is not included – if you are interested in viewing the main house, normal admission fees apply.

Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information or to pre-register for the Behind The Scenes tours, please visit us at or call (954) 703-2606.