Ten women, guests at the lesbian-owned Adelheid Inn, are stranded in the Cascade Mountains after a mudslide closes the only road out. One goes missing. One is killed. More than one is not who she pretends to be, and every one of them has a secret. When another woman is attacked, it becomes clear there's a killer in their midst, and it has to be one of them. Is it Beatrice, the judge, surly and sad after the death of her long-term partner? Or her niece, Tish, angry and sullen at being kept under Beatrice's thumb? Or is it Carmen, Beatrice's childhood friend who lured her to the Inn under false pretenses? It couldn't be the Mormon girls, Amy and Dakota. Or could it? Perhaps it's Paula, the gallant butch, or her date, the lovely and silent Veronica. A blind woman couldn't do it, but is Jess really blind? And what about Holly, the hotel manager who is just a bit too perky, or Lila, the mysterious owner of the hotel? One thing quickly becomes clear. They'd better find out, before there are none.
©2015 Kate McLachlan (P)2015 Kate McLachlan
The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey
A lesbian bed and breakfast, two employees, eight guests and a storm that blocks access to the inn. In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, Ellery Queen and Miss Marple a group of people are isolated with a killer and bodies continue to fall. One woman is found dead the morning after the storm, another is missing, and fear and suspicions are running rampant. Before long secrets are being shared by the survivors, new relationships develop, they're old relationships that are rediscovered; while even ones that have lasted a lifetime become strained. After another death, and a near death; while the women's fears grow exponentially so do their suspicions of each other; there is a killer among them; how many of the women will still be alive when the roads are finally open again?
That is my version of a book jacket blurb, the surprises abound in this well written update of the classic locked room murder mystery.
I had a great time listening to this story and became truly engrossed in it. I felt like I was watching a movie, and I wanted to yell out to the characters, No, don't go there! or maybe, sometimes, YES!!
The different characters were distinguishable but many of them sounded fake, over acted. There were also several times when sentences were repeated.
Fun story that keeps you guessing right up to the end. With everyone stranded there is a murderer among them, but who? Read to find out!
"A gentle surprise"
I really enjoyed this story. Even though I bought it because I already owned all the other lesbian books. I was surprised by the ending which doesn't happen often enough for me.
I so regret that I ever bought this. The description sounded interesting but the book once it begins goes from bad to worse.
I actually couldn't bear to listen right until the end, I simply didn't care
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