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Melanie West is getting her life back on track after a messy divorce when her grandmother, Liza Harris, asks her to join her in opening a bed-and-breakfast inn. Together, Liza and Melanie purchase a purportedly haunted mansion on the Oregon coast and jump right into clearing out the cobwebs. But while attempting to remove wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom, the new B&B owners stumble upon a very real skeleton in their closet. The police suspect the skeleton is that of the wife of the previous owner of the B&B, but no one in town seems to want to say much about her.

As the inn owners try to juggle renovations with their own amateur investigations, their grand opening looms closer and closer - and a friendly ghost in their walls starts playing tricks. But it all comes crashing to a halt when a new body is found stabbed to death on the beach below the inn - the victim chillingly close in resemblance to Melanie herself. It seems someone doesn't appreciate newcomers prying into the small town's past, and now it's up to Melanie and Liza to get to the bottom of these murders to save their business - and their lives.

©2017 Kate Kingsbury (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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One of the best I have evet heard!!! I loved it!!

it had Romance mystery suspense! it was very exciting !! it had everything a book should have, It kept me at the edge of my seat , but at the same time it was so sweet. I also love that it included a dog and a very handsome man to fall for !! I would definitely buy from this writer again

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Enjoyable small town cozy mystery

Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza Harris, are renovating a big, old home in Sully's Landing, Oregon, to open a bed & breakfast inn, when they find a skeleton in a hidden room. It's quickly identified as Angela Morelli, wife of Vincent Morelli, the last couple to live there. Angela had vanished, believed to have deserted wheelchair-bound Vincent, and Vincent had gone to live with his son, Tony. Now that Vincent is dead, Tony had finally sold the empty house...

Melanie and Liza's renovation plans, and therefore their opening plans, are now on hold until the police release the second floor as no longer a crime scene. This wouldn't be a huge problem if this cold case didn't quickly get shoved to the side by more active cases. With potential financial ruin staring them in the face, it's no wonder Melanie and Liza decide to investigate on their own.

This is a fun, interesting book, if a little silly in places. I have some difficulty believing the police would be so indifferent to clearing and releasing a crime scene inside what his both someone's home and their business. At the same time, Melanie and Liza are logical and methodical in how they go about it, and don't actively do things straight out of the "How to Get Yourself Killed by the Killer" manual. There's also the small matter of the dog that Melanie decides to adopt. I can't say much about why she decides to adopt the dog, because spoilers, but she seems amazed by the paperwork and procedures involved--which are really startlingly minimal. It's a surprise to her when the shelter wants to see if the dog likes her, for instance, not just whether she likes the dog. Yet while shelters are more, um, relaxed, often, in their adoption procedures than rescue groups are, what surprises me is how quick and easy it was, and if there was an adoption fee involved, I missed the mention of it.

But, yes, that's the reaction of someone involved in dog rescue. Inside baseball, anyone?

They're new to the town, and they meet some interesting people along the way, who are clearly going to be regulars going forward. People like them because they are, in fact, likable, intelligent, considerate people. They try to do the right thing.

It's an enjoyable story, and I look forward to more.

I bought this audiobook.

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a refreshing mystery

the narrator is wonderful, I loved the story she made the people so real I am giving up direct tv, this. cozy story was perfect, I look forward to the next one

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-13-17

Typical Cozy Mystery

This is a rather formulaic and typical cozy mystery. I thought Melanie was a bit over the top with her suspicions. I might give the next book a chance but I'm not sure.

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Wonderful Cozy Mystery

I was pleasantly surprised by this over. The narrator was wonderful. And the story itself was very cute. Just what I would expect from a cozy mystery.

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Weak story and narration

My first impression of the narrator was that she sounded like she was telling a fairy tale to children, overdoing it.

The story limped along. The main character came across as deathly afraid of her ex, but you didn’t find out the reason (unreasonable, IMO) until far into the story. She also seemed to over react in many situations. Her grandmother, sometimes erroneously called her mother, was a more believable character.

They were both supposed to be so worried that they wouldn’t get the B&B renovated before they ran out of money, but freely spent time running around talking to people, shopping, going out to lunch and getting facials. Meanwhile they only just got brochures and had no web site - how did they think prospective guests would even know about them?

While this book wasn’t horrible, I wouldn’t buy another in the series or recommend it to anyone. Not even sure I’d try another of the author’s series.

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wonderful book!

I loved this story. great for passing the time at work at the bnb !

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A good cozy mystery.

This book was my first by this author. I truly enjoyed this story and the characters. I look forward to more in this series. Loved to know more about the Laughing ghost.

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Can't wait for the next one!

A fun read! Enjoyable characters; intriguing storyline! Every detail woven very well together with some left over to entice the reader into wanting the next book in the series now!

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Nice cozy mystery

Kate Kingsbury has written a nice new cozy mystery. The story is original. Tavia Gilbert, as always did a fine job of bringing the characters to life. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful