I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury
Published by Crooked Lane Books on January 10th 2017
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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 open a B&B with her. 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.
The paper covering the bedroom walls was a dull beige, with green ferns and brown spots that could have been pinecones or hand grenades, depending on what frame of mind you were in.
Here is what I thought
Although I enjoyed Dead and Breakfast it seemed to roll a little slower than I wanted. It could have just been me but it took me a bit to get into it and that doesn’t happen very often in cozy mysteries.
I loved Melanie and her grandmother Liza, they are great characters. They go in as partners and buy a large house that they plan on opening as an Inn. They find out it’s suppose to be haunted so Liza wants to call it the Merry Ghost Inn because their ghost is always laughing.
While renovating they find a body in a secret room and it throws off all their plans for renovating. Liza doesn’t want to wait on the police because they have been put on hold, so they decide to do a bit of investigating which gets Melanie in some rough scraps as someone is doing their best to warn them off.
I am interested in seeing if the potential love interest for both Melanie and her grandmother pan out as it was a real subtle start.
Though it took me a bit to get into it I really did enjoy it and I am curious what will happen next. As like I said I really enjoyed the two main characters. It has it’s flaws but it was also a decent start to a series.
Recommend if you like
Cozy mysteries with a bit of paranormal and fun characters.