a busy time at the Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse. There is the
unveiling of the newly built DualKeeper's Quarters. There is the
debate between mayoral candidates, Tracy Shook and Oxford Hitchcock.
And now there is the wedding of Inn keeper, Alex Winston's, best
friend, Mor Pendleton to Emma Sturbridge at which Alex is to be
this comes to a halt when the body of Emma's ex-husband, Toby, is
discovered on the front seat of Mor's truck. Mor is Sheriff Armstrong's
chief suspect as Toby had been an abusive husband and was threatening
Emma. At Mor's request Alex undertakes to discover the reason for
the murder and to find the murderer.
this can be resolved Hitchcock is murdered, presenting complications
for Tracy, whose ex-husband, Conner was his campaign manager. It's
up to Alex to prove Mor's innocence while trying to protect the
Inn from a couple investigating the Inn's "ghost" for
a tabloid. None of this is helping Alex in his pursuit of Elise
Danton, his housekeeper.
is a cozy mystery with Alex Winston as a very likeable character.
The atmosphere of the Inn is pleasant, making the reader wish to
make a reservation. We are reacquainted with the cast of characters
of the town from previous novels. The plot is well constructed and
believable. The progress of Alex's hopeful romance with Elise is
amusing to watch.
is a pleasant fast read with a minimum of violence and with much
insight into the keeping of an inn.