Agnes Blythe is
at odds about what her future will bring. She’s been
unceremoniously dumped by her professor boyfriend and is back
living with her father. Her great-aunt Effie comes to town
with a grand plan to bring the dilapidated Stagecoach Inn
back to life. Effie has inherited it and is rather at odds
herself. Agnes agrees to help Effie with the work, but almost
immediately they discover the body of Kathleen Todd and earn
themselves places at the top of the list of suspected killers.
The ladies know they’ve been framed
but the police don’t believe them. Ergo, they must investigate
and find the real murderer before the murderer murders them!
Their efforts are amateur and awkward, to say the least. Bad
thing after bad thing keeps happening, and I began to wonder
if they’d ever solve the crime!
What a hilarious debut to a new series. As
over the top as some scenes were, I found that I laughed so
hard I snorted, and I was so invested in this story that I
just couldn’t put it down. Cozy mysteries often fit
into the same box with the same type of story lines, characters,
and likely outcomes. Not Bad Housekeeping. You couldn’t
find a more unique and entertaining cozy if you put up a neon
light and advertised for one!
I’ve read a book or two by Maia Chance
in another series, but after the sheer joy of reading Bad
Housekeeping, I am on a mission to obtain copies of everything
this witty and imaginative author has had published! I highly
recommend that you do, too!