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Dead and Breakfast
Merry Ghost Inn #1
Kate Kingsbury

Crooked Lane Books
01/10/2017/ ISBN 9781683310099
Mystery / Cozy / Amateur Sleuth / Ghost
Audio version is available and read by Tavia Gilbert

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Cozy mystery author Kate Kingsbury is back with an all new series starring Liza Harris and her grown granddaughter Melanie West. Readers will find Liza and Melanie’s relationship is easygoing and entertaining. Liza convinces Melanie to join her on the Oregon coast. Their new home is a mansion turned Bed and Breakfast. There is no fear for Liza heading into their new endeavor, however Melanie is nervous and with reason… The mansion, renamed the Merry Ghost Inn, comes with a laughing ghost, a former tenant sealed up in a wall and an ocean view to die for.

The mystery opens with the ladies discovering the body of a woman. Enter stage left, the attractive Officer Ben Carter. Officer Carter is assigned to their case, but something happens and he puts their case on hold, as well as the Inn’s opening. The ladies decided to investigate the murder themselves. The two successfully mix B&B work with pleasure and sleuthing to discover the truth about the victim and her death. It’s a treacherous path with plenty of twists and turns, some deadly, but these strong-willed ladies are emotionally committed to the victim and their new home.

Dead and Breakfast is a brilliant First in series. The clues are well hidden, the dialogue flows, and the characters are entertaining and likable. The laughing ghost shows up from time to time and hints of who he might be leaves us wanting more. The various cues about Melanie and her mother will pique the interest of die-hard cozy followers and have them coming back for more.


Reviews of other titles in this series

Dead and Breakfast #1
Doom with a View #2
Be Our Ghost #3

Others series by Kate Kingsbury: Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series & the Manor House Mystery Series

Reviewed 2017