DEAD AND BREAKFAST is the first book in the Merry Ghost Inn.
This is my
first read from this author and I have to say that I was
by it. I love Cozy Mysteries and this one definitely has a
wonderful cozy vibe
to its setting on the Oregon Coast. The two main characters
of the story are
Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza Harris. When Melanie
gives up her
job to help Liza open up and Bed and Breakfast with her, she
bones of a woman hidden behind a wall. With their grand
opening just a
month away, the presence of the police have now changed
Also, there is some suspicious activity happening at this
inn because many
people think there is an invisible ghost lurking around.
Normally not one to
believe in ghost, Melanie doesn't take it seriously until
she starts hearing the
eerie laugher from an unknown male. When she investigates
and finds no
one, she might start believing in ghosts soon enough.
As the first book in the series, Kate Kingsbury does a very
good job of
setting up the characters and the setting. It was very easy
to fall in line with
these characters because of Kingsbury's writing style.
Simple and concise,
she gets straight to the point, creating a well-rounded
storyline filled with
mystery and intrigue. This is actually my first Cozy Mystery
that has a bit of a
Paranormal element to it and I have found that I really
enjoy it. I think after
reading this I will be looking forward to trying out some
Cozy Mysteries. They had an added bonus of thrills and
chills to the story
that makes them stand out even more. I am definitely looking
more of Kate Kingsbury's books and DEAD AND BREAKFAST is an
start to the series.
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.