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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 join her in opening a bed-and-breakfast inn. 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.

©2017 Kate Kingsbury (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A fun little read.

A fun read that kept you guessing. l would have liked to see more of Ben in the story but that is personal preference. l thought the story lagged a bit in places. The narrator did a great job but l don't think it is a book that would entice me to read in hard copy. But good to listen to.

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Quirky mystery

so much fun and really surprising conclusion story line reinforced by the quirky narrator great voice inflections

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Enjoyable

Very enjoyable easy to listen to story, I look forward to listening to others in the series.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 29-01-2018

Enjoyable small town cozy mystery

Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza Harris, are renovating a big, old home in Sully's Landing, Oregon, to open a bed & breakfast inn, when they find a skeleton in a hidden room. It's quickly identified as Angela Morelli, wife of Vincent Morelli, the last couple to live there. Angela had vanished, believed to have deserted wheelchair-bound Vincent, and Vincent had gone to live with his son, Tony. Now that Vincent is dead, Tony had finally sold the empty house...

Melanie and Liza's renovation plans, and therefore their opening plans, are now on hold until the police release the second floor as no longer a crime scene. This wouldn't be a huge problem if this cold case didn't quickly get shoved to the side by more active cases. With potential financial ruin staring them in the face, it's no wonder Melanie and Liza decide to investigate on their own.

This is a fun, interesting book, if a little silly in places. I have some difficulty believing the police would be so indifferent to clearing and releasing a crime scene inside what his both someone's home and their business. At the same time, Melanie and Liza are logical and methodical in how they go about it, and don't actively do things straight out of the "How to Get Yourself Killed by the Killer" manual. There's also the small matter of the dog that Melanie decides to adopt. I can't say much about why she decides to adopt the dog, because spoilers, but she seems amazed by the paperwork and procedures involved--which are really startlingly minimal. It's a surprise to her when the shelter wants to see if the dog likes her, for instance, not just whether she likes the dog. Yet while shelters are more, um, relaxed, often, in their adoption procedures than rescue groups are, what surprises me is how quick and easy it was, and if there was an adoption fee involved, I missed the mention of it.

But, yes, that's the reaction of someone involved in dog rescue. Inside baseball, anyone?

They're new to the town, and they meet some interesting people along the way, who are clearly going to be regulars going forward. People like them because they are, in fact, likable, intelligent, considerate people. They try to do the right thing.

It's an enjoyable story, and I look forward to more.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Vince
  • 02-05-2017

One of the best I have evet heard!!! I loved it!!

it had Romance mystery suspense! it was very exciting !! it had everything a book should have, It kept me at the edge of my seat , but at the same time it was so sweet. I also love that it included a dog and a very handsome man to fall for !! I would definitely buy from this writer again

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  • Jane
  • 12-02-2018

Weak story and narration

My first impression of the narrator was that she sounded like she was telling a fairy tale to children, overdoing it.

The story limped along. The main character came across as deathly afraid of her ex, but you didn’t find out the reason (unreasonable, IMO) until far into the story. She also seemed to over react in many situations. Her grandmother, sometimes erroneously called her mother, was a more believable character.

They were both supposed to be so worried that they wouldn’t get the B&B renovated before they ran out of money, but freely spent time running around talking to people, shopping, going out to lunch and getting facials. Meanwhile they only just got brochures and had no web site - how did they think prospective guests would even know about them?

While this book wasn’t horrible, I wouldn’t buy another in the series or recommend it to anyone. Not even sure I’d try another of the author’s series.

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 16-08-2019

Inane

and the grandmother whines all the time. I don't know how this happens -- I listen to the audio sample and it sounds playful and cozy-interesting -- get the audiobook from the beginning and it's terrible!

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  • Ann Mi
  • 31-03-2019

Slightly disappointing

Some of the voices portrayed by the narrator were exasperating. It was times a bit over-theatrical. It wasn't the worst narration I've ever heard but it was definitely in the bottom half. If i had only read the book Im fairly certain that I would have thoroughly enjoyed the elderly and spry Liza. I didn't like the inflection the narrator used with the character.

When the reason for Melanie's resentment towards her ex-husband were revealed, it made me immediately dislike her. I don't like characters who hold grudges (for years!) and lack any personal growth.

The story itself was average. I won't be rushing to buy another book by this author but it did meet the standard formula for a cozy mystery. I would recommend this book if offered for free on Kindle, skip the audible version.

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  • HRM
  • 15-03-2021

BnB Menu item

Cut out ex-husband's heart and eat it in front of him. A very filling meal for any vindictive woman who feels hatred towards all males. price? the time to sit through this book as a total waste of time.
Next, prepare a side dish of racism sprinkled with judgmental misogynistic comments and an added dash of Grandmother's snobby British accent.
Once finished with your BnB breakfast head to your Audible library and remove this book.

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  • patricia
  • 06-02-2017

a refreshing mystery

the narrator is wonderful, I loved the story she made the people so real I am giving up direct tv, this. cozy story was perfect, I look forward to the next one

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  • Elizabeth McArthur
  • 04-02-2018

wonderful book!

I loved this story. great for passing the time at work at the bnb !

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  • Beatrice
  • 13-01-2017

Typical Cozy Mystery

This is a rather formulaic and typical cozy mystery. I thought Melanie was a bit over the top with her suspicions. I might give the next book a chance but I'm not sure.

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  • Nichole
  • 02-05-2021

Ugh, all I can do is rant about it

The title of this review feels a little harsh, but it’s what my review ended up being.

I just could not get into this book. Nothing about it made a lot of sense and felt like it was written on the fly for fun without any research or forethought.

The characters’ personalities are all over the place. I didn’t find any of them likable or relatable. The basic idea sounded fun enough to keep me interested, but there wasn’t anything that makes me want to give the next book a chance.

The grandmother is overbearing, pushy, and “bordering on manipulative” may be an understatement. Even as a middle class white woman, all I could think was that these are two SERIOUSLY entitled white women. And I lost track of the number of times I exclaimed things aloud like “what idiots! Seriously??”

These women are brand new to the town, but feel like they can just walk in and ask everyone to spill the beans on a murder. They get all insulted when they find someone’s lied to them?? So much so that they absolutely MUST go back to get answers for this deceit! They question the person/people again (as if they have any right to), and then expect an apology for being lied to / mislead?!?

They whiplash between affirming that they’re out of money & won’t be able to pay the utilities if they don’t open on time, and “oh what the heck, you only live once so let’s max out our credit cards on frivolous things.” When they’re told “go ahead and open the B&B” they decide “nah, we’ve changed our mind. We’re going to hold off on opening a bit longer and continue to hemorrhage money <for lame reason>.” They continued to change their mind (“definitively”) a couple more times based on their mood at the moment.

On top of everything else, they clearly have never owned a dog before (or maybe the author hasn’t). The main character gets a wild hair and decides she’s on a mission to rescue a dog that’s physically injured and traumatized. She absolutely MUST and nobody can tell her otherwise (not that any character has the sense to even raise a concern about the implications anyway). She expects to just show up and be a hero without any research or preparation. No supplies are bought ahead of time (and with what money?? Dogs are expensive - not to mention an injured one). They scoff at “the audacity” of the Humane Society for making them go through hoops to “save” this (presumed unwanted) dog. How dare they not allow these ladies to just walk in and adopt a dog sight unseen! The ladies seriously expect to just take the dog home and, as they said in their own words, “it’ll practically take care of itself!”

And finally, if you were getting ready to open your first bed & breakfast in a matter of weeks, why on earth would anyone think it’s ok to bring a new (& traumatized) dog into the scenario???

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  • Rosemary White
  • 01-08-2021

Cosy mystery

I thought I was listening to E. J Copperman's book. It starts identically! Single mum, renovating a seaside Victorian house to set it up as a guest house. Friendly ghosts as well. Goodness is this plagiarism or coincidence? Having just finished binging on E.J. Cooperman books, I'm going to have to wait before listening to much of this story. I already have a gripe with the narrator. Her "English" accent is really painful for an English person to listen to, even though the location is USA and an American narrator is appropriate.

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  • AnnW
  • 20-08-2021

Terrible narration

Cant get past first chapter, it hurts the ears to listen to the so called British accent. I’m English and don’t know anyone, let alone an owner of a B&B who would speak like that!

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  • Richard
  • 20-08-2021

awful narrator, non-story

Boring and the narrator is terrible. The English accent is particularly bad - think Hyacinth Bucket!

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  • Alan Presch
  • 05-09-2021

so glad we didn't pay for this book

best part - when it finally ended!
7hrs we're not getting back.


this book is definitely a struggle to finish, my wife and I thought the premise was quirky enough to make for a nice distraction during a roadtrip,

at first it was fun point out flaws, such as the English granny using Americanism and the granddaughter using UK-isms like fusebox.
By midway, it was tedious.
finishing was painful

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  • Shaun V. Hewitt
  • 27-08-2021

Dreadful

A story with more holes than a Gouda cheese. For example, a body hidden behind a cupboard, wallpapered over in a bedroom, reduced to bone and ragged clothes within seven years, no mention of smell or body fluids etc. Talking of cheese, stories don't come much cheesier than this one. Body found in bedroom, la, la, la, isn't the detective gorgeous.
The narrator is great with American voices, but when it comes to British, I think she has modelled herself on comic imitations of Maggie Smith in Downton Abby. It is PAINFUL to listen to, and ruined any saving graces this book may have had as a 'mindless listen'.
I feel very churlish leaving this review after I was given the book for free from the wonderful Audible.com, but it was so bad I won't settle until I've warned others of the mistake you will be making downloading this book.

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  • Anaïs Garnier
  • 14-08-2021

Could have been better

Some of the story was unbelievable. The dog part ? The eating out every day with the money struggles ? And the men voice and British accent weren't great. But still an enjoyable story.

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  • Pja
  • 18-09-2021

Really irritating reader

Usually have to finish a book no matter how bad - just couldn't do it

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  • Barbara Watts
  • 28-08-2021

Couldn’t finish as narration so poor

I thought the storey was very good but it was spoilt by the poor narration, especially the English accent. Terrible. I couldn’t finish it but I’m going to buy the book.

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  • Christine Bradford
  • 20-08-2021

Excellent title for gripping Tale

This was my first Audible included book and I couldn’t stop listening the characters were very real and likeable. I wished there had been a more detailed ending, but to go into this would be a spoiler. I would recommend this book as good relaxing listening

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  • Tina
  • 16-08-2021

really enjoyable

I enjoyed listening to this book so much so I got the next two

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