DEAD AND BREAKFAST BY KATE KINGSBURY
A Merry ghost Inn Mystery #1
Release Date: January 10, 2017
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.
This is a cute cozy mystery that will keep readers guessing. Although a bit predictable, I think many will enjoy the uniqueness of the story and the way the author leaves some things hanging because they will become different plotlines in upcoming books (at least that is my interpretation anyway).
With that being said, normally I don't read too many cozy mysteries (not because I don't want too I actually love them) so when I saw this cute cover and read the plot I was very eager to start. Did it live up to my expectations? Not entirely and I think its because of the characters not the plot. To me, they just lacked personality (especially the heroine). I wanted to know so much more about the her for example, and it was nearly impossible to do so. Maybe as the series progresses we will see some character growth and development? I sure hope so because I feel like I need this in order to continue the series.
Overall I think this is a promising start to a new series and I did enjoy reading it. If your a fan of cozy mysteries and enjoy hauntings and home renovations than this is right up your alley! And please, don't let my review fool you. A 3 star does not mean that I didn't like this book. I did like this one I just wished it had a little bit more in terms of character development.