"Dead and Breakfast" is a cozy mystery about Melanie West, a thirty-two divorcee who opens up a bed-and-breakfast with her grandmother. While they’re renovating a bedroom, they stumble upon a skeleton—the murdered body of the last owner’s wife and take it upon themselves to find the murderer.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were delightful and realistic. Melanie, the main character, was level-headed and logical and I loved her character growth. Her grandma, Liza, was spunky and sassy. Together, they both made an excellent, entertaining duo.
The mystery itself was my favorite part. It was well-plotted and brilliantly executed. I literally couldn’t put it down because I had to know who the bad guy was. There were tons of red herrings and suspects…this wasn’t a predictable read.
The only flaw I saw was that it lacked romance, but from the ending, I can definitely see sparks flying between Melanie and the cute detective and even Liza and the gruffy bar-owner in the next books.
Overall, I think this was a great start to a very unique and quirky series! The characters were great and the mystery was utterly addicting. I will definitely be picking up the next book in 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.