- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425180026
- ISBN-13: 978-0425180020
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Innkeeping with Murder (Lighthouse Inn Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
Although the mystery was a bit easy to figure out, 'InnKeeping with Murder' is a quick and light read. The characters are interesting, although we don't really get to know them very well as the book is a bit slim. The writing is nice and breezy, and the book certainly bodes well as the opener of a new cozy series.
I'm looking forward to the second installment as this introduction certainly leaves you wanting more, and the developing relationship between Alex and Elise is definitely intriguing and one to be watched. Hopefully, the second book in the series will flesh out our main characters a little bit more and introduce some more unusual residents of Canawba County.
After Alex discovers a body on his property, and the local law enforcement agencies prove themselves not up to the task of solving the crime, Alex undertakes the sleuthing himself. While some of the character development was predictable, the culprit and the motive were not readily apparent. Several local characters were introduced, giving the author potential to further develop their personalities and relationships in future books.
I would recommend this book as a pleasant read, and look forward to reading more in the series!
I liked it enough to see if the second in the series is an improvement.
This was a pleasant read, a good treadmill book. Alex is a nice man trying to take care of his father’s property, the guests at the inn, an unstable housekeeper, and a standoffish girlfriend. He’s morally outraged that one of his favorite guests, someone he had known since childhood, is killed on his property. He has to deal with a sheriff who may or may not be competent, and someone who may or may not be out to get him personally.
To me this is a true cozy – very little violence, a light touch of romance, interesting side characters, nice bits about running an inn. It’s “clean,” but not relentlessly so – I generally avoid “clean” cozies like the plague because I find them to be either proselytizing dressed up in mystery clothing, or so dull as to be unfinishable. This one, however, was just a fun, quick read. I liked it enough that I bought the second one when I finished the first one. This book is not on my read-more-than-once list, but I do want to keep up with the series.
Alex soon has a new problem to face when someone murders long time returning guest and friend Reg Wellington Sr. with an ice pick to the neck at the top of the lighthouse. Adding to Alex's woes is that his maid quit though she sends her more competent cousin Elise to replace her. Alex realizes that no one wants to stay at a temporary lodging facility where an unsolved homicide occurs even if several individuals say otherwise. Rather than wait for the Sheriff to solve the case, Alex investigates feeling that the killer might strike again.
INNKEEPING WITH MURDER is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale. The plot works because the key cast seems so authentic they make readers feel that they are visiting the Blue Ridge foothills. The story line is fun as a worried Alex searches for a killer, struggles with avoiding bankruptcy, and begins to fall in love all in one novel. Tim Myers provides the audience with a wonderful regional mystery that will have readers re-booking for future stays at the Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting short mystery and is a very quick read. I would recommend reading for anyone. There is a hint of romance as well that leaves you hanging on for more. On to book #2!Published 4 months ago by FJ
I have read several series by this author with all of his pen names, series which often only include just three books each, which always left me wanting more. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. S.
This was a fun read - well written, and a delight to complete. I would suggest it to anyone that enjoys a good murder mystery.Published 10 months ago by Jonathan L. Melugin
All the detectives did was eat. Made me hungry. It took them forever to solve the murders. Too long.Published 19 months ago by Ray Puhalla
Innkeeping With Murder is the best kind of light and fluffy cozy mystery. The kind that has heart to go along with the fun. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Randee Baty
A lighthouse in the mountains. An innkeeper on the brink of bankruptcy. Is there money in the mountains? I figured out the who before it was revealed, but not the why. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gene M.