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Innkeeping with Murder (Lighthouse Inn Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001

3.9 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Lighthouse Inn Series

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After Alex Winston inherits the West Hatteras Lighthouse Inn from his deceased Dad, he has trouble keeping up with the antiquated infrastructure. An old boiler, decrepit pipes, and a lack of guests make it difficult to make ends meet. When a close friend is found murdered at the top of the lighthouse, things really take a turn for the worse. As usual, the local police are a bit nearsighted, so it's up to Alex and his new, and quite lovely maid Elise to solve the murder (s) and hopefully clear the name of the B&B.
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.
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By A Customer on September 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
INNKEEPING WITH MURDER is the first book in a cozy mystery series set at Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse. The Inn was inherited by Alex Winston after his father died and his brother had no interest in keeping the family business. It is located near a small village populated with quirky characters. The area was described so vividly by the author that I wanted to visit the inn myself!
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!
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As a mystery author with my debut novel in its initial release, I enjoyed this debut effort by Tim Myers. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Hatteras West Inn, INNKEEPING WITH MURDER is an unapologetic cozy. Alex Winston operates this struggling bed and breakfast. His B&B needs constant maintenance and many more guests. He does have a lovely maid named Elise, but unfortunately, a one of his few paying customers ends up murdered at the top of the lighthouse. As the experienced reader expects, the police can't get their act together so Alex and Elise launch their own investigation. Guess who solves the crime? INNKEEPING WITH MURDER is a breezy read and an entertaining book. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series, wondering how Alex will keep his inn in business with dead bodies constantly popping up there.
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By A Customer on October 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love lighthouses, and I was intrigued by the premise of the book, but the execution (no pun intended) left something to be desired. The potential is there, with setting and characters, but the promise is not realized. I found the writing stilted and dull and aimed at a (at most) sixth-grade reading level. You would be hardpressed to find a compound sentence in this book. There were some inane observations in this book, including the observation that the cafe was "surprisingly deserted between breakfast and lunch." Wouldn't it obviously be so? It seems nitpicky, but these things add up.
I liked it enough to see if the second in the series is an improvement.
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Alex Winston has inherited Hatteras West, an exact replica of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of his favorite guests is found dead at the top of the lighthouse, and not from natural causes. Then a series of 'accidents' show that someone is targeting the inn for mayhem.

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.
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At the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Elkton Falls, North Carolina is the Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse. The reason for the lighthouse, a replica of the more famous one on the coast, is part of the family heritage of current owner Alex Winston. However, Alex has doubts that he can financially survive much longer as innkeeper.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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