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BED, BREAKFAST, and BONES: A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery (book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : July 28, 2016
- File size : 1947 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
- ASIN : B01JBFLIKK
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Publisher : Freeform Publishing; 3rd edition (July 28, 2016)
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,401 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author`s decriptions of the Inn and the town itself were so well-written that I felt I had actually been there. Character development was very well done, and the twist at the end was totally unexpected (as a murder mystery should be.) The book was very entertaining -- a perfect read for a rainy day at the beach.
Ravenwood Cove is a wonderfully described small-town, a place where shop owners keep water bowls outside for thirsty dogs and put local kids' Lego creations in the window. In fact, I loved the story's emphasis on supporting local businesses - not just on solving the mystery or building friendship (and a bit of romance) as a new arrival in town.
Remember, independent authors are also local businesses. The e-book only costs a couple dollars on Amazon - what are you waiting for?!
Amanda also seems inconsistent in her responses to James--sometimes she reacts as if she resents him, sometimes as if she's feeling pressured by any male attention, and sometimes there's no issue. Now those are all reasonable reactions for someone who's just gotten out of a bad relationship, but she keeps circling back around to reacting negatively to a look on his face or tone in his voice, long after the point when I felt she should be past that with him. Near the end of the book, there were still moments when I checked that it really was James she'd just run into, since her reaction felt more appropriate toward someone she disliked or distrusted. That's a little thing, I guess, but it felt odd and was one of the few aspects of the book that felt less polished, and kept knocking me out of the story.
Another issue for me was the mystery--it was a typical found body mystery with some added complications, but then it got resolved in a rush, and the resolution depended on Amanda's making a leap that I felt was a bit of a reach, especially since she didn't do much work to solve it. Having a weaker mystery is not unusual with cozies, though, since the characters, atmosphere and location often take priority.
My main issue with the book was the lack of descriptions. Although it seems like the center of the story ought really to be the Ravenwood Inn itself, Dean doesn't quite make that happen, mostly because she just doesn't describe the Inn well enough to make it real. Dean talks about there being oriental rugs and vintage/antique furniture in general, but never says what style the architecture is or describes many of the rooms.
Similarly, in the final chapter, Dean describes the Inn's opening party, but uses phrases like 'the stairway was decorated with flowers and ribbons' or 'there were trays of delicious food.' Those phrases are just too generic to allow the reader to really enter the scene, so there's a level of fuzziness or blur that affects how I imagined either the Inn or the characters to look, since Dean does the same thing with them. With many of the people, all we're told is their names and what they do or where they work, and that's not enough to make them feel real or help the reader keep track of who is who.
So this is a good book that could be better, but is fine for a light read, and maybe the next book will be stronger.