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Seaside Secrets (Dune House Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00JZDM9CA
- Publication date : April 27, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1552 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 165 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,554 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There’s no real depth to the either the tale or the characters. It had more of a feel of reading a book report than a mystery. No twists and turns. No feel of being in a character’s head to experience their emotions. The climatic confrontation started off with some promise, but that too was glossed over.
Picked this up when it was offered for free, but I can’t see myself reading any others in this series.
Suzie receives a phone call that her Uncle Harry has passed away and left her "Dune House", his majestic old home on the beach in Garber. Suzie and Mary arrive to find the house almost in ruins from years of neglect and that Mayor Thomas Ralley is anxious to purchase the property so he can bulldoze it down and start new development in the sleepy town.
Deciding that she can not let her Uncle's home be destroyed, Suzie and Mary set about cleaning and renovating parts of the house with the idea of returning it to the B&B her Aunt and Uncle had been running prior to her Aunt's death. Suzie discovers an old lockbox under the floorboards containing clues that might mean her Uncle hadn't passed away from a sudden heart attack, and that the townspeople may be hiding something.
This is a very short book taking only an afternoon to read. Not much depth to the characters but hopefully they will evolve as the series continues. It was pretty easy to identify the villain with the standard motive of greed.
A charming cozy is how I would best describe the book; the friendship between Suzie and Mary is fun, and Suzie's relationship with her newfound cousin, Jason (who is also the Chief of Police) started off on rocky footing but definitely has potential for future installments.
Suzie Allen gets an unexpected surprise when her Uncle Harry leaves his seaside home to his niece. She doesn't know why, but her best friend Mary's ugly divorce seems like the best time for Mary and Suzie to go find out why.
Cousin Jason, a police officer seems to have unknown reason for not wanting to come to his father's house, but offers Suzie any assistant she might need, while she and Mary begin cleaning.
The story is great, funny and leaves you wanting more ...I really hope Cindy Bell will be writing book 2 soon.
Top reviews from other countries
The first few pages are a local history lesson; then the phone rings and the lady who answers thinks of another page of history before we get started. Much better would have been just to start the story and then feed in the backstory through conversations and letters - as largely happens anyway. A single lady, retired from having been a journalist, and her friend whose husband is divorcing her, head off to a beachside house which the singleton has inherited. This old building used to be a B&B but at the time they find it, the elderly owner had lived reclusively for a few years so in good female style they take to cleaning up and seeing how much repair work is needed.
Some mysterious issues between the deceased man and his son, the local police officer, cloud the inheritance, and some prominent local citizens also feel the house should be bulldozed. Maybe the land is worth more for development, or maybe there are other reasons.
I have to take against a scene at the end. Nobody but nobody would willingly sit in a chair to be tied up when the petrol has been spread and the matches produced. Nobody. Why not pick up a weapon or grab a bucket of water? Why not keep arguing to buy time? Why not fumble for your phone to call 911 as you talk or run? He's threatening to shoot your friend? Your friend is going to die anyway if the place goes on fire. Other than this stupidity I liked the story.
The series seems to be aimed at mature ladies and does not as yet feature a dog, cat or cookery but it might be only a matter of time before it fits the stereotypes. I would read more as I am guessing the B&B will be reopened and turn into a lively place.
I downloaded a free copy. This is an unbiased review.