Boarding With Murder by Kathryn Long
About Boarding With Murder
1st in Series Publisher: Camel Press (March 9, 2021)
Paperback: 220 pages ISBN-10: 1603817301 ISBN-13: 978-1603817301
Digital ASIN : B08SHLHD2D
Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she's inherited trouble along with her aunt's B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes?
About Kathryn Long
Retired teacher, Kathryn Long now spends her days plotting and writing mysteries. Her most recent credits are romantic suspense novel, A DEADLY DEED GROWS and mystery, BURIED IN SIN. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Under the pen name, Bailee Abbott this author writes the Paint by Murder cozy series, starting with A BRUSH WITH MURDER releasing October 12. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!).
Boarding with Murder by Kathryn Long has Ali Winston arriving in Sierra Pines to learn that her Great-Aunt Julia is dead, and she left her bed-and-breakfast to her. Gladys Bellwether, Julia’s friend, insists that Julia was murdered, but she has no proof except a cryptic note. When Gladys’s number one suspect is found dead in Julia’s bed, Ali wonders if Gladys is right. Unfortunately, Gladys becomes Sheriff Sterling’s prime suspect. Ali with help from the movie production guests sets out to find the real killer. Boarding with Murder is the debut novel in A Sierra Pines B&B Mystery series. I just loved the description of Aunt Julia’s Victorian bed-and-breakfast. There is a fun cast of quirky characters. They all have a connection to show business (actors, set designers, producers, etc.). The author took the time to flesh out the three main characters: Ali, Gladys, and Ollie (Gladys’ brother). Gladys is an upbeat character who steals the show at times. I liked her and her brother, Ollie. It can be hard to keep track of all the characters (a cheat sheet is helpful). Sierra Pines sounds beautiful from the author’s graphic descriptions. The mystery had a variety of suspects, misdirection, and subtle clues. There is action that kept the whodunit moving forward to the resolution. I like how it all wrapped up at the end. Boarding with Murder is a lighthearted cozy with melodramatic actors, a sexy sheriff, a deceased thespian, an unemployed niece, and a mysterious murderer.
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