MYSTERY
Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery
Crooked Lane. Jan. 2017. 274p. ISBN 9781683310099. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683310105. M
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Freeing herself of her old life and her ex-husband, Melanie West moves to beautiful Sully's Landing on the Oregon coast to open a B&B with her grandmother Liza Harris. Neither of them is prepared when they find a corpse in a hidden closet as they are renovating a bedroom. The skeleton is identified as Angela Morelli, wife of the house's former owner. With their renovations on hold, Mel and Liza launch their own probe into the case to expedite the opening of the inn. Helped along by the presence of a laughing ghost, Mel and Liza question various suspects, but their amateur sleuthing may turn deadly.
VERDICT The author of the "PennyFoot Hotel" mysteries begins a promising cozy series with this lighthearted and charming title. Who wouldn't want to open a B&B on the Oregon coast after reading Kingsbury's delightful mystery?

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