‘Talk about inconvenient. Not only did I have a dilapidated mansion and no money to repair it with, two cats I had no idea how to care for and a room full of cranky guests waiting for their breakfast, I also had a dead body on my hands.’
Josie Waters has to admit she may have acted a bit hastily when she agreed to purchase the Oyster Cove Guesthouse – a charmingly gabled Victorian mansion on the breathtaking Maine coast – from elderly family friend Millie Sullivan. But Josie was desperate to flee Ohio and in particular her ex-husband, a chef who loved his job so much he left her for it. And anyway, how hard can running a guesthouse be?
The truth is, Oyster Cove Guesthouse is a mouldering money pit with falling-in roof and a cohort of regular guests who are as mischievous as a litter of kittens. And Millie keeps dropping by to dispense unasked-for advice. And Josie might have made a mistake in promising to adopt Oyster Cove’s two resident cats Nero and Marlowe, and treat them in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed. Josie has never had a cat before… let alone two feisty felines who think they own the place.
Ok, it’s not going well. At least it can’t get any worse, Josie thinks. Until her first guest ends up dead.
It has been a while since I read a cozy mystery book and after finishing it, I am always reminded why I like them so much.
There is a crime of course, but also very often are they full of humour and the main character is an amateur sleuth who is always much more clever than the police. In this new series the sleuth gets (a lot of) help from some furry friends.
Some people might say : ‘It’s only a cat’ or ‘It’s only a dog’, but true animal lovers know that they are a lot more than that. They are very intelligent and know what they want. They can look at you and melt your heart and you are like wax in their paws.
But not only that. They have the ability to keep on giving you signs until you understand them and if you have that unique connection with your pet, you have no probiem communicating with them, no words needed.
So, if you have a new pet, do whatever you can to understand him. You never know what he is capable of and don’t forget that you will have a friend for life who will stand by you whenever you need him.
If you are looking for a relaxing book, stop looking because you have found it. 4 stars.
Thank you, Leighann Dobbs, Bookouture and Netgalley.
About the author
USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.
Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.
Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.