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To Rick Atwood’s dismay, the police find a body on the beach near his Seaside Cove B&B. The dead woman held a pottery shard from an ancient rice bowl, which the cops believe is a clue to her murder.
The chief suspect is Flynn O’Connor, a female archaeologist known for her hatred of treasure thieves. Trouble is, Rick’s daughter Alex sees Flynn as a role model and will not believe her friend is a killer.
Alex pressures her dad as only a ten-year-old can to prove Flynn is innocent. The mayor is also making demands—for Rick to stay out of the investigation. With his daughter and the mayor at odds, Rick sees trouble brewing. He knows too well how much Alex loves sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Especially when there’s murder involved.
And I thought
First thought 'out of the gate'....Opp's this is not a racing them book well anyway 5 Stars it is! Check this one out.
Charming. Delightful. Pleasant and Likeable are the words that come to mind. Full of f un and some mystery
The characters are delightful and charming. Who wouldn't like
Rick's 10 (going on 20) year old daughter that stands up in a town meeting and tells everyone "What is up!". And she curtsies when
she is done!
I was so charmed by Alex that I requested to interview her. See the interview on this post.
Along with Alex her dad Rick is just a great guy just trying to
'lay low' and run his inn. But when a murder happens on the beach not far away and one of his guests is implicated he has to step in
and help out with the investigation. Mainly because if he doesn't
Alex will get in over her head while trying to help out her
favorite guest and role model.
And it turns out Alex does get into a couple of tight fits but
all turn out in the end. When Rick and the authorities listen
to Alex and investigate another guest the mystery is solved
and all ends well.
There is a little simmering romance between Rick and his inn
manager Marky so I am expecting future installments will bring them together as a couple. Of course that's because Alex already has her sights set on the three being a family!
The rest of the characters/towns people are just a fun group of people. I expect many more installments in this series with this great cast of characters!
I can't wait for the next one. But I think I'll go over to Amazon
and buy #1 while I'm waiting.
I received a complimentary copy.
This review will appear on Amazon.
(I would like to see this book available at other retail sites)
This review will appear on Good Reads.
Hello Alex. It is nice to get a chance to chat. Have you ever been Interviewed for a blog before?
This has totally been a big year for me and bloggers. They’ve all been awesome and I’ve made a lot of new friends. My dad was a newspaper reporter. Hey, don’t tell anybody, but I used to help him write his articles and gave him some of his best ideas!
I hate to admit it. I don’t know a lot about your B&B. I would love for
you to tell me all about it. Have you and your dad lived/owned it long?
We lived in New York until about a year ago and then we moved to Seaside Cove. At first I didn’t want to come here ‘cause I thought I was gonna miss all my friends from school. But when we got here we got a super big welcome from Marquetta and some of the other locals. Marquetta’s our cook and she’s totally awesome. She’s super organized and knows everything!
It must have been a big change moving to such a small town and changing schools.
How is school going? Have you made friends?
I have a lot of fun in school. The teacher says I’m one of her best students. I kinda think she says that a lot ‘cause she’s one of those really nice people. My best friend is Robbie Sachetti. Can I tell you a secret? He’s got dreamy blue eyes and we’re gonna get married when we grow up. But don’t tell anyone! I don’t want Robbie to hear 'cause Marquetta told me boys mature slower than girls and I don’t wanna scare Robbie off.
Do you help your dad at the inn?
Daddy says I’m learning the business from the ground up. I get to do all sorts of cool stuff like check people in and take the coffee up to the second-floor coffee station. My favorite thing is when I get to work with Marquetta in the kitchen. Me and her make a great team.
What is your least favorite part of running an inn?
It’s totally the laundry. When you’re like stripping the sheets it can get pretty gross. We had this one guy who sweated a lot and the sheets smelled really bad. I can’t even tell you what he did to our towels ‘cause you wouldn’t ever ask me back!
Have you had famous people stay at the inn? If so who was the most interesting?
I don’t think she was real famous, but my favorite was Flynn O’Connor. She’s a lady archaeologist and has been all over the world. The thing I totally like the most is her enthusiasm! She’s kinda like me. I get super enthusiastic, too!
It sounds like such a fun place to live with a lot of character what with it being so old an all. I wonder are there any secret rooms or other fun places?
We have this dumbwaiter that goes between the first and second floors. I totally wanna ride it. Marquetta told me she got to ride it when she was little and it awesome. We also have a big oak tree on the side of the house where me and Robbie like to hang out. That’s really fun. The one place I’m not allowed to go is the attic. It’s super creepy! I totally got in trouble for going up there the last time.
Seaside Cove sounds like a nice little town. Are there any special shops or other places to visit or fun things to do when your not helping at the inn?
My favorite shop is Scoops & Scones. It’s an ice cream shop and Mrs. Carter has the best chocolate ice cream. Daddy takes me there sometimes when we walk in for groceries at the little market. Mrs. Carter is our mayor, but she’s kind of a big busybody. She knows everything that’s going on in town. I guess that’s kind of a mayor job, but it totally seems like she loves her work more than she should. My other favorite place to visit is Isabelle’s Pet Shoppe. Mrs. Murdoch owns that and she’s pretty cool herself.
Since Seaside Cove is so small it must be kind of hard for your dad being single
and all to find nice lady friends or maybe they find him? Do you ever help him maybe ‘set him up’ or introduce him? Or give your advice or opinion?
Oh man, Daddy’s love life is super complicated! He’s still married to my mom, but she lives in New York ‘cause she wants to be a big actress. They had lots of problems ‘cause my mom was hardly ever home. Daddy says things were spiraling out of control there, so when he inherited the B&B he moved us here. That’s when we met Marquetta. We’re alike in a lot of ways and when I’m around her I totally know what it feels like to have a real mom. In fact, can you keep another secret? I have a plan to get Daddy and Marquetta together.
There must be a lot of drama that happens around an inn especially when it’s peak season. Can you tell us what is/was the most interesting or exciting thing to happen?
It’s totally the murder investigations. Seaside Cove only has one deputy right now on our police force and he doesn’t know much about investigating murders. So when we have a suspicious death, me and my dad have to help out. Daddy doesn’t always wanna help ‘cause he thinks I’ve got some super big fascination with murder. Well…maybe just a little. But I got it under control.
Wow it sure does seem like you have a fun and busy life. It was such a fun
time chatting with you!
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