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Innkeeping With Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Tim Myers
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Jan. 11 2002 Lighthouse Inn Mysteries
Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse. Innkeeper Alex Winston watches over the cozy getaway, and guests count on him to take care of everything from basic repairs to breakfast. But he also has to take care of the occasional murder case, too.

When a visitor is found dead at the top of the lighthouse, Alex must solve the mystery and capture the culprit before the next guest checks out.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so hot. Dec 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book leans heavily on the cliched location and has virtually no story. It isn't very good. I don't recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars nothing mysterious here Oct. 23 2003
By Kathy
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I love mysteries--too bad this isn't one. The plot is extremely thin and there are no unusual plot twists that you would normally find in most good mysteries. I figured out who the murderer and the weapon was before page 50 (of a 200 page book). Even the romantic part was predictable. Don't waste your money!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Innkeeping with murder Aug. 24 2003
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Save your money. Kind of interesting but the motive for the murders is not very believable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing--Buy Used If At All Oct. 19 2002
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It sounded like a good idea for a book, and I'm sure there's an author out there somewhere who could do something with the premise of an innkeeper solving mysteries, but it's not this author and it's not this book.
The characters are weak. The protagonist is an innkeeper, but he never does ANYTHING to do with the job. He looked at the furnace twice and called the repairman, and once he spent some time doing bookwork. You never see any other aspect of the work he does (doesn't) do. The maid does everything that needs to be done, and this is why we see him 1. taking walks 2. driving to town for dinner (kind of like the old TV program 'Bonanza' from the 1960's---remember how the Cartwrights were either sitting down to eat dinner or driving the wagon into town? They never did any ranch work) and 3. mooning over how much he loves his land and how it's just terrible he's going to lose it because the inn isn't making money. Well, he could get a job because he's certainly not working at this one. For all the build up about a unique inn situation, the guy might as well be a greeter at Wal-mart for the atmosphere it lends to the book.
And the writing is amateurish. There were a couple of "smiled softly"s in the first 20 or so pages, and by the time I'd gotten to the low 90's there had been a couple more. And maybe at least one "smiled gently". Ye gods! The way sentences are used slows the pace down to a plod. Go read the excerpt and you'll see it. It's writing on the level for elementary school
students. And if that's not enough for you, the murderer was ridiculously inappropriate for the role. I can't say anymore without giving it away, but the person in real life would never have done it. So it's not real life, you say?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Innkeeping With Murder Aug. 22 2002
By A Customer
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The first in a quirky new mystery series featuring innkeeper Alex Winston & his island lighthouse getaway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick Around for this Fun Debut May 17 2002
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Alex Winston is trying his best to keep the family inn running. But his job gets harder when one of his guests is murdered at the top of the lighthouse and his maid quits. Hiring Elise on the spot, he focuses on finding out who killed Reg, who was also a good friend. But when further accidents start happening, Alex begins to wonder if he can keep the inn afloat. Is it even worth it to try? Who is behind everything? And what about his relationship with Elise?
This book marks the debut of the Lighthouse Inn series. Alex and Elise are great sympathetic characters and I'm looking forward to seeing them again in further books. I also enjoyed meeting the locals and hope to see them again. The plot started out a little slowly but picked up speed as it went and finished with a bang. Probably the biggest problem was the setting. It, too, wasn't nearly as developed as it could have been until later in the book. But these flaws weren't big enough to detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
Tim Myers has started what promises to be a fun cozy series. I look forward to reading the further happenings at Hatteras West Inn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INNKEEPING WITH MURDER Dec 12 2001
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INNKEEPING WITH MURDER/ Tim Myers/Berkley Prime Crime Paperback/ Series mystery.
Alex Winston has always loed the lighthouse and turning it into an Inn seemed logical. He grew up around the lighthouse and wants to stay. this at tiems seems impossible with all the things wrong with the lighthouse but just as Alex decids to try and make the best of it.
Murder happens and he mourns for the man it happens to. this means that Alex doesn't need all hsi guest checking out at once and the pretty housekeeper he has hired is becoming most helpful so Alex puts his thinking cap on and his sleuthing skills to work before another person dies at his lighthouse.
Alex is a sleuth that everyone needs and this is a homespun mystery that is comfortable along with being a page turner for Tim Myers knows lighthouses, murder and mayhem and he pens all three very well. this an exceptional book penend by exceptional talent.
Pamela James-reviewer
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2.0 out of 5 stars PROSE AS PALLID AS THE DEAD Nov. 10 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this one at the recommendation of a local reader. I give LIGHTHOUSE two stars because my familiarity with this genre is limited and my expectations for quality perhaps misplaced.
Unfortunately, halfway through the text, the writer had still failed to create a concrete believable setting for the story. This should be a minimum expectation for any work of fiction. Even the allegedly developed characters are hopelessly flat. The dialogue is awkward and rarely reveals anything about the characters except that they are dull.
It was only with great determination that I finished this vague little book, which did at least present the occasion for some of the worst similes ever set to mass market ink.
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