After Alex Winston inherits the West Hatteras Lighthouse Inn from his deceased Dad, he has trouble keeping up with the antiquated infrastructure. An old boiler, decrepit pipes, and a lack of guests make it difficult to make ends meet. When a close friend is found murdered at the top of the lighthouse, things really take a turn for the worse. As usual, the local police are a bit nearsighted, so it's up to Alex and his new, and quite lovely maid Elise to solve the murder (s) and hopefully clear the name of the B&B.
Although the mystery was a bit easy to figure out, 'InnKeeping with Murder' is a quick and light read. The characters are interesting, although we don't really get to know them very well as the book is a bit slim. The writing is nice and breezy, and the book certainly bodes well as the opener of a new cozy series.
I'm looking forward to the second installment as this introduction certainly leaves you wanting more, and the developing relationship between Alex and Elise is definitely intriguing and one to be watched. Hopefully, the second book in the series will flesh out our main characters a little bit more and introduce some more unusual residents of Canawba County.