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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Crime (MM) (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425180026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425180020
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 50 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,141,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on Oct. 19 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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.
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At the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Elkton Falls, North Carolina is the Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse. The reason for the lighthouse, a replica of the more famous one on the coast, is part of the family heritage of current owner Alex Winston. However, Alex has doubts that he can financially survive much longer as innkeeper.

Alex soon has a new problem to face when someone murders long time returning guest and friend Reg Wellington Sr. with an ice pick to the neck at the top of the lighthouse. Adding to Alex's woes is that his maid quit though she sends her more competent cousin Elise to replace her. Alex realizes that no one wants to stay at a temporary lodging facility where an unsolved homicide occurs even if several individuals say otherwise. Rather than wait for the Sheriff to solve the case, Alex investigates feeling that the killer might strike again.

INNKEEPING WITH MURDER is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale. The plot works because the key cast seems so authentic they make readers feel that they are visiting the Blue Ridge foothills. The story line is fun as a worried Alex searches for a killer, struggles with avoiding bankruptcy, and begins to fall in love all in one novel. Tim Myers provides the audience with a wonderful regional mystery that will have readers re-booking for future stays at the Hatteras West Inn and Lighthouse.

Harriet Klausner
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