Published October 13th 2015 by Lyrical Underground
Synopsis: Bed, breakfast…and a body!
If it weren’t for the fact that she’s replacing a dead man, Kelly Jackson would love her new job managing the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast on the coast of Northern California. But Bob Phillips did plunge off the cliff to his death…and Kelly’s starting to think it may not have been an accident. Bob’s retired friends—The “Silver Sentinels”—are also on the case, especially when Kelly is attacked…and another body turns up. Kelly has her hands full with overseeing the B&B’s annual Taste of Chocolate and Wine Festival, but she’s also closing in on the killer…who’s ready to send Kelly on her own permanent vacation…
My Review: Murder at Redwood Cove is the first book in a new cozy series and I really enjoyed it. I actually rated it 4.5 stars, but bumped it to 5. Kelly Jackson, our main character, works as an Executive Administrator for Resorts International. When the manager of the Bed & Breakfast in Mendocino County California, Bob, has an accident and dies, Kelly is sent to take over temporarily and to determine if the company needs to update it’s literature about the danger on the cliffs. Once she arrives she realizes that the town is busily preparing for the upcoming Taste of Wine and Chocolate Festival that is being held on the grounds of the B & B. The staff at the B & B consists of handyman Daniel Stevens who lives with his young daughter Allie, Housekeeper/Cook Helen Rogers who lives onsite with her rambunctious son Tommy and his faithful basset hound, Fred and some part time cleaning staff. Shortly after arriving, Kelly meets a group of Senior Citizens who call themselves the Silver Sentinels. They are friends of Bob’s and amateur sleuths. They do not believe that Bob’s death was an accident but that he was murdered. As more incidents occur, the Deputy Sheriff can not longer ignore Kelly and the Sentinels.
This was a fast paced story, whose developed plot kept me turning the pages. The setting of the B & B was so beautiful and the characters to warm and caring, that Kelly can’t bring herself to leave this wonderful place. The young characters of Allie and Tommy were a breath of fresh air. Tommy, the misfit who is bullied, finds himself a protector in Allie and it is wonderful to see how they fit into the story and the mystery. A great mystery with amazing characters, what more could a cozy mystery lover want. I am definitely going to pick up the second in this series, Murder at the Mansion. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.