Bed and Breakfast and Murder by Patti Larsen
Published by Mayhem and Murder Ink on February 12, 2018
Series: Fiona Fleming #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
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DEAD MAN FLOATING!
Fiona Fleming is in so much trouble. Her recently inherited bed and breakfast might not actually be hers thanks to the underhanded misdealings of the local real estate bully. Despite her grandmother's last will and testament, Fee might be out of luck and on the street before she even gets settled. But when her new enemy floats belly up in her koi pond, she's the prime suspect in his murder! Can she uncover who the real killer is before the smoking hot new sheriff puts her behind bars instead of asking her out on a date?
A cozy mystery heroine who’s feisty and prone to cursing, a pug who’s super cute despite constant flatulence, and a dead guy in a koi pond. Bed and Breakfast and Murder by Patti Larsen is a break from the typically wholesome cozies that are so common, so for me, it was a breath of fresh air. A fun cast of characters (including the aforementioned dog) make for a great start to the Fiona Fleming series.
Fiona is back in Reading, Vermont, following a stint in New York City. After her ex cheats on her and her career flatlines, she’s back home to run Petunia’s, the bed and breakfast she inherited after her grandmother’s death. But when her ownership of the property is challenged and said challenger turns up dead in Fiona’s pond, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
Fiona has always had a nose for investigation (plus being the daughter of Reading’s retired sheriff doesn’t hurt, either). But when she’s targeted, she’s determined to clear her name and find the real murderer. I love a spunky heroine and Fiona made me laugh over and over. As I mentioned, she curses quite a bit, so if that bothers you at all, you probably won’t like her. Personally, I loved her sass and sense of humor. There are also hints of a possible romance that I hope is explored in later books.
The killer’s identity took me by surprise, so I found the mystery itself anything but predictable. Combine that with loads of humor and this made for a fun read. I’ll be revisiting this series for sure.
Rating: 5 stars