Cape Mayhemby Jane Kelly
Temporarily unattached, Meg Daniels arrives in Cape May for what should have been a romantic off-season holiday, but instead finds herself in the middle of a mystery. Overnight, a certain female guest at the Parsonage Bed & Breakfast has undergone an impossible transformation. Suspecting foul play, Meg enlists a hunky investigator in the local DA's office, as well
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Temporarily unattached, Meg Daniels arrives in Cape May for what should have been a romantic off-season holiday, but instead finds herself in the middle of a mystery. Overnight, a certain female guest at the Parsonage Bed & Breakfast has undergone an impossible transformation. Suspecting foul play, Meg enlists a hunky investigator in the local DA's office, as well as the B&B's spunky co-owner, to help her figure out a killer of a question: "Who was that lady who checked in with Wallace Gimbel?" The weather is frosty, but the trail is hot as Meg and friends unravel the truth behind a scheme marked by impostors, infidelities, and-if she's right-even murder.
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I read the inside cover of this book and it sounded very interesting so I thought I would get it. The premise of the book is unusual in that you don't know if an actual crime has been committed and they are interesting characters but my criticism would be twofold. One, the author interjects characters that aren't introduced very well. For instance, the lead character, Meg, is playing skeeball in an arcade and and Hank has her get away from a bad character but you have no idea that a bad character is even there. I reread the same passage several times and still didn't get that Meg was talking to a bad character. And, two, in some parts, the writing seems very novice-like. There are setting issues that make it difficult to follow the storyline in parts. It is not a book I would recommend but I am interested to see how it ends.
Excellent book! Interesting characters and good plot. Even more entertaing since I'm familiar with that area.
The set-up for this fluffy and fun little mystery is perfect: a spunky female amateur detective, suddenly unattached, by herself at a romantic B&B in the dead of winter. (It was a dark and stormy night.) A parlor full of character-suspects. The game is afoot! The best character, however, is Cape May itself. This author demonstrates her extensive knowledge of the town and surrounding environs and really showcases Cape May's "personality". There might be one omission, because the wonderful opportunities presented by what is undeniably the Garden State's foodie capital aren't used. Except for a couple of meals of burgers-&-beer we're shown almost none of the world-class local haute cuisine scene. This novel is part of a series, and one can only hope that in a future outing Meg will return, maybe in the summer and maybe with a boyfriend, so that this author can again show yet another side of the often-maligned "Jersey Shore".