Deathbed and Breakfast: A Pookotz Sisters Mystery

Deathbed and Breakfast: A Pookotz Sisters Mystery

by Bart J. Gilbertson


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Richard Forester, a retired CEO for a major software company, and his granddaughter Penny show up at the Pookotz Bed & Breakfast one evening and find themselves in some rather unpleasant company. All the guests somehow seem to be connected to Richard's past and when he is found dead the next morning, everyone is suspect. However, there are a few wrinkles that the inn's owners Edna and Mildred Pookotz need to iron out as the investigation unfolds. Not only was Richard deathly ill, but he was also accused of embezzling $750,000 which is still unaccounted for. The local Sheriff suspects that this victim's death is not a natural one, so he--and the sisters--set forth to discover who the murderer is.

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ISBN-13: 9781939816115
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Deathbed and Breakfast: A Pookotz Sisters Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
When I think of an ideal mystery book, I expect for there to be minimal to no profanity, no intimate bedroom details, a clever mystery, and likable characters. I tend to think of the classics--Agatha Christie, Columbo, Perry Mason, Sherlock Holmes. Modern mysteries (even cozies) often miss the mark for me in some degree no matter how much I enjoy them. I can honestly say that Bart Gilbertson has come about as close to perfection as you can get in the writing of this magnificent book! I honestly can't think of a thing I would change in this book. Enough details were "dropped" to both confuse and help the reader in deciphering "who done it" (and just so you know, I did figure it out even though I second-guessed myself). This is reminiscent of the classics, but it has a distinct modern feel. This was a quick read, and I hope to be able to read more in this series. This series has moved to the top of my cozy mystery list! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Deathbed & Breakfast reminds me of long ago stories that have plenty of suspects and motives and bumbling characters. You were never sure who the real killer was till the end. It kept your interest the whole way through. I like the different characters and think that most of them should be in jail for some reason or other. I would love to see how another mystery would fair at the bed and breakfast. The setting sounds nice. We love all the trees in Oregon and to be on a pond sounds good. I would love to go stay their without all the would be killers though. The pacing was good & fast. Things start unfolding right away and was surprising how many different people were gathered together with motives. All that missing money gets peoples greed flowing. Edna and Mildred Pookotz run a bed & breakfast. They are sisters and older women. They are not major sleuths like Jessica Fletcher. But do put together some clues and facts that the others missed. I had one of the clues but missed others. This is a entertaining book. I wish though somehow to know who was arrested for what or some other information. Their was plenty of humor especially with the cook Felix. He carried food to the table with his walker. Their were some scenes with him that had me rolling with laughter. I hope to read more of Bart's work in the future. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing and being part of this book tour.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Retired CEO, Richard Forester and his granddaughter are just passing through town and need a place to stay for the night. A stop at a local store leads them to the Pookotz Sisters B & B. Everyone can see that Richard is very ill as he barely stays awake and is in obvious pain through the evening meal. This story had a bit of a Twilight Zone feel as this seemingly random stop takes them to a place where all the guests at are all connected to Richard or his former company. A company where he was accused of embezzling $750,000 but never convicted of the crime. When he is found dead in his bed the next morning it is first believed he has died of natural causes. Then the sheriff and coroner find evidence of murder. Everyone is placed under house arrest while the local authorities start their investigation, the Pookotz sisters start a little investigation of their own. I can tell this author has a great sense of humor because it really comes through in this story. Edna and Mildred Pookotz are absolute treasures and excellent amateur detectives. Felix the chef was a hoot! I wouldn’t want to eat any food he prepared but he had me laughing out loud. The story is full with twists and turns as means, motive, and opportunity are determined for all the suspects and one clue leads to another. This was a very interesting debut. I am quite anxious to see what is in store for Edna and Mildred and their future guests. I think fans of Jessica Fletcher will fall quickly for these sisters
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
 Mildred and Edna Pookotz are two elderly sisters who run a Bed and Breakfast in Pleasant Valley, but don't mistake them for sweet old things.  Mildred can be very comforting and understanding, but Edna knows the "right way" that things should be done, and it better be done that way---including using your proper name, with no nicknames allowed.  Their B&B is a lovely place though, with rooms color coordinated, and charm galore. When sickly Richard, and his granddaughter, Penny, came into town, a place to rest for the night became an unplanned necessity.  There were directed to the Pookotz Sisters B&B, where Richard felt immediately comforted. But his past soon became an issue for all the other guests.  Richard had been accused of embezzling $750,000 which was still missing, causing great financial problems for his company and all their employees. When Richard is recognized, much mayhem ensues.    This, first in a series, is very Agatha Christie like in charm and nature of solving the crime.  The characters are very interesting, with their added quirks.  The mystery is methodically worked out amongst the characters, who will surely find themselves in another conundrum soon.  Great first effort by this new author.  Looking forward for more to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gilbertson has written a cozy mystery that, while not derivative, calls to mind Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." Richard Forrester has many enemies - and they all seem to be gathered at the Pookotz sisters' B&B when he arrives unexpectedly with his granddaughter, Penny. When Richard, who is terminally ill, dies in his bed, there are so many suspects that it's hard to imagine who could have "dunnit." I didn't see the actual murderer coming, which is unusual for me. More than the interesting plot and setting, I quite enjoyed the array of characters. Gilbertson excels at drawing believable characters with believable motivations. I stayed up way too late,  finishing this one - so be warned, you won't want to put it down.
Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Gilbertson has some story here. While reading it, the movie "Clue" kept coming to mind, because everytime I thought I had it figured out, a new twist would come along. Such an amazing aray of characters. In meeting each one, I thought that person could be the killer. I can honestly say I didn't see the end coming. I'm left wondering what the Pookotz sisters will have waiting for them in Mr. Gilbetson's next installment! Readers of a good old fashioned mystery should really love this book.
Ritr614 More than 1 year ago
This parlor tale of murder, greed and revenge will send you along a well-constructed path of clues with enough twists and turns to make you second guess “who dunnit.” I enjoyed this solid plot with several trails of suspicion and a clever take on letting us ‘see’ the murder happen – or did it? We follow Penny and her Grandfather to a lovely little town, so friendly and pleasant, right into a pretty Bed and Breakfast nestled along a clean picturesque lake. Who knew the next morning would include a murder with the breakfast order? Was it the newlyweds? The photographer? Or someone near and dear to the dearly departed? Listen carefully – revelations and secrets will send you up and down the stairs of this pleasant Bed and Breakfast run by two “not very youthful” sisters, an irascible codger who can hear more than he lets on, and a smart Sheriff followed around by a kindhearted Deputy. While not certain who the central character is, whoever the main character turns out to be in the second of the series, I am certain the plot will be engaging, fun, and a great visit!