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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' FavoriteMaggie and Lee, two life-long friends, have always dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast. When the opportunity arises, the two jump at the chance to make this dream a reality. They find an old Victorian home that has been vacant for many years and believe this is their chance to fix up and open the Inn at Raven's Crest. Maggie quickly learns of the ghosts still living in the house. She befriends them; talks to them; helps them find peace, and offers a way to get to the other side. As the first guests arrives, so does an awful storm which puts out the roads, the power and the internet, thus leaving all of the guests captive at the Inn. When one person is found murdered, and then another, everyone is frightened and not sure who to trust and who the murderer is. There are many signs that point to one and then another suspect before the final chapter is revealed.Inn at Raven's Crest by Salem Marlowe has a plot we may have read before, but the characters and the events are brand new and kept me glued to my Kindle. Each time I thought I had solved the mystery, another twist changed my mind. I couldn't help but root for Maggie and Lee and for the future success of the Inn. Each character was well portrayed and had all the human characteristics of good and evil in them. I would love to see what happens when the next set of guests arrive at the Inn. It would be an awesome TV series with new guests arriving weekly. I highly recommend reading Inn at Raven's Crest; mystery fans will not be disappointed. Best friends Maggie Foster and Lee Menard have long dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast together. When Maggie divorces her husband and Lee's husband dies leaving her a large inheritance, they have the opportunity to bring their dream to life. After finding an abandoned Victorian called Cliffside Manor on the internet, they buy it and start to remodel it, renaming it Inn at Raven's Crest. Soon shadowy figures are seen and whispers are heard in the house.A large Pacific storm washes out the only road and knocks out the power. When they find the backup generator is damaged with a house-full of guests the remoteness of the house proves to be a drawback. Then one of the guests is found dead and the situation turns sinister. One of the guests, who is a Seattle police office on medical leave, begins to look into the death. Suspicion falls on Maggie and Lee, and on one of their guests, a reclusive man who had taken a long-term rental of one of their cabins. Another guest disappears, and the reclusive man is seen hovering around the cliff, raising everyone's suspicions.Shadows come alive and activity ramp up. Will the friends survive to enjoy their dream? Or will the reputed curse on Cliffside Manor claim them all?
About the Author
Salem Marlowe has always loved Gothics and especially those with ghosts in the story. She has written several mysteries and romances, and decided to write her own Gothic. She has worked as a medical assistant, secretary, operating room technician and medical biller, using the different genres as her escape from the mundane real world.