The Painted Lady Inn is open for business and limping along in the B and B world. A high school reunion package assembles Donna’s least desirable classmates, including the backstabbing cheerleader, her narcissistic high school crush, and Arnie, whose cheesy poem had everyone calling her, hot mama. It’s all something she liked to forget. These are the normal guests.
An octogenarian self-proclaimed sleuth, Father Christmas, a dognapping couple, and a pair who is copying everything in the Inn to set up their own competitive establishment rounds out the group. Maria, the sister-in-law, has a matchmaking agenda for Donna. Daniel, her brother, finds himself serving as a referee with one guest’s multiple wives.
High school reunions can be murder. Detective Mark Taber is on the trail of the murderer, when he isn’t interfering in a smitten Arnie’s determined bid to woo the no nonsense innkeeper.
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About the Author
M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind the cozy mystery series. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Overall, it is a fun series to create and read.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Drop Dead Handsome (The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries) by M.K. Scott is a wonderful murder mystery for cozy mystery buffs. Donna has finally fulfilled her dream of opening her own Bed and Breakfast. She has taken her brother Daniel's suggestion and offered a high school reunion package to her classmates. Unfortunately, the ones that make the reservations and arrive are the ones that Donna never wished to see again, much less entertain as guests in her new establishment. She now has to open her home to the three people who made her life difficult in high school. The prima-donna cheerleader and her egotistical boyfriend and the nerdy guy who wrote her love poems aren't the only ones. She also has a man who believes he is Father Christmas, a squabbling married couple, and an elderly armchair sleuth staying with her. To make her weekend even better, one of her guests is murdered. Will this be the end of her dream? Drop Dead Handsome (The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries) by M.K. Scott is an enjoyable cozy mystery. It was amusing to watch Donna chase herself trying to keep up with her guests and yet at the same time stay out of their way. I also was impressed with the authenticity of the reality of running a Bed and Breakfast. The recipes at the end of the book are inspired and worth a try in the kitchen. This is a book that encourages readers to curl up in a chair with a hot beverage, and be amused by a crime-solving sleuth in a satirical episode. I enjoyed this fun and amusing book. I recommend it for those of any age who love reading amateur sleuth mysteries.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Donna Tollhouse has finally gotten her Bed & Breakfast up and running. Her brother, Daniel suggested hosting a High School Reunion at the inn and it sounded like a pretty good idea. Little did she know that most of the people who planned to attend the reunion were the very people who made her high school years a living nightmare. Also among the guests is Eunice Ledbetter, who describes herself as a sleuth and is obsessed with searching for the legendary Lowery Diamonds. Eunice has a habit of being a nuisance while pretending to be helpful. The morning after a wine and cheese reception, one of the guests, Wyn Lansing, seems to be missing. It turns out that the woman he came with is not his wife, as he implied and when his real wife shows up looking for her husband, Daniel takes her out to look for him. They find Wyn dead, lying face down in the river quite a ways from the inn. Wyn was known as a lady's man and was not above using people to get what he wanted. It is apparent that Wyn had no shortage of enemies, but who hated him enough to kill him? Can Donna help Detective Mark Taber find the killer and still keep the Painted Lady's name out of the news? The book is well written with a steady pace and realistic characters.