A ruthless food critic’s appearance in Legacy has all the local chefs on edge, not knowing whom she intends to skewer next. Donna and staff turn cartwheels to keep the reviewer happy. Her friend, Janice, who runs The Croaking Frog, begs her to spy on the critic.
A difficult guest has Donna call in the cavalry in the form of her mother. Now, that mom’s foot is in the door, she won’t leave and is determined to help Donna with the inn and her love life. The first thing they need to do is find the missing critic, right after their double date.
Join the characters from The Painted Lady Inn for a hilarious cozy mystery. Recipes are included.
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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
law-enforcement, family-dynamics, relationships, murder-investigation, women-sleuths, situational-humor, cozy-mystery ----- Good buildup of the murder victim, the characters certainly are, and the suspense holds. Thoroughly enjoyed this interesting exercise in sorting clues and hunting down the motive.
Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite Killer Review by MK Scott is a fun, cozy murder mystery. Donna Tollhouse is a middle-aged, part-time private nurse, and the proud and very busy owner of The Painted Lady Inn. With the help of her brother, Daniel, his wife Maria, and a young live-in college student, Tennyson, Donna may have a lot to juggle, but she runs her B&B like a well-oiled machine. When her friend and restaurant owner, Janice, asks Donna to spy on one of her most distinguished and possibly dangerous guests, Donna has to make a choice. Friendship or the reputation of her Inn? Later that same day, the guest's portrait is found hanging on the notorious superstition-drenched "Wall of Death" in the local Cajun restaurant. Rumors circulate that she is dead. The Wall of Death has never been wrong. Soon after, her car is found abandoned. Is she really dead? Is it murder or suicide? As more guests arrive, Donna's challenges seem to multiply. When she calls her mother for help, she gets more than she bargained for as her mother tries setting her up with some of her own many admirers. Now, Donna has more than just the Inn to worry about, but her mother's marital designs for her daughter. Just when Donna thinks things can't get any crazier, her mother sets her up on a blind double date. Will she survive the weekend? Will she become the murderer's next target? Killer Review by MK Scott was an enjoyable read! I loved this book. It is refreshing to read about a protagonist that is mature. The author created a humorous set of characters with lovable qualities. The family dynamics were so enjoyable. Donna's family may be a little crazy (no crazier than any other family), but they care. The conclusion was something of a surprise. I loved how the story was based around such a beautiful setting as the Inn. There are several recipes from the story included at the back of the book. The recipes in the back looked yummy. I just wish one would have been the danish or cheesecake. Still, the recipes were inspired. A charming cozy murder mystery, and I will be looking for more Painted Lady Inn Mysteries.
When restaurant critic J.E. Muscovy checks into the Painted Lady Inn, Donna is caught off guard by her attitude. She is very demanding and has the reputation of giving scathing reviews for restaurants everywhere she goes. Donna's friend, Jane, who owns The Croaking Frog, wants to know if the critic is planning to do a review of her restaurant and expects Donna to supply the answer. Donna tries to follow the critic to the Little Bit of Paris cafe, but loses her. When she finally reaches the cafe, the waitress she speaks with is not sure if the critic was there or not. The next day, J.E.'s rental car is found abandoned with a body found a short distance away. A purse and driver's license inside the car indicate that the body may be that of the critic and the police are not sure if it is murder or suicide. Donna is certain that with the critic's attitude, she would not commit suicide. Then when she goes to clean her room, she discovers a note listing four restaurants. This first restaurant is Jane's, The Croaking Frog. The second is Sylvester's Salon, but this one is crossed out for some reason. Sylvester is a former flame who also has a reputation for chasing anything in a skirt. The third is one that relocated from New Orleans following a scandal. The fourth is in another city and does not seem to fit the current picture. So who killed the critic, Jane Ellen Muscovy? Did she actually commit suicide? Was it her former flame, who recently proposed to his current girlfriend? Maybe it was somebody else who was trying to protect their restaurant's reputation? Or is there more here than meets the eye and does somebody else have a good reason to want the critic dead! The characters are well-developed and the story has plenty of twists and turns. Once started, the book is hard to put down.