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Sweetfern Harbor Bed and Breakfast Cozy Mysteries can be enjoyed in one to two hours. It is perfect for those moments when you are waiting at an appointment or want to enjoy a quick listen.

Brenda Sheffield is thrilled to host the East Coast Acting Troupe in her inn set above the Atlantic Ocean. Excitement permeates the Sheffield Bed and Breakfast and injects new life in the small town of Sweetfern Harbor. Ellen Teague, the famous actress, will be given a large suite on the second floor. From the adjoining room, she will have access to her assistant, Chester Boyd. Chester caters to her every whim. Ellen is demanding and narcissistic. She is liked by very few members of the troupe who are there to perform "The Rich Game".

After the first performance at Harbor Park, Edward Graham pulls Brenda aside and tells her he has serious business to discuss with her. The lawyer informs her that Ellen Teague states she is the rightful owner of Sheffield Bed and Breakfast, not Brenda. Brenda argues her uncle’s will states she is the heir to his property. Ellen argues she and Randolph Sheffield signed an agreement that the bed and breakfast would be hers.

When Brenda confronts Ellen late at night, a loud argument ensues. Brenda’s raised voice awakens the cast members who were sound asleep. Brenda doesn’t think about this and goes to her apartment seething in anger. The next morning, she becomes fully alert when one of the cast members informs her that Ellen Teague is dead in her bed. As if this discovery isn’t shocking enough, Brenda is dismayed when Detective Mac Rivers narrows her down as his prime suspect and states she has the strongest motive for killing the star who demanded her rights to the bed and breakfast. Brenda and Mac are in love with one another, or at least that is what he told her when he gave her the promise ring the day before. The estrangement leaves Brenda to solve the murder case as soon as possible or Mac plans to serve the warrant for her arrest.

This will be no easy task, since at times all of the actors argued with Ellen. Combined with the fact that none of them cared for her egotistical behavior, they also had individual motives for wanting her dead. Brenda knows she is on her own. Will the 48 hours the detective gave her be enough to prove who the killer really is? It is the only way Brenda will avoid prison for the rest of her life, and she realizes time is of essence.

©2019 Wendy Meadows (P)2019 Wendy Meadows

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Meeting your idol can be deadly

This is a fun quick easy to listen to cozy. This is book two and you don't need to listen to them in order because they are stand alone books. I think I prefer this book to book one, as there was to many characters introduced in a short space of time but with this book I already knew the characters so it was easier to follow along. It is on the shorter side, great if you only have a few hours to kill and the book was nearly over before the murder occurred but I think it might have been better being a long book because then it could have built up the prospects of others suspects having a better motive as I did know who the killer was and why, so from that point of view it was disappointing but the characters are likeable enough that I will give book three ago.
It is acting week in the town of Sweetfern harbour and Brenda has closed down the bed and breakfast so just the cast can stay there. Including her idol Ellen Teague. The super star is a favourite with the audience for playing sweet innocent characters but the star herself is very different from the characters she plays. She is demanding and disagreeable and no body in the cast seems to like her. But that is no reason for one of them to kill her. Brenda herself had a reason to kill her, as she was contesting the ownership of the b&b and they had a big shouting match the night before she died and Brenda's own boyfriend, the police detective starts to look at her funny. Can Brenda workout who had the biggest reason to kill the hated star?
The narrator was okay when you speed up the listening speed of the book but that meant the story ended quickly.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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loved loved

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Jessica Hockett
  • 04-02-21

Worst Reader EVER

Typical Fern Harbor mystery - easy read and quaint story. The narrator is awful - like being read to by Alexa. Awkward pauses and monotonous, dull drone.

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  • Kindle Customer DVH
  • 23-01-21

Who killed Ellen Teague?

Dead in Bed is A Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 2. Wendy Meadows has written an interesting cozy mystery. The narration is performed by Kasey Logan. Brenda is hosting a group of actors at her B and B. After Brenda is informed that actress Ellen Teague, claims that she owns the B and B, world war 3 begins! Ellen is murdered and Brenda has 48 hours to clear her name. I liked the fast pace and interesting characters. This is a wonderful cozy and I am looking forward to hearing the next book in the series. I received an arc for my honest review.

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  • Lisarami
  • 22-01-21

Enjoyed this book

Even though this is the 2nd book in the series and I didn't get the first I still very much enjoyed it. I liked this narrator's style and how the author told the story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Falmouth
  • 17-01-21

A Murder at a Bed and Breakfast

A cute story about a difficult actress who arrives at a B&B with her acting troup.. When she ends up dead, there were plenty of suspects, but the primary suspect seems to be the owner of the B&B. She is in a desparate rush to determine if the actual murderer is someone in the troup.

The story is a fun cozy mystery. I wasn't crazy about the narrator.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 17-12-20

Uncle Randolph's Secret Past

When a troupe of famous actors and actresses come to town Brenda's very livelihood is threatened by her favorite actress Ellen Teague. When someone from her uncle Randolph's past threatens a lawsuit and then winds of dead Brenda becomes the number one suspect with plenty of reasons to want this person out of her life for good. Brenda must look to the past to save her future.
I loved the storyline and most of the quirky characters. Kasey Logan does a great job as the narrator with her amazing personality and voices. I highly recommend this book to any cozy mystery lovers. I received this book from Audiobooks Unleashed and this is my honest unbiased review.

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  • Linda L.
  • 22-10-20

Nice cozy mystery

I liked this story much better than the previous one I listened to. Good characters and a good story. Ending was predictable, but still a nice mystery.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 23-08-20

So many people wanted her gone, but who killed her

An actress, acting the Prima Dona, had all the cast and the staff of the bed & breakfast on edge.
However, Brenda, the new owner of the establishment was looked at in a suspicious light, due to an agreement between her and the murder victim, the night before.
Now Brenda was on a deadline to Rove her own innocence, by finding the real killer. Her time is running out!

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  • Nicole
  • 07-07-20

Great cozy

Great cozy that is the second in the series but works well as a stand-alone. I like the characters and am invested in where they end up. Good mystery that keeps you guessing

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 19-05-20

Good

Small town and the actors troupe will be staying at the Inn. Catering to a famous actress, Unliked and now murdered. Good interesting plot, Enjoyed the audio which added to this for my voluntary review and my honest opinion