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Doom with a View

A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

With the arrival of six senior reading group members at the Merry Ghost Inn, the long-awaited grand opening week has finally begun for Melanie West and her grandmother Liza. All is well with the Oregon coast-side B&B until Melanie's dog, Max, finds the dead body of one of their guests.

Everyone at the inn immediately falls under suspicion, including the innkeepers themselves. Melanie and Liza are not sure who they can trust, and the idea of cohabitating with a murderer is enough to send chills down anyone's spine. To make matters worse, the curmudgeonly town detective wants them to steer clear of the investigation, but doesn't seem too inspired to solve the case in a timely fashion himself. To clear their own names and to avoid the blight on the inn's reputation that yet another dead body will bring, Melanie and Liza dive headlong into the murder investigation.

With a little help from their chuckling ghost, Melanie and Liza dodge the detective, tip-toe around their suspicious guests, and still serve up delicious bed-and-breakfast meals on time in Kate Kingsbury's delightful second Merry Ghost Inn mystery, Doom with a View.

©2017 Kate Kingsbury (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Ree
  • 10-01-19

Great setting; fun cozy mystery

Great setting. Love the rambling house and the beautiful coastal town.
Loved the senior citizen bookclub field trip. I hope I’m doing something like that when I’m 70 years young.
And as always, really love the ghost.
A few sloppy errors — 2 lunches in one day, wrong names used (Liza instead of Cindy, Melissa instead of Melanie, etc), Liza referencing a part of the party she wasn’t present for, things like that that the editor should have caught.
Climax was a little ridiculous not to mention idiotic—the police should arrest Liza and Melanie for obstruction just to scare some sense into them. But the murderer motivation was solid and the reveal worked; the confession felt authentic.
The narration is pretty spectacular too.
Overall it was a fun listen and a little better crafted than the first one in the series, ensuring I’ll be returning to the Merry Ghost Inn yet again before too long.

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  • TwistedTwizzlers
  • 04-03-19

Wonderful second in the series

I absolutely love this series. Cute and engaging stories without gore or explicit content. Reminiscent of the style of the Murder, She Wrote tv series. Looking forward to more releases.

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  • Happy Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-19

Doom with a View

The second book in The Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries series, enjoyed the book as well as the reader. I would recommend this book and series.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 13-10-18

Fun mystery with a ghost

In <strong>Doom with a View</strong> by Kate Kingsbury, Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza Harris, have opened up a B&B they call the Merry Ghost Inn, named after the ghost Liza has dubbed Orville who audibly laughs from time to time. Six book club members from a senior citizen group are spending a week in her small community of Sully's Landing along the Oregon coast. On their first night, they have local handyman Nick Hazelton do a magic show, but guest Walter Dexter spends the whole show heckling Nick. The next day, Melanie takes her dog, Max, for his morning walk when she comes across the body of the unpleasant Walter lying on the driveway. Assuming that Walter died of a heart attack, Melanie is disturbed to learn that her guest has fallen from the balcony, which was sabotaged by being sawed through to make it collapse.

Realizing that if the murder isn't solved by the end of the week, the group scheduled for the next week won't be able to arrive, Melanie and Liza determine to set out to solve the murder themselves. After all, they successfully solved a cold case murder just a few months earlier. The pair soon learns that each of the guests is holding back something from the police, making them work to uncover hidden secrets, even staging a fake seance to try to scare the truth out of everyone. In ther meantime, the laughing ghost that occupies the Merry Ghost Inn seems to be taking a hand in the case as well.

I thought this book had a lot more interesting details and characters than the previous book. I enjoyed the use of the locked room mystery trope, where the murder takes place within a confined space, forcing the suspects to be limited to a set group of individuals (think of Agatha Christie's <em>Murder on the Orient Express</em>, which takes place inside a train). The characters have fun features, though the guests didn't stand out too strongly as individuals to me. However, I really enjoyed the addition of Cindy as the B&B's assistant.

Tavia Gilbert performs the audio version of this book, and in general she does a good job, but from time to time I noticed inconsistencies in the wording or names. It is possible that these issues could arise in the original text itself and not be Gilbert's responsibility, but I would think a good narrator would notice if one character is being named when another is being described.

I enjoyed <strong>Dead and Breakfast</strong>, the first book in this series, but found it light on details. <strong>Doom with a View</strong> had a stronger plot and more characters with depth, making it a better book all around. I give this four stars.

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  • Dulce
  • 23-09-17

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Doom With A View is an enjoyable book with engaging characters. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Beatrice
  • 21-09-17

5 Stars

Doom with a View by Kate Kingsbury is an enjoyable book. I look forward to the next one.