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A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

After suffering a personal tragedy, Abby Sullivan buys a huge, old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay, Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine coon cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn't seem to convince to leave, and a new family she'd never be able to live without.

In book nine in the series, Abby works with Lonnie and Lacy to uncover secrets long buried in the mansion on the bluff Lonnie is refurbishing, Georgia meets a mysterious woman with a secret of her own, and a new group of guests check into the inn, each with a story of their own.

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I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have listened to in this series and even through there is a lot of backstory that I have obviously missed joining the series at book 10 the author writes a good plot so you get some information but not to much that an avid listener gets board. I liked the characters and the small town feel of the place that comes across nicely. The mystery was interesting, with lots of side mysteries going on to keep it interesting all the way throughout the book. Just a nice cozy mystery to keep you entertained and smiling.
Abby is busy running her little Inn but with her friend renovating the Chadwick house and finding a secret room behind the book case, Abby comes up with a plot idea for a new book. She wants the house to feature as a bit part especially all the mystery surrounding it but in order to do that she needs to do some research into the home owners. She starts at the local museum and talks to a knowledgeable professor who works there part time and was generous enough to let her into the closed museum while he pack some artefacts. Then she gets a phone call from her boyfriend wanting to know how she knows Patrick. Patrick was murdered in his home and Abby's business card was in his pocket. When Abby enquiries if it was a robbery the police have no idea what she was talking about. It seems nobody knew he had taken any of the artefacts home. Was he trying to sell them?
And where are they now? Abby will have to retrace Patrick's step for the last couple of days if she wants to find out what happened to the museum pieces and who killed him. At the same time the inn must prepare for the annual beer festival as well as look after there guest. One guest in particular needs more attention than the others and holds her own secrets that Abby and her friends will have to uncover.
I liked the narrator, I have heard her read a few audio books but think this is her best performance.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.