Bed and Breakfast and Murder by Patti Larsen
Bed and Breakfast and Murder (Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries) Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Patti Larsen Books (January 28, 2017) Print Length: 189 pages ASIN: B01N6W3JKN
SynopsisA Poo Poo Kind of Morning I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon. Suck it up, Fee. Big girl panties and adulting and all that. "At what point," I waved the dripping plunger, wincing as droplets of yuck flew, "did I think owning a bed and breakfast was going to be glamorous and romantic?" Fiona Fleming hasn't lived in Reading, Vermont in over a decade, her escape from small town living leading her to New York City and a life of adventure. An adventure that has left her with no career, an ex who cheated on her and zero plans for the future. Her grandmother's death grants her a new chance--inheriting Petunia's, Iris Fleming's bed and breakfast, seems like the ideal fresh start. But when Fee finds out ownership of the property Iris willed her might be in question, she's drawn into the seedy underbelly of the cutest town in America after being singled out as the main suspect in a murder.
How do you like owning your own bed and breakfast?
So far it’s been interesting. I really don’t know what I was expecting, to be honest. I think I had a rather romanticized concept of what juggling multiple guests and rooms and staff and issues and new bookings might feel like. I hope that last sentence gives you a sense of the mayhem I deal with now on a day-to-day basis. And though I’m still learning how to be my own boss while doing my best to keep everyone else happy, I think it’s going to be a great fit.
Do you like to cook?
I wish! I’m a bit of a klutz around the kitchen, though my mother, Lucy, is an amazing cook and baker. Funny how those skills didn’t rub off. Probably has to do with the fact she refused to let anyone else tackle her favorite task. And having full time staff to handle such things for me—my cook, Betty, might be old fashioned, but she makes amazing dishes the guests love—I don’t know if I’ll ever learn for myself.
Any secret talents that you would like to share?
Well, I took three trapeze classes and signed up for pole dancing when I was still living in New York, but neither skill really stuck. I’ve tried tons of things, though, like a yoga instructor course and scrapbooking and that fancy bartending school where you learn to throw bottles in the air? Broke so many they asked me to leave, but it was worth a shot. I throw a pretty mean game of darts and can hold my own at the pool table. Other than that, well. I’m fairly ordinary, I suppose. And now I’m depressed and feel like I wasted my life on frivolous things that have done nothing to help me find my life’s purpose.
Thanks for asking.
Do you like living the city or the small town better?
I thought I’d love New York and told myself I did when I lived there. But, if you promise not to tell my mother and father this, I’ll admit it. I adore small town living. There’s something about knowing your neighbors and being able to walk out your front door and downtown in a matter of two blocks, surrounded by mountains and fresh air and quiet. Of feeling the familiar on every corner, how you get to know people. I used to hate it and couldn’t wait to leave. Being in Reading felt like I was always being judged by people who knew my parents. Having a dad as the sheriff and mom the high school principal didn’t make me a lot of friends. Still, there’s a slower pace here I can appreciate now that I’m older. Though, the man pool is a bit of a downer.
What does it feel like to be a murder suspect?
Maybe I should be worried. Helps knowing I didn’t kill anyone, of course. And I just can’t get past the fact Sheriff Crew Turner is so adorably attractive. I’m struggling to take the threat seriously when it comes from him. Being the daughter of a former sheriff helps, too. I know enough of the law that it’s obvious a case against me would never hold up in court. And yet, it’s not the kind of thing I was expecting to deal with two weeks after moving home. A bit of excitement to welcome me back to Reading, I guess.
Also by this author Chocolate Hearts and Murder (Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries) A Multiple Drink Kind of Night Why was it fancy Valentine's Day drinks were always tinted red? Reminded me more of gore and mayhem than anything to do with romance. Which said a lot, I suppose, for my state of mind when it came to relationships and dating. No bitterness in Fiona Fleming toward the opposite sex or anything. I sipped carefully at the mimosa the bartender smilingly handed me and shrugged off the sweetness. It had alcohol in it, so I guess it would do. A few of these and I might even find a way to enjoy myself tonight. Yeah, right. Fiona Fleming would rather be home, at her bed and breakfast with her pug Petunia snuggled up to her while everyone else celebrates Valentine's Day without her, thank you very much. Instead, she's been recruited to attend another of Mayor Olivia Walker's Reading, Vermont tourism promotion events. But when the young majority stakeholder in the White Valley Ski Lodge ends up dead, she's ready and willing to help Sheriff Crew Turner and her father uncover who killed their victim while a snowstorm cuts them off from the rest of the world.Books 3 and 4 Coming Soon! a Rafflecopter giveaway Tour Participants April 24 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - SPOTLIGHT April 24 – Cozy Up With Kathy - INTERVIEW April 25 – Carole's Book Corner - SPOTLIGHT April 25 – Books Direct - GUEST POST April 26 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW April 26 – Readeropolis - SPOTLIGHT April 27 – Author Annette Drake's blog – INTERVIEW April 27 – My Reading Journeys - SPOTLIGHT April 28 – Books,Dreams,Life - CHARACTER INTERVIEW April 29 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – GUEST POST April 30 – A Blue Million Books - GUEST POST May 1 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW May 1 – StoreyBook Reviews - REVIEW May 2 – Texas Book-aholic - REVIEW May 3 – Bibliophile Reviews - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST May 4 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT May 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW May 5 – My Journey Back - REVIEW May 6 – Brooke Blogs - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST May 7 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW Have you signed up to be a Tour Host? Click Here Find Details and Sign Up Today!