Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury

Dead and Breakfast

By: Kate Kingsbury
Genres: Paranormal, mystery
Pages: 288
Series: Merry Ghost Inn
Published on: January 10, 2017
Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury

Melanie West is getting her life back on track after a messy divorce when her grandmother, Liza Harris, asks her to open a B&B with her. Together, Liza and Melanie purchase a purportedly haunted mansion on the Oregon coast and jump right into clearing out the cobwebs. But while attempting to remove wallpaper in an upstairs bedroom, the new B&B owners stumble upon a very real skeleton in their closet.

The police suspect the skeleton is that of the wife of the previous owner of the B&B, but no one in town seems to want to say much about her. As the inn owners try to juggle renovations with their own amateur investigations, their grand opening looms closer and closer--and a friendly ghost in their walls starts playing tricks. But it all comes crashing to a halt when a new body is found stabbed to death on the beach below the inn--the victim chillingly close in resemblance to Melanie herself.

It seems someone doesn't appreciate newcomers prying into the small town's past, and now it's up to Melanie and Liza to get to the bottom of these murders to save their business...and their lives.



I don’t know why but a lot of bed and breakfast books take place on the Oregon coast.  It is a little spooky, but not enough to justify the number of cozy Mysteries and thrillers that take place.  Surely, everyone has watched Goonies one too many times.  I can not of course blame them as that is one of my favorite movies.


Dead and Breakfast is no different.  This is a cozy romance/mystery that takes place on the Oregon coast.


After a pretty nasty divorce, Melanie decides that she is going to move in with her grandmother and they are going to open a bed and breakfast.  Obviously money is an issue so they decide they are going to do it all themselves, the repairs, the renovations, etc.  This house is beautiful, full of junk as the last owner just left everything, and in need of some seriously new wallpaper.


Everything is going smooth until a false door in the bathroom upstairs opens to display a body, a skeleton to be exact.  Since is it now a crime scene, they can’t continue to renovate the upstairs, which means they can also not open up when they had hoped to.


When things look like they can’t get worse, Melanie thinks that someone is following her and then a lady that kind of resembles Melanie is killed, sending her beloved pooch to the big house.  Melanie feels bad for said pooch and goes to meet it.  While I won’t spoil a lot of this story, I will say that said pooch goes home with Melanie and she discovers what it is really like to have a large dog around a house.


I enjoyed this book for the most part.  There would be parts that are slow and then it would speed up just to slow down again.  The one thing that got me was the fact that they spent a lot of time talking and not enough time acting, in my mind.  Obviously they did act, against the police’s warnings.


It makes for a good book, but do specifically women go behind police’s backs all the time.  Of all the books I read a year, there always seems that there are women going behind the hot policeman’s back  in order to save the day, discover the killer, find the ghost, etc.  I guess I didn’t realize this was a common trope until lately, and now I am seeing it everywhere, even outside of cozy mystery books.



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Treasured Chests anthology

Treasured Chests

Genres: Horror
Pages: 294
Published on: September 30, 2017
Treasured Chests anthology

Treasured Chest - A Zombie Anthology.

A charity anthology of short zombie stories created in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care (registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658). All royalties (100%) are to be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

Treasured Chests Is a unique, intelligent and terrifying collection of short Zombie Stories. An eclectic collection of short stories brought to you by the Zombie podcast Good Morning Zompoc, featuring the finest authors in the Zombie and Horror Genre.

*Warning Explicit Content*

Content :

1. Foreword – By Diane Coughlin
2. Invasion A – By Peter Mckeirnon
3. Run from the Dead – By Marc Moore
4. Adam’s Birthday – By Claire C Riley
5. Not the Main Character – By Devon C Ford
6. A Flash of Light in the Darkness – by Marilyn Peake
7. Scarecrows – By David A. Simpson
8. To Walk the Halls – By Rebecca Besser
9. Last Light – By Christopher Artinian
10. Judgement Day – By Ricky Fleet
11. Wolfe in Dead Clothing – By R.L. Chambers
12. Beginning of the End (Garage Survival) – By T.D. Ricketts
13. Bobbies Boobies – By Grivante
14. Insomnolence – By Valerie Lioudis
15. Concrete Jungle – By M.R. Wallace
16. The Karakyuza – By Kevin J Kennedy
17. Slayer – By Andrew Lennon
18. Zombie Granny – By Steve Higgs
19. Betrayal – By Jaime Johnesee
20. Flesh – By Stuart Keane
21. House of Dead Repute – By Matt Hickman
22. Excuses – Cartoon by Stan Yan

All royalties are to be donated to the charity Breast Cancer Care registered Charity in England & Wales 1017658.


Treasured Chests is a great zombie Anthology that is for a good cause. All royalties from the sale of this book are to be donated to the Charity Breast Cancer Care registry in England and Wales.



This book has a great lineup of contributors as well as variety of types of stories. Every story is worth the price of the book on their own. Each author definitely contributes in a productive way.



Many times in Anthologies, there is one or 2 stories that fall flat for me. They are boring or just don’t interest me. That does not occur in Treasured Chests. Every single story is interesting and unique in its own way. I love it when I like every story within an anthology since it is so rare.



Overall, Treasured  Chests is a great anthology that is filled with awesome stories by amazing authors. I highly recommend  this book to anyone looking to delve into the world of zombies while possibly finding new to them authors.




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The Hunted: Whitebridge (A Thrill of the Hunt Horror Anthology)

The Hunted

Genres: Horror
Pages: 244
Series: Thrill of the Hunt
The Hunted: Whitebridge (A Thrill of the Hunt Horror Anthology)

Hundreds of years ago in the town of Whitebridge, Native and European alike fought evil and won. The result, a town disconnected from our reality except for one day a year, the longest day, the day of the summer solstice.
Unfortunately the evil they thought beaten has just been biding its time. As generations have worked toward reconnecting with our world, some are content with the evil that surfaces once a year. With disappearances and random deaths of both residents and outsiders increasing, factions fight to either free the town or condemn it for all eternity.
Join the TOTH authors as they tell the story of Whitebridge, from Dani Lyons the current town Sheriff who begins to discover the truth of what has been going on, to Ariane Nantuck, one of the towns oldest residents who holds more secrets than anyone knows, to Billy Bane, who always appears crazy as a fox or is he just crazy.
No one person knows the truth, will you?


The Hunted is a horror anthology like no other. All of the stories take place in the unique little town of Whitebridge. What is so unique about Whitebridge you ask? Well, you can only find the town during the summer solstice. The rest of the time it doesn’t seem to exist.


The Thrill of the Hunt anthology series is one that I’ve been enjoying from its inception several years ago. Each year, there are new topics and new authors to “meet” and enjoy. This version is no different when it comes to the variety of stories and authors.


You may be wondering why, if it is so great did I only gave it 3 stars/fangs. Well, to be honest, I didn’t love this book as I did the others. Not because the writing was bad or the stories sucked or anything like that. It’s mainly because I had a lot of trouble following the book. There was no real timeline. While all of the stories occur in the same area, some of them share characters as well and the overlap can cause some confusion. I had a very hard time following along, but others may not.


Like I said, the writing itself is good, so don’t shy away from The Hunted because I had trouble, you may have a totally different experience. I do recommend this book to anyone looking for possibly new to them authors in a world they’ve not been to before.


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