Death at Breakfast

Death at Breakfast

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Indulging their pleasure in travel and new experiences, recently retired private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. Hope and Maggie have barely finished their first aperitifs when the inns tranquility is shattered by the arrival of Alexander and Lisa Antippas and Lisas actress sister, Glory. Imperious and rude, these Hollywood one-percenters quickly turn the inn upside-down with their demanding behavior, igniting a flurry of speculation and gossip among staff and guests alike. After a suspicious late-night fire is brought under control, Alexs charred body is found in the ashes. Enter the towns deputy sheriff, Buster Babbin, Hopes long-estranged son and Maggies former student. Feeling that justice could use a helping hand--as could the deputy sheriffMaggie and Hope decide that two women of experience equipped with healthy curiosity, plenty of common sense, and a cheerfully cynical sense of humor have a useful role to play in uncovering the truth.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062431967
006243196X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Gutcheon 2016
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm

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TomHoy
May 01, 2018

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4.0 out of 5 stars "CHAOS AT THE INN" July 16, 2016
When Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin arrive at Oquossoc Mountain Inn in, Maine, they are eager to begin the master cooking class offered.
Maggie recently retired from her position as head of a private school, and Hope financially secure. We meet staff, guests, and town people, so it felt as though reader has joined the melee surrounding a busy, yet charming retreat.
When a wealthy and imposing man, his wife and his sister-in-law arrive, the setting turns chaotic. He's an annoying person who expects to be waited upon and kowtowed to,
Inn's guests, some unpleasant and a few accompanied by yapping dogs, seems to be the perfect cauldron for brewing up disaster. A middle of the night fire turns deadly, the state police, brushing aside assistance of local law enforcement, hurry to judgment.
Why is Shep Gordon, the blustering state police officer in such a hurry to make his arrest.
Death at Breakfast: A Novel is the first in a series of new mysteries that will feature the two women stirring up the clues they find. I always enjoy books by Gutcheon, and this one is a delightful new beginning.Only complaint: so many characters, I had a hard time sifting through them by the end. Barbara Kolsun

5.0 out of 5 stars "Loved Beth Hutcheon's new book" September 11, 2016
Loved Beth Hutcheon's new book, the first in a mystery series starring two delightful retired friends. The murder takes place in an old inn in New England with a great cast of characters including a pop star's dysfunctional family, a celebrity chef, colorful locals and eccentrics. The book is funny, suspenseful and a page turner. Looking forward to the next one.
Carol A. Kiessig

4.0 out of 5 stars "Somewhat confusing but good" May 21, 2016
Think the rather unusual names and somewhat confusing flow made this interesting novel a tad difficult to follow. I am a fan of the author's but do not think this is her best book. DLT

4.0 out of 5 stars "A fun New England mystery" March 12, 2018
Setting and characters very interesting, but seemed to move slowly. Sadan Batami

5.0 out of 5 stars "Five Stars" May 4, 2017
I love the author I read all her books. I love her articulated language. I loved the book!
Anne M. Rabe

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cardigramma
May 30, 2016

First in a new series. Although, I figured it out early, the writing was great and the plot moved quickly. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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