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Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries (Mountain Lodge Mysteries, 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2021
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Getaway With Murder is the first in a cozy series from Diane Kelly set in a lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where secrets hide behind every hill.
As if hitting the half-century mark wasn’t enough, Misty Murphy celebrated her landmark birthday by amicably ending her marriage and investing her settlement in a dilapidated mountain lodge at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With the old inn teetering on both a bluff and bankruptcy, she must have lost her ever-loving mind.
Luckily, handyman Rocky Crowder has a knack for rehabbing virtual ruins and for doing it on a dime, and to Misty’s delight, the lodge is fully booked on opening night, every room filled with flexible folks who’d slipped into spandex and ascended the peak for a yoga retreat with plans to namastay for a full week. Misty and her guests are feeling zen―at least until the yoga instructor is found dead.
With a killer on the loose and the lodge’s reputation hanging in the balance, Misty must put her detective-skills to the test. Only one thing is as clear as a sunny mountain morning―she must solve the crime before the lodge ends up, once again, on the brink.
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"Clever characters, witty humor, and a dangerous case to crack. . . this whodunit has it all."―Woman's World
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"[A] well-written mystery, interesting characters and a cat that shares feelings."―Red Carpet Crash
"The author does a fine job sussing out crazy characters, frenetic fans, and more in this finely tuned plot. Ms. Kelly definitely knows the winning recipe of cozy mysteries. I absolutely love her stories! Murder With a View is a perplexing page-turner!"―Romance Junkies
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks (October 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250815975
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250815972
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.78 x 0.81 x 6.89 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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~ 296 pp.
St. Martin’s Press
Released: October 26, 2021
Misty Murphy just turned fifty, the ink is drying on her divorce papers, and she just bought a mountain lodge to run.
I’m an avid cozy reader, and Kelly is always an automatic buy/pre-order for me. My favorite series of hers is her Paw Enforcement series. I love the Mountain Lodge series just as much. I am drawn to the fact that Kelly shows us what the animals involved in her books are thinking. It just adds another layer of magic, somehow. It’s her unique and playful style, and that’s why she’s an automatic pre-order for me.
I loved the mystery, and I was actually right with the whodunit and why. That’s rare for me, since I easily flip flop between suspects. Simply put, she’s darn good! I also loved the touch or romance, and Kelly gives us characters we cheer for and become invested in. This book certainly provides that. I am already becoming impatient for book two, and I just finished book one last night/this morning around 2 AM.
This book would make a great gift for any cozy, mystery, humor, or romance lover. Kelly is just brilliant at her craft. 5 stars without even needing to think about it. I wish I could rate it higher. My only other wish would be that Yeti (the beautiful white cate in the book) spoke to us more. I just can’t get enough of the animal characters! This book is just pure relaxation and joy!
Between books, find Diane Kelly on Facebook at Author Diane Kelly, she posts on Instagram too, and sends the cutest “Mewsletter.” Dianekelly.com She is also ½ of The Book Warriors (FB group) with her friend, Melissa Bourbon.
That out of the way, the mystery grabbed me. Misty is a great character. 50 years old and starting a new career by owning a lodge in North Carolina. She's a decent, smart woman. She doesn't plunge headlong into facing the killer on her own. But she's the one who uncovers whodunit. The secondary characters from the sexy Rocky (handyman) to Patty, the owner of the next door restaurant to the detective, Highcloud, are all nicely fleshed out. Recommend this book! Hope Ms. Kelly continues the series.