Bed and Breakfast and Murder
By: Patti Larson
Blurb: Fiona Fleming starts her day with a clogged toilet and a loveable but gassy pug. And then things get even more complicated when the man who claims he owns her grandmother’s B&B turns up dead in her koi pond! With a full house, a grumpy sheriff telling her to mind her own, and a pair of housekeepers that seem to hate her, Fiona has her hands full.
Blood, Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery
Body Count: 1
Spoiler: The dog lives!
- Series Name: Fiona Flemming Cozy Mysteries
- Book Number: 1 of 10 and counting
- Technical Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense; Women Sleuths, Cozy Fiction
- Theo’s Genre: Cozy Murder
- Page count: 346 pages
- POV: Limited 1st
- Publication information:
- Paperback page count: 346 pages
- Publisher: Mayhem and Murder Ink
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N6W3JKN
Other Fun Stuff:
To Read or Not To Read (Again):
Bedside Bookshelf Donated Furniture Support
Rating out of five: 4.5 out of 5
Representation and Sexism Tests:
- Bechdel–Wallace Test: PASS
- Do two female characters talk about something other than a male character? YES NO
- DuVernay Test: FAIL
- Are there fully actualized characters of color? YES NO
- Ellen Willis Test: PASS
- Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? YES NO
- Mako Mori Test: PASS
- Is there a female character? YES NO
- Does she get her own arc? YES NO
- Does it do anything other than supporting a man’s story? YES NO
- Sexy Lamp Test: PASS
- Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? Absolutely Maybe? No.
- Vito Russo Test: PASS
- Is there a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? YES NO
- Are they a character beyond their orientation? YES NO
- Do they affect the plot? YES NO
Where to start? The dead body? The well-written main character? The interesting cast of conflicting personalities? The Shyamalan-style twist at the end I didn’t see coming at all? The cheese-loving, ever-farting pug?
Bed, Breakfast, and Murder was a treat to read after a difficult day. Now, this book had a few errors in its grammar and syntax-wise, but it was nothing story breaking. The author’s voice is strong and full of great humor. Both self- and the world in general depreciating, the dialogue was well-flowing and very human. The whodunit aspect wasn’t predictable at all, as it seemed there was an endless flow of potential suspects to the untimely demise of a super shady developer.
There was quite a bit of playful humor in Ms. Lawson’s writing. And a delightful collection of humanity and flaws in most of her characters. There was a decent representation of bias, assumptions, and secrets being kept. The internal debate Fiona had between loving and bopping her dear bubble-headed friend Daisy is something I think everyone struggles with now and again. One can also easily empathize with the internal debate if it is worth pursuing a cute butt attached to someone who’s a pain in your own behind. Totally relatable.
While this is the first book in a series, it was a complete story unto itself. As it was written quite well, I am most certainly looking forward to reading the next book or nine in the series.
It will be interesting to see how Malcolm Murray and Fiona’s father cross path in future stories.
Smutty moments/smut review: None present, but there was some admiration of the Sherrif’s behind.
“Yes, swearing helped a lot. And actually crated energy, oddly enough, as did the horribly phallic feeling action of my labors.”
Larsen, Patti. Bed and Breakfast and Murder. CreateSpace, 2017. Page 3
Was it engaging?
Yes No At times Room for improvement Had to fight through it.
Fiona, hands down.