Review: Bed, Breakfast, and Bones

Bed, Breakfast, and Bones: A Ravenwood Mystery

By: Carolyn L. Dean

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.


Blurb: The start of the Ravenwood Cove Mystery series kicks off with Amanda inheriting a derelict bed and breakfast only to find a dead man in the back garden.

There’s a fight with the frigid mayor, a cop with a very nice behind, and a chicken that just won’t shut up. I’ll leave it to you to read the rest.

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Drug Use (Non-Consensual, Poison), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: 2

***Spoiler***: the cat and the chicken live.

The Specs:

  • Series 
    • Series Name: Ravenwood Cove Mystery Series
    • Book Number: 1
  • Genre
    • Technical Genre: Financial Thriller, Cozy Craft & Hobby Mystery, Cozy Culinary Mystery
    • Theo Genre: Cozy Mystery, Fluffy Mystery, Fluffy Murder, Bed and Breakfast Mystery
  • POV: Limited 3rd
  • Publication information:
    • Paperback page count: 234
    • Publisher: Freeform Publishing
    • Language:  English
    • ISBN-13: 978-1548517267

Other Fun Stuff:

To Read or Not To Read (Again):

Bedside Bookshelf Donated Furniture Support

Rating out of five: 3.0 out of 5

Representation and Sexism Tests:

  • Bechdel–Wallace Test: PASS
    • Do two female characters talk about something 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 serve to support 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: FAIL
    • 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

Overall review:

Thoughts: This was a fun romp through the new world of Ravenwood Cove. There was a great sense of the struggle to breathe new life into an old town/hamlet and the whole ‘new girl in town’. It was a pleasant cozy read. Despite the murder, there’s no profanity. There is a hilariously obnoxious chicken. Can’t forget the cute cop and potential love interest, of course, who looks just as good coming towards you as he does leaving,

This is a great, readable whodonit and I certainly want to read more books in the series. As of this review being written in February 2019, there are a total of ten books. Maybe they will be a part of 2020’s readings!

Smutty moments/smut review: None in this volume, but hinted potential in future stories.

Was it engaging?

Yes No At times Room for improvement Had to fight through it.

Favorite Character:

Mrs. Granger, the feisty nonagenarian (ninety years old!) lady…close second is Oscar the cat that adopts Amanda and Dumb Cluck the rooster.

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