Bed, Breakfast, and Bones: A Ravenwood Mystery
By: Carolyn L. Dean
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.
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.
- Series Name: Ravenwood Cove Mystery Series
- Book Number: 1
- 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
- ASIN: B01JBFLIKK
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
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.
Mrs. Granger, the feisty nonagenarian (ninety years old!) lady…close second is Oscar the cat that adopts Amanda and Dumb Cluck the rooster.