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Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie. Sure, she could pack her bags and travel back to LA…or should she dig in, heal from her failed romance, and find a whole new set of friends and adventures in Ravenwood Cove? And how could a quiet little coastal village have so many secrets? Includes the free recipe for Amanda’s (and the author’s) favorite cinnamon rolls. First novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook (with Whispersync) versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there's a dead guy in it).


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Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie. Sure, she could pack her bags and travel back to LA…or should she dig in, heal from her failed romance, and find a whole new set of friends and adventures in Ravenwood Cove? And how could a quiet little coastal village have so many secrets? Includes the free recipe for Amanda’s (and the author’s) favorite cinnamon rolls. First novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook (with Whispersync) versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there's a dead guy in it).

30 review for Bed, Breakfast & Bones

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    4 stars to Carolyn L. Dean's BED, BREAKFAST, and BONES: A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery, the first in this series about Amanda Graham's adventures in opening up a bed and breakfast on the coastal shores of Oregon. Story When Amanda Graham inherits an old bed and breakfast from her uncle who recently passed away, and she ends a relationship with a cheating boyfriend, a move from LA to a small sleepy town sounds exactly like what she needs. After arriving, she quickly learns it's anything but slee 4 stars to Carolyn L. Dean's BED, BREAKFAST, and BONES: A Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery, the first in this series about Amanda Graham's adventures in opening up a bed and breakfast on the coastal shores of Oregon. Story When Amanda Graham inherits an old bed and breakfast from her uncle who recently passed away, and she ends a relationship with a cheating boyfriend, a move from LA to a small sleepy town sounds exactly like what she needs. After arriving, she quickly learns it's anything but sleepy. The new mayor has it out for her, the town won't let her re-open the inn and a dead body turns up in her garden. After getting to know the various villagers, Amanda falls in love with Ravenwood Cove but she can't afford to stay unless she can open the inn for business. She quickly finds her allies, determines who may be out to stop her and solves the mystery of who put the dead body in her garden. Along the way, she learns her uncle was not a well-liked man, and she has a mysterious neighbor who has something to hide... Strengths For a debut cozy, this story sets up a wonderful little town full of good characters and lots of potential for drama, conflict and depth. The various shop owners' plights make you root for them to survive in a town where tourism is non-existent, but they have a hope for it to change. The history and relationships of all the villagers are intricate and appear to have some traction for future stories. Amanda's immediate ties to the town are strong and give you a good sense of why she wants to make this new life work. Often in cozies, the protagonist talks a lot about how (s)he has no experience in searching for the killer -- almost to the point of it being too direct; however, in this series, even though it's obvious she's not trained in detective work, Amanda's instinctual skills and talents kick in very naturally. I never questioned why she was searching for the killer because it just happened along the way in a very realistic manner. I liked this change in a cozy. The introduction of her potential suitors went well -- and I'm actually rooting for two men she has interacted with thus far - James and his brother Derek. It was only a small introduction, but fighting over 2 brothers would definitely be a good setup of trouble for the future. Suggestions I'd like to know more about her uncle and what happened to push him out of the town 8 years ago. I'm not sure if this was deliberately left open in book 1 to have a story to reveal in a future book or if this was just not anything of importance, but I found myself wanting a stronger and more immediate conclusion to this part. Final Thoughts This is the first book I've read by this author, and I definitely enjoyed it and will read another one soon. It has a lot of potential as a debut novel in this series, especially with likable characters, a strong background and setting to tell a story and a direct plot with some hidden clues and some guess-work. You can read it in a few hours one afternoon and walk away with a smile and a wish to visit your own sleepy little town. (But don't go finding your own dead body!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    This was just my type of cozy mystery! I loved the town, loved all the characters, and the mystery wasn't predictable. It actually was pretty light on the mystery, being more about the drama for the MC trying to get her business off the ground. But I actually enjoyed it. It was interesting to see her fight for her business, get to know the townspeople, and rally everyone together. It was light and fun and I look forward to continuing the series. This was just my type of cozy mystery! I loved the town, loved all the characters, and the mystery wasn't predictable. It actually was pretty light on the mystery, being more about the drama for the MC trying to get her business off the ground. But I actually enjoyed it. It was interesting to see her fight for her business, get to know the townspeople, and rally everyone together. It was light and fun and I look forward to continuing the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    I struggle with Cozy Mysteries, I really do. The thing is, I love the idea of them. I love the tropes, I love the settings but more often than not they just don't work. They end up feeling like a Murder She Wrote or Hart to Hart repeat. There's nothing wrong with that, I know people who love that...but it isn't me. So 2 disappointed stars. I struggle with Cozy Mysteries, I really do. The thing is, I love the idea of them. I love the tropes, I love the settings but more often than not they just don't work. They end up feeling like a Murder She Wrote or Hart to Hart repeat. There's nothing wrong with that, I know people who love that...but it isn't me. So 2 disappointed stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary (Biblophile)

    Although this cozy followed the usual formula used in many of these types of books, I found it an enjoyable read. The main character was likable and although the writing had some flaws in not enough research was done on some aspects, it wasn't anything that detracted too much from the story. Although this cozy followed the usual formula used in many of these types of books, I found it an enjoyable read. The main character was likable and although the writing had some flaws in not enough research was done on some aspects, it wasn't anything that detracted too much from the story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    You have to read this book. I just finished one book and started this one. Much to my surprise I couldn't put it down. Great book about a lady wanting to start over. She inherited a bed and breakfast and a buried body. Loved it. Set up til midnight reading. Don't you just hate an author that does that to you. Lol. Yea. Right. You have to read this book. I just finished one book and started this one. Much to my surprise I couldn't put it down. Great book about a lady wanting to start over. She inherited a bed and breakfast and a buried body. Loved it. Set up til midnight reading. Don't you just hate an author that does that to you. Lol. Yea. Right.

  6. 5 out of 5

    April

    Bed, Breakfast, and Bones was a fast read. One of my favorite things to do is to go to a Bed & Breakfast so it was easy for me to picture the renovation of the B&B as described in the book. A few twists which just adds to the mystery!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This novel starts with a woman who needs a change, moves to a sleepy small town to claim her inherited bed and breakfast inn set on a beach and is off to a very optimistic start. While remodeling the inn to make it presentable again, the volunteers from the church are digging around the garden and stumble upon a corpse! The newest occupant of the town makes friends and gets familiar with her new neighbors and love interest, while trying to clear her family's name of the murder and find the real This novel starts with a woman who needs a change, moves to a sleepy small town to claim her inherited bed and breakfast inn set on a beach and is off to a very optimistic start. While remodeling the inn to make it presentable again, the volunteers from the church are digging around the garden and stumble upon a corpse! The newest occupant of the town makes friends and gets familiar with her new neighbors and love interest, while trying to clear her family's name of the murder and find the real culprit. All the while the mayor of the town plans to make the inn remain out of business. While trying to expand the interest in the sleepy town and generate more of a tourist base, trouble seems to find Amanda and increases suspicions about her as the villain. The independent woman can hold her own however, and the story has a neat and tidy ending. The first book in the series, and I'll be sure to read the rest!

  8. 5 out of 5

    IslandRiverScribe

    The formula behind this amateur sleuth mystery is both contemporary and often used: (1) The female heroine no longer has any living relatives and has been dumped by her emotionally abusive live-in boyfriend. (2) She then swears off all romantic relationships, sells everything she owns and quits her well-paying job in the big city. Next, (3) she moves to a small coastal town to re-open the small business which she has inherited and in which she has absolutely no previous experience. Then, (4) she The formula behind this amateur sleuth mystery is both contemporary and often used: (1) The female heroine no longer has any living relatives and has been dumped by her emotionally abusive live-in boyfriend. (2) She then swears off all romantic relationships, sells everything she owns and quits her well-paying job in the big city. Next, (3) she moves to a small coastal town to re-open the small business which she has inherited and in which she has absolutely no previous experience. Then, (4) she finds a body on the property almost immediately. Finally, (5) she gets reluctantly attracted to the handsome (of course, he is) detective assigned to the case. Sound familiar? When you’ve just finished reading works by Sandford, Rankin and Krueger back-to-back, a lighter paced cozy can be a nice mental diversion. However, that diversion can only be a pleasant one if the work is smoothly written, edited well and flows logically. Well, Carolyn L. Dean got the first two right, in spades, but seriously missed on that third part. It appears that, in her attempt to create multiple problems and significant crises for her heroine, Ms Dean left legal reality behind. And she did it at the very beginning of the work, creating a flawed set-up for everything that follows. For example, on her second day in her new town (the book starts on her first day in town), our heroine, Amanda Graham, is at the courthouse researching the tax/lien situation on the B&B she has inherited and is also trying to hire a property inspector. Within another day, she is facing a zoning crisis – her property being changed from business use to residential, by the town’s mayor, in one day’s time and following a difference of opinion with said mayor. Yes, these are major crises for Amanda, but the problem with these situations is that they don’t happen like this in reality. The probate process on the B&B could not have been completed and the property conveyed to Amanda without clearing up any and all tax/lien situations and without having a full property assessment (think IRS inheritance laws). And property cannot be re-zoned, even in the smallest municipality, in one day’s time, let alone at the whim of a single person, even a town official with whom you have had a difference of opinion. Regardless of whether these incidents, and others that shortly follow, are written based on faulty research or based on artistic license, it sets a false premise for everything else that happens in the story. As a result, many scenes that are written into the plot simply would not or could not actually occur. Therefore, page after page, it becomes a real struggle to maintain an appropriate suspension of disbelief. Fiction, by definition, is a lie. And the best lies, thus the best fiction novels, are always grounded in such a level of truth that the reader honestly believes that what happens to the protagonist could and should happen. An excellent feel for handling a character’s intelligence, emotions, dialogue and internal monologue is not enough. Applicable sentence structure, flowing paragraphs and a knowledgeable editor are not good enough either. Unless the genre is paranormal, urban fantasy or sci-fi, the backstory must feel legitimate – and this one misses it by the proverbial mile.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lora

    This was fun, light reading with characters I'd love to hear more from (oh, the stories old Mrs. Granger could tell!). The book had a nice pace and kept me turning the pages, with a charming sprinkling of quaint expressions like "butt over teakettle" (topsy turvy). Ravenwood Cove is a wonderfully described small-town, a place where shop owners keep water bowls outside for thirsty dogs and put local kids' Lego creations in the window. In fact, I loved the story's emphasis on supporting local busi This was fun, light reading with characters I'd love to hear more from (oh, the stories old Mrs. Granger could tell!). The book had a nice pace and kept me turning the pages, with a charming sprinkling of quaint expressions like "butt over teakettle" (topsy turvy). Ravenwood Cove is a wonderfully described small-town, a place where shop owners keep water bowls outside for thirsty dogs and put local kids' Lego creations in the window. In fact, I loved the story's emphasis on supporting local businesses - not just on solving the mystery or building friendship (and a bit of romance) as a new arrival in town. Remember, independent authors are also local businesses. The e-book only costs a couple dollars on Amazon - what are you waiting for?!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hastings75

    This is my 8th book in 6 days (love holidays!) so was conscious that I needed to be careful in selecting a new author who might not be able to keep my interest. No fear - this is a great first novel and I loved the story, the characters and the intrigue! I guessed the murderer early on (picked up on a carefully placed clues by the author) so was able to read most of the novel with that in mind that made for a different experience - but a very enjoyable one! Thought I had brought the second book wi This is my 8th book in 6 days (love holidays!) so was conscious that I needed to be careful in selecting a new author who might not be able to keep my interest. No fear - this is a great first novel and I loved the story, the characters and the intrigue! I guessed the murderer early on (picked up on a carefully placed clues by the author) so was able to read most of the novel with that in mind that made for a different experience - but a very enjoyable one! Thought I had brought the second book with me as well, only to find that it is sitting at home, some several 1000 kilometres away! At least I will have something to look forward to when I get home and hey, who knows, Book 3 might have been released by then!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    I enjoyed this cozy mystery. Amanda arrives in town to restore an inn her uncle left to her. When a body is found, clues pointing to her family get her involved in the mystery. The story follows the cozy format closely but I found the mystery very well written and I enjoyed this first book in the series very much. I will be reading more from this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Delightful Twist A breezy read of suspense in a small town. This book is fun and Amanda the heroine a very sympathetic character. CE Williams from Bookbub

  13. 4 out of 5

    M.A. Comley

    Great read Really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn and a good mix. Will definitely be reading more in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In Bed, Breakfast, and Bones by Carolyn Dean, Amanda Graham has inherited the century-old Ravenwood Inn from her uncle Ann's aunt in Ravenwood Cove, so she moves from Los Angeles to the small coastal town in Oregon to start a new life. But the inn needs serious work, and as she spends her savings on fixing it up, someone finds a body in her garden. It turns out to be that of Emmett, a man who tried hard to woo her aunt despite the objections of both her and her husband and who disappeared the sa In Bed, Breakfast, and Bones by Carolyn Dean, Amanda Graham has inherited the century-old Ravenwood Inn from her uncle Ann's aunt in Ravenwood Cove, so she moves from Los Angeles to the small coastal town in Oregon to start a new life. But the inn needs serious work, and as she spends her savings on fixing it up, someone finds a body in her garden. It turns out to be that of Emmett, a man who tried hard to woo her aunt despite the objections of both her and her husband and who disappeared the same day Amanda's uncle and aunt abruptly left town for good. The day that they dig up the body, the mayor, who happens to own property adjacent to Amanda's, tells Amanda to leave her town because Amanda's arrival has led to problems in Ravenwood. Besides, the inn has been rezoned to become a single-occupant facility, so she can't open up an inn anyway. Amanda starts looking into things and discovers that the mayor herself rezoned the inn the same day that she made this announcement. Plus, Amanda learns that because her uncle has been suspected of the murder, his estate could be sued, meaning she might lose the inn and go bankrupt. So she sets to work to try to find out about the murder, hoping to save her home. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karolyn

    Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie. Sure, she could pack her bags and travel back to LA…or should she dig in, heal from her failed roman Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie. Sure, she could pack her bags and travel back to LA…or should she dig in, heal from her failed romance, and find a whole new set of friends and adventures in Ravenwood Cove? And how could a quiet little coastal village have so many secrets? A CUTE COZY MYSTERY. A VERY SHORT READ AND LITE.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Amanda Graham has moved to Ravenwood Cove after inheriting a run-down inn from her aunt and uncle. She's determined to fix up the inn and reopen it as a working inn and start a new life in Ravenwood Cove. She's told by the mayor that the property has been rezoned and cannot be used as an inn, a dead body is uncovered while clearing her yard, a skinny cat adopts her and she has some quirky neighbors. Amanda continues to work on the inn, hoping to change something regarding the zoning problem. Barel Amanda Graham has moved to Ravenwood Cove after inheriting a run-down inn from her aunt and uncle. She's determined to fix up the inn and reopen it as a working inn and start a new life in Ravenwood Cove. She's told by the mayor that the property has been rezoned and cannot be used as an inn, a dead body is uncovered while clearing her yard, a skinny cat adopts her and she has some quirky neighbors. Amanda continues to work on the inn, hoping to change something regarding the zoning problem. Barely escaping with her own life, Amanda finds the murderer of the man found in her yard.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Most enjoyable I'm rather a sucker for a renovation cozy, and this one delivered ! Loved the setting , the characters , and the story line . This was my first Carolyn Dean cozy and I will certainly read more ! Most enjoyable I'm rather a sucker for a renovation cozy, and this one delivered ! Loved the setting , the characters , and the story line . This was my first Carolyn Dean cozy and I will certainly read more !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I'd expect all fans of cozy mysteries to love this book. It's well written and entertaining. Cozies without some paranormal aspect aren't my thing. But, a friend really wanted me to read this, so I did. I'd expect all fans of cozy mysteries to love this book. It's well written and entertaining. Cozies without some paranormal aspect aren't my thing. But, a friend really wanted me to read this, so I did.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    A pleasure to read. So pleased to find a modern crime writer that does not fill their pages with excessive gore, sex and homosexuality. Will recommend and read more of this author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn (Smile24k)

    Easy read. This is another to pass the time type of book that you read in between heavier reads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Brazee

    Fast read. I enjoyed reading this fast paced story. It seemed like it took place in a great little town with some interesting folks who were just trying to make a living. The twist and turns were enough to keep wondering "who done it". Anyone that likes a lite mystery without all the gore will really enjoy this book. Fast read. I enjoyed reading this fast paced story. It seemed like it took place in a great little town with some interesting folks who were just trying to make a living. The twist and turns were enough to keep wondering "who done it". Anyone that likes a lite mystery without all the gore will really enjoy this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Clean, interesting and some twists. Recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Barutt

    Pretty predictable, but entertaining. Good if you don’t want anything too heavy, emotional, or thought-provoking.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Regina Meehan-simunek

    Great cozy mystery I loved the location, and the characters. It felt real which was fun as I travelled alongside Amanda trying to figure out the why and the how, but I still don’t know why her Aunt and Uncle left in the middle of the night......

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharen

    2nd chances are good A very entertaining start to a new series. Well developed plot line and characters. Quirky neighbors, a starving cat, an old historic inn being rehabbed, recipes, and a dead body in the garden. Did I mention there’s a cat? Looking forward to reading more in this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Hutton

    Interesting read Five stars for being fast but gentle. Great characters, really cant wait to see how they develop. Main character reminds me of a family member so the book is genuine to my reading habits. New business with a bit of family thrown in, add a dash of mystery then murder and a few secrets along the way. Roll on book two

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Parish

    I like cozy mystery so this was a great book. I look forward to reading the others in the series

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barb Nifong

    What a great story! This was a great book to read as my first by this author. I love cozy mysteries, and this one kept my interest from beginning to end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Chick

    Excellent read. Found a few grammatical mistakes. Figured out who the bad guy was almost as soon as he was introduced into the story. Will have to read the next book in the series though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Mayo

    Good read Although it was slow going at first it started picking up. To the point that all I wanted to do is read read,read. The ending was a wonderful.

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