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by Barbara Fox
Unlimited Mind Pub., 2002
Review by Su Terry on Jun 3rd 2004

Murder in the Inn

Murder in the Inn by Barbara Fox is a cozy set in a Georgetown/Washington, DC Inn. A good mystery if you are more interested in reading about odd and quirky characters than trying to solve a crime.

Murder in the Inn is set in a small inn on a quiet street in Georgetown (Washington, DC). When Sandy Evans married comedian Joey Jason, she knew he would spend a lot of time on the road, but somehow she did not expect it would include their honeymoon? After an all too brief wedding night in the Atlantic City Hotel where she worked, Joey flies off to Las Vegas and Sandy heads for his newly inherited inn. As Sandy poked around the inn it becomes apparent that the "nice old Mrs. Ellington" did not just accidentally fall and break her neck. With the help of Noah, the Inn's housekeeper and cook, Janie, Sandy's newly acquired stepdaughter, and Countess Maria, a neighborhood psychic, Sandy undertakes a plan to discover who the killer was.

Murder in the Inn is "a cozy" which means it can best be described as "mystery-lite". The violence and crime occurs off-camera and the killer is not truly evil. In fact you might actually like him/her. If truth be known, the characters are better than the story. Each character is quirky and interesting in his/her own way. The suspects include a gabby realtor with a desire to show her children she can make it as a star or a cowboy with an eye for Washington politics, and a self-centered college student from Chicago. Read it for the characters, but do not expect great traumatic mysteries.

            Barbara Fox, the producer/director of Mystery on the Menu writes all of the interactive murder mystery plays and acts in most of them as well as producing and directing them. She has been an actress and writer all of her life and loves combining acting and writing into mystery plays that entertain and challenge audiences. She began the company in Washington DC in l986 and recently moved to Miami Beach, Florida where (in addition to producing mystery plays) she is writing a mystery novel featuring characters from her many interactive plays. She has also created Mystery Games for At-Home Mystery Parties. Murder in the Inn is her first novel.(2002) For more information on Barbara Fox and Mystery on the Menu, please visit her website at - http://www.mysteryonthemenu.com

Murder in the Inn by Barbara Fox is a comfy cozy mystery. It is short on thrills, but makes up for it on fine characterization. (BTW the recipes are worth the price of the book. YUM!)

 

© 2004 Su Terry

 Su Terry: Education: B.A. in History from Sacred Heart University, M.L.S. in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State College, M.R.S. in Religious Studies/Pastoral Counseling from Fairfield University, a M.Div. in Professional Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, a Certificate in Spirituality/Spiritual Direction from Sacred Heart University. She is a Licensed Minister of the United Church of Christ and an Assistant Professor in Library Science at Dowling College, Long Island, NY.