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Death at breakfast, Beth Gutcheon

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Death at breakfast
Title
Death at breakfast
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Beth Gutcheon
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eng
Summary
Indulging their pleasure in travel and new experiences, recently retired private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. Hope and Maggie have barely finished their first aperitifs when the inn’s tranquility is shattered by the arrival of Alexander and Lisa Antippas and Lisa’s actress sister, Glory. Imperious and rude, these Hollywood one-percenters quickly turn the inn upside-down with their demanding behavior, igniting a flurry of speculation and gossip among staff and guests alike. After a suspicious late-night fire is brought under control, Alex’s charred body is found in the ashes. Enter the town’s deputy sheriff, Buster Babbin, Hope’s long-estranged son and Maggie’s former student. Feeling that justice could use a helping hand--as could the deputy sheriff—Maggie and Hope decide that two women of experience equipped with healthy curiosity, plenty of common sense, and a cheerfully cynical sense of humor have a useful role to play in uncovering the truth
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  • /* Starred Review */ Critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Gutcheon (Gossip, 2012) tries her hand at crime fiction and brings all of her talent for creating engaging characters to the task. Two retirees investigate the gruesome death of the obnoxious father of an out-of-control teen pop star in a fire at the Maine inn where they are attending a weeklong master cooking class. Hope Babbin and Maggie Detweiler have a lifetime’s worth of circumspection and acquaintances between them, especially Maggie, who has the advantage of those extra eyes she grew in the back of her head as a school principal. They form an uneasy alliance with Hope’s long-estranged son and Maggie’s former student, Buster, the local deputy sheriff. The dialogue is witty and crisp, and the story moves at a good clip, punctuated with mouth-watering dining intervals. A sequel is set up nicely at the end. The delicious prose and exploration of the intricacies of human nature recommend this series to fans of Alexander McCall Smith, Louise Penny, and the late master of the form, Ruth Rendell. -- Murphy, Jane (Reviewed 5/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 17, p24)
  • This convivial if contrived series launch from Gutcheon (Gossip) introduces Maggie Detweiler, a newly retired school head, and her friend Hope Babbin, who book a stay at the Oquossoc Mountain Inn in Bergen, Maine, the home of Hope’s deputy sheriff son, Buster Babbin. Among the inn’s guests are the demanding Alex Antippas, a “megarich developer of shopping malls and suburban office parks,” and his wife, Lisa. Alex, who’s the father of the troubled pop star Artemis by his first wife, immediately bullies Cherry Weaver, the front desk clerk, and offends Gabriel Gurrell, the inn’s owner. Lisa’s yappy dog later causes more trouble. When Alex dies in a suspicious fire, Det. Shep Gordon fastens on Cherry as his chief suspect. Maggie and Hope shift into amateur-sleuth mode and find plenty of others at the inn with reason to kill Alex. At the women’s prodding, the amiable Buster assists in the search for the real culprit. Cozy fans who don’t mind gapping plot holes will be satisfied. Agent: Emma Sweeney, Emma Sweeney Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/28/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 13, p)
  • Two old friends decide to try vacationing together with a trip to Maine and find themselves jump-starting their amateur sleuthing careers. In Gutcheon's (Gossip, 2012, etc.) start to a new series, Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin head to the Oquossoc Mountain Inn for a cooking course, a retreat for Maggie after her husband's death. For Hope, it's a chance to spy on her estranged son, Buster, who happens to be the resident deputy sheriff. Buster wants to stay far away from the pair, but this proves impossible when the wealthy Antippas family shows up at the inn. Patriarch Alexander treats owner Gabriel Gurrell with disdain and continues to make enemies as he insults Chef Sarah's food and gets Cherry Weaver, the front desk girl, fired. Alexander is revealed as the father of pop sensation Artemis when news hits that she's killed herself after being arrested. Tragedy strikes again just days later when a fire breaks out and Alexander dies in the blaze. Sure, he was known to smoke in his room, but evidence at the scene suggests foul play is likely. With all the enemies he's made, there's a wealth of motivation to go around. Alternating between solving a jigsaw puzzle and digging into their fellow lodgers' back stories, Hope and Maggie put the pieces together in more ways than one, fulfilling Buster's worst fears of meddling: he "thought about telling them he couldn't discuss it, but into his head flashed the image of…torture." Besides our sleuths (who are themselves hard to tell apart), characters as well as certain plot points fade into obscurity. Tension does build in the final pages, paving the way for future installments—though readers might be fine with saying goodbye to these characters here. You might fall pleasantly into Gutcheon's narrative rhythm, but don't expect this story to stay with you long.(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2016)
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10480888
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Gutcheon, Beth Richardson
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.U844
LC item number
D43 2016
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Murder
  • Police
  • Maine
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Death at breakfast, Beth Gutcheon
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780062431967
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)919858090
Label
Death at breakfast, Beth Gutcheon
Publication
Copyright
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780062431967
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)919858090

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