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The Fat Innkeeper (Hotel Detective #2)

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Hotel detective Am Caulfield's life is more hectic than usual when the doctor investigating fraud at the Union of Near-Death Experiences Retreat (UNDER) is found dead. With the new owner, Hiroshi Yamada (aka The Fat Innkeeper), looking over his shoulder, and hormone-crazed swingers running amok, Am investigates the UNDER practitioners as they commune with the dead--and fin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published 1996 by Warner Books (first published 1995)
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Pamela Mclaren
Light and fun, that's what I was looking for when I picked up this book by Alan Russell. But the I worried that it just might be a little too silly but this cute story about a venerable old hotel in the beach side community of La Jolla where former general manager and now head of hotel security Am Caufield is beset with missing grunions, a dead whale - as well as a dead man - and a convention of swingers.

Alan Russell has recreated La Jolla in all its glory as well as I'm sure what it is like to
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Peter
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
A San Diego hotel detective, a pretty laid-back surfer, investigates the murder of a sceptic at a convention for survivors of near-death experiences as the new Japanese owners of his hotel (the Hotel California) plus some unusual guests and a whale carcass make life difficult. It’s all moderately amusing if fairly generic and light. 2.5 stars.
Garry Boyette
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow starter, almost fast worth the wait ending.
Mary
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Dear publishers,
These 20+-year-old books really need to be proofread after they're scanned.
Carla
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lefty Award for humorous mystery 1996
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What a backward, bigoted book.
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In 1990 Walker & Company published Alan Russell's first book, "No Sign of Murder," which received positive reviews, including a standalone rave from The New York Times. The work was followed up by "The Forest Prime Evil" and comedic mysteries "The Hotel Detective" and "The Fat Innkeeper," which won him The Lefty award, given to the
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