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Dead and Breakfast

(Cayo Hueso Mystery #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  26 reviews

Despite living in Key West his whole life, 18-year-old Liam Breyer is a skeptic of the supernatural until a vengeful spirit, murdered fifty years ago, nearly drowns him in a swimming pool. Luckily help arrives in the form of pretty — albeit homesick — ghost whisperer Autumn Abernathy, whose newly-divorced mom has dragged her to the island to live and work at the Cayo Hueso

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Kindle Press
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C.G. Drews
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was entirely MADE FOR ME. I mean, just look at it. Ghosts! And breakfast! I'm such a rabid fan of Both those things that I was destined to love this book. (I mean look I wrote a whole wattpad story about ghosts and food.) It also had a distinctly summery vibe that made my cold soul, withering through winter, absolutely gleeful. I am a fan, folks.

So the book is set in a bed and breakfast.
A haunted one, naturally. And although I do wish there had been a bit more ghostie action, I looooo
Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dead and Breakfast (Cayo Hueso Mystery #1) by Kimberly G. Giarratano is a great murder mystery/ghost story. The murder happened 50 yrs prior but it wasn't until Autumn shows up that she starts seeing things others don't. A great ghost story full of suspense, a love story, and LOTS of twists and turns. Good story and characters. ...more
Stephen Kozeniewski
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kimberly Giarratano is a national treasure. From a technical standpoint, she's easily the most talented writer of her generation. When she blows up, it's going to be big, and seemingly sudden, but you reading this and me writing it are going to have known all along, and laugh at all the johnny-come-latelies.

With DEAD AND BREAKFAST, Giarratano revisits all the themes in her toolbox: ghostly politics, teen angst, and cold case mysteries. In her earlier meditation on these subjects, GRUNGE GODS AND
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've published a book review -- about five and a half months. I've been in a bit of an unannounced hiatus mixed with a large reading slump, so I've been taking a break from book blogging to focus on other things. While I'm still not done with my break, I was recently asked by Kimberly Giarratano if I wanted to review her new YA mystery Dead and Breakfast. Seeing how much I loved her book Grunge Gods and Graveyards as well as her One Night Is All You Need short story, it w ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I'm very fussy about my mysteries. They have to be "fair play" - the author has to give us enough clues to figure out the solution. At the same time, though, the clues can't be too obvious - that would be too easy! And I need to feel connected to the setting, the characters, and any sub-plots running parallel to the mystery. Some humor and romance couldn't hurt either.

That's why I loved Kimberly G. Giarratano's latest YA mystery, DEAD AND BREAKFAST. The setting and the characters were the first
Feb 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dead and Breakfast (Cayo Hueso Mystery #1) by Kimberly G. Giarratano is about a small hotel, the Dead and Breakfast, which is marketed to people who are interested in knowing about its haunted past. Autumn Abernathy and Liam Breyer both work there. Autumn is someone who has become accustomed to the ghosts. She can see and communicate with them. However, it's Liam's first day and, unfortunately for him, one of the ghosts has taken a dislike to him. Throughout the book, both teenagers try to uncov ...more
Abby Bood
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read. Just the right amount of suspense and wonder.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

Thank you to the author, Kimberly G. Giarratano, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I loved Kim's first YA mystery,  Grunge Gods and Graveyards , when I read it last year, so I was pretty excited when she offered me a copy of her new one.

What I liked:

-the mystery. At first, it seemed fairly obvious who the murderer was, but as the story progresses and more clues are unearthed, you start to question whodunnit. Like Kimberly's previous book, everything unfolds in a logical wa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I sat down to read the book last night, I had an idea that I might stay up late to finish reading it. Halfway through, I knew I had to. This paranormal mystery had lots of twists and turns along the way, leaving me to suspect the actual murderer, but not certain until the final reveal. The author does a great job setting the scene and developing the characters in several time periods along the way. So many of the situations and comments were so true to life that I had to do a double-take. T ...more
Barbara Hackel
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While looking at books on Kindle Scout, I found Dead and Breakfast and after reading just a little, I knew I had to nominate it! Luckily for Kimberly and me, the book was chosen, published, and I received a copy. I just finished reading-devouring it actually! It is a YA book, I am not a YA. But the mystery was intriguing and kept me reading. Well written story about an unsolved murder, a bed and breakfast that is haunted and well past it's prime (hemorrhaging money along the way), this book also ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen year old Autumn and her mom relocate from New Jersey to Key West, Florida, following her parents’ divorce. A fish out of water and a sensitive to boot, Autumn is truly unhappy living in the haunted inn and an outsider at her new school.

Her perspective changes when she meets a local boy named Liam Breyer. One of the ghosts at the inn tries to kill Liam, which leads Autumn and Liam to investigate an unsolved murder that’s decades old.

A YA novel set in Key West with a paranormal twist. Ch
Kelly Gamble
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love a good little cozy with interesting characters and a great setting. This one definitely fit the bill. A run down, haunted hotel, in Key West, a Jersey girl who can see and hear ghosts, and a mystery that transcends time might be hard to pull off for some, but Giarratano is an exceptional writer who provides the right humor and the right perfectly placed details to make this a wonderful read.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won the paperback book on goodreads and even tho I'm 50 and this is a young adult novel, I really enjoyed the ghost story and the characters. It was well written and I look forward to more in this series. ...more
Trish Goodgame
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here's what I thought of Dead and Breakfast by Kimberly G. Giarratano:

I gave it 5/5 stars.

Dead and Breakfast

After her parent's divorce, Autumn and her mother move to Key West to help her Aunt with a run down, haunted bed and breakfast. Liam, a non-believer of ghosts, finds himself targeted by a nasty female ghost. Autumn is able to communicate with the dead and sets about trying to find out why the evil spirit is targeting Liam. Fast paced, easy to read, interesting characters and a good mystery
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-scout
A fun mystery geared toward YA I think. Most of the adults had issues, and I wasn't impressed with how they related to the teens. I did guess who "did" it, but it was enjoyable reading along to see if I was right. Some twists in the story I wasn't expecting, though. ...more
Alfred St
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

Well written, interesting if you're into "who done its" with ghosts. The characters are well defined and that element allows for good visualization of those involved.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5* This book was surprisingly negative. Hardly any of the characters, and there were so many, were likeable or positive. However the mystery was interesting so I give it 3.5*.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Funny and well drawn characters

Look forward to more mysteries at the Cato Hudson. I like the premise of having ghostly help in solving crimes.
Angela C
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, review-copy
(Actual rating: 2.5 stars)

A free ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

After finishing Dead and Breakfast, I confess to feeling a little underwhelmed. The novel started off strong, with intergenerational drama and a vengeful, violent ghost, but it was ultimately undermined by instalove, lackluster characters, and a way too convenient ending.

For the first several chapters, Dead and Breakfast does well. The action begins when Autumn Abernathy, one of the nove
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Autumn Abernathy is trapped in Key West, Florida and homesick for her native New Jersey. While she works to keep their family’s haunted bed-and-breakfast afloat, Autumn dreams of escaping to college in the northeast. The humidity is intolerable for a girl who reminisces about pumpkin spice lattes and apple-picking in the crisp fall air. And the ghosts, which Autumn regularly interacts with, are a minor nuisance. That is, until one of them nearly drowns their newest employee, Liam, in the Cayo’s ...more
David Caldwell
Key West is no stranger to ghosts. Despite having lived there his whole 18 year life, Liam Breyer still doesn't believe in ghosts. That is until he attracts the attention of a ghost at his new job, a haunted bed and breakfast. Luckily, Autumn Abernathy lives and works at the bed and breakfast as well. Autumn is a ghost whisperer and she sets out to help Liam with his ghostly attachment. In their investigation, they uncover a decades old mystery that could have deadly consequences.

This is a first
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Actual rating: 2.5 stars. This was a decent book, but it was just a little boring. For a novel that purports to be a ghost story, there's very little actual ghost stuff happening. The (view spoiler) is mainly used for exposition purposes. But it's not all bad, though. Giarratano's idea of why some people can see ghosts and others can't is very cool and unique so props for that. I usually can guess who the killer is by mid-book, but this time, I had no clue who it ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Dead and Breakfast felt flat to me, though I can't put my finger on exactly why it felt that way. Several elements of the plot were a bit cliche: A haunted mansion turned bed and breakfast? Seen it. A "good" girl falling for a "bad"boy? Seen it. The pretty, rich girls who happen to be bullies? Seen it. Many of the main characters lacked any qualities that made them anything more than robotic plot chess pieces. Although a few secondary characters felt more fleshed out, they couldn't pull enough w ...more
Karen greer
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun read!

I was lucky enough to get this book after voting for it on Kindle Scout. This book is a mystery for teens. I am not a teen but I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book for all ages. It's a great who done it. I hope the author writes more books around this wonderful cast of characters.
Misty Albaugh
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was a good mystery that was clean and age appropriate for a teen/young adult yet interesting enough for someone older. I plan on having my oldest son, 10, & my niece, 14, read this book this summer.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
An easy read. This is a YA book. That is not a put down as I read YA books. Think Harry Potter. I read some of the books my grandchildren are reading to stay in touch. I liked this book. It is a paranormal mystery. I may or may not read more by this author. Haven't decided yet. ...more
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Kimberly G. Giarratano lives in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and small children. A former ESL teacher and YA librarian, Kimberly loves politics, podcasts, and offbeat crime dramas. Her debut novel, Grunge Gods and Graveyards, won the 2015 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA at Killer Nashville.

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