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Bad Neighbors

(An Agnes and Effie Mystery #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Agnes Blythe and her glamorous Aunt Effie must take a break from restoring their inn to rake in the clues when a local mechanic is murdered in national bestselling author Maia Chance’s charming second Agnes & Effie mystery.

It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. I
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 26th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bad Neighbors is the second book in the Agnes & Effie Mystery series. Agnes had a serious falling out with her former fiance in book 1 (he left her for a sexy pilates instructor) and found herself not only heart-broken but homeless. So she joined forces with her Aunt Effie, a feisty older gal, to restore the Stagecoach Inn. The old place has seen many, many better days....

Agnes & Effie have cleaned the inside of the old Victorian. In fact it's spotless. But they are just starting to gaug
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so funny and entertaining! I just loved the seniors who were staying at the inn, affectionately known as "the gaggle" when Agnes would have to take them all somewhere. Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down! Well written with lots of humor and some very fun and likable characters. I hadn't read the first book but I never felt lost even once reading this one.

When a busload of senior citizens has their bus break down during a leaf-peeping excursion in Naneda, NY, Agnes a
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance is the 2nd book in An Agnes and Effie Mystery Series, and it is even better than the 1st book, Bad Housekeeping. Agnes and her Aunt Effie rush to find the real killer when Agnes love interest Otis is accused of killing one of his employees. You have to love the names in this book, which takes place in Naneda, New York. Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery also. The development of the story and characters are so well written. The story is also hi ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
It's leaf peeping season in Naneda and the leaves aren't the only things dying in town! Agnes and Effie aren't through getting their B&B open when they have their first "customers". A tour bus of leaf peepers breaks down at the local garage owned by Otis, Agnes' boyfriend. But when a mechanic is discovered dead at the garage Agnes starts to investigate to try to keep her boyfriend out of jail. Clearing his name will be tougher than she thought and it seems Agnes is in more danger than she ba ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
The second book in this series and a new author to me. I found and good Plot that was slightly different from the usual cozy mastery. The characters different not development and I didn't relate to them. I have not read the first book but had no trouble following the story and the characters.
Agnes Blythe has returned back to her childhood home and has joined her Great Aunt Eddie's in restoring an Inn that once been a slice of pride in Naneda, New York. The inn needs a lot of work and is not open
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in Maia Chance’s “An Agnes and Effie Mystery” series, so I was looking forward to her follow up. Well, “Bad Neighbors” did not disappoint! I enjoy the relationship between Agnes (the younger of the dynamic duo) and her aunt Effie. This looks to be one fun and entertaining team of amateur sleuths. I enjoy the setting and cannot wait until they have the Stagecoach Inn fully restored. What with all the antiques and goodies Effie is buying, it sounds like the Inn will ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance is the second book in the Agnes and Effie series and was set during "leaf peeping" season. This was an enjoyable addition to this series and can easily be read as a standalone.

Ms. Chance has taken the opportunity in this book to develop the characters in more depth which I enjoyed. Agnes is smart but still undecided about staying in Naneda. Agnes has low self-esteem which pops up often throughout the book but it doesn't stop her from investigating the murder with oft
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s leaf season in Naneda and things are happening at the Stagecoach Inn. Who knew how well their guests would fit in with Aunt Effie and Agnes. Seniors are the best! What a delightful bunch of folks! I just love Aunt Effie and poor Agnes, I don’t think she could stay out of trouble if she tried. I must say I am impressed with her carpenter skills. What an interesting story this was. You never knew when you were going to be thrown a little twist. From murder to spa days to parades, buckle up an ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A cute little cozy mystery. The main character Agnes is interesting and likable. She is renovating an Inn with her Aunt Effie. There is an eccentric group of tourists staying at the Inn, who help Agnes and Effie solve the latest murder. They add a lot of comic relief. The local cupcake baker, Delilah is the nemesis that you love to hate. Not only is she rude, but she is after Otis, Agnes' love interest! The book proceeds at a good pace, and the mystery makes sense. Overall this was a good read.

Lisa Morin
Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance is a book so full of surprises you won't want to put it down.
What could be better than leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York?
According to Agnes Blythe and her Aunt Effie, it doesn't get much better than this. Repairing and renovating the Stagecoach Inn is high priority, but when a tour bus breaks down, the inn becomes home for a few stranded tourists.

I enjoyed this book so much, I had to purchase the first in the series, Bad Housekeeping.
The characters in this book
Barbara Rogers
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, iblog
Series: An Agnes and Effie Mystery #2
Publication Date: 4/10/18

Welcome to the picturesque small town of Naneda in upstate New York for the foliage viewing season. The town is filled with funny, quirky and unique residents who will become some of your favorite book friends. The title characters are the pudgy, twenty-nine-year-old Agnes Blythe who has body image issues and her seventy-something, former super-model great-aunt Effie who has inherited a ramshackle, historic inn that she and Agnes are
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
BAD NEIGHBORS, the second book in the Agnes and Effie Mystery Series, is a hoot! Even though I have not read the fist in the series, BAD HOUSEKEEPING, I had no trouble diving right into the story. Chance’s writing style and her ability to craft zany characters and hilarious situations makes BAD NEIGHBORS a joy to read. The pace is quick, and the steady revelation of clues lends itself of compulsive reading. Highly recommended!

In BAD NEIGHBORS, we find Agnes, her great-aunt Effie, and cousin Ches
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was initially attracted to the series because it is set in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, about 2 1/2 hours from where I live. The area is known for its wines, particularly Rieslings, and apple farming. So when a tour bus of "Leaf Peepers" finds that they are stranded in Naneda with no available lodging, Agnes and her Aunt Effie are asked to take them into their unfinished bed and breakfast. They don't have an occupancy certificate so they can't charge any mone ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Agnes and Effie Mystery and let me tell you, it was just as good as the first one Bad Housekeeping. I do believe this is now my favorite series of cozy mysteries. Agnes and Effie are hilarious. Some of the situations they get themselves into are laugh out loud. In Bad Neighbors, Effie is going ahead with renovations of the Stage Coach Inn when she gets a call from a broken down motor coach needing some accommodations for their stranded passengers. Effie agrees to accommodate t ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Bad Neighbors earns 5/5 Leaf Peeping Tours…Murderously Fun!

I have changed my newbie status to big fan! Maia Chance made it easy to join in by revisiting enough background and character connections without spoilers, but it's only book two, so she is developing the series and evolving lead and supporting characters for the long haul. The storyline is delightful with Agnes Blythe helping her Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn, and although the Inn isn't ready for guests, they decide to be
The Cozy Review
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s tourist season in Naneda, New York. Agnes Blythe has settle back home helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the cash registers until a mechanic is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.

Leaping into action, Agnes and Aunt Effie are there when a tourist-laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t exactly ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of senior tourist while they wait for re
May 14, 2018 added it
I really enjoyed this novel! It was the first book I have read from the author, Maia Chance, and I would highly recommend checking it out if you enjoy family-oriented cozy mysteries!

The book is set in Naneda, New York (upstate), where the protagonist, Agnes, is restoring a historical inn with her great-aunt, Effie, and her cousin, Chester. The three are in the process of renovating the the inn they own, when they volunteer (Effie, excitedly; Agnes and Chester, reluctantly) to put up a few touris
Mia Chance is a new-to-me author. This book is the second in the series but first I have read. It can be read as a standalone. I had no trouble following the story.

It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, (a fictional town) and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn, the family bed and breakfast.
What drew me in was the cover. It reminded me of many homes along the Finger Lakes as I was growing up. Then a great follow up with the desc
Michelle Fidler
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun mystery, with some humor right at the start such as when Agnes asked her Aunt Effie if she was insane. She started to say no and that several people had asked that.

Agnes and Chester were renovating an old house. The architect asked if they had any experience and they said no, but they watch a lot of H.G.T.V. Ha, ha! Me too. I liked how Agnes really got into doing the renovations. She found that it made her feel good, especially when she tore up the floor.

I enjoyed the scenes with the rival
Pamela Mitchell
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun and entertaining cozy mystery that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me glued to the book from beginning to end while turning the pages faster than ever to see what would happen. I loved the main character Agnes Blythe who is helping her Aunt Effie and cousin Chester restore the historic Stagecoach Inn in Naneda, a small town in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Agnes and Aunt Effie made a great sleuthing duo when her maybe boyfriend, Otis Hatch, becomes the prime suspec ...more
Kathy Martin
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Agnes and Effie are at it again. When Mikey is murdered and it looks like Agnes's potential boyfriend is the suspect, she and her Aunt Effie begin to investigate. Since it is also festival time, and the town wants to look good for the judge sent in to decided if their town festival is best, there are additional complexities.

When a tour bus breaks down, Effie invites some of the seniors on the tour to stay at their new inn which is definitely not ready for guests. Between entertaining them and in
April Schilling
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Agnes and her Aunt Effie are getting started on renovating the family's historic landmark inn when a Leaf Peeper tour bus breaks down and some of the tourists need a place to stay. Although not technically open for business, Aunt Effie decides that they'd love to have the company and invites four of the tour to stay at the inn. Unfortunately, when Agnes goes to pick the guests up at the mechanic, she arrives to police cars, an ambulance and the sight of her maybe (maybe not) boyfriend being ushe ...more
Melinda Martinez
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an arc so I ordered book one and read that first. I loved this book. There's the bond between Agnes and her aunt Effie which closely resembles the bond between my niece Bella and myself. While she's more of the fashionista like aunt Effie and I'm the t-shirt and jeans Agnes. I really liked that Agnes is a skinny girl but a plump woman who still has two men fighting for her. While that's a great part I'm glad she upped the danger Agnes found herself in. I loved that we had ...more
Micky Cox
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is a comedic hoot! You have an aunt who is elderly, but don't tell her that! A cousin who is genius level IQ, talented carpenter and completely lost when it comes to social skills and then there is Agnes. Again, quite intelligent, eats her way through every day and completely insecure in who she is and yet rather than finding it annoying, you still like her. This particular story finds the trio still trying to renovate the Inn, trying to fit into the town, taking on a group of strand ...more
Diana Messig
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was laughing from the get-go. The second book in the series is a definite recommendation. Agnes Blythe is becoming one of my favorite amateur sleuths. Maia Chance does a great job creating dialogue between her many characters. In the first book, Agnes’ aunt – Effie (I love her!) – has been left the Stagecoach Inn and Effie, Agnes, and her cousin Chester are working hard to renovate and restore it so they can be up and running. In this book, the renovations are coming along and Agnes is now liv ...more
Rosemary K
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Agnes Blythe is in town to help her Aunt Effie and her Cousin Chester renovate the historic Stagecoach Inn. She's not sure how she feels being back in Naneda, New York, but she's glad to help. When her maybe boyfriend, Otis, is accused of murder, she's determined to prove him innocent. I liked Agnes. She may consider herself a nerd. I liked to think of her as an original who can find clues even while she manages a group of Seniors stranded in town. Her dialogue is sassy and her leaf-peepers add ...more
Sara Grotz
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Bad Housekeeping. Agnes and Effie are a great duo and I was looking forward to this book continuing the series. I was not shocked it was better than the first. The characters keep getting more developed and enjoyable. Agnes is very likable and the banter she has with Aunt Effie really makes this series for me. The pace is fast, and I love the comedy involved. I can't wait to see what they keep doing to the Stagecoach Inn, and really look forwar ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I got way more chuckles out of this story than I have in many others and that is definitely a good thing!! From page one to the end of the story you couldn't help but giggle at all the crazy things Agnes and Effie were doing to figure out who the murderer actually was!! And seriously I was surprised to find out who did it!! I love reading stories that mention cities and towns and other things that I am very familiar with and this one was just that!! I may have been in a town like N ...more

I really enjoyed this book; much more than the first one. There are still a lot of characters to try and keep track of, but I found it easier this time around to remember who was who. Agnes is a hilarious character who gets into such impossible [and almost unbelievable] situations that you just have to shake your head at it all and her aunt adds such a fun aspect to the stories.
I know I laughed quite a bit in this book and was very happy that there was less swearing in this one [in comparison
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Agnes is back in her old home town, helping her eccentric great aunt Effie renovate the inn. Now that she's kind of dating her high school crush, she's a little more confident, but why won't Otis say he loves her? When Otis is considered a suspect in the murder of his assistant at the garage, Agnes feels that she has to investigate, with the help of the stranded senior citizens that Effie is putting up at the not-yet-completed-or-licensed inn. Unfortunately, the aptly named Delilah, a new shopke ...more
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