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Bed and Breakfast and Murder

(Fiona Fleming #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,856 ratings  ·  294 reviews
A Poo Poo Kind of Morning

I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remin
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Published February 12th 2018 by Mayhem and Murder Ink
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable cozy mystery.

Fiona Fleming came back to her little town Reading, Vermont to operate the B & B, her grandmother left it for in her will. But finds out somebody else claims, her grandmother signed the B & B to him before her death in the nursing home. Now he's death in her back yard. Her father was sheriff of this town, and she has his blood in her veins. Going to investigate by herself and find out who and why. Finds many town secrets, nursing home wrong doings, drugs and secret
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, free-book
A cozy mystery; first in the series.

It was o.k. The mystery was not bad . . . the book as a whole was well written. As is the case with many cozies, however, it's written in first person which is not my favorite. I'm not a huge fan of tons of introspection which is what you so often get that way.

For me, though, the main problem was the bathroom humor. The opening scene has the main character (Fiona Fleming) plunging a toilet with continued reference to the disgusting mess that was in it and how
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Fiona Fleming finds a body floating in her inn's fish pond, she's drawn to investigate.

Larsen gives us an intriguing story with numerous sub-plots and plenty of twists and turns. Her protagonist is strong, witty and likable. Her secondary characters are quirky.

A delightful read.
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series, the Fiona Fleming Mysteries is exactly what you are looking for. Patti Larsen will have you mezmerized from the first page to the last....

The main character, Fiona, moves back to her home town when she inherits the Bed & Breakfast her grandmother owned. However only a few weeks into owning the B & B, she is delivered papers stating that her grandmother signed over ownership to a Construction company and she is given 48 hours to vacant. Be
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I always love reading new cozy series to see if they can match the mark left by so many authors before them. This series has a good mix of humor and mystery all rolled into one. There is even a little bit of potential romance brewing that I expect will be explored in future books.

The mystery itself - who killed Pete - was a total shocker when the killer was revealed. I catch myself saying this a lot when it is someone totally unexpected - but I did not see that reveal coming! The details fit and
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Annoying, immature, juvenile....waste of time

Actually, I am annoyed with myself for bothering to finish this book. Stick with Young Adult genre because that is what this is. The constant references to canine flatulence are juvenile in the extreme. There is no mystery as to the identity of the murderer, the victim is too one dimensional, the peripheral characters not at all well developed. The main character is written as a spoiled, self serving,irresponsible, arrogant pain in the butt. Complete
THIS is the Amazon blurb:


Fiona Fleming is in so much trouble. Her recently inherited bed and breakfast might not actually be hers thanks to the underhanded misdealings of the local real estate bully. Despite her grandmother's last will and testament, Fee might be out of luck and on the street before she even gets settled. But when her new enemy floats belly up in her koi pond, she's the prime suspect in his murder!Can she uncover who the real killer is before the smoking hot ne
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really enjoyable light hearted mystery.
I really love Pertunia. She is so pug like & reminds me of mine.
A lovely read
M.A. Comley
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing plot

This is my first book by this author and it didn’t disappoint. Excellent and intriguing plot, lots of suspects to choose from. Loved the humour too, great read.
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
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I am in love with cozy mysteries!!

The characters were amazing. I absolutely fell in love with Fiona Fleming and her farting pug, Patunia. The emotions flowed from the pages of this book and kept me wanting to put this book down.

The story-line was incredible. I loved the comedy in this story. I found myself cracking up and laughing out loud enough to scare my cat. When not reading this book, I was constantly daydreaming about everyth
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book, but finished it hoping it would get better. For starters, the main character was so negative. I should enjoy a book, not want to take antidepressants. Throughout the whole book she was always so down and negative. The second thing I did not like was all about the dog. I got it the first 25 times that the dog farted a lot and snorted, but I didn't need to know this the other 500 times it was mentioned. The book had potential, but I couldn't get past the two problems.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was my first cozy mystery. It was assigned in a book club and also met a challenge prompt for "food or drink on the cover". It was enjoyable enough and I can definitely see why people would like books like these. The main character in this cozy mystery was relatable and the story flows well, making it a super easy read. The whodunnit aspect is pretty fun too, reminding me a bit of books I read and really enjoyed as a kid. However, I doubt I will be reading any more cozy mysteries anytime so ...more
Micky Cox
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite intrigued with this book. I started out not sure I was going to like the characters, but in the end not only liked the characters but the plot twists were fantastic. I definitely am going to get the next book in the series as I am so intrigued with how this one turned out that I can't wait to see what the author does with the next story in the series!
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 3-stars
A fast paced cute cozy mystery leaning on the YA. The main character leaves a bad relationship for a fresh start to Reading Vermont. Where she inherited Petunia her grandmothers' BB and pug. Only to have complications which includes a murder to solve.
Nola Arganbright
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
A delightful read?o

I enjoyed every written word in this exceptional cozy mystery. The characters were just plain great. The plot and personalities so well developed. Animal lovers will embrace Petunia, the pug! There may even be a ride in Pug adoptions!
Sandy Wilson
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the signs of a good book series is you want to read the next one and follow the characters. This book accomplished that.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

Geez, was this book good!!
Megan Laffin
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ending was a total surprise!!!!
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great weekend read. I enjoyed the writing style and storyline, which proved to have enough little twists that the book was fresh.

Fiona inherited a bed and breakfast from her late Grandmother. The timing was perfect for her to leave the life she had in New York behind and go back home to run the B&B. As expected, there were snags.
Melanie Murray
This book was okay for a quick read. The plot was okay and the characters were okay. That's it. As this was my first introduction to a cozy mystery I found it all just 'okay'. Nothing too exciting. Maybe this would be better as a quick beach read? I'm not sure if it's the sub-genre I just don't find interesting or this particular book.
This was just okay for me. It felt unnecessarily cluttered to me. Both in writing style and content. I don’t think I’ll be revisiting Fee anytime soon.
This story made me uncomfortable. Apparently, a man persuades an elderly woman to sign over her property to him on her death bed. When the man a few weeks later - why wait so long? - informs the heir of the woman he has the deeds to the property no one asks the obvious question: where is the money you paid for it? No doubt it is legal to talk an elderly woman into signing over her property, but if the woman doesn't get paid a commercial value in exchange, it reeks very much of taking advantage o ...more
Very classic, fast-paced cozy mystery that ticks all the boxes: ex-City girl inherits small business (plus pet) in her small home town, ends up suspected of murder, develops a crush on the gorgeous cop, makes bad decisions, and of course, has a cozy ending. So far, so good. However, I could not get into the character's voice - I'm perfectly fine with sarcasm when it's used to make a point or to be funny, but when it's in every sentence and every action and every thought, it gets annoying quickly ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Fiona Fleming book I’ve read. To all who complained about the first chapter being gross get over it. Fiona recently left her cheating ex in New York and returned to her home town of Reading after finding out her grandmother passed and left her her beloved B&B and pug! Her first day in charge she realizes it not as glamorous as she thought it would be hence the first chapter of plunging toliets! The next day a man comes by claiming her beloved Aunt Iris left him the B&B. ...more
Holly A. Woodruff
A promising new series!

I really enjoyed this first book in the Fiona Fleming series. Ms. Larsen promises a total of 12 and I hope they're all as good as this one. Fiona takes over her grandmother's bed and breakfast but what she really wanted to do was follow in her retired sheriff father 's footsteps. She gets her chance when a local man is found dead in the koi pond of the B&B. The writing is crisp, with good character development. There are some interesting residents in Reading whom we sh
Lynn Hayward-Bisbee
I read a lot of cozy mysteries when I just want something fun and mind-numbing for a quick read. This was a first and I really enjoyed it and the humor. I've read what some other people have said--like not enjoying the bathroom humor in the beginning of the book- and I totally disagree. I thought that whole scene was hilarious and having had a B & B for a short time, I could absolutely relate. Perhaps the dog's farting got to be tedious, but, still, was funny and just reinforces why I'd neve ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really sharp and well written. I didn't expect to enjoy this as it started pretty slow and quite cheesy. It was however a well developed story that evolved and kept my interest throughout. The kindle version was one of my best reads of 2018 so far.

Fiona Fleming the key character is not overly explained initially and develops nicely as the story unfolds. She is not as two dimensional as originally portrayed and I quite like that she is developing a bit of complexity.

It was clear you were being in
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK - I read this book because it's written by another new, to me, Canadian author and it sounded like one of those light fluffy come down reads I like after a serious dark or gritty crime novel. It sort of fits that requirement although it is more of the cliched cozy mystery with most of the prerequisite elements of all cozies except that I didn't find it quite as humourous as all the blurbs and some reviews indicated. Oh I had a few little giggles and the mystery was quite good and some of the ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this! It felt a little bit like a guilty pleasure, but also had some humour which made reading a positive experience. The only things that stuck out to me were the fact that some sentences didn't flow and tripped up reading, and unfortunately, that the murderer was quite predictable (although the motive, not so much!). I tend to prefer a mystery that proves my suspicions wrong, sadly the clues were a little too clear! However I think as the author progresses and writes more boo ...more
Theresa Dion
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-2017
Fiona Fleming is a character with a lot of potential. She is in the process of a major life change and she can't seem to get out of her own head. The actual mystery was okay but a bit under developed. Too much farting dog and not enough meaningful interaction with the other characters. The writing style is a little different and could use some polish. Overall an easy read . I hope that the writer grows both in writing style and character development as the series continues.
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