Death at Breakfast

Death at Breakfast

A Novel

Book - 2016
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From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing, More Than You Know, and Gossip comes the first entry in a stylish and witty mystery series featuring a pair of unlikely investigators--a shrewd novel of manners with a dark heart of murder at its center, set in small-town New England.

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. The trip--to attend a weeklong master cooking class at the picturesque Victorian-era Oquossoc Mountain Inn--is an experiment to test their compatibility for future expeditions.

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.

But the disruption soon turns deadly. 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. A man who's finally found his footing in life, Buster needs a win. But he's quickly pushed aside by the "big boys," senior law enforcement and high-powered state's attorneys who swoop in to make a quick arrest.

Maggie knows that Buster has his deficits and his strengths. She also knows that justice does not always prevail--and that the difference between conviction and exoneration too often depends on lazy police work and the ambitions of prosecutors. She knows too, after a lifetime of observing human nature, that you have a great advantage in doing the right thing if you don't care who gets the credit or whom you annoy.

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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062431967
Branch Call Number: GUTC
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm


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4.0 out of 5 stars "CHAOS AT THE INN" July 16, 2016
When Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin arrive at Oquossoc Mountain Inn in, Maine, they are eager to begin the master cooking class offered.
Maggie recently retired from her position as head of a private school, and Hope financially secure. We meet staff, guests, and town people, so it felt as though reader has joined the melee surrounding a busy, yet charming retreat.
When a wealthy and imposing man, his wife and his sister-in-law arrive, the setting turns chaotic. He's an annoying person who expects to be waited upon and kowtowed to,
Inn's guests, some unpleasant and a few accompanied by yapping dogs, seems to be the perfect cauldron for brewing up disaster. A middle of the night fire turns deadly, the state police, brushing aside assistance of local law enforcement, hurry to judgment.
Why is Shep Gordon, the blustering state police officer in such a hurry to make his arrest.
Death at Breakfast: A Novel is the first in a series of new mysteries that will feature the two women stirring up the clues they find. I always enjoy books by Gutcheon, and this one is a delightful new beginning.Only complaint: so many characters, I had a hard time sifting through them by the end. Barbara Kolsun

5.0 out of 5 stars "Loved Beth Hutcheon's new book" September 11, 2016
Loved Beth Hutcheon's new book, the first in a mystery series starring two delightful retired friends. The murder takes place in an old inn in New England with a great cast of characters including a pop star's dysfunctional family, a celebrity chef, colorful locals and eccentrics. The book is funny, suspenseful and a page turner. Looking forward to the next one.
Carol A. Kiessig

4.0 out of 5 stars "Somewhat confusing but good" May 21, 2016
Think the rather unusual names and somewhat confusing flow made this interesting novel a tad difficult to follow. I am a fan of the author's but do not think this is her best book. DLT

4.0 out of 5 stars "A fun New England mystery" March 12, 2018
Setting and characters very interesting, but seemed to move slowly. Sadan Batami

5.0 out of 5 stars "Five Stars" May 4, 2017
I love the author I read all her books. I love her articulated language. I loved the book!
Anne M. Rabe

May 30, 2016

First in a new series. Although, I figured it out early, the writing was great and the plot moved quickly. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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