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Berkley, June 2002, 5.99, 180 pp.
ISBN 0425185257

Nestled in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains lies the Hatteras West Inn. Also on the land owned by the inn's proprietor Alex Winston is a duplicate of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its' outer buildings. As a favor to his friend Shantara Robinson, he is allowing the Golden Days Fair to be held on the property. The biggest draw to the fair is Jefferson Lee a blacksmith with a national reputation and an ego to match.

Jefferson is trying to drive his closest competitor, Bill Yadkin out of business. Bill publicly and forcefully disses his rival to Alex. When Jefferson is found murdered on an isolated part of the property suspicion immediately falls on Bill but there are many other people who had reason to want to see the blacksmith dead. As Alex sleuths aound he should remember that too much curiosity can get one killed.

Tim Myers proves that he is no one book wonder as RESERVATIONS FOR MURDER lives up to the promise of his first novel in the Lighthouse Inn mystery series” INNKEEPING FOR MURDER. The protagonist is a likable and believable character whose loyalty to his friends makes him an admirable human being. His inquisitiveness propels him into involvement in a homicide investigation even though he has to take time away from his precious inn. The mystery is a shrewdly crafted puzzle that will catch and keep reader interest.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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