Death At Breakfast: A Novel (Maggie Detweiler and Hope Babbin)

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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.

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The acclaimed author of Still Missing, More Than You Know, and Gossip delivers the first entry in a stylish and witty mystery series—a shrewd psychological puzzle, a novel of manners with a dark heart of murder at its center, set in scenic, small-town New England at a handsome Victorian-era lakeshore inn

Recently retired school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, socialite Hope Babbin, are heading to Maine. The trip—a five-day cooking class at the Oquossoc Mountain Inn resort—is a trial run to see if they travel well together, as they decide what to do with the rest of their lives. It is also a thinly veiled excuse to visit Buster, the local deputy sheriff, who is Maggie’s former student and Hope’s long-estranged son.

As their idyll is just beginning, the inn’s serenity is shattered by the arrival of Alexander and Lisa Antippas and Lisa’s actress sister, Glory. Loud, demanding, and rude, these Hollywood one-percenters quickly wreak havoc without even trying, upsetting the inn’s staff, dismaying the other guests, and igniting a flurry of speculation and gossip upstairs and down.

But the disruption soon turns deadly. When a suspicious late-night fire in the new wing is brought under control, Alexander’s charred body is found in the ashes.

Enter the deputy sheriff. A man who’s finally found his footing, Buster needs a big win. Maggie knows the justice system can be expedient—and that the difference between convicting the wrong person and the right one is too often determined by lazy police work and prosecutors with misplaced ambitions. To give Buster a hand that he isn’t sure he wants, and to prevent his bosses from making a hash of things before it’s too late, Maggie and Hope decide that there is a role for two experienced, curious, and sensible women to play in solving the crime.

A deft blend of intrigue with dark and sunny comedy, Death at Breakfast is wickedly engaging entertainment from the remarkable Beth Gutcheon.

About the Author:

Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: The New Girls, Still Missing, Domestic Pleasures, Saying Grace, Five Fortunes, More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Good-bye and Amen. She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy-Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street. She lives in New York City.

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