Murder at Redwood Cove is a true cozy mystery, if there is such a thing. I have expressed my sentiments about the genre many a time, as regular readers know. Redwood Cove is a small tourist town in Northern California with a craggy coast looking down on the ocean. But all is not well in this paradise.
Kelly Jackson has a new job and now she is going to Redwood Cove to take over as a temporary manager. The earlier manager has been found dead. The Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast is a super luxurious property. The old manager Bob Phillips was loved by all, and he was also quite efficient. Kelly meets the single mother who is an excellent baker. Her small boy is sharp and underfoot with his little dog. The handyman is eager to please. And there are the Silver Sentinels. This is a group of seniors who ‘do good’. They like to keep an eye on things and are also like sleuthing. They convince Kelly that Bob’s death was not an accident.
Kelly loves her surroundings and gets to know the locals and the regular visitors to the inn. The whole bed and breakfast is like an utopian luxury world. Kelly’s boss, the owner of the inn is like a benevolent Santa Claus who takes care of people working for him and goes out of his way to see that everyone is taken care of.
Kelly starts digging around with the help of the Sentinels but she ruffles some feathers for sure. After a few shocking developments, a senior guy is sent in from the company. And Kelly has a crush on him – no surprise!
Murder at Redwood Cove strikes the right combination of goody goody dreamland and bitter harsh reality. All the characters are endearing and they each have their own story. By the time you finish reading, you will literally want to visit the town of Redwood Cove.