Clues in the Sand (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Terry Ambrose

Clues in the Sand (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Terry Ambrose

About the Book

Clues in the Sand (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Self Published
Release Date - March 15, 2018
Print Length: 191 pages

To Rick Atwood’s dismay, the police find a body on the beach near his Seaside Cove B&B. The dead woman held a pottery shard from an ancient rice bowl, which the cops believe is a clue to her murder. The chief suspect is Flynn O’Connor, a female archaeologist known for her hatred of treasure thieves. Trouble is, Rick’s daughter Alex sees Flynn as a role model and will not believe her friend is a killer. Alex pressures her dad as only a ten-year-old can to prove Flynn is innocent. The mayor is also making demands—for Rick to stay out of the investigation. With his daughter and the mayor at odds, Rick sees trouble brewing. He knows too well how much Alex loves sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Especially when there’s murder involved.

 Geared toward a younger audience, this series is a clean and gentle murder mystery. 
Rick Atwood is a former big city investigative reporter. It is in his blood.
After some rough times in his marriage and being left alone to raise his daughter, Alex, now ten years old, Rick inherits a B&B in a quiet seaside town. They seem to also have inherited a talented cook, Marquetta, who Alex also envisions as her future mother to the distress of all the Seaside Cove mothers who have single daughters. Alex seems to have also inherited her father's gene for curiosity and investigating.
I did feel I missed some necessary information by not having read the previous book first but I was able to follow along with this mystery as it unfolded.
The tourist activity in town is focused on treasure hunters looking for the wreckage a 16th Century Spanish galleon, or anything that may have washed ashore. It caused one murder, in the previous book, and it seems there is another body on the beach.
Local law enforcement can't handle the case, as well as other town duties, but the mayor is against "Detective Innkeeper" sticking his nose into official town business. I loved the parallel that the more someone (regardless of age) is told they CAN'T do something, the more determined they are to find a way to do it.
A cast of characters who all seem to have secrets and townspeople who know them but are not sharing round out this cozy mystery suitable for ages ten and older.

About the Author

  Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who only stole cars when it was legal.
He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller.
He’s currently working on the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.
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  1. Thank you for your review and information on "Clues in the Sand" by Terry Ambrose as well as being part of the book tour.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book.
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  2. Thanks for hosting me today, Laura! And thanks for the very nice review!


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