A Twist in the Tail (The Oyster Cove Guesthouse #1) by Leighann Dobbs #bookreview #mystery

Title: A Twist in the Tail

Author: Leighann Dobbs

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: May 16, 2019

Page Count: 226

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:


‘Talk about inconvenient. Not only did I have a dilapidated mansion and no money to repair it with, two cats I had no idea how to care for and a room full of cranky guests waiting for their breakfast, I also had a dead body on my hands.’

Josie Waters has to admit she may have acted a bit hastily when she agreed to purchase the Oyster Cove Guesthouse – a charmingly gabled Victorian mansion on the breathtaking Maine coast – from elderly family friend Millie Sullivan. But Josie was desperate to flee Ohio and in particular her ex-husband, a chef who loved his job so much he left her for it. And anyway, how hard can running a guesthouse be?

The truth is, Oyster Cove Guesthouse is a mouldering money pit with falling-in roof and a cohort of regular guests who are as mischievous as a litter of kittens. And Millie keeps dropping by to dispense unasked-for advice. And Josie might have made a mistake in promising to adopt Oyster Cove’s two resident cats Nero and Marlowe, and treat them in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed. Josie has never had a cat before… let alone two feisty felines who think they own the place.

Ok, it’s not going well. At least it can’t get any worse, Josie thinks. Until her first guest ends up dead.

A joy to read, with a twist you’ll never guess! A page-turning new mystery series from a bestselling author, purrfect for murder mystery fans, cat lovers and everyone in between.


A Twist in the Tail by Leighann Dobbs is the first book in the The Oyster Cove Guesthouse series. This series is a cozy mystery with a bit of a twist as the title suggests in the fact  that along with the main character, Josie Waters, and her point of view  readers also get some sleuthing kitties who get to share their voices. As with most cozies though the story does have a completely contained mystery solved within each book.

In A Twist in the Tail we meet Josie Waters who had wanted to completely start over in life after her divorce and get away from her ex-husband. Moving from Ohio to Maine Josie purchased the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, a Victorian mansion turned into a bed and breakfast.

Josie didn’t realize the B&B would be and need as much work as it did and was struggling enough to get it up and running. Josie had also agreed to adopt the two residents kitties, Nero and Marlowe, and found the duo thought they owned the place. As if everything else going on wasn’t enough Josie ends up with a murder on her hands and needs to solve it before she’s suspect number one.

A Twist in the Tail was a solid start to this new cozy series. I’m always such a sucker for cute critters that I really enjoyed the cat antics as they help their clueless human solve a crime. Then on the  flip side it’s also quite funny as Josie tries to  figure out the animal antics, who hasn’t been there asking a pet just what the heck do you want? In the end I’d  give this first book 3 1/2 stars and look forward  to  getting to know  the characters better.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty. When she’s not reading, gardening, making jewelry or selling antiques, she likes to write cozy mystery and historical romance books.

Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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