Murder at the Seaview Hotel was, I admit, an impulse buy. Walking around Scarborough Waterstones, I spied this tome on display. Always a sucker for books set in the places I'm visiting, I had to have this book. Sometimes impulse buy books are a shocking choice that end up in the charity book pile, but happy to say that this one was good. Full of humour and a story that kept rolling on to the end, Glenda Young has produced a lovely book.
Helen Dexter is a hotelier whose just lost her husband. They loved working the hotel together. Tom, her late husband, loved Elvis and they often held party evenings in their small bar. Since Toms death, Helen hasn't opened. Then she gets an unbelievable offer to buy the hotel and she's tempted. In the meantime, she gets a booking by a bunch of Elvis impersonators, called Twelvis. Yep, twelve Elvis impersonated in a group. Helen's life changes overnight when a murder occurs.
The main characters are very relatable to. Each has a flaw in their lives which endears you to them. The style of writing is simple yet has enough substance to produce a story where you feel for the outcome of the story. There can be no greater praise to the writer.
Any fans of cozy murders will love this book along with Scarborough lovers and I guess Elvis fans. There's a lot of humour, and whilst the story isn't particularly deep, it's an enjoyable romp that's well worth the time. In fact, I'm already looking forward to the next in the series. Five stars all the way.