I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
Anna Gerard is the another name for Ali Brandon, who writes the Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries, which I have read and enjoyed in the past so I was interested to see what this series with a completely different theme would be like.
Nina Fleet is a recent divorcee, who seems to have come out of divorce pretty well, at least well enough to buy a large enough house in a small touristy town and turn it into a B and B. Her first set of guests is a group of nuns who have been ousted from their convent by a property developer. As Nina settles into running the B & B, she deals with legal entanglements in the form of a man who is disputing her ownership of her new house, and of course to top things off a murder occurs in town throwing everyone into a tizzy. The positives here are that the mystery is engaging and the nuns are fun and interesting group of characters to add to the mix.
On the other hand, I did find Nina’s correcting everyone that her name is pronounced “9-ah” constantly really annoying, because it is not spelled that way, especially in the beginning where it occurred every couple pages. I also found her interactions with Harry Westcott, the wanna-be actor and heir unrealistic and going against any kind of common sense. I found it frustrating that she would so obviously act against her own financial/legal self interest. Perhaps other readers would be able to overlook this and just enjoy the mystery on its own.