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Some long-dead secrets are best kept buried. It was meant to be just a small remodeling project to Amanda's historic bed and breakfast, like so many she'd done before. This time, though, she hadn't counted that a mysterious discovery could lead to her small Oregon beach town buzzing with gossip and innuendo, and someone just in the shadows who will stop at almost nothing to Some long-dead secrets are best kept buried. It was meant to be just a small remodeling project to Amanda's historic bed and breakfast, like so many she'd done before. This time, though, she hadn't counted that a mysterious discovery could lead to her small Oregon beach town buzzing with gossip and innuendo, and someone just in the shadows who will stop at almost nothing to keep the past as silent as the grave.


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Some long-dead secrets are best kept buried. It was meant to be just a small remodeling project to Amanda's historic bed and breakfast, like so many she'd done before. This time, though, she hadn't counted that a mysterious discovery could lead to her small Oregon beach town buzzing with gossip and innuendo, and someone just in the shadows who will stop at almost nothing to Some long-dead secrets are best kept buried. It was meant to be just a small remodeling project to Amanda's historic bed and breakfast, like so many she'd done before. This time, though, she hadn't counted that a mysterious discovery could lead to her small Oregon beach town buzzing with gossip and innuendo, and someone just in the shadows who will stop at almost nothing to keep the past as silent as the grave.

30 review for Sea, Sky, & Skeleton

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    I started reading Carolyn L. Dean's cozy mystery series over two years ago, but I hadn't been able to get back to it for a long time. After the holidays, I bought the next five books and committed to read one per month in 2018 until I caught up. I'm finally back to reading them and picked up with Sea, Sky & Skeleton, the fourth book, this week. It was like a nice welcome home reminding me what I'd missed. I enjoy Dean's easy writing style, colorful characters, and clever settings. I read the Kind I started reading Carolyn L. Dean's cozy mystery series over two years ago, but I hadn't been able to get back to it for a long time. After the holidays, I bought the next five books and committed to read one per month in 2018 until I caught up. I'm finally back to reading them and picked up with Sea, Sky & Skeleton, the fourth book, this week. It was like a nice welcome home reminding me what I'd missed. I enjoy Dean's easy writing style, colorful characters, and clever settings. I read the Kindle version in my iPad in about 90 minutes, as it's only ~150 pages. Amanda runs a B&B, but it's in need of repairs. She finds cash on the beach, then a dead body. Given she still hasn't gotten the friendliest of welcomes from all the townspeople, she keeps trying to win them over. She's almost there. I look forward to the day they name her mayor. I enjoyed the plot of the story and the development of the characters. It comes together nicely in the end with a cute little bow, too. My only concern is that two scenes were rushed relatively quickly, and while they helped draw out the killer, I would have loved another 30 pages of background and setting to help round it out to a perfect read. Minor item tho... as I still enjoy the dialogue and rapport between Mrs. Granger, Jennifer, and Amanda. I'm also very intrigued by her boyfriend's family... so many siblings, something has to happen in the future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Great new installment in the series! I've been enjoying this series so much and seeing Amanda and James dating or hanging out as well as becoming closer. The killer came as a total surprise to me. There's also a new very likeable character named Petunia who owns of course, a flower shop. Mrs. Granger always cracks me up too. Needless to say I've pre-ordered the next book! Great new installment in the series! I've been enjoying this series so much and seeing Amanda and James dating or hanging out as well as becoming closer. The killer came as a total surprise to me. There's also a new very likeable character named Petunia who owns of course, a flower shop. Mrs. Granger always cracks me up too. Needless to say I've pre-ordered the next book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam Collins

    Great book in a series of great books! I have loved this series from the beginning, and it keeps getting better. Dean has a taken the main character and the town characters to new heights and lows. The plots are extremely well written. If you are looking for fun and exciting can my activities, you might consider having a family reading night with this series. These mysteries will appeal to must ages, but that's just my opinion. Happy reading. Great book in a series of great books! I have loved this series from the beginning, and it keeps getting better. Dean has a taken the main character and the town characters to new heights and lows. The plots are extremely well written. If you are looking for fun and exciting can my activities, you might consider having a family reading night with this series. These mysteries will appeal to must ages, but that's just my opinion. Happy reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hibbard

    Nice read This time, Amanda finds the skeletal remains of a human hand. After some investigation, it turns out the hand belonged to a local criminal who had gone missing. The book has a lot of interesting twists and the suspect is someone I didn't even think of. Great read, couldn't put it down. Nice read This time, Amanda finds the skeletal remains of a human hand. After some investigation, it turns out the hand belonged to a local criminal who had gone missing. The book has a lot of interesting twists and the suspect is someone I didn't even think of. Great read, couldn't put it down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    PAM

    Love this mystery series I have e enjoyed this series with the main character being smart and resourceful. A nice setting on the Oregon coast with many interesting characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    another tricky mystery, really good

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ginni DuMars

    Again I say- when you get into a series it is fun to get to "know" the characters! So glad that James and Amanda finally got together and the murderer in this one was a twist! I hope others enjoy!! Again I say- when you get into a series it is fun to get to "know" the characters! So glad that James and Amanda finally got together and the murderer in this one was a twist! I hope others enjoy!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This is another great cozy mystery series that I just love.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John White

    The Ravenwood Cove Series is Delightful This series is such a delight to read because you are swept up in the small town people and Amanda working so hard at getting her inherited mansion, now a Bed and Breakfast, repaired and opened for guests. Of course, there are a few murders along the way with a lot of suspense.... All the better for making a fun read. Can't wait for the next book to come out!!! The Ravenwood Cove Series is Delightful This series is such a delight to read because you are swept up in the small town people and Amanda working so hard at getting her inherited mansion, now a Bed and Breakfast, repaired and opened for guests. Of course, there are a few murders along the way with a lot of suspense.... All the better for making a fun read. Can't wait for the next book to come out!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A good continuation of the Ravenwood Cove series The rainy season in the Pacific Northwest and Amanda is continuing the work on the Inn . This time it is an absolute necessity in that the main staircase is full of dry rot. James is not around much because his father has a stroke and he is helping on the family ranch . Amanda stumbles over a new mystery and the tale goes from there .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lora

    Another solid mystery with a little romance mixed in. This one starts with tearing up the dark, curving central staircase that feels "like the heart of the entire Ravenwood Inn." What does Amanda find hidden there? And what does she find on the beach? The mysteries and implications of these two finds are nicely interwoven. Another solid mystery with a little romance mixed in. This one starts with tearing up the dark, curving central staircase that feels "like the heart of the entire Ravenwood Inn." What does Amanda find hidden there? And what does she find on the beach? The mysteries and implications of these two finds are nicely interwoven.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    This was a fun read I don't normally like romance in mystery books; however, this was not full of the usual mush. Just enough for it for a little love but mostly a mystery. I will read more of her books. This was a fun read I don't normally like romance in mystery books; however, this was not full of the usual mush. Just enough for it for a little love but mostly a mystery. I will read more of her books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kitten Peters

    Great story Take a hidden in the staircase surprise, money washed up on the beach, a hand washed up on the beach, and a killer wanting his identity kept secret. Makes a good page turner

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ladye Townsend

    Sea, Sky, and Skelton This book was interesting and different than what I normally read. I liked how the characters intertwined leading up to solving the mystery. I think anyone who likes easy reading and mysteries would enjoy this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was the book for me. It had a great story, I couldn’t stop reading it, the twists were fantastic and the small town life is just so perfect! I’d love to visit Ravenwood Cove (but without a murder).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Cove Cozy This is the third Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery I have read. You never know what Amanda is going to find. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Boykin

    Most enjoyable This book was quite interesting. I lied the characters and how the storyline played out. I look forward to reading more stories about Ravenwood Cove.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann Marshall

    Good read Enjoyed this book as much as I have the other Ravenwood Cove Cozy mystery books. Can't wait for more. Keep them coming and as good. Good read Enjoyed this book as much as I have the other Ravenwood Cove Cozy mystery books. Can't wait for more. Keep them coming and as good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    carol Ann fyffe

    Interesting I have enjoyed getting to know the people of Ravenwood Cove . I thought the first book in the series was great , but the second book in the series was better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    M.

    Great book I really enjoyed this mystery. Good plot and a little bit of romance. I am planning to read the whole series. Great cozy.😀😀

  21. 4 out of 5

    ANNA PAUL

    AWESOMENESS Another great story you will not be disappointed finished this one in two days. Have to keep reading to see what happen starting the next one

  22. 4 out of 5

    D. Starr

    Rated PG, meaning it's not a children's book and as such would not be particularly interesting to them. No sex No strong language No Violence It's probably best to read these stories in order since characters have been developed in previous books. One rant to the author, Carolyn: Bible should always be capitalized just as we capitalize the names of the holy books of all religions such as the Torah, Talmud, and Koran. Also, word "inn" should not be capitalized unless used as a proper noun as in Ravenw Rated PG, meaning it's not a children's book and as such would not be particularly interesting to them. No sex No strong language No Violence It's probably best to read these stories in order since characters have been developed in previous books. One rant to the author, Carolyn: Bible should always be capitalized just as we capitalize the names of the holy books of all religions such as the Torah, Talmud, and Koran. Also, word "inn" should not be capitalized unless used as a proper noun as in Ravenwood Inn. I digress. Amanda, the owner of the Ravenwood Inn, discovers a grisly package as she's walking along the beach. I won't say what here, but yes, of course, a mysterious death has once again come to her town. Social and legal complications arise. I thoroughly enjoyed the subplot of Amanda's finding of an old Bible belonging to the family of her nemesis. Appreciated is the growing romance between Amanda and James. His respect for her is refreshing. I found myself smiling as the story concluded. All the elements were brought together very satisfactorily. This is not a sweeping epic of dramatic proportions for the ages. It won't keep you awake at night. It is simply a nice, cozy mystery to read and enjoy. Go for it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Bast

    Great This was a great mystery. It was a continuation of the lives in this town. There was a murder which Amanda solved but it talked about other lives in the town. I enjoy your books very much. Stay well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Ms Dean does it again If you like the slow moving mysteries along the lines of 'Murder She Wrote' or 'Matlock' then this is the book for you. To call it a cozy mystery is appropriate as it is best enjoyed with a cup of tea , in your favorite chair in front of a roaring fire . Or in my case with hot chocolate, in my recliner with the roaring fire DVD playing. Ms Dean does it again If you like the slow moving mysteries along the lines of 'Murder She Wrote' or 'Matlock' then this is the book for you. To call it a cozy mystery is appropriate as it is best enjoyed with a cup of tea , in your favorite chair in front of a roaring fire . Or in my case with hot chocolate, in my recliner with the roaring fire DVD playing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane creech

    Amateur Detective Another good read. This is the fourth book in a series each one is a stand alone. The author is a gifted writer and I have the last two books in the set. Although the main characters are the same in each book she makes each story different. The main character inherited a very old inn in a small town named Ravenwood Cove. She makes all the necessary repairs. ( the inn had not been lived in for seven years). She helps the town to become a tourist spot. Unfortunately Amanda discove Amateur Detective Another good read. This is the fourth book in a series each one is a stand alone. The author is a gifted writer and I have the last two books in the set. Although the main characters are the same in each book she makes each story different. The main character inherited a very old inn in a small town named Ravenwood Cove. She makes all the necessary repairs. ( the inn had not been lived in for seven years). She helps the town to become a tourist spot. Unfortunately Amanda discovers a dead body in her garden in the first book and each book thereafter she discovers another crime to be solved. With each story romance slowly starts between Amanda and the local detective. No sex scenes. In fact they don't even share a heart stopping kiss until the fourth book. The author keeps it interesting by introducing people new to the town and each crime scene different.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Edith Horgan

    Another Ravenwood Cove great mystery Another great story. I love Ravenwood Cove & the inn. Carolyn L. Dean has done it again. Love & mystery & getting to know the people of Ravenwood Cove. A joy to just relax & enjoy reading. I love it. I have not read this many books in about 10 years or more. Thank you for getting me started back to reading by your writing such good stories, Ms. Dean.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Homeier-poe

    I cant get enough. This series is so great. I love all the characters in this series. I hope you plan on writing a lot of this series. I think Petunia is a great addition. Keep it up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    This series is very entertaining I always enjoy enjoy every book in this series I read, they are entertaining without the extra drama, angst or over the top stories that can be draining. Amanda and the whole cast are just enjoyable to read about.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    Another Great Mystery Suspense and tension grand you as Amanda races to solve this latest mystery. We see a host of memorable characters in Ravenwood Cove and they all add to the enjoyment of the story. I recommend this book to those who love cozy mysteries.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ted Bun

    Good fun story ... another bit of a body and a few bank notes to get the tale rolling I am enjoying this series

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