Dead Before Dinner by Kerry Schafer

Book Genre Block - "Paranormal"
Dead before dinner book cover with woman walking into room with spider/monster
"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dead Before Dinner is the third book in the Shadow Valley Manor series. I have read the other two books in the series, but I also believe this could be read as a stand-alone.

This was such a fun, interesting story! I loved Maureen, the main character. She’s got a special set of skills as she was an FBI agent, and now she’s a paranormal investigator. Her investigative skills are needed this time in her own retirement home that she owns. There’s been a murder!

I really enjoyed this book. With the paranormal aspects, it was spooky and quite creepy at times, but there were also fun moments with Maureen as the MC. She’s a pretty awesome lady! I loved how she worked to figure out what was going on, and I think readers that enjoy paranormal mysteries will love this book…and really the whole series!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads


Veteran paranormal investigator Maureen Keslyn never asked for life to be easy-for her, nothing is more invigorating than hunting down and ending a dangerous paranormal adversary. Fortunately, life at Shadow Valley Manor tends to be a little more…interesting…than the experience at your average retirement community.

Right now, though, even she has to admit that things are getting out of hand. The bizarre murder of one of her elderly residents is only the beginning. How is she supposed to focus on tracking down the killer when there’s a spider loving middle-schooler underfoot? Worse, she’s acquired an unwelcome roommate-an elderly woman with dementia and a penchant for walking through walls.

Maureen is ever resourceful, but the death count keeps rising despite her best efforts and the help of her team. With the life of a child hanging in the balance, Maureen is forced to take extraordinary measures-but will they be enough?

Just the Facts:

Dead Before Dinner by Kerry Schafer
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Page Count: 274 pages
Publisher: Write at the Edge
Pub Date: July 13, 2021

Kerry Schafer writes fantasy and paranormal mysteries featuring fun supernatural chills, dark humor, and quirky characters. Her alter ego, Kerry Anne King, is a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller who writes family dramas with an undercurrent of romance. She has been voted the 2020 Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Association. 

In addition to writing, Kerry is enthusiastic about encouraging and supporting other writers. She is a writer mindset coach and speaker, and the host of Tell Me Your Secrets, a videocast/podcast featuring lively, informal interviews with authors and other people involved in bringing books into the world. When not absorbed in creative pursuits, you’ll find Kerry hanging out with her real-life Viking on their little piece of heaven in rural northeastern Washington.

Author Links:
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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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