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This is the Original Cover Edition for ASIN B01LZ5X8QJ Amanda Graham should be happy with her newly-inherited historic inn, a fat cat named Oscar, and living in a small Oregon beach town, but a terrible discovery between the dunes on the coast and she’s right back in the soup, trying to solve a murder and save her friend! Sure, maybe he was such a rotten person he deserv This is the Original Cover Edition for ASIN B01LZ5X8QJ Amanda Graham should be happy with her newly-inherited historic inn, a fat cat named Oscar, and living in a small Oregon beach town, but a terrible discovery between the dunes on the coast and she’s right back in the soup, trying to solve a murder and save her friend! Sure, maybe he was such a rotten person he deserved to die, but as secrets start to be revealed, Amanda is drawn deeper into danger and intrigue. With a harvest festival looming, and tourists starting to come back to visit, figuring out how and why he died is the best way to protect the town, and her sweet friend. She’s turned her back on LA and life in a gray office cubicle, so her best bet is to dig in and fight for her new hometown. Includes the free recipe for gluten-free blueberry coffeecake. Second novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook (with Whispersync) versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there's a dead guy in it).


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This is the Original Cover Edition for ASIN B01LZ5X8QJ Amanda Graham should be happy with her newly-inherited historic inn, a fat cat named Oscar, and living in a small Oregon beach town, but a terrible discovery between the dunes on the coast and she’s right back in the soup, trying to solve a murder and save her friend! Sure, maybe he was such a rotten person he deserv This is the Original Cover Edition for ASIN B01LZ5X8QJ Amanda Graham should be happy with her newly-inherited historic inn, a fat cat named Oscar, and living in a small Oregon beach town, but a terrible discovery between the dunes on the coast and she’s right back in the soup, trying to solve a murder and save her friend! Sure, maybe he was such a rotten person he deserved to die, but as secrets start to be revealed, Amanda is drawn deeper into danger and intrigue. With a harvest festival looming, and tourists starting to come back to visit, figuring out how and why he died is the best way to protect the town, and her sweet friend. She’s turned her back on LA and life in a gray office cubicle, so her best bet is to dig in and fight for her new hometown. Includes the free recipe for gluten-free blueberry coffeecake. Second novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook (with Whispersync) versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there's a dead guy in it).

30 review for Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    3 1/2 stars to Carolyn L. Dean's Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man, the second book in her "Ravenwood Cove" cozy mystery series. While I found the first book a little better, this one was also good and helps bring more structure and appeal to the series. I like the main character and she's starting to settle into Ravenwood Cove with ease, driving change in all the areas that were needed in the tourism-starved town. Story Amanda Graham has started making friends in Ravenwood Cove, and this time, she f 3 1/2 stars to Carolyn L. Dean's Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man, the second book in her "Ravenwood Cove" cozy mystery series. While I found the first book a little better, this one was also good and helps bring more structure and appeal to the series. I like the main character and she's starting to settle into Ravenwood Cove with ease, driving change in all the areas that were needed in the tourism-starved town. Story Amanda Graham has started making friends in Ravenwood Cove, and this time, she finds two friends who need help with men who won't leave them alone. Jennifer, the woman whose father saved Amanda in book 1, is having trouble with the mob trying to locate information her father hid before he died. Meg, Amanda's best friend, is having trouble with a man she met from an online dating site who is harassing her. When one of the men turns up dead, and the other potentially has a connection to the him, the town is in an uproar. As Amanda cozies up to James, the detective she's been flirting with, she gets access to more police information. But when she starts finding connection to many of her new friends and the core families of the town, she's concerned she may be close to the killer. When she puts all the clues together, one of the villains attacks her and the other admits his/her guilt and willingly goes off to jail. What's crime-hunting coming to these days??? Strengths The town's setting and core families are filling out and readers get to know who's who in this release. Relationships are forming and future plots are likely being assembled. I like how the two plots weave in and out throughout the story. You think you've figured it out, then you are confused. The primary one was complex. There were two obvious leads, both of which you find yourself leaning towards, then you realize different people had different pasts with the deceased and a likely motive. Suggestions As complex as it was for a cozy, take it further! Add another 60 to 75 pages and draw out the mystery just a bit more so we feel fully engaged. Tell us about the uncle's secrets. It was mysterious in book 1, and I'd hoped it would keep growing... but no mention in book 2. Bring it back! Final Thoughts I like the series and it's a good filler as an e-read in between physical books. Easy to get thru in 2 hours. I like the author's style. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    This one was much less realistic than the first one. I know this is kind of typical for cozies, but this one was so unrealistic that I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Overall it was just ok for me. This one was much less realistic than the first one. I know this is kind of typical for cozies, but this one was so unrealistic that I just couldn't wrap my head around it. Overall it was just ok for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    This Trump crap is still out of control so yeah I read the second book in this series. Again it was fine, got to me to relax a little which was the point.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hastings75

    Second book in the series and took me a year to come back to this series. Not sure why as loved the first book and this one was almost as good. Great characters and a good whodunnit, made more fun by the fact that many of the suspects are characters you are getting to know well. Could one of them be the murderer?? Bring on Book 3!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited, too simplistic in places, too unbelievable in others, too convoluted and/or wordy and/or unnecessary in others. A Ravenwood Cove Mystery series 1 BED, BREAKFAST, and BONES - 2 DUNE, DOCK, and a DEAD MAN - 3 MISTLETOE, MOONLIGHT, and MURDER - 4 SEA, SKY, and SKELETON - 5 TIME, TIDE, and TROUBLE {out soon}

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabi Eagon

    Great mystery A small town in Oregon on the ocean is a perfect place for mystery and suspense. James and Amanda are slowly falling in love while trying to solve two problems in Ravenswood. One is a murder that is perplexing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Teresa M Johnson

    Nice escape to the PNW Thanks for taking us to Ravenwood Cove. I enjoyed the book and the mini vacation I am taking with your books during my break. Keep on writing

  8. 4 out of 5

    D. Starr

    Rating PG - Children wouldn't be interested. No sex but references to one character suspected of rape. Only one incidence, I think, of strong language. Good presentations of characters needing to choose between what's morally or ethically right and wanting to spare another's feelings or avoid an uncomfortable confrontation. The story loses one star because the first chapter rehashes, in a rather confusing way, too much of book #1 in the series, which I hadn't read. Throughout the story, references Rating PG - Children wouldn't be interested. No sex but references to one character suspected of rape. Only one incidence, I think, of strong language. Good presentations of characters needing to choose between what's morally or ethically right and wanting to spare another's feelings or avoid an uncomfortable confrontation. The story loses one star because the first chapter rehashes, in a rather confusing way, too much of book #1 in the series, which I hadn't read. Throughout the story, references to the first book may have spoiled that one for me. If I can borrow it for free on Amazon Prime, I may read it anyway. Writing style: Mostly quite good, except occasionally when I wanted to hand the writer a thesaurus to help out with a sentence that might be similar to, "The sunset was really pretty." Other times descriptions and dialog were faultless. Plot - Well conceived. I'm not particularly good at guessing whodunit, and though the clues and foreshadowing were there, I did not guess. Mystery (no spoiler here): Who would have had motive and opportunity to kill the person found out by the dock? How was it done? Characters: Likable. I appreciate that the older characters were not presented as doddering or fairly incompetent, nor were the younger ones wide-eyed and naive. The main character was not the stereotypical amateur sleuth who sees and intuits more than the authorities. I'd be willing to read another, but I'd sure be careful to read them in order! Definitely light reading. If you like cozy mysteries, you'll probably like this one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hartfiel

    This is the second book in the Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery series and I have to confess I've enjoyed the first two books much more than I expected to! Carolyn L. Dean's writing style is warm and inviting and the portrait of a small, coastal Oregon town full of charming and quirky characters makes this book and the first in the series charming with or without a mystery to be solved. I started the Joanne Fluke series a few months ago on the recommendation of many friends and have struggled to conn This is the second book in the Ravenwood Cove Cozy Mystery series and I have to confess I've enjoyed the first two books much more than I expected to! Carolyn L. Dean's writing style is warm and inviting and the portrait of a small, coastal Oregon town full of charming and quirky characters makes this book and the first in the series charming with or without a mystery to be solved. I started the Joanne Fluke series a few months ago on the recommendation of many friends and have struggled to connect with any of the characters and even though the same stock characters (the girlfriends, the handsome detective, the other small town characters) appear in the Ravenwood books, for some reason they're just so much more likeable and 3 dimensional. That being said the plot is formulaic (but hey - that's what you expect with cozies) but the charm and warmth more than make up for it. With this second book, my only complaint is that I felt the author could have used a good story editor - one character's original back story didn't fit in with details that were revealed further along in the book. It was a small thing but it detracted from the story and could have easily been fixed with a good editor. But other than that, it was an enjoyable cozy misery and I look forward to getting to know the characters and the town better in the next one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    greentreelife

    I enjoyed the first book in this series to some level, but unfortunately I was dissapointed by the second one. 1hr51m was way too short for me and I skimmed alot! I doubt detectives would discuss cases so openly with civilians but I could have still looked past that. (view spoiler)[Again nothing happens between the H and h in this book either, except for at the 94% mark where they kiss for the first time. At this rate, they will probably move to second base by the time I've read the last book in th I enjoyed the first book in this series to some level, but unfortunately I was dissapointed by the second one. 1hr51m was way too short for me and I skimmed alot! I doubt detectives would discuss cases so openly with civilians but I could have still looked past that. (view spoiler)[Again nothing happens between the H and h in this book either, except for at the 94% mark where they kiss for the first time. At this rate, they will probably move to second base by the time I've read the last book in the series. (view spoiler)[ I know it is not a romance and more a murder mystery, but come on! There was so much opportunity to make this better. I found this book a bit boring for my taste and will probably not bother with the rest. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wood

    Fun, Games and Murder in a Small Oregon Town Carolyn L. Dean really enjoys writing these enjoyable mysteries: her enjoyment shows clearly through this book, and readers will surely enjoy the story with her. This is definitely not a fast-paced adventure featuring ancient relics. The story is a small town who-dun-it, slowly meandering through both town and a small group of very memorable characters. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy G Spivey

    Mystery continues in Ravenwood Cove when Amanda discovers another body. Your first time visiting Ravenwoid Cove or your second you will love discovering this small seaside town and it's sometimes eccentric characters. Amanda has her Bed and breakfast up and running and is developing deeper friendships with girlfriends, Lisa and Neg. Her friendship with local homicide Detective James, may or may not be developing into something more. A good, light, relaxing read. Mystery continues in Ravenwood Cove when Amanda discovers another body. Your first time visiting Ravenwoid Cove or your second you will love discovering this small seaside town and it's sometimes eccentric characters. Amanda has her Bed and breakfast up and running and is developing deeper friendships with girlfriends, Lisa and Neg. Her friendship with local homicide Detective James, may or may not be developing into something more. A good, light, relaxing read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gail Mathers

    Ravenswood Cove Great book. Carries on nicely from book one. Really good story. Great characters and you just love e to hate the bad guy. A fun read and I never saw the bad guy I had no idea who done it. Was lots of fun to read and one day I might have to try the recipes they looked good. I really love this series nice stories and wonderful characters and keeps you in suspense until it clicks for Amanda and she explains it. Then you go duh! I highly recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura M

    I loved the first installment in this series: Bed, Breakfast, and Bones. This second installment was sadly long and drawn out. In it, we again find Amanda, who runs her historic inn in Oregon. She is shocked to find a dead body, and shocked again at the idea of her friend committing the murder. It is the perfect cozy setting, but it fell flat for me. I skimmed over several chapters to try to find out the gist and getting to who the killer ended up being. Sadly cannot recommend this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Love this Series! I just finished the 2nd book in this series. I love all the characters & look forward to learning more about them, as well as more mysteries in Ravenwood Cove. Can't wait to see where the romance between Amanda & James goes. Hoping for marriage! This book is a good, clean read! Love this Series! I just finished the 2nd book in this series. I love all the characters & look forward to learning more about them, as well as more mysteries in Ravenwood Cove. Can't wait to see where the romance between Amanda & James goes. Hoping for marriage! This book is a good, clean read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rogers

    Charming read A lovely little read that makes you smile and hope that everything works out for the characters. The read us easy and might and will make you smile and so let you escape into a world that is less horrific than our own. This is one of my favourite cosy mystery writers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    The second book in the series is not as good as the first. Disappointing since I like the first one so much. I’ll still continue in the series hoping it gets better. This story just seemed disjointed. A chapter would end with something good and the next chapter was a day or two later with no explanation or continuation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Meg you can't take a date to a funeral, with that you are curious to know who this Meg is. Amanda, tells her funerals are not fun. Though the friends Amanda has,speak other wise, the one who wears a festive hat to funerals. Inheritance of the Inn in Ravewood Cove brings new friends. Friend with James a detective, she learn even more. A delightful funny,mystery to sit back and enjoy Meg you can't take a date to a funeral, with that you are curious to know who this Meg is. Amanda, tells her funerals are not fun. Though the friends Amanda has,speak other wise, the one who wears a festive hat to funerals. Inheritance of the Inn in Ravewood Cove brings new friends. Friend with James a detective, she learn even more. A delightful funny,mystery to sit back and enjoy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monica Geary

    Really nice quick little mystery. Quaint little town with quirky people and lots of mystery. I liked the book very much. I love that the characters and their relationships seem to develop slowly, but more with each book. That along with mystery and murder make for a great read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Bast

    Very good It was a great murder mystery. It was exciting, likeable characters. I felt bad for the man accused of the murder. You describe the characters so well that you want to meet them. Thank you for your writings. Stay well and I'm so happy that I found your books. You keep me we company. Very good It was a great murder mystery. It was exciting, likeable characters. I felt bad for the man accused of the murder. You describe the characters so well that you want to meet them. Thank you for your writings. Stay well and I'm so happy that I found your books. You keep me we company.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patti Wilson

    Small town cozy mystery with a touch of romance This is one of those books that is fast paced and enjoyed in a comfortable chair while sipping on a cup of your favorite not beverage. It has a group of lovely characters and the storyline doesn't disappoint. Plus, any age would love it. Small town cozy mystery with a touch of romance This is one of those books that is fast paced and enjoyed in a comfortable chair while sipping on a cup of your favorite not beverage. It has a group of lovely characters and the storyline doesn't disappoint. Plus, any age would love it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mikki

    A quick, enjoyable read. Points lost for having the main character confront the killer while the cop stood behind her.... Guess I prefer the slightly more realistic approach of her presenting her theory to the cop and him taking it from there, but cozy mysteries take a lot of leeway, so not so surprising it was written this way...... I’ll read more in the series. I like the setting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Hallmark

    Worth your time! Amanda, James, Meg and Lisa take you on a thrill ride trying to find a killer that nobody thought of including one of the principal players. Rave wood Cove , a sleepy little Oregon coastal town, that was until Amanda arrives on the scene from the hustle bustle of the big city. You won't regret spending a few hours enjoying this fast paced book. Worth your time! Amanda, James, Meg and Lisa take you on a thrill ride trying to find a killer that nobody thought of including one of the principal players. Rave wood Cove , a sleepy little Oregon coastal town, that was until Amanda arrives on the scene from the hustle bustle of the big city. You won't regret spending a few hours enjoying this fast paced book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Strommen

    Loved it. l Iove Ravenwood Cove. I love how I feel like I'm there too. Love the cozy mystery. the characters are great and I love the relationships and how they are growing. I feel like part of the family. Can't wait for the next one. Loved it. l Iove Ravenwood Cove. I love how I feel like I'm there too. Love the cozy mystery. the characters are great and I love the relationships and how they are growing. I feel like part of the family. Can't wait for the next one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue Winebrenner

    This author writes a good tale with characters that spring to life This her second book I've read in two weeks. Good for some airplane rides, airport layovers, and sitting inside while it is raining. This author writes a good tale with characters that spring to life This her second book I've read in two weeks. Good for some airplane rides, airport layovers, and sitting inside while it is raining.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda Dillon

    Fun clean mystery It was good to meet these characters again. The plot is always good and the characters delightful. And it is always good to have the opportunity to read good clean stories.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ginni DuMars

    I am enjoying this series by this author! It is an easy read- keeps me intrigued but yet had many strands . I feel like I am getting to know the folks in Ravensood Cove and I care about their well being! I am moving on to book three of six!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Terrific 2nd book in the series After reading the first book, I bought the rest of the series and dove into this one. Fine character development and plot twists - an excellent read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    2nd in the series. This book, the second in the series was enjoyable. Did not get bogged down but moved along at a good pace. The characters were developed well without loss of plot lines. Excellent read. Will refer the series to others.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Fun read I am really enjoying getting to know the characters in this series of books. The characters could be from any small town USA. I love how the characters are slowly getting to know one another. Can't wait to read the next book. Fun read I am really enjoying getting to know the characters in this series of books. The characters could be from any small town USA. I love how the characters are slowly getting to know one another. Can't wait to read the next book.

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