When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.
The pair have clearly been framed, but no one else seems interested in finding the real murderer and Agnes and Effie's sleuthing expertise is not exactly slick. Nevertheless, they're soon investigating a suspect list with laundry dirtier than a middle school soccer team's and navigating threats, car chases, shotgun blasts, and awkward strolls down memory lane.
In Bad Housekeeping, the first novel in the Agnes & Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance, danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.
About the Author
Maia Chance, national and bestselling author, writes mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. She was born in rural Washington State, grew up in the small-town of Moscow, Idaho, and after living in upstate New York and Boston for a decade, she returned to the Seattle area. She now makes her home with her family on magical Bainbridge Island.
Praise for Bad Housekeeping: "Chance kicks off a humorous cozy series marked by mesmerizing characters and laugh aloud high jinks, making this a fun romp." —Library Journal, starred review
“[A] witty series launch...Readers will look forward to spending more time with Agnes and Effie.” —Publishers Weekly
“Quirky characters and plenty of humor distinguish this entertaining cozy.” —Booklist
“Fans of cozy mysteries will love Chance’s newest heroine, Agnes Blythe. Self deprecating, genuine and funny, Agnes is a great sleuthing partner to her great aunt Effie. Agnes and Effie are relatable, and readers will enjoy uncovering the mystery with this dynamic duo. Chance keeps the story moving quickly by keeping the mystery lighthearted with just the right amount of danger. This is a quick and fun summer mystery—the perfect beach read!” —RT Book Reviews
“Maia Chance is an incisive and funny writer...Bad Housekeeping was an incredibly enjoyable read that had me snickering and writing down quotations all the way through. The first in the Agnes and Effie mystery series is a wonderful setup with entertaining characters.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
"An excellent start to a new series! It’s well-written and unpredictable. The characters were all realistic and delightful. It’s a very fun read that will have you lusting for the next one when you’re finished! I highly recommend!" —Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
“Maia Chance has created unforgettable characters, the ones legends are made of...Ms. Chance’s sparkling wit is at its apex, and the author had me chuckling and laughing out loud throughout...I adored every word of it, and I hope it will be a very long series!” —Fresh Fiction
“A fun-filled murder mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end.” —Manhattan Book Review
“A hilarious debut to a new series...You couldn’t find a more unique and entertaining cozy if you put up a neon light and advertised for one! I’ve read a book or two by Maia Chance in another series, but after the sheer joy of reading Bad Housekeeping, I am on a mission to obtain copies of everything this witty and imaginative author has had published! I highly recommend that you do, too!”
"Bad Housekeeping is saucy, sassy fun! Agnes Blythe is still reeling from a romantic betrayal when her irrepressible Aunt Effie returns to their small hometown, determined to re-open the condemned Stagecoach Inn. But first things first: there’s faulty wiring to deal with, not to mention a murdered busybody on the premises. Together, Agnes and Aunt Effie—a wacky but formidable mystery-solving team—must clear their names in the first of a sparkling new cozy series!" -New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Juliet Blackwell
“You’ll be rooting for the Stagecoach Inn—and its spunky new owners—from page one! Maia Chance has a winner in Bad Housekeeping.”—Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times bestselling author of the China Bayles Herbal mysteries
“Maia Chance makes Bad Housekeeping more enjoyable than ever! Jump aboard for fun at the Stagecoach Inn, and join Agnes, Effie, and all the wonderful characters in this great new cozy series.”—Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author