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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Inn Game and Sins of Kot-Do-Init: Roger Sundbee Returns is a cozy mystery novel written by Karen Truesdell Riehl. Kot-Do-Init is a small town in New Hampshire with a rich and somewhat hilarious history, whose legacy is shared by many of the current residents. The small and relatively sheltered community has little to occupy themselves with during the off-season when the population shrinks to about half prime-season occupancy. Rumors run rampant throughout the excitement-starved little town, and so the arrest of the Kot-Do-Init Inn’s new bellboy, after a shopping bag full of women's underwear in varying shades of pink was found in his closet, was elevated to the status of a current event. Pam and Michael Tatum were resigned to the situation, but their inn would be facing vastly more serious challenges when a body was found beneath the Kot Mountain ski mobile. Two people had fallen off the ski mobile while indulging in the town's favorite off-season activity. Claire, Harry Dynor's wife, had survived, but Jim White died, leaving his wife, Ruth, distraught. As the news spread across the country and the inn’s cancelled reservations started mounting up, newcomer Roger Sundbee, nephew of the editor of Kot-Do-Init's weekly newspaper, had his investigative hands full for his first part-time assignment in town.
Karen Truesdell Riehl's cozy mystery, The Inn Game and Sins of Kot-Do-Init: Roger Sundbee Returns, presents an intriguing character study of a small New England resort town in the 1970s. Pam Tatum has to be one of my favorite cozy mystery characters. I loved seeing her take on the clients who come to stay at the inn, especially the Roosevelt sisters and their chauffeur, Mr. Charles, whose friendship with a young girl from town, Sarah Jameson, is marvelous. Following Roger Sundbee's impromptu partnership with Abenaki Indian Chief Richard was also a high point for me in this entertaining and gently humorous novel. The Inn Game and Sins of Kot-Do-Init: Roger Sundbee Returns offers the reader mystery, small-town gossip and goings-on, and the natural beauty of New England, and it's highly recommended.