Bad Neighbors (Hardcover)

An Agnes and Effie Mystery

By Maia Chance

Crooked Lane Books, 9781683315414, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2018

List Price: 26.99*
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Agnes Blythe and her glamorous Aunt Effie must take a break from restoring their inn to rake in the clues when a local mechanic is murdered in national bestselling author Maia Chance’s charming second Agnes & Effie mystery.

It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the golden idyll—or the ka-ching of cash registers—until a mechanic at Hatch Automotive is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.

Sweeping into action, Agnes and Aunt Effie are on the scene, when a tourist-laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t exactly ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of seniors while they wait for repairs. But then, Agnes finds herself pulled into the investigation when she learns her new boyfriend, gorgeous Otis Hatch, is the Naneda Police Department’s prime suspect.

With bodies falling faster than the foliage, Agnes must leaf through the more viable suspects and clear Otis’s name of murder in Bad Neighbors, the charming second Agnes and Effie mystery from national bestselling author Maia Chance.

About the Author

Maia Chance, national 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. This is her second Agnes and Effie mystery.

Praise For Bad Neighbors: An Agnes and Effie Mystery

Praise for Bad Neighbors:
“Fully rounded characters and a well-executed plot lift this entry well above the average cozy.”
Publishers Weekly

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.”

“Fans of cozy mysteries will love Chance’s newest heroine, Agnes Blythe...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.”
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

“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!”

“Maia Chance has created unforgettable characters, the ones legends are made of...Ms. Chance’s sparkling wit is at its apex.”
Fresh Fiction

“A fun-filled murder mystery that keeps you guessing right to the end.”
Manhattan Book Review

"Saucy, sassy fun!...A sparkling new cozy series!"
—Juliet Blackwell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“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 this great new cozy series.”
—Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author