Series Review (and a Giveaway!): Green Dory Inn Mystery series by Janet Sketchley

Posted December 28, 2023 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, Janet Sketchley, mystery/suspense, romance / 47 Comments


Green Dory Inn Mystery series book review

I have been meaning to read the Green Dory Inn Mystery series for much too long now, so when the author told me that the newest book was a Christmas book I knew I wanted to read it – and I decided it would be a great opportunity to catch up on the whole series. I’m glad I did, too, because while each book could technically be enjoyed as a standalone they really do build on one another. You’ll definitely appreciate the whole story being told if you read it from the beginning as I did. And I have it on good authority (mine) that it’s a delightful way to spend several entertaining hours.

One quick note before I begin the reviews: the series has an overarching subplot related to assault and abuse. While it’s all handled tactfully with lots of grace and sensitivity, I recognize that it may still be triggering to some readers. Know your own limitations and read accordingly ♥


Unknown Enemy by Janet SketchleyUNKNOWN ENEMY by Janet Sketchley
SERIES:
Green Dory Inn Mystery series #1

GENRE: Mystery/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Janet Sketchley
RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2018
PAGES: 151

Trouble at the Green Dory Inn

Landon Smith vowed never to return to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Despite her faith, the memories might undo her.

But a shadowy figure has been skulking around the Green Dory Inn—seen only by her friend Anna.

Loyalty demands she stand by this woman who’s been a second mother to her. No matter the cost.

With the police unable to find solid clues, and the incidents escalating, Landon must help Anna discover the truth about the prowler and stop him. Before he turns violent.

**A short read that kicks off the Green Dory Inn mystery/suspense novels.**

 

Unknown Enemy is a quick-read novella that basically gives readers an introduction to the Green Dory Inn, its recurring characters, and the setting of Lunenburg (a real town in Nova Scotia and a Unesco World Heritage Site). That’s not to say, however, that there isn’t a mystery to solve – there is, indeed, and the stakes are very personal.

Landon Smith has traumatic reasons for not wanting to return to Lunenburg and, despite her love for her dear friend/mentor/substitute mother Anna, she has stayed away. But when a concerned neighbor contacts her about what’s been going on at Anna’s B&B, Landon musters up her courage and agrees to come for the weekend. Is Anna having a mental breakdown as a result of grief over the recent loss of her beloved husband? After all, she’s the only one who’s seen the supposed prowler. Or is there really someone out there with sinister intentions who wants Anna off the property – or worse? The mystery is a ‘light’ one, as far as crimes go but it’s definitely not light on tension. The author does a great job of gradually ramping up the tension until the readers are on pins and needles, outraged on Anna’s behalf and just as determined as Landon to find the culprit(s).

I loved meeting Anna and Landon as well as the motley crew of neighbors that factor into the story and, it turns out, the rest of the series. Roy is a hoot, and I immediately set my sights on his grandson Bobby as romance potential for Landon. Even without that possibility, though, I adore Bobby as a character and as a sidekick/friend for Landon. He’s bookish (a writer) and a little geeky but he’s got a heart of gold and loves Jesus. Law enforcement officer Dylan – a kind and protective friend – also had my romantic radar up, but there’s just something about Bobby that has me in his corner instead. Nigel endeared himself to me immediately, and I even somehow found a soft spot for Elva in spite of her attitude. There are others who come in and out of the story – including a pet cat and a feral one – but the above are my faves.

Bottom Line: Layered characters, a beautiful setting, and complex secrets await you when you check into the Green Dory Inn with this first mystery, Unknown Enemy. Janet Sketchley packs a lot of story into a novella length, enough that you become deeply invested in the outcome and the characters, while still being a relatively quick read. There is enough of a hint (emphasis on hint) of romance potential to keep my KissingBooks heart content with what may come but it stays true to Landon’s past trauma, which I appreciate. And while the main plot is resolved to my satisfaction, there are still several loose ends that I’m eager to follow as the series continues.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Hidden Secrets by Janet SketchleyHIDDEN SECRETS by Janet Sketchley
SERIES:
Green Dory Inn Mystery series #2

GENRE: Mystery/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Janet Sketchley
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2019
PAGES: 327

Past secrets. Present threats. And a woman committed to uncover the truth.

Landon Smith is in over her head. After returning to the Green Dory Inn, the twenty-four-year-old trauma survivor is horrified to find her place of refuge threatened by an online vendetta. With motherly innkeeper Anna Young near the breaking point, Landon jumps in to stop the anonymous campaign before it drives the inn out of business.

Fearful for her friend’s mental state, Landon chases clues and digs up rumours of a secret tunnel and a decades-old scandal. But when her sleuthing leads to physical threats, she blames herself for putting Anna’s life in danger. Can Landon unmask the enemy in time to save the inn—and its owner?

Hidden Secrets is the intriguing second book in the Green Dory Inn Christian mystery and suspense series. If you like characters who don’t quit, faith-filled fiction, and a killer hidden in plain sight, then you’ll love Janet Sketchley’s satisfying novel. Buy Hidden Secrets and check in to the Green Dory Inn today!

 

In this second book in the Green Dory Inn Mystery series by Janet Sketchley, we pick up with things not too far after the events of book one. Some time has passed, though not much, and circumstances once again see Landon at the inn to lend Anna emotional support, and vice versa. Even though the mystery in Unknown Enemy was solved, it appears that someone still wants Anna out of the picture; whether just off the property or more permanently remains to be seen. Several surprising twists – which you’ll appreciate more if you’ve read book one – kept me on my toes, and the author has once again done a wonderful job of storycrafting. She has a way of engaging you in the plot and the characters so that you want to extend your stay at the inn indefinitely … despite all the sinister things happening around you.

After falling in love with so many of the characters in book one, I thoroughly enjoyed reuniting with them – and getting to know them better – in Hidden Secrets. As this is a full length novel, the author has time to explore the complexities of their backstories a bit more as well as their personalities and quirks. Landon’s trauma is revealed further, as well as the healing process she’s been through and the Grace she has found, and while my heart broke for her and other characters in this story I found myself wanting to stand up and applaud her tenacity to not only survive but also to continue overcoming her fears. And for the record, I maintain my vote for Bobby when/if Landon is ready for a romantic relationship. Dylan is still a great guy, too, but I see him more as a brotherly figure for Landon, even if he feels otherwise.

Bottom Line: Hidden Secrets by Janet Sketchley is a riveting mystery with dashes of suspense perfectly placed to keep you turning the pages, on the edge of your seat for what might happen next. Characters with authentic imperfections and relatable struggles keep you invested in the whole series, not just this particular book, but the tension-filled plot will certainly have you engrossed here in this story for the duration. The author’s writing style is engaging and descriptive, and I’m curious as to how the events in this story will affect the next one.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Bitter Truth by Janet SketchleyBITTER TRUTH by Janet Sketchley
SERIES:
Green Dory Inn Mystery series #3

GENRE: Mystery/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Janet Sketchley
RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2022
PAGES: 308

Attempted murder. A hostile rescuer. And an amateur sleuth’s vow to catch the attacker before he strikes again.

Against all odds, Landon Smith and her ordinary-hero neighbour Bobby Hawke survived a murderous plot six weeks ago. Now, she’s determined to leave solving mysteries to the experts—like handsome local police officer Dylan Tremblay.

But when her friend Ciara is nearly killed in a daring daylight attack, Landon can’t sit this out. Not when she knows the anger of being a victim.

Her faith tells her to leave room for God’s vengeance. Her heart says to retaliate.

The fight to expose Ciara’s enemy will uncover secrets and betrayal that could cost Landon her life.

 

In Bitter Truth, the third book in Janet Sketchley’s Green Dory Inn Mystery series, the mysteries are even more complex, the faith thread even more profound, and the romantic possibilities even more defined. I’m still recovering from the events at the end of book two, trying to catch my breath from the harrowing danger and stunning reveals, and then this story starts off with another surprise! I wasn’t sure how it would affect the characters – or what it meant for the inn yet again – but I was eager to find out.

Not only do we have the usual players that we’ve grown to know and love, but we also spend more time with Ciara – Landon’s former nemesis – in Bitter Truth and meet Landon’s rescuer Zander. These characters understandably bring Landon some complex emotions to work through, not to mention the fact that the mystery/suspense element is getting deadlier and more shocking twists are in store. There are a few other new characters introduced as well, but whether they will become suspects or victims – or red herrings – is only revealed a little at a time, drawing you cleverly into the plot until you are completely immersed in this world.

Once again, I delighted in reuniting with Landon, Anna, Roy, Bobby, Nigel, and the cats … yes, even Elva. The author continues to develop each one with astute dimensions and realistic strengths and weaknesses. No one in these books is perfect, and even the believers struggle with aspects of their faith. Readers are sure to find a kindred spirit in at least one of the main players in this series, likely more than one, and grace is there to fill in the broken places and rough edges like a comforting hug. Landon’s character growth across the series is especially compelling, and the author treats her backstory with the sensitivity it requires .. while at the same time not shying away from it or leaving her stuck in it. It’s a fine line to walk in fiction, and Sketchley does so quite well.

Bottom Line: Just when you think it’s safe to enjoy a quiet stay at the Green Dory Inn, another mystery rears its head – this one even deadlier and more sinister than the previous ones. In Bitter Truth, Janet Sketchley takes readers on a suspenseful journey full of heart with rubber-meets-the-road faith, complex characters, and a layered plot. It’s part cozy mystery, part suspense, and wholly entertaining. I admire Landon so much as a character, and this story reminds me again of why I do. Some progress in the romance department had me grinning cautiously, and I can’t wait to see if Landon will take any steps – however cautious – in that direction as the series continues.

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 2 / warm rosy glow of sweetness

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Deadly Burden by Janet SketchleyDEADLY BURDEN by Janet Sketchley
SERIES:
Green Dory Inn Mystery series #4

GENRE: Mystery/Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Janet Sketchley
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2023
PAGES: 304

Obey the police and stay safe, or follow her heart and help unmask a killer?

Landon Smith solved the last murder by accident—and nearly became the next victim. When a shocking death strikes her close-knit circle, can this amateur sleuth discover who wanted the town busybody dead?

The dead woman knew too much about too many people. Was she silenced to protect a secret? Or because of one she wouldn’t tell? And how can a dyslexic trauma survivor find clues the professionals miss?

Landon can’t afford to be sidetracked by a vindictive guest at the inn or by unexpected family drama. Or by falling for the geeky writer next door—now that he’s over her. With a storm closing in and no leads in sight, Landon’s first Christmas at the Green Dory Inn is shaping up to be anything but merry and bright.

Mystery/suspense meets Christian women’s fiction with a chance of Christmas romance in Deadly Burden, book four in the Green Dory Inn Mystery series. If you like characters who don’t quit, faith-filled fiction, and small-town mysteries, then you’ll love Janet Sketchley’s engaging novel. Buy Deadly Burden and check in to the Green Dory Inn today!

 

It’s Christmas at the Green Dory Inn, but of course that doesn’t mean that Landon or Anna or their close friends will get through the holiday without some mystery finding them. And, sure enough, the drama starts right away at the town’s Christmas dinner and doesn’t ease up until the very end. Just like the other mysteries that Landon has helped solve in this series, the murder in Deadly Burden hits close to home and the end results may be surprising. My heart ached for the person it affected most, as well as for those whose even more deeply-held secrets come to light as a result of the investigation. But through it all, the character growth that the author orchestrates makes all the pain worth it in the end. Kinda like how God doesn’t waste a single thing that we go through but uses everything to make us more like Jesus.

Speaking of… I know I’ve said it in every review so far but I love the characters who have found a makeshift family at the Green Dory Inn. Anna, Landon, Bobby, Roy, Elva, Nigel, Dylan, Timkin, and Mister all have a special place in my heart that will keep me coming back for however many books the author wants to include in this series. I love their flaws, their strengths, their personalities… and the way they each bring something to the table that nobody else can.

And … could you hear me squealing in KissingBook-fan excitement??? THERE IS ROMANCE IN THIS BOOK!! Y’all know I love mysteries and suspense and I love them even more when there’s a little kissing in the mix too. You’ll have to read this book for yourself to see if any mistletoe is put to good use, but do know that I am quite contented with how things played out – and looking forward to see where the next book takes Landon and her new feelings.

Bottom Line: Deadly Burden by Janet Sketchley decks the halls with murder, forgiveness, secrets, and even a little romance. The engaging prose and smart plotting keeps readers entertained and invested from beginning to end, whether it be just this book or the series overall. In fact, you’ll appreciate the story arc best and avoid potential spoilers when you start with Unknown Enemy and continue in order. But however you read Deadly Burden, you’ll find yourself captivated by the characters and eager for whatever adventure they find themselves in next!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Janet Sketchley is an Atlantic Canadian writer who likes her fiction with a splash of mystery or adventure and a dash of Christianity. Why leave faith out of our stories if it’s part of our lives?

She’s also the author of the Tenacity Christian Devotionals series and creator of the Reads to Remember readers’ journals.

When she’s not writing, Janet is most likely curled up with a cup of tea and a good book. Connect with Janet – and find discussion questions for her books – at her website.


Green Dory Inn Mystery giveaway

Janet Sketchley is offering winner’s choice of any one (1) Green Dory Inn Mystery book to one of my readers! (US/CAN only for print. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the Green Dory Inn Mystery series by Janet Sketchley?

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47 responses to “Series Review (and a Giveaway!): Green Dory Inn Mystery series by Janet Sketchley

  1. I want to read this book because author is new to me and the books sounds like it’s a great read and I like mysteries too not to mention that the review and thoughts also make me want to read these books in print format.

  2. Nancy

    I would like to read the Green Dory Inn Mystery series by Janet Sketchley because it is a mystery series that is new to me.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your reviews on the Green Dory Inn Mystery series by Janet Sketchley. Each book sounds like a wonderful read. I know from the description and your review that I would love the opportunity to read each and every book in this series.

  4. Anne

    The Green Dory Mystery series appeals to me greatly. The setting, story and the writing makes this a real treasure to enjoy. Atlantic Canada is a favorite place for me to visit. Wonderful and special.

  5. Carrie, thank you for such a positive review of the series! I’m glad to see so much interest in the comments. Thank you, everyone! Waving at you from East Coast Canada 🙂 I don’t live in Lunenburg, but I’ve visited enough to say with confidence that it’s a charming town to visit if you get the chance.

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