Kelly Jackson Interview by Janet Finsilver
I sat down in front of the newspaper reporter’s desk. She wanted to interview me and write an article for the local paper about Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast.
“Thank you for coming in, Kelly. I’m Janet Finsilver, and I’d like to learn about you as the new manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast and what changes might be happening there. Have you been to Redwood Cove before?”
“I have. I’m an employee of Resorts International, the company that owns the inn. When the previous manager, Bob Phillips, had a fatal fall off of a cliff, I was called in to run the place.”
The reporter made some notes. “I remember what happened. You and a group of locals discovered he was murdered.”
“Correct. The Silver Sentinels, a crime-solving group of seniors and Bob’s friends, were convinced his death was no accident. They were right.”
Janet sat back in her chair. “You found the killer.”
“Yes.” And it almost cost me my life.
The reporter smiled. “I imagine you’re hoping to not have any more excitement like that.”
“You bet. Running Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast and making it the best it can be is my goal.” Please, no more murders.
“What did you do before coming to Redwood Cove?”
“Mostly I worked on my parent’s ranch. They raise cattle all year and run a guest ranch in the summer. I had a few other jobs, but they weren’t a fit.” I wished fervently this one would be a match for me.
“Have there been any changes made at the inn?”
“Yes. I suggested we give each room a theme. My boss, Michael Corrigan, thought it was a good idea and that’s part of the renovation going on.” I was thrilled when he liked my suggestion.
“What are some of the themes?”
“There’s the Maritime Room, The Study, and the Ocean Suite to mention a few. We’re hoping people will like having a chance to pick one that corresponds with their interests.”
“What are you doing while the remodel is happening?”
“I’ll be working at a sister property, Redwood Heights.” I’d seen a picture of the imposing mansion and thought about how different it was from Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. “Michael Corrigan is preparing to sell it. There are quite a few items from the 1800s that I’ve been asked to inventory.”
The reporter stood and extended her hand. “Thank you for your time, and welcome to our community.”
I shook her hand. “Thank you for doing the article.”
I walked through Redwood Cove on my way back to the inn. I absorbed the beauty of the towering redwood trees in the distance, the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean on my right, and the abundant vegetation along the path. I looked forward to being part of this town and making it my new home.
Little did I know the peaceful moment was about to be shattered by a shrill scream.
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Kelly Jackson returns to California to manage Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. While the inn is being renovated, she is assigned the task of inventorying a historic collection of objects from the 1800s housed at nearby Redwood Heights and to assist at the mansion during the Whale Frolic Festival. She’s also asked to learn what she can about the disappearance of some jewelry from visitors’ rooms.
Shortly after she arrives, Kelly finds a guest stabbed in one of the rooms, the door and windows locked from the inside. Then Gertrude “Gertie” Plumber, a member of the Silver Sentinels, a crime-solving group of senior citizens, is attacked. The police question Gertie’s son, Stevie, who is working at the mansion with his bed-bug and termite-sniffing team of beagles, Jack and Jill, about the jewelry thefts as well as the murder. Kelly and the Silver Sentinels must work together to solve the crimes before another life is lost and Stevie is put in prison.
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Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY best-selling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. Murder at Redwood Cove, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, Murder at the Mansion, is scheduled to be available on June 7, 2016.