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A dying woman, experienced in creating and defusing chemical and biological weapons, is sent to the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast to live out her last days in comfort. Only trouble is she has no intention of going quietly! Linda Romano is determined to make everyone miserable or die trying!

The gang at the Bard’s Bed & Breakfast on Vermont’s Lake Champlain is back in another tale of twisted intelligence plots and deceptions that would have left Shakespeare shaking his head in dismay. Blackmail and murder are on the agenda as the bedridden patient forces her nurse, “Horrible Harry”, and her doctor to do her evil bidding. And the two Syrian wards, staying at the Bard’s for safekeeping? They’re anything but safe!

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A Plague is set at the B&B where book 1 in the series is also set. In this story, Linda, a former CIA specialist in chemical and biological warfare, has moved into the B&B to spend her last days in hospice care. AS it turns out, she has a plan, and everything is not as it seems. I enjoyed this book even more than Let Slip the Dogs of War (the first book in the series).more
What a joy it was to get to review these two novels! My only hope is that this isn’t the end of Bea and Ben, the proprietors of the said B&B. Although the Bard’s isn’t your usual B&B – nope, it’s main purpose is to create R&R for the CIA friends of Ben who are in dire needs of it usually. When things get boring (and they rarely do!) Uncle Edward and Lorna can getting a card game going or find a body someplace. A Plague o’ Both Your Houses brings us the consummate witch with a capital B as a houseguest. Linda Romano hated everyone equally and did a good job of it. Supposedly dying and tended to by her nephew the Dr., Linda made everyone’s life miserable. No one more than her caregiver Manie, the Jamacian woman hired to take care of her. Linda had things on Manie and wasn’t above using them to gain cooperation; until they backfired. No one likes a witch.The wordplay between Bea and Ben is worth the price of the book in itself but the plots are good but Ben’s colleagues are all interesting and humorous and the presence of Uncle Edward does nothing but add to the plan. Go download these immediately. You’ll love them!more
This is the second book in the series. It involves more intrigue among the operators and residents of a B&B which is a retreat for spies between assignments or in retirement. Linda, a former spy now on hospice care, is being cared for at the inn. She has plans for revenge and tries to orchestrate her plans from her sickbed. Bea and Ben, along with some CIA help, must thwart these plans and keep Rose and her sister safe. Another enjoyable story with I received as an Early Reviewer.more
The second book of the Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery serie is even better than the first one. Whereas in the first book the main focus is laid out on the introduction of all the protagonists, the second book goes into a espionage story based on a current and explosive case in the Middle East - Syria and Assad. In my opinion Sara Barton has done a masterpiece in embedding the up-to-dateness into a cosy mystery set out in Vermont.Bea in her down-to-earth way is not only manoeuvring the trained agents she also has got a big heart for everyone and is always looking forward to killing two birds with one stone. Therefore she mostly needs the help of another confederate to make sure her husband's goodwill.more
Linda, a retired CIA chemical expert, has been installed in hospice care at our reclusive Vermont B&B. Thoroughly disagreeable, it appears she has scores to settle as she mischievously waits out her days. Seeing as the B&B is run by Ben, a retired CIA agent and his wife, Bea, the place is soon overrun by assorted spooks and bad guys. What is Linda's plan? Will she succeed in blackmailing her lovely Jamaican nurse? Can Ben and Bea protect the young Syrian girls in their care? Whatever happened to the Russian bad guy? More enjoyable, to me, than the first installment, with our author hitting her stride and finding a more consistent voice. Bea's inappropriate whining still irritates me. (It's not as if she didn't know he was a CIA agent when she married him. She's surprised he has secrets he has to keep?) Nevertheless, this has been toned down a bit from the earlier book. Plenty left to keep us guessing through the next several installments. (A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.)more
A Plague O' Both Your Houses: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #2 by Sara Barton4 STARSThis is the second book of A Bard's Bed & Breakfast that I have read this weekend and I want more of the characters. It's dealing with spies,attempted murder,kidnapping full of drama,humor,wity dialog. It is also a soap opera. I want to know what happens next in the lives at the A Bard's Bed & Breakfast.Uncle Edward, Lorna, Bea, and Ben are back running the bed & breakfast for the CIA to use.This time they have a dying guest who worked in the CIA chemist, skilled in creating and defusing chemical and biological weapons. Linda Romano is a mean lady. She has a lot of anger in her life. She has sent a letter saying she poison Harry and if he does not come to visit her he won't get the antidote to cure himself.Dealing with guests who are from the CIA or those who work with them, is never what it seems to be.Bea because she was used as a pawn is now named Bea. Her husband ex CIA agent Ben. Always has plans that Bea can't know all of. Uncle Edward retired spy and professor.Everyone tries to plan around everyone to get them to do what they want and you never know if thier idea is thiers or it fits into the CIA's plan after all.Bea is still taking care of Rose and Emma while thier mom is still in hospital after being rescued by CIA. The father is working in his country as a rebel for the CIA as long as his family is safe. I was given this book by the author and asked in return to give honest review of the story.Published: Nov. 08, 2012 Words: 56747 (approximate) ISBN: 9781301645619more
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A Plague is set at the B&B where book 1 in the series is also set. In this story, Linda, a former CIA specialist in chemical and biological warfare, has moved into the B&B to spend her last days in hospice care. AS it turns out, she has a plan, and everything is not as it seems. I enjoyed this book even more than Let Slip the Dogs of War (the first book in the series).more
What a joy it was to get to review these two novels! My only hope is that this isn’t the end of Bea and Ben, the proprietors of the said B&B. Although the Bard’s isn’t your usual B&B – nope, it’s main purpose is to create R&R for the CIA friends of Ben who are in dire needs of it usually. When things get boring (and they rarely do!) Uncle Edward and Lorna can getting a card game going or find a body someplace. A Plague o’ Both Your Houses brings us the consummate witch with a capital B as a houseguest. Linda Romano hated everyone equally and did a good job of it. Supposedly dying and tended to by her nephew the Dr., Linda made everyone’s life miserable. No one more than her caregiver Manie, the Jamacian woman hired to take care of her. Linda had things on Manie and wasn’t above using them to gain cooperation; until they backfired. No one likes a witch.The wordplay between Bea and Ben is worth the price of the book in itself but the plots are good but Ben’s colleagues are all interesting and humorous and the presence of Uncle Edward does nothing but add to the plan. Go download these immediately. You’ll love them!more
This is the second book in the series. It involves more intrigue among the operators and residents of a B&B which is a retreat for spies between assignments or in retirement. Linda, a former spy now on hospice care, is being cared for at the inn. She has plans for revenge and tries to orchestrate her plans from her sickbed. Bea and Ben, along with some CIA help, must thwart these plans and keep Rose and her sister safe. Another enjoyable story with I received as an Early Reviewer.more
The second book of the Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery serie is even better than the first one. Whereas in the first book the main focus is laid out on the introduction of all the protagonists, the second book goes into a espionage story based on a current and explosive case in the Middle East - Syria and Assad. In my opinion Sara Barton has done a masterpiece in embedding the up-to-dateness into a cosy mystery set out in Vermont.Bea in her down-to-earth way is not only manoeuvring the trained agents she also has got a big heart for everyone and is always looking forward to killing two birds with one stone. Therefore she mostly needs the help of another confederate to make sure her husband's goodwill.more
Linda, a retired CIA chemical expert, has been installed in hospice care at our reclusive Vermont B&B. Thoroughly disagreeable, it appears she has scores to settle as she mischievously waits out her days. Seeing as the B&B is run by Ben, a retired CIA agent and his wife, Bea, the place is soon overrun by assorted spooks and bad guys. What is Linda's plan? Will she succeed in blackmailing her lovely Jamaican nurse? Can Ben and Bea protect the young Syrian girls in their care? Whatever happened to the Russian bad guy? More enjoyable, to me, than the first installment, with our author hitting her stride and finding a more consistent voice. Bea's inappropriate whining still irritates me. (It's not as if she didn't know he was a CIA agent when she married him. She's surprised he has secrets he has to keep?) Nevertheless, this has been toned down a bit from the earlier book. Plenty left to keep us guessing through the next several installments. (A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.)more
A Plague O' Both Your Houses: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #2 by Sara Barton4 STARSThis is the second book of A Bard's Bed & Breakfast that I have read this weekend and I want more of the characters. It's dealing with spies,attempted murder,kidnapping full of drama,humor,wity dialog. It is also a soap opera. I want to know what happens next in the lives at the A Bard's Bed & Breakfast.Uncle Edward, Lorna, Bea, and Ben are back running the bed & breakfast for the CIA to use.This time they have a dying guest who worked in the CIA chemist, skilled in creating and defusing chemical and biological weapons. Linda Romano is a mean lady. She has a lot of anger in her life. She has sent a letter saying she poison Harry and if he does not come to visit her he won't get the antidote to cure himself.Dealing with guests who are from the CIA or those who work with them, is never what it seems to be.Bea because she was used as a pawn is now named Bea. Her husband ex CIA agent Ben. Always has plans that Bea can't know all of. Uncle Edward retired spy and professor.Everyone tries to plan around everyone to get them to do what they want and you never know if thier idea is thiers or it fits into the CIA's plan after all.Bea is still taking care of Rose and Emma while thier mom is still in hospital after being rescued by CIA. The father is working in his country as a rebel for the CIA as long as his family is safe. I was given this book by the author and asked in return to give honest review of the story.Published: Nov. 08, 2012 Words: 56747 (approximate) ISBN: 9781301645619more
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