Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery
Critics’ Choice Award Winner
The fog isn’t the only thing wreaking havoc at La Jolla’s landmark Hotel California. A prankster has been hiring employees for nonexistent jobs, a decomposing whale ends up beached in front of the hotel and interrupts a grunion run, and a group of swingers has arrived at the property for a love-in. Not for the first time, hotel detective Am Caulfield is overheard saying, “Hotels are like a circus without the tent.”
In addition to those headaches, Am has more than a few mysteries on his hands: Which one of the hotel guests murdered the famed paranormal debunker in room 374? What changes does the hotel’s new owner – aka the Fat Innkeeper – have in store? And can Am juggle a new romantic interest and the increasing animosity of the local police while still nabbing a killer?
Revised and updated edition