“But I’m always ready. Everything is always ready day and night in this house just on the offchance that an acceptable young gentleman will come along.”
I tend to read it for fun at first, then force them to think about the way the story is structured afterwards.
How does the writer prevent us from realising the woman is a murderer until the end of the story? Are there any hints that the Bed & Breakfast and the woman aren’t normal? Look again at the last sentence – is this a good way to end the story? Is it better to know a story is a scary story from the beginning, or is it better to find this out as a surprise?