The first in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly!Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheford, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job supervising every aspect of the day-to-day operations of a high-end boutique hotel on the Baltimore waterfront. Then her high school best friend asks her to come talk with the town leaders of Asheford, but she won't say why. Kate can't cut her last link to her past, so she agrees to make the short trip across the state to Asheford.Once Kate arrives, the town council members reveal that their town is on the verge of going bankrupt, and they've decided that Kate's skills and knowledge make her the perfect person to cure all their ills. The town has used its last available funds to buy the huge Victorian mansion just outside of town, hoping to use it to attract some of the tourists who travel to visit the nearby Civil War battle sites. Kate has less-than-fond memories of the mansion, for personal reasons, but to make matters worse, the only person who has presented a possible alternate plan is Cordelia Walker--Kate's high school nemesis, who had a hand in driving Kate away from Asheford so many years.But a few days later Kate receives a call from the police--Cordelia has been found dead on the mansion property, and Kate is all-but certain that her name is high on the suspect list. She finds herself juggling the murder investigation and her growing fascination with the magnificent old house that turns out to be full of long-hidden mysteries itself. Kate knows she must clear her name and save her town--before she ends up behind bars....
|Title||:||Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries #1)|
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Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries #1) Reviews
Katherine Hamilton is a damn good hospitality manager at a large hotel in Boston. When a friend of hers from high school asks her to return to their hometown to help see if she can use the old house just outside town to revitalize the now failing town. Katherine decides to give her opinion but is going to leave it at that... until her job is suddenly made redundant. As she starts to think more about what saving the Barton mansion could mean for her town, she gets more and more excited. Too bad h ...more
I'm a sucker for small town mysteries and when you have a mysterious mansion at the center of it all, well, you've got my attention. And this was an enjoyable read, with a likable main character in Kate; she's a level-headed and unflappable sleuth and romantic interest Josh made for a good sidekick and added a sprinkle of romance. I liked the plot, surrounding a remarkably well-preserved mansion built a century ago by the mysterious Henry Barton and a very unlikable local woman who is found dead ...more
Updating with review: I love cozy mysteries and am always looking for a new series to fall in love with. Unfortunately, this was not it! I could not get on board with any of the characters. Most of them, seemed very shallow and unfeeling. And I wasn't delighted, amused or even interested in the story. I found myself bored and struggling to finish. I'm in the minority with this one but it just wasn't for me.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for the oppor ...more
The challenge facing small towns in America provides a unique premise for the characters and situations Sheila Connolly creates in the debut of her new series, Victorian Village Mysteries.
Kate Hamilton’s friend Lisabeth approaches Kate with a request to save their hometown Asheboro, MD. The small town is slowly dying, and a storm just hit the shops on main street doing considerable cosmetic damage. Within the last couple of years, the town council purchased a large Victorian mansion on the town’ ...more
Thanks to the publisher (via Netgalley) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
At the beginning of Murder at the Mansion, I wasn't sure that this new series was going to click- I initially found the main character's attitude to be a bit too condescending and snobby (she has a snide thought early in the book about the insignificance of her friend's problems as a stay-at-home mom to those of her life as a so-important single, childless hotel executive). However, throughout the st ...more
Kate Hamilton is a skilled hotel executive in Baltimore when she receives a call from her high school best friend Lisbeth asking if she visit their hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. The town is in financial distress so Kate agrees to think about a possible plan for the town's future. But high school feelings and resentments still run strong in this small town an hour from Baltimore.
I thought the book had very good potential; it just was caught up in repeating high school wounds to the point where ...more
Back in high school, Katie Hamilton had an awful experience with the town mean girl, Cordy. It cost Katie her self esteem and her boyfriend, and as soon as possible, she fled her hometown of Asheboro and never looked back.
Fifteen years later, Kate Hamilton has obtained her masters degree and landed her dream job managing hospitality for a successful Baltimore hotel. Over the course of a day, the past rears its head and her carefully constructed life crumbles. Her high school best friend, comes t ...more
There is a lot to like in this series debut. Kate Hamilton is in the hospitality business, running a boutique hotel in Baltimore when she is unexpectedly laid off. At the same time, her old high school best friend Lisbeth shows up with a plea for Kate to come help out her old home town in rural Maryland. The town has few financial resources, a shrinking population, and only one big asset: a gorgeous old Victorian mansion. Plans are afoot (by Kate's old high school enemy Cordelia) to dra ...more