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)|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries #1) Reviews
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
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
I have enjoyed everything thing I read by Sheila Connolly and the first book of the Victoria Village Mystery did not disappoint. The characters are developed and the area will place right there. You could feel the town was in decline and the beautiful Mansion on the outskirts of town. Katherine Hamilton has returned to her hometown, Asheford, Maryland to consult if the town had assets to turn the direction it is going around. Katherine falls in love with the Civil War Mansion and can see a desti ...more
Series: Victorian Village Mysteries #1
Publication Date: 6/26/18
Great beginning for a new series. I read Connolly’s County Cork series (set in Ireland) and thoroughly every one of those, so when a new book for a new series popped up, I wanted to read it as well. This one is set in the financially troubled town of Asheford, Maryland. This small town is headed in the same direction as many other small towns today. All of the younger folks are moving to the cities because of the jobs and amenities o ...more
I was looking froward to this new series from Sheila Connolly as I have enjoyed her other series. This one was fine, with potential. It was a bit slow going due to establishing the characters and the setting for future mysteries. The story was not as strong as I would have liked but it was good enough that I will happily check out the next in the series. My one hesitation for this series has to be the main character, Kate. She just didn't come across as anyone I would like to know and it all see ...more
Katherine Hamilton returns to her home of Asheford, Maryland as a favor to her high school best friend, Lisbeth. Kate, whose degree and work experience is in the hospitality industry, agrees to come up with a plan that just might keep the town from going bankrupt. Kate ends up surprising herself by truly becoming invested in saving the town, with a Victorian mansion recently purchased by the town council, at the heart of the plan. When her high school nemesis is found murdered, Kate joins in the ...more
Murder at the Mansion by Shelia Connolly is the 1st book in the Victorian Village mystery series, and it's off to a good start. Katherine Hamilton is contacted by her high school friend to help with her home town of Asheford, Maryland. The town spent all their resources on a mansion, and the town is now broke. Kate arch enemy in high school, Cordelia, is the person who talked the town into buying the mansion. When Cordelia is found murdered the mystery begins. I really enjoyed this story, and am ...more
This is a new series but definitely not a debut novel for Sheila Connolly (she is already a nest selling author). I personally haven’t read any of Connolly’s books but I was intrigued by the summary of this one and the fact that it was a brand new series.
Not going to lie the fact that it said ‘Victorian’ in the series title also was a contributing factor. I love all things Victorian and when I saw it in the title I was immediately saying ‘sold’ loudly in my head.
The writing in this book is excel ...more