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
I really enjoyed this first in a new series and am looking forward to what the next book will bring.
Kate Hamilton was working for a boutique hotel in Baltimore when her high school best friend asked her to come back to her hometown of Asheboro, MD to help the town solve their finance issues. The town had bought an old mansion, was basically broke now, and Lisbeth just knew that Kate would figure out the best way to use that mansion and save the town's finances. Add to that, Kate's old high schoo ...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
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
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
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
Kate couldn't wait to escape from her hometown after she graduated from high school. Other than keeping in touch with her best friend, she has washed her hands of the town and couldn't be happier. But when Lisbeth reaches out to Kate fifteen years later to ask for help saving their hometown, Kate is curious enough to return to see what can be done. But when Kate's high school nemesis turns up dead and Kate finds herself on the list of suspects, she finds herself involved in a murder investigatio ...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
This is the first book in the new Victoria Village Mystery series by Sheila Connolly.
When Kate Hamilton receives a phone call from her friend Lisbeth, it came at the best time imaginable. Lisbeth has asked Kate, who has a degree in hospitality management and has been laid off due to a buy out, to come back home to Ashford, Maryland and try to save their town. Due to the economy, a storm and some unfortunate investments, the town is having a real problem and may die off.
At first Kate is reluctant ...more