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Murder at the Mansion (The Victorian Village Mysteries) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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MP3 CD FormatKatherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Until, that is, the hotel is acquired by a chain, and she's laid off. When Kate's high school best friend calls with a mysterious invitation to come talk with the town leaders of Asheboro, she agrees to make the trip, curious about where this new opportunity might lead.
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.
But a few days later, while touring the mansion, Kate stumbles over a body—and it's none other than Cordelia.
"[A] fascinating read...that skillfully combines history, romance, and mystery."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Connolly's accomplished series launch avoids the tired tropes found in many cozy debuts, incorporating humor, a realistic setting, and well-developed, appealing characters. Fans of the author's Museum Mysteries will welcome the guest appearance of series protagonist Nell Pratt."-- "Library Journal"
"Cozy fans will enjoy Connolly's characteristically warm treatment of small-town life."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Readers who like inheritance drama will enjoy this diverting story."-- "BookPage"
Narrator Emily Durante projects Kate's confidence and efficiency in this first-person mystery.-- "AudioFile"
- ASIN : B08XLJ8XSR
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200651917
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 7.5 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
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It's funny to say but I have fallen in love with the Barton Mansion.
Would I have gone back to the small town I grew up in to help save it from disappearing because an old friend asked ? Doubtful, but that's what Kate did and became involved in a murder and embezzlement. Just because it's Kate's old high school tormenter and someone the whole town hates should she get involved?
After all what does Kate have to do now that she has been made redundant. But her expertise in hotel management is perfect for what the town needs. And with her ideas and connections, well it's a perfect fit.
The characters come to life, but the best part for me was the description of the town and the Barton Mansion.
Soft rolling hills and a sleepy town trying to reinvent itself.
Why 4 stars and not 5? Mainly due to the fact that apparently proof readers and copy editors are no longer used in the publishing business. I am finding more and more books with issues with continuity. And unfortunately this one had several issues along these lines. I find that to be not only irritating, but very distracting.
Kate knows the hospitality business well and runs/ manages a huge hotel. But when her friend asks her to come back home and help save the town, she plows ahead with the project. Her former boyfriend is there along with the bully of their school and is later found murdered on the steps of the mansion that Kate would love to transform it into a B&B for the town.
I also think that the old plant can be used for something as well. Restore the town, bring it back to life and it will become a great tourist destination.
I love that Connolly uses a well loved character from another of her series in this book!
I was left wanting more, a lot more!!!