The Secret Staircase: Victorian Village Mystery Series, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Kate Hamilton is feeling good about her plans to recreate Asheboro, Maryland, as the Victorian town it once was. Even two recent murders aren't enough to discourage her: After she helped to solve them, she put them behind her.
Now comes the time to make real plans, and her first goal is to renovate the Barton Mansion on the outskirts of town. Luckily, it's been maintained in good condition in the century since the wealthy Henry Barton lived and died there. But when the contractor gets started, he discovers a staircase that had been walled in years earlier. And of course, given the way Kate's luck has been going, there's a body on the stairs.
After the first shock, Kate is relieved when the autopsy reveals that the man had died around 1880. Unfortunately, it also reveals that he had not died a natural death - he had been murdered.
So Kate and Carroll Peterson, who Kate had drafted to sort through Henry Barton's papers, start a hunt to identify the man and why he died at the Barton Mansion. But when a second body is found - this time from the present day - Kate realizes that someone may not be so keen on her digging up the past....
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 19 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 24, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #58,356 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#432 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#781 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,607 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
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This is the third book in Sheila Connolly’s Victorian Village Mystery series, but she provides enough backstory to enjoy it on its’ own. Kate is assisted by Carroll, who specializes in researching resource collections, and Josh, a history professor from Johns Hopkins University. While they have found letters and articles on Henry Barton and his factory, little is known about his wife Mary. This becomes the center of Carroll’s research while Kate interviews contractors for the restoration of the mansion. She hires Morgan Wheeler who is passionate about the restoration of older homes and is familiar with the mansion. From the first day, however, there is trouble with Morgan’s crew. As if an old body isn’t enough trouble, a second body is soon found at the site. This is a recent death and Kate must clear her crew of suspicion.
Connolly reveals the story of the Barton Mansion and the family that lived there. It is a story of history and heartbreak that also reveals a surprising connection to a current resident of the area. Even though the plot of The Secret Staircase revolves around the mansion’s restoration the town still faces renovation, providing ample opportunity for more mysteries to come. This is more than the revitalization of a dying town. It is also a story that brings a community together and provides a solid mystery. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing this book for my review.
It's a shame this series is over already, almost before it began. Kate is a big city manager learning to function in a small town. That is no easy feat. It is happening, though. Her boyfriend, Josh, is a college professor of history, which helps and she has community support. Many things happened in these few weeks: a hundred year-old body is found plastered into the wall, and a fresh one on the basement steps. Curious things are discovered through diaries, censuses, and old newspapers. As in any genealogical project, things that had been secrets tend to turn up. As in any murder investigation, even the smallest clue might be helpful. The best investigators keep their ears open and have a mind for puzzles. Kate certainly did. This was a lovely little mystery, especially the one about Henry and Mary Barton and their family. The past makes such a difference. We will miss you, Sheila Connolly.
I was invited to read a free e-ARC of The Secret Staircase by Minotaur Books, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #minotaurbooks #thesecretstaircase