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Murder at the Mansion

Victorian Village Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Durante
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

Katherine 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.

©2018 Sheila Connolly (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-18

A good read.

This is a light & fun book. The mix of mystery & romance is just right. It made me want to visit the town & talk to the characters.

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  • Beatrice
  • 27-06-18

Meh

Murder at the Mansion is ok. It has a decent plot and mystery and a good pace. But, I'm not impressed with the characters. The story was a bit dry and predictable.

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  • Marie
  • 20-08-19

Switch your brain off!

The story line makes no sense. The protagonist is dumb and vacuous... I don’t think it is intentional. I think she is supposed to be a savvy, intelligent business woman. The writer is obviously not and it translates. I couldn’t finish it.

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  • Sandra Epperson
  • 30-01-19

Redundancy abounds

The same themes were repeated ad nauseam. The author told the story of how the victim mistreated everyone in her life at least seven times before I quit listening, She also told and retold the heroine's plan for the town until I gave up. Action moved so slowly I was falling asleep at the wheel. I cannot recommend this book.

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  • Wanda Woodrum
  • 05-01-19

interesting but a little slow

a lot of wine and everything moved slowly. didn't love the repetition. and sometimes the logic was uneven.

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 06-07-18

THIS SERIES HAS PROMISE

I ENJOYED THE READ. THOUGH NOT A LONG BOOK, BY ANY MEANS, IT WAS A LITTLE LONGER THAN NECESSARY FOR THE STORYLINE, PARTICULARLY SINCE IT HAD SOME RANDOM RESULTS, NOT REALLY SUBSTANTIATED BY THE STORY. ALSO, I WAS NEVER REALLY SATISFIED WITH RESPECT TO THE FIND AND THE FUTURE OF THE TOWN, OR AT LEAST THE ANTICIPATED PROPOSAL. I UNDERSTAND IT IS THE FIRST IN THE SERIES, AND I WILL GIVE THE NEXT BOOK A TRY. IT WILL JUST NEED TO BE MORE COHESIVE, MAKE ME FEEL I KNOW AND CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS, ESTABLISH A CONNECTION TO THE RESULTS, AND MAKE JOSH (OR MAYBE THE RELATIONSHIP) MORE CONVINCING. I DON'T WANT EXPLICIT SEX SCENES, JUST A MORE CONVINCING SPARK BETWEEN JOSH AND KATE. ONE PET PEEVE - THE NARRATOR IS GOOD, BUT COULD SHE ENUNCIATE "LIBRARY?" IT SOUNDED MORE LIKE "LIBARY." FINGERNAILS ON A BLACKBOARD.

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  • Shirley Ann Doyle
  • 11-10-19

Not too tense good bedtime reading. Good writing

Narrator good clear diction.
Good techniques of planting questions in reader's mind and frequent reviews

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  • Moms Books
  • 04-10-19

it said Heading optional

loved the narrator and the story, altho predictable was entertaining. I would read another if in a series.

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  • Nancy L. Mahannah
  • 22-09-19

Too many words

Too much detail about a project, almost like the author has to display her own knowledge. The conversations seemed out of middle school girls blabbing about unimportant things, but lots of words. I finished it, but kept it running at 1.25 X speed. Not interesting. Reader did a great job.

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  • Carmel T Boulanger
  • 11-06-19

Repitition

Repetition is good for memory but, in a book, it is boring. Telling the same details too often. Too bad because I'd love to know more, just sooner.