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Rose Hill (Rose Hill Mystery Series #1)

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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  267 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Nestled at the foot of Pine Mountain, Rose Hill has one traffic light, one patrol car, and one cold-blooded killer. When rich and rotten Theo Eldridge is found bludgeoned to death in the local veterinary clinic, Rose Hill police chief Scott Gordon is forced to work with ambitious county investigator Sarah Albright. Unfortunately Sarah seems more interested in seducing Scot ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by Booksurge Publishing (first published August 24th 2008)
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Quillracer
This is a ‘not quite’ book. It’s not quite a romance, not quite a mystery. And it’s not quite fixed anywhere. I never had a solid feel for where the story was located beyond the Rose Hill of the title. There were times it seemed to be set in Pennsylvania. Other times, the words and descriptions used were more common to other areas of the country. As a result, I never felt ‘grounded’ in the story.

The same was true for many of the characters. They were so indistinctly drawn that except for Scott,
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Drebbles
Theo Eldridge was a bully and very much hated in Rose Hill, so it isn’t a surprise when someone finally murders him. The only real question is who the killer is and police chief Scott Gordon has plenty of suspects who all have reasons to want Theo dead, including his own family. A potential eyewitness to the murder is missing and Scott would love to find him. Scott works reluctantly with Sarah Albright from the county sheriff’s office while trying to avoid her passes and trying to convince Maggi ...more
Sharon Michael
Readable mystery that was borderline between okay and liked it. The biggest problem for me was that part of the plot was structured around a scam involving dogs that isn't possible now because of DNA typing and the storyline was current timing. I'd have liked the book more if I wasn't involved myself with purebred dogs and AKC registration and didn't know that part of the plot was impossible.
Bridget
Rose Hill is the scene of the crime. It's your average, small town gossip haven. Theo, the town bully and the town drunk, has been found dead. None of this small town's population are saddened. Actually it's quite the opposite. It seems everyone has had words with Theo at one point or another. Most people in the town believe that they are better off without Theo around. This makes police chief, Scott Gordon's, job very difficult.

Maggie Fitzpatrick, a fiery redhead with attitude, owns the local b
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Jane
Very good read

A very good read, and just the thing for either the pool or the fireside. You pick. Good characterizations and an interesting plot line. I'll definitely read the rest of the series.
Will Decker
This is your typical small town who-dun-it. The characters were well developed even if a little numerous and hard to keep track of at times. When the town bully is murdered and his sidekick disappears, everyone becomes a suspect. In the solving of the crime, lots of small town gossip surfaces and you realize the people you think you know, you really don't. Even the post mistress isn't what she appears to be on the surface. I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the small town nuance. ...more
Nelta
I'm always hungry for a good mystery book and "Rose Hill" filled that hunger....I found it to be interesting, intriguing with a dash of romance and a pinch of humor... There were a LOT of characters in this plot to keep up with and many who could have done in the small town bully.... love small town stories.
Looking forward to seeing where this goes with Scott and Maggie...
Denise
'Rose Hill' is a great small town with a huge mystery. Small towns are always full of great gossip, betrayals, lies and some great people. Rose Hill is just like that. The storyline was full of mystery, drama and suspense. I loved the way it played out. The characters were great. Maggie and Hannah are hilarious. I loved their sense of humor and their antics as a team were great. Scott made a great lead. I liked his sense of duty. this book is a great add to your tbr list. I look forward to readi ...more
Mary
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from Librarything.com member giveaways. I couldn’t wait to start reading. It has murder, mystery, humor, romance and drama all rolled into one. You meet best friends, family members who grew up together but have skeletons in their closet and other colorful characters. Each character is well written.

Theo Eldridge is not liked at all in his hometown of Rose Hill. Even his family members don’t like him. In Rose Hill everybody knows everybody and the
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Black Butterfly
Mar 05, 2015 Black Butterfly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BOOKBUB
Shelves: murder, mysteries
THIS I ANOTHER SERIES BUT THE BOOKS ARE CONNECTED STAND ALONE'S. I LOVE READING ABOUT LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN BECAUSE SO MUCH IS GOING ON (a little peyton place) THIS REALLY HAS TONS OF EVERYTHING GOING ON. I DID THINK IT WAS A BIT TOO WORDY AND HAD WAY TOO MANY CHARACTERS TO KEEP UP WITH. I KNOW THE TOWN HAS TO BE INTRODUCED TO THE READER BUT THEY'RE SO MANY OF THEM YOU NEED A SCORECARD TO TELL WHO'S WHO. I HAVE NOT DECIDED IF I WILL CONTINUE I THINK IT MIGHT BE SIX SO FAR AND COUNTING BUT NO A BA ...more
Sheila
Interesting murder mystery. It seems everyone in town has a reason to kill the town bully, Theo Eldridge but who was it that finally broke and did kill him? I liked these characters. The mystery was good and just when I thought I had the killer another possibility was thrown in my path. This sets up the series. I want to meet these people again and see how they deal with each other. They are friends or relatives and sometimes both. I particularly liked Maggie, Scott, and Hannah.
Karen Musser
The writing is good and the characters interesting. I do find such frequent changes of point of view disconcerting. I also found it very confusing to have so many characters with similar names: Maggie, Margie, Mandy, Mamie and Madge. The author explains at one point that they are all short for Mary Margaret, a common name in a Catholic town but it doesn't serve the plot in any way.
Scott K
Too many characters and background stories that had no real meaningful purpose to overall story. At times felt the murder plot was itself a secondary story leaving the book without a main plot. Just never felt a connection to any character. The ending had no suspense what so ever again making the murder plot seem as if it was a filler to the overall story
Susan Anderson
Loved the story, the characters, the dialogue ...

... especially between Hannah and Maggie. This is a real winner and I'm so glad I read it, one of those books that keeps you guessing, that develops plot and characters with every turn of the page. Tears and belly laughs. I feel like I've been to Rose Hill.
Frances L. Ehrig
Rose

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. It caught my interest. immediately and I didn't stop reading until the end. There are many townspeople, and I suppose many will have stories to tell. The main characters still have problems to resolve so I'll be reading the next books in the series.
Suze
ROSE HILL

Good story, good characters- although there were way too many to keep track of. Scott and Maggie have an interesting relationship, I hope to see that how that develops in future books. Scott seems to be a little odd for a police chief, but it is a small town.
Freda Walrod
Very Good

Much better than I expected. Residents of small town Rose Hill are keeping so many secrets it would take a computer to sort them out, but when the town bully is killed, it is up to the sheriff and his friends to figure out which of these secrets ended up being deadly.
Mary
Small town gossip?

Somewhere a killer has affected the entire towns future by dredging sordid past indiscretions. Can an honest policeman with a Catholic school upbringing find out what ties affect so many ? Just a really good read. Don't miss it.
Suzette
A fun whodunit. Welcome to small town , somewhere. Lots of characters with plenty of character. I refer to these types of books as TV on paper. An enjoyable read. A few very good twists in the plot. Great for the beach.... Or a rainy afternoon.
Joanne
I liked the idea of this book. I tried to solve the mystery; but I felt as if I was running in circles with too many characters and too little information.
I'll give The Rose Hill Mysteries another chance and read another book in the series.
Renee
Good Read

I enjoyed this little book, and it's numerous and various characters. I would have enjoyed more chapters and some resolutions for character lines, but then, I nearly always hate a book to end.
Laura
Good mystery

I have always loved mysteries. I'm not very good at solving them, but like to read them. Rose Hill is a nice read - not tense or graphic but still a good read.
chelepissbcglobal.net
Excellent, excellent book.

This is a great fast paced book filled with tons of twists and turns and a fabulous surprise ending. Couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Linda Cole
Small town with a twist

Greatly enjoyed. I liked the lead character Scott who tried to do what he thought was best even if he had to bend the law a little.
merilie Gonzales
Pleasantly surprised

The author's writing us solid and the plot was easy to follow. The characters are likeable and you'll look forward to the next book.
Jeanne Dickerson
Enjoyed it.

Well written. I would read other books of hers. I really liked the feisty
Maggie and would like to know what happens between her and Scott.

Marilyn
Good

the murder mystery that started to breing so many more mysteries that inculcated black mailing;drugs and missing persons.the police chief .
Pat
Good

Pretty good writing......a little hard to keep up with all the characters.....all in all loved it. Want to Read more by this author.
Sandi Blaylock
Disappointed

This book had way too may characters to keep up with. Some that weren't even pertinent to the story. I finally got through with this book for it to have just an ending. No build up not ending the way you thought. I was very disappointed.
Michele bookloverforever
excellent story. real life characters complete with real life foibles and faults wrapped around the murder of a rich bully.
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Pamela Grandstaff lives in West Virginia. She writes the Rose Hill Mystery Series and books for children. All books are available in paperback and as E-books.
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