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Manor of Death (A Domestic Bliss Mystery #3)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  223 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Erin Gilbert is paid to bring spaces to new life–not to uncover murder. But from the beginning of her job in a Victorian manor, things are totally out of control. It starts with the sighting of a ghost and leads to the discovery of a decades-old secret, a hidden dead space in the attic, and the shocking death of a beautiful young woman. Teamed with her insufferably self-co ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Dell (first published January 1st 2006)
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Can we say poorly written narrative and awkward dialogue? I thought we could. Not to mention, this books has some very annoying characters and a silly plot. Luckily, I got it from the library, so I didn't lose any money on buying it.
Talk about a turnaround, the author seriously tamed her main protagonist's overblown ego and frequent unnecessary tantrums, going so far as to have the character realize that most of her outbursts were brought on by her own raging ego rather than things others had done. The character was so pleasant for the first 200 pages that for the first time in the history of the series I wasn't distracted by an infuriating character and found the read rather enjoyable, however the new human Erin is obvious ...more
As Erin Gilbert accepts a new project remodeling her neighbour’s Victorian manor, she quickly realizes she gets more than she bargains for. The sighting of a ghostly apparition sets up a chain of events resulting in two murders and the unearthing of a decades-old secret that involves the entire neighborhood.

This is Leslie Caine’s third novel in the Domestic Bliss series featuring interior designer Erin Gilbert. As I was reading, I got the distinct impression that I should have started at the be
Erin Gilbert's remodel of a neighbor's home is running into some rather haunting issues. Specifically, the ghost of a 40 year dead teenager keeps appearing on the roof or in the windows. The home owner insists it's either her daughter or her daughter's babysitter. When the babysitter is found dead it doesn't end the hauntings. And the deaths don't stop either. It becomes clear to Steve Sullivan that Erin may be next on the "ghost"'s most wanted list. The main characters were more likable in this ...more
The author is an interior decorator and she may know her wallpaper, but she does not succeed in writing a good mystery. In fact, this book is inane, twittering twaddle. Only one character shows brief glimpses of intelligence and he is always angry. In my imaginings this is because he has been cast in this book and has to spend his free time painting portraits of a girl who has been dead for 40 years and then hiding them. Worse than silly, I'm afraid I lost IQ points reading this one.
This is a fun series. This particular book seemed to drag a little toward the middle. I really enjoy Erin and her landlady Audrey. I'll definitely pick up more in this series.
Another good entry in the series. Some good twists and turns to an ending I didn't see coming.
I liked the mystery but in my opinion it goes a little overboard on the decorating information.
Alicia V
Loved it! Great continuation in the series and awesome Decor tips through out.
Nice easy read. Crime novel with humor.
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(about the photo from author's own webpage)

"This is an old photo of my daughter and me in front of our house in Colorado. She is now in college and looks quite different, but amazingly, I haven't changed one bit!"

(from author's own webpage--abbreviated)

As the opening for my "Meet Leslie" page, here's a touch of biographical information: I have been married for more than two decade
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