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The Hollow House

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Denver, 1919

I decided to use the name Geraldine Brunton. It's not the name I was born with, nor the name I married, but it will hide who I really am...and what I have done.

I've taken a job as companion to wealthy invalid Emmaline Stubbs, whose fragile exterior hides a will of iron. Despite its opulence, the Stubbs household is not a happy one. Emmaline's equally stubborn d
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Published November 1st 2011 by Carina Press
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May 31, 2017 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't know who recommended this one to me, but I really enjoyed it! I was unable to put it down. The way the book ends it feels like it is setting itself up for a sequel. When I get a chance I will see if the author published another book starring this character.

A woman named Geraldine Brunton is hiding from something. Scared that she is going to be found and eventually on the street since she is running low on money, she applies to be a companion for an elderly woman (Emmaline Stubbs) living
Tara Chevrestt
This is a historical mystery. Funny thing... except for when the heroine goes to the bookstore, the story never leaves the house, but somehow, the lack of settings do not hurt this book one bit. It's like a historical clue... There one house, there'a murder, and a household full of people and you, along with the heroine, must figure out whodunit. Cause if the head of the household (Well, second in command, actually) were to have her way, the heroine of the story, Rosalind, would be blamed for th ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
~* 4.5 Stars *~
A Superb Historical Mystery

Calling herself Geraldine Burton, she has fled her past and the East and has come to Denver in the hopes of securing for herself some nominal existence. Finding work is as imperative as it is difficult, for she has limited funds and no training or experience in the sort of positions available to a women in 1919. Still, she applies for a position as a companion to one Emmaline Stubbs and thinks herself lucky to have been granted the job.

Geraldine will qui
Jade Eby
Oct 23, 2011 Jade Eby rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

Oh my goodness. What an AWESOME surprise this book was. I really had no expectations going into this novel. All I knew was that it was a murder mystery. I devoured this book in two sittings during a car trip out of town. This novel was a huge sleeper hit for me.

There were SO many things I loved about this novel. Firstly, it brought me back to the old Gothic novels I had to read during my college years. I LOVE that old Gothic feel and this book
Aug 01, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Vous croyez savoir ce qu'est "un Harlequin" ? Lisez plutôt The Hollow House, publié par Carina Press, une filiale de Harlequin (donc techniquement, "un Harlequin"). Ce roman est un policier solide qui donne envie de lire plus de polars de cette trempe.

Quand j'étais plus jeune, c'était un genre qui m'attirait beaucoup. Je dévorais les Alice de la Bibliothèque verte (si vous voulez parler de romans "formatés", écrits par des nègres et à but purement commercial, défoulez-vous plutôt sur cette série
Feb 05, 2012 Marlene rated it it was amazing
The Hollow House by Janis Patterson is a terrific murder mystery of the old school, meaning that it takes place in a house where everyone has lots of secrets, and solving the mystery depends on peeling back the layers on all of those deep, dark secrets and rattling all the skeletons in everyone's closets. It's almost Gothic in its sense of impending doom, but there are no horror elements except those of the purely human variety.

In 1919 Geraldine Brunton takes a job as a companion to a rich, ecce
Lelia Taylor
Dec 16, 2011 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it
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The Hollow House
Janis Patterson
Carina Press/Harlequin, November 2011
ISBN 978-1-4268-9261-5

In 1919 Denver, a young woman from the East is in financial straits and must find a way to support herself. Choices are limited for women at that time so Geraldine Brunton takes a position as companion to an elderly widow whose wealth comes from silver mining. Geraldine is also fleeing from her past, hoping that this employment will be the answer to her need to stay hidden from society.

The Stubbs house
Karen Wheless
Feb 02, 2013 Karen Wheless rated it really liked it
This was an intriguing gothic mystery that kept me turning the pages late into the night. The book is set in Denver just after WWI, and there were a lot of interesting details about the setting and time period. The heroine is a typical Gothic heroine, who comes to a dark and mysterious house hiding secrets of her own, although Geraldine is a lot more savvy and tough than many of those old Gothic heroines. The book is also lacking any romance - it’s purely a mystery. At first I liked this, becaus ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Dec 19, 2011 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gothic and classic mystery lovers
This book was a delightful mystery with a historical backdrop. It reminded me quite a bit of a cross between a classic Gothic mystery and a game of Clue. Like the game of clue the setting of the book is almost entirely restricted to the house. Like the classic Gothic mystery there is a heroine who just happens to be hired to be a companion to an ailing lady, there are numerous family members who enter and exit the story, and there are the servants. Plus a mysterious gentleman. All of this adds u ...more
Gail Ritter
Oct 24, 2012 Gail Ritter rated it it was amazing
If you're, like me, a reader of modern mysteries; you might think that you wouldn't like a book like this. You, like me, might be wrong. This is a period piece, taking place in 1919...women were 2nd class citizens, their husbands' property, and life was well mannered. I was caught up, not only in the mystery, but in the deep characters the author has created. Who would think that a feisty old lady could be so fascinating? Or that a woman who murdered her abusive husband in self defense could mak ...more
Dec 03, 2011 Caitlin rated it liked it
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The Hollow House is a nicely fluffy historical mystery with an almost vaudevillian plot. There is our heroine, running away from her past, living under an assumed name, working as a personal companion. There is her employer - an old woman grown rich through silver mining, lonely, cranky, headstrong. And then there are the murders.

A book with almost mustache-twirling villains, evil, and derring do I found this eminently entertaining. The almost gothic feel of the book is enhanced by its primary (
Oct 20, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The writing is superb and keeps an excellent pace and flow. The characters are well developed and even the less savory ones are well drawn and human. The "mystery" was not as great but there weren't many options to choose from. Even there, there was a nice twist at the end. I will definitely read another book from this author.
May 10, 2014 June rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Totally one of my types.
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