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Harrington Manor

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  17 reviews
“Harrington Manor is James at his very best” —Publisher’s Weekly
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A murderer stalks the orange groves of 1923 Southern California. Detective Sidney Snipes is called to the Harrington Manor when retired Colonel Peter Wescott Harrington is found slumped over his desk by his family. Snipes entrusts the sensational new crime fighting technology—Fingerprint Analysis
Paperback, 286 pages
Published May 5th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this mystery! It was very entertaining from the beginning, with Ms. Beazley cycling several miles to tell the Harrington's at their manor that the mail would be delayed. I felt like every character was very interesting, and each person added a lot to the story. It was quite the complex and in-depth mystery. When Colonel Harrington was introduced and his spoiled sons were so disrespectful to him, I wanted to slap their silly faces and tell the Colonel to kick them out! So, naturally, it w ...more
Michael Hartnett
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Much More than a Fine Mystery
Harrington Manor by Ronald M. James is at once a terrific exploration of family dynamics, a charming and eagle-eyed evocation of 1920s California, and a smart, well-plotted murder mystery. Family patriarch Colonel Peter Harrington is quite the entrepreneurial visionary looking beyond the endless rows of orange groves he cultivates toward the real estate in and about Hollywood’s burgeoning film industry. As the Colonel describes the ill-founded perceptions of his son
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Originally conceived as a play and it still reads as one.The storyline is not bad but the characters are "stage" characters, not novel characters.... The setting is interesting and the period offers a range of possibilities but unfortunately....
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
All in the family – A review of the novel ‘Harrington Manor’

“It’s miraculous how the shallow can injure in such a profound way” - Anna Jae

A family is in many ways reminiscent of a fruit bearing tree, you have the strong trunk that is the matriarch or patriarch supporting the weight of many that are dependent on it. And just like with trees, all it takes is a single rotten member to spoil everything and bring down the whole family along with it. So it becomes critical to identify & weed out t
Harrington Manor by Ronald M. James is a story a classic whodunit mystery. In this book we are introduced to a well off family of orange grove growers who moved out West to California and have been doing well with the business. The story is set in the early 1900s and as the Hollywood movie boom is beginning to start up. We are introduced to the various members of the family and they are all different in their own way. Some are the rich spoiled brats we are akin to and then there are others that ...more
Chris Sanford
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harrinton Manor is part whodunit crime mystery, part Historical fiction. As a crime mystery it was excellent fun. The eccentric characters made the story for me. Set in the orange groves of Southern California in 1923 we find a wealthy, if out of touch, family in a fight over money. the elder son thinks he has it all figured out and wants nothing more to live an imaginary life of luxury like an 1800's land baron of Europe. He is lazy, idealistic and niave to the extent of stupidity. He goes off ...more
Nicole Overmoyer
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Toss together the 1920s, flappers, the filthy rich, classic Hollywood cops, the mafia, and as dysfunctional a family as you'll ever meet and you will get Ronald James' Harrington Manor - the fast, fun, and extremely catchy story of the Harrington family and all that being a part of it entails.

Patriarch Peter and matriarch Cora rule as best they can over a brood of two wayward sons, Shep and Reggie, a dutiful daughter, Margot, and an odd son out, Orson. Shep and Reggie want Peter and invest the f
Eileen Hall
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great story!
At first before I began reading I was under the impression that it was set in England, then I realised that it was in America, so was a bit dubious.
Nevertheless I read it all the way through in virtually one sitting.
It was very exciting and left me thinking that I'm very glad my name's not Harrington!
Must read more from this author some time.
Highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the author/publisher Ronald M. James via Netgalley in return for an honest
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Harrington Manor by Ronald James is a mystery novel set in the 1920's. The time of moving pictures, automobiles, prohibition, and flappers! Cora and her husband, The Colonel (Peter) have a very nice home, Harrington Manor. They have acres planted with orange trees that brings them in a good income. They have four children: Shep, Reggie, Margot, and Orson. Shep is the oldest, married to Doreen, and very determined to control everything. Reggie, unfortunately, is a follower and mimics is older bro ...more
A nice mystery of the classical type. The story is taking place in Orange county in the beginning of the last century. A family with a military retired father and four children so different from each other. The oldest son is arrogant and wants the property to sell it and make a life in New York with his snob friends, the second son is a quiet character that follows his older brother, the only daughter is not sure to have grown up yet and the youngest brother is the only one really interested in ...more
Gena DeBardelaben
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC: Netgalley

Members of the wealthy Harrington family are dropping like flies. Who's to blame? Harrington Manor is set in Anaheim in the rapidly changing world of 1923. California is still young and full of orange groves as far as the eye can see, Hollywood is just beginning to realize its potential, and the lingering ripples of The Great War are still felt. Who would wish to harm the beloved Harrington family known far and wide as generous benefactors to those less fortunate?

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Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started this expecting a standard mystery, and was delighted to find it unfold like the classic 1920s mysteries. The whole estate, manor, and village are as much characters as the characters themselves are. The author takes his time getting the reader to know each character, and the long slow roll culminating in the murder is full of angst and comedy. Mr. James knows how to set up a situation to reveal the comedy beneath the mystery. The characters are cleanly drawn and full of personality, es ...more
Isis Ray-sisco
Harrington Manor by Ronald M. James is a mystery set in Southern California in the early 1920's. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I love a good mystery so I was excited to read this one. It took quite a while to get into and even then I wasn't really that into it. Some parts of the book seemed to go on forever. The characters were ok and some were more likable than others. Some of them were spoiled and fit into the typical stereotype of rich people. Others were more down to ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-book
I was lucky enough to have received a copy of this exciting mystery on Net Galley in exchange for a review. I was instantly reminded of the classic mysteries that I loved reading when growing up with all the twists and turns one expects. Ronald James did a wonderful job of transporting me back to the 1920is, and meeting this complex mix of characters. I was instantly drawn in and tried to pick up on all the subtle clues the Author sprinkled throughout and just when I thought I knew who did it, I ...more
Sabina Hansen
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Loved it! After reading this book I bought several copies for my
" Downton Abby" friends. It has everything the BBC program has, the upstairs downstairs of a wealthy family but set in our own Orange County California in the 20's.

As a history buff I found it interesting because although fictional, the description of places and people are very accurate.

I couldn't put the book down! I needed to know " Who Done It!"
Teri Donaldson
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable book. The Roaring 20's was an intriguing time for me. This book captured the essence the times with a real mystery, fabulous fashions and interesting characters.
I really love a book that keeps me guessing to the end, which this one did. Like other reviewers, just when I thought I had it all figured out, Mr. James through in another plot twist. It kept me on my toes and flipping the pages. Detective Snipes is now one of my new favorite characters.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
1920's California the sons of Colonel Harrington have become increasingly desperate to take over his organisation so that it can be sold and they can live like gentlemen. Then the Colonel is found dead. It's up to Detective Snipes to determine the guilty party(s).
Didn't really care much for the writing style, it didn't really flow for me, or any of the characters, the mystery itself was okay, but I didn't really care who did it.
A NetGalley Book
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Ronald James was born during the great depression, and as a toddler watched WPA men build a new street, from his home’s big front window. His playmates were a red rider wagon, a small black satchel and rocks. By using his imagination he had conversations with mythical street workers that soon bloomed into fashioned fantasies by age four. He used cardboard boxes to create fun spaces for his neighbo ...more