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Searching for Irene

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, has mysteriously disappeared. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her go
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Searching for Irene is a historical mystery with a gothic feel, set in a castle-like estate in eastern Virginia during the 1920s. Filled with characters you like … but aren’t sure you can trust … Marlene Bateman’s latest also has several twists that will keep you turning the pages!

The setting is perfect. (a castle-like house in Virginia? Yes please!) The plot of the missing secretary is intriguing. The characters are layered. There’s some great kisses! And I like Anna’s Nancy Drew-ish tendencies
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
There are aspects of this book that made me think about my life and family relationships. What would I do if one of my sister's was missing? Would I rearrange my life? Would I put myself into a position where I could be in danger to find out what happened to her?

The main character, Anna, was faced with these questions and took action. She changed jobs, cities, and put herself in unfamiliar circumstances to discover what happened to her sister. Anna used subterfuge to get herself into the home o
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this good, clean mystery set in the 1920s. It was interesting to see a different time period. I loved the setting of the modern-day castle! Bateman did an excellent job of dropping numerous bread crumbs, continually leading the reader off the trail of the killer. The main character, Anna, has quite the secret and stumbles upon several clues in her search for Irene. At times, Anna was a bit frustrating with her indecision and flip-flopping back and forth on who she could trust or fall f ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This was an excellent romantic suspense-mystery. Anna gets a job as an accountant in a castle-like mansion in Virginia working for the wealthy Lawrence Richardson. But she doesn’t receive a warm welcome, and learns that secrets lurk behind the luxurious façade. Irene, the last accountant, went missing and has never been found. As she works there, she becomes suspicious of every member of the family and staff, from the handsome, but surly son, Tyler, to the head maid and other son who is at odds ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Come join the family of Ashton Hall and all their secrets and then judge for yourself if Anna should tell her secret or not--This is a MUST-READ!
Lisa Johnson
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Searching for Irene
Author: Marlene Bateman
Pages: 268
Year: 2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 stars.
I always like to read a good mystery and this was a good one! I was unfamiliar with this author, but when the chance came to review it, I jumped! The story is set in the 1920s in Virginia. Anna Coughlin is in her mid-20s and has something not many women have…a college degree. She works as a financial advisor of sorts, preparing tax documents, payroll records and estat
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
"Searching for Irene" is a Mystery Suspense with some romance. The beginning of the book is full of too many details describing everyday things.I felt like it took a few chapters before the story really started rolling where we got to know the main characters and what was happening at the castle-like mansion. Once we realize why Anna really took a job working for wealthy Lawrence Richardson it gets truly interesting. I'm not going to give this information away in a review because it was a huge r ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am generally not the target audience for historical romances. I'm not a curmudgeon, I like happily ever after endings, it's just that many (many!) of the romances I've read take advantage of contrived plot devices to introduce the main romantic characters, have them DEEPLY passionately in love three paragraphs later, then spend the next four (or fourteen) chapters going through drama and heartache to only figure out 8 pages before the end of the book that they really ARE meant to be together ( ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a bit mixed in my feelings for this book. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but that is not a choice.

Things I liked:
1- history of the time period, 1920s.
2- the storyline was accurate for the period.
3- the characters were okay, but many weren't developed enough.
4- there was enough to the story to keep me reading it.
5- I like mystery stories where there isn't always just one glaring choice as to who the 'bad guy' is. This one gives a few plausible choices, although Anna flip-flops awfully quic
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book as both an historical mystery and romance. I found the characters interesting, the setting compelling, and the mystery intriguing. Anna makes for a great main character as a young female in the workforce at a time when many still considered the home the best place for women. When she arrives at Ashton Place to work as a financial secretary she's surprised to discover just how off things are in the family. The oldest son, Tyler, greets her quite rudely and tells her to ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so great! It caught me right at the beginning and kept me reading until it was done. I couldn't sleep until I knew what happened to Irene.

Anna gets called to the house of Lawrence Richardson who has a very large estate. She is asked to get Mr. Richardson's files in order, do his taxes and get his estate running efficiently again. Even with all she has to do, she couldn't stop focusing on the girl that went missing before her under fishy circumstances.

Bateman has built a beautiful
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked everything about this book! I liked the plot, the characters, the setting, the suspensefulness of the whole thing! It really is a great book.

Let's start with Anna. I liked her as a main character. I liked the way that even the reader doesn't know that she has a secret until quite a bit into the story. I liked her strength. She doesn't know what happened to Irene, but she's determined to find out. She's also determined to figure out just who had anything to do with her disappearan
Michelle Kidwell
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Searching for Irene

by Marlene Bateman

Covenant Communications

Christian , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 25 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Searching for Irene through Covenant Communications and Netgalley:

Broadbent Manor with eleven adopted children in her care widow Lily Broadbent home is filled with life and love but she is in search of the right tutor for her young charges. When Frederick Woodstone comes seeking for the position, Lily is impressed with his qualifications

When Irene the siste
Rachel Devaughn
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book because the description sounded very intriguing but the cover of the book seemed a little boring and old fashioned. I was pleasantly surprised that this book had a great story line, steady plot and kept my interest from chapter 1 to the very end.

I liked the main character Anna, although she had a hard time accepting the faults of her sister and not take them personally. Anna's sister goes missing after working as an accountant in Tyler Richardson's ho
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. I found I loved each individual character by themselves. I loved most of them together, but I had a hard time following some of their "mood swings." It was obvious that Anna had something to hid in the beginning, and as her secrets were revealed, I wondered if they were revealed too early in the storyline. In the end, her secrets were laid out at the right time which helped things along. As the story progressed though, I had a hard time figuring out who the culprit ...more
I loved this book! Set in the 1920's, this turn of the century mystery kept me turning the pages. Anna is becoming desperate to solve the mystery of Irene's disappearance, as Anna has a secret of her own. This quick, page-turning book had me dying to know who was responsible and also fearing for Anna's safety as she works to uncover the mystery.

There is great character development and I loved the period and time frame the story was set in. I really didn't want to put the book down. There is a
From page one, Marlene Bateman will capture the attention of her readers with mystery, suspense, and intrigue in her 1920’s novel, Searching for Irene. This is a delightful light romantic, suspense novel with a bit of a Downton Abbey feel to it that readers will thoroughly enjoy. Bateman keeps readers on their toes as they wonder what will happen next. With easy to love characters, a gripping story, and a sweet romance, readers will be enthralled with this exciting new read.

Genre: historical, ro
Janet Peacock
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The setting for the story set in the rolling hills of Virginia reminds one more of England or Scotland, with the family living in an actual castle. I loved the description of details, painting a vivid picture in the mind, yet not over done to detract from the story.
Ms. Bateman wastes no time in building the intrigue, giving tidbits of "inside" information to entice the reader to want more, yet carefully concealing the real "meat" of the story.

The plot unravels piece by piece encapturing the read
Diane Tolley
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery.
Let me rephrase.
I LOVE a good mystery!
A page-turner that simply won't let you put it down.
With a plot and characters that keep you reading.
And make you wish the book was longer!
Searching for Irene has it all and more: An innocent young woman hired by a mysterious wealthy family. An enigmatic (and magnetic) heir. A missing secretary. Suspects. Clues. Red herrings.
Clandestine meetings.
Family feuds.
And remodeling.
All packaged together in a bonafide modern castle.
The quiet Virg
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great who done it mystery novel. The more Anna digs into Irene's disappearance, the more danger she puts herself in. Anyone who lives in this mansion is a suspect. It seems to Anna that the police aren't doing their job in finding Irene, and whom ever she disappeared with. Anna then takes the job into her own hands!
Mystery, Romance, and Drama are battling each other in this novel. It is close to 300 pgs, yet once you start reading it, it keeps you in the story and you wont want to put
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful mystery that kept me guessing all the way through! I thought the characters were well-rounded and believable, and the plot was fast moving and exciting. I really liked Anna. I thought she was a strong, likable character, and the reason why she was vested in the case of Irene's disappearance made me respect her even more. I appreciate the way Ms. Bateman gives each character his or her own personality and voice. That makes them real to me.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, it kept me guessing to the very end! I would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries. I liked how the plot continued to develop and thicken. There were a lot of exiting twists. I also liked the time period and how it was set in the early 1920s. That added a lot to the atmosphere. The book was quite suspenseful and I didn’t want to put it down. It was also a nice clean read.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me guessing to the very end! The characters are very likable, interesting and true to life. As in other books by Marlene Bateman, the conversations are clever and flow well. She paints pictures with her words and descriptions, I feel like I could point out the countryside she writes about. A good, clean read.
Kale Snyder
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't love this book. It was ok and the story did keep me turning the pages but something about it was off for me personally. Maybe it was because I could predict the whodoneit element early on in the story. It felt like the author threw in tidbits to try and throw the read off a little late in the story.
Milford Chase
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Searching for Irene is a very well-crafted murder mystery. Anna is a charming heroine that you want to cheer for. The plot is complex enough to keep you guessing, but is still believable; and the ending will catch many readers by surprise. I had a difficult time putting this book down until I had finished the last page!
Jodi Woody
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of "Searching for Irene" in exchange for an honest review. This was a good mystery that reminded me of a cross between Nancy Drew and an Agatha Christie novel. No swearing or sexual content, there is some violence (I guess you need that for a murder mystery). Good storyline. I give it three stars. I liked it. I can recommend for teens and up.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are so many twists, in this suspenseful novel. It kept me guessing nearly to the end of the book. Anna is a likable character, I found this book to be a page turner, I couldn't put it down. There were so many protagonists too, which kept me interested to find out who and why they were involved.
Ashley Dahl
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book, a little slow going but I was surprised at the end.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was the perfect blend--a mystery that has you accusing everyone up till the end, a romance taunt and full of emotion and a unique story line, both in setting and purpose.
Mary Ann
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
An easy read. Story was a bit predictable and a bit strange the inclusion of LDS references but so slight they seemed pointless, but a good read.
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