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Murder at the Mansion

(Victorian Village Mysteries #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,001 ratings  ·  229 reviews

The first in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly!

Katherine Hamiltons goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheford, Maryland. Fifteen years later shes got a degree in hospitality management and a great job supervising every aspect of the day-to-day operations of a high-end boutique hotel on the Baltimore

Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly is the first book of the new cozy Victorian Village Mysteries series. Sheila Connolly is an established author with multiple ongoing series but I have never had the chance to try her work so seeing this was the beginning to a new series I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Katherine Hamilton had left her hometown of Asheboro, Maryland and headed off to college without looking back, until now fifteen years later. Kate had been working in the hospitality
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Hamilton is the manager of an upscale hotel in Baltimore. She finally has all her ducks in a row and loves her life. Then a high school friend, Lisbeth, comes to visit her, begging her to return to their hometown, Asheboro, MD to talk to the city council. Lisbeth won't say why, but it's a short trip across the state, so Katherine agrees. Turns out that Asheboro is nearly bankrupt. The city leaders want her to help them turn an old Victorian mansion in town into a tourist destination. ...more
I have enjoyed everything thing I read by Sheila Connolly and the first book of the Victoria Village Mystery did not disappoint. The characters are developed and the area will place right there. You could feel the town was in decline and the beautiful Mansion on the outskirts of town. Katherine Hamilton has returned to her hometown, Asheford, Maryland to consult if the town had assets to turn the direction it is going around. Katherine falls in love with the Civil War Mansion and can see a ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Katherine Hamilton is the manager of an upscale hotel in Baltimore, that is until she finds out that it has been bought out and they are bringing in their own management team. Then a high school friend, Lisbeth, comes to visit her, begging her to return to her hometown of Asheboro, MD to help the town solve their finance issues. The town had bought an old mansion, was basically broke now, and Lisbeth just knew that Kate would figure out the best way to use that mansion and save the town. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Updating with review: I love cozy mysteries and am always looking for a new series to fall in love with. Unfortunately, this was not it! I could not get on board with any of the characters. Most of them, seemed very shallow and unfeeling. And I wasn't delighted, amused or even interested in the story. I found myself bored and struggling to finish. I'm in the minority with this one but it just wasn't for me.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for the
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly is the beginning of A Victorian Village Mystery series. Katherine Kate Hamilton left her home of Asheboro, Maryland after high school. Katie currently works at Oriole Suites Hotel in Baltimore and is surprised when she gets a call from Lisbeth Scott, her best friend in high school. A storm went through Asheboro a few weeks ago causing severe damage and many of the residents do not have insurance to cover repairs. The town is on the verge of going under ...more
Chris Conley
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific new series from Sheila Connolly. I think Kate is going to prove to be an interesting character. I look forward to seeing how things go in her work.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw that Netgalley was offering a new mystery by Sheila Connolly I jumped at the change to request it. Murder at the Mansion is coming out June 26th and is published by Minotaur Books. I get very excited when I get the chance to read a first in series by authors whose work I already love. I had no idea what to expect with Murder at the Mansion and it truly felt like Sheila took a typical failing american small town, reached down to the ground and picked up the dirt and dust surrounding ...more
Sadly, I'm in the minority here, but I wasn't a fan of this one. Murder at the Mansion could have been a really fun, entertaining read...the only problem? The horrible main character. Unfortunately, the grand estate and Civil War history couldn't save this one.

For the full review and more (including some of Kate's worst quotes), head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Mansion by Shelia Connolly is the 1st book in the Victorian Village mystery series, and it's off to a good start. Katherine Hamilton is contacted by her high school friend to help with her home town of Asheford, Maryland. The town spent all their resources on a mansion, and the town is now broke. Kate arch enemy in high school, Cordelia, is the person who talked the town into buying the mansion. When Cordelia is found murdered the mystery begins. I really enjoyed this story, and am ...more
#ebookathon read of this new mystery series set in US. Enjoyed characters and plotting.

Dawn Michelle
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

I was pretty excited to get this as I really like this author. I have to admit that I am kind of disappointed as this was just an average cozy mystery, not anything spectacular and certainly not like the author's previous books. Kate is an okay, but slightly annoying MC who has a tendency to berate herself mentally [which gets annoying] and seems to be unsure of herself, even though she has been to college and had held a very
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly is the debut novel for her Victorian Village series. It was an intriguing beginning and the setting, although in a small town, was unique.

I liked Katherine and her down-to-earth attitude. She doesn't hesitate to be truthful with both the town board members and the police. I also liked that Ms. Connolly did not just the "romance triangle" trope as I find that to be an unnecessary addition to most cozy mystery stories. The plot is smoothly paced with plenty
Barbara Rogers
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, iblog
Series: Victorian Village Mysteries #1
Publication Date: 6/26/18

Great beginning for a new series. I read Connollys County Cork series (set in Ireland) and thoroughly every one of those, so when a new book for a new series popped up, I wanted to read it as well. This one is set in the financially troubled town of Asheford, Maryland. This small town is headed in the same direction as many other small towns today. All of the younger folks are moving to the cities because of the jobs and amenities
The Lit Bitch
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new series but definitely not a debut novel for Sheila Connolly (she is already a nest selling author). I personally havent read any of Connollys books but I was intrigued by the summary of this one and the fact that it was a brand new series.

Not going to lie the fact that it said Victorian in the series title also was a contributing factor. I love all things Victorian and when I saw it in the title I was immediately saying sold loudly in my head.

The writing in this book is excellent
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Thanks to the publisher (via Netgalley) for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

At the beginning of Murder at the Mansion, I wasn't sure that this new series was going to click- I initially found the main character's attitude to be a bit too condescending and snobby (she has a snide thought early in the book about the insignificance of her friend's problems as a stay-at-home mom to those of her life as a so-important single, childless hotel executive). However, throughout the
Back in high school, Katie Hamilton had an awful experience with the town mean girl, Cordy. It cost Katie her self esteem and her boyfriend, and as soon as possible, she fled her hometown of Asheboro and never looked back.

Fifteen years later, Kate Hamilton has obtained her masters degree and landed her dream job managing hospitality for a successful Baltimore hotel. Over the course of a day, the past rears its head and her carefully constructed life crumbles. Her high school best friend,
Lavender Dreamer
I had high hopes for this mystery series but I was disappointed. I just couldn't get interested in the story OR the characters. I had to skim through most of it.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
What a wonderful new series by Sheila Connolly. Kate works in the hospitality industry and has been at her current job for the past five years. When her best friend from high school, whom she hasn't spoken to in a while, calls her up and asks her to meet Kate wonders what she might want. The town Kate grew up in and left so many years ago is need of some help. You see they made an investment in a local house but after purchasing said house the town doesn't have the money to do much else. If they ...more
Be forewarned, this story moves very slowly and never actually concludes. Is it a murder mystery, or is it a more complex mystery about who is Henry Barton and what is stored in the attic of his Victorian mansion in Asheboro, MD?

The book is 322 pages long and full of redundancy. There is, at most, a 50 page short story buried here. The writing is fine. Nothing prosaic or impressive. The characters are very ordinary, and unfortunately very stereotypical: the driven single working woman, the
Apr 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do love Sheila Connolly's series located in Ireland, so I was thrilled to receive this pre-publication copy for review from NetGalley and start what I hoped would be another great series from Ms. Connelly. Sad to say I was sorely disappointed and struggled over a period of weeks to finish this book. As this novel is the first of the series, a significant amount of time is spent describing the environment and introducing characters. While the premise of the novel(s) set in a Victorian Village ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit disappointed in this one. Having loved the Museum Mystery series, I wanted to enjoy this new one, but it has some problems. Some of it is the writing/editing: in one paragraph the protagonist drives home from her office, but a few paragraphs later she is mulling over cleaning out her office but decides to drive home instead. I re-read that a few times to make sure I wasn't missing something, but it appears more likely that some paragraphs were reordered in writing but never cleaned up ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
It took me a while to work out why I wasn't enjoying this book, but then I realised that the main character, Kate, has none! She's bland and boring, although she keeps telling us how wonderful her life in the big city, running an upmarket hotel, was (until she got made redundant) - the trouble is, all her descriptions of her life sound pointless and boring. She appears to have no friends, except for one from high school in her old home town, where the book is set, and another who happens to be ...more
Murder at the Mansion, the first Victorian Village Mystery, is evidence of Sheila Connolly's expertise. It's obvious she knows her way around a Victorian house, and knows the way to research history. It's also obvious this isn't Connolly's first cozy mystery. She avoids some of the most irritating tropes that are often repeated in the first book in a series. Murder at the Mansion is all the more enjoyable because it doesn't include stale elements.

Katherine Hamilton was successful in her
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This promising start to a new "Victorian Village" series by Sheila Connolly features Kate who returns to Asheboro after the hotel for which she works sells to new ownership who release Kate and her boss from their positions with nice severance packages. Kate's mission to see how the town can make a turnaround may be impossible, but the key lies in an old mansion now owned by the town. Its previous owner Henry Barton left a generous trust fund to maintain the property. Kate's nemesis, a ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Hamilton is a skilled hotel executive in Baltimore when she receives a call from her high school best friend Lisbeth asking if she visit their hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. The town is in financial distress so Kate agrees to think about a possible plan for the town's future. But high school feelings and resentments still run strong in this small town an hour from Baltimore.

I thought the book had very good potential; it just was caught up in repeating high school wounds to the point where
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next books in this series. This is also the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed her writing style and will be looking into the other books she has written. I felt that this story was well-written and I was surprised by who the killer turned out to be.
Mystereity Reviews
I'm a sucker for small town mysteries and when you have a mysterious mansion at the center of it all, well, you've got my attention. And this was an enjoyable read, with a likable main character in Kate; she's a level-headed and unflappable sleuth and romantic interest Josh made for a good sidekick and added a sprinkle of romance. I liked the plot, surrounding a remarkably well-preserved mansion built a century ago by the mysterious Henry Barton and a very unlikable local woman who is found dead ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
did not like the amateur sleuthing.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-maryland
This is the second book I read during the past week that features an unhappy librarian bemoaning the state of libraries--in two different countries, no less. Don't these authors know who buys most of the hardback books they sell? Seriously, don't trash your audience! Otherwise, this is one more Sheila Connolly series that promises rather more than it delivers. Hotel manager Kate is called back to help her dying hometown, and also fired from her job due to corporate layoffs. She has a proposal to ...more
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Sheila Connolly has taught art history, structured and marketed municipal bonds for major cities, worked as a staff member on two statewide political campaigns, and served as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. She also managed her own consulting company providing genealogical research services. Now a full-time writer, she thinks writing mysteries is a lot more fun than any of her ...more

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