Murder at the Mansion
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...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Katherine Hamilton was successful in her ...more
I thought the book had very good potential; it just was caught up in repeating high school wounds to the point where ...more