Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Killer in the Carriage House (Victorian Village Mysteries Book 2)” as Want to Read:
Killer in the Carriage House (Victorian Village Mysteries Book 2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Killer in the Carriage House

(Victorian Village Mysteries #2)

by
3.89  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  40 reviews

The second book in the Victorian Village Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly!

Kate Hamilton’s plans for recreating Asheboro, Maryland as a Victorian village and tourist attraction are progressing nicely, and most of the townspeople have become supporters. There’s only one problem: money. Kate had laid out what she thought was a reasonable

...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Minotaur Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Killer in the Carriage House, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Killer in the Carriage House

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.89  · 
Rating details
 ·  64 ratings  ·  40 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Amy
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Victorian Village series picks up Kate Hamilton's vision of bringing back prosperity to small-town Asheboro, Maryland--where she was born and raised. Putting her management skills to work after being downsized from a major hotel in Baltimore, she has made it her mission to find a way to revive her hometown. She hopes that Barton mansion will again provide an answer. But does the mysterious death of an intruder into the now-closed town's library have a connection to these ...more
Betty
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the Victorian Mysteries series is an outstanding history of the town of Asheboro, Maryland, it's library and Henry Barton's factory.
Kate Hamilton is attempting to move ahead with the plans to turn Asheboro back to a VICTORIAN VILLAGE. She is finding it to be huge. She invites an expert, on manuscripts to catalog the paper in the Barton's Mansion. Plans to move the papers to the library are delayed as a body is found in the library just before the papers are to be delivered. N
...more
Taryn
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this second book of the series Kate has come up with an idea on how to make her hometown a place that people may want to visit. She thinks turning it into a Victorian Village is the way to go and hopes that she will be able to get the whole town involved on making the changes needed for this to happen. The mayor has basically given her the keys to all of the city so that she can do the research she needs in turning the town around. Having found the Barton papers on her return to the town she ...more
Sunsettowers
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

Kate Hamilton has returned to the small town she grew up in an attempt to save it from complete bankruptcy and thus essential extinction. She comes up with a plan to take the town back in time and turn it into a Victorian village for tourists to visit. But on top of all the usual hurdles, Kate also must deal with a dead body, boxes of documents, and t
...more
Kimberly
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I really want to like this series, but Katherine, the main character, is hard for me to like. She reads very wooden. The conversations in the book felt like characters were just repeating what they just heard the other person say.
Despite all of that, the story of getting Asheboro on the map and setting the village up as an authentic Victorian village is interesting. The search for anything that could be of use to the town and help with the efforts to turn the village into something noteworthy ha
...more
Anne
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I’ve read quite a few books by this author and really enjoyed them. She does a terrific job writing likeable characters in fun and different situations. This is the first time I’ve tried this series.

Kate is temporarily living in a (closed) bed-and-breakfast now owned by her ex-boyfriend, Ryan, while she plans a way to stop her hometown of Asheboro, Maryland from continuing to slowly fade away into history. She came up with an idea to turn the town into a Victorian village for tourists, but she
...more
Barbara Rogers
Series: Victorian Village Mysteries #2
Publication Date: 7/9/19
Number of Pages: 288

I can hardly believe that this is only the second book in the series. The first book, Murder At The Mansion, did such a phenomenal job of setting up the characters and the backstory that you feel as if, in this book, you are coming home and visiting with old friends and places. The overarching background story concerns Asheboro, Maryland – a very small town that has gotten lost in the migration to larger cities. Th
...more
Susan
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Victorian Village mystery series and works as a stand alone but my advice is to read them in order to really get to know Kate Hamilton. She didn't just decide one day to return to her childhood home town and help it prevent its demise. She had her ducks all in a row, managing an upscale hotel and Asheboro, MD was not on her radar. Well, those little ducks decided to break ranks and Kate found herself without a job when the hotel is sold. Just as that bombshell lands in ...more
Lesa
Although Kate Hamilton, the amateur sleuth in Killer in the Carriage House, comes across as distracted, I was wondering if the author, Sheila Connolly, was distracted when she wrote this latest mystery. I know I had an ARC, so I won't mention errors I found in the text. Those are acceptable in any ARC. But, the murder itself doesn't take center stage in this latest book. It almost seems like an afterthought, a body and murder easily forgotten.

In Murder at the Mansion, Kate's best friend from hig
...more
Jan Fore
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killer in the Carriage House
Sheila Connolly
July 9, 2019

Kate Hamilton graduated from college and was building a name for herself in hotel restoration. She had been working in Baltimore when things got out of hand, she was soon out of a job. At the same time Kate received word from an old friend from high school in Asheboro, Maryland. The town was running down hill fast. There was no longer the spade manufacturing plant, there was a raging storm in months past and business owners were in need of h
...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Sheila Connolly’s Killer in the Carriage House is the second book in the Victorian Village Mysteries. I had not read the first book but had no problems following along. I do plan on reading the first one.

After fifteen years away, Kate Hamilton never expected to end up back in her hometown of Asheboro, Maryland full time. And she definitely didn’t expect to be leading the charge of recreating the town as a Victorian village and tourist attraction. But as unexpected as the circumstances are, Kate
...more
Dawn Michelle
While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, this book fell rather flat for me, which is a disappointment to be sure.
If you are going to use the same premise in two books back to back, you need to make the second book MUCH more eventful than this one was. And you have to make the killer not so obvious [from the beginning it was going to be one of two people and it never varied from that] AND when you have the reveal, it would actually be nice if we got the whole story and not just "I w
...more
Jean Kolinofsky
I have been a fan of Sheila Connolly’s County Cork mysteries and looked forward to reading Killer in the Carriage House, the second of her Victorian Village Mysteries. This series takes place in Asheboro, Maryland, a small town in rapid decline.

Kate Hamilton left Asheboro after graduating high school and never imagined returning. After being laid off from her position in Baltimore, she found herself back in Asheboro working to restore a mansion that the town had purchased. They were hoping to bo
...more
Scilla
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 in the series. Although I presume some references given to prior activities are probably in book 1, it isn't necessary to read book 1 in order to follow book 2.

Kate Hamilton has returned to Asheboro, MD, the town in which she grew up, to try to help the town financially by the center into a Victorian Village (after childhood friend Lisbeth has asked for her help). The large Barton house on the side of town is an example of Victorian architecture. Her new friend Josh, visiting care
...more
Kristina
Killer in the Carriage House is the second book in A Victorian Village Mystery series. It can be read alone for those who are new to this series. Kate Hamilton lost her job when a big conglomerate took over the hotel where she worked. Her friend, Lisbeth Scott asks her to return to Asheboro and come up with a plan to save the dying town. Kate’s idea is to turn the town into a Victorian village after seeing the Henry Barton mansion. However, it will take a massive amount of planning, money and he ...more
Book
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The second Victorian Village Mystery begins with a town hall meeting where Kate Hamilton shares her strategy to save Asheboro by transforming the small town into a Victorian Village and successful tourist destination.

Kate promises that she is working on a detailed plan and proposed budget. She enlists Carroll Peterson to help go through the Barton papers to see if any more treasures like the Clara Barton letters may be among the remaining documents. After getting permission from Mayor Skip to us
...more
Tari
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The timeline in the book was picking up fairly soon after the last one, and now it was time for Kate to propose her idea for a Victorian Village to the town council and town gathered that night. She knew she'd have her work cut out for her, but she didn't expect to find another dead body so soon. Kate and her friend Nell's grad student Carroll found a young guy dead in the library. Later in the book, they found out what if any, his connection was to the Barton papers that Carroll had rescued fro ...more
Homerun2
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Author Sheila Connolly writes several different cozy mystery series. This is the second in the Victorian Village set and features Kate Hamilton, who returns to her small hometown of Asheboro, Maryland after being made redundant in the hotel industry.

The town is in a crisis -- it's turned into a mostly bedroom community with a lack of jobs and anything to interest tourists or anchor the local economy. In the series debut, Kate's friend Lisbeth urged her to come back and see if she can figure out
...more
Merrilee Gibson
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I see that this the second book in a new series, and I am rather sorry I didn’t read the first book. Events from that story very much impact what transpires in this second book--although, to be fair, the author does apprise us of earlier events in Asheboro. But I still felt like I got to the theater late, missing the first act of the play.

Our heroine, Kate, has taken on the task of reviving the fading little town and seeing it reborn as a restored Victorian village. As the story progresses, both
...more
Patty
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killer in the Carriage House by Shelia Connolly is the 2nd book in the Victorian Village mystery series, and another enjoyable addition. Katherine Hamilton is contacted by her high school friend to help with their home town of Asheford, Maryland. The town spent all their resources on a mansion, and the town is now broke. Kate has her hands full convincing the town that her, and historian Joshua Wainwright have a plan that could work. Hoping that the Barton mansion has some hidden valued papers, ...more
Paula
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheila Connolly’s Killer in the Carriage House is the second book in the Victorian Village Mysteries. I had not read the first book but had no problems or confusions because I haven’t. That is not to say that I wouldn’t like to, it is on my TBR list but for now this one reads well as a stand-alone.

The story is well-written with a solid plot, which was no surprise. The characters are interesting and engaging with a female protagonist, which was also no surprise. Then the setting of a small histo
...more
Kaye
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the series. I've read both now, although it is probably not needed to read the first one first, it does help as it is referenced several times. Kate has been back in her hometown less than a month, and has found another dead body. This one is a young man who broke into the library and a bookcase was dropped on him. The first book dealt with the Clara Barton letters, while this one deals with Barton working with Edison. The snippets of a secondary story, dealing with the past vs present ...more
Patricia Romero
The Second in the Victorian Village Mystery Series

Kate Hamilton is back in her hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Staying at the dead Cordelia's B and B. Trying to save the town and its history from going under. The only thing that ever made money in the town was a shovel factory that has long closed. It as well as the fantastic Barton Mansion were left to the city to be sold.

As Kate gets ready to get down to business and find out where Barton's money came from and go through all of his documents,
...more
Amanda
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I really like this series, and having read the first book, this is a great second entry. I feel like this could be read as a stand-alone for anyone who hasn't read the first book, with the author explaining enough of the background to understand what's happening but not so much that it gives everything away from the first story. The mysteries are really intriguing, including protagonist Kate trying to find out more about one of the town's most notable historical residents, his home, and his busi ...more
Barb
Kate is trying to convince the residents of her hometown that the only way to save the town is to recreate it as a Victorian village and tourist attraction. Her plan is ambitious, and she has help from her best friend and a historian who is on sabbatical from a local university, but they need some kind of 'hook' to get the townspeople – and potential tourists – on board. When they discover a body in the town library, Kate is convinced the death is related to her project, and she is determined to ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing the body in the library sounds like the game Clue- doesn't it? Well, in this case, Kate finds the body of Zach, a young man who planned to do some research, and that sets off the mystery in this latest cozy from Connolly. Interestingly, the mystery was less engaging than Kate's efforts to create a tourist attraction in her home town of Asheboro, Maryland. Turning it into a Victorian village is a major undertaking but she's working with Joshua, a historian. The documents they find in the ...more
Edi McNinch
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Until I had read a few pages., I had no idea this was part of a series. It can be read as a stand alone,but to get full effect having read the first book in the series would have been beneficial. Since I hadn't read the first book, the characters seemed to be all known to each other and no real detail was provided. Overall , the book is pretty fast paced and holds your interest. The ending seemed rather abrupt and disjointed even though the story was ''all tied up'' by then.
I would suggest read
...more
Annarella
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest this should be a 3,5 star but I rounded it to 4.
I think this is a fun and fascinating read but the mystery takes the backseat and it seems that the mystery is more discovering who the mysterious Henry Burton is than a whodunit.
Even if I liked this book I missed the mystery part and think that the ending was a bit rushed.
I think there's a lot of potential in this series even if this book was not at its best.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are min
...more
Sandra
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I read this a free eARC from Netgalley. This is a fun who done it that continues the "Victorian Village Mystery" series. It's so fun finding out about the history of the fictional town of Ashboro, MD, as Kate Hamilton tries to revitalize the town as a destination. All seems positive until a murder brings a dark cloud over the new information that could put Ashboro on the the historical map.
Janet Graham
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cozy Mystery Full of History
This cozy murder mystery takes place in a small old town in Maryland. It is full of eastern seaboard history circa 1900. The back story is great and very realistic. The murder mystery almost takes a backseat to the historical story. It melds together very well and is a good and fascinating read. This should be a wonderful series. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
974 followers
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 p ...more

Other books in the series

Victorian Village Mysteries (2 books)
  • Murder at the Mansion (Victorian Village Mysteries, #1)