Killer in the Carriage House
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
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
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
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
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
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
In Murder at the Mansion, Kate's best friend from hig ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I would suggest read ...more
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
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.