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Murder at the Mena House

(A Jane Wunderly Mystery #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Well-heeled travelers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotelan exotic gem in the heart of Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows . . .
Egypt, 1926. Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she wont be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2020 by Kensington Books (first published March 31st 2020)
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Solid start for this new cozy series! Jane Wunderly is going to be a great book friend- I can already tell. 😊😊
Joan Happel
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this delightful debut cozy mystery, we are introduced to Jane Wunderly, a recent war widow. It is 1926, and Jane has traveled to Cairo, Egypt with her Aunt Millie for a vacation at the luxurious Mena House. Although her husband was killed in the war, Jane is keeping secret the truth about her marriage with a man who was not all he seemed. She is more interested in visiting the pyramids, than in the single men at the hotel bar. Jane is introduced to Anna Stainton, a British colonels daughter, ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Murder at the Mena House is the debut book in a new cozy mystery series. I love that it doesnt follow the cookie cutter setting, characters and plots of many contemporary cozy mysteries. Its set in Egypt in the 1920s. Author Erica Ruth Neubauer takes the mystery and character depths to a new level. If your looking for a book to get lost in and to do a bit of arm-chair sleuthing with this is your book! ...more
Gail C.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just enough murder, just enough romance, and just enough of ancient Egypt at the height of acheological discoveries in the roaring twenties. This book offers a peak at it all without going into depth on any one subject. It is well balanced between the characters, the mystery, and the atmosphere.
This is the first book in the proposed Jane Wunderley series and heres hoping there are more to follow. It is engaging from the first sentence and does an excellent job of giving the reader enough
A very impressive debut novel by Erica Ruth Neubauer! I could barely bring myself to put this down.

The plot moves swiftly along and the two main characters, Jane and "Redvers," are easy to like but with just enough mystery to leave you wanting more. There will be a lot to explore in succeeding books!

Set in the 1920's, the bulk of the action takes place within Mena House, a hotel sitting in the very shadow of the pyramids of Egypt. Jane has come on a vacation with her aunt after being widowed in
Natalia  R
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1926, and American Jane Wunderly is vacationing with her aunt at Mena House, a luxurious Egyptian hotel overlooking the pyramids. When Anna Stainton, a hotel guest who dislikes Jane, is found murdered, and Jane's missing Scarab is discovered in her room, she immediately becomes a suspect in Anna's death. Jane is determined to prove her innocence and teams up with another guest, the handsome and mysterious, Mr. Redvers, to find the culprit.

Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer is a
Julianne Bailey
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have no clue how Im going to wait patiently for the next book in this series. I LOVED this one! Jane Wunderly is my new favorite sleuth, and I cannot think of anything I didnt like about this debut mystery.

The characters are wonderfully written, and so complex. The setting added to the story and evoked the feel of Christies Death on the Nile. The mystery was well plotted and solid. An absolutely perfect start to a fun new series that will make you think of all the Golden Age greats!

If you
Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
This cozy mystery is set in Egypt in 1926 and I enjoyed the sensory details that transported me to a posh hotel with balcony views of the great pyramids. Jane Wunderly travels with her aunt Millie from the US to Egypt to see the ancient sites and to drink some quality liquor anything better than the bathtub gin of prohibition America.

I found Janes first-person narrative a delight to read. But her frequent descriptions of her own facial expressions felt stilted and unnatural to me (we tend to
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.75 stars

Sparkling series debut with a spunky heroine, a hint of romance, and an exotic setting. It's 1926 in Egypt, and war widow Jane Wunderly is on a grand exposition bankrolled by her acerbic and often unpleasant Aunt Millie. Jane's secret is that she was thrilled to be widowed after years of physical abuse by Millie's nephew -- and Millie has no idea. Millie too has a secret.

The various tourists staying at the Mena Hotel are an interesting bunch: a newlywed pair of theater folks, the
Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer is the debut of A Jane Wunderly Mystery series. This historical cozy mystery takes us back in time to 1926 (the Roaring Twenties) where prohibition is in full swing in the United States, dress lengths are shorter than ever, and women are bobbing their hair. Jane Wunderly is traveling with her Aunt Millie to Egypt where Jane cannot wait to visit the pyramids. They are staying at Mena House which has a golf course and a pool along with a variety of ...more
The Cozy Review
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new historical cozy series, "A Jane Wunderly Mystery," published by Kensington Books from Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder At The Mena House, will have readers begging for more, falling in love with traveling through the past, and Egypt.

I love Egypt and anything to do with Egypt. A historical cozy series set in this beautiful country makes me happy. Placing this mystery within view of the pyramids and visiting the Cairo museum makes this book very special. Add in wonderful storytelling and you
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I see the first in a series, especially with more promised to come, my eyes perk up, and I almost automatically request an opportunity to get my hands on it. Sometimes I am rewarded for this impulse, but most often, I am not. In this case, I was glad that it was the former situation.

The leading lady in this is a very multifaceted character. She has a leg in the American world and the British, a painful past and did I mention this is all based in post World War Egypt? Jane has been
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Murder at the Mena house is a delightful first entry in new series set in the 1920's featuring Mrs. Jane Wunderly set in the early 1920s. Visiting Egypt as a companion to her wealthy aunt, Jane is staying at the Mena House hotel in sight of the Great Pyramids. A luxury hotel, the Mena House guests are a fascinating mix of post-Word War I characters including a British colonel and his flapper daughter, a mysterious British ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE by Erica Ruth Neubauer
The First Jane Wunderly Mystery

In 1926 Cairo Jane Wunderly is looking forward to the prospect of visiting the pyramids and enjoying a cocktail or two with her aunt. But her aunt is acting oddly, drinking even more than usual and spending time with two young women, leaving her niece to fend for herself. With a hotel full of guests, Jane is not alone for long. Although she has no time for good looking men, a disastrous marriage cured her of any
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer is the first book in Jane Wunderly mystery series.

Judging by the first book, mystery readers are in for a treat with this series.

Personally I can't wait for the second installment to see what will happen with Jane and mysterious Mr. Redvers.
This book has it all-great mystery, beautiful and exotic setting, vast group of colorful protagonists and a tiny bit of romance.
Jane Wunderly, is a widow whose aunt has treated her to a stay in a beautiful and
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's 1926, and Jane Wunderly goes to Egypt with her Aunt Millie and they stay at the Mena house, a fancy hotel looking over the pyramids. This was fun for me to read because I stayed at the Mena House several years ago. The first night, Jane meets the very attractive British man named Redvers. She also meets Colonel Stainton and his beautiful daughter, Anna. Anna appears to intentionally spill her drink down the front of Jane's dress. Then a man in a white suit knocks Anna's purse to the floor.

Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Murder at the Mena House, Jane Wunderly and her aunt Millie are escaping Prohibition and the post-WWI shadows at the Mena House Hotel in Cairo.  The hotel is filled with Agatha Christie characters, including honeymooning actors with a surprising amount of cash, and Redvers, a man who claims to be a banker, although he never seems to go to work in a bank. There's also a gallant who seems to make a living charming wealthy older women, Anna Stainton, a young woman on the hunt for either a ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's 1926, and Jane's still dealing with the death of her husband but she's in Cairo, which is if nothing else a new place with lots of exciting possibilities. She's tired, though, of her Aunt Millie trying to set her up with a man. Then something really exciting happens- Anna Stainton, a pretty difficult if beautiful woman, is murdered and Jane is the prime suspect! How did Anna's scarab get into Jane's room at the Mena House? Who is Mr. Redvers? That part isn't really clear at first but he ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
1926 Egypt. Mrs Jane Wunderly, widow, is on holiday with her Aunt Millicent Stanley at the Mena House hotel, hoping to spend time among the pyramids. She does not count on meeting Redvers, a banker, or finding herself embroiled in a murder, especially as the prime suspect. But teaming up with Redvers they investigate. But what secrets to the hotel guests and servants hide, and can any lead to solving the murder.
An enjoyable and well-written cozy historical story. With its mixture of mystery,
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A typical 'cozy' murder mystery. Very Agatha Christie esque. Perfect for these 'self isolating' nights! Loved the ancient Egypt setting. Jane Wunderly just well maybe my new favourite sleuth. I don't usually prefer first person narratives but it seemed to work well for this book, although sometimes it was a bit strange e.g. descriptions of facial expressions. Overall, great read and I look forward to the next adventure.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book by this author and I enjoyed the interaction of Jane and Millie. Jane and her aunt Millie travel to Egypt. Col Stainton and his daughter Anna are also there in the hotel. Jane is brought into the investigation as a suspect. After becoming a a real sneak she finds the proof that Anna is a blackmailer. Anna is only part of the problem, there are several people that want Anna and her accomplice. Jane found the killer using logic and pure determination. .
Hillary Baker
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really cute mystery in a unique setting. It had kind of an old-school Agatha Christie vibe to it, but with a fun, slightly off kilter narrator. I love female narrators that break the rules, and this book meets that description perfectly.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun. Can I say that about a book where people get murdered?? This is a cozy - so I think I can - so I'm gonna! This was just a lot of fun! It takes place in Egypt in the 1920's - hello amazing setting. The main character is really, really likable and someone I can't wait to meet again. The mystery was very well done, although I thought it dragged a bit around 50% when it should have given me some kind of bang moment. And the main character's love interest - also very, very ...more
Cathy Cole
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is some great period detail in Murder at the Mena House that puts readers right in the middle of the action, and life without air conditioning in the desert is just one of those fascinating facts.

Jane Wunderly is a strong, interesting character with a backstory that makes it clear why she's not in the market for a husband, although I do wish she could afford to travel without the disagreeable Aunt Millie (who has her own little secrets).

How's the story? It's a good'un, with excellent
Cynthia Moore
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a huge coincidence but that this book was available when it was. I saved it a couple of weeks to read, as I just finished it while on my trip to Egypt. Perhaps that made me biased but it was a thrill to read about Jane's adventures in 1920's Egypt while being there myself. We didn't stay at the Marriott Mena House, but did pass by it on our way to the pyramids. I found the historical account of life traveling then to be quite interesting. It makes you realize how adventurous people were. ...more
Stephanie Hubbard
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
What a wonderful mystery! I would say this could fall in the cozy mystery category. I loved it.
I was given this copy via netgalley in exchange for a review.
The main character, Jane is interesting and complex enough to be believable. Her sleuthing is spot on. The mystery is unpredictable and thats saying a lot. I read a lot of mysteries and can usually figure them out. This one had me guessing and surprised at the reveal. I can not wait for more from this series.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Mena House is the first book in a new series; it has not been published yet and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next one! I generally don't love author's debut titles; the characters are usually a little flat and their writing style is not as developed. This book is the exception that proves the rule. All the characters, even side characters are fully developed. I love the interplay between June and her aunt. The descriptions of Egypt and the hotel during the roaring '20s is on ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1920's at the height of 'Tutmania'., Murder at the Mena House is a cozy murder mystery that takes place at the hotel of my dreams, the Mena House in Cairo, overlooking the pyramids. The book is really well researched and quite accurate in dealing with the time period. It is easy to tell that the author spent time at both the hotel and exploring the city. The characters are likeable, the plot is appropriate for the time and you're enveloped by the atmosphere of Egypt from the very ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Mena House is the debut book by Erica Ruth Neubauer and it starts a new cozy mystery series. Set in 1920's Cairo Egypt. Jane and her aunt Millie are on vacation, staying at the luxury hotel called The Mena House. Millie is trying to help Jane find a new husband and release her from her status as widow. Jane isn't too fond of the idea of another marriage. But they socialize with other patrons of the Mena House, and meet all kinds of interesting people. Anna seems to be Jane's rival ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love a 1920's murder mystery, and Murder at the Mena House is set in Egypt no less. It has a very Agatha Christie vibe about it, although our main character is far from as fastidious as Poirot and benefits from an intriguing back story.
The mystery unravels quickly and well, and there are more than enough suspects to keep the reader guessing as to what's really happening.
An enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for
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