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Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheboro, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Until, that is, the hotel is acquired by a chain, and she's laid off.

When Kate's high school best friend calls with a mysterious invitation to come talk with the town leaders of Asheboro, she agrees to make the trip, curious about where this new opportunity might lead. Once Kate arrives, the town council members reveal that their town is on the verge of going bankrupt, and they've decided that Kate's skills and knowledge make her the perfect person to cure all their ills.

The town has used its last available funds to buy the huge Victorian mansion just outside of town, hoping to use it to attract some of the tourists who travel to visit the nearby Civil War battle sites. Kate has less-than-fond memories of the mansion, for personal reasons, but to make matters worse, the only person who has presented a possible alternate plan is Cordelia Walker - Kate's high school nemesis. But a few days later, while touring the mansion, Kate stumbles over a body - and it's none other than Cordelia.

©2018 Sheila Connolly (P)2018 Tantor

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A good read.

This is a light & fun book. The mix of mystery & romance is just right. It made me want to visit the town & talk to the characters.

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  • Ann
  • Anacortes, WA
  • 07-12-18

Enjoyable Mystery - definitely worth a listen

Well paced, good characters. I’d get the next one. The plot was solid, and the twist at the end was fun.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-27-18

Meh

Murder at the Mansion is ok. It has a decent plot and mystery and a good pace. But, I'm not impressed with the characters. The story was a bit dry and predictable.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Light

This book is light. Not too exciting. But if your looking for something easy this is it.

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Good easy read

This is a good book just not great. The story was pretty good. I felt it was a little in complete

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Loved

I really love this new series. I can't wait until the ne t one cones out..

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THIS SERIES HAS PROMISE

I ENJOYED THE READ. THOUGH NOT A LONG BOOK, BY ANY MEANS, IT WAS A LITTLE LONGER THAN NECESSARY FOR THE STORYLINE, PARTICULARLY SINCE IT HAD SOME RANDOM RESULTS, NOT REALLY SUBSTANTIATED BY THE STORY. ALSO, I WAS NEVER REALLY SATISFIED WITH RESPECT TO THE FIND AND THE FUTURE OF THE TOWN, OR AT LEAST THE ANTICIPATED PROPOSAL. I UNDERSTAND IT IS THE FIRST IN THE SERIES, AND I WILL GIVE THE NEXT BOOK A TRY. IT WILL JUST NEED TO BE MORE COHESIVE, MAKE ME FEEL I KNOW AND CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS, ESTABLISH A CONNECTION TO THE RESULTS, AND MAKE JOSH (OR MAYBE THE RELATIONSHIP) MORE CONVINCING. I DON'T WANT EXPLICIT SEX SCENES, JUST A MORE CONVINCING SPARK BETWEEN JOSH AND KATE. ONE PET PEEVE - THE NARRATOR IS GOOD, BUT COULD SHE ENUNCIATE "LIBRARY?" IT SOUNDED MORE LIKE "LIBARY." FINGERNAILS ON A BLACKBOARD.

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