Secrets of the Greek Revival

The Mystery House Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Eva Pohler
Series: The Mystery House Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ellen and her two best friends share a mid-life crisis by hatching a plan to renovate an 1860s Greek revival in the nearby historic district of San Antonio. 

Although Ellen isn't one to believe in ghosts, she comes face to face with something inexplicable in the attic. Her ghost-enthusiast friends convince her that they must help the spirit find closure, and as they dig deeper into the past, they uncover a shocking history that someone in the neighborhood doesn't want exposed. 

But Ellen and her friends don't give up easily. They realize they've been called to give voice to the invisible women who suffered behind the walls of the house for decades.

©2017 Eva Pohler (P)2017 Eva Pohler

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Enjoyable

I listened to this on Audible at 1.25x speed and really enjoyed it!

The story line, flipping a haunted house, kept my interested. The twists at the end, holy cow! I did not see that coming. I only stopped listening long enough to throw dinner together.

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Gave it until chapter 8

I couldn't decide at first if it was just a poor narration or weak writing. Eventually I decided it was both. I really wanted to like this book. Disappointing

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Not a cozy

I wasn’t expecting this. At first it was a nice little ghostly mystery and then it went completely off the rails. If you are not comfortable with topics like bizarre child sexual abuse, incest, and really sad death scenes skip this one. I wonder if the other reviewers read the same book. They seem fake, given the story line. It is definitely not a lighthearted older lady amateur detective novel as advertised and described in the other reviews.

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Audio spoils it

Story might be great, I'll have to read the book to find out. The narrator sounds like she's recording over a wireless phone call from inside a tile bathroom with the door closed. I expect Alexa's narration will be easier to listen to.

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Very Entertaining!

I received this novel on Audible a couple of months ago and just now listened to it while driving on a trip to Central Florida. Oh my! This book was totally awesome! I was so engrossed in the story that I reached my destination before I knew it! Great characters, great story, great suspense and great narration.

Three friends, empty nester's, decide to invest in an old mansion that they were considering turning into a Bed & Breakfast. What they found was a ghostly figure scaring away every potential buyer. But these ladies were not so easy to scare away.

This is my first experience with author Eva Pohler and I can't believe I haven't read anything of hers before! Loved the book and I'll be checking out more in this series.

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Decent Story

It is not a cliffhanger, but a nice story. I think the author could have made it more suspenseful.

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Exciting

I so loved this story. i laughed at certsin excited reactions from one of the characters. It was a type of story never heard before. The author as the narrator was great with the exception of long pauses between chapters.

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Great read!

Another amazing story by Eva Pohler. Fabulously written with quirky characters, humor, and great mystery. Just loved this! It grabs you in the first few minutes and doesn’t let go until the end. The mystery of the house and the adventure the ladies go on throughout the book just keeps you captivated. Eva Pohler also does an amazing job narrating the audiobook and bringing the story to life! 💙

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Would you buy a haunted fixer-upper? I would!

Three friends, Ellen, Tonya, and Sue, are looking at an old house and thinking of flipping it until spooky things start happening. The attic is rumored to be haunted, causing previous buyers to back out of the sale. The three close knit friends reminded me of my sister, mother, and myself, not only because of their relationship but because of their bits of knowledge on an array of subjects.
The author seems to have done a fair amount of research and I greatly enjoyed how she wove it into the story through “reports” and journals. There was also one section that really pulled me in to such an extent that when the climax of that scene occurred, I jumped and let out a little screech as I was listening, I then laughed at myself. It was amazing to me that an author could do that, this was the first successful jump scare for me.
Ellen, the main character of our three leading ladies, tended to get on my nerves with her floundering belief in ghosts. Parts of the book are super cheesy and I rolled my eyes so hard that my head hurt. So much happened in this story that the storylines couldn’t end at that same time, giving the feeling that I can only describe as someone randomly tapping the brakes, repeatedly.
Over all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends that like cozy mysteries and "historical" mysteries.
I listened to this on 1.25, on 1 it felt super slow.

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story with a lot of twist

Very good story, you didn't know if it was a ghost story or a mystery
a lot of suprises and twist

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  • locky8
  • 10-20-19

Lovely story

I wasn't sure what to expect as few reviews said it was scary and when I first started listening I didn't listen when I was alone in the house as it was a bit spooky.
But it's a lovely story about 3 friends who are feeling a bit lost and lonely. Their children have left the nest and they're trying to find purpose in their lives.

While trying to find themselves they also help to solve a mystery. They decide to buy an old Greek revival house that's been on the market for many years and no one seems to go through with buying it as its supposedly haunted. Ellen, Sue and Tanya decide to buy it but first research and find out the history of the house.
I really emphasised with these women having 2 children who have flown the nest. It is a struggle when they leave. They're best friends and in the book they have a few sad times that bring them closer together. It's narrated by the author in a texan drawl (I think) and it totally fits with the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You actually believe that she is all these women. Highly recommended.

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  • bookjunke00
  • 03-20-20

ghost story

hunting gold in an old house being haunted by a ghost full of action great story

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  • NAT.orious reads
  • 12-16-19

3 semi-secretive STARS

This book is for you if… paranormal mystery with a very local dimension hits all your buttons. The resolution might be disappointing to some.

⤐ Preface.
I sencerely appologise for the very thin reviews past, present and future. I'm neither in the mood nor can I afford the time to to my usual glorious stuff. (Does self-praise stink? I'm a firm believer it shouldn't. Know your talents and cherish them.)

⤐ Overall.
I've listened to another audiobook by this author before and was pleasantly surprised to move away from the long exhausted YA genre. The story was interesting from minute one on but disappointed further down the road.

Characters. Relatable and diverse if looked at in their context, but overall unremarkable. Typical housewives of the US, the MCs contributed to the all-American flair of the audiobook.

World(-building). Decent and quick - everything came together nicely and quickly.

The arch of suspense. It rose and rose. I was so on board with this until it suddenly plummeted, never reaching the actual peak. That was the most disappointing part and also the main reason I couldn't give this a higher rating.

⤐ What’s happening.
Imagine you want to open up a BnB with your best buds and the targeted object turns out to be haunted. I for one would've skedaddled the heck outta there. Not so our three MCs. They decide to get to the roots of the haunting - which will, in turn, haunt them long after the seances have ended.

Con:
⇢ not all spirits are benign
⇢ seriously underequipped
⇢ life already problematic as it is
Pro:
⇢ ghost apparently is a crazy cat lady
⇢ supportive friends can surpass all evil
⇢ unexpected help

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writing quality + easy of reading = 3*

pace = 3*

plot/story in general = 4*

plot development = 4*

characters = 4*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 1*

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  • AS
  • 10-08-19

Didn’t Work For Me, And Not As Cozy As I’d Like

This was not for me. I wanted to like it, and I enjoyed the first half, but I just don’t think it all worked. Some things seemed shoehorned in, trying to relate the main characters stories to the story of the house. It was unnecessary, and like I said, it just didn’t work. I was also confused about the three main character’s ages. I spent a long time thinking they were in their seventies or something, but I think they’re closer to my age. I’m still running around my town on the weekends, seeing bands, and having fun. These ladies seemed more like my mom.

By the end of the book, I didn’t like the Main, main character nearly as much as I did in the beginning, and the woman next door side character became my favorite. If you took away the unneeded extras, this was an interesting story, and the idea of the ghost was very original, but the subject matter was too dark for what I prefer. I had an idea from the trigger warning, but there could have been 75% less terrible things, and it still would have been enough to warrant a story. I would have been happy to give the second book in the series a try, but I see from the descriptions each book will probably be about past atrocities. It’s just not my reading (listening) preference, so that’s the only reason I won’t be giving book two a chance.

Most of this comes down to personal preference. Anyone else might thoroughly enjoy this book. The writing and narration is up to par, I just would have left a few things out.

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 09-25-19

flipping haunted houses

Loved the story, wish the ending concentrated more on the people rather than the house.

Narration done by author and tends to be read a bit quick in places and character voices are sometimes forgotten. She has a nice voice so not too much of a problem.

looking forward to her next book

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  • Trina H
  • 11-29-18

At last some mature female leads

Loved the fact that the lead characters were female ‘empty nesters ‘ most books seem to have young beautiful fit females as their main characters. The mystery was well written keeping me wanting to know more. Some very real society issues explored, and some of the problems of getting older. Will definitely read more by this author.