Review: Murder at the Mansion
Title: Murder at the Mansion
Series: Victorian Village Mystery #1
Author: Sheila Connolly
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Katherine Hamilton's goal in high school was to escape from her dead-end hometown of Asheford, Maryland. Fifteen years later she's got a degree in hospitality management and a great job supervising every aspect of the day-to-day operations of a high-end boutique hotel on the Baltimore waterfront. Then her high school best friend asks her to come talk with the town leaders of Asheford, but she won't say why. Kate can't cut her last link to her past, so she agrees to make the short trip across the state to Asheford. 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, who had a hand in driving Kate away from Asheford so many years. But a few days later Kate receives a call from the police--Cordelia has been found dead on the mansion property, and Kate is all-but certain that her name is high on the suspect list. She finds herself juggling the murder investigation and her growing fascination with the magnificent old house that turns out to be full of long-hidden mysteries itself. Kate knows she must clear her name and save her town--before she ends up behind bars.
My Review: This story has a lot of potential and while I enjoyed parts of it, it was ultimately a little bit of a letdown. The mystery was a good one, with some intriguing side plots and enough twists to keep me reading until the end. The writing and plotting were well done and I enjoyed the setting. What I didn’t like about this book was the repetitiveness that plagued it. The author spends far to much time talking about how Cordelia was in high school and repeats herself while rehashing aspects of the mystery a few too many times. I found myself skimming a bit toward the end because I kept feeling like I had already read the section. Overall though it was a good start to a new series and a unique idea. Hopefully book two will be less repetitive. Given that I really enjoyed the authors Apple Orchard series I will still give book two a chance.
*I received this book from Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review*