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Murder at the Mansion: 06/11/22
Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly and Emily Durante (Narrator) is the start of the Victoria Village mystery trilogy. Katherine Hamilton had escaped Ashboro Maryland to work in Baltimore, with a great job at a high-end boutique hotel. Then out of the blue she's called home by an old friend to help with a mansion that could make or break the town.
The Barton Mansion at the edge of town has sat in limbo for about a century. Now Katherine's old bully has convinced the town to spend the last of their money to buy the mansion. Katherine's job is to help them figure out how to convert that white elephant into something that will earn money for the town.
Of course the bully also ends up murdered. So the question becomes how is her death related to the mansion? What value could this old place possibly have that would convince someone to commit murder. Why she was killed was actually fairly simple to figure out.
When the murderer was first introduced I recognized them right away.
What kept me reading wasn't the who killed Cordelia or how she had bullied everyone. Her piece of this was a by the books puzzle. No, it was the history of Ashboro and Barton Mansion that kept me reading. I was completely sucked into Katherine's research and her plans for the town.
The second book is Killer in the Carriage House (2019).