MYSTERY

Killer in the Carriage House

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Victorian Village, Bk. 2). Jul. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781250135889. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135896. M
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Kate Hamilton’s hometown of Asheboro, MD, is broke, and she has ideas about saving it from further decline. With the Barton Mansion the focus of the town, Kate envisions an authentic Victorian Village, if the townspeople and shop owners will cooperate. She hopes some documents might help them find financial support. Kate and friends moved them to the closed library, but she is disturbed when a young man asks to get into the building. The next morning, Kate and a researcher uncover that young man’s body. On the surface, he appears to have broken into the library, but both women suspect murder. In the follow-up to Murder at the Mansion, death seems to be only a distraction, with the murder not occurring until a third of the way in and seemingly a minor event. The focus of this slow-paced cozy is the search for answers to the puzzle that was Henry Barton, owner of the town’s shovel factory and the Barton Mansion. Kate comes across as absentminded, and she blurts out secrets to everyone.
VERDICT The mystery might appeal to those interested in historical renovations of towns, but is mostly suggested only for fans of the author or the previous book

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