MURDER AT THE MANSION A Victorian Village Mystery by Sheila Connolly / Mystery / Released June 26, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
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 at a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore. Then her high school best friend asks her to come talk with the town leaders of Asheford, but she won’t say why. Once Kate arrives, the town council members reveal that the town has used its last available funds to buy the huge Victorian mansion just outside of town, hoping to use it to attract tourists. 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. Kate finds herself juggling the murder investigation and her growing fascination with the old house, which itself is full of long-hidden mysteries. Kate must clear her name and save her town—before she ends up in hot water.