A Daniel Swift Mystery
STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE MANSION BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:
In Murder In The Mansion, we find cheating husband Todd Nelson, on the phone with his lover, Tiffany. Knowing something’s going on, his wife wealthy Jillian Wilmington Nelson, listens on an extension. The fight which follows, between Todd and Jillian, leaves her paralyzed and bed ridden after she tumbles down the stairs. Knowing Todd’s only after her money, she contacts her cousin, Rachel, to come and help her. Locking herself in her bedroom, changing the locks, refusing Todd admittance, she wants to make him pay for his attempt to kill her. Rachel takes over the reins of Jillian’s care. Hiring a nurse, Clare Wharton and maid, Peggy Talbot, they and Rachel care for Jillian.
When Jillian suspiciously dies, the fur hits the fan. Clare finds herself charged with murder and Daniel Swift, attorney, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and trial. Why did a healthy woman died so suddenly? She should have lived into old age even though paralyzed. The nurse denies responsibility, yet, strangely some of Jillian’s jewelery’s found in her room. Will Daniel find the real killer or will he find Nurse Clare’s the killer? My mystery book review of Murder In The Mansion follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Murder In The Mansion, full of twists and turns, mystery, and varied suspects, will grab your attention immediately. As you know, mysteries are one of my favorite genre; this book hit the spot. Sotheby skillfully leads the reader through this investigation and trial. Surprises are in store in this fast paced mystery.
Jillian, you’ll love; a woman deceived by her husband, who you’ll hate. Sotheby created really unlikable characters in Todd and Tiffany. Selfish, self-centered, and deceiving, I really did not like them at all. Clare, although a nurse, I felt did not quite live in the real world. She seems a little simple at times, yet, kind and compassionate. Rachel’s character’s one of helpfulness; ready to do anything for Jillian. A wealthy heiress murdered, who has the most to gain from her death? A varied cast of characters, will you choose the correct killer? Sorry, you will have to read the book to find out.
With well-developed characters, an intriguing story line, and pacing which starts at a fast clip and continues, I read this book in one sitting. Perfect for a lazy afternoon spent with a victim, murder suspects, surprises, and twists and turns. Sotheby held the murderer close to her chest and when revealed, my mouth feel open. I closed this book impatient to read another offering from Sotheby. I would not hesitate to buy this clean mystery novel for myself or a friend.
MURDER IN THE MANSION RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE
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