The Severn family Jeff and his wife Phyllis, Lynette and her new fianc , and single Andy has gathered at the mountain home of their grandmother, Mary Agnes Severn, to celebrate Thanksgiving and hear an announcement regarding their late grandfather s will With news of an escaped convict in the hills, everyone is barely settled in before a huge snowstorm strands them in theThe Severn family Jeff and his wife Phyllis, Lynette and her new fianc , and single Andy has gathered at the mountain home of their grandmother, Mary Agnes Severn, to celebrate Thanksgiving and hear an announcement regarding their late grandfather s will With news of an escaped convict in the hills, everyone is barely settled in before a huge snowstorm strands them in the large old house with only gas lamps and lanterns to keep the darkness away.Local sheriff Roger Dickerson arrives to check on the family and seek shelter from the storm Sparks fly between him and Andy as long held passions bubble just under the surface, but before they can address them, Mary Agnes s three servants are murdered one by one Who is the murderer Is it the escaped murderer Is it someone in the house Everyone has a motive, and everyone has the means What s going on between Andy and Marcus the handyman What s going on between Phyllis and Marcus Is there something going on between Roger and Marcus It s snow bound to be a wild week of murder, mystery, and mayhem
Mountain Murder Mystery The Severn family Jeff and his wife Phyllis Lynette and her new fianc and single Andy has gathered at the mountain home of their grandmother Mary Agnes Severn to celebrate Thanksgiving and hear a
1.5 starsFirst of all, this being a release from DSP Publications, I was prepared for it not exactly having romance nor falling in the same sex genre. I was okay with that. So I guess if I should categorize this book, it would fall under Mystery Fiction genre.Mountain Murder Mystery has a rather old-fashioned murder theme. We have a big cast of family members, and a sheriff, coming into a mountain home when murders happen in the midst of snowstorm which practically isolated everyone. I read a lo [...]
Full reviewage on Prism Book Alliance®Let me start off by saying that I requested this book to read and review. It sounded like it would be a fantastic ride of a read.This was not the case. :/Right off the bat, this much was obvious: this author wanted to include every single detail of physical description they could, whether of place character action within it. I made the prose read rather dryly. It felt like technical writing instead of storytelling. It was precise but not expressive.She hung [...]
3.5 stars. Ten people + one huge mansion up in the mountains + one blizzard + an escaped killer on the loose = classic murder mystery with plot twists and red herrings.I admit, I was both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised by this story. This has an old-fashioned feel to it à la Agatha Christie, and she's even mentioned once. Basically, we're not given the POV of any of characters in the story. Everything we learn from them we must deduce from their expressions, speech, and reactions. That s [...]
3.5 starsIn all my years of reading, I can honestly say I’ve never read another story quite like this one. Kudos to the author on that fact alone.This story has a rather large cast of characters, and well, it was like reading the script for a screenplay. While the author does a great job of describing the house, which made me think of an old sitcom, ‘Upstairs Downstairs’. The story is all tell. I can’t say whose point of view it’s told in, as I never got into the heads of any of the ch [...]
A large ensemble cast in an isolated house murder mystery which could have worked well but it lacked a 'lead character'. There were some interesting ideas here but it read more like a farce than a mystery. Falls into mm as a minor plot point is a mostly off stage relationship between Andy and Roger the Sheriff. Disappointing
I like old-fashioned murder theme but I have had problem in the start to understand in what time is the environment. Most of time is was a fun reading but then there are part a bit boring for particulars that seemed babbling on nothing important. I marked two stars for this story because the final. Aren't bad guys discovered and in jail? Seemed to me a bit as horror story to the end and Jeff, Lynette and Andy as poor fools oblivious to their same lovers.
3.5* I did enjoy this story - though I am still not sure if it was meant to be a satire or not!Whilst reading, I could see this being a play in an old Victorian theatre with floor traps, with all the characters exiting and entering stage left and right - maybe because pretty much all the action was in the living room.A classic closed room (or house in the this case) murder, with a cosy feel to it as well with the local sheriff Roger also closed in.At the start I found it difficult to place the s [...]
A Joyfully Jay review. 3 starsThis book was not what I was expecting. Given the blurb at the back of the book and the title, one would assume that it would be foremost a mystery/suspense story. Instead, it almost was as if it was a humor-driven storyline, since the antics were nothing like what one would expect in a mystery. Despite this, I will admit that I was stumped as to who the murderer was right up until the end.The story begins with an old-fashioned feel to it. I think setting the scene [...]
The Severn family decide to gather in the mountain home of their grandmother, Mary Agnes to celebrate Thanksgiving. The three cousins are excited to spend time with their grandmother and to hear an announcement about their late grandfather's will. However, with the news of an escaped convict and Mary Agnes's three servants are murdered one by one, everyone is on edge. A huge snowstorm causes an landslide preventing the family from leaving the house. Is there the killer among them? Who will be sa [...]
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.An intriguing murder-mystery set in the mountains during Thanksgiving, with a lovely little background romance to help lighten the plot.This novel did not start off on the right foot for me. It was confusing, disjointed, and Mary Agnes, the matriarch of the Severn family, is equally bewildering and distasteful. But once the plot finally gets underway (at the 1/3 mark), things finally start to get interest [...]
More of a 3.5. This story is a little different from many of your murder mysteries. You have ten people stranded in one huge mansion up in the mountains with blizzard and an escaped killer on the loose. This is a classic murder mystery with lots of plot twists and a few red herrings. I liked the characters and I was laughing out loud several times.
Modern day with an old time mystery theme. Hilarious with enough suspects to keep you guessing. Lots of interesting character. I like the more serious murder mysteries but this was a fun ride! Great job, Benjamin Dahlbeck!
Great mystery - the end really shocked me.