EXCERPT: It was never my intention to begin what now can only be described as a career in detective work. I fell into the role of amateur sleuth quite by accident…..
ABOUT THIS BOOK: One ghost, one murder, one hundred years apart. But are they connected?
Ella has discovered a secret room in The Yellow Cottage, but with it comes a ghost. Who was she? And how did she die? Ella needs to find the answers before either of them can find peace. But suddenly things take a nasty turn for the worse.
Ella Bridges has been living on Linhay Island for several months but still hasn’t discovered the identity of her ghostly guest. Deciding to research the history of her cottage for clues she finds it is connected to Arundel Hall, the large Manor House on the bluff, and when an invitation to dinner arrives realises it is the perfect opportunity to discover more.
However the evening takes a shocking turn when one of their party is murdered. Is The Curse of Arundel Hall once again rearing its ugly head, or is there a simpler explanation?
Ella suddenly finds herself involved in two mysteries at once, and again joins forces with Scotland Yard’s Police Commissioner to try and catch a killer. But will they succeed?
MY THOUGHTS: A delightful cosy murder-mystery with just a touch of the paranormal in the shape of a cat called Phantom, and the ghost at the Yellow Cottage.
It is light-hearted and entertaining, the only drawback being a lack of historical detail. Although it is set in the 1930s, it could have been anytime. The characters are well portrayed, and the plot interesting.
As for the final revelation….Well, not I just have to read the next book!
I did initially have some trouble getting used to the narrator as she sounded a lot older than Ella is; more the age of Miss Marple. But after a short time this became irrelevant.
3.5 appreciative stars
THE AUTHOR: J. New is the British author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series. Set on the fictitious island of Linhay in the south of England during the 1930’s, they are an homage to the Golden Age mysteries but with a contemporary twist.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Curse of Arundel Hall, #2 in the Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries series, written by J New, narrated by Jilly Bond and published by Whole Story Quest. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own honest opinions.
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