The Secret Staircase (Victorian Village Mysteries #3)
From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, The Secret Staircase is the third Victorian Village Mystery, which finds Katherine Hamilton discovering a long-dead body on a hidden staircase.
Kate Hamilton is feeling good about her plans to recreate Asheboro, Maryland as the Victorian town it once was. The town is finally on her side, and the finances are coming together. Even two recent murders aren't enough to discourage her: after she helped to solve them, she put them behind her.
Now comes the time to make real plans, and her first goal is to renovate the Barton Mansion on the outskirts of town. Luckily, it's been maintained in good condition in the century since the wealthy Henry Barton lived and died there. So the only substantial change she's planning is to update the original kitchen so that it can be used to cater events in the building. But when the contractor gets started, he discovers a staircase that had been walled in years earlier. And of course, given the way Kate's luck has been going, there's a body on the stairs.
After the first shock, Kate is relieved when the autopsy reveals that the man had died around 1880. Unfortunately, it also reveals that he had not died a natural death—he had been murdered. And the questions remain: who was he and what was he doing there?
So Kate and Carroll Peterson, who Kate had drafted to sort through Henry Barton's papers, start a hunt to identify the man and why he died at the Barton Mansion. But when a second body is found—this time from the present day—Kate realizes that someone may not be so keen on her digging up the past...
Praise For The Secret Staircase (Victorian Village Mysteries #3)…
Praise for Killer in the Carriage House:
"The layers of history and the obstacles encountered in the process of trying to save a small town provide a fascinating frame story for this smart mystery." —Booklist
"Enjoyable . . . Cozy fans will be curious to see what Kate gets up to next." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Murder at the Mansion:
"Readers who like inheritance drama will enjoy this diverting story." —BookPage
"Exceeded my expectations. It blew me away. I will definitely be picking up the next one." —Night Owl Reviews
"I fell into this novel head over heels. The author's description of the mansion is sheer bliss to read of, and a murder to go with it is always appreciated by a mystery fan. Don't miss this one." —BookLoons
"A good, fast-paced read that's perfect for a plane ride. Warning: once you start reading Connolly's books, you can't put them down." —IrishAmerica Magazine
Minotaur Books, 9781250135902, 304pp.
Publication Date: August 24, 2021