Book Notes-The Secret Staircase by Sheila Connolly

The Secret Staircase is book three in the Victorian Village Mystery series.

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The Secret Staircase

Publisher’s Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, The Secret Staircase is the third Victorian Village Mystery, which finds Kate Hamilton discovering a long-dead body in a hidden staircase.

Kate Hamilton is feeling good about her plans to recreate Asheboro, Maryland as the Victorian village it once was. The town is finally on her side, and the finances are coming together.

Kate’s first goal is to renovate the Barton Mansion on the outskirts of town. Luckily, it’s been well maintained in the century since the wealthy Henry Barton lived and died there. 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 hidden staircase that had been walled in years earlier. And as Kate’s luck would have it, in the stairwell is a body.

After her initial shock wears off, Kate is relieved when the autopsy reveals that the man had died around 1880. Unfortunately, it also reveals that his was not a natural death—he was murdered. And serious questions remain: who was he and what was he doing there?

Kate begins a hunt to identify the man and figure out what he was doing at the Barton Mansion. But when a second body is found—this time from the present day—Kate realizes that real dangers lie in digging up the past…

 

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My Thoughts

This book was hard for me to get into at first. At the center of the mysteries in this book is an old Victorian home that has fallen into disrepair. The first mystery revolves around the long-dead owner of the home. Little is known about him, and the search is on to find out more about him. The second mystery centers around a dead body discovered in a sealed-off staircase. The body has been hidden away in this unusual tomb for so long it’s mummified. The last mystery involves the death of one of the contractors working on the house.

Even though there are several mysteries going on in this book, I wasn’t drawn into the story—at first. Too much of it came across as filler and kept me from caring much about the story. But then part way through the novel, I was pulled in and couldn’t stop reading. The filler was replaced with clues that picked up the pace. The resolutions to all three mysteries brought this novel to a satisfying conclusion.

 

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Publishing Information

Minotaur Books
St. Martin’s Publishing Group
On Sale: 08/24/2021
ISBN: 9781250135902
304 Pages

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