My Review: This is the second book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series. You can read this as a stand alone story, but I would suggest you read the first book to get to know the characters. Kelly has completed her move to Redwood Cove Bed & Breakfast where she’s the new manager. At this time they are having renovations completed so are not open to the public at the time of this book. Kelly has been asked to help out at a sister resort, Redwood Heights doing an inventory. Kelly’s boss, Michael Corrigan, is selling the resort and wants to be sure of its contents. The resort has a couple of issues during the book, one is that jewellery is being stolen, the second is a murder of a Resorts International “secret shopper”, Sylvia Porter, staying at the resort to assess service. Because a couple of people that Kelly knows and likes are suspects, she once again begins to investigate while doing her inventory. With some of the papers Kelly is cataloguing getting stolen and one of the Silver Sentinels being attacked, the danger rachets up as the story develops.
I like the people she works with at the Inn. They are friendly, and there are some dogs and a couple of kids to keep life fun and interesting. And then there are the Silver Sentinels, a group of elderly sleuths who help out with whatever they think needs to be done in the investigation. Kelly is caring, smart, helpful, thoughtful, and loyal. She takes a few risks but she’s not usually careless. She’s not afraid to ask for help or accept it, which is a nice change from many sleuths who plunge headlong into scary situations alone. All of the characters, whether minor or major, were real, interesting, and believably quirky. This makes the story interesting and more real to me. I would like to meet the characters in Redwood Cove.
“Murder at the Mansion” was enjoyable and the identity of the culprit kept me guessing right to the end. The clues were there but they were carefully sprinkled throughout the book and mixed in with enough red herrings to keep me guessing. “Murder at the Mansion” is a well-written mystery that wasn’t too easy to solve with just enough quirkiness to make it an enjoyable cozy mystery.
Synopsis: It’s whale-watching season in Redwood Cove, and B&B manager Kelly Jackson’s battening down the hatches for the tourist rush at Redwood Heights—a Victorian-style estate owned by her boss. And due to recent jewelry thefts, her duties include keeping track of the many dust-covered artifacts spread throughout the property. But when Kelly finds Sylvia Porter’s lifeless body, menial tasks don’t seem so terrible. Enlisting the help of a ragtag group of brainy retirees, aka the “Silver Sentinels,” Kelly’s on the hunt for clues hidden behind the mansion’s glamorous façade. . .and for a killer who may want to make history of her next!