Sunday, October 30, 2011
The Hollow House by Janis Patterson
All she wants to do is to leave the past behind her and escape her husband's parent's hatred. It's hard to do when you have no money and no skills, but she'll do her best to make it happen...
Carina Press and Net Galley shared this ebook with me for review (thank you). It will be published November 14th, so add to your TBR list.
The year is 1919, and the story is set in Denver. The lady of the house is disabled and needs a companion. "Geraldine" decides to take a chance and apply for the position. She has no references, but she was a lady in the past and has good bearing and manners.
Ms. Stubbs hires her on a whim, which turns out to be a quirk of fate. She wants someone who won't back down from her and can give as good as she takes sarcasm and criticism. However she mustn't go over line between employee and employer.
Geraldine (who has hidden her identity) soon finds that there are problems within the household. Someone attempts to kill Ms. Stubbs and only her previous training helps her save the woman.
When a maid gets murdered, she realizes she will have to solve the case before she becomes a suspect.
The author gives us plenty of people after Geraldine and Ms. Stubbs, the suspects are all capable of murder, and the action is full of drama and danger.
This story has the flavor of an old Victorian tale. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy old-fashioned mysteries, this tale is for you.