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The Riddles of Hillgate (Z & C Mysteries Book 1) by [Kane, Zoey, Kane, Claire]
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A very entertaining and fun read.
--Kim, Kim's Bookish Place
 
The Riddles of Hillgate pulled me in right away. I think it is an unique setting and allows for the perfect setting of mystery packed with humor!
--Jill, Seaside Book Nook

The descriptive writing of the property, the home and the contents makes it come alive and you can almost see it. In fact, I would love to see this in a movie format.
--Lynn Farris, Mystery Books Examiner

About the Author

Claire has a Masters in Journalism, was Editor for Eye Witness Magazine and can't make Irish Rum Cookies to save her life.

Zoey has dabbled in modeling, is a licensed real-estate agent, seeks for treasures (great and small), and is often underestimated.

Together, Zoey and Claire are a mother-daughter mystery solving duo. During their downtime, they dream of island men whisking them away.

(Zoey and *Claire are also fictional, and their authors are a real life mother and daughter who use their names as pseudonyms. Don't tell them that, though.)

ZoeyandClaire.blogspot.com
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*Award-winning author, Molly Snow, writes under Claire Kane. To see her paranormal romantic comedies, visit mollysnowfiction.blogspot.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Breezy Reads (October 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X8INKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was a light and zany, quick read. At only 138 pages, this book is short enough to be finished in an evening (I'm a fast reader.) Zoey and Claire Kane (also the names of the authors of the book) are the perfect example of Murphy's Law. There is always something going wrong, from Claire driving into a ditch, to the skeletons in the mansion and a murder on the opening night of their hotel.

There was a little bit of everything in this novella from romance to murder to ghosts (or were they ghosts?) I love how Zo and Claire have such a wonderful, close relationship - even to the point of a double date!

Some of the events are quite far-fetched or illogical, but it would be a spoiler if I mentioned them, so I won't. This book is not meant as a serious read, so these improbable events don't really hamper the story.

Lots of fun for a light-hearted read. I gave this book 3 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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The Riddles of Hillgate was just a fun read. I enjoyed it because it was an over the top, slightly crazy mystery. I loved the mother daughter team of Claire and Zoey. They reminded me so much of my mom and I. Claire kept me laughing by second guessing her mom's decision, and how surprised she was when her mom was right about something.

The mystery surrounding Hillgate was fun, and even if it was a bit unbelievable that they turned the mansion into a running hotel in a short amount of time, I loved that part of the book didn't drag on forever. The mystery itself was one surrounding the house and it's former occupants. It had a little bit of everything: murder, the possibility of ghosts, and a lost treasure. Figuring out how everything would come together was the best part of the book for me. Fans of mystery books might solve the case a little sooner then I did, but I enjoyed how there were a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming that made my theory of what happened to the former owners of the house totally wrong.

The cast of characters was great-aside from Zoey and Claire there were the hotel guests, a town that reminded of Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls) where everyone knows everyone and what they are doing and when it happened, and the romantic interests of both Zoey and Claire.

The Riddle of Hillgate is perfect for when you are looking for a fast read that is light and entertaining. I can't wait to read more adventures of this mother and daughter team. I am thankful for twitter for finding this read for me!
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Definitely an easy read. Would be fine for a young teen or anyone who wants a light mystery of the Scooby Do Variety. ( I always liked Scooby).

I enjoyed the book and would have rated it a little higher but it was a little choppy and they never did account for the skeletons in the basement (aka unneeded plot twist).

There are some good ideas from this mother daughter writing team. The daughters background in YA fiction definitely shows. There are at least two more books in the series. I will try at least one more. If they hit their groove the series could have promise.
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The Riddles of Hillgate is a cute, cozy mystery with all that you'd expect from a cozy. It's got the female protagonists who end up with a mystery to solve on their own.

Poor Zoey has had some bad luck in real estate. So when she buys a huge plot of land, by the dump mind you, sight unseen, the townsfolk are less than kind to her. They make fun of her purchase and look down on her business sense. Fortunately for her, her daughter, Claire, shows up right around the same time, and she takes her to explore this plot of land. Things don't look too promising when they first start looking around. There's a graveyard and a huge hill and lots of weeds. But when the fog begins to clear, they notice a huge mansion lurking in the distance. And it's all theirs! It's still full of antique furniture and clothing. So they do what anyone would do in their circumstances....turn it into a hotel!

This hotel endeavor runs into some snags, and it seems the place is haunted! Is it haunted? What really happened at the mansion that all the furniture and clothing are still there? You'll have to read to find out!

This book is quirky and silly and a good quick read. The mystery isn't bloody or gory, and the language is clean. It's the type you need to read once in awhile for your mental health :)

This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.
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Hillgate has many very unexpected twist and turns> The mom and daughter are the perfect team on this adventure. The towns people are learning that what you can't see and don't know is not to be laughed at!
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Spoiler alert - there's a ghost in this book but that is the most believable part. Daughter loses boyfriend because she lost her job and moves in with her mother who just happened to purchase an estate which turns out to be worth millions. Even though the mother is portrayed initially as ditsy she managed to happen into amazing luck. Then they renovate the entire mansion themselves with a very small budget which also somehow materializes despite the fact that the mother's car is repossessed. They live in a mansion with dozens of rooms but sleep in the same bed? I love my mother but as an adult I definitely want my own bed! it goes on like this with the author putting the ladies into a terrible situation and then miraculously rescuing them. The idea of a mother-daughter mystery would work but the dialogue and writing needs some work.
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