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A Spirited Manor (O'Hare House Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 9, 2013
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Fun summer read. Perfectly light for poolside reading OR for staying up late at night trying to spook yourself.
I don't often read books that get into the spirit world, but having enjoyed Ms Danley's other books, I thought I'd give it a try. Definitely was worth the price! This book has something for everyone. There is suspense, action, drama, and romance, with some ghosts and other supernatural creatures, all set in the 1890's. What more could anyone ask for?
The story begins to weave the tale of Clara O'Hare a recently widowed woman who has purchased a new house. As she experiences some strange things in her new home, a story unfolds. Once the story gets going, I felt like I was reading an old Agatha Christie who dun it book. It's got a vintage feel that wraps up in a so not vintage ending.
The book is a fast read, and it's free for the Kindle edition. So give it a shot.
Firstly, the romantic aspect of this story progressed far too fast! SLIGHT SPOILER, DON'T CONTINUE READING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW. She saw him--did not even personally meet him--first at a theatrical performance. The second time she met him at the manor house, and within the time span of a night she was suddenly madly in love with him and he made the pain and grief of the loss of her first husband disappear.
Secondly, there are some loose ends and discrepancies that the author either forgets about or just does not bother to tie up. One includes the matter of the deaths in her new house. SPOILER: It is indicated that one death occurred in the house Clara purchased, which is why it took so long to sell, but near the end of the story it is revealed the entire staff was killed. The most confusing part, at the beginning of the story it was mentioned the police thought the dead woman (who was the presumed one death) had committed suicide, but how could the Police have thought that when the entire staff was murdered? Why was it not mentioned that at least three deaths occurred in the house, which would be considered a gristly murder? Makes no sense. There were two other cases like this, but describing them would give away too much of the story.
In conclusion, I do not think I will be purchasing the other novels of the series. Too much did not add up in this novel.
Our heroine, Clara, is recently widowed and still mourns the death of her husband. She has sold the home she and her husband shared and purchased a different one in another neighborhood. Clara doesn't want anything to remind her of what she has lost. She got this house at a good price as the owner was having trouble selling it - a murder had been committed there.
As she wanders around the neighborhood getting accustomed to this new area, she stops at the local theatre to see a show. There among the acts is a man who supposedly can communicate with the dead. Clara decides he is a fraud and gets up to leave, and then he says something that she thinks comes from her deceased husband. Later that night her husband appears to her and encourages her to stop mourning him and to get on with her life. He wants her to fall in love again.
Another ghost appears to her, and this sets Clara off on a search to discover what is going on in the house. She tracks down the previous owner and to her surprise he tells her he suspected the house was haunted. He had been trying to find someone who could see spirits and now he has -- Clara. She is asked to come to another of this man's homes for a seance.
Among the guests is the man from the theater. He is supposed to be a medium. But things start going a little crazy during the seance and there is a murder. Clara and the medium, our hero, are caught up in strange situation, and it seems there is more than just murder involved. There is an ancient evil in the house.
The romance aspect was tepid at best -- she had been widowed for only six months. The dialogue was a bit corny. Overall it was a good story. I don't know that I would read it again, but it certainly was well worth reading once.
A Spirited Manor by Kate Danley is a not exactly about romance, but it is an entertaining quick, clean, spooky read. Think Murder She Wrote meets Edgar Allen Poe with many twists and turns. Ms. Danley is an excellent writer and I was drawn into the story from the beginning. If romance is a must for you to read a book, then don't despair, there is a love connection, both past and present. Clara is a heroic protagonist and Wesley is tender supporting knight.
I heartily recommend A Spirited Manor to one and all. It is "spirited" entertainment. (Pun intended)