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A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance... When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin indeed. Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful ca A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance... When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin indeed. Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them. Laced with gothic romance and paranormal mystery, A Spirited Manor is book one in the O'Hare House Mystery penny dreadful series.


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A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance... When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin indeed. Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful ca A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance... When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin indeed. Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them. Laced with gothic romance and paranormal mystery, A Spirited Manor is book one in the O'Hare House Mystery penny dreadful series.

30 review for A Spirited Manor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    4,25 stars - English Ebook - ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท - Do not fear to live again, for wathing your sadness is worse than death. Do not die while you are still alive, my love. - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน A widow, who still is in morning over the dead of her husband buys a house and tries to pick up live. When walking in the new city she passes by a house that as a show on. Their is a man who can speak to the dead. She hopes he can help her but an other woman is fasther. That night she is visited by a ghost of her dead husband who says the 4,25 stars - English Ebook - ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท - Do not fear to live again, for wathing your sadness is worse than death. Do not die while you are still alive, my love. - ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน A widow, who still is in morning over the dead of her husband buys a house and tries to pick up live. When walking in the new city she passes by a house that as a show on. Their is a man who can speak to the dead. She hopes he can help her but an other woman is fasther. That night she is visited by a ghost of her dead husband who says the words do not fear to live again. But the other ghost of a young girl horrifies her. Who is that ghost? She visits the seller of the house and is invited to a seance in the country. Willing to speak to her husband she takes on the invite. In the evening the first dead is a fact. Outside their is a storm going and who will be next? ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Liked reading this story. Will surely read another book by this author. - Wesley's sister held the head of the creature back for her, baring Violet's neck so that Clara would have a clear shot. -

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna Driver

    I'm in two minds over this book. I do like it, but I struggled here and there. Initially, I was drawn to both the writing and the main character -- for both hold great potential, but too many words blocked the flow of the writing, which brought out the critic in me and had me re-examining everything. (Words such as, "And then", "But then", "suddenly", "And that's when", and "finally". I think these words troubled me because, as a recently contracted author who has been given a list of words [from I'm in two minds over this book. I do like it, but I struggled here and there. Initially, I was drawn to both the writing and the main character -- for both hold great potential, but too many words blocked the flow of the writing, which brought out the critic in me and had me re-examining everything. (Words such as, "And then", "But then", "suddenly", "And that's when", and "finally". I think these words troubled me because, as a recently contracted author who has been given a list of words [from my publisher] to delete from my writing, I found these a hindrance -- so I won't hold that against Ms Danley.) Clara struck me as a strong woman -- even while grieving for her deceased husband -- and I wanted to see her happy and content again, but I tripped over the romance side of this story. It happened too "suddenly", and before I held any faith in the gentleman in question. To me, with Clara's heart doing an about-face so quickly, she became a weaker character. She didn't impress me as being in love, but as being desperate and needy. Which is a shame, because she had the foundation of a great character. Had the story been longer, with more action and 'emotional manipulation' of my heart (and theirs, of course), where the relationship could've been explored and built upon, Clara would've blossomed into an amazing woman. Or, at least, we would have witnessed the transformation for ourselves. As for the man Clara falls in love with, I didn't know whether or not I could trust him, especially when he did not come across as having a strong character. I would've liked to have 'fallen in love' with him before Clara had; but I didn't. In fact, I didn't care much for him by the end of the story, either; for he had no heroic characteristics for me to stand in awe of. He was, for me, too 'small'; too weak. Perhaps the issue I have is, while I did not dislike this story, the writer, as good as she is, did not carry me to the depths of my heart. I am happy to invest my heart into fiction -- in fact, I want to, even if I'm left heartbroken by the last page -- but, unfortunately, I found myself trapped in my thoughts, wondering about 'this' and 'that' and 'if only'. Despite my objections -- which I give without bitterness or disappointment -- I still give A Spirited Manor 4 stars. Anything less feels wrong. Even though it's already published, it is a story that could be reworked (a little) in order to bring out its greatness.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This was an okay book, but I found it a little far-fetched. I started out really liking the character of Clara. Then in the middle I didn't like her so much. At the end I sort of liked her again. But overall, I had trouble with how quickly she changed from depressed and weepy to falling in love after being set on never loving again. The story unfortunately shifted from a sort of fun gothic mystery to a WAY out there other kind of story [that I won't go into details about because I don't want to s This was an okay book, but I found it a little far-fetched. I started out really liking the character of Clara. Then in the middle I didn't like her so much. At the end I sort of liked her again. But overall, I had trouble with how quickly she changed from depressed and weepy to falling in love after being set on never loving again. The story unfortunately shifted from a sort of fun gothic mystery to a WAY out there other kind of story [that I won't go into details about because I don't want to spoil this for other readers]. The issue for me was how FAST the story completely turned on its head and went from one thing to something so totally different I just couldn't manage to go along. If you like stories that REALLY surprise you and are totally unpredictable in terms of what kind of story it is and what could happen, this could be a good read for you. It is an easy, fast read, and there are certainly surprises throughout, but it wasn't a great fit for my reading interests.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.

    Okay, so maybe you had to get in the spirit of things to love this story. Somewhere along the line, I must have missed a step. The instalove romance didn't work for me and the mystery read as if the author figured it out as she went along. [SPOILER ALERT] Whatever clue the perfume was supposed to have provided, I didn't get it. And the twist at the ending actually created a plot hole; in 1890 the Metropolitan Police might not have set much store by the murder-or-suicide of a single maid, but if e Okay, so maybe you had to get in the spirit of things to love this story. Somewhere along the line, I must have missed a step. The instalove romance didn't work for me and the mystery read as if the author figured it out as she went along. [SPOILER ALERT] Whatever clue the perfume was supposed to have provided, I didn't get it. And the twist at the ending actually created a plot hole; in 1890 the Metropolitan Police might not have set much store by the murder-or-suicide of a single maid, but if everyone in the house had died in the same night, that would have gotten even Inspector Lestrade's attention. [END SPOILER] Despite the fairly professional presentation โ€” proofreading, formatting, and writing and editing, aside from that plot hole and the usual magically vanishing past perfect verb tense โ€” the story left me skimming by the climax and ending. Two stars is the highest I can award this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jolene

    This was a delightfully creepy novel with a great twist. If it wasn't for the instalove (this has to be by far the strongest and most instant love I have ever read), this would have been a solid 4 star book. Danley is a wonderful storyteller. I'm glad I already own a couple of her other books This was a delightfully creepy novel with a great twist. If it wasn't for the instalove (this has to be by far the strongest and most instant love I have ever read), this would have been a solid 4 star book. Danley is a wonderful storyteller. I'm glad I already own a couple of her other books

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    โ€˜A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance... When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin indeed. Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and the dashing young medium, Wes โ€˜A grieving widow. A house with secrets. And an invitation to a seance... When Clara O'Hare's husband passed away, she felt her life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin indeed. Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them.โ€™ _______________ 2.5 stars, rounded down to 2 stars. A Spirited Manor by Kate Danley is the first book in the Oโ€™Hare House Mysteries series and is a paranormal mystery and clean romance. I thought this series was going to be something I was really going to love, so I grabbed the whole series when I got the first book about a year ago. Iโ€™m a little annoyed with myself for doing so because I have the feeling I am going to have to push myself to finish them, but at least theyโ€™re all short. Plus this is only the first book in the series, so I am keeping an open mind that other books will improve upon the weak points of this book. My biggest problem with the book is that Clara seemed so changeable. I really sympathized with her character at the start of the book. She had suffered a terrible loss and was struggling to cope with her grief...but then there is a new and sudden romance and it cheapened a lot of the sympathy I felt for her. It just felt so abrupt, with no gradual building between them or seeing her adjust to the idea of moving on. I wish this hadnโ€™t felt so rushed and that there had been more character growth beforehand. Thereโ€™s a big reveal at the end that is a good plot twist, but really only served to throw earlier plot points into the bin because it proved them to defy plausibility. It felt like a pretty sour note to end the book on, but I will still be continuing with the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Ok, so it wasn't what I was expecting. It was very nicely written, especially the emotional beginning for our heroine, with characters well developed and a story well, if quickly told. It just turned out to be not what I expected at all. I was expecting more Agatha Christie and got American Gothic--which is cool, but just unexpected. But, hey, I enjoyed it, so, on to the next book... Ok, so it wasn't what I was expecting. It was very nicely written, especially the emotional beginning for our heroine, with characters well developed and a story well, if quickly told. It just turned out to be not what I expected at all. I was expecting more Agatha Christie and got American Gothic--which is cool, but just unexpected. But, hey, I enjoyed it, so, on to the next book...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Relina Skye

    Kate Danley delivers a wickedly entertaining gilded age novel set in 1891. Clare O'Hare is a mourning widow who wants nothing more than to live each and every single day of her life in mourning. Her husband, Thomas, died suddenly leaving her to go on without him. Heartbroken, she sells their house and all of their possessions from their marriage. Moving into a new home seemed like the only logical thing to do to help her move on. Boy was she wrong! Her new home is anything but a quiet get away. Kate Danley delivers a wickedly entertaining gilded age novel set in 1891. Clare O'Hare is a mourning widow who wants nothing more than to live each and every single day of her life in mourning. Her husband, Thomas, died suddenly leaving her to go on without him. Heartbroken, she sells their house and all of their possessions from their marriage. Moving into a new home seemed like the only logical thing to do to help her move on. Boy was she wrong! Her new home is anything but a quiet get away. With a ghostly teenager visiting her in the middle of the night, she is practically pushed into taking action. Overall, I thought it was well written. I felt like I could hear Clare's proper sounding voice in my head as I read. This novel is for you if you like "Clue" or a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. I liked it and hope that you do too!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cora Pop

    3.5 stars After a promising start to what looked like a Victorian-style ghost story, it changed into something that I found disappointing, for the characters but mostly for the plot. I would have liked the romantic elements to be more subdued, especially after the extensive description of Clara's grief at the loss of her husband; if they were at all necessary, they could have been perhaps subtle hints at the budding of a future romance. As for the denouement, it was unexpected, but not in the bes 3.5 stars After a promising start to what looked like a Victorian-style ghost story, it changed into something that I found disappointing, for the characters but mostly for the plot. I would have liked the romantic elements to be more subdued, especially after the extensive description of Clara's grief at the loss of her husband; if they were at all necessary, they could have been perhaps subtle hints at the budding of a future romance. As for the denouement, it was unexpected, but not in the best of ways. It felt frustrating because something was promised in the beginning and a substitute was delivered in the end. Despite all this, it was an entertaining read, and I found many scenes well written, hence my rounding up to 4 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A very different sort of book than one I would normally read, but enjoyable nonetheless. Historical/Supernatural/Whodunit/Romance that took me a while to get into the prose of that era.The supernatural explanation of the plot was a bit farfetched but the general gist of the story was entertaining. A lovely little piece of fluff to read in an afternoon, I shall reserve my judgement of the whole series until after I read the second novel in the O'Hare House Mysteries. A very different sort of book than one I would normally read, but enjoyable nonetheless. Historical/Supernatural/Whodunit/Romance that took me a while to get into the prose of that era.The supernatural explanation of the plot was a bit farfetched but the general gist of the story was entertaining. A lovely little piece of fluff to read in an afternoon, I shall reserve my judgement of the whole series until after I read the second novel in the O'Hare House Mysteries.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Whitebeard Books

    The story blurb held great promise and the writing was a good quality. That said, I must confess that I was a bit saddened when it turned out to be a vampire imitation of sorts. I enjoy a good tale with ghosts and spirits, but I've had my fill of Twilight wannabes. Perhaps in the following O'Hare series, we can just dispense with the blood sucking monsters? The story blurb held great promise and the writing was a good quality. That said, I must confess that I was a bit saddened when it turned out to be a vampire imitation of sorts. I enjoy a good tale with ghosts and spirits, but I've had my fill of Twilight wannabes. Perhaps in the following O'Hare series, we can just dispense with the blood sucking monsters?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bojana

    I'm always a bit skeptical with book I found for free on Kobo, but this was pretty good, really. In short I could describe it as Agatha Christie crime story with elements of paranormal. I don't like paranormal genre, that's why I gave four stars. Everything else is pretty good. I'm always a bit skeptical with book I found for free on Kobo, but this was pretty good, really. In short I could describe it as Agatha Christie crime story with elements of paranormal. I don't like paranormal genre, that's why I gave four stars. Everything else is pretty good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    Her haunted house An intense cozy that includes mediums, ghosts, and regular quirky people. The book takes place in the late 19th century. Very well written and a very surprising conclusion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    For as short as it is, the book simply goes from bad to worse and the last few chapters were painful to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    Upheaval abounds in the life of Clara O'Hare. Her recently deceased husband has left an enormous hole in her heart and to escape it, she buys a new house - one that comes with a terrible secret. As an attempt to divert herself from her woes, Clara attends a seance in a country home and once again, things are not as they seem. I had a difficult time deciding how much I liked this story. There were parts that I found amazing and others that were decidedly not to my taste. Unlike other readers, I wa Upheaval abounds in the life of Clara O'Hare. Her recently deceased husband has left an enormous hole in her heart and to escape it, she buys a new house - one that comes with a terrible secret. As an attempt to divert herself from her woes, Clara attends a seance in a country home and once again, things are not as they seem. I had a difficult time deciding how much I liked this story. There were parts that I found amazing and others that were decidedly not to my taste. Unlike other readers, I was not put off by the sudden romance and I did like the mystery of the novel. Perhaps I was put off by the (view spoiler)[spookacular events at the end of the story (hide spoiler)] which has never really been my cup of tea. Overall, the story is wonderfully gothic and true to the era. I can't imagine where this series is going, but I think I'd like to follow it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A fast-paced historical whodunit. Like a turn-of-the-century game of Clue with a surprise card in the envelope at the end. Recently widowed and coping with life as head of a household of one, Clara spends her days aimless and unsure how to cope. Following a chance trip to a vaudeville theater where she encounters renowned medium Wesley Lowenherz, Clara begins to believe there may be hope when she receives what she is sure is a message from her dear departed husband. Clara's hope for the afterlif A fast-paced historical whodunit. Like a turn-of-the-century game of Clue with a surprise card in the envelope at the end. Recently widowed and coping with life as head of a household of one, Clara spends her days aimless and unsure how to cope. Following a chance trip to a vaudeville theater where she encounters renowned medium Wesley Lowenherz, Clara begins to believe there may be hope when she receives what she is sure is a message from her dear departed husband. Clara's hope for the afterlife takes an entirely different turn when she begins having nightly visits from a ghostly girl. In hopes of learning the identity of her spectral housemate, Clara visits the home's former owner, and ends up with an invitation to a weekend of seances and entertainment headed by none other than they mysterious Mr. Lowenherz. However, with the weekend barely underway, the bodies begin to pile up. A murderer is in the midst of the houseguests, and they must find the killer if they ever hope to leave the mansion alive... Wrapping up at around 170 pages, this is definitely a quick read, but the writing is very enjoyable. And, while over the top at some points, it is only in the best way - if you've ever seen the movie version of Clue, you get the picture. There is some humor, some dry wit, and an element of romance, which while also a little over the top, makes for a nice segue for hopefully more books in the future : )

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Miranda

    Let me start by saying this novel was rather entertaining. In a vapid, empty, shallow mode, but it was entertaining. I read it fast, and read it easy, because it doesn't require much pondering, much thinking, it's like baby food - easy on the mouth, easy on the stomach, easy on the palate. And that is exactly ALL this book purpotes to be: an easy, entertaining read. So it does hit the mark. What I really don't understand - because as a reader I only go into this kind of book once in a million yea Let me start by saying this novel was rather entertaining. In a vapid, empty, shallow mode, but it was entertaining. I read it fast, and read it easy, because it doesn't require much pondering, much thinking, it's like baby food - easy on the mouth, easy on the stomach, easy on the palate. And that is exactly ALL this book purpotes to be: an easy, entertaining read. So it does hit the mark. What I really don't understand - because as a reader I only go into this kind of book once in a million years, so to say - is how this author is a best seller. For starters, although the novel is easy to read, it isn't all that well written. The dialogues are SO awkward and contrived at times, the wording is so basic, there's really no magic at all to the written sentence, only the intent to expose action during the narrative. It doesn't sing. But I guess this is a question of preferences, I like language that sings, writing that vibrates and hums and creates a symphony for the senses. This one doesn't and that's my bad. I also think this could do with a bit of an edit as tehre are typos and bits and pieces that could do with a look into it. But all in all, I would recommend this novel if you're in need of a no-brainer, easy to read and entertaining pause in your life. Because there are times when all we can take is this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    The book description says this is a murder mystery (plus ghosts!) but the Kindle preview disagrees. Here's what the Kindle preview says: Clara's husband is dead and she is sad. Very sad. Very, very sad, also miserable and unhappy, for many pages. She keeps being sad right up until the last sentence in the Kindle preview, which tells us how she sees a man hurry by. A man! Well, that changes everything! Will Clara continue being sad for another few chapters, or will she abandon her grief and fall f The book description says this is a murder mystery (plus ghosts!) but the Kindle preview disagrees. Here's what the Kindle preview says: Clara's husband is dead and she is sad. Very sad. Very, very sad, also miserable and unhappy, for many pages. She keeps being sad right up until the last sentence in the Kindle preview, which tells us how she sees a man hurry by. A man! Well, that changes everything! Will Clara continue being sad for another few chapters, or will she abandon her grief and fall for this mysterious hurrying man? Checking the other reviews, there are several mentions of unusually sudden "love at first sight", so perhaps the hurrying man is her one true love. I did not buy the book, so I suppose I will never know for certain. Less flippantly: I felt like the author spent too much time on setup and not enough time being awesome. The book description makes it sound like the book itself is awesome, but I can't justify buying the book if the first chapter is this dreary.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Oh no, she did it! Kate Danley actually says, somewhere within this tight and funny thriller, that "The butler did it!" Spoiler alert: He may very well have done. Or maybe not. There are wheels within wheels in this one, which introduces Clara O'Hare as a likely heroine of more Kate-ring to come. Recently widowed, just having moved house, Clara acts like she's seen a ghost. Because she did? Or because smoke and mirrors are involved? There's certainly plenty of healthy skepticism among the Clue Cre Oh no, she did it! Kate Danley actually says, somewhere within this tight and funny thriller, that "The butler did it!" Spoiler alert: He may very well have done. Or maybe not. There are wheels within wheels in this one, which introduces Clara O'Hare as a likely heroine of more Kate-ring to come. Recently widowed, just having moved house, Clara acts like she's seen a ghost. Because she did? Or because smoke and mirrors are involved? There's certainly plenty of healthy skepticism among the Clue Crew that gathers to sort it all out, and in the finest Christie tradition (Agatha, not Chris), they all wind up hating and having motives to kill one another within moments after the doors are locked and most of the servants sent packing. There's a little bit of Maggie in this story, for those of us who get that, and not as many laughs, but you appreciate the ones you get. Bring your magnifying glass and your monster fighting gear; the monsters come in all shapes and sizes, but the biggest one, fear, winds up being happily slain by the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannan

    My only complaint for this book is that I would've liked a little more time to get to know the characters and the ghosts. If the pacing were slowed down a little and the supernatural elements were better developed, I would've enjoyed it much more. As it was, it posed an intriguing murder mystery and it was fun reading a ghostly-like story, which I don't very often. I also really liked Clara's character. Even though she was deeply heartbroken in the beginning, she still managed to maintain her ki My only complaint for this book is that I would've liked a little more time to get to know the characters and the ghosts. If the pacing were slowed down a little and the supernatural elements were better developed, I would've enjoyed it much more. As it was, it posed an intriguing murder mystery and it was fun reading a ghostly-like story, which I don't very often. I also really liked Clara's character. Even though she was deeply heartbroken in the beginning, she still managed to maintain her kindness and sweetness to all she met. I also found it incredibly refreshing that there was a love story that never once mentioned how handsome the guy was and instead use his actions and character to prove it. I'm really getting sick of romances that gush about how attractive the guy is for the first five pages of their meeting. It's very boring. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it needed to be longer so that pretty much everything would've had more time to develop and be cool.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Attila Benล‘

    I have mixed feelings about this book... It could have been a great story, but there are a few things that bug me. First of all, if it's in the science fiction & fantasy category, it should be that. Not romance. Most of the time I had the feeling that I was reading a romance novel. Not what I wanted. Second, it started really slowly. Which would not have been a problem in itself, but the book description pretty much covers the first half of the book. It became better in the second half, when the I have mixed feelings about this book... It could have been a great story, but there are a few things that bug me. First of all, if it's in the science fiction & fantasy category, it should be that. Not romance. Most of the time I had the feeling that I was reading a romance novel. Not what I wanted. Second, it started really slowly. Which would not have been a problem in itself, but the book description pretty much covers the first half of the book. It became better in the second half, when the story was new. The last chapter of the book is totally out of place though. Never was there any mention of the entire household being slaughtered, like the final chapter says. And ghosts making you tea and breakfast?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was a fun, quick read! I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the beginning of the book. I am always a sucker for anything about ghosts, mansions (especially haunted ones) and anything supernatural! The main character was also somewhat lovable, with her strong and independent nature. Although the book was entirely scary, it did leave me asking for more! The only part that I didn't quite like was the ending. I won't go into it too much, as to not ruin it for any future readers, but I kind of This book was a fun, quick read! I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the beginning of the book. I am always a sucker for anything about ghosts, mansions (especially haunted ones) and anything supernatural! The main character was also somewhat lovable, with her strong and independent nature. Although the book was entirely scary, it did leave me asking for more! The only part that I didn't quite like was the ending. I won't go into it too much, as to not ruin it for any future readers, but I kind of felt it was just thrown in there loosely and didn't entirely make a whole lot of sense (at least for me).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Loved it! Fun, entertaining, adventurous little mystery. Very well rounded, but not perfect, characters. Very well edited (you'd be surprised how much that means to me). I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Strong female lead who goes through a metamorphosis of the heart finds the one thing she thought was lost to her forever. It has all the fun and adventure of a supernatural mystery and the tender love story of a recency romance. Truly delightful! I will definitely be getting all in this series. Loved it! Fun, entertaining, adventurous little mystery. Very well rounded, but not perfect, characters. Very well edited (you'd be surprised how much that means to me). I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Strong female lead who goes through a metamorphosis of the heart finds the one thing she thought was lost to her forever. It has all the fun and adventure of a supernatural mystery and the tender love story of a recency romance. Truly delightful! I will definitely be getting all in this series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly C. Winslow

    Quick entertaining read! Period piece that is a throwback to the Penny Dreadful genre! Will make you appreciate living in the modern world with all it's conveniences. It was hard to support the heroin being so helpless and annoying. This was spot on for the time period unless you wanted to be accused of witchcraft. Quick entertaining read! Period piece that is a throwback to the Penny Dreadful genre! Will make you appreciate living in the modern world with all it's conveniences. It was hard to support the heroin being so helpless and annoying. This was spot on for the time period unless you wanted to be accused of witchcraft.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tamara! aka AmyG.Dala

    A nice macabre tale with atmosphere of the old fashioned kind. So many murders and secrets, ghosts, a seance gone wrong-as most do it seems- as well as a touch of love, a bit of fun, and hey, (spoiler alert) the butler didn't do it! I find myself looking forward to further adventures with Clara. A nice macabre tale with atmosphere of the old fashioned kind. So many murders and secrets, ghosts, a seance gone wrong-as most do it seems- as well as a touch of love, a bit of fun, and hey, (spoiler alert) the butler didn't do it! I find myself looking forward to further adventures with Clara.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    A well-written tale about a widow who discovers she's a medium and helps solve a series of murders in a country house seance weekend. A bit of paranormal flare but a fun read. A well-written tale about a widow who discovers she's a medium and helps solve a series of murders in a country house seance weekend. A bit of paranormal flare but a fun read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    SUE

    Good book. I discovered another good author. She writes with ease so even the scarry parts you are not jumping out of your skin. Good story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The book cover and blurb grabbed my attention. A Victorian-era supernatural mystery was exactly what I was looking for, and when I came across this novella on Kindle, I was excited to read it. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed. It had so much potential. The plot was interesting, and I liked the first half of the book. Clara was a grieving widow, and I found her character relatable in the beginning. I was curious about the ghost that appeared to her and was eagerly waiting for the mystery to unrave The book cover and blurb grabbed my attention. A Victorian-era supernatural mystery was exactly what I was looking for, and when I came across this novella on Kindle, I was excited to read it. Unfortunately, I'm disappointed. It had so much potential. The plot was interesting, and I liked the first half of the book. Clara was a grieving widow, and I found her character relatable in the beginning. I was curious about the ghost that appeared to her and was eagerly waiting for the mystery to unravel. It was going well, and then all of a sudden the story did a complete 180. Clara went from sensible to silly within minutes. Stereotypical characters, superficial interactions, and a terribly rushed pace ruined the book. Why would people go separate ways and enter creepy areas when there's a killer on the loose and people are already dead? Towards the end, I couldn't even make sense of what was happening. I wanted to give up, but I had come too far, so I decided to finish it. It took Clara and Wesley less than 24 hours to fall in love when just hours before she was missing her dead husband. It felt like all it took was a handsome face for her to switch emotions. The setting didn't feel realistic, and I did not find it scary even though it was meant to be. As one reviewer said, "It seemed like an episode of Scooby-Doo." There was no explanation of how and why people were killed. Very little was said about the killer as well. Overall, it was an extremely unsatisfactory read. For people who still want to give it a try and are curious to know what I'm talking about, it's free on Kindle and less than 150 pages. If you decide to read it, I hope you like it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann L.

    I loved this short story! It was absolutely fulfilling for me in that I wanted something fun and simple to read but something filled with action and suspense. It was all that and then some. This story centers around a mystery death of a young girl in an old house in which a girl by the name of Clara gets to help solve. The young girl shows herself to Clara as a ghost and leads her on a journey that has Clara meeting all sorts of people that come together for a seance event in an old home. This s I loved this short story! It was absolutely fulfilling for me in that I wanted something fun and simple to read but something filled with action and suspense. It was all that and then some. This story centers around a mystery death of a young girl in an old house in which a girl by the name of Clara gets to help solve. The young girl shows herself to Clara as a ghost and leads her on a journey that has Clara meeting all sorts of people that come together for a seance event in an old home. This story reminds me of a Gothic romance novel, an Agatha Christie novel, and a paranormal story all wrapped up in one action packed story. I loved it! This story could be read as a standalone, but there are a total of four books in this series. I definitely want to read more of this author and this novel would be considered a great read for Halloween/Murder Mystery/Scary Monster sort of genre if you like that sort of thing. I definitely can see myself re-reading this and continuing on with the series.

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