Classic novels and crime solving intertwine in Katherine Bolger Hyde’s charming series. Bloodstains with Bronte is the second in a series that will puzzle and please fans of mystery and masterpieces alike.
It’s a dark and stormy autumn on the Oregon coast. Windy Corner, the Victorian mansion Emily Cavanaugh inherited in Arsenic with Austen, is being remodeled into a writers’ retreat. Two of the young workers, Jake and Roman, are showing too much of the wrong kind of interest in Katie, Emily’s young single-mother housekeeper. Their boss, Jeremiah, is a disturbing presence in a different way with his obsessive, tormented piety. Soon the passions in the house grow as dark and stormy as the weather, and Emily begins to feel as if she’s living in a Brontë novel.
Meanwhile, to raise money for the local clinic, Emily and Katie host a murder mystery dinner on Halloween night. All goes well until the supposed corpse turns up actually dead—with Katie standing over him, a bloody knife in her hand.
Luke Richards, local sheriff and Emily’s true love, is forced to regard Katie as a suspect, but Emily refuses to accept the situation. Her loyalty to Katie crashes against her duty to Luke and to the truth as she fights to save Katie from a murder charge.
Review: I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. Overall, I liked this book. I enjoyed the premise and how there was literary quotes. I have always been a fan of books that involve books in some way and fashion. I feel I would have enjoyed this book a bit more if I would have read the first one first so I could connect more to the characters. I enjoyed the characterization but found the mystery a tad too predictable for me. Even with it’s flaws I found this book intriguing and want to read the first one at some point to see if I can get a better feel for things.
Thanks for checking out my reviews lovelies! I know all my reviews have been in bulk randomly recently but I am catching up with different ones from the last few weeks or so. #IsuckAtOrganization
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