Saturday, June 4, 2016

Murder at the Mansion

Author:  Janet Finsilver
Series:  A Kelly Jackson Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington (Lyrical Underground)
Published:  June 7, 2016

Description:  It’s whale-watching season in Redwood Cove, and B&B manager Kelly Jackson’s battening down the hatches for the tourist rush at Redwood Heights—a Victorian-style estate owned by her boss. And due to recent jewelry thefts, her duties include keeping track of the many dust-covered artifacts spread throughout the property. But when Kelly finds Sylvia Porter’s lifeless body, menial tasks don’t seem so terrible. Enlisting the help of a ragtag group of brainy retirees, aka the “Silver Sentinels,” Kelly’s on the hunt for clues hidden behind the mansion’s glamorous façade. . .and for a killer who may want to make history of her next!

My Review

This is the second book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series by Janet FInsilver and is a welcome addition to the series.  This is a well written book with a steady pace that keeps the reader engaged until a very climatic ending.  The author has a wonderful descriptive style which is beneficial to the reader, especially when she describes some of the places throughout the story.

I like Kelly Jackson as a protagonist.  She is smart, determined but careful when she is investigating a mystery.  At the same time, she is very warm hearted to her new friends and the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast.  The secondary cast of character all make a return in this next installment and they are just as wonderful and helpful as in the first book.  The Silver Sentinels are a great group of diverse older people who help solve mysteries for people in the community.  They once again come to Kelly's aid in helping to resolve the mystery at a sister location to the Redwood Cove B&B.

The book is well plotted, with a main plot involving a murder and two sub-plots - one involving some thefts and the other surrounding a historical mystery.  The main plot that involves the murder of a guest is solid.  There are plenty of suspects to choose from, which is the way I like my mysteries.  The more clues I have to puzzle out the better.  Although, I did not guess the identity of the killer until it was revealed in a very climatic conclusion.  The theft of the jewelry at the sister inn was interesting and at first everyone believes it could be tied to the murder.  However, when the identity of the thief is revealed, it was a total surprise and what I thought was a nice twist I did not expect.  Finally, the historical mystery was interesting.  As Kelly is asked to inventory items at the sister inn because it is due to be sold, there are documents she discovers that bring into play the mystery surrounding the first wife of the original owner of the mansion/sister inn.  This is tied to the present day murder and blends in to the story nicely.  I enjoyed the historical elements about the mansion and thought it blended well.

This book is well written with great characters and a wonderful mystery that the readers are going to enjoy.  I am looking forward to more in this series.

I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.


  1. I'll have to check this series out! Thank you so much for the great review!

  2. New series for me to check out. Thanks for your review.

  3. Peggy, thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad you've enjoyed the books.