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1 Ragged Ridge Road
     

1 Ragged Ridge Road

by Leonard Foglia, David Richards
 

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Carol Robbins finds the mansion on 1 Ragged Ridge Road to be her salvation. Estranged from her husband, she and her young son Sammy make over the mansion into a bed and breakfast--the Christmas Inn. But Carol learns the original owners were killed in a bizarre double murder that was never solved. Suddenly, she begins to uncover evidence that points to the murder--and

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Carol Robbins finds the mansion on 1 Ragged Ridge Road to be her salvation. Estranged from her husband, she and her young son Sammy make over the mansion into a bed and breakfast--the Christmas Inn. But Carol learns the original owners were killed in a bizarre double murder that was never solved. Suddenly, she begins to uncover evidence that points to the murder--and puts her life and Sammy's in desperate jeopardy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carol Robbins and her Army husband, Blake, decide to buy their first home when they're assigned to Pennsylvania. Carol falls in love with a neglected mansion in the rural town of Fayette, which they later learn was the location of a brutal murder in 1928. Their troubled marriage is further shaken when Blake accepts a new posting in Germany, and Carol finds comfort in their son, Sammy, and the process of returning the mansion to its original splendor as "Christmas Inn," a bed and breakfast. While restoring the house, Carol becomes obsessed with the 70-year-old tragedy of Charles and Veronica Kennedy, the home's earlier owners. She doesn't understand the animosity of Fayette historian Esther McPherson and Mayor Lyle Quinn to her project, although the hostility of Paul Clemson, the squalid tenant she evicts, is expected. Feeling vulnerable, Carol is tempted by both handyman Walker White and actor Will Williams. Then, when another tragedy hits, she determines that only a solution to the old murder mystery will bring peace. Despite some minor flaws (namely stereotyped and one-dimensional supporting cast members), this coauthored debut is adroitly constructed, with eerily riveting snippets of the original tragedy punctuating the progress of the contemporary tale. Carol's final encounter with a murderer caps this clever tale with resonant irony. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
In love with the decaying Kennedy mansion in backwoods Fayette, Pennsylvania, Carol Roblins talks her husband into her scheme to buy and restore it. But that's the last thing she does talk him into, since he's promptly posted overseas and tells her they both need room to think about their marriage. So Carol and her son Sammy, who's slowed by Attention Deficit Disorder, set about transforming the mansion into a bed and breakfast called the Christmas Inn. She isn't daunted by the news that the original Kennedys both died violently on Christmas Eve, 1928, only a year after their romantic wedding, so that even the name she's chosen for the inn sends chills down the spines of locals with long memories—like Lyle Quinn, the ga-ga son of Charles Kennedy's banking partner, and historical society stalwart Esther McPherson, who has her own reasons for wanting to stifle Carol's plans. And when reinforcements arrive—a hunky contractor who slides into spending night after night on the living-room sofa and an even hunkier TV star whose idea of a joke is to tell an on-camera interviewer that he and Carol have solved the Kennedy mystery and will be turning the story into a Movie of the Week—you can be sure that modern-day trouble will follow.

Broadway director Foglia and Washington Post columnist Richards team up for serviceable neo-Gothic shivers, though you have to survive an awful lot of foreboding, toothless flashbacks to get to the payoff.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671003555
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.96(d)

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