Death at the Manor (The Asharton Manor Mysteries, #1)

Death at the Manor (The Asharton Manor Mysteries, #1)

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by Celina Grace
     
 

**Please note - this is a novella-length piece of fiction (about 20 thousand words)**

It is 1929. Asharton Manor stands alone in the middle of a pine forest, once the place where ancient pagan ceremonies were undertaken in honour of the goddess Astarte. The Manor is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the West Country and seems like a palace to Joan

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**Please note - this is a novella-length piece of fiction (about 20 thousand words)**

It is 1929. Asharton Manor stands alone in the middle of a pine forest, once the place where ancient pagan ceremonies were undertaken in honour of the goddess Astarte. The Manor is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the West Country and seems like a palace to Joan Hart, newly arrived from London to take up a servant’s position as the head kitchen maid. Getting to grips with her new role and with her fellow workers, Joan is kept busy, but not too busy to notice that the glittering surface of life at the Manor might be hiding some dark secrets. The beautiful and wealthy mistress of the house, Delphine Denford, keeps falling ill but why? Confiding her thoughts to her friend and fellow housemaid, feisty Verity Hunter, Joan is unsure of what exactly is making her uneasy, but then Delphine Denford dies…

Armed only with their own good sense and quick thinking, Joan and Verity must pit their wits against a cunning murderer in order to bring them to justice.

Death at the Manor is the first in the Asharton Manor Mysteries series: a four part series of novellas spanning the twentieth century. Each standalone story uses Asharton Manor as the backdrop to a devious and twisting crime mystery, from bestselling crime writer Celina Grace, author of The Kate Redman Mysteries.

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ISBN-13:
9781498945929
Publisher:
Celina Grace
Publication date:
05/29/2014
Series:
Asharton Manor Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
2,820
File size:
316 KB

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Death at the Manor (The Asharton Manor Mysteries, #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this one evening when i couldnt sleep; it is perfect for that. It's well-written and flows well. The characters are likeable and developed enough for this short story. Pacing is perfect. The time period feels accurate. Recommended. ?...wjj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good introduction to the author's next series. Can't wait for the next installment!
JustReading More than 1 year ago
A wonderful Manor House mystery.  As a Downton Abbey fan I loved this short story.  I can't wait to read other entries in the series.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved this book. You know when its time to pick up another one when you didnt want the last one that you read to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It reminded me somewhat of Miss Marple mysteries. Good read!
Anonymous 13 days ago
I like this short story. This one is fine as it is. I gave it four stars only because I like full length novels. It does start out slow thoufh.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Death At The Manor is not my first Celina Grace book. I have read all her Kate Redman mysteries and the novella, Number 13. They are wonderfully written and engrossing books and novellas. I loved the 1929 atmosphere of the huge manor house and sleuths, Joan, and her friend Verity. Kept me guessing and couldn't put it down and go to bed! I will be purchasing the next in this series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I always love a good mystery .
Anonymous 9 months ago
An enjoyable read. Story line and character development were well crafted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wanted to keep reading it. wish the conclusion had been a bit longer. enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story although quite short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know a writer and a story are good when you are sorry it ends. I that way when this was over. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really glad to find a fascinating historical mystery series new to me. Thank you for your stories that will provide many hours of entertainment.
pupper More than 1 year ago
This was my second Celina Grace mystery, Kate Redman series, the first, and the story line kept my interest. Would recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining short story with a surprising twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short tightly written full of intrigue Good author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good for a short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Didn't guess the murdurer until it was revealed. ---Acutally I guessed wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About as long as a TCM"1- reel wonder", this story just never really gets up to speed. Perhaps as the stories develop, so will the characters , but it's a mystery in search of a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA