There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?
Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.
Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?
In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie's suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.
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About the Author
Teresa Mathews is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association. An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered another passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction. Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well, this was a good book, hard to put down, easy to read BUT...the ending didn’t end. Well, it did end but then, it didn’t, at least not to me. I think it was because I wanted to know more about the characters and their lives. I am in great hopes there will be a sequel. I bet some people would tell you exactly the opposite and they thought it ended just fine. The setting is in a small town in Maine, obviously not too far from Ogunquit or Kennebunkport from the descriptions. It is, in fact, on the Kennebunk river. The book’s main characters involve Matt, a builder and architect and his mother Rachel. Also there is Callie who is visiting Maine to try and find what really happened to her aunt who was murdered long ago. I say this about “main characters” and yet there were a lot of characters in this story. Sometimes this can be very confusing, but Teresa Mathews handled all of these characters so well, they were never confusing to me. Actually this is the first time in a long time where a “village” of people has been involved and yet I never seemed to mix up who was married to whom; not even which ones were best friends. I have a soft spot or two in my heart for a few other characters but won’t confuse you by mentioning them all here. The setting and scenes are so well described I was almost sitting looking out at the river from Rachel’s house. In fact, I even had my feet up on the front porch rail reading this book. Well, maybe all of this is a little exaggerated, but I felt like it and I think that’s a pretty fine description of a good book.
This author is amazing. This story is extremely well-written and the characters, by the end of the book, are like family to me. I am hoping there is more story(ies) in a sequel or new stories by this author. The area descriptions are so vivid, I feel like I lived this with Callie. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK For a first novel, author Teresa Mathews writes an amazing haunting, suspenseful, scary and such an entertaining read, but be advised, this one will keep you up at night! I had a hard time putting this book down! As Callie Harris tries to uncover the mystery of her aunts death many years before, her journey was a not so easy one. I love a good clean suspense, and 13 Steps to the Cellar is just that. And the writing of this first time author is amazing. With the wonderful unique character and their development as the story unfolds kept me totally engrossed in this story. There are so many twists and turns in the awesome murder mystery that it will keep you guessing. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something else comes up and you are back to square one! There are so many things to say about this story, but I’ll not ruin it for you. If you enjoy a good clean murder mystery, suspense, this would be a great one for you to read. I’m looking forward to more from this author. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
This was a really great book. Kept me interested and hooked until the end. The story is well written and characters well developed. I highly recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews is an awesome story that I have read. I loved reading this story very much cause I love reading about mystery and can not get enough of this genre. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about mysteries. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.