Murder at the Arlington

Murder at the Arlington

by Kathleen Kaska

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It's 1952. Reporter Sydney Lockhart checks into the historic Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Before she even unpacks, she discovers the brutally murdered body of the hotel's bookkeeper. What had begun as a simple travel-writing assignment now turns into a murder investigation. The bad news is that Sydney is a suspect. Determined to clear her name and prove herself a reporter deserving more than just travel assignments, Sydney becomes embroiled in the underworld of gangsters and gamblers. In her fight for the truth, she soon faces a more urgent battle: saving her own skin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627934282
Publisher: Salvo Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
File size: 324 KB

About the Author

Kathleen Kaska, writer of fiction, nonfiction, travel articles, and stage plays, has just completed her most challenging endeavor. The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane:The Robert Porter Allen Story, a true story set in the 1940s and 50s, is about Audubon ornithologist Robert Porter Allen whose mission was to journey into the Canadian wilderness to save the last flock of whooping cranes before encroaching development wiped out their nesting site, sending them into extinction. Published by University Press of Florida, was released in 2012. Kathleen also writes the award-winning Sydney Lockhart mystery series set in the 1950s. Her first mystery, Murder at the Arlington, won the 2008 Salvo Press Manuscript Contest. This book, along with her second mystery, Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Before bringing Sydney into the world of murder and mayhem, Kaska published three mystery-trivia books, (The Agatha Christie Triviography and Quiz Book, The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book, and The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book. All three books were reissued in May 2012 by LL Publications. Her latest two Sydney Lockhart books are: Murder at the Galvez and Murder at the Driskill.

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Murder at the Arlington 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
FWMaggie More than 1 year ago
This was a real page turner - I could not put the book down once I started reading it. Sydney Lockhart was so much fun to be with, she was interesting and funny character.
JRDEVANEY More than 1 year ago
The twists and turns in Murder at the Arlington are captivating, enticing, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat interesting with a surprise ending. Three cheers to the writer!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the very start. It was both funny and scary. I caught myself laughing and then holding my breath in fear because the characters were real to me. It was well written and played out like a movie in my head. My biggest disappointment was the book ending. The good news is that I hear it is a series and more of the mysteries of Sydney herself will be revealed. Bring it on! I would not lend this book for fear i would not get it back. I actually got attached. I would not hesitate to buy copies to give out for sure. This book was a great escape and equal in my memory to a whole week in Hawaii. In other words, I want to go back and revisit the whole experience.
Lovetoread57 More than 1 year ago
Murder at the Arlington is one of the most enjoyable mysteries I've read in a long time. Main character, Sydney Lockhart and her zany cousin, Ruth, made me laugh right from the start. The 1952 setting in Hot Springs, Arkansas was like stepping back into time, allowing me to escape into a world of intrigue and romance. I can just see the 50s clothing styles and hear the old tunes. These two women get into so much trouble, it's a wonder they lived to tell about it. In fact, they almost didn't! I can't wait for the next Sydney Lockhart mystery. I'm hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Murder at the Arlington was like reading a Raymond Chandler noir novel, except the protagonist is a wise-cracking female with a lot of guts. The story starts off running and doesn't stop. The characters are funny and witty, and I can just image them on the big screen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sydney and Ruth are outrageous and delightful!! I loved this book! Kathleen Kaska kept a brisk pace!
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
"Murder at the Arlington" is the first mystery in a series starring unique heroine Sydney Lockhart. Set in 1952, in a time when most women were homemakers, Sydney is an ambitious career woman. a travel writer with dreams of proving herself as a "hardcore" reporter. Her latest travel assignment sends her to the historic Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Upon arrival, she discovers the savagely murdered body of the hotel's bookkeeper. But the murder doesn't stop at one killing.he or she is leaving a trail of victims. Unfortunately Sydney, a magnet for trouble, is considered a suspect. What follows is a suspenseful story with many intriguing twists and turns. As I read, I found myself completely drawn into an engaging atmospheric mystery. Kathleen Kaska has brilliantly created an engaging, clever storyline with a captivating cast of characters. I really love her smart, feisty heroine Sydney, whose wit and hilarious wisecracks provided plenty of laughs throughout. Her detailed, evocative writing superbly brought each scene to life and wonderfully captured the ambiance of that time and place. I truly loved this engrossing historical mystery. It was a thoroughly entertaining page-turner and I highly recommend it! I look forward to reading the next installment of this series.
SK64 More than 1 year ago
A good fast read, well written. Loved the author's style. She's witty and kept the story flowing. I found her humor entertaining and I enjoyed the story line. Obvious she spent time developing her plot and researching her background material. Her characters were clearly defined and believable. I can't wait for her next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Murder at the Arlington from the first page. I am a big fan of Janet Evanovich, and Kathleen Kaska's Sydney and Ruth characters remind me so much of Stephanie Plum and her sidekick Lula, with a bit of Grandma Mazur thrown in. Sydney and Ruth get themselves into a pickle at every turn. I laughed so hard, I nearly cried. I loved the 1950's setting. I could picture it in my head so clearly. I've heard that this is the first book in a new series. From someone who loves series books, I hope the Sydney and Ruth escapades continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sydney Lockhart's reaction when she finds a dead body in the bathtub of her hotel room. When the handsome detective, Ralph Dixon, shows up and suspects Sydney as the killer, the story unfolds quickly and doesn't stop. Then her wacky cousin, Ruth, arrives and Sydney has to deal with her as well as prove her innocense. It's refreshing to read a lighthearted, funny, and clever story with so much trouble and violence in the world today.
MargaretAliceMeadows More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Kaska has given us a new forward-thinking heroine, but placed her in the fifties. With a keen eye, she shows us the escapades and pickles Sydney Lockhart and her zany cousin Ruth fall into and out of. A sheer delight! A five star cuddle-up-with-a-cuppa mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago