The Hotel Westend: A Mystery

The Hotel Westend: A Mystery

by Ashley Lynch-Harris


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When the timid yet curious Elsie Maitland stumbles upon a small, seaside town, she takes a room in the lone hotel on top of the cliffs—but something’s amiss. A curious group of guests has been assembled by an unknown host, but what’s even more puzzling is that not even the guests seem to know why. What they do know, however, is that they were all suspects in an unsolved murder twenty years earlier, a murder that took place at this very hotel. History soon repeats itself when an unassuming reverend is bludgeoned to death and the hotel’s maid is poisoned, leaving the guests to wonder, who’s next?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996521017
Publisher: Barrington House Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Series: Maitland Sisters Mystery , #1
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Ashley Lynch-Harris, author of The Hotel Westend, writes present-day mysteries that are reminiscent of the Golden Age of detective fiction. Publishers Weekly has described her work as "a charming homage to the classic mystery..." She has a series of short stories slated for publication in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine and is a member of the International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch). An honors graduate of the University of South Florida, Ashley lives in Tampa with her husband, Alex, and dog, Jo Jo. For more information, please visit

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The Hotel Westend: A Mystery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Hotel Westend is a murder mystery novel written by Ashley Lynch-Harris. Elsie Maitland is not terribly keen on forcing her under powered car up the steep drive to the Hotel Westend. She was really supposed to be investigating Eagle’s Point for a bit of rock climbing and had gotten lost, ending up in a nearby small town. The hotel did have impressive views as it was lodged high up over the water, and her room had marvelous views, but something odd was going on, at least as far as the young bookstore owner was concerned. Her sister, Frances, a renowned mystery writer, might have been more suited for this trip except for her jet skiing injuries which were keeping her home for now. The two sisters had begun writing each other letters instead of using the telephone for a while now as Elsie traveled about. It was an oddly satisfying exercise, and Elsie made sure to give Frances all the information she had gathered about the Hotel Westend and its strange assortment of guests. It seems that a number of the guests knew each other and had been guests twenty years ago when the hotel was a private residence. The owner, Edward McCray, was discovered in his bedroom dead of an apparent heart attack during the hue and cry over the disappearance of his young child. There was also the matter of a nanny who had unknowingly taken sleeping pills which led to the child’s wandering, but any notion of wrongdoing in McCray’s death was quickly dismissed by the Chief of Police. Someone, however, now seems determined to get to the truth of the matter. While Frances is thrilled to hear of the mystery her sister seems to have dropped herself into, Elsie is not at all sure she should stay around to find out. I must admit I was just a tiny bit skeptical when I began reading Ashley Lynch-Harris’s traditional drawing room murder mystery, The Hotel Westend. The author’s love of and roots in the works of Agatha Christie and other classic mystery writers was clearly apparent, but I did wonder if she would be able to pull off a mystery novel so steeped in that tradition and have it be both original and unpredictable at the same time. My concerns, I’m thrilled to announce, ended up being all for naught. Lynch-Harris’ murder mystery is cunning and intricately plotted, with scads of red herrings draped all over the storyline, which are bound to confuse the most careful of mystery readers. Her sleuths, the bookseller, Elsie, and her mystery author sister, Frances, are a joy to follow as they discuss clues, suspicions and findings via the letters they dash out to each other throughout the story. This solidly plotted and oh so smoothly written story kept me glued to the pages until I finally reached the very satisfying solution to the mystery. I’m looking forward to further traditional mysteries by Lynch-Harris, and hope to witness more of Elsie and Frances’ masterful sleuthing. The Hotel Westend is most highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kerliza Foon for Readers' Favorite Ashley Lynch-Harris pens a murder mystery novel written in the fashion of a detective show. The characters are introduced in the beginning where it seems the majority of them knew each other from a twenty-year-old murder. These characters are drawn together back to the scene of the crime through various invitations. Only Elise Maitland has come due to chance. Elise Maitland, a bookstore owner, is on an adventure for her injured sister and is visiting Eagle's Point when she gets lost and ends up staying at Hotel Westend. Upon arriving, she meets Elbert Turnbull, James Rennick, Richard and Olivia Welling, Iradene and Marian Hartwell, Dennis Needling, Paul Hulling, Reverend Pennington and Norma Kemper. Stuck for the night in Westend Bay, Elise decides to make the most of it, see the town and write back home to her sister. Upon nightfall in the sleepy little town, old ghosts have stirred and history has repeated itself, leaving someone murdered at Hotel Westend. Can you solve the case before someone else is murdered? Or will the murderer strike again, leaving victims in their wake? Reading Ashley Lynch-Harris's book reminded me of watching one of my favorite anime (animation) shows, Detective Conan (Case Closed). They both start off with everyday occurrences happening while at the same time introducing the characters that will be involved in the murder. As the book progresses, more is revealed and the characters' secrets come to light. Through the adventure of trying to solve the murder, the reader is pulled into the story, desperately searching the book for past clues and hidden meanings, trying to see if they can outwit the author and figure out who the true criminal is before the big reveal at the end. This book will have you turning the page, hoping for more clues and a delay in the big reveal to see if the answer was given to you. Good luck in solving the mystery. As they say in Detective Conan, "One truth prevails."
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Oh, my! What a treat it is for a reader who loves mysteries to find a new one that is simply a delight in every way...and that's exactly what I found in author Ashley Lynch-Harris's newest book, The Hotel Westend: A Mystery. Follow the story of the shy protagonist Elsie Maitland as she checks into the only hotel in a small, seaside town, situated high upon a cliff. Soon after she arrives, she realizes that something isn't quite right, though. A unique group of guests has been invited to the hotel, but they aren't sure by whom or why. The only thing that ties them together is that twenty years ago they were all suspects in the same murder, one that took place in the hotel itself. And when another murder occurs with them all present, well, that's when the real action starts. Will Elsie be able to figure out what's going on before she becomes the killer's next victim? You'll need to read this great book to find out! I loved The Hotel Westend. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's definitely how I felt about this excellent new entry into the murder mystery category by author Ashley Lynch-Harris. The author has done a stellar job in creating interesting characters that her readers will find intriguing and relatable. This story line is fresh and full of surprises, not always an easy feat in the world of mysteries these days. Take it from a person who reads a ton of mysteries, this is a book that you won't be able to figure out from the first few chapters, which is a refreshing change from many out there. I highly recommend The Hotel Westend to any reader who loves a good mystery, or just a great work of fiction in general. I look forward to reading more from the talented and promising author Ashley Lynch-Harris in the very near future, and hope that she is already hard at work on her next great read!