Monday, October 7, 2013

{Book Review} Murder by Syllabub (Ellen McKenzie #5) by Kathleen Delaney

Murder by Syllabub (Ellen McKenzie #5)
by Kathleen Delaney
Publisher: Camel Press
Released: July 1st 2013
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Cozy Mystery
How I got it: Received a copy from the author.

A ghost in Colonial dress has been wreaking havoc at an old plantation house in Virginia. The house is owned by Elizabeth Smithwood, the best friend of Ellen McKenzie’s Aunt Mary. Mary is determined to fly to the rescue, and Ellen has no choice but to leave her real estate business and new husband to accompany her. Who else will keep the old girl out of trouble?
When Ellen and Aunt Mary arrive, they find that Elizabeth’s “house” comprises three sprawling buildings containing all manner of secret entrances and passages, not to mention slave cabins. But who owns what and who owned whom? After Monty—the so-called ghost and stepson of Elizabeth’s dead husband—turns up dead in Elizabeth’s house, suspicion falls on her. Especially when the cause of death is a poisoned glass of syllabub taken from a batch of the sweet, creamy after-dinner drink sitting in Elizabeth’s refrigerator.
Monty had enemies to spare. Why was he roaming the old house? What was he searching for? To find the truth, Ellen and her Aunt Mary will have to do much more than rummage through stacks of old crates; they will have to expose two hundred years of grudges and vendettas. The spirits they disturb are far deadlier than the one who brought them to Virginia.
Murder by Syllabub is the fifth book of the Ellen McKenzie Mystery series.

Review: I'm not usually a fan of amateur sleuth books, but I found this one charming.
Ellen and her Aunt Mary fly to the other side of the country to help Mary's friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth has recently lost her husband and inherited a plantation. Werid things have been going on and Elizabeth needs help figuring out what's going on. When they find Elizabeth's setpson Monty dead in the house thing head downward pretty fast.
I actually loved all the characters in this book. Aunt Mary and Elizabeth were both gutsy old gals. Ellen was reluctant and smart enough to pay attention to what was going on around her. Yeah they did do some stupid things, yet I felt Ellen thought she had a handled on what was going on. 
For me the plot moved a bit slow, but I think that's only because I'm used to faster and more action-y books. I did like how when Ellen had her epiphany it was like a lynch pin sliding into place. I was like oh it's going to be such and such. Everything suddenly made sense.
All in all a very enjoyable book.

1 comment:

  1. I think amateur sleuths work best in situations where they are in character, as it were, and not overly contrived. It sounds like the change in venue for the series character worked in her favor this time.


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