The Hotel Westend (Maitland Sisters Mystery #1)

The Hotel Westend Maitland Sisters Mystery 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 assemble

  • Title: The Hotel Westend (Maitland Sisters Mystery #1)
  • Author: Ashley Lynch-Harris
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 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 muWhen 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 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

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    1. The book starts with a number of people getting invitations to go to the Hotel Westend, although it is not clear why. Anyway, they turn up, and find they are connected one way or another to a murder twenty years before. Then there is something of an apparent repeat, and another murder, then another, and . . . This is a mystery in he classic style, where one of the guests decides to become an amateur sleuth. There is a slight weakness in the style, in that the book starts with the "Eye of God" ap [...]

    2. Wow. Easiest 5 stars I've given in a while. This is an old fashioned mystery, and I mean that in the best way. Highly reminiscent of Agatha Christie, which is one of the highest compliments that exists within the mystery genre. Many mysteries start with an intriguing premise and either flame out at the end or quickly fall apart. The author builds on the premise and delivers a brilliant solution that has multiple layers. I can't wait to see where this author goes with the Maitland Sisters next.

    3. The maid was drugged with sleeping pills, the child crawled to the cliffs and the father died of a heart-attack, all in the same night. There’s a suspicion of murder, but the crime is never solved. Twenty years later, all the people present during that incident are summoned to the place where the death occurred: the Hotel Westend. Elsie, on the other hand, stumbled upon the hotel when her sister Francis suggested that she should try rock-climbing. Needless to say that Francis is the adventurou [...]

    4. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. A lot of characters and they were called both by their first names and last names throughout. So I found it a little disconcerting. Says much more about me than the book though. I did not figure out whodunit before it was revealed. As soon as it was I thought I should have gotten that one. An enjoyable read and I look forward to more.

    5. A great new entry in the cozy mystery genre! Elsie and Frances Maitland are sisters who love to solve puzzles. Frances is the adventurous one who likes to take chances, while Elsie is usually reserved and lets her sister take the lead. Prior to the start of the story, Frances is in a jet-ski accident which leaves her disabled. She also makes her living writing mystery stories. As the story opens, Elsie has decided to go rock-climbing in her sister’s place, but when she takes a wrong turn she e [...]

    6. Since Elsie Maitland's sister cannot have adventures due to a jet skiing accident, she sends Elsie off on her own. Elsie stumbles upon the Hotel Westend and decides to stay for a bit. And then, adventure just happens to find her. In the form of a murder or two, plus an interesting situation where most of the guests at the hotel just happened to be guests when another murder took place twenty years ago. Elsie and the local busybodies try to figure out exactly what is going on, while Sergeant Wilc [...]

    7. Clever, fun, and terrificThis is an enjoyable murder mystery, reminiscent to classic mysteries like Agatha Christie. It is less gore and more clever sleuthing to figure out "whodunnit ". Elsie Maitland is not a regular mystery writer like her sister Frances, but she sure knows how to be in the right place at the right time. She is also approachable in which people can open up about their version of the story. When she has to spend a few days at the Hotel Westend in a quiet village, she had no id [...]

    8. This is a short novel,and I must say having read this little cosy delight,I would like to have a longer one next time .I read this is a couple of days,yes its very Agatha Christie though with may be a bit more humour an tounge in cheek meaningThe characters enjoyable and mysterious, at first , one is like its not as clever as Agatha and no maybe its not but it has the potential to be and maybe in the future this authors confidence will grow and she will venture in to a more intricate plot and ha [...]

    9. Ashley Lynch-Harris has succeeded in her ambitious goal of writing a modern-day mystery in the style of a classic Agatha Christie. There is a murder, of course, but it is not too grisly, and it occurs off-stage. As the body count accumulates, there is a surfeit of suspects, and echoes of a murder decades ago. Purely delicious and fun, with the expected mix of family squabbles, nosy neighbors, and the local constabulary whose investigative techniques require the assistance of an amateur sleuth to [...]

    10. I won this book in a giveaway and the author was very nice to sign it and include a pen and bookmark. I did like this book. It is a short quick read, very light and clean. I felt I was reading about a game of Clue. The time period was ambiguous, it read like it was set in earlier times but it also had modern terms. I liked the characters and the flow of the book. I have never read Agatha Christie but it makes me want to. This is a great read for between heavy books or a fun vacation read. I did [...]

    11. The Hotel Westend drew me in from the first few pages and kept my curiosity throughout. I really enjoyed the classic mystery novel style coupled with a contemporary, relateable main character--it's the best of both worlds! The characters were fantastic, the plot was largely unpredictable and the book was well written. I tried my best to figure out what the "real" clues were and where they were leadingd it was tougher than I thought. An excellent read! I highly recommend this book and eagerly awa [...]

    12. I like finding new authors I love mystery's hope there will be more books from this author I would tell my friends about this book

    13. I could not put this book down. The story is interesting, witty, and clever. I didn't guess the murderer--which I am usually able to do. I would highly recommend.

    14. Totally enjoyableI loved this sleuth mystery book. Characters were well defined. I look forward to reading more in this series. Highly recommend

    15. Great debut novel by Ashley Lynch-Harris. It kept me in suspense till the end. I can see the influence of Agatha Christie & I love it. Can't wait to read more from this great new author.

    16. Don't waste your timeAmateur author needs a serious editor and some constructive criticism. Best wishes for a better effort next time. Good luck

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