She is close to many historical sites, which she has eagerly visited, not only as research for this book but because the east is rich in monuments to the history of our country. Luckily, her grandchildren are more than willing to accompany her on their tours of exploration. You can find Kathleen on the Web at delaney. Posted by Vivian Taylor at 6: CMash September 2, at 8: I appreciated the blending of history and mystery since both are preferred genres for my taste.
I never found myself bored, and the characters were strongly developed. And I certainly didn't figure out the mystery. In fact, it was an incredibly complex mystery that still left me somewhat guessing towards the end. This is the first book I hav I have to say that I struggled a little with what rating to give this book. This is the first book I have read by this author, and she certainly writes a mystery novel that reminds us of the old mystery authors. I would easily compare her to Agatha Christie or the like.
My only misgiving in advocating this book is that it was so complex. I sometimes struggled to keep the characters straight a cast list may help this matter , and I was still a bit nonplussed at the end of the story. There is no sex, and the profanity is very minimal I was so happy about that--it clinched the 5-star rating for me!
If you are looking for a cozy mystery that offers a bit of history and a robust story, this book is certainly for you! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are percent mine. I absolutely loved this book!
Cozies have been one of my favorite genres since I was a kid, and this one was superb. Even though this is the fifth book in the Ellen McKenzie Mystery series, I didn't feel a bit lost because this is a perfect stand alone novel. Aunt Mary receives words from Elizabeth that she needs help with a ghost who seems to be trying to kill her, so Mary decides she must go.
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Kathleen Delaney has written four previous Ellen Murder by Syllabub (Ellen McKenzie mysteries Book 5) - Kindle edition by Kathleen Delaney. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. Carol said: If you love cozies and you love history, then Murder by Syllabub by maybe an hour if I take the scenic route down Route 5 and I've been there many times. .. Even though this is the fifth book in the Ellen McKenzie Mystery series, .
That means Ellen is going, too. Then Monty is found murdered in the house and all hell breaks loose. A I absolutely loved this book! A community of quirky characters--many of whom had a reason to want Monty dead--fill the pages of this book. As a person who is fascinated with history and the Civil War, Murder By Syllabub was the perfect kind of cozy because it explored the history of families, and the history of the house and its belongings played a role in the plot. Several twists and turns keep the reader guessing who might have murdered Monty and why. While the ending didn't come as a complete surprise to me, I still found it completely satisfying.
I would love to read the previous four books in this series, and I'll be eager to see what Ellen gets involved in next.
I received this book for a fair and honest review. This is the type of book that grabs your attention from the very first page. There is no lag in the story, there is always some kind of action going on. The murder of Monty is a classic "who done it". Monty did not lack enemies that's for sure. His murder ends up with more questions than answers. The women of the Smithwood house are complicated women. While they are trying to figure out who the murder is I received this book for a fair and honest review.
While they are trying to figure out who the murder is, they are pretty tight lipped about how they are feeling about things. The women are different in personality but all come together to make sure Elizabeth is not falsely accused. This book will keep you keep you on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next right to the very end.
Although this book is part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone. This is the only book I read in the series so I can only assume they are all like that. I give this book a 5 out of 5. This book had an interesting plot and well rounded characters.
I had two main problems with the book. First, I get tired of stereotyped senior citizens. The women in their seventies were portrayed as barely computer literate, reluctant to travel by themselves, and physically tottering. Most seventy-year-olds were still in the workplace when computers, the internet, and email were introduced.
The ones I know not only use email. A lot of them walk in 5Ks and This book had an interesting plot and well rounded characters. A lot of them walk in 5Ks and are very active volunteers. Second, there was too much repetition and the ending took to long to wrap up. Elizabeth turned "white" or "pale" so many times, I'm not sure she was still alive by the end of the book. And the scene in the old house was confusing and dragged out.
I find a villain who gives a long drawn out confession instead of escaping or finishing everyone off a little hard to swallow. There were also several editing errors. This is a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery, the fifth book in the Ellen McKenzie mystery series. Ellen's Aunt Mary has been asked to help her old friend Elizabeth who believes a ghost has been trying to kill her. On their first evening there the 'ghost' called Monty is found murdered by a glass of poisoned Syllabub. Monty, the nasty stepson of Elizabeth's deceased husband, was found dressed as a colonial gentleman in a locked up house, but how did he get there and who would want to kill him?
As This is a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery, the fifth book in the Ellen McKenzie mystery series. As the plot deepens we learn that there are plenty of suspects and lots of motives. For fans of colonial history and family secrets with twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end this is an entertaining read.
Taken from Carole's Book Corner The story is set in Colonial Williamsburg in a plantation home. Ellen and her Aunt Mary have arrived to the plantation at the request of Aunt Mary's old friend, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is afraid the house is haunted and there's some concern as to how well she is coping with her husband's death. Then the "ghost" is found dead - by a serving of a traditional dish the Elizabeth had made for her arriving guests. Ellen and Aunt Mary get bits and pieces of plantation history and family history and try to The story is set in Colonial Williamsburg in a plantation home.
Ellen and Aunt Mary get bits and pieces of plantation history and family history and try to put together what someone is looking for among the secret tunnels that make up Elizabeth's home. Interesting characters, fast pace, and lots of secrets make this an interesting read. Although part of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone. This was one of those cozies that kept my attention the whole way through. I liked the plot and I liked the characters. There were lots of twists and turns in this story.
I also liked the setting, Colonial Williamsburg was a very good place to set a cozy mystery. Ellen and her Aunt Mary leave California to go help Mary's friend Elizabeth when Elizabeth thinks she has a ghost in her house. It really isn't a ghost, but they do find a couple of dead bodies, one is a skeleton! I highly recommend thi This was one of those cozies that kept my attention the whole way through. I highly recommend this book, it was great. I received a complementary copy of this book for my honest review.
Ever heard of murder by syllabub? I hadn't either until reading this book. Syllabub is an after dinner drink from back in Colonial days. This drink was allegedly prepared and poisoned by Ellen McKenzie who has accompanied her aunt Mary to help out her old friend Elizabeth living in VA. Elizabeth has seen a ghost and needs the help of amateur detective Ellen. This is a fun Ever heard of murder by syllabub?
This is a fun read filled with interesting historical facts and a I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The idea of poisoning someone with syllabub caught my attention. This is a well researched story, steeped in colonial history. It takes place in the present day, but most of it is set in Colonial Williamsburg or a similarly historically old home. The attention to details is excellent. I particularly enjoyed the fact that a key to the solution was an historical fact mentioned at dinner.
Feb 15, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really liked this mystery. I read some reviews that claimed this novel had them laughing from the beginning. I didn't really find this novel funny; the characters are quirky, but the story line is intriguing. I figured out who the killer was, but I didn't know the reasoning behind the murder and had to wait for the story to unfold.
I highly recommend this story to mystery lovers. Mar 08, Jamie Eastman rated it really liked it. Good quick read I was pleasantly surprised by this read, I got it because I like mysteries, it was free, and so I thought I'd check it out, I'm glad I did, it was a pretty good way to spend a lazy day. Tiffany rated it really liked it Mar 10, Laura Thomas rated it it was ok May 25, Anne rated it really liked it Apr 06, Eve Stone rated it it was amazing Jun 09, They find the ghost may have been very much alive at one point, but it is now dead, thanks to a poisoned batch of syllabub Mildred made.
Ellen is a sheer delight to read! A ghost in Colonial dress has been wreaking havoc at an old plantation house in Virginia. 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.
Throw in Ellen's Aunt Mary and there's a trio of elderly women prepared to defend the plantation home and everything in it. If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to have lived in Colonial times, you need to pick up a copy of Kathleen Delaney's fifth installment in her Ellen McKenzie M When Ellen's Aunt Mary receives a call from her old friend Elizabeth claiming to have seen a ghost in the family plantation, the two women fly to Virginia to her aid. It was perfect after finishing a long nonfiction book and when I wasn't in the mood for more serious reading material. Delaney has incorporated lots of characters in her story and we get to know just enough about the non-regulars to realize that any one of them MIGHT be the killer. I read some reviews that claimed this novel had them laughing from the beginning. No trivia or quizzes yet.
Who else will keep the old girl out of trouble? But who owns what and who owned whom? 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. My first visit to Colonial Williamsburg intensified my interest and I knew I had to write a story set there. Researching what I needed for this book was as much fun as writing it.
Kathleen Delaney has written four previous Ellen McKenzie Real Estate mysteries, but has never before transported her characters out of California. Kathleen lived most of her life in California but now resides in Georgia. Click here to find Kathleen on the Web. Mildred leaned back against the drain board, as if she needed it to prop her up. The only reason I can think of for both Monty and whoever slipped him the poison to be here is they were looking for the same thing.
So, yes, I think whoever it is will be back. That crate was no accident.