Book Review – Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier

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**This is a collection of three novellas. I will put the synopsis and my review for each individual story in this collection below.**

 

HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.

My Review
3 out of 5 stars
3stars

This was my first story by this author, so this little novella was a good way for me to get a feel for her writing style.

I enjoyed this story for the most part. There were instances were some of the characters grated on my nerves a little and acted over-the-top in some situations, but overall, this was a good story. While my feelings about Ty and Heather Moon were correct, the specific reason for why they acted the way they did was a surprise to me and added a nice twist to the story.

I am looking forward to reading other books by this author soon.

 

DEATH BY HAUNTED HOUSE by LEE HOLLIS
For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.

My Review
3 out of 5 stars
3stars

Even though this was a novella, this story packed a big punch and gave you the feeling of reading a whole book. I liked that there were two mysteries in this story. I was really curious about what the deal was with Hayley’s new neighbors. They came off really creepy for sure so I was turning pages to see if they were really as bad as they seemed. Then there was the mystery behind what happened to Wendy Jo. I was surprised to find out who was behind that.

The only down side to this story for me was the characters. A couple of the characters in this story were even more over the top than the characters in the previous story. Other than that, this was a pretty good story.

 

HALLOWED OUT by BARBARA ROSS
With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.

My Review
5 out of 5 stars
5stars

I really enjoyed this story. I loved the idea of a haunted house tour. That is something that I would be interested in going on myself! There was plenty of suspense and mystery in this story to keep me invested and wanting to know what would happen next.

The killer completely took me by surprise. It wasn’t who I was expecting it to be, so I love that the author stumped me.

I’m definitely interested in learning more about Julia and Busman’s Harbor so I will be going back and reading the books in the author’s Maine Clambake series for sure!

 


Overall, I give this novella collection a 4 out of 5 star rating!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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