Friday, September 6, 2019

Book Review: 13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews

After the death of her father, Callie Harris travels to the small town of Richmond, Maine to look into the murder of her aunt many years ago. Laverne was her father's sister and Callie feels she owes it to him to dig into the family history. Callie's arrival in Richmond sets off a flurry of repressed emotions bursting forth as the people in town recall the events of the murder. And soon more crimes are discovered.
This is a fabulous murder mystery with lots of twists and turns. Ms. Mathews does a wonderful job of feeding the reader clues but never too much so you don't know who the murderer is until the last pages. Callie is a nice Southern girl doing her best to honor her father but she definitely walks into a hornet's nest.
I happen to be very familiar with Richmond, Bath, and the surrounding area, and it was delightful to read about many of the places I've visited. The author does a great job of describing the museum, The Old Goat, Pierce's grocery store, and the Kennebec River. Richmond is really a quiet town with lovely old Victorian homes, not quite the hotbed of murder and sin described here, but it's certainly fun to read about it. I devoured this story, wanting to see how it all turns out (although there's just a little uncertainty at the end that might lead to another book - I certainly hope so).

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