Bloodstains with Bronte by Katherine Bolger Hyde. Published by St. Martins

Hooray!  A book that doesn’t have a 20-year-old ingenue for the main character! Emily is a woman of a certain age, having the time of her life turning her aunt’s palatial home into a writer’s retreat. Less successful are her attempts to start a clinic in town, so she hosts a”mystery dinner” to help raise funds. Unfortunately the staged murder becomes all too real and Emily finds herself looking at everyone, wondering who was responsible. Her guests? The two young contractors working on the restoration? There are some tie-ins with the Bronte sister’s books, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, hence the title. There’s no gore or strange, demented characters, rather this is a literary cozy mystery that will appeal to fans of the genre


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