Monday, October 24, 2011

Book review of Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

Refuge on Crescent Hill: A Novel

Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson


Moving home after a recent job loss was supposed to reassure Camden Bristow and give her time to decide what to do next. But when she arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother, who she hasn't talked to in years, has passed away and "home" is an empty mansion hundreds of years old. Not exactly the comfort Camden was looking for. What happened to the house she played in as a child, the bedtime stories that told of secret passageways and runaway slaves, and all those family memories?
When antiques start disappearing and footsteps are heard, some of those memories start to creep back and Camden wonders if her grandmother's bedtime stories might actually be true. What really happened here . . . at Crescent Hill? How was her grandmother involved? Who still has access to the house? And for what purpose? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden also uncovers secrets about her family that could change the town-and her life-forever

My Take:  I was really taken surprise by this book.  I don't know why but when I picked up this book I wasn't expecting much.  I was pleasantly mistaken.  This book was a combination of a present day thriller mystery with a mystery from the past thrown in for good measure.

Camden is left broke with no place to go when the magazine she was working for as a free lance photographer didn't pay her for her latest shoot.   She has no where else to go but to her grandmother's in Ohio.  When she arrives there she finds out that her grandmother has just died within the past week and that she has inherited her grandmother's house (mansion).  Of course this sets off the usual interfamily squabbling that unfortunately is far to common but Camden is also thrown into the middle of several mysteries surrounding the house like is it haunted or is someone else in the house with her and is there any truth to legend that there is hidden treasure buried in the house.  The trip that we are taken on while Camden solves these mysteries is a well worth the loss of sleep to read "just one more chapter". 

A nice clean mystery!!

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