Mind Your Manors
A Flamingo Realty Mystery, Book #1
Meet Stella O’Neil, retired FBI agent Oscar O’Neil’s granddaughter. She’s got a lot on her plate, trying to figure out her crazy, stubborn family, the hidden secrets that caused her grandfather’s estrangement from her dad, and starting out as a real estate agent. Throw in a dead body found in what used to be the town’s “royalty” family manor, and she’s neck deep in a mystery.
She may be sweet, but she’s pretty stubborn herself.
As Stella’s curiosity leads her from one town resident to the next, a dramatic tale of family secrets starts to appear, but is she getting too close to the truth? A scary car chase in the dark has her nerves on edge, but she won’t give up until she finds out who the skeleton once was. She’s so close… but someone… maybe more than one person… will do anything to stop her. (Goodreads)
This is a new-to-me author and I thought she wrote a very good first-in-the series book. The characters were well developed and well rounded and I liked getting to know Stella. She is a hard working, down-to earth woman who is starting a new career in real estate. Between staging houses, holding open houses and getting up the nerve to see her grandpa, she has a busy life. When see finds a skeleton in the house she is trying to sell, her life just got much more complicated. I like the relationship between Stella and her dad, you can tell how much they love each other, even if they do not see eye-to-eye on everything.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I thought I was going on an open house tour of the Valentine manor. I could see the furniture and the rooms in my mind’s eye. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues and suspects to keep me guessing until the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading book two.