Moonlit alleys, shadowy tunnels, and buried secrets…
Summer of 1929.
Of supposed unsound mind without a penny to her name, Blanche Magruder lies alone in a home for the aged and infirm.
Meanwhile, her house, a crumbled ruin in the heart of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., is pillaged nightly by thieves looking for treasure rumored to be hidden there.
A distant niece, Margaret O’Keefe, is tapped as executor and soon becomes embroiled in the hunt for recovering monies, taking it on as a welcome escape from her financial and marital woes.
As Margaret discovers caches in unlikely spots throughout the house, family mysteries begin to unravel. She questions whether Aunt Blanche is an insane fool or a daring genius, yet Margaret must also wrangle with her own hidden truths.
Pressed towards a convergence of their pasts and presents, the two women must ultimately face down a fateful discovery in order to rectify their lives.
Shrouded in gothic undertones and dark artifice, THE SPINSTER’S FORTUNE is a tale that takes the reader on a strange journey through tangled webs of family deceit. But where does it end?
She had fulfilled the promises and kept the secrets.
Based on a true story, this spooky family mystery has so much to hold your attention. I was really intrigued to learn that Mary Kendall stumbled on to this story while researching her family history. Being a fellow genealogy lover, this is the sort of discover we all hope for!
Mary does a fantastic job weaving a true story in with a bit of excitement, mystery and Gothic undertones. This is a short story so it would make the perfect weekend read on a rainy day. Leave me a comment and let me know if you enjoy Gothic stories.
About the Author
Mary Kendall lived in old (and haunted) houses growing up which sparked a life-long interest in history and story-telling. She earned degrees in history related fields and worked as an historian for many years. Her fiction writing is heavily influenced by the past which she believes is never really dead and buried.
Fueled by black coffee and a possible sprinkling of Celtic fairy dust, she tends to find inspiration in odd places and sometimes while kneading bread dough.
The author currently resides in Maryland with her family (husband, three kids, barn cat and the occasional backyard hen) who put up with her mad scribbling at inconvenient hours.
THE SPINSTER’S FORTUNE , a mystery set in Georgetown, Washington DC, is her debut novel and is a twisty, tangled dive into a web of family deception murky with gothic undertones.
THE SPINSTER’S FORTUNE BY MARY KENDALL
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 227 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, June 23
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes
Friday, June 25
Interview at Passages to the Past
Saturday, June 26
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, June 28
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Tuesday, June 29
Review at Bookworlder
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