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The Spinster’s Fortune

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?

white skull on white wooden table

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.


Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Darkstroke Books
Paperback & eBook; 227 pages

Genre: Historical Mystery


Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 22
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Review at Probably at the Library

Wednesday, June 23
Review at Bonnie Reads and Writes

Thursday, June 24
Review at Two Bookish Babes
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, June 25
Interview at Passages to the Past

Saturday, June 26
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Sunday, June 27
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Review at Booking With Janelle

Monday, June 28
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, June 29
Review at Bookworlder


Enter to win a paperback copy of The Spinster’s Fortune by Mary Kendall!

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on June 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Direct Link:

Thank you to HFBVT for having me on the tour.

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.

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