BOOK REVIEW + $20 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - The Greenleaf Murders by R.J. Koreto
The Greenleaf Murders
by R.J. Koreto
January 23 - February 17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Young architect Wren Fontaine lands her dream job: restoring Greenleaf House, New York's finest Gilded-Age mansion, to its glory days. But old homes have old secrets: Stephen Greenleaf—heir to what’s left of his family’s legacy—refuses to reveal what his plans are once the renovation is completed. And still living in a corner of the home is Stephen's 90-year-old Aunt Agnes who's lost in the past, brooding over a long-forgotten scandal while watching Wren with mistrust.
Wren's job becomes more complex when a shady developer who was trying to acquire Greenleaf House is found murdered. And after breaking into a sealed attic, Wren finds a skeleton stuffed in a trunk. She soon realizes the two deaths, a century apart, are strangely related. Meanwhile, a distraction of a different kind appears in the form of her client's niece, the beautiful and seductive Hadley Vanderwerf. As Wren gingerly approaches a romance, she finds that Hadley has her own secrets.
Then a third murder occurs, and the introverted architect is forced to think about people, and about how ill-fated love affairs and obsessions continue to haunt the Greenleafs. In the end, Wren risks her own life to uncover a pair of murderers, separated by a century but connected by motive. She reveals an odd twist in the family tree that forever changes the lives of the Greenleafs, the people who served them, the mansion they all called home—and even Wren herself.
Praise for The Greenleaf Murders:
"A delightful who-done-it in which the house is as engaging as the wonderful heroine. Readers will want to get lost in these rooms and these pages."
Cate Holahan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Three Lives
"If you love houses and puzzles - which I do - you will be captivated by THE GREENLEAF MURDERS, the first in Richard Koreto's new series. Equally sure-footed in the gilded age of the mansion's heyday and the contemporary world of its decline, Koreto has woven a pretzel of a plot, introduced a charming new heroine, and whetted appetites for more grave deeds and grandeur."
Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series
"The Greenleaf Murders mixes a modern suspense mystery with the love of old-world mansions and iconic High Society. Buried secrets threaten a family clinging to their former glory as two murders surface, a century apart. Koreto weaves a story that creates the perfect tension between the beauty of the golden era and the fear of a killer in plain sight."
L.A. Chandlar, national best selling author of the Art Deco Mystery Series
"One would think that a murder mystery featuring old homes, architecture, and rich blue bloods would be a dull read, but that’s not the case with R.J. Koreto’s finely-written “The Greenleaf Murders.” Filled with twists and turns and sharply-drawn characters, this well-done novel is very much recommended."
Brendan DuBois, award-wining and New York Times bestselling author
The Greenleaf Murders: A Historic Homes Mystery is the first in the series. In this book we meet Wren Fontaine who is an architect who recently landed her dream job, restoring Greenleaf House, New York’s finest Gilded-Age mansion, to its original glory. Stephen Greenleaf – heir to what’s left of the family’s legacy - refuses to reveal his plans for the mansion once the restoration is complete. Wren’s job is complicated when people start dying.
I don’t read as much historical fiction as I should. This book has all of the classic elements and reminded me why I enjoy this genre so much. The author does an amazing job of weaving together architectural and historical details. As a result, the house becomes its own character. I loved this aspect as I’m not sure I’ve read many books with this twist. My favorite part of the house being a character allowed the reader to experience all of the people who have lived at Greenleaf House. Old houses have stories to tell and this one didn’t disappoint.
The Gilded Age and its cultural, historical and social expectations come through as Wren explores and learns more about the mansion. The cast of characters are eclectic with each bringing their story to the table. Some of the characters have shared experiences which added a unique level of depth to this story. Other characters are unrelated, and their relationships develop as the story progresses.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I look forward to reading more and seeing how this series develops.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: November 2022
Number of Pages: 264
Series: Historic Homes Mysteries, #1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop.org | Goodreads | Level Best Books
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R.J. Koreto is the author of the Historic Home mystery series, set in modern New York City; the Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery series, set in Edwardian England; and the Alice Roosevelt mystery series, set in turn-of-the-century New York. His short stories have been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, as well as various anthologies.
In his day job, he works as a business and financial journalist. Over the years, he’s been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, book author, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Like his heroine, Lady Frances Ffolkes, he’s a graduate of Vassar College.
With his wife and daughters, he divides his time between Rockland County, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
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