The Greenleaf Murders
by R.J. Koreto
January 23 - February 17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
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
What an interesting plot, understanding a house to uncover the murderer from century ago and another today. Hanging a murder mystery on the framework of renovating a mansion turned out to be an informative technique. “Houses are like people,” Wren says. “They have personalities.” Just as houses are structured a certain way, so are people, Wren thinks. By delving into the structure and purpose of the house, she aims to be able to identify the murderer. The novel gave me a new appreciation of historic buildings and the craftsmanship involved in their construction.
Wren is an interesting character. She is precise in renovating this historic house, exploring every detail. She is uncomfortable with people, however, preferring walls and ceilings. I liked her character growth in coming to finally see a house as truly a home for people. That growth lead her to open her heart to romance too.
This is an entertaining and informative novel about one historic home and the deadly secrets hidden in it. I appreciate that, according to the Author's Note, the house is largely real, based on a 75 room mansion built in 1906. Unlike the mansion in this novel, that mansion no longer exists.
Koreto's writing style is fine but I did miss the element of suspense as there was none in the novel. I do like Wren as an amateur sleuth and hope she is presented with future opportunities to solve mysteries
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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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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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