Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle

Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (350 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

The Hamptons are known for beautiful beaches, luxurious living, millionaire mansions, and now…murder!

Antonia Bingham, a renowned chef and the new owner of East Hampton’s Windmill Inn, escaped to the Hamptons to get away from a harrowing past. Yet now she finds herself in more danger than ever when she discovers the inn’s previous owners may have been victims of murder. Will her overly inquisitive personality be her downfall as she digs up secrets in her attempt to solve the crime?

In the first book of the “Hamptons Murder Mystery” series, bestselling author Carrie Doyle Karasyov (The Right Address; Wolves in Chic Clothing) brings readers behind the scenes for an exclusive glimpse of life within one of the most spectacular playgrounds of the rich and famous. Antonia’s investigation weaves through the lives of the celebrities, year-round locals and the wealthy summer residents who all call the Hamptons home in her quest to reveal a dangerous killer.

Prepare a hearty snack and snuggle in for this compelling but cozy page-turner with mouth-watering food descriptions, nail-biting scenes of suspense, a winning heroine, and a captivating cast of characters who are sure to entertain readers for years to come.

Antonia Bingham has spent months renovating the Windmill Inn in East Hampton and it had now been open for six weeks. The restaurant was doing well, and the hotel part was gradually gathering momentum. Antonia was happy, until she heard about the curse on the inn and the suspicions concerning the death of the previous owner.

A naturally curious person, Antonia sets out to find the truth behind the curse which states the innkeepers always die in suspicious circumstances. Will she be the next one to be murdered?

The story is captivating and I was never sure if the previous owners had been murdered or Antonia was merely fitting the facts to her theory. This was until suspicious things began to happen and then I tried to work out ‘who dunnit?’. There were several suspects who could have murdered the previous owner, each with a reason for wanting him dead. At times Antonia’s thoughts brought a lightheartedness to the story, especially when she becomes star struck with a local celebrity.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A mystery/murder story with several twists and turns. By the time I reached the end I believed I’d worked out the murderer, but had to wait to see if I was right. It could have been one of several people and the plot was so convoluted the murder could have been a purely innocent death.

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