13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews

13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (298 Pages)
Heat level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?

Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.

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In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie’s suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.

A twisted mystery that will leave you scratching your head.

Callie and her brothers are settling their father’s estate and wants to find who is truly responsible for her aunt’s death. However, Callie’s presence stirs up a whole lot of emotions and memories from the townspeople, some good, some not so good. But with every step, she learns more about the town and its people.

I loved how descriptive this book was because even though it took some time for me to get into the story, it just felt realistic. This is the author’s first book and it was so good. The mystery and suspense along with a bit of romance meshed so well for me. Ms. Mathews kept the mystery there right up until the end–even with the twists and turns. The characterizations were good and realistic. They had a depth to them that I rarely see and get to read. This story had not just a mystery but showed the closeness of family and friends, as well as not so good or close friends.

I found that the romance was sweet and not the main focus. Even though the romance and chemistry was slow to start, by the time I read half the book, I was rooting for them. I can see their relationship develop from strangers to becoming the most important people for each other.

The climax was a climax to remember. Great for readers who want a mystery as well as that family and friends feel.


  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing “13 Steps to the Cellar”. It’s an honor and thrill to be on your site.

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