Synopsis (from Amazon):
A mysterious mansion, a suspicious death, and a cat too smart for its own good…
When Laura Lee took the summer job as a housekeeper at the old Thornberry Estate, she knew it was a creepy place, but she had no idea how creepy. Mrs. Fitzwater warned her to keep her mind on her work and her nose in her own business, but one thing after another leads her astray, between the manor giving up its puzzles as she goes about her work, fun secrets to share with the clever ladies in her book club who are always up for a mystery, and a cat that seems to know more than she does.
The death of a chauffeur just outside the estate gates changes everything and suddenly creepy turns to deadly as Laura Lee finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. When the police seem unable to solve the crime, can Laura Lee and her intrepid club find the killer before the killer finds Laura Lee?
This was an interesting read. The hidden rooms, Hank the cat mysteriously showing up and scaring Laura Lee, and the grouchy matron of the house, Mrs. Thornberry, banned books. Laura Lee manages to make friends with everyone and is spooked by the talk of ghosts, though she never encounters one. She and Mary make quite the pair as they not only find the missing item, they reveal the murderer.
The characters and the mansion are what make this story so interesting. There are secrets galore and the only one who seems to know them all is the cat, Hank. The pace is good with puzzle pieces revealed that all come together nicely in the end. Unfortunately, Mrs. Thornberry still wants books banned, so the ladies will have to keep their secret library to read and discuss the classics.
If you like cozy mysteries with quirky characters, you will enjoy this one. Definitely kept my interest.