I received a free copy of The Spinster’s Fortune by Mary Kendall thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
About The Spinster’s Fortune by Mary Kendall
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Paperback & eBook; 227 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Moonlit alleys, shadowy tunnels, and buried secrets…
Summer of 1929.
Of supposed unsound mind without a penny to her name, Blanche Magruder lies alone in a home for the aged and infirm.
Meanwhile, her house, a crumbled ruin in the heart of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., is pillaged nightly by thieves looking for treasure rumored to be hidden there.
A distant niece, Margaret O’Keefe, is tapped as executor and soon becomes embroiled in the hunt for recovering monies, taking it on as a welcome escape from her financial and marital woes.
As Margaret discovers caches in unlikely spots throughout the house, family mysteries begin to unravel. She questions whether Aunt Blanche is an insane fool or a daring genius, yet Margaret must also wrangle with her own hidden truths.
Pressed towards a convergence of their pasts and presents, the two women must ultimately face down a fateful discovery in order to rectify their lives.
Shrouded in gothic undertones and dark artifice, THE SPINSTER’S FORTUNE is a tale that takes the reader on a strange journey through tangled webs of family deceit. But where does it end?
About the Author
Mary Kendall lived in old (and haunted) houses growing up which sparked a life-long interest in history and story-telling. She earned degrees in history related fields and worked as an historian for many years. Her fiction writing is heavily influenced by the past which she believes is never really dead and buried.
Fueled by black coffee and a possible sprinkling of Celtic fairy dust, she tends to find inspiration in odd places and sometimes while kneading bread dough.
The author currently resides in Maryland with her family (husband, three kids, barn cat and the occasional backyard hen) who put up with her mad scribbling at inconvenient hours.
THE SPINSTER’S FORTUNE , a mystery set in Georgetown, Washington DC, is her debut novel and is a twisty, tangled dive into a web of family deception murky with gothic undertones.
The Spinster’s Fortune really takes place in two different times even though it is a tale of the character’s present. There have been plenty of whispers of a fortune buried in the old Brownstone where the two sisters lived. When only one is left and living in a home people who have long heard rumors of a fortune being hidden in the house start breaking in looking for it.
The executor of the estate is contacted to deal with finding the fortune and handling the care of her aunt. As she searches the house she starts to find rolled up bundles of money which is helpful for a number of reasons; her Aunt needs better care and she needs money to keep her horse farm running and her husband out of trouble.
The Spinster’s Fortune was a wonderful way to spend a lazy Saturday. I sat down with the book and endless glasses of ice cold water. I found myself lost in the stories of both the effort of old Blanche to hide and safeguard her family fortune and Margaret’s desire to find it before all is lost for both of them.
These are characters that keep you turning the pages to find out if all will end well or if like other Gothic tales before it, the fates will deem otherwise. The reader comes to care for both women and wants the best for them. Once I started reading I just kept going until I found myself turning the last page. If you are looking for a book to keep you interested with a solid story and some fun twists this is the one for you.
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