Monday, July 17, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman

Searching for Irene, by Marlene Bateman
2017, 268p, Clean Historical Mystery/Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

What happened to Irene?

When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, has mysteriously disappeared. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

Caught up in a maze of intrigue in a tormented and troubled household, Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance. She is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart.

But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. Then, her life is threatened, and Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—

I loved this book! It takes place in the 1920's. Anna starts work for a wealthy man, Lawrence Richardson, and becomes interested in what happened to Irene, the woman who she replaced who mysteriously disappeared. The mystery deepens as we learn more about Irene and there is no shortage of suspects. Her employer has two handsome sons, Tyler and Kent, who are very different from each other. It was interesting to read her interactions with each of them.

Each time I thought I knew where the story was heading, something would happen to make me rethink everything. We learn a few key details about Irene towards the beginning, but it was the lingering questions that kept me guessing until the end. Anna has her reasons to continue searching for the truth. I enjoyed how her relationships developed with the Richardson family. There were some uncomfortable situations which I thought she handled well.

This story held my interest from beginning to end! If you enjoy clean, historical mystery/romance, this is one you will want to read! 

Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene loves flowers, reading, and gardening and has a super-sized iris garden with more than seventy-five varieties. She and her husband and her furry "kids" enjoy camping.

Marlene has written a number of nonfiction books, including Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent Spirit World. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel Light on Fire Island as well as three other mysteries, Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House. Marlene is also the author of the delightful romance For Sale by Owner.

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*July 21st


sherry fundin said...

Oh no, I hope she solves the mystery quickly. :-)
sherry @ fundinmental

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