Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Review: The Cavanaugh House by Elizabeth Meyette

 Title: The Cavanaugh House
 Author: Elizabeth Meyette
 Publisher: Elizabeth Meyette
 Genre: Cozy Mystery
 Format: PDF
 Source: Received for review from author
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 The Cavanaugh house which has sit vacant for the last twenty-eight years finally has someone brave enough to take up residency. A house that has been labelled haunted and abandoned, except by a million mice, will come to life again once more. Jesse Graham coming off a bad break up from her fiance has decided to trade in the high life for a more simple life in upstate New York. Jesse inherited the house from her long deceased aunt.

 Attempting to battle the house's decay and prepare herself to start teaching at the local school she comes face to face with the ghost of her aunt. Sensing the love and need to find peace from her Aunt Helen's ghost sets Jesse on a frantic chase to find her aunt's killer. Finding along the way the support from her long time friend Maggie and new acquanitainces Susan (Helen's best friend), her son Joe and local police officer Marty. As Jesse reveals more facts and questions about what happened to Helen so long ago she is also hit with some hard truths regarding her past and future.

 I loved this story, it had the right amount of drama and action to keep you going. I could completely emerse myself in the characters of Jesse and Maggie. Jesse was a great female lead. And even though Women's lib was before my time (This story was set in the late 60s) I thank those women for helping us to where we are today. But I still don't understand the downside of being called a lady instead of a women. Personally either is fine with me.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your kind words, Tina. I am so glad you enjoyed The Cavanaugh House. I love these characters, too--in fact they are still talking to me, so look for a sequel coming soon. The "lady vs woman" was a hot topic in the early stages of the Women's Lib movement. As with any group trying to establish respect, sometimes the pendulum swings far to one side. "Lady" was considered demeaning to women who were fighting for equality in legal issues, equal pay for equal work, etc. You're right, today it seems trivial :-) Thanks again for your great review!



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