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The Carriage House review ñ 104 ´ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Carriage House Author Carla Neggers – Fun and a little hard work That's all Tess Haviland had in mind when Ike Grantham paid her for her graphic design work with the run down 19th century carriage house on Boston's North Shore Then Ike di Fun and a little hard work ThatFun and a little hard work That's all Tess Haviland had in mind when Ike Grantham paid her for her graphic design work with the run down th century carriage house on Boston's North Shore The Carriage PDF or Then Ike disappeared and now Tess finds herself with much than a simple weekend. The synopsis very much tells you the story and if I say anything it will be a total giveaway So I will just tell you my feelings on this bookit is predictable and to me it seems that the author wanted it this way I liked Tess a lot and her dad and her Godfather too The dialog between Tess and her Godfather who keeps on getting on her nerves is hilarious and I loved it You won’t be able to stop from giggling on those I really felt that I wanted a friend like Susan was to Tess and how Harley was to Andrew And Dolly oh sorry Princess Dolly was adorable to say the leastWith highly likable characters and just a bit of mystery this is a light and fluffy read that I enjoyed

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Ut when Tess discovers a human skeleton in her dirt cellar she begins to ask uestions about the history of the carriage house the untimely death of Andrew's wife and Ike's disappearance uestions a desperate killer wants to silence before the truth reveals that someone got away with murd. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I enjoyed it Tess has done some graphic design work for Ike and in lieu of payment he deeded her a carriage house Then promptly disappeared A year later Tess finally decides it is time to check it out and meet the neighbors On a sleep over a pregnant cat meowing in the basement startles her and she goes looking to see what the matter is When she trips she ends up eye to eye with a skeleton under a cot uestion iswhose

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The Carriage HouseProject to get her out of the city It's not just the rumors that the carriage house is haunted It is the neighbors six year old Dolly Thorne her reclusive babysitter Harley Beckett and especially Dolly's father Andrew Thorne who has his own ideas about why Tess has turned up next door B. Actual Rating 35 StarsFrom WikipediaA carriage house also called a remise or coach house is an outbuilding which was originally built to house horse drawn carriages and the related tackThe blurb of this book had me thinking that it was about a haunted house  After I started reading the book I reread the blurb and realized that I might have been mistaken  Aside from the human skeleton in the dirt cellar and the rumors that the carriage house is haunted there really was no other indication that The Carriage House  is a book about a haunted house  Ah well  Though I DID get curious about what a carriage house is because of the way it was being described as a farm and whatnot  Thus the Wiki definition aboveI admit my research stopped there  But I might look into it a bit  The idea of old historic homes whether for people or carriages still intrigues meMoving right along The Carriage House  turned out to be an enjoyable well written old timey romance  And it isn't too dated either although there were a few uibbles I had here and there about the way people acted towards one another  On the other hand the romantic suspense part of the story was a little flimsy since there really wasn't much murder mystery to the murder crime  From the beginning you pretty much know who the human skeleton in the cellar belongs to and the murderer is pretty obvious as wellBut some of the parts of the book DID give me a creepy vibe the victim was given enough significance in the book to give some significant emotions and some of the other characters were just kind of scary  And a bit insane maybe  But mainly creepyKudos on the attempt to derail the reader's suspicion by throwing another possible suspect out there  But seeing as how Andrew Thorne is the main male character and this is a typical category romance a la Harleuin Romances after all it wasn't like we didn't already know for a fact whether he had anything to do with the murder  Of course it also helps take suspicion off of a lot of people when the murderer pretty much admits the crime even if not vocallyA Mix of Story Summary and More of My ThoughtsSo the basic gist of The Carriage House  is that Tess Haviland did some work for an eccentric rich guy named Ike Grantham  Ike Grantham is the most charming snake charmer to ever charm his charming way into the land of charming  But after all that charm is no longer in front of you you realize how much you resent the guy for charming you into agreeing to do things you otherwise wouldn't have done  And somehow that causes problemsAnd so somehow he had managed to convince Tess that she would be very happy to take the old Thorne carriage house in Beacon by the Sea some fancy area overlooking a nice beach and ocean view I think as payment for the work she had done for him something to do with graphic design  So instead of real money she goes for it  To her getting the new property for the price of her expertise is a bargain because she'd always wanted a large old home in the middle of nowhere by cliffs and beaches with rumors of hauntings by an ancient ghost  It reminds her of her mother she says the area not the actual house itself  And everyone else around her pretty much tells her that she's been swindled and wonders what the heck she'd been thinkingNow my own personal thoughts were conflicting to be honest  The romantic in me would absolutely love to receive a nice old fashioned home with so much rich history overlooking beautiful scenery  For one it would be a nice historically rich place to bask in; and things like that appeal to pretty much anyoneThe practical logical part of me however says that Tess should have had the darn house inspected first before going for it  It's an old house an old building and it hadn't been inhabited in a long time  Yes it's probably beautiful  Yes it's probably got all sorts of stories to tell  Yes it would be kind of cool to tell people you live in an historic landmark that might possibly be haunted  Like I said it's a romantic notion and people are nothing if not impractical about romantic notions  It's attractiveBut it's also an old rundown house without proper upkeep maintenance or modern plumbing and probably doesn't even have electricity  I don't know I wasn't really paying too much attention and I don't think we went into too much detail about the shortcomings of this carriage house aside from some broken windows creaky wood boards useless locks and doors and maybe some broken stairwells  I mean Tess had to sleep in a makeshift cot on the floor of the front roomColor me shallow but I needz my modern plumbingAnyway back to the bookSo Tess decides to stay at the carriage house for a weekend in order to determine whether or not she’d like to keep the home or put it back on the market for sale  After all Ike very much turned over the entirety of ownership to her and she is very much legally the owner of this carriage house  She can either have a nice history rich home to live in or she can sell it and make a ton of money  As it seems everyone and their neighbors in this book seem to want to snatch the place right up if Tess were to sell itIn staying the weekend at the carriage house Tess inadvertently triggers a mountain of activity especially after finding the human skeletal remains of a possible murder victim in her cellar who then disappears after she keeps the incident a secret because she thinks she was hallucinating and isn’t sure of what she saw  Now the local police and the media thinks she’s insane or trying to stir up trouble and the real murderer thinks that Tess Haviland needs to be eliminated before she digs too much deeperMeanwhile there’s a handsome next door neighbor with an adorable six year old princess to contend withFinal ThoughtsAs I already stated the murder mystery was pretty predictable from the start Among all the discussion between characters about whom the skeletal remains belong to if Tess even saw a human skeleton or if the house is haunted at all all fingers inadvertently point to all the answers uite obviously It doesn’t take a start detective to know the entire story without reading the entire story And so in the end The Carriage House was a romance than it was a murder mysteryAlthough I must say that the atmosphere and the imagery of the book were uite excellently done If any other books by Carla Neggers focuses on the crime thriller parts and tweaks certain storytelling styles just right I’m certain they’d be excellent murder mysteries to readI will definitely try to pick up another Carla Neggers book in the future 2016 Reading Challenges • Goodreads Reading Challenge• BookLikes Reading Challenge• Reading Assignment Challenge• Bookish Resolutions Challenge My TBR List March Winner See Other My TBR List Reviews   Because Reading• Mount TBR Challenge