Gossip in the Garden by Kathi Daley (The Inn at Holiday Bay #10)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 2.7 MB
Kathi lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn’t writing, Kathi likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese,) and garden (planting and planning not weeding).
After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn’t seem to convince to leave, and a new family she’d never be able to live without.
The house on the bluff had enchanted my mind and my imagination the first time I’d seen it. Built as a summer home for a rich shipping magnate named Oswald “Ozzie” Chadwick in eighteen eighty-four, it had been passed down through the generations until Baron Chadwick inherited it from his grandfather, Conway Chadwick, earlier this year. Prior to inheriting the house, Baron hadn’t visited since he was a child. His father, Richard, died from complications associated with pneumonia when Baron was eight, so his mother, Sarah, who wanted nothing to do with the Chadwicks or the house on the bay, raised him.
I supposed if not for circumstances beyond his control, Baron might have had the chance to visit while his grandfather was at the property, but Conway Chadwick was even less enamored with the house than Sarah. There are those who say the reason Conway never visited the property had more to do with his wife’s infidelity than anything else, but there are some who believe the real reason Conway stopped coming around had everything to do with her death.
The official cause of Olivia’s death was ruled an accident after she fell from the cliff behind the home, but there were family members, including Conway and Richard, who were certain she was pushed. They were equally certain that the man who pushed her was the cousin by marriage she’d been suspected of having an affair with, a man I knew only as Will.
Whatever the cause, the trauma associated with the fall resulted in a long period of vacancy during which time the structure had been subjected to the strong wind and bright sun that could be found along this particular stretch of Maine coastline. After Baron inherited the property, he decided to renovate the old gal in an attempt to return her to her prior glory, which is where my good friend, Lonnie Parker, came in.
Baron hired Lonnie to oversee every step of the renovation, which provided me with a unique opportunity to tag along and explore the dozens and dozens of rooms contained within the large structure. The house, in a word, was amazing. It was a single story with a footprint of more than twenty thousand square feet. It was laid out like a spider with a maze of hallways haphazardly connecting wings and rooms. When you walked into the main entrance, there were hallways to both the left and the right, as well as a shorter hallway immediately in front of you. The hallway directly in front of you when you entered the home led to a huge living area, from which additional hallways spidered off toward the kitchen and formal dining area. The hallways to the left and right led to bedrooms and bathrooms, the library, an east and west parlor, an atrium, the pool room, gym, and other rooms too numerous to mention.