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A strange inheritance leads Tess MacKay to an island in Maine. In her unknown relative's ancient house, she discovers that the sins of the past are very much alive and able to be visited on the children. Smugglers and pirates and an old curse are not just things of the past, but dangers and mysteries to be reckoned with today....

Title : The Secret Staircase
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ISBN : 2940013275638
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 111 Pages
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The Secret Staircase Reviews

  • Frederick Brooke
    2019-05-05 04:58

    This book is masterfully written in elegant, clean, spare prose, and it moves along swiftly with a light touch. The heroine is a strong young woman who owns and runs a newspaper in the midwest. When she travels to Maine to inspect the house she inherited from a great-grandfather, she surprises herself by falling in love with it. In fact, I realized part way through the book that the house is one of the main characters, with its quaint rooms and wooden trim and old gas stove and lack of electricity. My only quibble with The Secret Staircase is that I am partial to a little more conflict in a book, not only because I like action but because conflict tends to bring out the characters' true colors and helps us see what stuff they're made of. That being said, I would recommend The Secret Staircase for the writing and the descriptions of the old house and the Maine Island coastline.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-16 09:14

    When I was younger, I was a huge fan of the Nancy Drew Mysteries, and I ordered this book on my Kindle because I loved the title, and the premise of a "house with secrets." The book did not disappoint, and it immediately transports the reader to a tiny coastal village in Maine, not unlike Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove from the "Murder She Wrote" series. It is a fast read, but doesn't go so fast that you don't get a flavor for Goose Haven and its quirky townsfolk. What I loved most about this book was that it was well written, easy to read and absent of all the cliche you find in a lot of today's mystery novels. I found the main character, Tess McKay to be extremely likable, and I can't wait for the next one in the series!

  • J.P. David
    2019-05-11 07:08

    The Secret Staircase is the perfect story to read while sitting in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire, or perhaps on the beach. I settled back in my recliner and was quickly swept away in a well crafted tale of intrigue with just the right combination of suspenseful plot, quirky characters, sharp dialogue and a setting that is both comforting and threatening. In other words, a terrific cozy.Melanie Jackson knows her craft and it certainly shows in this, the first of the Wendover House Mystery series. Count me in as a customer for her next installment.

  • Mary
    2019-04-24 07:00

    Nice little mystery with an old house on a small island, sounds in the night, no electricity and a woman who goes to live there, given she is a reporter, she needs to find out what the strange noises at night time are.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-28 02:13

    This is the first in the series. The main character is Tess who finds out she has inherited a house and the island it is on. There a lot of strange things going on and as she figures out everything, she decides she loves it there and plans to stay.

  • kc curtis
    2019-05-22 07:19

    Wonderful story of a woman who inherits an old house on an island with a hidden staircase leading to a sea cave.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-04-26 02:10

    This novella or short story was worthy of the title of classic mystery in the style of a Poe. In my opinion, the only thing I would have liked is for the book to be triple the size. I chose the Paperback version.Tess MacKay, a woman with a sense of humor, yet, curiously quite alone in this world, gets notice that she is the remaining heir of the Wendover's, an ancestral family that has lived for the past three hundred years on Little Goose Island, Me or is it Canada? That is one of the mysteries that Tess finds she needs to solve.When Tess arrives, she finds characters right out of the history annals. An attorney, two brothers that are the law, a famous author, a sick man with his nurse, groceries, and more. Even more important is the local Inn's and Chowder Houses. Why are they all interconnected? Why does everyone treat her as though it is important she stay on the island? Just what is going on?Trust me, as you read this story, you will find yourself guessing and , in my own case, my imagination was creating stories of it's own. I was delighted with the ending and even more delighted that I had bought the second book of the series. Ms. Jackson has a great deal of talent and she has sold me on the "Wendover Mysteries." To my sorrow most of Ms. Jackson's works are on ebooks. I'll have to keep my unit charged at this rate.

  • Stuart Haddon
    2019-05-12 08:19

    Like a wine which promises much when first you put your nose into the glass, Melanie Jackson's novel makes a good first impression. Her writing is extremely accomplished. She has a strong voice, especially in the early part of the novel and demonstrates confidence and originality in her use of language. The main character, Tess, is likeable, quirky, interesting and believable, and the other inhabitants of the story play their parts well. The sense of place is strong. The island and, especially, the old house are important characters in their own right. I also developed a soft spot for Kelvin, the cat. Ultimately, though, this is a story which doesn't quite live up to its early promise. Although the gradual sense of Tess coming to terms with a new life and sloughing of her old one is well-handled, the plot left me feeling flat and I didn't think that Jackson's writing maintained its initial sparkle throughout the book. The ending, too, was a bit of a let-down.In spite of the caveats, I drank the glass to the bottom. If Melanie Jackson could deliver a meatier plot and a more satisfactory ending, then I'd be hooked.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-19 05:21

    New Reader This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I had read blurb about it on Amazon and it didn't seem like my kind of book. Then the other day I saw a review and decided to give it a try. Glad I did. It took me a few chapters to get really into the story but once I did it wasn't till the end of the book that I realized there wasn't a murder. Melanie Jackson has a way of keeping you so involved that I found myself wanting to do a Wendover family search. Tess, finding that the unwillingness of her parents, if they knew, but mostly her grandmother never talking about the past and then burdening her with a failing paper is the only part that bothered me but then I was taught that a good writer can interject a maddening situation and make you still want you to continue reading. I am so glad I read that review and didn't just go by the blurb because I would have missed out.Another series added to my list .

  • Terry Huebner
    2019-05-01 08:22

    The Secret Staircase is a wonderful addition to the Agatha Christie-style of cozy mysteries. The book’s heroine, Tess MacKay, unexpectedly inherits a large old house on an island in Maine from a long-lost relative. When she travels to see it from her home in Minnesota, she discovers colorful characters and a tempting series of family secrets, superstitions and even a curse. As the first book in the Wendover House Mystery series, The Secret Staircase introduces us to an interesting locale and plenty of quirky characters that no doubt will serve as the backdrop for many books to come. I could almost hear the floors creaking and the storms brewing as I read. I can’t wait to start the next in the series.

  • Sheri
    2019-04-27 07:05

    I must say, that I really enjoyed this book. I identified right off the bat with the lead character. Her sense of humor was great, and I love how she was a fish out of water going back to ancestral homes. The description of the people that live in Maine, while a caricature, is pretty dead-on, and tongue and cheek. People from Maine are wonderful warm people, just was certain eclectic ways of doing things. It was a great little mystery a nice tie-in into a brand new series, but left me wanting more. I'm looking forward to reading the next book, and I have already downloaded it. I recommend this book to lovers of cozy Mysteries. A nice, light, fun read.

  • Deanna Sletten
    2019-04-28 04:56

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Staircase by Melanie Jackson. Ms. Jackson has a beautiful writing style that makes you not only enjoy the story, but also appreciate the art of writing. Her characters are so well thought out that you feel like you know them personally and the story line is given to you in small doses until you can’t wait to see what happens next. I just couldn’t put this book down. The perfect blend of mystery, suspense and intrigue. I am now hooked on Ms. Jackson’s books and cannot wait to read book 2 in the series.

  • Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
    2019-04-21 06:58

    This is REALLY good. I have really enjoyed reading this, and am looking forward to the continued mystery as this series progresses. If you like stories with a hint of the weird and paranormal, without overtly hitting you over the head with it, this is a good read for you. I also enjoyed the light history about early MA/ME. Can't wait to read the next one!

  • Kel
    2019-05-18 07:59

    A woman inherits a beautiful island off of the coast of Maine, but she must live there forever or the island will fall into the ocean. An interesting and fairly short story I downloaded for free.

  • Gail Stewart rumsey
    2019-04-25 02:17

    This is a well written mystery with an intriguing story. I was tempted to give this 4 stars and will definitely continue reading the series and other books written by Ms. Jackson.

  • Marisa
    2019-05-14 05:05

    Amazon - 27/01/2017

  • Linda Cole
    2019-05-18 02:56

    Great startIt was interesting and led you deeper into the mystery of the wendover family. I liked the main character she is smart and brave.

  • Glenda Bixler
    2019-04-21 10:04

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  • Mary(Biblophile)
    2019-05-09 02:20

    Reminded me of the old-fashioned gothic mysteries I used to read when I was younger.