Book Review: Murder by Syllabub by Kathleen Delaney

Murder by Syllabub


Title: Murder by Syllabub

Author: Kathleen Delaney

Publisher: Camel Press 

Genre: Mystery

Format: E Book

Source: Partners In Crime

Series: Ellen McKenzie Book 5

Summary: A ghost in Colonial dress has been wreaking havoc at an old plantation house in Virginia. The house is owned by Elizabeth Smithwood, the best friend of Ellen McKenzie’s Aunt Mary. Mary is determined to fly to the rescue, and Ellen has no choice but to leave her real estate business and new husband to accompany her. Who else will keep the old girl out of trouble?
When Ellen and Aunt Mary arrive, they find that Elizabeth’s “house” comprises three sprawling buildings containing all manner of secret entrances and passages, not to mention slave cabins. But who owns what and who owned whom? After Monty—the so-called ghost and stepson of Elizabeth’s dead husband—turns up dead in Elizabeth’s house, suspicion falls on her. Especially when the cause of death is a poisoned glass of syllabub taken from a batch of the sweet, creamy after-dinner drink sitting in Elizabeth’s refrigerator.
Monty had enemies to spare. Why was he roaming the old house? What was he searching for? To find the truth, Ellen and her Aunt Mary will have to do much more than rummage through stacks of old crates; they will have to expose two hundred years of grudges and vendettas. The spirits they disturb are far deadlier than the one who brought them to Virginia.
Murder by Syllabub is the fifth book of the Ellen McKenzie Mystery series.

My Review: I received this book for a fair and honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

This is the type of book that grabs your attention from the very first page. There is no lag in the story, there is always some kind of action going on.

The murder of Monty is a classic “who done it”. Monty did not lack enemies that’s for sure. His murder ends up with more questions than answers.
The women of the Smithwood house are complicated women. While they are trying to figure out who the murder is, they are pretty tight lipped about how they are feeling about things.
The women are different in personality but all come together to make sure Elizabeth is not falsely accused.
This book will keep you keep you on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next right to the very end.
Although this book is part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone. This is the only book I read in the series so I can only assume they are all like that. I give this book a 5 out of 5.



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  1. Sounds like a page turner. So glad you enjoyed this book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this title.

  2. Thank you, Gina. So glad you liked the book. I loved writing it for several reasons, not the least of which was several trips to Colonial Williamsburg for “research”. Syllabub without the extra ingredient I gave it in the book is really tasty.

  3. There’s no doubt about it, Kathleen. I HAVE TO read this book! I’m a mystery/suspense reader and writer and I love books that take place in the south and/or in old houses. “Murder by Syllabub” has it all!

    • Patricia, it does take place in the south and in a couple of old houses. Hope you do read it and look forward to your comments. Thanks, K

  4. Oh I love a good murder/mystery. Being a Southern girl I will definitely have to check this one out. Thanks for a great review.

  5. I will have to see if I can find this on Amazon. I love a good mystery, especially when ghosts are involved! 🙂

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