Mitchell’s Inn is a quiet resort, tucked away in the Catskill Mountains. Guests are checking in, but will they all check out?
The hotel is three stories with a grand staircase, reminiscent of Gone with the Wind. A forest surrounds the hotel and it has a grand lawn which is all covered in pure white snow. This should be the perfect setting for a quiet, relaxing weekend, but it will not be.
The hotel isn’t full. Six rooms will be occupied out of the twelve available. Some folks seem to have cancelled due to the snow storm approaching. We begin to meet some of the guests as they are checking in and learn why they wanted to book the weekend. There are quite a few characters and I had to “get to know” before I was able to keep everyone straight. Once I sorted them out, I had no problem following the story line and I sure had some strong opinions about a few of them. One I would liked to have smacked.
The storm is getting worse, everything is icing over, there is no wi-fi , no electricity and the wind is howling like someone is trying to get in (I was starting to wonder if someone was). After a body is discovered the next morning, people are quick to start pointing fingers. Everyone’s secrets start coming out, and suspicions are spreading like fire.
A couple of “gaspy” moments and much guessing made this one a quick read. Some parts became a bit repetitive with the mystery circling around a few times, but the ending put a smile on my face. :).
Recommend to readers who enjoy who-dunnits with atmospheric settings. I rated this one 4 STARS. I also picked up a copy of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and I can’t wait to read it soon! (It has been compared to An Unwanted Guest by some reviewers.
We can’t choose the strangers we meet.
As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.
Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.
With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.
Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.