Historian Wrenn Grayson arrives at the Rosemont mansion expecting to receive payment for her services from the mansion’s new owner, Clay Addison. That expectation dies when she and Clay find Trey Rosemont murdered on the foyer floor. Across town, police officers race to Eastwood University. Priceless Egyptian artifacts were stolen from the history department safe. Wrenn’s longtime love, Eastwood professor Gideon Douglas, heads the department. Only recovery of the artifacts will save his career.
Life in Havens, Ohio, doesn’t stop for this crime spree. Wrenn works for Mayor K.C. Tallmadge. He wishes Wrenn would stop searching down clues ahead of the police and pacify temperamental playwright Barton Reed. Barton’s play is just days away from opening in the town’s historic Baxter Theater.
Amid murder, theft, and curtain calls, Wrenn’s instincts prove sharp. But it’s her stubborn one-woman approach that places her directly in the killer’s path.
“Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont is a cleverly written mystery with plenty of twist and turns. The characters are interesting, as are their interactions. This is a great new series with an unusual heroine for all to enjoy."
~~ DelAnne for The Reading Room.
"Can you hear me squealing with delight at this one? A perfect start to a wonderful new mystery series."
~~ Ruth Pople, Best Summer Reads 2017
The train depot mentioned in Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont, A Wrenn Grayson Mystery, is patterned after the Big Four passenger depot constructed in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio. The town celebrated the opening of the depot on June 6, 1911. By 1928, Springfield boasted 26 through passenger trains daily. The depot employed 650 people at its peak and could accommodate more than 120,000 passengers.
Sadly, the depot was demolished in February 1969 to make way for an overpass to carry vehicles over those very railroad tracks for which the depot existed. I was inside the station once, early in my teens. I possess a hazy memory of the vastness and wooden bench-style seating with high backs.
While a postcard likeness is displayed here, an artist’s rendering of the depot hangs over the desk in my home, making its fabulous description easily implantable into the history of the fictitious town of Havens, Ohio, created for Wrenn Grayson Mysteries.
The fun part about reading mysteries is deciphering the clues and deciding which characters are suspects. An intriguing mystery includes a wide variety of characters and that can sometimes tax the reader’s memory. The solution is a quick-reference list outlining each character’s purpose in the story. The character list for Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont is available below for downloading.