Day Six of the Murder on the Mountain blog tour!
By the time my husband and I booked into the beautiful Victorian hotel The Mount Washington Hotel for a combination anniversary weekend and novel research trip, I had already learned the layout of the hotel and looked at several pictures online. But I quickly discovered the value of actually being there. The layout was complex and I hadn’t quite grasped it from the floor plans.
But the most interesting discover was the fifth floor.
There were two elevators at the hotel. One was the original, hand-operated elevator, manned by two or three dignified gentlemen in uniforms. One very generously posed for me to take a picture, but unfortunately it came out far too blurry.
The second elevator was more modern and had buttons for guests who wanted to use the elevators late at night, when the operators were off-duty. We had a room on the third floor, but I was convinced the really ritzy hotel rooms were above us. So Erich and I checked out the fourth floor. That looked almost identical to our floor. So we decided to try the fifth floor.
What we discovered took us completely by surprise. The floor wasn’t ritzy—it was in ruins! Plaster crumbling off walls, dust covering the carpets, the only light coming from wall-mounted construction lamps…. The hotel had been undergoing an 80 million dollar restoration for a few years, and we’d just stumbled into an area the restorations hadn’t reached.
I’d already planned on having the climax of the novel take place in a hotel room, but that was problematic—too easy for Kyle to come charging to the rescue. But the hotel had just provided me with place for Jesse to go without Kyle being able to find him easily. Someplace even the hotel staff might not automatically think to look….
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When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.
Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim's friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.
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