Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day Six of the Murder on the Mountain blog tour! by Jamie Fessenden

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….

For the next four weeks, Murder on the Mountain will be touring the blogs of several MM Romance authors, providing . If you leave an email address in the comments or email me at jamesfessenden@hotmail.com, you'll be entered into a drawing for either a free copy of Murder on the Mountain or a $40 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press!

Check out the other stops on the tour at: http://jamiefessenden.com/2014/08/22/murder-on-the-mountain-blog-tour/

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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  1. Few thing creepier than a crumbling hotel floor especially having read The Shining one too many times. The book sounds wonderful and is on my wish list.
    debdeege (at) optonline (dot) net

    1. This hotel is very much like the Overlook in the Shining, in terms of time period, size, and style. But MOST of it is less creepy. :-)

  2. Such an intriguing tour--definitely bodes well for the book!

    --Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  3. Cool story! I'm looking forward to reading the scene on the 5th floor. :)


  4. I thought the story was interesting bibbiesparks@yahoo.com

  5. How cool that you were able to get up to the 5th floor to see the floor under renovation. The hotel sounds amazing. I am enjoying your blog tour. ardent(dot)ereader(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. We were a little surprised. We expected them to have it blocked off somehow. But apparently, when you're that ritzy, you expect your clientele to have enough class not to wander into restricted areas. :-p

  6. Oh wow, how exciting to come across that extra bit of inspiration for Jesse's misadventures in the hotel whist hunting for a murderer and the last place anyone would think of looking for him! Just think now you will have to go to all the places you think my be interesting to use in your stories, just so you find excellent plot bunnies & solutions that maybe you would not find from just using the internet or reading a book.

    Thank you again for a chance to win your exciting book, as I just have visions of poor Jessie needing rescuing and been held captive in the derelict part of the hotel....:) slholland30 at outlook dot com

  7. Ok..this post was terrific! I'm sooooooo going to love this book!! Please, count me in for the giveaway!! Thank you!!

  8. This books calls to me. I loved Shining so I know this book is going to be as great as Shining is. Count me in for the giveaway!!

  9. OMG!! I want to go there, Jamie!! It's like 1408 movie with John Cusack
    Samuel L. Jackson or Rose Red by Stephen King. Please count me in for the giveaway!!

  10. very intriguing :)