Murder at 221 Beacon Hill

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
468 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2019
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Author Biography

Author Donna Howard Armstrong hails from Houston, Texas by way of Huntington Miami Beach and Columbus, Ohio It's not unusual to see her composing stories on her laptop accompanied by her little white Maltese, Sukie sitting beside her waiting to play or go outside for a walk in the garden. She spent most of her adult years in a career she loved, assisting families with their dream of home ownership in the new home business, which is a booming business in Texas. After retiring from the building industry she turned her interest towards her love of murder and crime mystery's. She then had the time to develop her love of writing. One of her favorite pastimes is watching classic murder mysteries of Agatha Christie. She decided to create a murder mystery of her own and take the reader on a journey of intrigue and suspense. She invites you to enjoy her story of "Murder at 221 Beacon Hill, a modern day thriller.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Murder At 221 Beacon Hill by D. Howard Armstrong, advertising executive Maggie Matheson was supposed to spend a beautiful holiday weekend with her fiancé, Edward Myers, in his Long Island mansion on Christmas night. Instead, she found him brutally murdered. His untimely death leads Maggie into a personal mission to bring the murderer to justice. Apart from the ongoing police investigation, Maggie is aided by Maxwell Howard, a former Secret Service agent. As they gather more clues, they learn more about Edward's business partner, his somewhat estranged sibling, and someone from his past relationship. From lucrative business dealings, art thieves, and personal grudges, Maggie and the authorities have to find the culprit before he or she eludes the law forever, or worse, kills someone else.

Murder at 221 Beacon Hill is a cozy crime mystery that has a steady plot with clear-cut prose. The narrative is expressive, making it easy for me to imagine each scene and feel the emotions of the characters. There are a number of potential suspects, each with a strong enough motive to kill the victim, Edward. Clues and information trickle in as the story unfolds, which will make some readers eager to connect the dots and perhaps draw an early conclusion on who the real culprit is. Maggie is easy to root for, including the other members of her new household; Rose, Juan, and Nita. Drama, suspense, and a subtle dose of romance make this is an entertaining read from D. Howard Armstrong for fans of the genre.

D Atkins

It was an engaging mystery novel and it was difficult to guess who killed Edward. I thought I had it figured out several times but didn't really know until the end. The book was hard to put down as the action kept it moving throughout one chapter to the next. It was well worth it and I will be looking forward to the next issue.