The Halloween House

The Halloween House

by Kathi Daley


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Every town has one. The big old house which has stood empty for so long that no one really remembers anyone living there. The iconic subject of lore and folktales which hints at supernatural occurrences, tragedy, and family curses, that can be neither confirmed nor denied. For the town of White Eagle Montana the house that served as the subject of ghostly stories by the campfire was a huge old mansion built more than fifty years ago by a wealthy industrialist as a summer home for his wife and five children. The house, void of love and laughter, served as a sort of luxury prison far away from the hustle and bustle of Hartford Harrington's full and busy life in San Francisco.

Structurally, Harrington House had weathered the long winters and hot summers of northern Montana. It had endured long after every one of those five children had been buried in the little family cemetery at the edge of the huge estate. I'm really not sure why the place was never sold, or even lived in, by whichever Harrington relation inherited the place, but after the summer Houston Harrington jumped from the third floor window to the concrete bricks of the veranda below, not a single Harrington or Harrington heir had set foot in the place.

Until now.

When Jordan Westlake inherits the house from his mother, he decides to break tradition and take up residence. He expected that the renovation on the old mansion would be an expensive and time consuming endeavor, what he didn't expect to find was a skeleton in his closet. Literally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781719407625
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/07/2018
Series: A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery , #4
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 236,930
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book with all its twists. When the Harrington house that has been empty for years suddenly has a new owner who is renovating it, it starts people talking about all the stories tied to it. When the new owner finds a skeleton in the closet, even more twists are added to the sad tale of the house. Tess is riveted about its history and wants to learn more, as more unfolds the more that you want to know. Add to that the ongoing search for Tess' father, you have a page turning story. I eagerly await the next in this series.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Halloween House ( A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery-Book 4 ) BY: Kathi Daley The Halloween House is book four in A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series by Kathi Daley. I love Tess and Tilly series and it seems like each book the author writes gets better with each book. The story flows smoothly and the characters are real like. I was drawn in right at the start and trying to read faster to see what was going to happen next. This is a fast and easy book to read. The story revolves around a house that everyone says is haunted. Is it Haunted? New owner and mysteries to be solved. Tess and her friend find themselves involved. Can they find the answers to the mysteries behind this old house house? What happen to the family that built and lived in this old house years ago? Is Tess and Tony any closer to finding answers about Tess’s dad?
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
The Harrington House has been empty for years but it looks as if someone has bought in and will be moving in soon, at least that is what Tess has heard. Come to find out the young man moving in didn't buy it but inherited the home and plans to bring it back to its former glory. The story behind the house is not only sad but tragic which peeks Tess's interest into looking into its back story. When Jordan, the new owner, finds a skeleton in one of the closets everyone wonders just who it could be. You see one of the daughters of the previous owner disappeared not long after moving in and has never been found. Could the skeleton be hers or is it just a drifter who happened to pass? Tess aims to find out, the mystery behind all the goings on in that house are just to good to pass up. Follow along as Tess enlists the help of some friends and family to figure out what happened all those years ago. Why did a man send his wife and five children to that house and never visit them? Why did death visit the house so frequently? Tess wants to find the answer these questions and more. Along the way she is still dealing with what exactly happened with her father and her feelings changing when it comes to her best friend. I love mysteries that are older and didn't happen right then in a book. They seem harder to figure out and leave you feeling good once solved. I look forward to seeing what mystery befalls Tess next and how she deals with her new found feelings for her best friend.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
The thing I look forward to most in cozy mystery series is the mystery, the uncovering of clues along with the amateur sleuth. Sometimes I even think I see clues the protagonist missed or doesn't seem to connect with until much later. Taking place in October, a Halloween theme is perfect for a mystery involving a skeleton and a reportedly haunted house. Someone new is moving into the Harrington House. Rumor has it that the family that built the house was cursed. It seems Mr. Harrington buit the magnificent house just so he could abandon his family there. That abandonment theme hits home with Tess, who recently discovered her father may not have died as and when she believed. Her search, with assistance from computer research maestro Tony, is an ongoing theme within the series. We also get to deal with animals looking for a longterm, stable and loving home and people who can be patient and kind, and deal with issues that come up in their lives together. Lots of parallells within the story and subthemes. While many cozies are built on unusual murders, it is the characters that make this series. We become part of their family and close inner circle. We learn a little bit more about them in each book. In this series we are also investigating human behavior and motives. Overall this book has a sad feeling, but also, just like the season in which it is set, there is a feeling of change. It promises that if we stay for the journey, secrets will be revealed.
Peggy Hyndman More than 1 year ago
Tess and Tony Investigate an Intriguing Cold Case The Halloween House is the fourth book in Kathi Daley’s awesome Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. The characters are well rounded and affable and the well-plotted storyline flows smoothly at a steady pace. Ms. Daley has provided readers with a clean, fun read, caring and compassionate characters, an intriguing mystery to try to solve, and adorable dogs and cats. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. Tess Thomas works for the United States Postal Service and enjoys delivering the mail and visiting with the town’s residents and business owners on her route in the small community of White Eagle, Montana. She has a special relationship with her dog, Tilly, who accompanies her while she delivers the mail, and she has two kittens, Tangle and Tinder. Tess has one brother, Mike, who’s a member of the White Eagle Police and has recently started dating her best friend, Bree Price, the owner of the local bookstore. Her mom, Lucy Thomas, co-owns a café with her aunt, Ruthie Turner. In addition to being a mail carrier, Tess is an animal shelter volunteer and works closely with Brady Baker, the local veterinarian and shelter owner, to train and place animals with people who are a perfect match for each other. Her other best friend, Tony Marconi, who is extremely skilled at locating information and has contacts around the world, is trying to help Tess solve the mystery surrounding her father who reportedly died in an accident when she was a teenager, but whom she believes may still be alive. Hartford Harrington built Harrington House in 1955, for his wife and their five children, but he continued to live in San Francisco, providing only financial support for this family. Tragedy hit the Harrington family over the next four years when the oldest daughter disappeared, the oldest son was shot, the mother committed suicide, and the remaining three children died within a few years of each other. The house sat empty since the last of the five children died, but Jordan Westlake, who is related to the Harrington family by marriage, recently inherited the house, has moved in, and plans to renovate the house. The history of Harrington family is intriguing to Tess and Tony, who both love solving mysteries, and when Jordan finds a skeleton in his closet, they are determined to figure out what really happened to the family so many years ago and identify the skeleton.