BOOK REVIEW | THE SPIDER HOUSE

THE SPIDER HOUSE: A Madam Celeste Mystery

by Linda Anthony Hill (Goodreads Author) 4.07  ·   Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  12 reviewsMadam Celeste is back! This story includes spirits who need her psychotherapy skills as much as her psychic abilities. Is there a Skinwalker in Bella View? Is Emma ready to lead her own seance? And what’s up with all the spiders? Even the bug guy seems a little nervous.

The Spider House is the 2nd book in the Madam Celeste Mystery series. I have to say that I thought is was better than the first book. This book had a mystery that was really different and complex. A story to keep you guessing all the way to the very end.

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Madam Celeste was not the main character in this paticular book. Her assistant Emma and her new client Cheryl, were the main focus. Cheryl wanted to clear her house of the spooky happenings so that she may one day live there. Being Emma’s first case, she winds up being in the middle of something bigger than just a haunted house.

This book introduces us to new characters and brings back some old. I was a tad disappointed that Madam Celeste love life didn’t get much attention this go round, but Emma embarks on a new romance and it was sweet and endearing to follow. I really enjoyed this new group of characters and instantly liked them all.

This book I thought was a bit more on the serious and dangerous side. With mutant spiders and the big bad wolf, this book is sure to make the hairs on you neck stand up with fear. I loved how the story developed at a steady pace and did not rush to get to the end. It was dangerous for Emma and the gang. But have faith as they will solve this mystery, but not with out some close calls and loss.

If you love all things that go bump in the night, then this book will be right up your ally. With spiders, wolves, physics and crazy murderers on the loose you won’t be bored. A thriller in it’s own right this book is sure to be the perfect Halloween read!

*ARC provided by Cozy Mystery Review & Linda Anthony Hill

About Linda Anthony Hill

Award winning author, Linda was born in Sanford, Florida. Her family moved to Daytona Beach before Linda started grade school. It was a wonderful city to grow up in and Linda had the opportunity to meet people from around the world. She was a published poet before she started High School. Writing took a back seat to travel and then family until she was in her fifties when she decided to publish a book about her and her husband’s haunted house. “Hill House Manor: The Guest Book” is available on Amazon.

Then she was inspired by her grandson, who was afraid of ghosts at the time, to write a ghost story for children age 8 to 12. You’ll find the “Branden’s Ghosts” series for sale here on Amazon.

Her next venture was inspired by a village in Africa in the country of Kenya. This village is a three hour walk from fresh water. They have no electricity. When her freind, Catherine told her about the village and the school she was helping to promote, Linda was compelled to write a book for the children in that school. This was a labor of love and all profits go to the school. You can find the book here on Amazon as “Sirere’s Calf”.

In 2014 Linda decided to get serious. She joined a writers club and was challenged to write over 20 ghost stories. She found an audience on Facebook. She was further challenged to write a novel incorporating ghost stories with the paranormal and psychic to evolve into a murder mystery. “The Anchor is the Key” is available here on Amazon in paperback and Kindle version. The novel, published in 2017 by Black Rose Writing, has received two awards for excellence in literary fiction.

In 2018 Linda published a novella that is only available on Kindle. It’s about a mail order bride in the old West and, you guessed it, it’s a ghost story. Look for “Hill House Manor: The Early Years” on Amazon. Did you know you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books? There’s a free Kindle app for your phone and computer.

Linda lives in Texas with her husband Del. She is retired from Dental Technology and spends her time working on her next book “The Spider House”, and enjoying her 3 grandsons and, of course, giving tours of the infamous Hill House Manor.

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