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“Tasty enough to tempt you into wanting…more” – The New York Times
“A juicy mystery that deserves to be the beach read of the summer.”- New York Newsday
The once-glorious mansion needs repair, but everything about it – the chestnut moldings, the soaring foyer, the grand staircase and twenty-two rooms-filled Carol Roblins with hope from the moment she saw it. Maybe a fresh start would improve the relationship with Blake and their learning-disabled son, Sammy, giving their crumbling marriage one last chance. But before they can resolve their tensions, Blake leaves for a military assignment in Europe. Alone with Sammy in their new home, Carol delves into her restoration, fired by a dream of opening a bed and breakfast. As she recovers long lost blueprints and researches the mansion’s history, she learns it was once home to a storybook couple and a shocking murder.
“This coauthored debut adroitly constructed . . . eerily riveting . . . a cleaver tale with resonant irony.” – Publishers Weekly
“Take this absorbing book to the beach but be sure to get home before dark.” – Kathy Bates
From Kirkus Reviews
In love with the decaying Kennedy mansion in backwoods Fayette, Pennsylvania, Carol Roblins talks her husband into her scheme to buy and restore it. But that’s the last thing she does talk him into, since he’s promptly posted overseas and tells her they both need room to think about their marriage. So Carol and her son Sammy, who’s slowed by Attention Deficit Disorder, set about transforming the mansion into a bed and breakfast called the Christmas Inn. She isn’t daunted by the news that the original Kennedys both died violently on Christmas Eve, 1928, only a year after their romantic wedding, so that even the name she’s chosen for the inn sends chills down the spines of locals with long memories–like Lyle Quinn, the ga-ga son of Charles Kennedy’s banking partner, and historical society stalwart Esther McPherson, who has her own reasons for wanting to stifle Carol’s plans. And when reinforcements arrive–a hunky contractor who slides into spending night after night on the living-room sofa and an even hunkier TV star whose idea of a joke is to tell an on-camera interviewer that he and Carol have solved the Kennedy mystery and will be turning the story into a Movie of the Week- -you can be sure that modern-day trouble will follow. Broadway director Foglia and Washington Post columnist Richards team up for serviceable neo-Gothic shivers, though you have to survive an awful lot of foreboding, toothless flashbacks to get to the payoff. — Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
… the literary equivalent of Mom’s tuna noodle casserole: not elevated, not new, but just tasty enough to tempt you into wanting a bit more. — The New York Times Book Review, Malachy Duffy
More About the Author
LEONARD FOGLIA is a theater and opera director as well as librettist. His work has been seen on Broadway, across the country, as well as internationally.
He directed the original Broadway productions of MASTER CLASS, THURGOOD and THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE as well as the revivals of WAIT UNTIL DARK and ON GOLDEN POND.
Off Broadway he directed Anna Deavere Smith’s LET ME DOWN EASY as well as the national tour and ONE TOUCH OF VENUS at Encores!
His opera credits include the premiers of three operas by Jake Heggie – MOBY DICK (Dallas Opera), THREE DECEMBERS and THE END OF THE AFFAIR (both Houston grand Opera). His production of Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING has been seen across the country.
As a librettist his opera CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA (To Cross the Face of the Moon) with music by Pepe Martinez had it’s premier at Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and was performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in the fall of 2011.
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