Book Review: Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle

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Death on Windmill Way: Volume 1 (Hamptons Murder Mysteries)Death on Windmill Way: Volume 1 by Carrie Doyle

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

There are lots of reasons why I choose a novel. For instance, I won a giveaway last year for the second book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery series written by Carrie Doyle and enjoyed reading it. Given the author doesn’t live too far from me in NYC and I’ve been to the Hamptons where the books take place, it felt like a good match… so I’m reading the series from the beginning starting with the first one, Death on Windmill Way. 4.5 stars to this wonderful gem that helped me jump out of a small reading slump last week where I tried three books and couldn’t get into any of them. This one left me excited to read again, and I’ll soon be picking up the next in series to keep moving forward.

Antonia moved to the Hamptons ~8 months earlier on a whim. She’d been in an awful relationship, lived in California, and needed a fresh start. She purchased an inn (sight unseen) based on a friend’s suggestion and immediately remodeled it. When the book kicks off, she’s just re-opened post-summer season to good reviews but is still struggling to make ends meet. Antonia slowly learns of a curse haunting past owners of the inn which steers her in the direction of researching the history she should’ve learned about before buying the place (she knows she messed up, too!). Unfortunately, she learns the curse is more than just a rumor – someone has been killing them, but why? Between former and new staff at the inn, some residents in the town, a few friends she makes, and the local reporter, Antonia uses her ingenuity to solve the case. The police aren’t even involved until a second murder takes place, but since it looks like an accident at first, they’re not inclined to do much.

My absolute favorite part of the book occurs when Antonia gathers all the suspects together at a dinner party and one by one picks them off… um, I mean… reveals their secrets or explains why they could be the killer. She leaves someone for last, and it’s a doozy! I had two possible culprits in mind, and I was right with one of them. That said, it’s not obvious, and the weaving in and out of everyone’s alibis and motives is truly a great story. Antonia is a strong lead character, very well developed, but with a few personality traits that might irk some. She’s a tad judgmental (equally against all people in an understandable way) but overly honest and dedicated. I really look forward to see how she develops over the series and getting to meet the rest of the regulars in the town.

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14 thoughts on “Book Review: Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle

    The Cozy Pages said:
    December 5, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    I mostly enjoyed that dinner party set up at the end…it was definitely entertaining! lol

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    tylerus said:
    December 5, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Sounds like a must-read!

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    December 5, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Hmmm, this reminds me a bit of Then there were none, by Agatha Christie which I just finished re-reading.

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    Brizzy Mays Books and Bruschetta said:
    December 5, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Yes, reading a book based in a locality in which you are familiar can be interesting, and sometimes nostalgic.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 5, 2018 at 3:49 PM

      Definitely… maybe I should write one about my hometown! 🙂


    carhicks said:
    December 5, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    I am assuming this is a cozy mystery series? It sounds interesting. I agree, being Canadian, I will read books set in Canada just because of the setting even though they make be thousands of miles away on the other side of the country, but there are not a lot set in Canada. Nice review Jay.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      December 6, 2018 at 9:39 AM

      Yes, it is. There are 4 books so far. The first two are good, but I have a feeling it settles into its own around book 3 or 4 and is where it’ll pop.

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        carhicks said:
        December 6, 2018 at 2:48 PM

        Thanks for the info Jay. I will have to check it out.

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