The Hitman’s Daughter by Carolyne Topdjian

"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance
Person in dark woods titled "Suspense"

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a really fast-paced story, which I loved! I felt like we jumped right into the plot and never slowed down! Set in a creepy (and haunted) old hotel, this one has a spine-tingling location that sets the mood of the whole story!

Mave, our MC, is at this hotel, and then a snowstorm hits…and then someone is found dead, and BAM, we’ve got a locked-room mystery in store for us!

I was really into this story because the author’s ability to drive the story forward and slow down to give details was fantastic. I loved the descriptions of the dilapidated hotel and the character information. It was just enough so that I knew who the people were, but I was never bogged down with too much backstory.

Mave was a great leading lady for this mystery. Her father is serving time in prison as a hitman, so she’s uniquely qualified to help solve this murder. I loved her character. She was full of strength and spunk!

I would definitely recommend this one to any reader that enjoys a murder mystery!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads

The Château du Ciel was once the destination for the rich and famous to play, drink and ski—complete with a luxurious railway to shuttle those desiring extra privacy. Now, however, the guests are few and far between. The New Year’s Eve party was supposed to hoist the rundown hotel back to its former status, until a massive blizzard hits, trapping the guests who’ve come to celebrate the grand hotel’s last hurrah. The circumstances might even be romantic, if the Château wasn’t reputed to be haunted.

When hotel employee Mave Michael finds the resident artist dead, and shortly thereafter security finds Mave alone with the body, the reputation that Mave has fought long and hard to outrun comes back to haunt her: Her father is a notorious hitman serving multiple-life sentences in prison. She has changed her name and location dozens of times, but he somehow manages to track her down—even sending her a postcard on the eve of her birthday, January 1st. She’s the perfect choice to frame for murder, and now the number one suspect. Mave can no longer deny the lessons in survival her father taught her, or her uncanny sixth-sense in “finding” lost objects. To save herself, she not only has to stop running from her own past, she must unearth the history of the hotel, its elite guests and buried secrets—one deadly sin at a time.

Just the Facts:

The Hitman’s Daughter by Carolyne Topdjian
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Agora Books
Pub Date: February 22, 2022

Carolyne Topdjian is the author of The Hitman’s Daughter, coming in February 2022 from Agora/Polis Books. She has published in PRISM International, Dreamers Magazine and Firewords Quarterly and is a professor in the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts at Humber College in Toronto. A two-time Pitch Wars mentor, she lives in a 113-year-old haunted house.

Website ~ Goodreads ~ Instagram


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