Enchanted Hill by Emily Bain Murphy

“The Great Gatsby meets Downtown Abbey in this 1930’s mystery that will thrill fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new mystery to solve!”

Review by Erin Phillips

Escape to Enchanted Hill in this historical mystery where two people with a dark, shared past collide while working undercover at a glittering mansion on the California coast.

The year is 1930 and Cora McCavanagh is posing as a maid at Hollywood magnate Truman Byrd’s legendary estate. She’s closing in on the damning evidence she needs for a high-profile client. 

An aspiring PI, Cora was trained by her father, a former prison guard at the notorious Pelican Island, where Cora grew up surrounded by hardened criminals.

Which is why she recognizes Jack Yates as soon as he walks through the door. The last time she saw him was on an ill-fated night that changed the course of her life and still haunts her more than a decade later. Cora never expected to see Jack again—and now a single misstep could cause both their secret identities to come crashing down.

They strike a tentative truce to help each other during a week of parties overflowing with champagne and caviar. But there are puzzles hidden in every corner of Truman Byrd’s labyrinthine estate, and if Cora is to finally learn the truth about Jack Yates, she must unravel a sinister history that the rich and powerful will do anything to keep concealed.

Filled with intrigue and Old Hollywood glamour, Enchanted Hill is an unforgettable, sweepingly romantic novel set in a world you won’t want to leave.

Release Date: 11/7/2023

Genre: Historical Fiction | Mystery

Pages: 384

I received this audiobook for free from the author. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and this review is voluntary.

The Great Gatsby meets Downtown Abbey in this 1930’s mystery that will thrill fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new mystery to solve!

“It was the first time Cora had ever realized there was a difference between being in the shade and the shadows.”

While Cora and Jack are equally complex and intriguing characters on their own, their slow-burn romance of childhood friends to enemies to reluctant partners to lovers make their character arcs all the more engaging to follow as they not only strive to accomplish dangerous missions but also learn to forgive each other, and themselves.

“And in that moment, he realized what he wanted most of all was for someone to forgive him.”

Live for a few hundreds pages in the sprawling mansion of Enchanted Hill, escape the Pelican Island prison, and follow the clues in this adult historical mystery that will leave you wanting to see Cora and Jack take on another case as soon as this one is solved!

“Redemption isn’t possible without the truth.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Ratings:

Action & Gore:

Rating: 2 out of 10.
2. Very mild action (mentions common injuries, like broken bones, without gruesome details).

Romance & Spice:

Rating: 3 out of 10.
4. A bit more moderate content (fade to black / no on-page sex).

Cursing & Vulgarity:

Rating: 5 out of 10.
5. Infrequent and moderate cursing (mild cursing paired with 2-3 strong words: think PG-13 movie rating).

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