Please help me give a warm welcome to Jamie Fessenden, here on tour with his new book Murder on the Mountain.
Day Five of the Murder on the Mountain Blog Tour!
The main setting for Murder on the Mountain, once we get off the mountain itself, is the Victorian Era resort hotel at the base of the mountain—the Mount Washington Hotel. This magnificent resort was constructed in 1900 by Joseph Stickney, who’d made his fortune in the coal industry. Unfortunately, he died just one year after it opened in 1902.
His wife, Carolyn Stickney, continued to spend her summers in the hotel (it was shut down during the winters, until 1999) and added the fourth floor and several other rooms to it for the next ten years. Then she moved to London, married a French nobleman, and became the Princess De Faucigny Lucinge. (Which doesn’t have much to do with anything, but I thought it was cool.) Upon her death in 1936, the hotel passed into the hands of her nephew, Foster Reynolds.
During Prohibition, the hotel ran its own speakeasy in the basement. That still exists. It’s been turned into a bar called The Cave. During World War II, the hotel ceased operations for a few years, but it was reopened in 1944 and hosted the conference between several countries which established the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
This is quite simply one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. My husband and I booked a room there last December, combining our anniversary with research for the novel. As Jesse discovers, it can be rather expensive. We chose the beginning of December, because by the time I tried to make reservations in November, the rooms were going for over $600 per night!
But December is a great time to stay there if you enjoy the Christmas holidays. The cavernous foyer had Christmas trees everywhere, and there were fires burning in the two large fireplaces. My husband felt uncomfortable rubbing elbows with the wealthy, feeling like an interloper, but I had no problem at all stretching out in front of the fire while the ever-present waitstaff brought me fortified eggnog.
For the next four weeks, Murder on the Mountain will be touring the blogs of several MM Romance authors. If you leave your email address in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Murder on the Mountain or a $40 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press!
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When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.
Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim's friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.