Title: The End of Temperance Dare
Author: Wendy Webb
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: June 6, 2017
When Eleanor Harper is fired from her job as a crime reporter, she applies to be the director at Cliffside Manor. Cliffside was originally a Tuberculosis sanitarium but the owner, Chester Dare, turned it into a retreat for artists. His daughter, Penelope now runs it but she has decided to retire and pass the reins off to Eleanor. However, the day Eleanor arrives, after learning the basics of how the building is run, Penelope Dare is found dead in her room with an apparent suicide note on her chest. After the initial shock, Eleanor finds a letter from Penelope that says she has left a puzzle for her to solve. Once the writers and artists arrive for the four week retreat, Eleanor soon finds out that all of the fellows have prior connections to Cliffside which led Penelope to choose them to come. Eleanor is left with the mystery of why all those fellows were chosen to come to this haunted manor.
I loved this book! It was so spooky. It reminded me of The Shining, because a new person has come to run this old building, but they discover it is somehow haunted.
I really liked how everything was explained at the end. I figured out some of the twists just before they happened. But they were still exciting.
This story is also a little mysterious because you have to figure out the connection between the people at the manor right along with Eleanor.
This is a really good story, but I don’t recommend reading it at night!