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Nestled at the foot of Pine Mountain, Rose Hill has one traffic light, one patrol car, and one cold-blooded killer. When rich and rotten Theo Eldridge is found bludgeoned to death in the local veterinary clinic, Rose Hill police chief Scott Gordon is forced to work with ambitious county investigator Sarah Albright. Unfortunately Sarah seems more interested in seducing Sco Nestled at the foot of Pine Mountain, Rose Hill has one traffic light, one patrol car, and one cold-blooded killer. When rich and rotten Theo Eldridge is found bludgeoned to death in the local veterinary clinic, Rose Hill police chief Scott Gordon is forced to work with ambitious county investigator Sarah Albright. Unfortunately Sarah seems more interested in seducing Scott than in solving the crime. Scott’s crazy about Maggie Fitzpatrick, but she's still grieving over the mysterious disappearance of the love of her life. Although determined to resist the powerful chemistry between them, Maggie finds herself deeply involved with Scott's investigation, and battling emotions she can no longer deny. It’s a bitterly cold January in Rose Hill. As Scott and Maggie untangle the sticky web of Theo's shady business dealings, they uncover dark secrets that may connect Theo's murder to another committed twenty years before.


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Nestled at the foot of Pine Mountain, Rose Hill has one traffic light, one patrol car, and one cold-blooded killer. When rich and rotten Theo Eldridge is found bludgeoned to death in the local veterinary clinic, Rose Hill police chief Scott Gordon is forced to work with ambitious county investigator Sarah Albright. Unfortunately Sarah seems more interested in seducing Sco Nestled at the foot of Pine Mountain, Rose Hill has one traffic light, one patrol car, and one cold-blooded killer. When rich and rotten Theo Eldridge is found bludgeoned to death in the local veterinary clinic, Rose Hill police chief Scott Gordon is forced to work with ambitious county investigator Sarah Albright. Unfortunately Sarah seems more interested in seducing Scott than in solving the crime. Scott’s crazy about Maggie Fitzpatrick, but she's still grieving over the mysterious disappearance of the love of her life. Although determined to resist the powerful chemistry between them, Maggie finds herself deeply involved with Scott's investigation, and battling emotions she can no longer deny. It’s a bitterly cold January in Rose Hill. As Scott and Maggie untangle the sticky web of Theo's shady business dealings, they uncover dark secrets that may connect Theo's murder to another committed twenty years before.

30 review for Rose Hill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Irene Sauman

    There are currently nine titles in this series, each one named for a street in the town of Rose Hill, streets named after flowers. Rose Hill is situated in southern US, population 500, plus tourists and the students at Eldridge College. The College is named for the wealthy Eldridge family. Another wealthy family are the Rodefeffers. Further down the social scale are the Irish Fitzgeralds and their relatives and friends, who are among the main characters in this interesting series. The books revol There are currently nine titles in this series, each one named for a street in the town of Rose Hill, streets named after flowers. Rose Hill is situated in southern US, population 500, plus tourists and the students at Eldridge College. The College is named for the wealthy Eldridge family. Another wealthy family are the Rodefeffers. Further down the social scale are the Irish Fitzgeralds and their relatives and friends, who are among the main characters in this interesting series. The books revolve around the everyday life of the town and the people who run the bakery, the bookstore, the service station, fire station, police station, funeral parlour, city offices, the pub, and the churches. Everyone knows everyone else and their business. They are supportive and helpful of their family members and neighbours in good southern tradition. Among the everyday life there are mysteries and murder, fraud and skulduggery, love and relationships. I read the first seven titles but had to give up when the eight involved a sociopath. I don't read sociopaths, psychopaths or serial killers. Book nine started out interestingly until the issues with feral young Sammy raised its head again. The thing is, the author has created an interesting array of characters, well drawn and interesting. You want to spend time with them, find out what's happening next in their lives. I mean, I read those seven titles in less than a week. But the author also uses her books to expound her ideas and attitudes to life and the way people should live, none of which I particularly disagreed with, but which often turned into sermons in the mouths of her characters. I tended to skip at times. Young Sammy seems to be her sermon on child raising - namely, let a child run free without boundaries and you're raising a problem. Not wrong, but a little goes a long way. So seven out of the nine is my limit. But I did enjoy those seven.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Not a bad first in series. On the border of procedural and cozy mystery, with elements of both. I liked most of the characters, although it was a bit tricky to keep the various family relationships straight. I'll certainly read more in the series. Not a bad first in series. On the border of procedural and cozy mystery, with elements of both. I liked most of the characters, although it was a bit tricky to keep the various family relationships straight. I'll certainly read more in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ankit Garg

    This is a classic whodunit. Although the identity of the killer is not revealed till the end, I was expecting a twist at the end as far as the antagonist is concerned. But the author failed to deliver at that front, and the killer turned out to be the one who I had easily guessed/deducted early in the book. Still a good read considering the simplicity by which Pamela has authored the complicated lives of the main characters. Verdict: Recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Michael

    Readable mystery that was borderline between okay and liked it. The biggest problem for me was that part of the plot was structured around a scam involving dogs that isn't possible now because of DNA typing and the storyline was current timing. I'd have liked the book more if I wasn't involved myself with purebred dogs and AKC registration and didn't know that part of the plot was impossible. Readable mystery that was borderline between okay and liked it. The biggest problem for me was that part of the plot was structured around a scam involving dogs that isn't possible now because of DNA typing and the storyline was current timing. I'd have liked the book more if I wasn't involved myself with purebred dogs and AKC registration and didn't know that part of the plot was impossible.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy H

    I really enjoyed this mystery. The more I read, the more intrigued I got by the characters and the setting. The plot was good and was the kind where, after the end of the book, you wonder what they are doing next. This is a series I will read more of.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Theo Eldridge was a bully and very much hated in Rose Hill, so it isn’t a surprise when someone finally murders him. The only real question is who the killer is and police chief Scott Gordon has plenty of suspects who all have reasons to want Theo dead, including his own family. A potential eyewitness to the murder is missing and Scott would love to find him. Scott works reluctantly with Sarah Albright from the county sheriff’s office while trying to avoid her passes and trying to convince Maggi Theo Eldridge was a bully and very much hated in Rose Hill, so it isn’t a surprise when someone finally murders him. The only real question is who the killer is and police chief Scott Gordon has plenty of suspects who all have reasons to want Theo dead, including his own family. A potential eyewitness to the murder is missing and Scott would love to find him. Scott works reluctantly with Sarah Albright from the county sheriff’s office while trying to avoid her passes and trying to convince Maggie Fitzpatrick to enter into a relationship with him. Rose Hill may be a small town, but life there is complicated. Often when reading a book, it will take me to a place that’s fun to visit, but I don’t miss it when I’m done. Other times, I’ll visit a place that I miss long after I’ve finished reading the book. “Rose Hill”, I’m happy to say, is the latter. I loved my visit to Rose Hill and was sorry to see it end. The book is full of interesting characters – Maggie, Scott, Sarah, Sam, Hannah, and many more – all of whom are multi-layered characters with secrets all keep buried, sometimes even from themselves. Rose Hill is a small town and author Pamela Grandstaff does a great job of making Rose Hill come alive and capturing small town life. Scott is one of the best developed characters I’ve come across in a mystery novel. He doesn’t gossip and consequently misses a lot of what goes on around town. He is weak and easily manipulated, especially by his mother, and he knows it. He and Maggie are an interesting couple and I want to know what happens to them next and more abut what happened to Maggie in the past that makes her so reluctant to commit to a relationship. The mystery elements are well done and readers will enjoy trying to figure out who killed Theo, but it is the characters that drive this novel and make it work so well. I loved my visit to “Rose Hill” and hope to visit it again. Well done.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Quillracer

    This is a ‘not quite’ book. It’s not quite a romance, not quite a mystery. And it’s not quite fixed anywhere. I never had a solid feel for where the story was located beyond the Rose Hill of the title. There were times it seemed to be set in Pennsylvania. Other times, the words and descriptions used were more common to other areas of the country. As a result, I never felt ‘grounded’ in the story. The same was true for many of the characters. They were so indistinctly drawn that except for Scott, This is a ‘not quite’ book. It’s not quite a romance, not quite a mystery. And it’s not quite fixed anywhere. I never had a solid feel for where the story was located beyond the Rose Hill of the title. There were times it seemed to be set in Pennsylvania. Other times, the words and descriptions used were more common to other areas of the country. As a result, I never felt ‘grounded’ in the story. The same was true for many of the characters. They were so indistinctly drawn that except for Scott, Maddie, and a few others, each time I encountered one, I had to stop and think who that person was and his or her relationship to other characters. They never became ‘real’ people, just names on a page. The characters also mostly came out of Central Casting. We had the town bully, the wounded war vet, the snobby woman who looks down on the town and citizens, the rich old lady who insults every one she talks to. None of the mothers approved of the person their son or daughter married. Almost all the men and women had the morals of alley cats. Many of them were at least borderline alcoholics. The writing was very basic as if aimed toward a middle grade audience. Although some sentences were so convoluted, I had to read them several times to understand their meaning. I didn’t hate this book but it wasn’t good enough to qualify as okay. So it only earns 1½ stars – Did nothing for me. I won’t visit Rose Hill again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Rose Hill is the scene of the crime. It's your average, small town gossip haven. Theo, the town bully and the town drunk, has been found dead. None of this small town's population are saddened. Actually it's quite the opposite. It seems everyone has had words with Theo at one point or another. Most people in the town believe that they are better off without Theo around. This makes police chief, Scott Gordon's, job very difficult. Maggie Fitzpatrick, a fiery redhead with attitude, owns the local b Rose Hill is the scene of the crime. It's your average, small town gossip haven. Theo, the town bully and the town drunk, has been found dead. None of this small town's population are saddened. Actually it's quite the opposite. It seems everyone has had words with Theo at one point or another. Most people in the town believe that they are better off without Theo around. This makes police chief, Scott Gordon's, job very difficult. Maggie Fitzpatrick, a fiery redhead with attitude, owns the local bookstore and Scott's heart. Maggie and her best friend Hannah, go looking for clues on their own and uncover a secret so big that it incriminates almost the entire town. I really enjoyed this book. Pamela is so good with her descriptions that I feel like I was actually a part of Rose Hill. I'm a sucker for a good mystery and I'd rate Pamela up there with Mary Higgins Clark.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Will Decker

    This is your typical small town who-dun-it. The characters were well developed even if a little numerous and hard to keep track of at times. When the town bully is murdered and his sidekick disappears, everyone becomes a suspect. In the solving of the crime, lots of small town gossip surfaces and you realize the people you think you know, you really don't. Even the post mistress isn't what she appears to be on the surface. I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the small town nuance. This is your typical small town who-dun-it. The characters were well developed even if a little numerous and hard to keep track of at times. When the town bully is murdered and his sidekick disappears, everyone becomes a suspect. In the solving of the crime, lots of small town gossip surfaces and you realize the people you think you know, you really don't. Even the post mistress isn't what she appears to be on the surface. I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the small town nuance. A nice light read-no graphic violence or sex.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maria Valderrama

    Mayberry sheriff in an institution for the criminally insane. While I was frustrated with the characters and the plot in this book, I continued on to the end in hopes of some improvement. When I started Book 2 and saw the root of the problem was in the 'kind' actions taken in Book 1, I just had to stop. I'm all about second chances and I know about living in a small community, but the characters (and therefore the plot, which is character-driven) are totally negligent, simply selfish and/or too Mayberry sheriff in an institution for the criminally insane. While I was frustrated with the characters and the plot in this book, I continued on to the end in hopes of some improvement. When I started Book 2 and saw the root of the problem was in the 'kind' actions taken in Book 1, I just had to stop. I'm all about second chances and I know about living in a small community, but the characters (and therefore the plot, which is character-driven) are totally negligent, simply selfish and/or too complacent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Story goes little slow. Lovely small town, every street named after a flower. Person nobody liked murdered. Scott, towns only full time police has to solve. Emotions and feelings makes his job difficult, and on top of all that suffers with bad migraine headaches. For me beginning told the ending, wasn't surprised, but like the way story written, hilarious quips. Story goes little slow. Lovely small town, every street named after a flower. Person nobody liked murdered. Scott, towns only full time police has to solve. Emotions and feelings makes his job difficult, and on top of all that suffers with bad migraine headaches. For me beginning told the ending, wasn't surprised, but like the way story written, hilarious quips.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nelta

    I'm always hungry for a good mystery book and "Rose Hill" filled that hunger....I found it to be interesting, intriguing with a dash of romance and a pinch of humor... There were a LOT of characters in this plot to keep up with and many who could have done in the small town bully.... love small town stories. Looking forward to seeing where this goes with Scott and Maggie... I'm always hungry for a good mystery book and "Rose Hill" filled that hunger....I found it to be interesting, intriguing with a dash of romance and a pinch of humor... There were a LOT of characters in this plot to keep up with and many who could have done in the small town bully.... love small town stories. Looking forward to seeing where this goes with Scott and Maggie...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Very good read A very good read, and just the thing for either the pool or the fireside. You pick. Good characterizations and an interesting plot line. I'll definitely read the rest of the series. Very good read A very good read, and just the thing for either the pool or the fireside. You pick. Good characterizations and an interesting plot line. I'll definitely read the rest of the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla Myers

    Good mystery for a rainy day. It has been dreary and dismal outside but I really didn't notice as I became engrossed in this mystery. I like author's writing style. I didn't put book down until I finished. Good mystery for a rainy day. It has been dreary and dismal outside but I really didn't notice as I became engrossed in this mystery. I like author's writing style. I didn't put book down until I finished.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Rose Hill is a small town that I assume is in the northeast area of the US, as at the end a blizzard is labeled a nor’easter. The book starts with the introduction of a rather despicable man who made me wonder if I really wanted to read the book. The character also had me wondering how this could be a “cozy mystery.” Very quickly the story changes to the tale of a small town that has its population boosted by college students and tourists. The characters are developed as the book goes on. The ch Rose Hill is a small town that I assume is in the northeast area of the US, as at the end a blizzard is labeled a nor’easter. The book starts with the introduction of a rather despicable man who made me wonder if I really wanted to read the book. The character also had me wondering how this could be a “cozy mystery.” Very quickly the story changes to the tale of a small town that has its population boosted by college students and tourists. The characters are developed as the book goes on. The characters are interesting as the town tries to figure out who may have committed a murder and past possible murders, who is interested in whom as friendships or romances grow, a bit of jealousy, other crimes that are discovered, a nosy county sheriffs officer, and who are the “scanner grannies” who get the town gossipers going.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I did not expect this to be anything but a fluffy little ebook mystery novel with which to waste a night. I was wrong. It was well written. There were a lot of characters (hard to keep them all in mind) but they were not cardboard; amazingly, the author managed to embue each one with at least a little depth or reality. I'm not sure if it is meant to be in a certain state or locale but the setting still gave a sense of place and community. The mystery itself was fairly well laid out and followed t I did not expect this to be anything but a fluffy little ebook mystery novel with which to waste a night. I was wrong. It was well written. There were a lot of characters (hard to keep them all in mind) but they were not cardboard; amazingly, the author managed to embue each one with at least a little depth or reality. I'm not sure if it is meant to be in a certain state or locale but the setting still gave a sense of place and community. The mystery itself was fairly well laid out and followed through, even if sometimes the plot was pushed, rather than moved, along. It was interesting. There were some side plots or sub plots which apparently lead to future books in the series. All in all, I'll read more of this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marietta Slater

    This book had lots of potential; however, there are so many characters and not enough time to fully develop. One gets a sense of each character, but I was left in limbo with some of them. Scott is the sheriff of tiny Rose Hill. The town drunk and trouble maker is found murdered in the new Vet's office. Sarah, county sheriff, takes over the case. She is in hot pursuit of Scott who could care less about her. Before the murderer is found, we are introduced to whole cast of suspects. I gave this a 3 This book had lots of potential; however, there are so many characters and not enough time to fully develop. One gets a sense of each character, but I was left in limbo with some of them. Scott is the sheriff of tiny Rose Hill. The town drunk and trouble maker is found murdered in the new Vet's office. Sarah, county sheriff, takes over the case. She is in hot pursuit of Scott who could care less about her. Before the murderer is found, we are introduced to whole cast of suspects. I gave this a 3, but wish I could have given it 3.5. It's better than a 3, but quite a 4.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Hooked! This is a book filled with true to life characters and believable storylines. The murder was simple but with lots of interesting tales and truths discovered along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Rose Hill and I am anticipating another trip soon! I advise you to buy this book, fall in love with Rose Hill and her citizens then buy the rest of the series! That's what I'm going to do! Hooked! This is a book filled with true to life characters and believable storylines. The murder was simple but with lots of interesting tales and truths discovered along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Rose Hill and I am anticipating another trip soon! I advise you to buy this book, fall in love with Rose Hill and her citizens then buy the rest of the series! That's what I'm going to do!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mjuneb

    Small Town Crime This is a book of chasing threads there are past crimes and present ones. The author explains things from each time frame as it occurs in the present story. The characters are all multifaceted. Rose Hill is a town like any other with good and bad people trying to get through life. There is no big “win” when the murder is solved, but the circle of this family’s secrets is finished.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Very good. Like many "cozy" mysteries, Rose Hill is one of those books that make you feel that the characters are your personal friends. At the end of the book you don't want to say goodbye. I'm going to download the next book right now to see what my "friends" are up to next. I rate this book "extremely enjoyable". Very good. Like many "cozy" mysteries, Rose Hill is one of those books that make you feel that the characters are your personal friends. At the end of the book you don't want to say goodbye. I'm going to download the next book right now to see what my "friends" are up to next. I rate this book "extremely enjoyable".

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    In a tiny mountain town one of the least popular residents turns up dead in the local veterinary office. Everyone has a motive for wanting him dead, but figuring out who really did the job is the problem. The characters in this book were better than the plot, unfortunately, and the ending just seemed to drift into oblivion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Olga

    It is well written and interesting enough that I will read the next book. It is in Kindle unlimited so that is a main reason - I am fairly certain I would move on if it were not part of the selections available to me via KU.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Took me a bit to get through this, not due to the story, but personal time. Because of that I had trouble remembering all the characters, but by the end I think I had them all figured out. On to the next one while everyone is still fresh in my head.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Ed going to check on the stray he found and now finds a dead body behind the vet clinic. Going into the station where Scott and Maggie were playing gin rummy. Realizing their are asking questions as if he was a suspect. The dead guy Theo wasn’t well liked by anyone in town. He was running a scam with his dogs and the breeding, in which he had no females. Good beginning to get to know the characters in the series.The plot was not believe able about the dogs.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gen Giggles

    A short but interesting mystery. A little annoyed by the constant "faithful man" situation that was brought up a lot. But I can't knock the story as it was well written. A short but interesting mystery. A little annoyed by the constant "faithful man" situation that was brought up a lot. But I can't knock the story as it was well written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Very good. Loved the characters. Definitely want more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barb VanderWel

    I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars. I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    M Kemp

    more soap opera than mystery

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    A cozy mystery which is the first in a series. I’ll read more as I like having light reading to alternate with nonfiction.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kitten Peters

    Great I love mysteries that has lots of sus. You get that in this book. The town bully is killed and everyone is a suspect.

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