• Title: Stranger Room: An Ike Schwartz Mystery
  • Author: Frederick Ramsay
  • ISBN: 9781590585351
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stranger Room An Ike Schwartz Mystery The elderly Jonathan Lydell III is proud of his family history He is related to the Virginia Lees both Light Horse Harry and Robert E Lee and to the Custis family and thus to George Washington But the
    The elderly Jonathan Lydell III is proud of his family history He is related to the Virginia Lees both Light Horse Harry and Robert E Lee and to the Custis family and thus to George Washington But these connections donat seem to matter to the current generation In fact, they seem utterly disinterested in family, history, or position But for Lydell, family historyThe elderly Jonathan Lydell III is proud of his family history He is related to the Virginia Lees both Light Horse Harry and Robert E Lee and to the Custis family and thus to George Washington But these connections donat seem to matter to the current generation In fact, they seem utterly disinterested in family, history, or position But for Lydell, family history is the only real thing leftathat and his antebellum house.Lydell is committed to restoring the home to its antebellum configuration, complete with a stranger roomaan attached room with its own entrance, separately locked and kept for use by unknown travelers Found in many family homes in the 1800s, the room was intended to protect the family from unsavory guests.Nearly 150 years ago, an inexplicable murder took place in the locked stranger room of the Lydell house The murderer was never caught As far as Lydell is concerned, this brutal history just adds to the rich character of the house But when a new, identical murder is committed in the same room, not even sheriff Ike Schwartz and FBI agent Karl Hedrick can explain it Why would history repeat itself What could explain these identical murders Could the Lydell family history hold the key The fourth novel in the Ike Schwartz series.

    One Reply to “Stranger Room: An Ike Schwartz Mystery”

    1. Another mystery with some of the same characters as appear in CHOKER. It asks the question: how can a person be killed in a room locked from the inside? But it's happened twice, the crimes occurring 150 years apart.That is the mystery facing Sheriff Ike Schwartz. Helping him solve it is a quirky cask to characters including a 6'2" tall woman deputy, her black lover--lately loaned to Ike by the FBI, but will he go back there?--and several other memorable townsfolk.Then, too, there's the issue of [...]

    2. Interesting plot and I like the depth of the characters. The whole locked room aspect was different. I don't always agree with the commentary but it's not a bad thing to get a different point of view.

    3. I picked up this book because the idea of a Civil War era "stranger room" was interesting. I was disappointed to find out this was the 4th in a mystery series-I like to start at the first book in a series. I enjoyed the story very much and found the characters quite likable. I doubt I will go back and read the 1st books in the series, but will definitely be on the lookout for future books in this series."The elderly Jonathan Lydell III is proud of his family history. He is related to the Virgini [...]

    4. Good points - set in the Shenandoah Valley - having worked in a small town in this area, the attitudes and mores are spot-on. Locked room mystery kept the attention, and, although the murderer was pretty apparent about 2/3rds of the way through the book, the "how" took a while. Bad points - I listened to this on Audio Books - listening to the reading of one of the main characters was like hearing several hours of Jimmy Carter - not a problem in itself, but certainly distracting. The relationship [...]

    5. I love a book that has a great locked room mystery, well developed characters, humorous banter, and interesting plot. I'm not going to detail the plot because there's really more than one and it would get complicated. Let's just say it held my interest to the end. It wasn't so much that I didn't know who committed the murders, but whether or not they would be able to prove it.Ike Schwartz continues to impress me with his clever ways.

    6. I wasn't sure about this book (audio version) when I picked it up at the library, but I enjoyed it very much. The reader does a good job with the characters. An enjoyable little mystery. Plus, I learned about what a stranger room is!

    7. Kind of a fun mystery. Excellent description of small town Virginia and the people interactions of its various citizens from different classes, ethnic backgrounds, etc. Not very deep or complicated, but a quick enjoyable read.

    8. A surpisingly good historical American mystery. I am much more the British mystery fanbut this one really delivered on the locked room concept. Three and a half stars.

    9. Not beyond awful, but the writing was so poor, and the characters so bland, I just couldn't read anymore - and that was after I forced myself to get halfway through.

    10. This was a great locked room mystery with quite the side trip. The characters are believable and in some cases quite detestable. If you like mysteries give this one a shot!

    11. picked it up for the locked room mystery. good locked room mystery. other parts are in a series i am viewing it as a stand alone.

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