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The Hamptons may be a summer playground for the rich and famous, but for the other nine months of the year they are a collection of small towns with small town problems. This scenic stretch of Long Island’s East End is renowned for beautiful beaches, quaint villages, spectacular houses...and murder! In Carrie Doyle’s fast-paced new mystery, Death on Windmill Way, readers jThe Hamptons may be a summer playground for the rich and famous, but for the other nine months of the year they are a collection of small towns with small town problems. This scenic stretch of Long Island’s East End is renowned for beautiful beaches, quaint villages, spectacular houses...and murder! In Carrie Doyle’s fast-paced new mystery, Death on Windmill Way, readers join gourmet chef and innkeeper Antonia Bingham as she delves into an investigation to learn who’s behind the suspicious deaths of the Windmill Inn’s innkeepers, past and present. Sumptuous settings and mouth-watering food descriptions keep things cozy, like a stay at your favorite country inn!...

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Number of Pages : 410 Pages
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Death on Windmill Way Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-04-17 21:20

    This is the first in a new, cozy, mystery series set in East Hampton. Antonia Bingham is thirty five, when, after an unhappy divorce and the loss of her father, she decides to make the move from California to the East Coast. Her friend suggests she buys the Windmill Inn, whose former owner, Gordon Haslett, recently died of a heart attack.At first, Antonia is enthused by her new Inn – although her heart is really in the restaurant. For Antonia is a foodie and she often judges people by whether they will accept one of her scrumptious snacks! However, soon she begins to hear some disturbing rumours. There is a superstition that owners of the Windmill Inn die under suspicious circumstances and whispers that the generally unpopular former owner of the inn did not die of natural causes…When Antonia meets handsome movie star, Nick Darrow, on the beach, she dreams of romance. However, he indirectly introduces her to the sleazy crime reporter, Larry Lipper and she questions him about Gordon Haslett’s death. When a fight erupts in the Inn between Haslett’s sister, Naomi and his girlfriend, named Barbie (honestly!) then she begins to investigate in earnest. Is she imagining the odd things happening around her ? Is she under threat of a curse, or is the Inn haunted?This is a fun read, with a good cast of characters to flesh out the story. Antonia is a very likeable lady and becomes good friends with the widowed, historical novelist, Joseph Fowler, who becomes something of a father figure to her. The extremely un-PC Larry Lipper is also a good character and there are a good cast of possible suspects and motives. I am sure this is a series I will continue with as it is a good, light read, with a good setting. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.

  • Tracey
    2019-04-03 21:45

    Signs I will hate the [insert book genre here: fantasy historical novel cozy mysteryyou have written:(1) The point of view you have used is that of your main character, and your main character is:a. Not terribly bright.Antonia, main character of this novel, seems to have spent the last year or so of her life flinging money around like a crazed flowergirl tossing rose petals all over the congregation at a wedding. And then, because she has paid little to no attention to such matters, is shocked – SHOCKED, I say – when someone points out to her that, really, money is a rather finite thing when income is as limited as theirs is, and maybe she should stop spending quite so freely – and maybe shouldn't have ordered furniture shipped over from England and so forth. Shocked, I tell you. Also, someone makes an actual effort to kill her, and she … just … decides to decide that "It had just been a fluke".b. Disgustingly judgmental.Antonia instantly assesses the physical appearance of everyone she meeets. Reactions tend to be about 45% "oh he/she's ever so attractive until looked at more closely but then she/he's just average" and 45% outright contemptful "bleh", with the other 10% swooning and all-but-literally drooling adoration for a celebrity. For example, the incredibly ugly personality bound up in the reporter who gloms onto her is enclosed in an almost-attractive personage, but he's ridiculously short, therefore can't be attractive at all. (I'm five feet tall. This did not sit well with me.) Now, granted, of course everyone makes such assessments of other people – but even with my low opinion of humanity I cling to hope that most people aren’t this ugly in their internal monologue. Typical example of character description: "She had the husky voice of a smoker and the yellow stained teeth to confirm it. The green apron fit snugly over her Easter egg blue sweater and her low-hanging ample breasts were making an effort to burst out of the front but instead were flopping out to the sides. She had on gold dangling earrings that softened her somewhat harsh, bird-like features." Is that level of nastiness necessary?c. Under the impression (s)he is a better detective than the detectives."I remember you used to be obsessed with your ex-husband’s cases. You were more of a detective than he was.""I was better at it than he was."d. Ridiculously vain over her appearanceShe complacently notes that she doesn't have a single gray hair, and hopes she never will have. By that point, I was hoping much the same thing – because the only way you're going to naturally avoid gray hairs is to die young, and I was ready to kill her myself.e. Surrounded by characters I came quickly to loathe almost as much as your main character.This does not make for a pleasant reading experience.(2) You apparently came across some facts in your research that you just have to regurgitate into your text, whether they make sense or not. After all, with these bits shoehorned in there, you can feel like you've done a public service. Or something.I did not make note of how long the diatribe on bees went on. It was several pages, however, and for some unknown reason included ancient Egypt and multitudinous statistics.a. However, all the research you did failed to make your writing accurate or entirely coherent.- Bees' nests and hives are not the same thing.- And this makes no sense: "Throughout much of the nineteenth century the Windmill Inn had housed a tannery in the barn out back; guests stayed in the main building while their saddles were treated." How can someone attempt to write a book in which a tannery is brought up without knowing that a tannery stank to high heaven, and any guest staying at an inn adjacent to a tannery would have most probably been those unable to afford better?- "I have a garden out back. I love wild flowers." – If they're in a garden, does that not mean they're not actually wildflowers?- "But I was his common-law wife for five years." No, you weren't. Common law marriage is not recognized in the state of New York – in fact, it's only recognized in a handful of states. So living with someone for five years – or fifteen, or eighty-two – just means you've lived with someone for that many years. You're either married or you're not. It took me less than five minutes to learn this.(3). There are holes in your plot that could hold a spacious and overly expensive Hamptons inn.- The owner of the inn in question prior to the piece of work that is Antonia died. Official cause of death: heart failure. Someone at some point mentions that there was swelling on the man's face that looked like (not was, mind: looked like) a beesting; was he allergic? Antonia takes this as a statement instead of a question and goes haring off in all directions a. spreading the unfounded rumor that the man was murdered by beesting (in December) and b. that he was allergic enough to bee venom that it would kill him. At no point does anyone ever actually say "Yes, this man was definitely highly allergic to beestings and being stung would cause his death" –that "common-law wife", the man's sister, and a woman who worked with for many years apparently knew nothing of any such allergy … and yet Antonia takes it as a given, and a highly unlikely and unusual method of murder. "You did know he was allergic to bees, didn’t you?" But - - - seriously, was he?? And – really? Based on absolutely nothing the so-brilliant Main Character actually is suggesting exhumation of the body??(4) Your editor sucks, and your writing badly needs a good editor.a. This is kind of self-evident – no examples needed.- But because I made notes of them I'll give examples of bad writing anyway. "Maybe she just snapped one day with Gordon." The character Gordon's murder was not a "snappy" kind of murder – it was something that took planning and forethought. If someone "just snapped" they might have strangled or stabbed or shot the guy, but probably would not have located a bee, plotted out some way of conveying said bee to the victim's person in such a way that it would sting him, and watched while he asphyxiated.- "She swallowed gently as if reluctant to release the sandwich from her tastebuds to her stomach." I'm not even starting on that. It's a terrible sentence in every possible way except actual grammar – I think it's technically correct. I'm just kind of afraid to go back and examine it.- "It would make sense that he was after booze, thought Antonia. Didn’t he work at a liquor store?" Why would someone who worked at a liquor store be "after booze" someplace else?- That's not what "impart" means.- "I didn’t set out to have a beehive, it just sort of happened. I kind of inherited it. And they make the most delicious honey in the world!" This is a) asinine, and b) who or what are "they"? There is no plural anything in prior sentences- Main character orders – in her own inn – a breakfast with "all the bells and whistles". And then hopes that the server knows what she meant. And then is content with what is brought – which, apparently, was tea and mini muffins. Given the absurd level of description in the book I would think I'd have been informed of every crumb on the tray, but no: mini muffins. That doesn't sound very bell-and-whistle to me. It's not even just whistle.(5) You have littered the ground with suspects when there may not have even been any murders. Now, yes, it is accepted practice to obfuscate a killer's identity behind a cloud of other possibilities, but this is just ridiculous.a. "They found arsenic in the cake, which Charmaine swore must have gotten in there by accident. She had picked some thyme from the garden to add to the cake and must have mistakenly included it, she claimed." – How could thyme a) mistakenly find its way into a cake, or b) be responsible for any quantity of arsenic?(6) The book seems to be heavily padded.- At one point I made a note: "oh my sweet god she ate crackers put away groceries watered a plant touched up makeup and put on lotion HELP ME". If any of the puttering that went on in several pages worth of wasted time ever became relevant, it was after I quit. Wait – the puttering, which also included long contemplation of a mysterious box she had been given along with a lengthy examination of said plant and whether she had killed it or not, did serve a purpose: it made her much too … busy to open this mysterious box before she decided she was needed in the kitchen. And so the box went unopened. For no legitimate reason.- See above: bees.- Am I supposed to really care that the main character loves her Uggs and that the fabric on her chair came from a company called Quadrille of which I've never heard?(7) Having a pretty cover will only make it worse that the book is bad. This has a very pretty cover. But it's a really rather bad book.The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

  • Carol
    2019-04-11 21:29

    Welcome to the Hampton's better known as the playground for the rich and famous!!The location, houses, furnishings and clothing worn in the story are vividly described making the reader feel as if you were there with the characters.Antonia Bingham has bought the East Hampton Windmill Inn. She is a well known chef hailing from California. Antonio hasspent a lot of time researching the historical structure andfeatures of the earlier Inn. She has renovated the WindmillInn to fit into the Hampton older households and furnishings traditions. But has Antonio has made an unpleasant discovery....theInn has a curse attached to it. It seems all the other ownershave meet with unnatural deaths!!! Then unexplainable pranks start to befall on her. She needs to figure out what is happening and who is behind themurder and mayhem associated with the Inn.The cast of characters are vivid, colorful, engaging andentertaining. They were many suspicious suspects forAntonio to investigate.Creative writing, unique plot with twists, turns, thrillsand chills.This is the first book in the Hampton's Murder Mysteryseries.A very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book.I volunteered to read this book. Thanks to the author viaThe Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the book. My opinion is my own.

  • Natasha
    2019-04-17 15:35

    Hamptons Murder Mysteries are indeed strictly for cosy mysteries fans. Its plus points include quaint Hampton setting, likeable female detective, lots of mention of mouth-watering delicacies and a host of delightful supporting characters. Unfortunately, the mystery part is rather predictable. The murderer is in plain sight of Antonia; the homegrown sleuth in this series. And after figuring out who the culprit is in Chapter 4, it felt rather tedious to finish the book. However, I was rather curious as to Antonia's romantic obsession with the charming movie star; Nick Darrow and will gleefully read the next book in the hopes that she will find her happy ending.

  • Melisende d'Outremer
    2019-04-02 23:42

    Nicely written cosy mystery with a good cast of "local" characters. The object at the centre of the murder plot - a windmill. Why is ownership of this building cause for the deaths of its owners. The author teases us with clues until the final denoument.

  • Steph's Book Ramblings
    2019-04-10 18:39

    Antonia needed a do over on her life so at the suggestion of her best friend, Genevieve, she uses most of her inheritance to buy an inn and restaurant in East Hamptons, New York. What she doesn’t know is that the town talks of a curse that claims that all the inn’s owners die under suspicious circumstances. Unfortunately, Antonia only hears about this curse after she has done a complete renovation and has officially opened for business, what can she do now? Solve the murders, of course! There is quite the cast of characters here! Movie stars, tourists, tourist hating locals, etc. Antonia is spunky and fun but I felt that we never got to know her and since she is the main character that would have been nice. Some of the townspeople are quirky and fun but it seems like you only get small bits about them as well.The only characters that stood out were the local crime reporter, Larry, and the best friend, Genevieve. The only reasons are that Larry was such an obnoxious man and Genevieve was immature and didn’t even seem to be liked by Antonia! I would have like a few more people to like in East Hamptons. The setting is idyllic and sounds beautiful and Antonia’s quite the chef and foodie so reading some of the restaurant and kitchen scenes made me hungry. I could picture the inn and it sounded great but a wonderful setting isn’t all you need in a good mystery. The idea behind the mystery was a good one but I honestly did not even care who may or may not have murdered these people that we didn’t even get to know.I think that this could have been a great cozy mystery with all the quirky characters and the setting but there was just too much miscellaneous and useless information put in instead of details that added to the story. Too many incidences of mundane information thrown in (cheese love, 2 pages of changing a light bulb!?) that didn't add to the story or the characters. At nearly 400 pages, I was expecting a much more enjoyable read and in depth read.http://stephsbookramblings.blogspot.com/

  • Ruby
    2019-04-01 18:23

    I have always enjoyed a new cozy series, coming into a new 'town' and learning the sites, residents, and the atmosphere of my new home from the next few days... Death on Windmill Way welcomes you into a historic Inn with a charming chef protagonist and a hometown filled to the brim with interesting people. When Antonia first buys the Inn, she is surprised to find out the previous owner died under suspicious circumstances. She has come to dodge her own past, but the mystery of how he dies and the thrill of solving said mystery is too much to keep her nose out of. With the help of a few sordid characters and a charming setting, Antonia will do her best to keep from becoming the second mysterious death.For those who enjoy the fun, clean cozy environment, this is a perfect book. I loved it so much!!

  • K.A. Davis
    2019-04-02 20:32

    DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY, the first book in the Hamptons Murder Mystery series, is a delightful introduction to Antonia Bingham, owner of the Windmill Inn. When local gossip about previous owners of the Windmill Inn meeting suspicious deaths reaches Antonia, she is shaken and determines to find out if it’s true or not. Unable to trust the police, Antonia starts asking questions and once she finds that the previous owner was murdered (even though it was ruled a heart attack) decides to find the killer on her own. The author, Carrie Doyle, delves into the social issue of domestic violence with sensitivity, weaving the theme into the plot and making the protagonist someone who is multi-dimensional. Antonia is a character worthy of attention as she struggles to make a new life for herself while viewing the world with a somewhat wry sense of humor. Windmill Inn and the Hamptons’ East End is a charming setting. The author provides great detail about what went in to the development of the Inn along with Antonia’s restaurant. I know some people find so much detail distracting but it made me “see” the settings as the author envisioned them. And then there’s the food! Antonia is a gourmet chef and is obsessed with food. My suggestion would be to not read this book on an empty stomach because you will be craving the many delectable treats mentioned by Antonia! I look forward to reading the next book in this series.I willingly provided a review upon receipt of a copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Lisa Morin
    2019-03-26 20:36

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.Set in the beautiful Hamptons, this is a cozy mystery with enough suspects to keep you guessing until the very end.Antonia Bingham is a divorced culinary wonder and she is the new owner of the Windmill Inn. Her excitement over the purchase of the inn keeps her busy with new ideas to bring in the tourists.When local gossip reaches Antonia, she isn't sure if the rumors are true or false, but they are enough to set her to investigating.It seems that the rumor is all the previous owners of the inn have met with death, and not the natural kind either. Antonia can't believe that all the owners have died under suspicious cause, so she asks her efficient but cold bookkeeper, Lucy, to compile a list of all the previous owners.Before long, Antonia is the victim of childish pranks, but pranks that could be detrimental.There are many colorful characters in this book and some will just make you laugh until you cry. The author has created a wonderful story packed with interesting characters and set in a wonderful place.I enjoyed the story very much, I did find some of it a bit boring, that is the only reason this is not a 5 star review. This will appeal to many cozy mystery readers, I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

  • Patty
    2019-04-13 22:23

    Death On Windmill WayByCarrie DoyleWhat it's all about...This is a delightfilled mystery that takes place in the Hamptons. Antonia buys an old inn and totally renovates it only to discover that every inn keeper/owner of that particular inn is dead...possibly murdered! So...Antonia starts her own investigation! Antonia also has to deal with jealous mistresses of dead owners, an annoying sister of a dead owner and an irritating annoying local reporter. Plus mysterious things keep happening to Antonia...her apartment was broken into and she was locked in a closet...among lots of other things. Why I wanted to read it...I loved reading about the Hamptons and its history.What made me truly enjoy this book...Antonia was a fun main character. I loved reading about her in and out of her relationships. I loved the food descriptions, too. She loved to eat...especially cheeses and crackers! Why you should read it, too...Any reader who loves a cozy foodie mystery should truly enjoy this book. There were enough annoying and mysterious characters to make the pages fly...especially near the middle and end of the book. I loved this book and can't wait to delve into the next two! But I need to be armed with lots of gourmet cheeses and Carr's Crackers!

  • Kim
    2019-04-13 22:32

    This first book in a new cozy series is sure to delight with it’s mouth watering descriptions of the scrumptious food served in the restaurant at the inn, to the gorgeous architect inside the inn, around town, and down at the beach.This cozy was a bit different than any other ones that I have read. The cozies I normally read come in paperback, whereas this one is a trade paperback (so it’s larger in dimensions), and it was much longer than a lot of other cozies. Whereas most top out at 300 pages, you get 100 more to enjoy with this book.It took a bit for me to get use to this one since is was so descriptive. A lot of other cozies focus more on the relationships between the characters. While this one did too, I’m thinking that’s where the extra 100 pages came in handy, to encompass all the wonderful depictions.I am so happy that the possible future love interest is not a law enforcement agent. So many series do this, and while it’s handy for the plot, it is really over done. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the relationship between Antonia and Joseph. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any other cozies where the characters are decades apart in age and are not also both women, that have such a great friendship.Carrie Doyle included lots of red herrings when it came to the mystery. While I can’t claim that it took me to the end to figure out the killer, I will say that all the various scenarios of who it could have been, were very well thought out. And I really enjoyed how the final showdown to reveal the killer was done in a style that would have made Miss Marple proud.I highly recommend this mystery, and am looking forward to book two in the Hampton Murder Mysteries, Death on Lily Pond Lane.

  • Christine Martin-resotko
    2019-03-30 23:45

    The Hamptons, summer playground of the rich, can be murder for the locals. Carrie Doyle's first book in her Hamptons Murder Mystery series follows innkeeper and chef Antonia Bingham. Antonia hears a local story that her newly purchased inn is cursed for it's owners...they all end up dead. This, of course, sets her off to find out how the other innkeepers were murdered and who did it.Doyle has done a good job with the setting of this book. I got a good feel for the Hamptons of the locals, and their views on the summer people. Otherwise, I found this book average. Her writing style is good, but not as engaging as other cozies I have read. Her main character, Antonia, feels a bit uptight and a little too trusting for the background she was given. The plot was predictable, and I figured out who did it about half way through. Despite this, I would be willing to read another book by this author to see how she improves as she gets further into the characters of her series. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher Dunemer Books via the Cozy Mystery Review Crew.

  • Margaret Shumaker
    2019-03-27 19:43

    Quite funThis is a little bon bon, a very fun mystery with a great setting, Easy Hampton, New York. I enjoyed this mystery, especially the witty asides thrown in by the author which are laugh out loud.

  • Veronica Crain
    2019-03-27 16:34

    I picked this book because it's about places I'm familiar with and it's a great mystery.

  • Talk Supe
    2019-04-16 21:29

    The setting is quaint, love the food porn, the side characters are vibrant. I wish Antonia was "more": funnier, sillier, quirky, etc.

  • Micky Cox
    2019-04-01 21:18

    This book left me somewhat frustrated, but hopeful that there will be a second book following these characters. The author had great character development in most cases, except for her main character. The weak point of the book was the main character and her vapid best friend. I'm hoping that the inconsistencies in Antonia's character development will be tweaked so that she will become more fleshed out and likeable in a second book. The plot was inventive and fun to follow even though you clearly know who the killer is very early on in the book. The setting of the storyline, The Hampton's at an inn and surrounding town, is a great location that is well developed into the story. A good book should make you wish to be in that location and this book does do that. However, once again the inconsistent personality of the author/main character shines through even at the inn. The inn is redone to its former historic grandeur and furnished in period appropriate antiques, except the dining room with its modern flair. Just another point of bi-polarism or indecisiveness of the main character. Antonia is fresh out of an abusive marriage in which her ex has basically murdered her father and yet she completely allows a stranger complete control of the finances of the inn. A person who has just finally escaped one abusive relationship would not trust so completely someone else who obviously disapproves of her. While it sounds as if I didn't like the book, I really must say that I did like the story. I just struggled to like the main character. I am hopeful that the ending leads the second book in the series, if there is one, to a much stronger main character. She has put her future into the inn and is supposedly an amazing chef so let's see the character grow up and actually run the inn. Her relationship with Joseph as a surrogate father figure is hopefully a great way to write in a turning point to make Antonia's character less frenetic and her personality less of a zig-zag mess so that she can become the smart, creative and in control character that the author was aiming for. I get that to be fully fleshed out she needs flaws, but lets narrow down the flaws and lose the "air-headedness" that is extremely contradictory to the strength and intelligence the character supposedly has. If the main character was strengthened, I could forgive the shallow and vapid best friend. All in all, I'd say this was a fun murder mystery that has a bit of a Jessica Fletcher/Perry Mason "reveal" at the end that while a bit silly, was entertaining. I'll definitely pick up the second book to see how the characters develop should the author go down the road of series with these characters and setting. There is a lot of potential for future murders/mysteries to happen here!

  • Daniele
    2019-03-28 22:26

    Antonia Bingham has recently left her life and abusive husband behind in California to refurbish and run the Windmill Inn and Restaurant in East Hampton, New York. She has plenty of catering experience, but there is a bit of a learning curve to being an innkeeper, and the restaurant has yet to make a profit. She is surprised to learn that the former inn proprietors seem to die under suspicious circumstances and that there is a local superstition that the inn is cursed. Concerned that she might meet the same fate as the last proprietor Gordon Haslett, and when she learns of another owner’s untimely death and strange things begin to happen to her, Antonia decides to look into both deaths. I liked DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY, but it suffers from some “first in a series” problems. I do consider it a cozy mystery, but, at almost four hundred pages, it is much longer than the average cozy, and I think its length is a detriment. I enjoy detailed descriptions as much as any reader (maybe more so), but I found the descriptions, at times, tedious and unnecessary. For example, there is a scene where Antonia changes a light bulb, and Doyle takes two (!) pages to tell us about it. As a foodie, I enjoyed the talk about food, but others may find it boring. We are introduced to several characters, many of whom I hope will be recurring in future installments. Antonia is a likable protagonist, but I do not think her personality fits with her abusive past. She is at once strong and competent, but the next moment she is flighty and too trusting. These contradictions bugged me throughout the book, and I found it difficult to warm up to her. Other characters, including Antonia’s best friend Genevieve, newsman Larry, and suspects Barbie and Naomi, are rather unattractive and hampered my enjoyment of the tale. That said, movie star Nick and author Joseph are delightful and appealing. The mystery itself is interesting, and Antonia’s nosiness serves her well. However, I identified the killer very early in the book and felt like I spent almost the entire story waiting for Antonia to catch up. The big reveal is a bit silly but in the tradition of Hercule Poirot.I really do like the premise of DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY and feel like the inn and Hamptons setting provide ample fodder for fun future adventures. I will definitely give the next book in the series a shot.I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

  • Katreader
    2019-04-02 22:25

    DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY by Carrie DoyleThe First Hamptons Murder MysteryAntonia Bingham has finally escaped from an abusive husband in California and is starting over across the country. With a love of cooking and not much experience, Antonia bought the dilapidated old Windmill Inn in the Hamptons and poured all of her money, sparing no expense, into refurbishing it into a high end inn and restaurant. She soon discovered, however, that not only was her money running out, but the previous owners of the inn had died under suspicious circumstances. Was there some inn owner killing lunatic on the prowl? Not trusting the police, her abusive ex-husband was a cop, Antonia starts looking into the previous owner's death. Will her questions cause a killer to act once more or will Antonia be able to save her own skin and bring a murderer to justice? Carrie Doyle gathers an interesting group of characters in her first Hamptons Murder Mystery. Antonia is a strong woman with a certain naivete who is determined to discover the truth behind the deaths of the previous innkeepers while trying to make certain she's not next to die! There's the vintage clothe wearing manager with an attitude, a flakey best friend, a volatile cooking crew, and a debonnaire father figure. There's also a lot of suspicious behavior as the number of possible suspects increases. Not only do they have motives, their actions belie their innocence.The mystery took a while to draw me in, but soon I was eagerly involved in the story. There were moments that made me laugh, picturing the scene in my head, and moments that were touching. A most satisfying conclusion rounded out DEATH ON WINDMILL WAY and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  • Celia
    2019-04-12 18:46

    I know they say you can't judge a book by its cover, but when I saw my copy of Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle, I fell in love with it -- it is very reminiscent of the M. A Hadley pottery I grew up with as a child, and just charming. The story is wonderful and engaging as well. Antonia Bingham has moved from California, escaping an abusive marriage, to East Hampton, New York to run the Windmill Inn and Restaurant, which has seen much better days. She finds she is very talented at both, especially in the kitchen, and is making a success of her new endeavor. One night, she discovers that the the previous owner of the Windmill Inn may have been murdered, and that there may be a curse on the Inn. Known as "Snoopy" as a child for her inquisitive nature, Antonia is determined to investigate and make sure that she does not become a victim of the curse as well. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to read about the workings of the Inn, Antonia's friendships, and of course the mystery of the previous owners. There are some great characters in Death on Windmill Way, and Antonia is a strong protagonist who is determined not to let go of her dream of being an Innkeeper. You can see the love she has for the Windmill Inn and East Hampton throughout the story. This book is the first in the Hamptons Murder Mysteries, and I look forward to future books about Antonia and the Inn.I voluntarily reviewed this book, and all opinions are my own.

  • Bev
    2019-04-05 18:24

    This is the first story of the Hamptons Murder Mysteries series. Antonia Bingham buys an old inn from a friend of hers after Antonia goes through a divorce and wants to get away from the "California" way of life. Little did Antonia know that just 10 months prior to her buying it, the owner died under suspicious circumstances, but was ruled a heart attack. While talking with some of the guests, she learns that every owner of the inn has died under strange circumstances. Does she need to fear for her life now that she owns the inn? Of course she has to deal with the old owner's "live in girl friend" who insists there is a will and that she owns part of the inn. Gordon's sister Naomi Haslett says that isn't true and that "Barbie" is just after money. Antonia has to deal with an odd bunch of characters in this story which is a fun, cozy read. The author describes the scenery so well you could swear you are right there seeing "the fall leaves cascading down the sidewalk like fireworks". Antonia decides she needs to look into the history of the inn and their owners to see if perhaps she has a haunted inn, which in turn could cost her her life savings and her life. Does Antonia figure out what the history really is and why all the owners end up dead and who is behind it? Read the book to find out the answers. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher Dunemer Books via the Cozy Mystery Review Crew

  • Maggie
    2019-04-18 20:25

    4.5 Stars - Death on Windmill Way is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. The book is set in East Hampton during the off season, which then means it’s set in a small little town. I love cozy mysteries about small little towns. Antonia has recently just moved to the Hamptons, bought the Inn, and opened up the Inn’s restaurant. During service one night she finds out that all of the Inn’s previous owners have had suspicious deaths and it gets her investigating into them. Then odd things start happening at the Inn and she’s worried that someone is out to get her next. The cast of characters are really good and I actually guessed “who done it” fairly early on (although I started to second guess myself near the end!). The only thing that I didn’t like about the book is that the author is very detailed in her descriptions, which made this a longer read. I know some people like very detailed books, but I would have liked a little less. Overall though, I will definitely read the next book and I definitely recommend it to my fellow cozy mystery lovers.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-25 18:19

    I really enjoyed the plot of this book. I do like the fact that the author was very descriptive on the different characters in this book but she was a bit over descriptive on their clothing and brand named items. The setting was great and really put me in East Hampton, a place I have never been but would like to visit now that I have read this book.I am usually very good at predicting pretty quickly who the killer is or what character would be the next to be murdered but it took me the majority of the story to guess who it was in both instances. There were some moments that I was on the edge of my seat turning page after page to figure out what happened to a certain character. But there were also some moments in the story where I was a bit bored.Overall, I really did enjoy this story and would like to read the subsequent books to see what else goes on in the quaint little town of East Hampton!

  • Amanda Wilcox
    2019-04-19 18:19

    In the end I really liked this book. It took a little warming up to the characters and the somewhat drawn out descriptions but the mystery was phenomenal! I'd recommend taking a chance and reading this one! I'm starting the next immediately.

  • Sheri
    2019-04-03 19:28

    Death on Windmill Way (Hamptons Murder Mysteries, #1) by Carrie DoyleAntonia Bingham is the new owner of East Hampton's Windmill Inn. She hears rumors of how all the previous owners have died, some think that the place is cursed. But soon she finds that people may have murdered. Determined to find the truth she is on a mission and no one can stop her.I really liked Antonia, she is outspoken and not afraid to speak her mind. She will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. The plot is fun, with a lot of suspects, secrets, twist and turns. Everyone has a motive, making Death on Windmill Way the perfect who-done-it. I highly recommend to those who enjoy a great murder/mystery.

  • Connie
    2019-03-24 19:40

    This is book one in a new series. I enjoyed reading about the Hamptons: the author did a very nice job of adding descriptive words to tell the reader about the homes in the area and seasonal observations of things like leaves falling from the trees and the layers of clothing needed for weather that changes. I also enjoyed the main character—a gourmand who relishes food although she is steadily packing on a few extra pounds. The book begins with a murder and gave details of how it happened. Even with the extra information, that the main character doesn’t have, I kept wavering between suspects. While the murderer was someone I suspected, I wasn’t sure, and that uncertainty added to my enjoyment . In the end, the mystery is neatly wrapped up during a dinner party that all the suspects were invited to. This was a well-played out mystery and I recommend it.

  • Vicki May
    2019-04-14 15:26

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Death on Windmill Way introduces the ready to Antonia as she learns running an inn and restaurant may not be as easy or fun as she anticipated. In addition to the daily grind she learns the previous owner of the inn may have indeed been murdered, but before she can contemplate that revelation too much, odd things begin happening to her that make her wonder if someone is indeed out to get her. Death on Windmill Way has murder, mystery, a movie star among the interesting character and humor to name but a few of it's selling points. This book is the first of the Hampton Murder Mysteries but I certainly hope it will not be the last.

  • A Holland Reads
    2019-04-11 15:26

    This was a fun new mystery series to start. I felt like it was a little different than the normal cozy mystery but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the setting and the cast of characters or the length as this is a bit longer than most cozies, which I enjoyed. I thought the author did a good job of developing the characters. Especially the main character Antonia and I love how she got close to Joseph and looks up to him. Another thing I enjoyed about this author was that she was very descriptive from the food to the locations and everything in between. I like that the author gave me so many different suspects and scenerios so I was kept guessing until the end. I am looking forward to the next book in this fun series.

  • Sherrie Howey
    2019-04-17 20:46

    This is the first book of a series primarily set in East Hampton. The author clearly knows the area well as her descriptions of places and Georgica Beach are right on target. As a summer resident of East Hampton, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the places I am familiar with and could not help but think the Windmill Inn is basically The Hedges in East Hampton.It is a murder mystery with a myriad of potential suspects. Interspersed throughout the book are the trials and tribulations of running an inn. I found the book to be quite clever and I certainly did not foresee the ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series "Death on Lily Pond Lane.

  • Karen
    2019-04-06 22:22

    Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle was a book I was asked to review and one I am thrilled to have had on my table. This very well detailed and carefully crafty mystery was a great read. I loved the suspense that built in this tale about a young inn keeper and her ability to transform and over come the obstacles in her way and solve a few mysteries along the journey. I was delighted by the relationships and characters in this mystery and I thought the cover was lovely too! Antonia is a great character and I had no trouble picturing her in each predicament and through out the story!

  • Jean
    2019-03-29 20:23

    The author took a lot of time to write a lot of details in this book. If you are seeking a book that is like this then I would recommend it for you. For me personally I did not care for so many details. I felt that the characters in the book were not true to themselves. In one sense they would say something "funny" then the next they would say a very large word. It was inconsistent with who they were. I feel that this book had a lot of potential, maybe with the next one leave out some of the extra details and I could see myself reading further into this series.