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R. J. Koreto

Autor(a) de Death on the Sapphire

7 Works 244 Membros 33 Reviews

About the Author

Includes the name: Richard J. Koreto


Obras de R. J. Koreto

Death on the Sapphire (2016) 83 cópias, 6 resenhas
Death Among Rubies (2016) 57 cópias, 5 resenhas
Alice and the Assassin (2017) 44 cópias, 6 resenhas
Death at the Emerald (2017) 28 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Body in the Ballroom (2018) 26 cópias, 10 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th Century
Local de nascimento
New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
Rockland County, New York, USA
Vassar College
financial journalist
magazine writer
magazine editor
website manager
pr consultant
author (mostrar todas 7)
seaman, US Merchant Marine
Mystery Writers of America
Zigmund, Cynthia
Pequena biografia
R.J. Koreto has been fascinated by the Edwardian era ever since viewing the original “Upstairs, Downstairs” series.

In his day job, he works as a business and financial journalist. Over the years, he’s been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, book author, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Like Lady Frances Ffolkes, he’s a graduate of Vassar College, and like Alice Roosevelt, he was born and raised in New York.

He is the author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes and Alice Roosevelt mysteries. He has been published in both Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He also published a book on practice management for financial professionals.

With his wife and daughters, he divides his time between Rockland County, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.



I read the first two books last year, and I don't recall them well, but I rated them each 4 stars, and looked forward to reading the third. This one however, was *awful*. So awful it's hard to imagine that the author of this book could even be capable of writing two others that I liked above average! My judgment of books has not changed so dramatically in a single year. It's mind boggling. If this had been the first of a series rather than my third book in, I would have just given up on it very early on.

The happenings were preposterous, the dialogue was so incredibly stilted and superfluous, the "twists" were obvious from so far off it wasn't even funny, and the characters seemed soft-headed both to not have connected the obvious dots sooner, and just generally in the manner they went about things. Frances KNEW her stalker would almost certainly run *based on multiple instances where he ran despite her telling him not to*, and she had the whole evening to arrange for muscle to help apprehend him because he had no clue his 'cover' was blown and thus no immediate reason he'd flee. Therefore it was just absolutely bonkers to confront him right then all on her own, and it greatly endangered everyone in the vicinity! (Especially considering he'd killed twice before. She didn't know that for certain at the time, but she knew that there definitely WAS a killer involved in the case, and she had no reason to discount the creep stalking her! She also had reason to believe he might be a soldier returned from a campaign without any known survivors. That's automatically someone who should be treated with great caution!). (Also the whole play as a public reveal was absolute bananas). There's hardly a single move made in the entire book where I thought 'well that was handled well'. And I found Frances unlikable here, even beyond her dubious skills. I don't know if the author changed editors, or had some sort of family tragedy as distraction, or what, but the quality fell drastically.
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JorgeousJotts | outras 3 resenhas | Jul 21, 2023 |
What an absolute delightful read! The characters were fabulous, which always makes a story more enjoyable. The plot was well crafted and while I had a few suspicions about the killer, I wasn’t certain until just before the reveal. To me, that makes an excellent read. I am disappointed to discover the author only wrote 2 books in this series. But on the plus side, I was fascinated to learn that Alice live to be 96, when she died in 1980. I lived at the same time she did! Incredibly cool to a history nerd.… (mais)
Fish_Witch | outras 5 resenhas | Jul 4, 2023 |
Wren Fontaine, protagonist of The Greenleaf Murders, the first of A Historic Homes Mystery, is a young architect working alongside her father. She gets the contract to work restore Greenleaf House, a gilded age historic home.

Stephen Greenleaf, the heir to the home, along with his 90-year-old Aunt Agnes who lives in the home with her faithful longtime companion, Mrs. Ryan, she lives in the past with her secrets. Stephen wants the home to be brought back to its former glory but is secretive about his plans for what he intends to do with the home. Aunt Agnes is very leery of Wren and her plans, almost like she has a secret that she doesn't want anyone to know about.

As Wren and her coworker Bobby need to get to the roof to see what repairs are needed, they find a sealed off door that leads to the attic. In the attic is a trunk and inside the trunk they find a skeleton. Who could it be?

Wren had befriended Hadley Vanderwerf who is the niece of Stephen, together they try to piece together what had happened to the person in the trunk, the deceased was female, and they think it could possibly be a maid who had had a relationship with an uncle of Stephens. Now, how did she die? That is what Hadley and Wren are determined to find out. Hadley has a stream of stories about the Greenleaf family so with what she knows and what they learn, Wren is eventually able to piece the story together.

When a developer is found murdered Wren determines that the two cases are related even though they are a century apart. How? Well, that is how the story continues on and concludes with who was the culprit and why these two people were murdered. Then there is a third murder which takes the case in a new direction.

This novel is well written, well researched and written in a way that definitely keeps the reader's attention. I love old Victorian mansions, so this story piqued my interest from the beginning. A time gone by if you will, where live was not necessarily simpler but different than current times. Lavish parties, influential people and lots of secrets. The ending was a definite surprise. Loved it!

I give it 5 stars!
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celticlady53 | 1 outra resenha | Feb 17, 2023 |
Was it the passion for the old family home that led to murder?

The Greenleaf Murders is the first book in R.J. Koreto’s new cozy mystery series, the Historic Homes Mysteries, and it is absolutely a 5-star debut! Not only are readers handed several murders to work out, but they are treated to the fascinating process of restoring a magnificent Gilded Age mansion to its better-than-original state. The stories behind the old home, the factual information of the time, bring glorious color to the home’s faded past. However, this is also a solidly modern cozy mystery that happens to hinge on a 100-year-old murder cold case.

The amateur sleuth in the story is a young architect, Wren Fontaine, a junior partner in her father’s firm. Her determination and integrity for perfectly restoring the Greenleaf House is a burning passion for her. She’s quite an introvert and much more comfortable dealing with her building projects than clients. But she’s aware of her nature and is progressing toward overcoming her previous ineptitude in social interactions. She drums up the nerve to initiate a relationship with the distant cousin of the Greenleafs. I also liked Wren’s work partner, general contractor Bobby Fiore. He looks after his employees and boss and loves blasting Italian opera from his truck on the worksite. I loved how the two worked together like a well-oiled machine.

Feelings run surprisingly hot and high during the home restoration, and Wren’s questions put her and her new friend, Hadley Vanderwerf, in danger. There is a surprising clue connecting the cold case and modern-day murder. The resolution made sense, and I was entertained from start to finish. I’m anxiously looking forward to future books in the series.With its likable main character and historical backdrop, I recommend THE GREENLEAF MURDERS to cozy mystery readers who enjoy historic homes, DIY shows, New York City settings, and the smooth incorporation of a bit of history in their stories.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving an Advanced Review Copy from the author through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.
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KarenSiddall | 1 outra resenha | Feb 4, 2023 |



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