Jason Meechum believes he is leaving behind a shady past when he takes on a new job at a boutique tea farm where his surly sister has risen to the rank of the owner's most trusted employee. But his job title soon expands as murder and intrigue infuse the dark halls and hidden secrets of Moseley Manor.
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TEA AND INTRIGUE
I absolutely love writing mysteries. The characters. Crimes. Clues. Red Herrings. Intrigue. And the settings. In fact, I love the settings so much, the dedication to my latest Sweet Petite Mystery reflects my passion.
To all the secretive sitting rooms, cryptic drawing rooms, and dusty-tome’d libraries in every creepy mansion in every mystery I’ve every loved.
Let's look into the origin of these three rooms.
The Sitting Room
A room in a home or hotel where people can sit down and relax.
|From "The Funeral Museum" Houston, Texas, A Mourning Sitting Room or Parlor.|
It was thought during Victorian times that if a person were to look at his or her reflection in a mirror shortly after a death in the household, that person would also die.
A sitting room in a private house.
|From the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Oak Park, (Chicago, Illinois)|
The Drawing Room (Wikipedia)
A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name is derived from the 16th century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the 17th century, and made their first written appearance in 1642. In a large 16th to early 18th century English house, a withdrawing room was a room to which the owner of the house, his wife, or a distinguished guest who was occupying one of the main apartments in the house could "withdraw" for more privacy. It was often off the great chamber (or the great chamber's descendant, the state room or salon and usually led to a formal, or "state" bedroom.
The Victorian Library (Victoriana Magazine, Victorian Library)
"On the second story of this ostentatious mansion, beyond, and connecting with the gentleman's dressing-room, was the requested library. This would be a cozy little apartment, containing a bay-window and an alcove for books, separated from the main room by a transom, beneath which curtains were hung, shutting off the alcove entirely when the new owner, pretending to be somewhat of a literary man, desired seclusion." Victoriana Magazine, Victorian Library
|Linda Kozar, Author|