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A paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making. A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon exp A paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making. A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon experience terrifying supernatural encounters tied to the deadly secrets of an unsolved mass murder. Can they solve the mystery in time? Or will they face the same doomed fate as the tenants who came before them?


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A paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making. A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon exp A paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making. A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon experience terrifying supernatural encounters tied to the deadly secrets of an unsolved mass murder. Can they solve the mystery in time? Or will they face the same doomed fate as the tenants who came before them?

30 review for The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    The story had potential. It was a great idea. But this book is a lesson about the importance of proofreading and editing. Clearly the manuscript was not professionally edited (or if it was, the individual who did it needs to be fired.) I couldn't believe the number of obvious typos it contained. There were multiple areas where sentences didn't make sense because they were simply half thoughts or important words had been left out. I've done that in my own writing. It's easy to do when the story i The story had potential. It was a great idea. But this book is a lesson about the importance of proofreading and editing. Clearly the manuscript was not professionally edited (or if it was, the individual who did it needs to be fired.) I couldn't believe the number of obvious typos it contained. There were multiple areas where sentences didn't make sense because they were simply half thoughts or important words had been left out. I've done that in my own writing. It's easy to do when the story in your head is moving faster than you can type, but that's the exact reason you read the manuscript over and over before you publish--especially if you are self-publishing. (I'm assuming this was self-published. There's no way it would have made it through traditional publishing in this condition.) That's why you edit. That's why you ask others to read it. There was even a spot in which an entire paragraph was duplicated twice. I read it to the end despite those things, but they were enormously distracting and it happened throughout the novel. Added to that, it ended in a weird spot. Instead of leaving me breathless and excited to read the next installment I was just annoyed that I'd wasted two hours on it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    It's been a while since i was suckered into buying one of these non-books. If i could do one thing to fix 21st century writing, it would be to wipe these "books" with no endings off the face of the earth. Back in the good old days, sequels and prequels were all books that stood alone with a full plot line that had beginnings, middles and ends. Now people write books with beginnings, and sometimes middles and then you have to buy the next book to see if there's an end. That's not a book. That's p It's been a while since i was suckered into buying one of these non-books. If i could do one thing to fix 21st century writing, it would be to wipe these "books" with no endings off the face of the earth. Back in the good old days, sequels and prequels were all books that stood alone with a full plot line that had beginnings, middles and ends. Now people write books with beginnings, and sometimes middles and then you have to buy the next book to see if there's an end. That's not a book. That's part of a book. Unless you advertise it as a serial like the old movie serials that left your hero hanging on the edge of a cliff at the end of each episode. Anyway, this 'book' pissed me off and i shant be reading any more of this author's work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Great read This is the prequel to The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 1. This was as good as the first book. It's definitely the kind of spooky book to read at this time of year. I'm anxiously awaiting the next next installment in this series. If you like Victorian mansions, paranormal happenings, and secrets, you will love these novellas. Great read This is the prequel to The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 1. This was as good as the first book. It's definitely the kind of spooky book to read at this time of year. I'm anxiously awaiting the next next installment in this series. If you like Victorian mansions, paranormal happenings, and secrets, you will love these novellas.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Haunting of Bechtel Mansion by Roger Hayden is the prequel to the series. It actually overlaps a little with book one. It gives the background of the house and why it is haunted. It introduces the readers to the new owners. Narration was excellent by Tia Rider Sorensen. My book cover was green.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Two words: Cliffhanger ending Had I known that going in, I'd have never bothered. I mean, I knew it was a novella, and I knew it was setting up a series of books. Silly me, I still expected an ending "for now" with the overall story continuing in the next book. What I got was was the book just cutting off mid-scene. And not to mention the numerous editing errors, like characters' names changing mid-paragraph, words being left out, improper sentence structure, etc. It also suffered from being way to Two words: Cliffhanger ending Had I known that going in, I'd have never bothered. I mean, I knew it was a novella, and I knew it was setting up a series of books. Silly me, I still expected an ending "for now" with the overall story continuing in the next book. What I got was was the book just cutting off mid-scene. And not to mention the numerous editing errors, like characters' names changing mid-paragraph, words being left out, improper sentence structure, etc. It also suffered from being way too descriptive in some places and not nearly enough in others. The characters made leaps in judgment at times, and I couldn't quite figure out how they got there. It's a shame, because the idea for the premise was good, but my rage at the cliffhanger, and the editing issues will prevent me from going any further. At least it was free.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Sepehri

    Not scary or spooky. Very open-ended but I just don't care enough to read the next one. Badly edited...& I don't normally notice editing. Not scary or spooky. Very open-ended but I just don't care enough to read the next one. Badly edited...& I don't normally notice editing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    not going to complain because this was free but with the amount of typos if i had paid for it i would've been annoyed. story line has potential to be interesting but someone really needs to edit before it is published otherwise i don't know that i would pay money to continue reading the series. there are a couple times the couple named Mary and Curtis were renamed to Julie and Craig (who were actually other characters in the story), some sentences were not complete thoughts or missing words and not going to complain because this was free but with the amount of typos if i had paid for it i would've been annoyed. story line has potential to be interesting but someone really needs to edit before it is published otherwise i don't know that i would pay money to continue reading the series. there are a couple times the couple named Mary and Curtis were renamed to Julie and Craig (who were actually other characters in the story), some sentences were not complete thoughts or missing words and entire paragraphs were repeated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine Dunne

    Heartwrenching From the first page this book grabbed me. Thank you for writing it. Tell you what you keep writing them and ill keep reading them sincerely Christine Dunne Harlingen Texas

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andra Legge

    This book was poorly edited and written. Between the lackluster story, hokey characters, numerous errors, changes in tense, improbable and muddled timeline and descriptions, and the poor editing (why did the book review the first half part way though as though we had taken a break for a week and needed to be reminded of "what happened last week on..."). I finished it, but only because I skimmed the last 1/3. Even knowing it was part of a series doesn't excuse the poor quality of this publication This book was poorly edited and written. Between the lackluster story, hokey characters, numerous errors, changes in tense, improbable and muddled timeline and descriptions, and the poor editing (why did the book review the first half part way though as though we had taken a break for a week and needed to be reminded of "what happened last week on..."). I finished it, but only because I skimmed the last 1/3. Even knowing it was part of a series doesn't excuse the poor quality of this publication, and ensured I will never check out the others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    April

    i got this as a free ebook. Lots of sentence structure issues, random incorrect chatacter names and the use of the same word repeatedly in a chapter is common. The story concept had potential but the poor editing made for a distracting read. I realized this is a prequel so I read it before book #1. Debating on actually giving the series a chance.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Pannell

    I almost dumped the book on the first page of the second chapter, when I read: 'she had went'... And grammar really turns me off. I'll try some more, but right now it's doubtful that I will finish this book... Or recommend it. I almost dumped the book on the first page of the second chapter, when I read: 'she had went'... And grammar really turns me off. I'll try some more, but right now it's doubtful that I will finish this book... Or recommend it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos

    While this opening is quite weak, I am very glad that I stuck with it. The second and third installments were very enjoyable. Suffer through this one a bit so you can enjoy the treat that is the next two books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roseann Fox

    Simple This is a predictable mystery full of cliches. The book was incomplete but did not leave me wanting more. Sorry, I wish I hadn't even started. Simple This is a predictable mystery full of cliches. The book was incomplete but did not leave me wanting more. Sorry, I wish I hadn't even started.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Sweet

    Power can make people do horrible things. Those caught in the crossfire by the ones hungering for said power never stop seeking their quest for justice and revenge, even from beyond the grave. I read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down until everything was revealed. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    lesley hernandez

    Well this story this book had me from page one i really enjoyed this unfolding. All the intrigue and the plotting that was going on. Mary really would not give up she would help the spirit of Julie and her family plus i really loved the ending how the place would become peaceful for Mary and Curtis to live in with their child this is such a great read and i want to keep reading the entire series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather Addai

    This book was amazing!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary King

    Great story This story has you wanting to read the next page. I read it in one setting could not stop had to find out what happen.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    Not worth the time it takes to read. The lack of knowledge/research on the author’s part is distracting. The old adage is true, ‘write about what you know’. Little things like the town library being open on Sunday. Big cities like Chicago and little nowherevills do not open their libraries on Sundays. A five minute google search will show you this is true. One of the laughs I got was towards the end of the story. Trying to open the safe, they pulled out a welder. First, a welder isn’t something yo Not worth the time it takes to read. The lack of knowledge/research on the author’s part is distracting. The old adage is true, ‘write about what you know’. Little things like the town library being open on Sunday. Big cities like Chicago and little nowherevills do not open their libraries on Sundays. A five minute google search will show you this is true. One of the laughs I got was towards the end of the story. Trying to open the safe, they pulled out a welder. First, a welder isn’t something you carry around in a tool box. It is large. Second, using a welder to open something would not work. Maybe you would use an Acetylene torch, but not a welder. Little things are what engage the reader. When little things are not accurate it is hard to engage. Next, some quality editing would help. The story itself was OK. A lot of clique but still fun. The ending was predictable. There was not a sympathetic character and that made it difficult to get into the story. It was almost like I was reading from the outside rather than getting into the the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charity Cain

    I do not do this often, but I am leaving a written review in hopes that it will be helpful. This story has potential, but at about 20% of the way in, I'm ready to give up. This book is in bad need of editing. I am a big supporter of self publishing - I think some great authors have evolved that way. I can only assume that this book was self published because of the very noticeable lack of editing. There were simple spelling issues, repeating the same information multiple times, and 20% of the wa I do not do this often, but I am leaving a written review in hopes that it will be helpful. This story has potential, but at about 20% of the way in, I'm ready to give up. This book is in bad need of editing. I am a big supporter of self publishing - I think some great authors have evolved that way. I can only assume that this book was self published because of the very noticeable lack of editing. There were simple spelling issues, repeating the same information multiple times, and 20% of the way in, I can't even picture the main characters. I don't think I will continue on reading the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    woodisgoodcdl

    Terrible Editing and Poorly Written Oh boy. The Kindle edition needs an editor badly. Grammar, spelling and typographical errors as well as repeated sentences back to back. Add in a poor sense of story structure and unbelievable characters who are tiresome with an unoriginal story and you get a terrible novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sonya pardue

    Awesome Reading. This is a great book,there’s nothing about this book I did not like, I recommend you grab this read and settle in cause you gonna love it. Once you start it’s hard to put down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie Auch

    Not For Me *Spoilers Ahead!* this book started out ok, however, the more I read the more frustrating it was to read. The whole book you get half answers to all the mysteries and the very end is like oh yeah the mayor is behind it all. Other annoying things in the book is the couple, totally not believable! The husband is constantly saying “all for you and us” but after his wife miscarries, he loses his job and their apartment is broken into he decides the best thing to do is move at least 3 hours Not For Me *Spoilers Ahead!* this book started out ok, however, the more I read the more frustrating it was to read. The whole book you get half answers to all the mysteries and the very end is like oh yeah the mayor is behind it all. Other annoying things in the book is the couple, totally not believable! The husband is constantly saying “all for you and us” but after his wife miscarries, he loses his job and their apartment is broken into he decides the best thing to do is move at least 3 hours away to rural Indiana so he can start his own law firm.. exactly where every up and coming lawyer with only 3 years experience at a big city law firm should try to open their own firm is a town of 1,000 people?! Makes zero sense! And he buys a 15 room mansion for $50,000, never mind the fact the only other property you can buy in any rural area for $50,000 is a couple acres of crap land. But he thinks this huge mansion is going to solve their problems and the fact it’s been empty for 40 years following a mass murder and other owners fled after weeks of moving in is nothing to be concerned with. She’s no better, refusing to confront him to “avoid a fight” and not telling him what’s going on yet expects him to know what’s going on. Then this random psychic medium, who’s mom went missing investigating this mansion,turns up and helps them solve the murders, find’s the dead pastor’s safe of blackmail against the mayor and saves their lives literally just walks out after the spirits of the dead are put to rest. That’s the authors grand exit for him, walks off saying nothing. It’s not a bad book, I’m just saying I’ve read this exact plot before: town big wigs are behind mysteries and disappearances, dabbling in occult for immorality and trying to find a lost fortune, while watching the new occupants of guarded house closely to see what they uncover, killing off people who stand in their way but random guy shows up to help young couple to set spirits free. The other book did it better.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book started off promising enough, with an engaging prologue and setup of the story. We get an overview of the foreboding mansion and its dark, bloody history. We meet our main characters and get hints of some tragedy that has recently befallen them. Sadly, it was all downhill from there. Far too much telling and very little showing. I knew where the main character's purse was at all times, what kind of car the main couple drove, how everyone was holding their arms at various points - all i This book started off promising enough, with an engaging prologue and setup of the story. We get an overview of the foreboding mansion and its dark, bloody history. We meet our main characters and get hints of some tragedy that has recently befallen them. Sadly, it was all downhill from there. Far too much telling and very little showing. I knew where the main character's purse was at all times, what kind of car the main couple drove, how everyone was holding their arms at various points - all irrelevant to the plot despite these details being pointed out over and over and over. There were multiple, oddly placed flashbacks. At one point, about a third of the way in, there was even a recap of everything that had happened so far. Just... why? POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD: Despite the titular Bechdel Mansion and its resident family, this book was an abject failure of the Bechdel Test. There is literally ONE important female character. 98% of the other supporting characters are male, and they're all kind of assholes. The only other female characters to even get a couple of scenes are 1. a ghost and 2. a half-baked shell of a person who literally - in the middle of the climax of the story - excuses herself to go to the bathroom. Let me say that again: SHE LEAVES THE CLIMACTIC SCENE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM. No other reason. Apparently she just really had to pee at the most pivotal moment of the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a *3.5* for me. I grabbed this book as a freebie with my kindle unlimited subscription. Was I glad I didn't pay for the title? Yes most probably. However the story was actually pretty good. Yes there were some grammar issues, but not nearly as horrendous as some of these grammar nazi reviews. Let me tell you I have read some e-books where the writer must have been borderline illiterate. This story was interesting enough that it kept me wanting to see what was going to happen. Your typical This is a *3.5* for me. I grabbed this book as a freebie with my kindle unlimited subscription. Was I glad I didn't pay for the title? Yes most probably. However the story was actually pretty good. Yes there were some grammar issues, but not nearly as horrendous as some of these grammar nazi reviews. Let me tell you I have read some e-books where the writer must have been borderline illiterate. This story was interesting enough that it kept me wanting to see what was going to happen. Your typical page turner it is not but it had enough going on that I easily seen it through to the end without the thought of dnf'ing ever entering my mind. A quick and easy haunted house/thriller about a couple that thought they were getting an amazing deal that was too good to be true on a historic mansion in rural Redwood, Indian. Even before setting foot into the property Mary is already having dreams and visions of the horrible mass murder that took place in the home decades earlier. The ghosts are angry and they want justice for the horrific crime committed against them and through Mary they achieve just that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Wilson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Decent premise for a book but as others have said, it badly needs editing. I normally don't notice that kind of thing but here are a few obvious errors that had me scratching my head. After the first few chapters there is a chapter that restates when the couple arrived at the house with some huge mistakes. One said they arrive on Saturday, the other on Sunday. In the first part Mary passes out as they get closer to the house and wakes up inside. In the retelling she is awake and sees the house a Decent premise for a book but as others have said, it badly needs editing. I normally don't notice that kind of thing but here are a few obvious errors that had me scratching my head. After the first few chapters there is a chapter that restates when the couple arrived at the house with some huge mistakes. One said they arrive on Saturday, the other on Sunday. In the first part Mary passes out as they get closer to the house and wakes up inside. In the retelling she is awake and sees the house as they pull up to the front. I honestly thought maybe one of the two versions was a dream or something, but no. In one chapter the house is a 2 story 10,000 square foot house but in another chapter it is 5,000 square foot. It got better as it progressed and the story was decent but the beginning almost made me stop reading, it was so disjointed. I also did not like the ending. They mention that the next thing they will do is find the hidden room, then the story ends. So we never get to know what's in the room and there's no reason for us not to know.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Marsh

    I read this series as part of a box set. While the story is really good, the abruptness of the cliffhangers at the end of each story (in this story as well as the other story in the set) is very off-putting. I understand the desire to keep a reader interested in the story to make them want to buy the next book but to cut it off in the ways they did made me not want to continue reading at all. It made me distrustful of the authors. I love a good murder mystery, especially if it involves ghosts. T I read this series as part of a box set. While the story is really good, the abruptness of the cliffhangers at the end of each story (in this story as well as the other story in the set) is very off-putting. I understand the desire to keep a reader interested in the story to make them want to buy the next book but to cut it off in the ways they did made me not want to continue reading at all. It made me distrustful of the authors. I love a good murder mystery, especially if it involves ghosts. The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion had exactly that. A decades-old, unsolved mass murder in a small town, suspicious townspeople, and a woman who can see ghosts. The main questions remain, who killed them, and what will be done about it? This book was very similar to the other series in the set, The Haunting of Winchester Mansion. Both were good despite the similarities and horrible cliffhangers. They are worth reading but only if you get the whole set of each series at once.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlee

    My rating is more around 3 1/2 stars. A young couple move from Chicago to the small town of Redwood, Indiana. Purchasing a Victorian mansion at a cheap price, they are excited to start their new life. The house, however, has other plans. So this short novella is actually a prequel to the first book.....and ends on a cliffhanger. Ugh! Something I didn't know beforehand. That is the main reason I gave it 3 1/2 stars instead of 4 because although it had many editing errors, I really enjoyed it and wa My rating is more around 3 1/2 stars. A young couple move from Chicago to the small town of Redwood, Indiana. Purchasing a Victorian mansion at a cheap price, they are excited to start their new life. The house, however, has other plans. So this short novella is actually a prequel to the first book.....and ends on a cliffhanger. Ugh! Something I didn't know beforehand. That is the main reason I gave it 3 1/2 stars instead of 4 because although it had many editing errors, I really enjoyed it and was able to get immersed in it immediately. It was dark, creepy, and intense. On some level you could also say it's a bit cliché, but haunted house stories tend to be that anyway so it didn't bother me. The point is it lured me in, kept me interested, and made me want to read the rest of the series. Something I plan on doing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    After several tragedies strike, a young couple jump at the chance to start over and buy a deserted mansion in Redwood, Indiana. But after moving in, they suspect that the mansion - the site of a massacre years before - may be haunted and that the idyllic town of Redwood holds secrets of its own. I just wasn’t a fan of this book. I like thrillers and suspense and fleshed out backstories for emotionally fragile characters. I don’t like paranormal. Mind-reading and seance and contacting the dead al After several tragedies strike, a young couple jump at the chance to start over and buy a deserted mansion in Redwood, Indiana. But after moving in, they suspect that the mansion - the site of a massacre years before - may be haunted and that the idyllic town of Redwood holds secrets of its own. I just wasn’t a fan of this book. I like thrillers and suspense and fleshed out backstories for emotionally fragile characters. I don’t like paranormal. Mind-reading and seance and contacting the dead all feel “too easy” when it comes to a mystery story. I liked the premise of this book but found it difficult to read - bulky transitions in storylines and perspectives, plot holes, and so.much.suspension of disbelief. Just not my cup of tea.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Cokenour

    This is the prequel to The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 1. However, from what I have read of other reviews, it is repeated in the full length version which covers the entire story from start to finish. Not sure why the author chose to create a "novella" of his full length, unless to entice readers. This has the makings for a spooky ghost story, the type to keep you reading, no matter how creeped out you get. Reminds me of Peter Straub's "Ghost Story", and the 2002 mo This is the prequel to The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 1. However, from what I have read of other reviews, it is repeated in the full length version which covers the entire story from start to finish. Not sure why the author chose to create a "novella" of his full length, unless to entice readers. This has the makings for a spooky ghost story, the type to keep you reading, no matter how creeped out you get. Reminds me of Peter Straub's "Ghost Story", and the 2002 movie "Ghost Ship", and probably fueled by historical reports of entire families slaughtered, and killers never found, throughout the USA. As I said, plenty of potential, but until I get the full complete version of this novel, I won't know if I'm correct or not.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    I thought this book was entertaining. It wasn’t one that had me spellbound, and in fact, I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t more suspenseful than it was. I was hoping for a thriller but it fell very short of that. In addition, the book didn’t end. It just stopped without any real conclusion. It left me with many unanswered questions. One of the most pressing questions I have about this book has nothing to do with the story, but more with the editing. Who the heck edited this book? Th I thought this book was entertaining. It wasn’t one that had me spellbound, and in fact, I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t more suspenseful than it was. I was hoping for a thriller but it fell very short of that. In addition, the book didn’t end. It just stopped without any real conclusion. It left me with many unanswered questions. One of the most pressing questions I have about this book has nothing to do with the story, but more with the editing. Who the heck edited this book? There were countless grammatical errors, repeated sentences, random thoughts that had nothing to do with the current subject.....etc etc. if you read the authors bio, he is an editor for some paper. Wow! Just wow!

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