Calamity at the Continental Club

Washington Whodunit

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
272 Pages
Reviewed on 07/15/2017
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Calamity at the Continental Club (Washington Whodunit) by Colleen J. Shogan is a murder mystery novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy clean murder mysteries without explicit sexual content or violence. The Mayflower Society’s annual meeting is coming up and that means Kit Marshall and her fiancé Doug Hollingsworth will be receiving a visit from Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, who are urging the couple to have a high society wedding. The plans for impending matrimony are put on hold when the leader of the Mayflower Society turns up dead and the prime suspect is Doug’s father, Winston Hollingsworth. Will Kit and her friends be able to solve the murder and absolve Doug’s father of murder, or will he have to resign himself to life in prison?

Calamity at the Continental Club (Washington Whodunit) by Colleen J. Shogan is the third novel in the series, yet I liked the fact that it was also able to stand on its own. I was able to read and enjoy it without having read the first two books in the series. The characters of Kit Marshall and her fiancé Doug Hollingsworth were the two most developed characters in the book, but the author did not skimp on giving the other characters their own personalities, life stories, and interests. The book truly began to pull me in when Kit found Grayson Bancroft’s corpse as that was the moment when the book became more mysterious and less dramatic. The murder and the subsequent investigation were kept most clean, which was a nice change from the over use of violence and gore in most murder mysteries. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would be interested in going back and reading the first two books in the series.