Murder at the Pontchartrain

A Sydney Lockhart Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
306 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2024
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

I am the author of three award-winning mystery series: the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series set in the 1950s and the Classic Triviography Mystery Series, including The Sherlock Holmes Triviography Quiz Book.
My first two Lockhart mysteries, Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the country’s largest book group.
When I travel, I often stay at historic hotels. These hotels have stories of their own that I weave into my mysteries. My protagonist, Sydney Lockhart, is a young woman trying to make it as a private detective in a man’s world in the 1950s.
I also write the Kate Caraway Animal-Rights Mystery Series.
My passion for birds led to the publication The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (University Press of Florida). My love for Sherlock Holmes led to the Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book publication by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.
I founded The Dogs in the Nighttime, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Anacortes, Washington, a scion of The Baker Street Irregulars.
To learn more about me, check out my blog, “Growing Up Catholic in a Small Texas Town.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite

Murder at the Pontchartrain: A Sydney Lockhart Mystery by Kathleen Kaska follows the adventures of Sydney Lockhart and her partner and soon-to-be husband, Ralph Dixon, as they prepare to marry. Mysteries and murders tend to follow them around, thus they generally end up solving cases with Sydney being the primary suspect in most of them. They arrive at the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans to finally tie the knot. Not long after their arrival, they discover a dead body in their room, and the next day, another dead body is found in the river, but this time Dixon is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. It’s up to Sydney to clear his name but, of course, she will need as much help as possible. Luckily, her cousin Ruth, and her twelve-year-old charge, Lydia LaBeau, appear to help her. However, they keep arguing. Will Sydney be able to solve this case and get Dixon out of jail? Join her in another historic hotel murder case!

Murder at the Pontchartrain by Kathleen Kaska is an exceptional, gripping, and intriguing mystery. Each character was introduced with skill, making it easy to remember their names and roles in the plot. The intricate details and surprising turns captured my attention, helping me to connect the clues. It felt like I was a part of Sydney's team. Lydia was my favorite character because of her wisdom. I appreciated how her character was portrayed as both intelligent and charming, while still maintaining the playful nature of a 12-year-old. I liked the relationship between Sydney and Dixon. At first, I thought they were too perfect, but as the story progressed, their flaws became more apparent. This taught me the importance of communication and trust in any relationship. Overall, this is another unforgettable story in the Sydney Lockhart Mystery series. Well done!