The Lady in Residence

The Lady in Residence

Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel?

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again.

In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?

Title:The Lady in Residence
Edition Language:English
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    The Lady in Residence Reviews

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Only later would I mark how he watched my approach with both sadness and trepidation. 'Oh!' I exclaimed, dragging up some vestige of coquettishness. 'A late Christmas present for me?''Yes,' h...

  • Jaime Jo Wright

    Visions of a spirit that reside in a historic hotel are always on the top of my list for haunting heaven. A Lady in Residence will leave the reader turning pages faster than they can drift away into t...

  • Deanne Patterson

    Just my type of book.Things that go bump in the night,a whispering voice calling in the dark hotel corridor .Reading this first book in the Doors to the Past series may cause you chills.This is a time...

  • Tamara

    The Lady in Residence is a time-slip novel about Hedda Krause who is convinced that a ghost stole from her and the inability to prove her innocence and her sanity.2017: Dini Blackstone a fifth-generat...

  • Christine

    Time-slip novel fans? You’re in for a treat with The Lady in Residence. This is a well written story. I must start by gushing about the historical portion. I loved it! The characters jumped right of...

  • Staci

    1915 and 2017 San Antonio, TexasEngaging start to the Doors to the Past Series!This novel is set primarily in the historic Menger Hotel. In 1915 a young widow, Hedda Krause, is distancing herself from...

  • Paula Shreckhise

    A riveting start to a whole new dual time series from Barbour. With a name like Marilyn Houdini Blackstone, Dini could not have chosen a better vocation than magician. She is also a tour guide in San ...

  • Loraine

    This split-time novel is set in San Antonio at the Menger Hotel. The contemporary time line features Dini Blackstone a young magician who grew up with touring magician parents leading her to be indepe...

  • Susan

    4.5 starsI love the old stories that are often connected to old landmarks. Allison Pittman pens a captivating tale filled with ghosts, jewel thieves and romance in this split time story surrounding th...

  • Missy

    I hate to say this, but this is the first book by Allison Pittman I have read. Must read more.The concept of The Lady in Residence is that of Hedda Krause, a woman newly widowed and penniless, with no...