Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review Tour + #Giveaway: 13 Steps to the Cellar by Teresa Mathews @GoddessFish

There were thirteen steps to the cellar. They were steep and they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?

Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.

Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?

In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond Callie's suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces her to the core.


A man hovered over the crumpled body of the woman at the bottom of the cellar stairs. An awful, guttural sound forced its way up from deep in her lungs. A cavernous head gash bled profusely, the blood pooling, forming a red halo around her auburn hair. Her glassy, fixed eyes looked up at Callie, pleading for help. I must stop the bleeding, Callie cried. She hurried down the stairs, her feet heavy, her heart pounding. Why can’t I breathe? Why can’t I reach her? Why won’t my feet move faster? She was only steps from her aunt when the grimacing man turned toward her, then looked back to Laverne and raised his hand for a final blow.

My Review:

13 Steps to the Cellar is filled with mystery and suspense from beginning to end. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down I had to keep reading to find out whodunit. The mystery and suspense is so deep that it keeps the pages turning with twists and turns on almost every page revealing secret after secret. It would reveal one secret and then hit you with another. 13 Steps to the Cellar was just bursting with secrets that it wanted to hold onto and hold onto it did right up until the very end leaving me flabbergasted as to who did do it.

I was very surprised to learn that 13 Steps to the Cellar is Teresa Mathews first novel. I read this in the back of the book after I had finished reading it. 13 Steps to the Cellar was so well written I would never have guessed that it was her first book. I was like dang no way.

13 Steps to the Cellar is about a young woman Callie Harris who travels from her home in Alabama to Maine to try and solve a murder that happened forty-years ago. During Callie’s investigation into her Aunt’s murder she digs up some old memories for a lot of people, memories that they would like to keep in the past. Someone wants these memories kept in the past so bad that someone else in murdered. Are the two murders connected? Why was Callie’s Aunt murdered? Who killed her and why?

13 Steps to the Cellar has a lot of secrets from start to end but there is one big twists right there at the end that I would never guessed but it was a very wonderful twists that had me in tears.

I would recommend 13 Steps to the Cellar to all murder, mystery and suspense fans. 

About the Author:

Teresa Mathews is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.

An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered another passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.

Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama.


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Teresa Mathews said...

Thank you for hosting "13 Steps to the Cellar" on this first stop of my review tour. I'm not sure how to begin to thank you for such a great review. Your words would be music to any first time writer. They certainly were to me today. Thanks so much.

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing your review!

Unknown said...

Well said. I agree with this review wholeheartedly. It is a must read.