Linda Hall has proven to actually have original plots in her books. She is better at writing mysteries than most authors I know.
Kathryn's Secret demonstrated that talent. It follows the story of a Sharon, a mystery writer who moves with her husband into her estranged aunt's house. She apparently inherited the house after her aunt Kathryn's untimely death. Being a mystery writer, she begins to stick her nose into what really happened that night on the beach.
But there is someone who doesn't want them in the house nor do they want them to investigate the aunt's untimely death. While this doesn't sound original, the culprit is someone unexpected. I wouldn't say the culprit is a villain; they actually aren't evil at all.
The characters are good; including the aunt, whom the lead thinks back on often.
To some people, the end of this book will be disappointing, but to those who enjoy original plots, it is a long awaited tale. This book is definitely Elite.