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Wilhelmina Chance, former crime journalist, after a painful divorce and an even more painful car accident, has returned home to Mystic Notch, New Hampshire. Willa has inherited her grandmother's beautiful Victorian house, as well as her bookstore, specializing in used and antique books.
But one side effect of her near-fatal accident is that she sees ghosts. And when she finds Lavinia, the town librarian, lying dead at the foot of a flight of stairs, Lavinia insists that Willa has to find her killer.
Along with the house and the bookstore, Willa inherited her grandmother's cat, Pandora. Initially, she's taking care of Pandora out of duty, but the cat keeps growing on her. Sometimes Pandora's meowing almost sounds like words...
This book was a lot of fun. I like Willa, her friends and neighbors, and Pandora. But for an experienced crime reporter whom we're told legitimately cracked some cases "down south" (i.e., in Massachusetts), and as smart and observant as she is, she does get focused on one particular suspect, based largely on personal dislike, to the point of being resistant to evidence pointed another way.
On the other hand, I did like that the small town cops, Willa's sister Augusta, who is the local sheriff, and Striker, who is the sheriff in the next town over, are smart, capable, and pragmatic. They're not improbable geniuses putting city slickers to shame, but they're not having the wool pulled over their eyes, either, even with fewer resources than a big city police department would have.
There are some weaknesses, here, but it's a fun, light read. Recommended.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
If you don't read books often or like how they turn out just as you feared -er- imagined, then you'll probably enjoy this book. The clues were as blatant as the love line. The characters are all two dimensional, even the main character. Very disappointing since I heard such good reviews. Frustrated by the protagonist's obtuseness, I ended up skipping half the book and missed absolutely nothing. She was still clueless though clues were smacking her in the face and still had the same romantic maturity of an angsty teenager. "Oh, what a jerk! He's so dreamy when he accuses me of murder. I don't like him. I don't understand why my face is so red?" Seriously? At least make her own it. "Oh, God, I'm attracted to a jerk. This sucks." That I would buy, not the innocent maiden act from a grown woman. I will not be buying the next book but I will say the narrator is awesome. Pace, tone, accent, she was right on point so I listened to a lot more than I would've otherwise.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This is the first in a series of books by Leighann Dobbs. I hadn't read any of her books before this one. I spent a delightful time listening to this book read very well by Elisabeth Rodgers. If you enjoy the Haunted Guesthouse series by E J Copperman, you will enjoy this book. I will be buying the rest of the series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Easy listening and enjoyable if you don't want something more taxing. However, the main character is supposed to be an ex-crime reporter but she decides the person she most dislikes must be the killer based on her dislike rather than evidence or clues.