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Aspen Allegations - A Sutton Mass. Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Shea
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Morgan has become settled in her quiet life in Sutton, Massachusetts. Her peaceful morning yoga routine is assisted by her cat, Juliet. In the evening she guides her kayak across the placid surface of Lake Singletary. Everything is in its place.

When Morgan stumbles across a dead body in the shadowy depths of Sutton Woods, her stability is knocked askew. Jason, the ranger who comes to her aid, provides a steady rock of support. The death seems at first an accident, but Morgan knows in her heart that something critical is off-kilter.

As Morgan and Jason delve into the mystery, still waters are stirred. Danger billows from the depths of Purgatory Chasm, from the twisted histories that stretch back decades. Can they unravel the tangled skeins before the past catches up with them?

All proceeds benefit battered women's shelters.

Winner of the 2013 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Regional E-Book - East (covers everywhere east of the Mississippi River).

Aspen Allegations is the first novel in the Sutton Mass. Mystery series. It is followed by Birch Blackguards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985556420
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BO0K7ZI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aspen Allegations - an intriguing mystery 27 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Aspen Allegations is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery. After Sutton Mass. resident Morgan Warren finds a body during a woodland walk, she is drawn into solving a puzzle that reaches back to the 1968 death of eighteen year old Eileen, a local beauty. Four young men who, along with Eileen, were about to graduate high school were present when a boating accident claimed her life. More than forty years later one of those men lay dead from a gunshot in Sutton Forest. Who knows what really happened on that long ago night? Morgan and Jason, a forest ranger, set out to find the truth.

I was interested to learn that this novel was written in 'real time'. That is to say that the locations used in the novel were visited by the author and described as they were on the day that those pages were written. The detailed descriptions add a great deal of atmosphere and realism to the story, but at times I feel that they went a little too far and too long. Some chapters felt more like a book about the flora and fauna of Massachusetts. Also, I feel that I did not need to know in such detail about the meals that Morgan eats, or quite so much about her social engagements with her various friends. Although elements that help with Eileen's mystery are worked into these scenes, I think this could have been achieved more succinctly.

The later chapters of the book move into much higher gear, and the climax of the story is extremely exciting. Although I did manage to guess whodunnit, this was not until late on in the story and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the ending, or from finding out the 'why' behind the 'who'.

All in all, Aspen Allegations is interesting and involving, and a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aspen Allegations - A Sutton Mass. Mystery 15 April 2013
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A good basic plot but lacked a little realism and grit for me. Too much detail trying to build a picture of the main character especially the food she likes (once is okay), yoga (ditto) and how warm her new fella makes her feel (dear me!) - then scant information in other important areas of actually catching a killer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aspen Allegations - an intriguing mystery 27 Mar 2013
By Grace Rostoker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Aspen Allegations is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery. After Sutton Mass. resident Morgan Warren finds a body during a woodland walk, she is drawn into solving a puzzle that reaches back to the 1968 death of eighteen year old Eileen, a local beauty. Four young men who, along with Eileen, were about to graduate high school were present when a boating accident claimed her life. More than forty years later one of those men lay dead from a gunshot in Sutton Forest. Who knows what really happened on that long ago night? Morgan and Jason, a forest ranger, set out to find the truth.

I was interested to learn that this novel was written in 'real time'. That is to say that the locations used in the novel were visited by the author and described as they were on the day that those pages were written. The detailed descriptions add a great deal of atmosphere and realism to the story, but at times I feel that they went a little too far and too long. Some chapters felt more like a book about the flora and fauna of Massachusetts. Also, I feel that I did not need to know in such detail about the meals that Morgan eats, or quite so much about her social engagements with her various friends. Although elements that help with Eileen's mystery are worked into these scenes, I think this could have been achieved more succinctly.

The later chapters of the book move into much higher gear, and the climax of the story is extremely exciting. Although I did manage to guess whodunnit, this was not until late on in the story and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the ending, or from finding out the 'why' behind the 'who'.

All in all, Aspen Allegations is interesting and involving, and a good read. Lisa Shea gives depth to all her characters, even those in minor roles, and engages the reader's interest further by weaving elements of local history into the fictional tale. I appreciated the fact that Morgan and Jason's growing relationship is subtly written, without recourse to unnecessary physical details - it is through Morgan's feelings that that part of the story is told.

Aspen Allegations is the first in a series of Sutton Mass. mysteries, and I look forward to reading the next.

(I borrowed this book through my Amazon Prime subscription.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book 29 July 2013
By Linda Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a GREAT book as I knew where all the "sites" were that she mentioned. I have a camp in Sutton and many sites were listed. The book held my interest and the first time I read the book on my IPAD Mini. Linda of Worcester, MA
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 9 April 2013
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once I started reading Aspen Allegations, I couldn't put it down. Lisa is an excellent writer and I felt as though I was there with the characters throughout to entire book. I hope to see a lot more mysteries by Lisa.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 22 Mar 2014
By Connie Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book held my interest, and I wanted to find out more about the characters. I bought the next in the series for my Kindle.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 Nov 2013
By george freeland - Published on Amazon.com
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A disappointment. Sutton is my home town, but book seem set in town only by utilizing street names, for example, but certainly doesn't pick up any true flavor of the town, nor of any actual institutions (such as the police and fired departments, religious organizations, etc. The author states that Sutton was founded (I assume she means by Europeans) 17 years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. Her other descriptions are probably only slightly more accurate; for example, half of the lake is not in Millbury, by far the lion's share of the lake is in Sutton

The story lacks any originality, being a fugue on the theme of an actual drowning based on a fictional drowning based on an actual drowning. The book is rather overwritten, with metaphors overstretched. Several characters, Richard and Eileen's sister, for example, are one-dimensional.

One early on wishes every meal was not described in such detail. Despite Morgan's sermon (she preaches several) on animal cruelty, and her ecstasies on nature, she consumes at least two meals of veal, the creation of which involves the cruelest of treatment of one of nature's finest beings.

A real disappointing book about my home town.
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