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Aspen Allegations (A Sutton Massachusetts Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.)
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Morgan Warren is a computer jockey who works out of her home, practices daily yoga and goes on long, solitary rambles in the woods.
Which is the place, of course, where she stumbles over a dead body.
She doesn't carry handcuffs and pepperspray
as does bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
No, Morgan carries a whistle in her pocket when she hikes. And when she blows it, the action begins.
She doesn't manage to destroy any cars, but she does get herself into a scary and perilous situation.
The book is well researched and filled with literary allusions (oh, Spenser, we do miss you)
It's a page turner and moves swiftly.
I learned a lot from the details in the book and found it to be both entertaining and informative.
I read it in one sitting and I enjoyed the parts about the food. They were not as intense as the descriptions of Salvo Montalbano's meals, but the setting is Sutton, not Sicily.
It's also not exactly Somerset Maugham, but there are some promising musings on human nature which make me eager to read rhe next book.
Take a chance on quirky Morgan.
as does bountu huntet