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Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery by [McGuire, Shawn]
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About the Author

Fantasy and suspense author Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that's episode IV) as a kid. She couldn't wait for the next installment to come out so wrote her own. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to tell a tale is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota, called the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) home for many years, and now lives in Colorado where she loves to read, craft, cook and bake, and spend time in the spectacular Rocky Mountains. You can learn more about Shawn’s work on her website www.Shawn-McGuire.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3158 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154671989X
  • Publisher: Brown Bag Books (3 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0711FGPJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Family Secrets is a pleasant, cosy mystery with paranormal elements. The small-town setting, suspicious death of an outsider, cast of locals-with-a-motive or odd behaviour: all of these will be familiar to fans of the genre made famous by Agatha Christie and the spinster sleuth of St Mary Mead.

I found that the potential for paranormal, which is flirted with here but not confirmed, added a level of extra interest to the story, with the hint that something is more darkly, deeply wrong in Whispering Pines; making me want to race straight on to the next installment to find out more.

The relationships are also nicely developed throughout the story. Jayne, our main character, is an 'outsider' investigating, but her family connections also give her insider access to the town and its citizens, and I felt that the bonds she begins to build with various side-characters were introduced gracefully and allowed to develop naturally with the course of the story. I particularly enjoyed her quirk of scoping each new person and tagging them with a cop-style descriptor before initiating conversation: as a reader it was a handy short-cut to giving me a physical image of each new character, but felt plausible to the character rather than forced.

Throughout the novel this interspersion of efficient city-cop with talismans, pentagrams and sabbats made a sometimes amusing, but always interesting and entertaining contrast.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 51 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets have secrets in this town 5 July 2017
By EFinn1 - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is really good. Shawn McGuire does a great job building the story and the characters- very well layered. All Jayne wants to do is close out her grandparents house. But, a dead body, vandalism, strange graffiti, and threats all come together at the worst possible time. Despite having great cop instincts, nothing comes easy in this town full of people with secrets, secret societies, even Jayne has a few heavy secrets of her own. As the investigation grows, so does Jayne. Very nicely written.
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets 12 July 2017
By TOZ820 - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing, this story really pulled me in. The many twists and turns kept me guessing every step of the way. There are so many mysteries & secrets in the town of Whispering Pines, I can see this series going on for a long time. I look forward to finding all the answers along with Jayne.
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets 3 July 2017
By Kimberly Kniaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had voluntary read and reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of this book. This book was very good. This book was a page turner that I couldn't stop reading until the end. I would highly reccomend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this 12 July 2017
By R.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved the insight into the unusual town where everyone is so real. The Wicca themes were intriguing and enlightening, but I loved Jayne, Tripp, Morgan, and of course, Meeka the best. I can't wait to read more about them and Whispering Pines!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets are Never Good, Unless They're Written by Shawn McGuire 1 July 2017
By Daniel L. 'Doc' Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shawn McGuire’s Family Matters wasn’t just a technically well-written book, it was fun to read. I don’t believe in reviewers giving a detailed synopsis of the book, I feel that is the job of the author to write a synopsis to get people to read the book and it is the job of the reviewer to give an honest review. I am required to say I was given a free copy of the book by the author with no expectation of receiving a positive review and no expectation on my part of any remuneration.
As I said, this book was well-written It was also well-edited and well proofed, with a fast-paced storyline that did not need a lot of action to maintain interest. The plot was believable with human nature being what it is. There was a lot of suspense and there were enough twists and turns to make Chubby Checker proud. The dialogue was credible and authentic. It was not stilted and was never forced or simply a foil of the plot. At no time did I have to suspend disbelief to keep interest in the story. The characters were lifelike, many with quirks that increased their believability. They were complex, well rounded, and well thought out. If the main protagonist wasn’t an on again/off again police officer, I would call this a cozy mystery, which I don’t often read, but in this case, I am glad I did.
Shawn McGuire has put together a well written and fun read. A plot driven story with strong characters and dialogue that pulls it all together.
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