Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£10.92|
Save £7.81 (72%)
Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
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.