I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Defending the Dead by Sheila Connolly
Length: 8 hours
Series: Relatively Dead Mysteries # 3
Published by Beyond the Page Pages: 224
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Emily Durante
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Also by this author: Relatively Dead, Seeing the Dead
Abby Kimball has slowly accepted her recently discovered ability to see the dead, but none of the harmless sightings she’s experienced could have prepared her for the startling apparition of a centuries-old courtroom scene—where she locks eyes with a wicked and gleeful accuser. Thrown back more than three hundred years, Abby realizes she’s been plunged into a mystery that has fascinated people throughout American history: the Salem witch trials.
With her boyfriend Ned at her side, Abby digs into the history of the events, researching the people and possible causes of that terrible time and her own connection to them—all the while going more deeply into her connection to Ned, both extraordinary and romantic.
As Abby witnesses more fragments from the events in Salem and struggles with the question of how such a nightmare could have come about, she’s suddenly confronted with a pressing personal question: Were one or more of her ancestors among the accused? Unraveling the puzzling clues behind that question just might give Abby and Ned the answer to a very modern mystery of their own.
Here is what I thought
This series is an interesting look at genealogy through the fact that the MC can see the ghost of her ancestors which prompts her to look up information about her ancestors.
In this one, she is looking into ancestors that are from the time of the Salem witch trials as she is wondering if maybe this gift she has had something to with being a witch. It’s not just her that can see the dead as her boyfriend Ned can as well. They have a distant relative that they share and so they think that might be why.
The author gives the reader an interesting take on what might have happened back during the Salem witch trails and that was really interesting. I also like the storyline involving the young girl who can also see the dead (don’t want to give much away there). I still enjoy all the characters in the story.
My only problem, is it seems to be a bit repetitive. It’s all about Abby and her obsession with finding out more about her gift and her ancestors. Though in each book we do learn more and more there is a lot of the same. Ned ask her something and she doesn’t know cause she is still learning, it’s all still new, that seems to happen over and over.
Other than that I really enjoyed it and I always love anything involving the Salem witch trials.
Recommend if you like
books about looking into your ancestors, light mystery.
Emily Durante is one of my favorites, so I always know I will enjoy a book she narrates. 🙂
Audio rating: 4