I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Family Secrets by Shawn McGuire
Length: 7 hours and 23 minutes
Published by Brown Bag Books Pages: 285
Narrator: Sandra Murphy
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Welcome to Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, a place for those who don’t belong.
Sixteen years after a family feud drove her from the cozy Northwoods village of Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, former detective Jayne O’Shea returns to prepare her grandparents’ lake house for sale. Once there, not only does she find that the house has been trashed, her dog discovers a dead body in the backyard.
Jayne intends to stay out of it, but when it becomes obvious the sheriff isn't interested in investigating the death, Jayne can't stop herself. Her list of suspects grows faster than the plants in the commons’ pentacle garden. Could it be the local Wiccan green witch with her stash of deadly plants? The shopkeeper who slips into trances and foretells death? The visitor determined to practice black magic?
What Jayne knows for sure is that the closer she gets to solving this crime, the more the sheriff wants her to back off. And when a local fortune teller provides a crucial clue, Jayne knows it’s up to her to solve this murder.
Fans of Denise Grover Swank, Charlaine Harris, and Janet Evanovich will love the quirky small town setting with its even quirkier residents.
Here is what I thought
Jayne hasn’t been back to Whispering Pines since a family feud drove her family away sixteen years ago, but her grandmother has died and someone has to put her estate in order.
Jayne who is a former police detective and her dog hasn’t been at her grandmother’s house very long when her dog finds a dead body. She also finds that her grandmother’s house has been trashed as well and being a former cop it has her curious. Especially when it looks like the sheriff in town doesn’t seem to want to look into anything.
Jayne takes to snooping on her own and finds out that the town is full of Wiccan followers and that her grandmother was mixed up in it. She never knew her grandmother was into such things and she isn’t sure she believes in spells and incantations but she soon makes friends with one of the local followers who makes her some protection baggies and she takes them as she feels you can never have to many things protecting you.
The more she digs into things the more she finds out about the town and how someone has a big secret and not everyone wants it known.
I enjoyed this first in a series and thought Jayne was a great character. Since she was a cop she has great cop snooping abilities though she is not sure if that is the path she wants to go in the future. Her new friend Trip sees her grandmother’s house as a potential B&B and sine Jayne is really liking it in Whispering Pines she can kind of see that too but talking her parents into it might be another story. I really enjoyed all the characters and can’t wait to get to know more about them.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries then I think you will enjoy this story.
This was my first time with narrator Sandra Murphy and I thought she did a really good job with this one.
Audio rating: 4