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.Relatively Dead by Sheila Connolly
Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Beyond the Page Pages: 211
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Emily Durante
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Also by this author: Seeing the Dead, Defending the Dead
From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly!
Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.
Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren’t for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she’s hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby’s strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what’s going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw . . . and exploring her own past.
But as Abby begins to piece together a history that’s as moving as it is shocking and unravels a long-ago mystery that nearly tore her family apart, she also begins to suspect that Ned’s got secrets of his own, and that his interest may be driven as much by a taste for romance as a love for history.
"This book kept me hooked until the very end, and even then I wanted more of it. The storyline . . . is original and fun." --Simply Bookish
About the Author:
Sheila Connolly began writing mysteries in 2001, and has since been nominated for an Agatha Award twice. Her most recent book is the nationally bestselling Buried in a Bog, the first book in the County Cork Mystery Series. Sheila is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Sour Apples (Orchard Mystery Series) and Fire Engine Dead (Museum Mystery Series). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
Here is what I thought
This book is deemed as a cozy mystery and while there is a mystery of sorts involved, it’s not really what I see as a cozy because there is no murder or missing person to be found, etc. Not really sure what I really what genre to put it in but cozy.
Abby moves to New England with her boyfriend and some strange things start to happen. She went on a house tour and while she was in this one she started getting strange visions of the past. She about passed out and Ned the guide helps her out and gives her something to drink. She confides in him and he tells her maybe she should investigate her family tree.
Abby does just that and finds out that she is related to these weird visions, she is not sure what to call them because it’s not like there are ghost, more like watching a scene unfold in front of her. It happens at graveyards and each time there is a Reed buried there.
It was an interesting book about solving the mysteries of your past and trying to deal with this new weird thing that happens. I liked Abby and Ned, Abby’s boyfriend was not so cool. I am curious where this series will take me. It’s not really a mystery in the normal sense but not sure what else to call it.
Recommend if you like
Unusual mystery type stories, bits of the strange and paranormal, and stories about ones past.
I have enjoyed Emily Durante on several different series and she is always really good.
Audio rating: 4