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Scraps of Paper (Spookie Town Murder Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Scraps of Paper is a well-constructed mystery with just the right mix of good guys and bad guys, with a sprinkling of oddballs and misfits thrown in. Kathryn Meyer Griffin does a nice job of allowing the friendship of the book's two main characters to develop as the story progresses. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good who-done-it, set in a picturesque environment with believable characters. This is the first book in a series the author calls 'The Spookie Town Mysteries'." 5 Stars Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite May 17, 2013 (Second in the series: ALL THINGS SLIP AWAY)
Snippet of NOVELSPOT Review for Scraps of Paper:
"The premise behind this story intrigued me. Old houses have their own history-bad and good. What would you do if, while you were renovating an old house, you found an intriguing mystery, even if it was years old? If you had a chance of solving that mystery, would you? Or would you leave it buried in the past? Would you want someone digging in your past, your tragedies? If someone you loved just disappeared, what would you do?
Kathryn Meyer Griffith's Scraps of Paper is an engaging story of what happens when you go digging into the past and the possible consequences. It also has an underlying story about dealing with what life hands you and finding the strength to move on. Both Frank and Abby are strong characters they have had to deal with the loss of a loved one and to learn to deal with that loss. You find yourself drawn to them and to all the quirky people who live in the little town of Spookie. In the end you want to know what happened in the old house so many years earlier. I'll be looking forward to more books about this quaint little town."
Reviewed By Theresa at NOVELSPOT © March 2006 (9 out of 10 rating)
Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of an earlier crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.
Starting her new life, Abigail moves to a small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna's younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.
But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play.
Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of the eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why...but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. ***
***This book is the first of a series. The second and third books, All Things Slip Away and Ghosts Beneath Us, where Abigail and Frank's sleuthing adventures continue, are also for sale on Amazon.
About the Author
Kathryn Meyer Griffith has been an artist and a folk singer with her younger brother, Jim. She worked as a corporate graphic designer and for newspapers for twenty-three years before she quit to pursue her greatest passion and write full-time. She began writing novels at age twenty-one and has sixteen novels and twelve short stories to her credit. Kathryn is married to Russell, has a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and lives in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Missouri. Kathryn and Russell have three quirky cats―ghost cat Sasha and live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too)―and live happily in an old house in the heart of town.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00B1W4A2K
- Publisher : Kathryn Meyer Griffith; 2 edition (15 January 2013)
- Language : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 304 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1514198991
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An easy, clean read with a bit of added oomph and a hint of the paranormal, it was also a look at how the sins of the past are revisited in the future, as well as a heartwarming read of new beginnings later in life. The sad truth of living in a small community where everyone knows what you're doing even before you do brought about a few giggles, along with a few snorts of suppressed laughter at the collection of odd, quirky characters that stand out in such a place.
Once the mystery of what happened is solved you are left with a team of characters so lifelike that you are genuinely invested in what is going to happen to them in the future ...... and, of course, what future mysteries are going to befall them.
An excellent start to what is going to be a new series for me to devour. A pleasant surprise and highly recommended.
Strong characters that we learn more about with each page. Going to buy the series
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Abigail Sutton's husband has been missing for a year and a half- She is sure that something must have happened to him, but the cops think that he has abandoned her.
Finally his body shows up. He was murdered, probably by a random person. Abigail finallly has to face the idea of being a widow.
At this time she also loses her job as a graphic designer. So what does she do?
In a month, she passes through a town called Spookie and feels such a connection that buys a house on the spot.
Everybody is friendly to her and she flirts with a retired cop a month after she has learned that her husbad was killed. She becomes immediately successful as an artist and while cleaning her conviently cheap house she starts to investigate the disappearance of the previous inhabitants, She finds scraps of paper that a child had hidden around the house, and she is told that Emily Summers and her two children left the house to go and live somewhere else without saying goodbye.
There is something unnatural and cartoony about the main character. She never felt like a real person. Nobody loses a job and finds that it is the perfect moment to buy a house. Nobody has been on her own for two years and has the budget to make such a purchase without even having to ask her bank for a mortgage. She is so heartbroken that she flirts with a cop a month after learning that her husband is actually dead. Nobody becomes so successful as an artist immediately. Even at the end, there is a throwaway comment that learning who had murdered them compensates Emily and her children. Eh, no. I mean, they are dead, but specially the children, they have lost their lives: they will never fall in love, they will never feel teenage angst, they will never know what sex is, they will never feel angry or in love. Sending the culprit to jail is not going to compensate them of anything because... they are not here to begin with.
So these comments bothered me a lot. Recently I read a crime novel by Teresa Driscoll called I Am Watching You and that writer expresses perfectly well the heartbreak, the confusion, the pain in the survivors' lives when somebody disappears. I shouldn't be comparing novels like this but I found several cop-outs throughout this novel,
I would have given the book a lower mark but i thought it was well-written for a cozy murder.
odd dream of ghosts, there was nothing else "spookie" about the book.
Abigail moves to an old house and uncovers bits of paper written by 2 children who disappeared with their mother
30 years before. She and an ex-cop Frank set about solving the mystery. This stirs up a lot of feeling in the small
town where several people knew or were involved emotionally with the three missing people.
One niggle - Abigail had been married 20 years so was about 40, yet she said of a shopkeeper that he was
twice her age. However, his actions and the age of his wife would have put him about 60. It made what followed
a bit hard to believe.
I found the book very slow paced with lots of coffees, meals, etc. And then the mystery was raked over time and
again with various people pointing accusing fingers at different "suspects". It became very repetitive. There was
very little action in the book, though no swearing or sex and only a hint at romance.
Author Kathryn Meyer Griffith skilfully builds a network of relationships from the past to expose potential murder suspects, and for the present she develops a range of characters assisting with Abigail’s search. These include a retired cop, a local realtor, a journalist, a bag-lady etc, plus there are those including sheriff, store-keeper etc. still reluctant to consider murder and want to leave the past alone. Tension increases as Abigail discovers abuse and she is threatened, but with a hint of paranormal she experiences dreams leading to evidence.
‘Scraps of Paper’ borders on the ‘cozy mystery’ genre but it is more a murder thriller full of suspense with a plausible plot and credible characters. Narrative manages to be entertaining without resort to bad language, sex, drugs etc. yet it is gripping and it makes an exciting read. It may also be the start of a romance between Abigail and the ex-cop as stand-alone ‘Scraps of Paper’ becomes an Abigail Sutton mystery series?
Abigail moves to spookie after her missing husbands body is eventually found. She wants to start over in a new town and leave the bad memories behind her. Not having an awful lot of money she buys the only house in her price range but absolutely loves it. Then she starts hearing the stories about the previous owner and her family. Two sisters, one sweet and lovely the other bitter and twisted with jealousy eating away at her. Then the 'good' sister and her two children disappear.
Abigail is intrigued by the story and when she starts finding hidden notes written by the children on scraps of paper she has to investigate what REALLY happened all those years ago........but somebody doesn't want the truth to come out. Who can she trust in her new town and could a murderer walk amongst them ?
A great plot and I'll certainly be buying the second book in the series.
Our heroine keeps on referring to a lovely place she grew up in and how she wanted to move to a place just like it but didn't tell us where this place was nor why she just didn't move back there !! She also tells us how busy her sister is and how much she misses her-well, there was nothing stopping her from going to visit her, either !! She was as free as a bird, as she kept reminding us.
This description to me is just nonsensical, "It was hard to tell what his age was, middle or late forties, perhaps, or younger, or older"......Then a policeman described kids he once knew a bit like this, "Her children were good kids. Bright. So hungry for love".....really ?? He then remarked about how insecure some women can be and I gave up....a young copper wouldn't think like this, let alone actually verbalise it !!
She spelt confectionery as confectionary which was the only error I spotted which gave it an extra star, but the story itself isn't action-packed enough for me.