Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Shelf Control - May 29

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves sponsored by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. Here's how to jump on board:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • Link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…
Have fun!

It has been forever since I participated in this meme. I'm still featuring books I've picked up as Kindle freebies at one time or another. Hope you enjoy this week's selection.

BLURB:  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.


WHY I BOUGHT IT: My love for mysteries influenced this purchase, but I also like that it has other elements to it. On Amazon it is listed in the Occult Suspense and Witch & Wizard Thrillers categories. Definitely not the usual fare around here.

One downside I learned from some reviews is that it ends with a cliffhanger, so that might discourage me reading it.

Do you like cliffhanger endings? Have you ever been disappointed by a cliffhanger? Has there been one that was done really well?


Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies said...

This does sound good! I like the idea of witchcraft combined with a murder mystery. In terms of the cliffhanger ending, I'd be less likely to read it if I knew that in advance, especially if the follow-up book wasn't immediately available.

Cheryl said...

I'm not usually one to read this type of mystery, but I have to say it caught my attention.

I feel the same way about cliffhangers. Surprises aren't always a good thing.