Murder on Spyglass Lane by J.M. Griffin
Published By: J.M. Griffin
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback - 240 pages / Kindle - 341 KB
Genre: Murder Mystery Suspense Thriller / Cozy Mystery / Women Sleuth
About The Author:
J.M. Griffin grew up in the Maine countryside. Inspired by the Nancy Drew mysteries, J.M. wrote her first story at age twelve.
With 5 books written and more in the works, J.M.'s first book in the Vinnie Esposito series published in February of 2009. The first and second Vinnie Esposito novels have been re-released through Lachesis Publishing. The third novel in the series, Dead Wrong, was released in ebook format in October 2010, and in paperback in April 2011. Stay tuned for more of the Vinnie Esposito series.
In addition to the Esposito series, J.M. has written a mystery featuring faeries, pixies, murder, tea and cupcakes. Lyrical Press, Inc. presented the ebook on August 16, 2010. The paper edition was released in June 2011 and is available on Amazon.com.
Murder on Spyglass Lane, a novel filled with the antics of Sarah McDougall, a psychic artist, her Bassett Hound Sparky, and their swashbuckling pirate-like neighbor was published as an ebook in January 2012. The paper version of this book became available on January 1, 2012.
J.M. and her husband John reside with two crazy cats who rule the roost in New England. Their home is surrounded by a forest, a nearby reservoir and nature creatures.
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Artist Sarah McDougall flees from New England to Florida's west coast thinking she can escape her unwanted psychic abilities. When she finds a dead body buried under the sand trap on the thirteen hole of the golf course behind her home, Sarah realizes she was mistaken. She is stuck with an ability that will nearly be her undoing. Unable to shake the sick feeling in the pit of her stomach, Sarah turns to her neighbor Raven DeVille, a swashbuckling pirate-like handsome man, for help, only to find he has secrets of his own. The duo investigates the murder with surprising twists that place Sarah in harms way more often than she ever thought possible.
My Book Review:
Sarah McDougall is a thirty-three year old artist from New England, who recently moved to Florida's west coast to live a more simpler life with her Bassett Hound, Sparky. Sarah has psychic abilities, she has the ability to see visions of strange occurrences / scenes that come in a misty ethereal fashion. She's had this ability all her life, she never knows when the visions will happen or what will come through, there is no warning or escape from them, and she resents having this ability as it is a real social life killer.
One year ago, Sarah had visions of an older woman's brutal murder in a quaint New England village, and thinking that she could help the investigation, she told the police about her visions, and was considered a nut case and prime suspect until the real killer was revealed.
Seeking to get away from the reminders of the past, Sarah moved to Florida's west coast, in a little house off the thirteenth fairway of a golf course on a cul-de-sac street named Spyglass Lane. Sarah's quieter, simpler life was once again turned upside down when she had a vision while walking Sparky along the golf cart path near the thirteenth green. The vision was of a dead blonde haired woman wit diamonds buried in the sand trap. Thinking 'here we go again,' Sarah seeks assistance from her handsome pirate look alike neighbor, Raven DeVille. Sarah and Raven become sleuths and embark on their own investigation to solve the murder case. Will their investigation lead them to solve the murder case, or will it lead them to become the murderer's next victims?
Murder on Spyglass Lane is an entertainingly suspenseful cozy murder mystery. The storyline is well written, with an intriguing plot that is action packed with a lot of suspense, drama, twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing what will happen next. The author provides the reader with a story that is fast paced, with a great dialogue and enough drama and mayhem to keep them enthralled and turning the pages. I really liked how the author balanced the suspense of the murder mystery with Sarah's psychic ability and a light flirty romance added into the mix.
The author provides a cast of characters that are down-to-earth, realistic, and quirky. It was really fun getting to know Sarah, Raven, Sparky and Sarah's "mature" golfing buddies. The dialogue and interactions between Sarah and Raven were down right entertaining. I found myself laughing quite a bit as I followed along with their sleuthing adventures.
Murder on Spyglass Lane is a thoroughly enjoyable and quick read that will keep you guessing until the very surprising ending. Cozy mystery fans, this is one novel that you definitely need to add to your reading list!
RATING: 4 STARS ****