From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, Abby Kimball returns in a new mystery with her unusual ability to see the dead and even more secrets from the past.
Looking to take a break from busy home renovations, Abby and boyfriend Ned Newhall jump at the chance to vacation on Cape Cod. Not only do they plan to get away from the dust and grime, but since Abby has no known ancestors in the area, the trip promises to be free of the unsettling ghostly appearances that have darkened her recent days.
Dreams of a relaxing vacation are soon dashed, however, when a storm blows in and brings with it a scene from the past more disturbing than any Abby has ever experienced. The long-dead woman who appears to Abby is someone she’s met before, but this time her presence defies any explanation at all.
Determined to unravel the mystery of the woman’s recurring appearances, Abby follows a trail of family history and upheaval that spans generations and may yield the biggest revelation of all, not just about Abby’s ancestors but about her living relatives as well.
About the Author:
Sheila Connolly is an Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author who writes four bestselling cozy mystery series: the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, the County Cork Mysteries, and the Relatively Dead Mysteries. In addition, she has published Once She Knew, a romantic suspense; Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany; and a number of short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and travels to Ireland as often as possible. (Goodreads)
This is the fourth book in the Relatively Dead series and it is the first one that I have read. I think that to get the most enjoyment out of this book you should read the other books first. I had a little trouble understanding the relationships between Abby, Leslie, Ned and Ellie. The characters felt a little one dimensional to me and I really could not connect with them as much as I wanted to. Maybe if I had read the other books I would not feel this way. I thought that Abby was a little older and was surprised when I read that she was twenty something. I did not feel like there was strong connection between Abby and Ned, they did not seem to be a strong couple to me. And I really did not like Leslie, I thought she was rude and mean and unappreciative to the help that Abby and Ned offered her. I did enjoy reading about the kitten that Abby and Ellie find during a storm. I loved reading about her antics and I thought this added a lot to the book.
This is more of a paranormal read than a typical cozy, there are no dead bodies found in this book. The mystery revolves around the ghost that Abby and Ellie see and why she is so sad. I just wish that there had been some interaction between them and the ghost.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and when I was reading about their getaway to Cape Cod, I felt like I was right there experiencing the fierce storm that blew in or the beautiful beaches that they walked along after the storm. If you enjoy reading about Cape Cod, this book will take you there.
If you are interested in genealogy then this is a must read book. The author seems quite knowledgeable about the topic and wrote about many ways to delve into this topic and how to conduct your research. I felt that some good tips and ideas were included that would be helpful for an amateur genealogist. And if you enjoy books that have history included, you will enjoy this book.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Beyond The Page Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.