Skeletons in the Attic by Judy Penz Sheluk is the first book in the NEW “Marketville” mystery series. Publisher: Imajin Books, August 2016

Skeletons in the AtticWhat goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there.

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville—a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.

Callie’s not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?

Her father’s sudden death. Her mother’s disappearance from long ago. Inheriting the house where her childhood began. These items all connect to the journey that Callie must face and boy what a can of worms this roller-coaster ride opened in this debut series.

This was a fast-paced and riveting drama that quickly became a page turner as I had to know what happened long ago and what the outcome will be once Callie began her investigation. There’s a lot of buried secrets and one by one they are exposed which leads Callie to keep on digging, which makes her one determined heroine. The intrigue, the action and the suspense kept me glued to the pages and when I thought I had a handle on the situation, the author pulled the carpeting right under my feet.

The author had a way with the narrative that put me smack dab in the middle of what was going on and the closer Callie got to the truth the more I could not put this book down. All the pertinent characters played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale and when it was over, the author did one thing better that was absolutely perfect and all I could say was OMG, I did not see that coming and wow. This was a terrific read and I can’t wait to read the next book to see where we go after we are left with that ending.

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