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Lady in the Attic Hardcover – 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's Attic/Drg; First Edition edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1596352957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596352957
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. She is the author of ten books. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com

Customer Reviews

The characters were interesting and believable.
Richard
I received the first two chapter in the mail from a book club and when I tried to but the book at our local book stores i was told that I could possibly get it online.
Janice Grigsby
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a book that is a good clean read.
Jeannie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Palmer VINE VOICE on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book in a cozy mystery series. Annie's grandmother has died and left Annie her house in Maine. Annie heads there from Texas to check out the estate. Upon arrival, Annie finds a needlework piece that her grandmother had in the attic; the piece features a woman unknown to Annie. As Annie settles in the house, she meets a group of knitters, friends of her grandmother, and they begin to try to solve the mystery of who the woman in the piece is and why this piece was hidden away. Good characters makes this book a good read.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly readable and comfortable read! Most mystery fans will enjoy the detailed decriptions of the New England town, homespun atmosphere, locals and the beautiful architecture and needlepoint described by the author. There is a very satisfying end that will make the reader want to return for more tales from this quaint and inviting town and the Maine residents who inhabit it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn J. on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Was a good book to read on a snowy day. Would enjoy more books
by Tara Randel. I had the mystery solved before the ending but
that was a plus for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
New widow Annie Dawson has inherited her grandparents' Victorian home in Stony Point, Maine. So she's left her daughter and grandchildren behind in Texas and has moved into the old seaside house. She's hired a local contractor to help spruce up the well lived-in building. She has reconnected with childhood friend Alice MacFarlane, and she has already become a member of the community Hook and Needle craft club, too. She just might relocate to Stony Point permanently.

Each one of these "Attic Mysteries" is just that: a puzzle surrounding something that Annie finds in her grandparents' attic. In this book, it's a large cross-stitch piece that her grandmother crafted. The embroidery features a young woman and four scenes that might very well be nearby sites. Annie enlists the help of her new friends to find the locations and to figure out the identity of the woman. Armed with that information, they can decide what it all means. Most avid mystery readers will develop a strong suspicion about the unknown person, and they'll end up being correct in the end.

The non-violent premise (no murder) and the simple coastal setting of this series are decent enough. But this is the second episode I've read, and I was again a bit disappointed in the delivery. Annie and her friends talk like Nancy and George, the fictional characters who set the amateur detective standard for many of us, early on in our lives. Their dialogue doesn't reflect the wisdom and maturity that comes with age; and since Annie is a grandmother herself, she should be in her 40s or 50s. She should also have enough sense to go to the public library or the town hall to ferret out some of the details she's interested in. I got exasperated at some of her inabilities and reactions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maryanders on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm so glad I got this book in the series! My favorite books are mysteries but this one has a heart. After getting close to the end, I thought I had figured out who was the mystery woman (which almost stopped me from continuing) and was glad that I was wrong! This is the first book to make me cry! It does have a bit of comedy and all the personalities involved are fun. I have recommended this to my girlfriend who does needlework as I think she will thoroughly enjoy it as much as I had or more. I have the other books in the series and am now looking forward to each one because this book was so great. I read it while on a cruise this spring and read it every chance I had. Thanks to Annie's Attic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gleem on July 9, 2011
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Because I love stories about mysteries in attics of old houses, this series of books caught my attention. The setting in coastal Maine is nice and I liked the character of Annie. To me the mystery part of the story was quite obvious early on, but I still enjoyed the read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janice Grigsby on February 6, 2012
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I received the first two chapter in the mail from a book club and when I tried to but the book at our local book stores i was told that I could possibly get it online.

I read a lot and usually like mysteries. I felt a closeness to Annie taking care of her Grandmother's estate and her cat. I loved joining the sewing club with her.

What a treat to have new friends to search the clues in the picture. I felt true compassion for her as she wanted to become a true part of the group.

I truly feel this is the book for those of us who have a changing life style
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Kurtz on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First, may I say that physically speaking, The Lady in the Attic is a beautiful book and I love the satin book mark. The story is gentle on the mystery and very well-written with a lot of conversation. I loved the descriptions of Maine. I wished for more depth in the description of the minor characters. I finished the book and still had questions about several of them. The main character was well-supported, and being about my age, I quickly identified with her. The book, for me, was okay but didn't really grab my interest. I did keep reading, however, because I wanted to know who the lady in the attic was! I actually figured it out about 3/4's of the way through the book. Of course, I had to finish to find out why she was the lady in the attic. Good read, but overall, just not my cup of tea.
Dawn Kurtz author of Christian novel: Secret of the Mexican Doll
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