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Mark of the Loon (Gen Delacourt Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Molly Greene
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Book Description

Madison Boone is keen to buy a fabulous stone cottage in the country and she nixes her budding relationship with Coleman Welles to do it. But once the renovation begins, the property’s long-buried secret threatens to derail everything. Can her friends help solve the mystery?

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What happens when a single workaholic falls in love with an old stone cottage in Northern California? In Mark of the Loon, Madison renovates and sells property in addition to her busy real estate sales career. Her work-centric lifestyle leaves little time for anything beyond business and her three wise, hilarious friends. When Madison buys the Blackburne’s former house, a series of mysterious events both endanger her and lead her to love – and a permanent home. Mark of the Loon is the skillful combination of history, mystery, and romance in a novel that explores choices, taking risks, dealing with loss, deep, satisfying, unconditional friendships – and introduces Genevieve Delacourt as an impressive amateur sleuth!

What people are saying:
Molly Greene's stunning debut novel, Mark of the Loon, is a glorious read, with brilliant descriptions and pitch-perfect characterization. I loved spending time with the four smart, wise, fun-loving women at the center of this novel. As I read, their gorgeously developed friendship made me wish I could climb into their world and join them. With Mark of the Loon, Molly Greene has established herself as a remarkable new voice in contemporary fiction. ~ Terri Giuliano Long, Author of the bestselling novel, In Leah's Wake

Reviewer Aya Walksfar says: “From the time that Mallory Blackburne hears “the thunderous boom of metal striking wood…” this mystery captures the reader. Romance and mystery without the need for graphic sex or graphic violence; just a great read!”

Reviewer Lisa Mack says, “...a mystery that doesn't devolve around murder, peopled by smart women who are figuring out things for themselves, who have personal issues that don't center on whether they're overweight or pretty or...whatever. The main characters are all fleshed out and real, with real people problems. And well edited to boot!”

Reviewer Susan Goldin says, “Molly Greene has a gift which spins a tale that keeps you in the dark until the dawn slowly rises and reveals a landscape of unexpected proportions. Ms. Greene is very good at defining characters via their actions and dialogue. The dialogue is so well crafted the reader feels they are sitting in an armchair or at the table with those in discussion instead of reading words on a page.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Molly R. Greene (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00838H1OY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Loon by Molly Greene May 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Madison Boone is a real estate agent and she flips houses. After losing her parents while she was in college, Madison never really put down roots anywhere. Then one of her three best friends sent her an ad for a parcel of land out in the country. Once Madison saw it, she had to have it. The perfect English cottage and the bountiful gardens drew her in and made her feel like she was home. During this same time Madison was introduced to Cole. She liked him immediately but held back. Once she bought the house, strange things started to happen. She found keys but wasn't sure what locks they fit. Strange people started showing up and asking questions. Madison's curiosity lead her ask questions at the college. Each answer gave her more questions. With the help of her friend, they begin to dig into all of the books, journals and papers left behind by Mallory Blackburne, the original owner. Slowly answers start to fit into place. Now, were they really ready to get the whole story?

This book is a very slow read. It's filled with details and descriptions that sometimes slow the story considerably. The story is solid, just covered in so many layers you really have to pay attention to catch it all. Intrigue, laughter and love make this book one many will enjoy. I thought the mystery behind it all was wonderful it just took too long to get to the point. I think if you like mysteries this will be one you'll really enjoy.

The issues are listed above.

I gave this one 3 out of 5 books because it seemed to have so many layers to tie together it slowed the reading way down.

~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Loon" Hits the Mark June 4, 2012
By Steve
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Molly Greene's debut novel reveals not only that she's a talented writer and gifted storyteller (possession of one trait doesn't necessarily imply possession of the other), but also that she takes the professional approach when it comes to presenting her work. The formatting and editing are meticulous: about the most glaring error I discovered was the misspelling "dovecoat" (a structure for housing pigeons; "dovecote" is correct). I was able to read "Mark of the Loon" without distraction. That's a huge plus.

"Loon" is set against a real-estate backdrop that crackles with authenticity--natural enough, since that's what Ms. Greene does when she's not busy writing. The details help to keep the reader comfortable in a real world where unreal things are happening. This too makes the story easy to read. The mystery's a good one, and there were enough twists at the end to catch me out more than once.

My quibbles are few, and your mileage may well vary. Though [protagonist/heroine] Madison Boone's three friends all helped out to one extent or another, I think the book would have been improved by having only one friend in the picture (the irrepressible Genevieve, about whom the author says we'll hear more in due course). The others added little to the tale; their "jobs" could have been delegated. Also, there were a LOT of mysterious things going on, but nothing came clear until the last few chapters, which led to a rushed conclusion as all the plates came clattering down at once. I would have preferred to see some of the side issues cleared up in advance.

[We originally gave MARK OF THE LOON 4 stars. Under the scoring system we now have in place, we're giving 5 out of 5 for technical merit, and 4 out of 5 for artistic impression. That rounds up to a 5, and we are happy to revise the score accordingly.]

All in all, Molly's done a great job with "Mark of the Loon." Give it a look, and I think you'll agree!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to This Book Than Meets the Eye June 28, 2012
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The backdrop for this thriller is the California real estate market, a drama in itself! When heroine Madison Boone outfoxes an unscrupulous buyer, and herself snags the old house that's been lying dormant ever since its owners died a few years ago, she stirs up a real hornet's nest.

I enjoyed hearing the lingo of real estate brokers and house renovators. Madison is herself a broker, and her best friends are a lawyer and a television actress. These women spend a lot of time together and we become privy to their banter and their innermost secrets in this book. The dialogue moves along crisply, and the writing in this book overall is clean and elegant.

You know from the reaction of the jilted buyer that there's something special about that house. While Madison and her friends start the renovation work, and at the same time search for clues that would reveal the hidden value of the house, Madison has a series of troubling and dangerous encounters on the property. I found myself trying to sort out whether each new character was going to turn out to be friend or foe in the end. And still everything was a surprise, which shows how lousy I am at following clues.

I also greatly enjoyed the bird motif in Mark of the Loon. I do not want to spoil anything for anyone, so maybe I should just mention that there is much more to this book than meets the eye.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Loon May 25, 2012
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At first, I did not know what to expect when I picked up this indie novel on Kindle. I knew the writing would be good because I read author Molly Greene's blog. But I wasn't sure if it was mystery, fantasy, women's fiction, literary fiction, or what. After spending yesterday glued to my Kindle, and finishing the final chapter at 10 pm, I gotta say, it's all of that. And it works beautifully on every level.

The story starts with an intriguing snippet from the past, then moves into the present day life of California Realtor Madison and her friends Genny, Gabi, and Anna. Madison's story structures the novel, but I love the way Greene devotes lots of time to Maddie's relationships with her friends. They support each other through marriage and cheating and divorce and moving house. They share meals and drinks and secret dreams. I love writers who give their characters strong friendships, and this group is deeply, emotionally, resonant.

Madison's home base is Sonoma County, where the real estate market is still ticking along quite well. Not as crazy busy as she was before the financial meltdown, Madison fills her free time with buying rundown properties and burnishing them to beautiful jewels. Then she flips them for a tidy profit. She's never stayed in one place very long, never felt the need to put down roots in one space, until she sees a cozy English cottage on Sonoma Lake and buys it for a song, incurring the wrath of another would-be buyer.

Once Madison moves into her charming bungalow, she starts finding keys. Actual beautiful old keys that don't seem to open anything. Then, as her remodeling progresses, she unearths secret cubbys and even rooms.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The ending was not predictable, but some characters and events seemed over-developed.
Published 2 days ago by Karen Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the inter play between the friends. Looking forward to another of her books.
Published 4 days ago by Junebug
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read of you like mystery
Good plot and smart dialogue with humor . I will continue this series. I reccomemd this for fans of romance with a strong plot, intelligent characters without graphic sex.
Published 4 days ago by lagunamadre
4.0 out of 5 stars Wholly enjoyable
Even though I found the author's writing style and ability largely mediocre, I think she's an excellent storyteller, which frankly is the more important of the two skills. Read more
Published 5 days ago by April Dancer
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Published 8 days ago by LORRAINE SHEA
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the ideas didn't seem complete, maybe will ...
Some of the ideas didn't seem complete, maybe will be in the other books of the series. Otherwise an interesting read.
Published 9 days ago by Jay C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Loon hits the mark!
Mark of the Loon is a fascinating mystery, well-written, and filled with wonderful characters. I think Molly Greene has a good first novel in her Gen Delacourt series, and I look... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mathiya Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read. Can't wait to read the next book!
Published 13 days ago by Paulette Brewer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK. I don't think I will read ...
It was OK. I don't think I will read the next book though.
Published 15 days ago by C. Dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read but not compelling enough to want to read ...
Interesting story, easy read but not compelling enough to want to read the series.
Published 17 days ago by abq2
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Hi there! I'm a blogger and author of both fiction and non-fiction. My titles include Blog It! The author's guide to building a successful online brand (blogs based on WordPress), and the Gen Delacourt Mystery Series: Mark of the Loon, The Last Fairytale (formerly titled Rapunzel), Paint Me Gone, A Thousand Tombs, Swindle Town, and Lock the Cellar Door (out soon).

I currently live in the mountains outside San Diego, California, the city where I was born and raised - but I LOVE Northern California so much that I use various Bay Area locations as the setting for my fiction series. I really should move there, don't you think? Meanwhile, I write about my life and self-publishing topics at Stop by and say hello!

Each Gen Delacourt Mystery works well as a standalone story, but if you want to read them in order, here's the lowdown:

Book #1, Mark of the Loon
Book #2, The Last Fairytale
Book #3, Paint Me Gone
Book #4, A Thousand Tombs
Book #5, Swindle Town

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