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Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller Tammyland—a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton that was praised as a "honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love." But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor.
But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the grave—suggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold.
Emily Arsenault is the critically acclaimed author of The Broken Teaglass, a New York Times Notable Mystery, and In Search of the Rose Notes. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
Jamie is shocked to find out that her college friend, Gretchen has died from an apparent fall. She is asked by Gretchen’s mother to be a literary executor for Gretchen’s unfinished... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Michelle Boytim
There is a good story somewhere in this book. It just takes reading through lots of way too long reflections on country western singers to get to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle CustomerM3
I grew up on country music and still love the classic stuff. This book was mesmerizing.Published 3 months ago by M. Nelson
I enjoyed the mystery and books within the book. I got tired of the mini essays on country music and I wish I'd learned more about the friendship at the heart of the story.Published 4 months ago by Malena Ann Watrous
Couldn't stop reading. The book has so many plot twists that you just want to keep reading. I highly recommend this bookPublished 9 months ago by Pauline Gladstone
I can't say enough good things about this book. In fact, I can't wait to read it again, it was that good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cinthia Ritchie
This was an enjoyable and quick read. It was a book within a book. The characters seemed well-drawn and there were plenty of red herrings to keep the reader in suspense. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ahammerquilts
A book within a book - some of the characters were hard to keep straight because we hear from a friend whose friend was the daughter of a lady who gave her to her sister to raise... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pat