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Moon Signs (Moon Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Haught Fanick
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Book Description

Retirement is a time for knitting, gardening, and an occasional quiet lunch with friends, according to Kathleen Williamson. Her sister Andrea has an altogether different point of view. When the sisters go to the Canaan Valley to search for paintings mentioned in a document found in an old hotel once owned by their grandparents—paintings that might be Monets—Andrea immediately becomes involved in tracking down a murderer. Kathleen would much rather be looking for the paintings, but she goes along with Andrea, since the victim was their hotel-keeper, murdered just down the hall from their room. The question is: Does the murder have something to do with the elusive paintings?

There are many clues and many suspects, including hotel staff, valley residents, and the mysterious foreigners who come from the Eastern Seaboard for skiing. There are also many types of danger—icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, and a killer who doesn’t care how many people die in the attempt to make sure the right ones do.






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About the Author

Helen Haught Fanick's short stories have appeared in Women's Household, Midnight Zoo, Vermont Ink, and in various anthologies and online publications. Her articles and photos have been published in Texas Observer, Stepping Stones, and other periodicals. Her poem, Leaf Fall, was published in Nature's Gifts, an anthology to benefit The Nature Conservancy.  She has won several local and state awards, and two national awards in the Writer's Digest Competition.

Helen's novel, Moon Signs, Book I of the Moon Mystery Series, was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and is available on Amazon. The second and third novels in the Moon Mystery Series, Moonlight Mayhem and Hunter's Moon, and a collection of three short stories, Bad Moon Rising, have now been published. Saving Susie, a suspense novel, reached the second level of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and was published in March 2012. Helen's other works, Spring Decision, Assignment Prague, and City Life, are also available on Amazon.

Helen is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in English and lives in San Antonio with her husband.

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  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TJIH7K
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Signs Positive June 7, 2012
By Micki
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Senior sisters Kathleen and Andrea are a pure joy. As a senior myself, it's especially enjoyable to see older women depicted as vital, intelligent and productive.

The West Virginia ladies take a winter vacation to a ski resort that at one time was owned by their grandparents. Their neice and only surviving relative now works there, and has found old paperwork indicating that there might be two lost Monet paintings somewhere at the inn. The same evening they check in, they discover the body of one of the inn's co-owners. The unpopular lady has been murdered, and the amateur sleuths are promptly on the case.

I won't go into details that would spoil the well-told story for other readers, but there is another murder and several attempted murders in a mystery with all the twists and turns of any good who-done-it. The characters are well developed and work well together in a plot that unfolds at just the right pace.

All in all, it's an enjoyable read that I don't hesitate to reccomend to anyone who enjoys the genre.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome March 26, 2012
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This was the 1st book written by Helen Fanick that I have read and it was awsome! I love the fact that it is about WV and ploaces that I am familiar with and her writing holds my attention and makes me want to keep reading and not put it down til the end, but then like so many books I wish there was more to read so I anxiously await the next one in the series!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good January 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A quick mystery with no blood...good read. Cute stories about two older sisters trying to crack a case. A clean book no swearing or blood.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginning of a series! June 3, 2012
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I bought this with a shrug, thinking I'd learn a little moon lore. It was this and more. This is an excellent story. Well paced, interesting characters (local and beyond) and the writing is very good. Really liked it. I'll look for #2
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little slow June 6, 2012
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This is a rather slow-paced mystery. It was refreshing to see mature (retired) amateur sleuths. I enjoyed the interactions between the two sisters and would have liked to see more depth to their characters. The moon sign theme didn't play much part in the plot and seemed almost an afterthought to one sister's personality. The entire story is set in a ski lodge in W.Va. but could have been anywhere. The plot had all the right ingredients for an interesting mystery, and was pleasant entertainment, but never really pulled me in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding but entertaining June 6, 2012
By Sharon
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Entertaining cozy mystery set in a ski resort. Two mature sisters are the main protagonists, sensible and well developed characters with a solid, nicely established plotline.

The moon signs of the title did seem a bit extraneous to the storyline, as if it had been added simply to add a bit of interest.

I read fewer 'cozy' mysteries than other types, in part because so many seem to have totally outrageous plot twists that seem to rely on the main characters doing something incredibly naive and stupid. This book, I'm glad to say, has mature characters that act responsibly and avoid that issue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and enjoyable... October 5, 2012
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...AND...I already have #2 in the series...the only thing better than one good book is two! This was a satisfying read on many levels...the characters are well described and likeable, the plot is coherently developed, and the editing is excellent. The only quibbles that I have are minor; the moon phase business just didn't really seem to fly, and there was a little too much wild speculation and jumping to conclusions, i.e., water-lily paintings from the turn of the century must be Monets. All in all, however, I'm left with the sort of pleasantly full sensation one has after having eaten a lovely dinner. I see that the other reviewers quite agree with me!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining July 25, 2012
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An entertaining book written for young and old, but myself, being closer to the old, truly enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle mystery
This book is a lightly told mystery involving two elderly sisters. The elder sister has a knack for solving mysteries and the younger is an observer of people but without the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Buckwalter
4.0 out of 5 stars Goog reading
It was a good book, easy reading, did not go into a lot of detail. Looking forward to the next Moon Mystery book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The overall story was good but pretty predictable
She kind of made the main character who was only 60 seem older than that. I just turned 61 yesterday and I have much more get up and go than she seemed to have. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamela J Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and enjoyable!
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were well-developed and fun to "get to know." I'm often disappointed when I read mysteries because I guess who the killer is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Inez
3.0 out of 5 stars cute book
Short and to the point. Nicely tied up at the end. Characters of few words.
Actually, the ladies "of that certain age" are quite charming. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
This is an entertaining cozy mystery that's easy to get into. I recommend it to anyone who likes clean who-done-its.
Published 4 months ago by Therese Burgamy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book for my mother.
Written for an older generation. Story line and characters were good but I found it too descriptive on the day to day things and even the food choices etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eileen L.
2.0 out of 5 stars My Review
A nice, quick mystery that had me guessing to the end. The crimes were solved and the book ended abruptly. Characters could have been developed more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by debshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i loved it.
Published 10 months ago by maryann ashcraft
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for West Virginia.
Being a WV native, the places Ms. Franck writes about are home to me. Her writing is descriptive and interesting enough to keep the reader on track with the mystery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deedee Heyne
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More About the Author

Helen Haught Fanick grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Texas, and both states provide settings for her novels. Her interests are wide-ranging, and her work includes cozy mysteries, suspense novels, a World War II espionage novel, and short stories, all available through Amazon for Kindle. The novels are also available in paperback.

A short story impressed Helen's fifth grade teacher, and she's been writing ever since. She has won several local and state awards and two national awards in the Writer's Digest Competition. Moon Signs was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. She's a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio and lives in San Antonio with her husband.

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