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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Aberdeen Bay (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608300390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608300396
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,476,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The suspense kept me turning the pages.
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This is an absolutely compelling and exciting murder mystery with a cast of unusual and interesting characters.
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Look for more from this talented author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. Cheves on October 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
`Her hands were in her lap, clasped tight, as if she were a child being forced to sit quietly in church. Her yellow cotton sundress, styled to recall a much different era with its puffed sleeves and ribbon sash, was covered in blood - and even in the muted light of Hugh's living room, the now dry blood was a vulgar brownish-red and painful to look at. "The nuns at Holy Trinity believe all good Catholics go to heaven when they die," LoraLee said, her voice low, soft, and accepting. "Their souls live forever. Eternal." She smiled.
"The nuns also said pretty much everyone has to go to purgatory first." Then she fell silent; and Hugh let her be.'

LoraLee Turner's father has been killed and she is the best, and only, suspect. So why is she sitting in Hubert James Champion, III's living room? That is a question he too needs answered. Apparently, LoraLee's housekeeper, Marsha Portson, was present when the murder was committed and felt that Hugh was the only person she could trust to help this woman/child that she had taken care of for years and had grown to love as her own. And Mojave County Assistant Sheriff - Audrey Boyes, didn't seem to mind Marsha's vote of confidence for this man she had known for just over a year but would like to know a little better. Actually,
everyone wanted to know a little more about Hugh. Starting with, why would a psychologist from Chicago move to the Mojave to become a desert rat?

Hugh does have a past that he plans to keep to himself, but when he looks into LoraLee's eyes, he knows he can't just walk away. He moved to this god forsaken place to get away from life and it's everyday problems only to find you can't run away. There's always someone out there that will find you and bring your problems back to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Taylor Zortman on February 2, 2014
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This is the first of two books that Madeline wrote about this particular setting and with the same characters. Since I won the second one "Counsel of Ravens" from her on her blog, I read it first and loved it. Therefore, I bought her original book "Reticence of Ravens" and read it, as well. Both are absolutely fascinating and beautifully written and I can only hope that she'll write yet another book in this series. I highly recommend this book as a wonderful read.

Jackie Taylor Zortman
Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW"
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By A. McGraw on July 5, 2012
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Hugh Champion was a psychologist and FBI collaborator in his past life, and he's moved to the desert, near Route 66, to lose himself and forget. He spends his days running a mostly defunct mini-mart, only opening for business when the mood strikes him. Ravens and an old dog named Hobo are his main source of companionship.

LoraLee Jackson, a somewhat ethereal young woman, turns up at Hugh's home covered in blood. LoraLee's father, not one of the good guys, has been brutally murdered and she's the most likely suspect. Hugh's life takes a turn when he reluctantly feels the need to prove her innocence. In the process, Hugh faces his own demons and those of people around him.

I found myself pulling for Hugh while reading this story, and that says a lot to me. Pulling for a character means he really got to me. From Audrey, a cop, to his cousin and her ex-husband, Hugh has his hands full. Include an FBI agent and a heretofore unknown brother of LoraLee and you've got a mix of characters who won't let you put down the book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. M.M. Gornell made me "feel" the desert and the setting. She's done an excellent job with characterization. The suspense kept me turning the pages. I will be reading more of her work, and I hope many of the characters make a return visit.
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By Ki on November 19, 2013
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What a find! I was meant to be connected to this book. Just a stroll through the vendors at the Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival and there was the author of this intriguing book. The mystery inhabits a part of the old Route 66 and our author is so exquisitely descriptive that one can visualize the setting without even having been there. The characters are well-developed and credible so much so that you may think them real. I was thoroughly captivated. At first one may question the various subplots, but it is a tantalizing journey to explore how they all unite. The author has an amazing ability to build the suspense and our interest. She had to do a great deal of research to create such an outstanding read. The sequel is the Counsel of the Ravens and yes, I am reading it already as the main protagonist, Hugh keeps me wanting to follow his trek.
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By Patricia Gligor on May 25, 2012
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M.M. Gornell kept me turning the pages of "Reticence of Ravens" because of her intriguing plot, descriptive setting and, most importantly, her well developed main character, Hugh. I'm glad the novel is part of her Route 66 mystery series because there are still some things about Hugh and his past I want to know. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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More About the Author

Madeline (M.M.) Gornell is the award winning author of Uncle Si's Secret, Death of a Perfect Man, Lies of Convenience, Reticence of Ravens, and Counsel of Ravens. Her first Route 66 mystery, Reticence of Ravens, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer 2011 fiction Prize, the da Vinci Eye (cover art), and the Montaigne Medal (most thought provoking book). And Lies of Convenience was a Hollywood Book Festival Finalist and along with Uncle Si's Secret, a PSWA Fiction winner. Counsel of Ravens is a London Book Festival(honorable mention) and Los Angeles Times Book Festival Genre Fiction (runner-up). She continues to be inspired by historic Route 66.

M.M. is a lifetime lover of mysteries, and besides reading and writing, she is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. She lives with her husband and assorted canines in the Mojave High-Desert near the internationally revered Route 66. You can visit her online at her website http://www.mmgornell.com, or her BLOG http://www.mmgornell.wordpress.com, or email her directly at mmgornell@earthlink.net.

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