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The Face On Miss Fanny's Wall [Kindle Edition]

Gwyneth Greer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After recognizing her great-grandmother’s picture on the wall of a restored bordello-turned-visitor center, Tessa Steele sets out to track down exactly how Hallie became one of Miss Fanny’s ‘ladies’. Threatening phone calls and letters warning her that Nosy little girls get into trouble become the least of her worries when she meets Sgt. Dale McCord, a state police officer investigating a series of so-called ‘hauntings’ at Miss Fanny’s.

Caught between her own curiosity about Miss Fanny’s and Dale’s disapproval, she goes ahead with her research. Each time she uncovers a new piece of information, she faces an even more sinister threat as well as Dale’s unexplained anger. She’s as determined to learn the truth as someone is to stop her. And Dale is determined to keep her alive—if he can.

Product Details

  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Champagne Books (March 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HE6QQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Mystery from A Long Time Ago May 12, 2014
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A really good mystery story. By the title alone, I was expecting more of the story to take place in the bordello, as that would have helped me in the story I'm writing. It didn't provide me with the details I was looking for, but it is a well written story. A lot of characters come at you in the first 20 pages or so, but once you get to Tessa, the pace of new characters slow down a bit. There are also a couple of times where a conversation is taking place and I lost track of who was speaking because "he said / she said" wasn't include at the end of various lines of dialogue. If you enjoy mysteries, you'll enjoy this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written and Intricate but Drags At Times January 11, 2014
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Reviewed by Ursula
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

The Face on Miss Fanny’s Wall is an interesting and complex mystery. There is a long history told in this story of a single family and how things that happened over 150 years ago, still effect those today.

The beginning of the book, about the first 6 chapters, read like a prologue. It starts 150 years earlier and go through the following years in very short snippets of different periods of time to show what each generation goes through; leading up to 1999.

When the story reaches 1999, we meet Tessa. The rest of the story follows, in first person, Tessa’s search to find answers to her family’s past.

I really enjoyed the plot of the story, even though it seemed to drag every now and then. What I did have an issue with was the way everyone treated Tessa as if she was a child of 14 throughout the entire book.

She is ending her Junior year in collage when we meet her, but she still has to ask her parents permission on where she can go on Spring Break. She is kept from speaking freely with her own Grandmother and is controlled at every turn. When she meets a man that shares a mutual romantic interest in, he claims she is too young for him and he will wait for her to ‘grow up’ before anything can happen between them. I understand ‘why’ he says it, but it isn’t presented in a good way.

The rest of the book, either Tessa’s parents, her roommate or Dale, her romantic interest, is trying to tell her what to do. I could understand if she was doing something dangerous, but for the most part, she is tracing her family history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read March 21, 2013
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Judy Nickles, writing as Gwyneth Greer has done it again with another great read.

This one is a wonderful family story covering mulitiple generations. The suspenseful plot kept me turning pages well into late night hours. I find it delightful to read a book about what could have been a sticky situation without having to wade through wasting my time with smut.

The Face on Miss Fanny's Wall is written in a clean and flowing prose.

The story begins with a young woman recognizing her Great, great, great grandmother's picutre on the wall of a bordello, turned museum. The story of family secrets, subterfuge, and lies begins there and quickly picks up steam. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys geneology, family stories or just a good story you feel comfortable suggesting to anyone.

My only regrets are that the story wasn't longer and that it didn't include a family tree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Page Turner March 12, 2012
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This is a suspense story that kept me turning the pages and wanting to know what was going to happen next. There are several generations of one family to keep track of, which was a little hard without a family tree included, but to skim through confusing bits won't take away from the plot. Also, the first hundred years or so of the family history moved very quickly and then the story focused on present day. I would have liked a little more depth and detail to the earlier stories, but all in all, I enjoyed this tale and found myself picking up my Kindle to read more of the book every chance I got. The premise and setting I found interesting, and for those who do not like cursing or sex, this book has neither. There are a couple of sweet romances on the side, and enough twists in the mystery to keep a person guessing. A good entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book September 9, 2014
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Although it started rather slow and people are introduced at a rapid pace,this book is a interesting historical mystery. I enjoyed the book. The book was provided by the author for me to read and review.
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More About the Author

Gwyneth Greer/Judy Nickles has written since she could hold a pencil. After retirement from teaching, she finally had time to pursue publication. In addition to short stories published online at A Long Story Short and Literary Magic, she has been published in two print anthologies, 'Tis the Season and My First Year in the Classroom, as well as The Storyteller and History Magazine. Two full-length novels, Where is Papa's Shining Star? and its sequel, Finding Papa's Shining Star were released in April by The Wild Rose Press. The Showboat Affair is her third novel with TWRP. A fourth novel, contracted by Champagne Books,The Face on Miss Fanny's Wall, is due for release in 2012.

Judy blogs weekly on various writing topics at The Word Place ( Visit her website at and her second author page listed as Judy Nickles.

Besides writing, Judy enjoys genealogical research, reading, travel, and meeting new people. She believes that every location has a story and wishes she had time to write them all.


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