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The Mysteries of Hummingbird Falls: Murder in the Mountains (The Hummingbird Falls Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Clarey
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*****5 Stars for The Mysteries of Hummingbird Falls. Suspenseful and exciting, without graphic violence, this cozy mystery keeps you turning the pages. Cozy Mystery Review.

When a local eccentric appears at Ellie Hasting's cottage door whispering that she's seen a body, Ellie, a summer resident of the rural mountain village of Hummingbird Falls, doesn't take her seriously. But when the discovery of a dead woman at the bottom of the magnificent falls points to murder, the tiny town's two-man police force asks Ellie to help with the investigation.

Then she finds a second body.

Some secrets stay buried for generations, especially in isolated tourist towns like this. But something dangerous is rattling the foundations of this scenic village. Ellie has growing suspicions, but isn't sure whom she can trust, especially as pounding rains and flooding create a disaster that's pushing everybody together in emergency shelters...including the killer who's waiting for the right moment to silence Ellie for good.

The award winning best seller of 80,000 words has been revised and reformatted in response to reader feedback.

*****Goodreads. This series is one great book after another.I can't wait for the next book to be released.

*****Book Readers Review. The Mysteries of Hummingbird Falls is a cozy mystery delight in the tradition of Murder She Wrote. Don't miss this series.

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About the Author

Joanne Clarey taught at the University of Southern Maine and practised psychotherapy for two decades. Besides Hummingbird Falls, she is the author of Twisted Truth, No More Lies, and The One That Got Away. She resides in Maine and North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Alabaster Book Publishing; 3 edition (August 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJEWM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better June 11, 2011
By moo dog
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The mystery was good, the characters were engaging, and I like that the person I had pegged from the beginning as the murderer was not.

The problem was the stilted dialog that sounded at times as if it came from a child's chapter book. No adult in the modern world really talks like that, in short, declarative sentences, no contractions, and no slang or colloquialisms. Despite otherwise good characterization, this made the people seem stiff, forced, and unreal, like cardboard cutouts.

Because this was otherwise an enjoyable mystery, I will try some of the later books in the series to see if the dialog has improved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story January 9, 2013
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I really liked this story. A good cozy read with good character development. All ends tied up and would love to read other installments. I gave 4 stars vs. 5 because of all the English errors. Lots of writing errors that were not corrected. Good read though story wise for any mystery lover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not going to finish it August 16, 2011
By mdmom
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I hate giving bad reviews, but this one, ugh. I got about 100 pages in but I can't even finish it, just don't care "who did it." The story meanders too much into the main character's personal feelings and history. The dialog is written in a stilted way that I find it to be distracting. There are also many errors in the text, maybe from how it was "translated" for Kindle, but it had an off-putting effect for me. Sorry, but this one was not worth the money I spent and I regret purchasing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice setting for a cozy mystery January 29, 2013
By J. Boyd
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Ellie is a summer resident of an isolated cottage outside the town of Hummingbird Falls. There is a murder and Ellie gets involved in the investigation. She seems to be in danger herself and thinks perhaps it is because she either saw something or knows something about the identity of the murderer. I enjoyed the descriptions of the surroundings, nature and the town itself. I also enjoyed several of the characters.
The dialog seemed awkward and stilted through most of the book. I tried to adjust but it was enough of a problem that I don't think I would read a second book of the series. I guess the dialog was the reason I never became attached to any of the characters. This is a cozy mystery but it is slower than most of the cozy mysteries that I have read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mysteries of Hummingbird Falls October 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the same problem that several other reviewers had in that the dialog is stilted with few contractions and too many typos as well as the paragraphs being chopped up strangely. I felt like I was mentally going through and making corrections rather than getting caught up in the story. That being said, I did check out later books in the series and there is improvement. I just can't understand how someone releases a book with so many problems. Send it to me and I'll fix it for you, if only to spare others the pain!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this mystery book! February 8, 2011
By Lucille
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! Kept me turning the pages,
on the edge of my seat, to the very last. Also
filled with interesting info about nature, as the plot thickens,
when main character Ellie encounters a bear, hummingbird,
iris borer, and so on, humor and suspense all mixed together!
Can't wait to read the sequels!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The story line was pretty good and was the only reason I finished the book. There was way too much detail in the dialogue and the descriptive passages. I wanted the author to just "get to the point." The reader doesn't need to know every thought passing through the characters' minds. The worst part about reading this was that there was missing and inapproriate punctuation, long rambling sentences with words that didn't belong, mistakes with capitalization. It was as if the whole book was a first draft that had never been proofread. Also, I thought the insertion of a recipe and a LONG rambling dissertation about Forget-me-nots were really strange. I don't think I will be reading another book by this author.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to the series August 16, 2011
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If you like cozy mysteries with a strong sense of setting and a female protagonist, you may like this series. The setting is Hummingbird Falls, New Hampshire, a rural community of a few hundred, and over the course of the series, you get to know several of the town's residents. The main character, Ellie Hastings, is a widowed teacher in her late 50s, who has been summering in the village for the 10 years since her husband died, and because she returns to the same cabin each year, she has developed good relationships with her neighbors. I've read the first three mysteries in the series so far and find this opening volley the strongest. Good characters and plot development and a surprising ending, but I'd agree with a previous reviewer that the dialogue in the series is stilted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Enjoy the way JOanne Claret keeps a twist going on every page with an ending I wouldn't have guessed! I now . Read more
Published 5 days ago by lv2read
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising at first
At first glance book is engaging; main character is likeable. Good premise to story. However, the writing is poor. Too many descriptive phrases detracted from good story. Read more
Published 25 days ago by lizd
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful written
Enjoyed the descriptions in the book the story was well written the characters were people who were very uplifting. the murder mystery was just a bonus
Published 8 months ago by Linda Cole
2.0 out of 5 stars I Guessed Who Was Dead By The Third Page
This story had potential and the writing was not bad just very bad structure, could have been a lot better.
Published 21 months ago by nitemage
4.0 out of 5 stars Ellie's place is pretty isolated...
and sometimes that worries me. But, I guess she is brave enough to get through. I am liking this series and looking forward to each and every installment as it comes out. Read more
Published on November 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Never caught my interest
I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. Widowed teacher Ellie spends her summers drawing and writing in peaceful Hummingbird Falls. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by MamaSylvia
1.0 out of 5 stars i couldn't even finish it
the kindle version is weirdly spaced with lots of typos. i did not like the way the characters spoke nor the descriptions of anything. 2. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by V
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
The story was ok but I couldnt stand the way the dialogue was written. People dont really speak like that.
Published on September 12, 2011 by Donna
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More About the Author

JOANNE CLAREY grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Maine with an English Literature. She taught English in New Hampshire, New York, and Maine public schools, worked as a counselor at a maximum security forensic institution, and operated her own antique business before earning her M.Ed. and Ed.D., in Counseling and Supervision at the University of Maine. She taught Counseling and Women's Studies at the University of Southern Maine and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice and as a consultant for over two decades.

Research articles on women's development, newsletter columns, two career training manuals for women, music lyrics and numerous other non-fiction writings preceded Clarey's fiction writing. She is the author of six fiction novels, numerous articles, short stories and poems. The Dr. Christie McMorrow thriller series, TWISTED TRUTH and SKINNED, takes place in Portland, Maine and the Hummingbird Falls mystery series, THE MYSTERIES OF HUMMINGBIRD FALLS, RIDDLED TO DEATH,THE FALL HUNT, and COLD CALL takes place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Clarey lives in New England. Her life is enriched by her partner, two children, her grandson, four siblings, wonderful friends, challenging and supportive authors, and her writers' roundtable. In addition to writing, Clarey gives talks about writing, sits on panels at conferences, collects rocks, pans for gold, reads, creates in mixed media and loves to swim in icy mountain streams and lakes.


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