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A Village Shattered ( A Logan & Cafferty Mystery/Suspense Novel ) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Henry Mead
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Book Description

The Valley Retirement Village is the scene of a serial killer's revenge. Who is alphabetically killing Sew and So Club members, and why? When the newly-elected sheriff bungles the investigation, Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty, widows living in the village, decide to solve the murders.Dana Logan, a mystery novel buff, and Sarah Cafferty, a private investigator's widow, soon make a sobering discovery: they're also on the killer's list. Dana's beautiful daughter Kerrie, a news correspondent, arrives, complicating matters, but she quickly proves her value in the investigation. San Joaquin Valley fog hides the killer as well as hindering the murder case. The plot is laced with romance as well as humor in this first novel of the Logan & Cafferty senior sleuth series.

About the Author

Jean Henry Mead began her writing career as a news reporter/photographer in California, and later as a staff writer and correspondent for the statewide newspaper, the Casper Star-Tribune. She also served as editor of In Wyoming Magazine and Misty Mountain Press. While freelancing for the Denver Post's Empire Magazine, other articles were published domestically as well as abroad. She has published 15 books.

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Jean Henry Mead is the author of 14 books, half of them novels. She's also an award-winning photojournalist and children's author.

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  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Books; 3rd edition edition (August 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IDV3D2
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First in an Excellent Series March 18, 2012
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By Jean Henry Mead

Reviewed by Earl Staggs

This novel has everything amateur sleuth mystery readers want. First of all, there's no dilly-dallying around waiting for a crime to happen. A murder victim is discovered on the first page. When Dana and Sarah, two fifty-nine-year-old widows, arrive at their friend's house for a meeting of the Sew and So club in the Valley Retirement Village, the friend is dead. Real mystery readers also want protagonists they'd like to tag along with in the search for the killer. Dana and Sarah are like old friends of yours from the first chapter and you'll feel you're right there with them as they discover more Village victims, follow clues, and bicker as only bonded pals can do. You'll enjoy following the killer's trail hip to hip with them through each surprising twist and turn of this well-developed and smoothly written story.

Jean Henry Mead is one of those accomplished writers who can blend it all together - mystery, suspense, a compelling plot, real people, real situations, natural humor - in a story that will keep you guessing at the edge of your seat until the last page. . .and then leave you hoping there are more books with Dana and Sarah. Fortunately, there are two more in this excellent series: DIARY OF MURDER and MURDER ON THE INTERSTATE
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Die For February 18, 2012
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A Village Shattered by Jean Henry Mead will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Someone is killing off residents of a retirement village, and it appears they're being dispensed with alphabetically.

Amateur sleuths Dana Logan and Sarah Cafferty take things into their own hands because in all likelihood, they're on the list and it won't be long before their numbers (or letters) are up. Newly appointed Sheriff Grayson doesn't seem to be getting anywhere in his investigation, and these two women know something has to break soon. Dana's daughter, Kerri, shows up and adds an extra degree of difficulty to the situation. The twists and turns in this story will keep you guessing until the very end. Who wants the members of the Sew and So Club dead, and what could these seniors have done to deserve this fate?

The characters in this story will endear themselves to you and you may wish you knew them in real life. The story is told with humor and heart, and I highly recommend A Village Shattered. I look forward to the next in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's a suspect until they're murdered January 18, 2009
When a well-intentioned sheriff appears unlikely to figure out who's killing Valley Retirement Village residents before they're all dead, Dana and Sarah take matters into their own hands. They have nothing to lose, for they're already on the killer's to-do list as he works his way through the members of the village's Sew and So Club in alphabetical order.

Mead begins this novel at flank speed and never slows down. Everyone's wondering about the motives and whereabouts of everyone else, and the only people who aren't suspects are dead. This novel offers humor, romance, a boat load of red herrings, realistic characters, and two determined amateur sleuths who make one demand of sheriff Walter Grayson: if you can't figure it out, stay out of our way. Mead knows how to tell a story that will keep mystery fans up past their bedtimes with their doors and windows locked.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many flaws April 1, 2012
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I did stick this book out until the end, in spite of the flaws.
This is what I did not like:
1) Unmarked transitions. One paragraph you're in the fog, in the next you're in the kitchen. At least put asterisks between transitions! Plus there are too many transitions, making the story jump around like a poorly edited film.
2)A thinly-veiled contempt for men. The men in the story are all despicable in one way or another, even the "good" ones.
3)A lack of knowledge of police procedure. A small town sheriff MAKING people double up in each others' homes? And a stretched police department assigning deputies to stay overnight in people's homes? There also seems to be no crime scene investigations.
4) People behaving stupidly. The story wouldn't have moved forward if all the characters didn't behave like blithering idiots and make completely illogical choices.

I was really hoping to like this story, and to find the San Joaquin valley in it. Instead I found a story where the fog was the only element of the San Joaquin valley that rang true. And even then, the residents didn't seem to know how to deal with it...believe me, when you live in fog four months of the year, you learn how to deal with it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Shattered Village feels like you are sitting down with a reassuring, old friend; it is one of those books that let you relax into it. The story is only mildly suspenseful until about 3/4's of the way through when it ramps right up, but the whole story is packed-full of mysteries that lead you further and further away from the answers to these puzzling and disturbing murders of the members of the seniors Sew and So Club. The Author does a brilliant job of creating moods and settings that enhance the story; she is very skilled at creating entertaining and unique characters as well. With a smoothly-flowing plot and some surprising twists, the Author weaves a mystery that leaves you with more questions then answers, daring you to solve the mystery yourself, before she reveals the killer. I thought I'd figured it all out, several times over, but I was in for quite a surprise. The serial killer is a menacing mixture of deranged self-importance and twisted mania; I would have enjoyed reading more about the killer and hope that perhaps in the next books, more internal dialog from the killers will be included. Throughout the story, romance tries to blossom; but who knows if it can thrive in such a death-laden atmosphere. I enjoyed reading this book, even though mysteries are not one of my favourite genres.
I highly recommend this book to fans of murder mysteries!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Spunky Seniors
Normally, I prefer to read a mystery series in order but sometimes things don't work out that way. I had read a few books in Jean Henry Mead's Logan and Cafferty series before I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Gligor
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the cost (and it was free)
poorly-edited, with dialogue better suited to your average highschool student with no writing skills; a police force incompetent in the extreme; a story line where, even when you... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, no hint until the very end.
book was good, very good at hiding the murderer until the very end. Quick read and kept wondering until end.
Published 17 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars What an exciting book, you won't want to miss this one.
She is a great writer, I love how she can pull you in a book. It feels like you are there with them. I couldn't put the book down until the end. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mia Bell
2.0 out of 5 stars A village shattered
I DIDN`t care for this book. I thought it was boring. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.I do like family stories from the 1800`s but I DIDN't care for this story.
Published 20 months ago by Pam M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense novel
Very well written book. Kept me questioning who done it. Would recommend to anyone who like suspense. Would read again.
Published 20 months ago by TRACY JO CHESNUT
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.....
This was a good story and it was completely credible until the heroine and her daughter decided to take off in the fog. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mystery
I love this book! The two lead characters are bold, daring and so very funny. They aren't super models and genius doctors... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cathy Brubaker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Story
When the Valley Retirement Village in San Joaquin Valley becomes the scene of a murder, amateur sleuths, Dana Logan and Sara Cafferty, attempt to solve the crime. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Roving Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Village Shattered
Was a really good thriller. Was an easy read. Enjoyed it and will read more from this author.

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The author of 20 books, Jean Henry Mead has published ten nonfiction books and ten novels, including the Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense series and Hamilton Kids' mysteries. She also writes Wyoming historical novels (Escape, A Wyoming Historical Novell and No Escape, the Sweetwater Tragedy). The national award winnning photojournalist began her writing career as a news reporter in California. Her award-winning articles have been published domestically as well as abroad, and she has served as a news, magazine and small press editor. She also established the Western Writers Hall of Fame now housed at the large and impressive Buffalo Bill Musesum in Cody, Wyoming.


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