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Widow's Tale [Kindle Edition]

Maureen A. Miller
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Book Description

Serena Murphy was losing her mind.

Every night Serena stood on the deck of O'Flanagans Tavern, searching Maine's rugged coast for a sign of her husband's body. Though he was pronounced lost at sea, Alan Murphy still haunted her as only his malevolent spirit could. In the loft above her tavern, Serena hears footsteps pace across her living room floor, yet when she turns, no one is there.

Alan would not let a little thing like death stop him from tormenting her. If she could just find his body, surely this torture would stop.

It had been ten years since Brett Murphy saw his sister in-law, although the separation was by design, to avoid temptation. Now Brett was in Victory Cove, not to declare his feelings for Serena, but to discover the truth about his brother's death. In doing so, he must battle Serena's ghosts, both real and contrived.

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About the Author

Personal Biography Maureen A. Miller is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including, WIDOW'S TALE, ENDLESS NIGHT and JUNGLE OF DECEIT. WIDOW'S TALE was nominated by the Romance Writers of America for a Golden Heart Award in the Romantic Suspense category. Maureen is known for writing blustery romantic suspense novels, but even she needs to warm up after awhile. ENDLESS NIGHT will take you to Maine's rugged coast in the middle of a nor'easter, while JUNGLE OF DECEIT will have you sweating in the rain forests of Guatemala.

Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maureen A. Miller (March 25, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00147RWB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, kept me wanting more! May 10, 2008
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I too read about this book in a Kindle forum.... now keeping in mind I purchased the Kindle because I love to read, but don't have time.

I have numerous books on my shelves, and I chose this book to read. It took me longer to read than I wanted, but that was NOT because of the story line, but time I had to read. This book kept me stealing moments here and there, I LOVED it!! Yes, the mystery and impending romance kept me coming back. Well written, I could not figure it out too early and I can't say there were any slow parts either, this whole book kept my interest.

I gave it 5 stars because I finished it with a satiated feeling. I will definitely be looking up more titles from Maureen!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read March 18, 2008
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I read the book because I read about it in the Kindle Forums - I am glad I bought it. It was a good read, although not 100% in my preferred genre (thus my inability to go the full 5 stars).

The plot was interesting to follow, I liked following the characters - and indeed, the characters were a wee bit devious and a wee bit convoluted, which made me want to discover what they were up to all the more. I am one of those who tries to figure out who the villain is, and I thought I pretty much had it figured out - but not very early in my reading, which was good (I HATE it when you have it figured out too early in the reading!).

Well done Ms. Miller - I hope many more will pick it up on a whim and read it!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/4 Stars August 4, 2009
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Plot/Storyline: 4.00

I really enjoyed the plot when it came to the mystery. It was interesting and attention holding.

The storyline contained some good foreshadowing.

I did think that the author 'cheated' a little early on when the guy didn't follow the perpetrator because he didn't want to leave the woman alone. I mean, if he's following the bad guy, wouldn't she be safe at that point? Just a little iffy there.

This book did have the usual 'characters slobbering on each other' at inappropriate moments that I have come to expect from a 'romance'. While I didn't like it, I didn't downgrade for it as it was genre appropriate.

Character Development: 3.5

Now, I will admit in advance that I do not enjoy Romance novels due to the way that women tend to be protrayed as weak.

Unfortunately, that is exactly how the main character was portrayed: A weak, simmering, hot-house flower. And, the man came in and saved the day.

However, I will add that the development of each character was well-done as it did protray their motivations.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The descriptions were very good. The writing style was wonderful. I will be interested in seeing more from this author, especially if she turns her pen away from romance. :-)

Editing/Formatting: 4.5 Stars

The editing of this book was wonderful with little or no errors.

The Kindle formatting was a bit odd with about an inch of left indentation throughout the entire book. It wasn't a huge deal, but if you read on the largest font, it could probably be very annoying to only have a couple of words per line.

Overall: Great book for romance novel enthusiasts with a good plot.

Rating: PG-13 for sexual innuendos and adult situations, mild language
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of heavy breathing.. . . July 16, 2010
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This book is perfect if you like Harlequin Romance books. There's lots of heavy breathing - "will he kiss me/will I kiss her". The mystery in this one is decent, but hard to find it in page after page of "romance". I gave it 2 stars because I was looking for a mystery as the primary focus of the book, not the secondary, which none of the other reviews brought out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new author! August 6, 2009
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It's been a while since I felt compelled to stay up late with a book. I read until I just couldn't keep my eyes open. Then I picked it up as soon as I woke up, and finally finished it about 30 seconds before work! Great plot, characters I could really get into, and the ocean to boot. I'm almost finished with her next book, and can't wait until she's got more out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Thrilling Romantic Read August 9, 2009
Widow's Tale has so much going for it that it's hard to speak of it all. It's a beautifully written romance that has a fantastic murder mystery mixed in. The author will pull you right in from the first chapter and doesn't let go. The setting in Maine makes you want to go there, visit the pub and have a drink with those characters. It's like you can see and small the ocean or the storm when it blows in. Very realistic descriptions.

The characters are also so well written that you feel as if you've known them. Serena and Brett will soon become your favorite romance couple and you feel for each of them as the book goes along. There's romance, mystery, excitement and so much more in this book that it's a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Storyline: Our hero, Brett Murphy, is every girl's dream, but he has a problem with our heroine, Serena Murphy. Besides the fact that they are related by marriage, there is more between them than first meets the eye. Serena's deteriorating state is lost on him at first when he comes to town asking questions about his brother's mysterious disappearance. In his eyes, the residents of Victory Cove are all suspects including Serena. Serena, on the other hand, seems to have a death wish regarding her brother-in-law, which appears to be insurmountable. She has her own ideas about her husband's disappearance which leads the reader to assume that she is either deranged or at the very least deserving of Brett's suspicions. As the story develops and the mystery unfolds, so does their on again, off again relationship. In the end, it was not what either of them expected. Her warm descriptions of O'Flanagan's Tavern has me yearning for a trip up the eastern seaboard and a bottle of Allagash beer.


I found very few typos and/or grammatical errors in Widow's Tale. Maureen put together an excellently edited work with no more errors than a reader might expect to find in a Danielle Steele novel.

Character Development:

The characters are very well developed over the course of the novel with emphasis on the two main characters, Serena and Brett. Her descriptions of them paint wonderful pictures of two very real persons with real issues and real emotions.

Two secondary, but very distinct personalities were also well portrayed. My personal favorite was Harriett, who ran a local fishing tackle and charter boat operation. She is a very colorful character that added a touch of humor to the situation.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book. I felt there were a couple of glitches in the tale, but overall it was a very good and interesting read.
Published 20 days ago by Jo Duffy
4.0 out of 5 stars faulous
what a wonderful romantic mystery thriller,couldnt read it quick enough
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Beardman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was very intriguing very good
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading.
This book caught my attention and kept it. Had to keep reading to find out where it would go. Good read.
Published 3 months ago by Dottie
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't connect with main characters
So this started off good but I found the relationship between the two main characters meh. I just didn't get drawn in.
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful written love story with mystery thrown in
Loved the suspense and twist and turns of this romance. Loved the descriptions of the area and the sea. I could feel the breeze and taste the salt water.
Published 12 months ago by kathy l riley
3.0 out of 5 stars Widows Tale for Reader
I did not find the book to be exciting but was interesting enough to keep reading after I had started
It is not a book that I would recommend. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ann Wall
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I really liked this book, just wish it didn't have so many sex scenes in it a few are o.k. but when it goes on and on kinda ruins the story. Still liked it overall.
Published 17 months ago by Dawn M. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Loved the book. Was interesting and had me wondering until the end. Great story along the coast. Would like to see more from this writer
Published 19 months ago by Rosemary McGall
1.0 out of 5 stars Going on forever
I luv a good romantic novel at times, but the story line and ENDLESS pages of lust and almost doing the deed just did me in. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mary K. Warren
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More About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller's first novel, WIDOW'S TALE earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. Working in the software industry for fifteen years in a job that required extensive travel, Maureen chose to write during those lengthy airport layovers. Escapism at its best. Five novels were produced in those years of travel.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with Beyond and the BEYOND Series. She is having fun keeping her head in the stars!

When she's not writing, Maureen enjoys supporting other authors. She is the founder of, and its offspring,

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