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Top Customer Reviews
While I figured out who was involved, the specifics of who did what and with what motivation eluded me, or perhaps I was content to let the story play out. I enjoyed the well-woven plot, the unexpected plot twists, and the red herrings. I am cautious about "cozy" mysteries as too many have the most ridiculous amateur sleuths and plots more unbelievable than any paranormal read. This is a quality "cozy," grounded on an investigative journalism premise and cooperative teamwork with the local sheriff. People and situations are viewed realistically and compassionately; there are no one-dimensional characters and no perfect people. I was not expecting depth and did not get it, but I was delighted with the multilayered people and plot.
Content: No explicit sexuality (erotica), no bedroom scenes, no graphic violence (other than mention of blood at the murder scene), and minimal to no use of crude language.
Another criteria for my 5 star rating is character growth and the inclusion of insights: life truths that apply to real life, to us as readers as well as to the novel's characters. This book had a few of them—my favorite was about "putting the lake in it" (at ~53%)—so I ended the book not just entertained and relaxed, but lifted up a bit too.
My thanks to the author; I look forward to reading more of her words.
Best friends Tracey and Kate set out to solve the 20-year old murder of divorce attorney Jack Vandenburg and the disappearance of his 5 year old daughter Kimberly. Some people in the small town are not so eager to have the case reopened. Despite attempts to get them off the case, Tracey and Kate are determined to see it thru.
As part of their investigation, Tracey and Kate interview friends and neighbors of the victims as well as people that could have been considered a suspect. Those that had not passed away or moved away, at least. They also attempt to track down information on people who had since left their small town. There were many names to keep up with, and that caused some confusion for me.
The story-telling stayed one step ahead of me. At times I thought I had at least part of the puzzle figured out, only to have something happen to make me doubt my conclusions. When the outcome was finally revealed, I was surprised. I didn't see it coming. All loose ends were tied up nicely.
This was a pleasant book to read. Though the main characters faced some fallout from their investigation, there was never a sense that they were in any particular danger themselves. I'd think Flowers for Her Grave would be suitable for any age group, though teens/tweens may not be interested in reading a book where the main characters are in their 60's.
The book did contain several errors that should have been caught in the editing process. (There in place of their, out of place words in a sentence, character names not consistently spelled the same way.) Not enough to interrupt the story greatly, but since this is a review I felt it worth mentioning.
That said...I LOVED this book!
The characters, the plot, the idea that women in their sixties have active lives and are solving a 20 year old mystery....I loved it all. I normally don't take this long to finish a book so short (abut 280 pages), but school got in the way. I made the mistake of picking up this book at 1am and after many attempts to sleep in between, I kept going back to it and eventually finished it at 6am.
I had to know how it ended...it's a nasty cycle to get caught up on...stuck in the middle of a page turner in the wee hours of the morning.
The book was worth the sleep I sacrificed.
Characters with depth and personality. Characters you love, hate and want to hate but end up feeling sorry for. A mystery. A flower garden. And a big reveal. What else could you ask for in a book?
Jean Sheldon, you have found a fan in me but tell your publisher to sort out the Kindle version of the book and give your editor a pat on the back.
I don't recall any swearing and there was no sexual content so if that bothers you this book would be okay for you. I don't care but I know some people do. There are also no gruesome murder scenes or descriptions of the murdered persons either.
There were many characters that you could suspect of murder but I pretty much knew who it was early on in the book. It didn't bother me though or ruin the story because the story was good.
I liked the fact that this was two mature women who were doing the sleuthing. They were quirky and I liked that they had some flaws and weren't perfect.
I look forward to reading any other books by this author. This would be a really unique series (because of the ages of the characters) and I would love it if were turned into one.