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By the Fright of the Silvery Moon (A Ned MacNeil Mystery) Paperback – July 14, 2017
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Oh, my, what a goose bump-creating novel! I had shivers right away. This was not only a mystery with the goose bumps but it was also cozy, so it is unique to the genre. I think this a book that certainly deserves to be read by more cozy and mystery fans. It’s a diamond of a find to review and I am eager to read the next book. –By Bree Herron at www.Bibliophile.Reviews
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Ned has inherited her Uncle Javin's family home, Granger Mansion, and is trying to fulfill his request that she find out and write the history of the house. Her research unearths a mystery that just may be putting her in danger and leads to murder. Can she figure out the mystery of the house, the old church and the legend that surrounds both without being hurt or anyone else for that matter?
This is a great mixture of suspense, mystery, faith, friends and tension. I love how Blanche Manos combines just enough scary situations to keep you on the edge of your seat yet not terrifying to the point of you not wanting to read more.
This is the second book in the series and this second book picks up where the first one left off. It shows how Ned is settling in and finds her niche in EdnaLee. I enjoy the camaraderie of Ned and her friends Pat and Jackie, as well as her love interest in Cade. Whenever Ned gets into trouble she can count on them to jump right in and help her.
This book grabs you from the very first paragraph with Ned's nightmare and keeps you riding along through all the adventure until the end. It has twists that you don't see coming and a puzzle within a puzzle. When I got to the end I was already looking forward to the next book to see what Ned gets into.
I have to say Ned is braver than I would be. One example of this is when she hears a noise in her basement and decides to get a flashlight and go check it out. All I could think is don't go down there you know how that always ends in scary movies, nothing good ever happens.
I loved this book and I don't want to give any of it away so lets just say if you like a good mystery with strong characters, good friends, good puzzles to figure out, and a few hair-raising situations you need to read this book.
Blanche Day Manos has a way with words that pulls you into the story and takes you on a ride right along with the characters in the book. I couldn't put it down. I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
I tend to read before bed, and I will say this one's hard to put down. Sometimes my eyelids won the battle for a night, and I could hardly wait to read more of Ned's adventures the next day.
Ned first came to her Oklahoma home to visit her uncle, whom she found dead on the floor in the first book (not a spoiler, as this happens at the start and is in the book description!) An old school friend becomes a love interest, and they're taking their time about things. Mishaps and mystery follow Ned like hounds track a piece of meat, and she's up to her chin in trouble again in this book.
I enjoy the cast of characters, especially the besties, and I love how Ned gets a watchdog.
This is an excellent read, in my opinion, full of warmth, intrigue and chills.
I was given a review copy by the publisher. When I review books, I rate my enjoyment and the quality of the writing, storytelling, plotting, and character development. My aim is to be of value to the reader, and I'm not afraid to give less stars to a poor quality book. This one gets 5 because I loved it.
I hope this review is useful to you.
Cheers to your blissful life