- File Size: 1235 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publication Date: December 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MEI6W0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
THE LETTER (Kellie Conley Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Malone prior to the reading and discovered he had been the town's wealthiest man. In fact the town was named after him, Malone Springs. At the reading which she and the Attorney was the only ones present she learned that she was the lone beneficiary of Mr. Malone. Kellie was told that she was his grandaughter. She was set back and in shock to say the least when learned that he had left her a mansion, many businesses, stocks, bonds and cash totaling well over $500 million in accets. To receive this he had conditions. She had to change her name to Alexis Conley Malone and occupy the manson. She agreed and accepted the terms. She later researched the home and found out it was noted by all the town as a haunted house. Kellie did not believe in ghost let alone haunted houses. She told her boyfriend Drew the story. He agreed with her that it was just a story that everyone always told when they noted old spooky looking houses. Drew laughed it off and agreed to live there with her. In time after they moved in and began their new lives, inviting three of her close college girlfriends and their others to live with her and Drew things would work out. Now their new lives would have a fresh start and all would be debt free. of course all her friends also accepted. Prior to moving in she began plans for the restoration of the dilapidated mansion. She was elated, rich, had her boyfriend, (wedding plans sure were in order) and she had so many ideas what to do to bring the mansion to life again. The delight of the town, dropping the cliche of Old Man Malone's house was haunted excited her and she was especially looking forward to that clearing that up. Kellie was sure they would enjoy their newly renovated luxury home? Is there something in store from Grandfather or maybe others? There was a a supprise for her, for beside the mansion she had discovered a graveyard and the remains of a old church, both in much need of attention? Does this manson hold secrets yet to be discovered? Kellie's (Alexis's) curiosity was bubbling to explore any and all areas on the house. She hired the necessary contractors to begin work immediately. When you finish the story Marianne Spitzer rewards you by adding a short Thriller for your reading her book, The Letter. It is a story about a bank loan officer who two years ago was raped and almost killed. She seeks out to avenge her killer she thought had died in prison 2 years earlier.
If you like Thrillers you will enjoy this story. I enjoyed both. The first was sorta like a Nancy Drew mystery. If you are familiar with her stories then you know what I mean.
While the story ideas are good, the events and thought patterns do not flow as seamlessly as a more developed writing would present. At times, the reader is presented with the characters' internal thoughts (such as Alexis reviewing whether Drew could possibly be responsible for the strange events), and other times, the reader is simply told that an event happens as if it were a fait accompli (such as the letters that Austern provides, with no explanation of why he took them from the safe). Beyond all this, there is really no substantial explanation for the discrepancies in the grandfather's apparent good will toward his heretofore-unacknowledged granddaughter and the enmity he presented in most other dealings. While there is a weak explannation by Alexis that she figured her grandfather wanted to be able to control things after he died, there are far too many discrepancies in his actions to be explained by Alexis' musings.
The story is a good begining, and this reader cannot determine whether the discrepancies are a basis for anticipated sequels that might explain those discrepancies, whether the discrepancies were created by an author that was given an assignment to write a story with a given story line and the author didn't feel the need to put a great deal of thought into the work, or whether the author is relatively inexperienced in this genre and will be using this good raw storytelling experience to gain experience and write future novels more in keeping with an experienced reader's expectations. Whatever the cause, those discrepances detract from the decent story line and characters that seem to live in the real world.
This is a good story for a reader that wants to be able to put the book down and come back later. It is a great story for young adults dreaming of inheriting a great sum of money. It's also a good story for young adults wanting to believe that they are not the only ones out there struggling with debt and limited resources. It is a good story for someone wanting to believe that good overcomes evil, and even a good story to read for when a person wants to feel that all is well that ends well.
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Enjoyed trying to figure out who the bad guy was .
Can't wait to read the next book.