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~GHOSTS LEAVE MESSAGES TOWARDS SOLVING MURDERS
A recent widow, Abigail Sutton knows that she needs to begin her life anew. Having her husband's death confirmed after two years of wondering. Abby drives aimlessly down the highway until she spots a hamlet named 'Spookie.'
Spookie brings back fond memories of her childhood, and it seems as though, Abigail was 'directed' to the location. Quickly she meets a realtor and finds a home, next her true ambition begins to be filled, as she is hired to do an artistic rendering. Friends seem to come easily to her as well. Abigail's life is changing as she wished.
There is the small fact that the house she bought is the former home of a beauty who 'disappeared' with her two young children some thirty years earlier but that is no problem as Abby isn't superstitious nor does she believe in ghosts.
Then, Abby begins to find scraps of paper with messages written in crayon. Abby, and her new friend, former policeman, Frank Lester begin wondering just what had happened to Emily Summers and her two children, twins Jenny and Chris. There curiosity just might kill them.
This novel was a murder suspense. You 'sense' the ghosts but they never present themselves. Or do they? You have to read the tale and form your own opinion. My opinion was that Abby may be a sensitive and truly was 'drawn' to Spookie. I enjoyed each and every scenario and character drawn in this book. I'm looking forward to book number two.” 5 stars Cozy Readers May 2017
~”WOW! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! An excellent read. I was guessing and not sure of the ending until the end! Double bonus, and I think this may have been the first book I have read like this, the characters actually get to know each other. Most books have the hero and heroine fall in love because they are thrust into the perils and adventure of the story. The characters actually get to know each other as people, sharing thoughts and feelings. They become friends, which is the root of love. The mystery sucks you in, you find yourself thinking about Emily and the kids, wondering what really happened. I very seldom make the time to just read and read, but I had to know what happened. I curled up in a chair and read the last hour and a half straight to the end!” 5 stars Penny S 26, 2018
~"Scraps of Paper is a well-constructed mystery with just the right mix of good guys and bad guys, with a sprinkling of oddballs and misfits thrown in. Kathryn Meyer Griffin does a nice job of allowing the friendship of the book's two main characters to develop as the story progresses. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good who-done-it, set in a picturesque environment with believable characters. This is the first book in a series the author calls 'The Spookie Town Mysteries'." 5 Stars Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite May 17, 2013 (Second in the series: ALL THINGS SLIP AWAY)
~Snippet of NOVELSPOT Review for Scraps of Paper:
"The premise behind this story intrigued me. Old houses have their own history-bad and good. What would you do if, while you were renovating an old house, you found an intriguing mystery, even if it was years old? If you had a chance of solving that mystery, would you? Or would you leave it buried in the past? Would you want someone digging in your past, your tragedies? If someone you loved just disappeared, what would you do?
Kathryn Meyer Griffith's Scraps of Paper is an engaging story of what happens when you go digging into the past and the possible consequences. It also has an underlying story about dealing with what life hands you and finding the strength to move on. Both Frank and Abby are strong characters they have had to deal with the loss of a loved one and to learn to deal with that loss. You find yourself drawn to them and to all the quirky people who live in the little town of Spookie. In the end you want to know what happened in the old house so many years earlier. I'll be looking forward to more books about this quaint little town."
Reviewed By Theresa, March 2006 (9 out of 10 rating).
From the Author
I originally began writing this Spookie Town Murder Mystery series, set in a quirky little town I called Spookie (a tip of my hat to my horror roots) around 2002. I'd written the first book, Scraps of Paper and in 2006 the second I titled All Things Slip Away for Avalon Books as hardcovers. But it took me another 9 years to write and put out the third, Ghosts Beneath Us. Life, as it always does, got in the way -and I was writing my award winning Dinosaur Lake series and overseeing the production of twenty-something audio books (of my back list books going back to 1984). By then, 2012, I'd left Avalon Books and my other legacy publishers far behind and was self-publishing all my books. I still am.
Scraps of Paper is about an artist named Abigail Sutton, whose husband has been missing for two years, and who's just learned he's been dead all that time -a victim of a gone-wrong mugging. She begins a new life and moves to a small town full of fog, quirky townspeople and mysteries. And right away she's drawn into one of her own when she buys, renovates, a fixer-upper house and uncovers hidden in it scraps of paper written by two young children who once lived there with their mother, and who supposedly drove away thirty years before and were never seen again. The town thought they simply went somewhere else; began a new life. But Abigail suspects they never left the house; suspects they'd been murdered. She finds three graves in the back woods. Of course, with her history of a missing husband she develops the overpowering urge to find out what happened to them. The scraps of paper she continues to find makes the bond, the desire, stronger. She forms a friendship with an ex-homicide cop, Frank, and together they solve the mystery. Only thing is there's someone still living in the town that just as desperately doesn't want them to; someone who'd kill to keep the murderer's identity secret. The next four books are the continuation of Abigail and Frank's sleuthing adventures, their blossoming romance and about the eccentric, lovable people who live in Spookie.
All Things Slip Away zeroes in more on Frank, the ex-homicide detective, as a serial killer from his past threatens their peaceful town of Spookie and both Frank and Abby's lives.
Ghosts Beneath Us about the old people in town supposedly being haunted and killed off by...ghosts.
Witches Among Us, released in 2017, is about a young beautiful psychic who joins the town and helps solve the next murder mystery with our gang and turns out to have a direct family connection to old Myrtle.
- ASIN : B00B1W4A2K
- Publisher : Kathryn Meyer Griffith; 2nd edition (January 15, 2013)
- Publication date : January 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1158 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1514198991
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #579 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The small town has a unique creepy factor that I have experienced in my own development! It added an authentic note to the setting, for me. Rounding out the overall experience is a cast of quirky townies with well developed histories that are all tangled together; just like a tiny hamlet would be. These folks will have you scratching your head, laughing, rolling your eyes and thanking God you live somewhere else.
From a mystery stand point, I figured most of it out early on. There were a few pieces to the puzzle 🧩 that were baffling right up to the last chapter. I like that ♥️ I also like the fact that there was no foul language, sexual content or violence. Even better? This is a free Kindle selection right now! What are you waiting for? 📚
There is nothing unique about this book, except that it was so exceptionally hard to pick up due to abuse of syntax, recycled themes throughout the book and the author’s neglect to provide anything new 1/3 of the way through the book.
If the town and the people were real as described, especially the sheriffs office, John Marston May have been justified.
She moves to the town of Spookie, whose quaint shops and eccentric inhabitants she finds appealing. With the help of a local realtor she finds a recently vacated fixer-upper that speaks to her and decides that this is the place to settle down and begin living again. Little does she realize that her restoration project will lead to the discovery of “scraps of paper” detailing the unfortunate circumstances confronting three of the house’s previous residents who vanished 30 years earlier.
Secrets from the past unite with the present as Abigail and a new friend, who just happens to be a retired cop, are drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery.
While not Pulitzer material, Scraps of Paper does provide enough to keep "cozy" readers engaged until the mystery is solved.
Top reviews from other countries
Abigail Sutton's husband has been missing for a year and a half- She is sure that something must have happened to him, but the cops think that he has abandoned her.
Finally his body shows up. He was murdered, probably by a random person. Abigail finallly has to face the idea of being a widow.
At this time she also loses her job as a graphic designer. So what does she do?
In a month, she passes through a town called Spookie and feels such a connection that buys a house on the spot.
Everybody is friendly to her and she flirts with a retired cop a month after she has learned that her husbad was killed. She becomes immediately successful as an artist and while cleaning her conviently cheap house she starts to investigate the disappearance of the previous inhabitants, She finds scraps of paper that a child had hidden around the house, and she is told that Emily Summers and her two children left the house to go and live somewhere else without saying goodbye.
There is something unnatural and cartoony about the main character. She never felt like a real person. Nobody loses a job and finds that it is the perfect moment to buy a house. Nobody has been on her own for two years and has the budget to make such a purchase without even having to ask her bank for a mortgage. She is so heartbroken that she flirts with a cop a month after learning that her husband is actually dead. Nobody becomes so successful as an artist immediately. Even at the end, there is a throwaway comment that learning who had murdered them compensates Emily and her children. Eh, no. I mean, they are dead, but specially the children, they have lost their lives: they will never fall in love, they will never feel teenage angst, they will never know what sex is, they will never feel angry or in love. Sending the culprit to jail is not going to compensate them of anything because... they are not here to begin with.
So these comments bothered me a lot. Recently I read a crime novel by Teresa Driscoll called I Am Watching You and that writer expresses perfectly well the heartbreak, the confusion, the pain in the survivors' lives when somebody disappears. I shouldn't be comparing novels like this but I found several cop-outs throughout this novel,
I would have given the book a lower mark but i thought it was well-written for a cozy murder.
Abigail moves to spookie after her missing husbands body is eventually found. She wants to start over in a new town and leave the bad memories behind her. Not having an awful lot of money she buys the only house in her price range but absolutely loves it. Then she starts hearing the stories about the previous owner and her family. Two sisters, one sweet and lovely the other bitter and twisted with jealousy eating away at her. Then the 'good' sister and her two children disappear.
Abigail is intrigued by the story and when she starts finding hidden notes written by the children on scraps of paper she has to investigate what REALLY happened all those years ago........but somebody doesn't want the truth to come out. Who can she trust in her new town and could a murderer walk amongst them ?
A great plot and I'll certainly be buying the second book in the series.
odd dream of ghosts, there was nothing else "spookie" about the book.
Abigail moves to an old house and uncovers bits of paper written by 2 children who disappeared with their mother
30 years before. She and an ex-cop Frank set about solving the mystery. This stirs up a lot of feeling in the small
town where several people knew or were involved emotionally with the three missing people.
One niggle - Abigail had been married 20 years so was about 40, yet she said of a shopkeeper that he was
twice her age. However, his actions and the age of his wife would have put him about 60. It made what followed
a bit hard to believe.
I found the book very slow paced with lots of coffees, meals, etc. And then the mystery was raked over time and
again with various people pointing accusing fingers at different "suspects". It became very repetitive. There was
very little action in the book, though no swearing or sex and only a hint at romance.
She is starting a new stage of her life after the death of her husband and giving up her job to be an artist, and as her husband had been missing for many years before his body was found Abigail is particularly sensitive to missing persons. She buys an old house in poor condition after the previous owner died, but discovers that decades earlier the house owner’s sister and two young children had suddenly left and never returned.
Abi is intrigued and as she begins to fit into the life of a small town where news flows fast and secrets are hidden, and she is helped and hindered by numerous townsfolk, including an ex-policeman. In the house she finds various records hidden by the children with scraps of paper indicating how they were abused and how difficult was the relationship between their mother and aunt. Foul play has gone on unsolved for years.
Discovery of what exactly happened is at the core of ‘Scraps of Paper’ which turns out to be a typical murder mystery told at an even pace in a tone that is entertaining. However the real strength of the novel is the author’s skilful development of the various characters. A second major player is the ex-cop and it is clear from publicity blurb this is the start of a new ‘Spookie’ series. I wish them well.
Our heroine keeps on referring to a lovely place she grew up in and how she wanted to move to a place just like it but didn't tell us where this place was nor why she just didn't move back there !! She also tells us how busy her sister is and how much she misses her-well, there was nothing stopping her from going to visit her, either !! She was as free as a bird, as she kept reminding us.
This description to me is just nonsensical, "It was hard to tell what his age was, middle or late forties, perhaps, or younger, or older"......Then a policeman described kids he once knew a bit like this, "Her children were good kids. Bright. So hungry for love".....really ?? He then remarked about how insecure some women can be and I gave up....a young copper wouldn't think like this, let alone actually verbalise it !!
She spelt confectionery as confectionary which was the only error I spotted which gave it an extra star, but the story itself isn't action-packed enough for me.