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Scraps of Paper (Spookie Town Murder Mysteries Book 1) by [Kathryn Meyer Griffith, Dawne Dominique]
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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

The Story of Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Ghosts Beneath Us, Witches Among Us, What Lies Beneath the Graves, All Those Who Came Before; and the seventh one, When the Fireflies Returned, will be out in December 2020.

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.

What Lies Beneath the Graves, the fifth book, is a long ago buried treasure tale and a murder mystery rolled into one.
All Those Who Came Before, the sixth book, has two mysteries...the long-abandoned Theiss House that Abigail is determined to paint on canvas: is it really haunted, and did the boy who lived there forty years ago really kill his whole family? And...after a decade, Frank, solves the death of Abigail's first husband, Joel. Both mysteries will put our couple in great danger. 
All six are now in eBooks, paperbacks and in audio books; and a seventh one, When the Fireflies Returned, will be out in December 2020.

 You can find all of them here: 

Product details

  • 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
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