• Family Secrets

  • A Whispering Pines Mystery
  • By: Shawn McGuire
  • Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)
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By: Shawn McGuire
Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
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Sixteen years after a family feud drove her from the cozy Northwoods village of Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, former detective Jayne O'Shea returns to prepare her grandparents' lake house for sale. Once there, not only does she find that the house has been trashed, her dog discovers a dead body in the backyard.

Jayne intends to stay out of it, but when it becomes obvious the sheriff isn't interested in investigating the death, Jayne can't stop herself. Her list of suspects grows faster than the plants in the commons' pentacle garden. Could it be the local Wiccan green witch with her stash of deadly plants? The shopkeeper who slips into trances and foretells death? The visitor determined to practice black magic?

What Jayne knows for sure is that the closer she gets to solving this crime, the more the sheriff wants her to back off. And when a local fortune teller provides a crucial clue, Jayne knows it's up to her to solve this murder.

©2017 Shawn McGuire (P)2017 Shawn McGuire

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Magical mystery fun!

I loved this cozy mystery! Jane moves to her late grandmothers estate in northern Wisconsin to clean and sell. As soon as she arrives she finds a dead body and weirdness ensues. Magic, a dog, and a potential romance make this a fun surprising mystery. Looking forward to the next book! I received a free review copy of this book at my request in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

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Boy this town has a lot of secrets.

this was a good, fun read. Loved the characters and all the twist and turns that kept me guessing through the entire book who done it. It started when Jane came to clean out her grandmothers house to sell. Found a dead body the first day on her property and then the mystery began. The narration was great. I received this audio book free for an honest review. Look forward to more in this series.

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Had me hooked right from the beginning

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I'm so glad this is a series book. Jayne, Mica, and Tripp are going to be an amazing trio in this series. Among the murder and break in at her Grandmothers home Jayne has got a lot on her plate. She has a great sense of right and wrong and her consciousness causes her to go off beat to do what she knows is right. I love that she has Mica a retired K9 because they really have a connection and Mica helps her with her emotional struggles. Tripp has finally found a community he wants to call his own and being a misfit in his own right he and Jayne have started a great friendship allowing him to finally be employed. I'm glad that Jayne's mother is a side character because she has a real negatitive attitude toward the village of Whispering Pines. The narrator did a great job pulling the listener in and keeping you focused so much on the storyline it was hard to set the book aside. I think she'll do great with the rest of this series. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Easy read/listen

This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it was a mystery/thriller type, but it seems more like a cozy mystery, IMO. Still, it was a fun, easy listen that kept my attention from beginning to end. The narration was great! The narrator did an excellent job giving each character a unique voice. If you are looking for a light read, you won't be disappointed. I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Beans!

Crazy good. Crazy surprise learning how the characters fit together I the end. And the real reason the sheriff was taking his time investigating the murder! Wow!! Finished this book in 2 days, I couldn’t put it down!

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Love the book...narration not so much.

I liked this book very much. However the narration was severely lacking and boring. The narrator is a good reader...which is what it sounds like.

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The Bewitching Story

This story was kind of fun, and I was surprised by “whodunnit.” I’m sorry but I did not care for the narration. All characters sounded alike, and I didn’t like the tone.

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Good but room for improvement

I did enjoy this book very much! It was a fun spin on a mystery. Totally makes me want to be Wiccan, haha. The performance I feel could have been better, as she was pretty monotone the whole time and most of the voices sounded very similar. Again, I liked it a lot and I’m definitely going to keep reading the series.

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This audiobook was awesome.

I love all the town details the author puts in. The narrator is great with all the different character inflections.

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Dead bodies and witches make a great mystery!

All the twists and turns held my interest throughout the story. Well written and narrated.
Would recommend it to everyone. Thank you for not swearing, using graphic sex or vivid violence!

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