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Tucked next to a pristine lake, the part-Medieval Europe, part-Renaissance Faire hamlet of Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, is a utopia...except for the recent murders.

One month after arriving in the Northwoods, former detective Jayne O'Shea has settled comfortably into small-town life and is making good progress with her task of getting her grandparents' house ready for sale. Then, the shocking death of one of the carnies rocks the community, and the villagers look to Jayne for help, placing her in an impossible middle ground of not wanting to get involved and needing to ensure justice is served.

When a second carney turns up dead and the newly hired sheriff - more concerned with ticketing tourists than catching the killer - dismisses the death as an accident, Jayne has no choice but to step in. Can she uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again?

©2017 Shawn McGuire (P)2018 Shawn McGuire

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Great Mystery

This was the first book I have listened to by Shawn McGuire and it was captivating! She brought the town and characters to life with her descriptions of it all! Sandra Murphy did a great job with the narration. I am going to have to get the first in the series! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I felt like I had stepped out of my house and into the magical world of Whispering Pines. The carnival is in town and it's full of fun, mystery, and murder. Shawn McGuire has a gift for creating scenes so realistic the characters spring to life. Everyone who has been drawn to Whispering Pines or who has roots in the village seems to have a story to tell or a secret to keep. Read the book or listen to the Audible version and you'll want to return to the village again and again for Mcguire has written other mysteries which take place in Whispering Pines.

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I love this village

The promise of a dark long kept secret keeps me connected to this story because I really want to know what happened 50 years ago! I was hooked on this series from the very first book and I’m happy to say the hook has gotten deeper under my skin. Ms. McGuire is an amazing writer with one of the best gifts to keep her readers coming back for more.

Whispering Pines is supposed to be a safe place and family friendly, but it appears to have been built on a mound of secrets as Jayne O’Shea is learning. She’s now the Sheriff full time after a failed attempt to bring in another sheriff after the death of Sheriff Brighton. Not 1 but 2 carnies learned the hard way about exposing secrets by paying with their lives to be kept quiet. This quaint little village isn’t what it seems to be.

With Jayne being Sheriff I feel the bullying and control over previous sheriffs’ lives is now at an end. There will be , I’m sure, other ways to attempt to control Jayne but it won’t be successful. She’s a natural born cop that will stop at nothing to get at the truth about what she now perceives as her grandmother being murdered.

I’m excited to learn more about the bed and breakfast and how things may or may not develop between Jayne and Tripp. I can’t forget about Meeks because she is very a very important character in these stories even though she’s a dog. She is smart, loving, and has funny little quirks. I love how she keeps Jayne on track and how she lets her mistress know when she’s not happy with her. The bond the 2 share makes their roles even more special to me. I can’t wait for the next book in this series because I have a feeling it will blow me away with just enough taste to keep me wanting to keep coming back! I was provided an advance copy of this book for an honest unbiased review.

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  • Jan M
  • 04-09-18

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What wonderful characters and imagery are in this book! Shawn McGuire has spun another fantastic tale. The bond between Jayne (main character) and Meeks (her dog) was so realistic! I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. I loved the unexpected twists and this interesting village. I loved the bed and breakfast too and want to learn more. Sandra Murphy did a great performance with this book. I had requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I'm looking forward to listening to more books by this author and narrator.