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What goes on behind closed doors doesn't always stay there.

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville - a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder.

Callie's not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery, but if she doesn't do it, there's a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father's wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic? Find out.

©2016 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2017 Judy Penz Sheluk

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Skeletons

Good story line. Kept me guessing as to what really happened to Callie's mother. Is she dead or did she just go away. Finally after all the years. The truth does come out.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-06-18

Very Entertaining

This is a very entertaining mystery with engaging characters and a well developed plot. The mystery has the right amount of suspense to keep the reader/listener turning pages to see what happens next. The characters are realistic and I found myself really liking Callie. The ending is a surprise and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Didn't see any of that coming!

This is an excellent story full of twists and turns that kept me guessing and coming back for more. I was completely shocked by the ending....and, pleasantly surprised to find out this is a series! I can't wait for the next one. Claira Jordyn did a great job with the narration, though, I would've liked a little more distinction between character voices. Overall, a very well written and well told. I will most definitely listen to the next book in the series. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Skeletons

This was a really good book.I was surprised when it ended.Luckilly there is a sequel expected.A young woman loses her father and finds out all kinds of things after he dies.Her life will be turned upside down.Claira Jordyn was a fins narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Great!

I really enjoyed this one! Great story and great narration! Can't wait for volume 2!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Another Great Cozy Mystery

After reviewing The Hanged Man’s Noose by this same author, and thinking that it was one of the best cozy mysteries I have ever read, I was looking forward to this one.

Calamity Barnstable’s father just died, and she inherits several documents, a house, and a mission: finding who murdered her mother when she was still a child.

After having listened to two books by Judy Penz Sheluk, I can say that she builds interesting and intricate stories with fully fleshed characters. I think this is why her stories work so well. Callie is a woman who I can perfectly relate to, in search for the truth, and trying to make her way in a new place. I especially enjoyed her friendship with Shantal, and the fact that nothing in this story seemed to be just black or white, and no one was what they seem. There are several twists and turns in this book, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end, unable to stop listening and find out the truth.

I have to say that the end was completely unexpected, and after all the buildup I felt a little bit underwhelmed. I don’t know how to explain it but it seems that the story suddenly deflated at that point. It is just a personal impression, and except for that I really loved the book.

Clayra Jordin did a decent job with the narration of this book, but honestly, I think Suzanne T. Fortin, who narrated The Hanged Man’s Noose did much better. Jordin inflected the right amount of emotion to the characters’ interpretations, and her voice was clear, but sadly all characters sounded exactly the same, which made several dialogs quite confusing.

This is the first book in a series, and I hope Judy Penz Sheluk hurries up and writes the sequels. She has me really hooked up to her cozy mysteries.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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pleasantly surprised..

I was surprised by this book. I wasn't sure if I'd like it but I did. I liked the characters and the story flowed nicely.. Until the very end. I was rather disappointed with the last chapter. It seemed like a hurry up end. At least I think it was an end. I'm not completely sure if there is supposed to be a book 2. I hope so.. The story still seems unfinished. Too many loose ends that need tied up.
As for the narrator, I really like her. She does a great job and her voice is pleasant. I would recommend this title to others. I was thoroughly entertained. I also know that if my thoughts keep returning to the story when I'm not listening, then that's a good sign. I was given an audio credit for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Something's missing there...

Well, first let me tell you it was a very interesting listen right up to the last 3 chapters. The investigation into the disappearance of the main character's mother was intriguing, well thought out, with a lot of twists and threads to follow... Nothing was what it'd seemed to be at first, the characters were complex and very realistically drawn, the truth was uncovered piece by piece, step by step - just as it should be in a good mystery novel. But then there are the last 3 chapters - the solution to the whole investigation - and I simply feel disappointed. Not by the solution itself (I suspected something of the sort) but by the execution of it. And I don't mean the fact that we get it in the form of a conversation, but because we get the conversationa and... that's it; no real reaction from the protagonist nor any other character in the book. There's no follow-up; and there were so many people involved in the case, the disappearnce of Calamity's mother touched so many people in the past that you wait to see their reactions to the whole situation, but you don't get any... That's really disappointing and that is why I've decided to only give the story 4 stars. Other than that, it's a great mystery novel, hard to put down, really.

As for the performance, it's my first book narrated by Ms Jordyn, so I had no particular expectations; I liked the sample so I knew that it should be at least OK. And I wasn't mistaken. The narration is very good. The reading pace is right, and Ms Jordyn modulates her voice enough for the reader to easily follow any conversations. She also has this particular timbre of voice and the way of reading that I especially like: not obtrusive, allowing me to concentrate on the story and forget it's somebody else reading the book for me. I'll definitely look forward to listening to more books read by her.


Overall: Despite me giving the story only 4 stars, I wholeheartedly recommend the book to any lovers of good mystery/crime novels.


DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I didn't see that coming!

Well written mystery keeps you guessing throughout the novel. Love all the twists and turns!

Claira Jordyn did an excellent job narrating. She made the characters come to life.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Unsolved Disappearance

Skeletons in the Attic is a enjoyable mystery. Calamity Barnstable’s father dies in a work-related accident at a construction site. When his will is read, Calamity is shocked to learn that he’d left her a house in a suburb close to Toronto. Cassie, as she was known by did not recall the house or the 6 years she spent living there before her mother disappeared without a trace. A codicil in her father’s will stated that she live in the house for a year and tries to solve the mystery. Callie does not remember much about her mother, but memories resurface as she starts her investigation. The book has a large set of characters, each adding bit of intrigue to the story. The ending did leave many unanswered questions which I hope will be revealed in a sequel. Living in Manitoba, it was nice to hear a story that takes place in Canada. I did enjoy the book, but had a very hard time distinguishing at times who was speaking. The narrator did not seem to change her voice with the different characters. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-14-18

Daddy, you're really starting to p**s me off.

When the last will and testament of David James Barnstable is read, his only child, Callie, is unsurprised to be the only beneficiary. What does astound her, though, is that her inheritance includes a house in Marketville and a large sum of money in part to renovate it, the remainder to come to her provided she live in the house for one year and investigate her mother's murder. She hadn't known her father had either the house of the money - and her mother had, she believed, fun away from home when Callie was only six.

This is a well written mystery story, complete with nosey neighbours, newfound friends, digging back into newspaper reports of the time, unexpected discoveries at the house - and even a tarot card reader and a so called mystic get involved. Easy to read and intriguing.
Narrator Claira Jordyn gives a good performance, with her p!peasant clear voice having good intonation, expression and understanding.

A fun, easy read, I was fortunate to receive Skeletons in the Attic as a comp!momentary copy from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. This review is voluntarily given.

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  • Layla
  • 01-10-18

Cozy mystery

Any additional comments?

I was hooked from the beginning and I found it got better as the story progressed. There were twist and turns that I did not see coming.
In my opinion this is one of the best mystery that I have listen/read. I think this is to do with the fact that the things she found can be done by anybody especially if you put your mind to it and this gave it more of a releastic feel to it.
The negative points is I found that the narrator was ok but I could not distingush between the some of the characters. I got confused in who was saying what at certain times during the book.
The other negative point is that I did not like the ending. Usually in any mystery it is solved at the end and then the author would tell you what happens to some of the other characters so you don't get any loose ends. However, in this book we get to where the mystery was solved and that was it. It leaves a lot of questions that have not been answered like what do the other characters think about it and are they going to do anything. There are some other questions I have but I can't mention them because I would end up spoiling the story. I am going on the presumption that there is a book two which continues where it left off.
Even with sort of ending I would still recommend the book.