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Skeletons in the Attic

A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1
Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
Series: A Marketville Mystery, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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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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Good Narrator makes the Book worthwhile

This is a Book with a well constructed plot with interesting characters.


The Narrator had a good performance that helped the Book come alive.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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An Amazing, Well Written Mystery

I am so worried this review will not do Skeletons in the Attic justice.

First of all, the story had a fantastic pace and was not too slow or too fast. Information regarding the mystery, characters, stories, etc were all given when needed and spread out enough that as a listen I was able to gather all the information I needed. I didn't have to rewind over and over and listen again worried that I had missed something important.

The town is charming and the characters are well written and developed. I felt every character no matter big or small was well written and important to the story. I felt emotions to each of the characters good or bad. The characters were all intertwined and their stories woven together. I did not have a hard time keeping track though. As I said earlier, the information is well presented. The whole story though, you feel you are uncovering layer after layer, but it kept the story exciting and moving right until the end. The ending was a shocker and super well written, My mum is a huge mystery lover and is usually underwhelmed by endings, but she felt this ending was exciting, unique, and perfect. We were both in shock. If you want a mystery that is well written and will keep you guessing until the very end, Skeletons in the Attic is the perfect mystery for you!

Claira Jordyn was a great job with the narration. I felt her emotion and she enhanced the story with her voice acting.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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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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intriguing!

this was a fascinating story, great mystery, very well written! I really liked it. enjoy the narrator, she did a great job.

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Skeletons in the Attic

Surprisingly, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Okay, I will have to say I am not much for tarot cards, psychics and such and normally I would have passed it over, but I found this story very engaging.

Callie Calamity Barnstable inherits her childhood home after her father dies with just one codicil, she must live in the home for one year and search for what happened to her mother, before it is hers. Her father believes her mother was murdered since she was gone without a trace, not taking anything when she disappeared. When Callie moves to the town of Marketville she is introduced to the nosy neighbor, a possible friend, and a handsome contractor. As Callie explores the house she finds a coffin with a skeleton in the attic and the mystery is on.

The story is fun. Each character is well written with enough background and descriptions to make them memorable for the stories to follow.

Claira Jordyn does a very nice job reading the story. She has only slight variations in character voices which works well for this story since it is told from Callie's perspective.

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

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  • Angela
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS United States
  • 06-13-19

Mystery done right

Judy Penz Sheluk does a great job with this story and the narration was perfect for me. The story kept me listening and trying to put all the pieces together on my own and I still didn't know how it was going to end. Well done! I couldn't wait for the next book.

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.

If you like a gentle mystery (vs an action type), this is a well written tale, beautifully narrated. Calamity Jane is a likeable central character who has a minsters to solve around the death of her parents. There’s a tease of paranormal, which kept me engaged. As I approached the end I couldn’t put it down so to speak. Will most definitely read the next in the series.

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can I give more than five stars to the narrator

holy wow this is one of those moments that you understand why audible is such a privilege the narrator was absolutely fantastic the story was good very very good but I don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much as I did from audio it was absolutely incredible listen I enjoyed it so much the story kept me guessing and waiting and I needed to know the details it was a great mystery and I enjoyed it very very much the story was very good and yet again the narrator was fantastic

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great narrator

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

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. The narrator us now my favorite female audio book narrator. She flowed seamlessly with the story. The book itself was interesting and kept my attention throughout. I look forward to the next book.

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Going Back Home

My full review can be seen on Goodreads
Overall, I liked the book a lot and look forward to reading the next book in the series


https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2832133324

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  • mani
  • 08-07-18

Skeletons in the attic

The plot of the book was put together well, writing was great and the main character was so true to life! All along I kept changing my mind as to who was guilty of what and the ending came as a great twist in the story

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  • R. Simons
  • 11-03-19

Enjoyable

When you inherit something you don’t expect there to be conditions to it normally, but that is exactly what Calamity (Callie) got when she inherited her father’s estate. The conditions were to move to Marketville, in the house she lived in as a child and solve her mother’s disappearance. Her mother disappeared when she was six so it was a long time ago.
Callie goes about trying to find out what has happened to her mother, along the way meeting some interesting people and clues. I liked the tarot card reading, the eerie feel to some parts. It kept me listening and was enjoyable.
I think that this novel was well thought out and researched well too, the narrator held my attention throughout. I am eager to start the second in the series now.

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  • deafmick
  • 09-11-19

This is my first audio book by judy.penza 5 out of5 and my first by claira jordyn 5 out of 5 100%

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  • DubaiReader
  • 07-26-19

The search for Abigail.

I enjoyed this mystery surrounding the disappearance of the main protagonist's mother when the MP was just six years old. The clues were presented in a fluid manner and I even managed to keep track of a rather large cast. I was listening to the book in audio and loved the narrator, Claira Jordyn. She managed to make me forget I was being read to, which is not easy.

Callie Barnstable had no idea that her father owned a property in Marketville until she found herself listening to his will after his sudden death. Callie and her father had moved to Toronto after her mother's disappearance and almost no mention was made of her after that. Callie inherited the Marketville property (a dooer-upper!), but on the condition that she live in the house for a year and attempted to find out what had happened to her mother.

There was a number of characters, each of whom offered some insight into the mystery, some more reliable than others. I enjoyed the theory that it would be hard to know who to trust and that some who appear friendly may not be, and vise versa; that was very much the case in this novel. I also appreciated that Callie was quite hesitant to disclose information until she was sure about each person; she was so suspicious of everyone. I would have just blurted everything out and my search would have been way less subtle.

The ending was maybe a bit rushed, suddenly everyone was knocking on her door or phoning with final clues, but that would be my only criticism. I really enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to the sequel which is in my audio library.

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  • Wayne
  • 05-31-19

Great Listen didn't want to put down

Great 1st book in the series had me hooked. Well written and keeps you listening!

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 05-09-19

A Very Well Crafted Novel.

This is a 'who done it' where we're not sure if a misdemeanor has actually been commited. I love the premise of having to stay in a house and solve a family mystery within a year. The characters are all wonderfully portrayed with great dialog. The narration is excellent creating an additional dimension. A really enjoyable listen.

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  • Jan M
  • 01-03-19

Great Story! Great Narration!

Skeletons in the Attic by Judy Penz Sheluk is a wonderful mystery! I loved how the author had the book so well plotted and included vivid imagery and unexpected twists. Kudos to the author for the ending ... I never expected that! I really thought the narrator, Claira Jordyn was perfect for this book. She performed distinguishable voices for the various characters and added the right suspense. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I definitely will listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Deedra
  • 12-29-18

Skeletons in the attic bk 1

I totally enjoyed this first book in the Marketville Mystery series.Callies mom dissapeared when she was a child.At the reading of her fathers will ,Callie learns of a house that she once lived in and is tasked with finding out what happened to her mom.There are interesting characters around every corner. Clara Jordyn was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • bluepits73
  • 12-13-18

Great Twists Throughout

This book was a pleasant surprise and will have you guessing all the way until the very end. I enjoyed this very well written listen, it kept me intrigued and wanting more. It's very easy to follow with strong likeable characters. The plot flows smoothly and everything wraps up neatly.

The narrator does a great job keeping voices consistent with characters. She was really able to put a good amount of emotion and mystery into her voice to keep the listener wanting more.

Enjoyed the writing and narration. I look forward to more from both.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased 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.