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Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and he Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back. But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. ***


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Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and he Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back. But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. ***

30 review for Scraps of Paper

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I downloaded this book from Kindle Australia thinking it was going to be a quick cosy mystery read ..... and it ended up being SO much more! An easy, clean read with a bit of added oomph and a hint of the paranormal, it was also a look at how the sins of the past are revisited in the future, as well as a heartwarming read of new beginnings later in life. The sad truth of living in a small community where everyone knows what you're doing even before you do brought about a few giggles, along with a I downloaded this book from Kindle Australia thinking it was going to be a quick cosy mystery read ..... and it ended up being SO much more! An easy, clean read with a bit of added oomph and a hint of the paranormal, it was also a look at how the sins of the past are revisited in the future, as well as a heartwarming read of new beginnings later in life. The sad truth of living in a small community where everyone knows what you're doing even before you do brought about a few giggles, along with a few snorts of suppressed laughter at the collection of odd, quirky characters that stand out in such a place. Once the mystery of what happened is solved you are left with a team of characters so lifelike that you are genuinely invested in what is going to happen to them in the future ...... and, of course, what future mysteries are going to befall them. An excellent start to what is going to be a new series for me to devour. A pleasant surprise and highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I enjoy cozy mysteries but generally don’t expect too much from them. Scraps of Paper isn’t a horrible book, it just suffers from being too bland. The mystery was too easy to solve, and the characters were rather boring.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)

    Well this was fun... A bit of a different mystery style... I found that refreshing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SA Krishnan

    Enjoyed the mystery. Abigail moves into a town and buys a spookie house and slowly the events in the story unfold. The plot was a very well thought out one and thoroughly enjoyable bringing a particular nostalgic feel to it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Schwartz

    I picked this book up because I wanted to read something light after finishing a number of deep books that had left me with book hangover. It definitely was light, but I was disappointed because the book was not that well-written. There are grammatical errors, as well as misspellings. Since this wasn't a galley copy that I was reading, that disappointed me. I found that the characters weren't very well-drawn, and I had figured out the killer very early in the book. I did manage to finish the boo I picked this book up because I wanted to read something light after finishing a number of deep books that had left me with book hangover. It definitely was light, but I was disappointed because the book was not that well-written. There are grammatical errors, as well as misspellings. Since this wasn't a galley copy that I was reading, that disappointed me. I found that the characters weren't very well-drawn, and I had figured out the killer very early in the book. I did manage to finish the book (that is why I gave it 3 stars), but I had almost put it down a few times. I thought that Ms. Griffith portrayed the small town atmosphere in Spookie Town fairly well. The townspeople are eccentric and quirky and that helped me get into the book a bit. Myrtle the bag lady was a treasure, and I kind of liked Frank, who helps Abigail solve the 30 year-old murder that she uncovers after she moves into her new home.. Light reading, with just a little bit of the supernatural. If you aren't expecting anything else, you may enjoy this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    First time reader of this author and now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative series. i was hooked after the first page. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real. i would highly recommend this author and this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    By: Kathryn Meyer Griffin Published By: K.M.G. Age Recommended: YA- Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Scraps of Paper" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was a wonderful mystery read that only this author can give to the reader. This author did a good job with this mystery read with had 'secrets from the past' and was there really a ghost in Abigail's new house? How did Abigail Sutton end up here? After a good marriage one night her husband leaves and never returns...only to find out after two By: Kathryn Meyer Griffin Published By: K.M.G. Age Recommended: YA- Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Scraps of Paper" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was a wonderful mystery read that only this author can give to the reader. This author did a good job with this mystery read with had 'secrets from the past' and was there really a ghost in Abigail's new house? How did Abigail Sutton end up here? After a good marriage one night her husband leaves and never returns...only to find out after two years he had been found dead. Wanting to move on with her life, Abigail had been a freelance artistic career but she leaves it behind her and travels to a small town called 'Spookie' buys a home. However, a mystery will come out from the purchasing of this particular house ..."as she investigates the disappearance thirty years before of the previous tenants of the house she has moved into." This will really be a suspenseful ride because there are so many twist and turns in this small town disappearance of Emily Summers and her children that will only to keep you turning the pages until the end. In this read there you will be intrigued with some well developed characters that are so very captivating and even colorful only to give the reader a interesting read about this town of 'Spookie.' If you are in for a good mystery read, you have come to the right place because this author can give it all to you. Would I recommend this read? YES!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chocalicious Love

    * I listened to the audio version of Scraps of Paper; and I was provided this audiobook by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.* I enjoyed this story about Abigail Sutton, a woman who lost her husband one night after he walked out to get cigarettes and never returned. Two and a half years later she learned he had been mugged, robbed, and left for dead. After learning what really happened, Abigail decided to change her life and move to a new town to escape her lousy job and empty apartme * I listened to the audio version of Scraps of Paper; and I was provided this audiobook by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.* I enjoyed this story about Abigail Sutton, a woman who lost her husband one night after he walked out to get cigarettes and never returned. Two and a half years later she learned he had been mugged, robbed, and left for dead. After learning what really happened, Abigail decided to change her life and move to a new town to escape her lousy job and empty apartment, and, of course, escape the pain of losing Joel, her husband. Then, Abby discovered the town of Spookie, and decided to explore it. Now, the real mystery began when she stumbled upon several tiny scraps of paper with messages, while fixing up the house. These were messages from the past, from two children -- previous residents of the house. Soon Abigail became preoccupied with hearing them and eventually she became a killer’s target. This was good! If you like things that go bump in the night and you don’t have an overactive imagination that will make you also begin to hear things in the night, then you’ll enjoy this as I did. Clean, good fun. Recommended!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    I love the cover for Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith…and that tagline…how could I possibly resist? I feel a sense of foreboding. The book is free everywhere, so feel free to grab a copy. After two stagnant years of her life, Abigail has found out that her husband, Joel, had been murdered. Misery put her on the road in search of a new life. She was determined to become a new person. To find time to live and love. Spookie Town called to her. The past and the present merge and the mystery grow I love the cover for Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith…and that tagline…how could I possibly resist? I feel a sense of foreboding. The book is free everywhere, so feel free to grab a copy. After two stagnant years of her life, Abigail has found out that her husband, Joel, had been murdered. Misery put her on the road in search of a new life. She was determined to become a new person. To find time to live and love. Spookie Town called to her. The past and the present merge and the mystery grows. I love the direction she goes to solve the mystery of Emily and her kids disappearances. She moves into the an empty house and begins to find Scraps of Paper. To find the answers to the mystery makes me think of a scavenger hunt. Kathryn Meyer Griffith has a way with words and once I begin one of her books, it is hard to put it down. So true with Scraps of Paper. I felt Abigail’s pain and her need to find a way to go on after her husband’s death. When she moves into the empty house, the former tenants mystery becomes hers. She feels a need to find out happened to them because we all need answers…don’t we?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Two years ago, Abigail Sutton’s husband went out and vanished. Two years later, she learns he was killed. Grieving, she picks up the pieces of her life, resolves to becoming a full-time artist (at least until her saved up money is gone), and moves to a quaint small town. There, she buys an old farmhouse that once belonged to the late Edna Summers. As Abigail gets to know her new neighbors and develops a close friendship with retired police officer Frank Lester, she renovates the house. But as sh Two years ago, Abigail Sutton’s husband went out and vanished. Two years later, she learns he was killed. Grieving, she picks up the pieces of her life, resolves to becoming a full-time artist (at least until her saved up money is gone), and moves to a quaint small town. There, she buys an old farmhouse that once belonged to the late Edna Summers. As Abigail gets to know her new neighbors and develops a close friendship with retired police officer Frank Lester, she renovates the house. But as she digs through Edna’s history and works on the house, she discovers papers covered in children’s writings. After learning Edna’s sister, niece, and nephew spent a summer living with her before vanishing into the night, she stumbles on 3 graves. Are they the final resting places of Edna’s family? If so, how did they die, and is the person who did it still around and now after Abigail? I love a good cozy mystery, with an intriguing mystery and a strong female detective. Unfortunately, this was not one of those. The mystery was simplistic, an obvious whodunit almost from the moment the mystery was introduced. Other possible murderers were thrown in as red herrings, but none of them were very plausible and, from the way they were treated, I got the sense Abigail and Frank didn’t see them as particularly likely either. However, the children seeming to haunt Abigail to get their mystery solved was a nice touch and added a little suspense to a lackluster mystery. The characters were also a letdown. They were little more than caricatures of the sort of people you might find in a small town. There’s the handsome widowed man for Abigail to fall for, the town crazy lady (who is, admittedly, probably the most interesting character because she is the town crazy lady), the reporter who pokes her nose in everything, the recluse, etc. If the stereotype exists, it’s in this book. The dialogue didn’t help much. Instead of serving to help highlight difference between the characters, everyone but Abigail seemed to have the same speech style, talking in fragments and seeming more contrived than authentic. The really annoying part was that this could also be found in the narrative. However, the developing friendship between Abigail and Frank was nice, starting off slow, but you can tell they like each other. The other interactions Abigail has did not come off as this charming. Instead, they felt contrived and inauthentic, serving only to give Abigail some tidbit she would later need. Overall, the whole book was just too…contrived, and formulaic. The story-mystery balance felt formulaic, switching back and forth between Abigail’s relationships with everyone and discussing the mystery at seemingly plotted out points instead of happening naturally. This often led to much more tell than show since characters needed to give Abigail information at some point and what better way than to just tell her how someone acts and why? The writing also suffered. Other than being rife with fragments, in dialogue and the narrative, there were other, non-fragment incomplete sentences. Generally, the writing was rather poor and simple. The bottom line: a simple, contrived mystery with a few pleasant surprises here and there. If you just want to sit back and enjoy, give this one a shot, otherwise there are better cozy mysteries out there (my personal favorite is the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle, but that’s for another post!) This review can also be found on my blog https://katpersephone.wordpress.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This was a good clean mystery; this proves that a good book can be written with no sex involved. After her husband was found dead, Abigail moves to quiet Spookie where she purchases a home with its own mystery. She finds scraps of paper on which are written notes from a girl who once lived there suggesting that perhaps something sinister might have happened on the property. Abigail befriends Frank an ex Chicago cop and together they uncover the truth about what really happened to the girl, her br This was a good clean mystery; this proves that a good book can be written with no sex involved. After her husband was found dead, Abigail moves to quiet Spookie where she purchases a home with its own mystery. She finds scraps of paper on which are written notes from a girl who once lived there suggesting that perhaps something sinister might have happened on the property. Abigail befriends Frank an ex Chicago cop and together they uncover the truth about what really happened to the girl, her brother, and their mother from years before. I liked the characters, even the ones with quirky personalities.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This was a cozy mystery, that was suspenseful and very entertaining. Who would not be curious to find hidden clues that lead you to a mystery? The characters were quirky and very likeable. I immensely appreciate that it is a stand alone book within a series. Also, the conclusion was a very H.E.A. Lastly, this is a clean book that readers of all ages can enjoy. These greatly affect my ratings

  13. 5 out of 5

    Professor Spottke

    I love a good mystery, and Scraps of Paper fulfilled my need. What a fun book about starting new lives, making a home, connecting with the past—all while solving an ages old mystery. Abby is a great, artistic, open-minded, and curious character. She’s described at one point as Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote, and, yes, I can see that. Actually, this reminds me of the mysteries I love to watch on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. I am thankful to have found this book (for free, no less) I love a good mystery, and Scraps of Paper fulfilled my need. What a fun book about starting new lives, making a home, connecting with the past—all while solving an ages old mystery. Abby is a great, artistic, open-minded, and curious character. She’s described at one point as Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote, and, yes, I can see that. Actually, this reminds me of the mysteries I love to watch on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. I am thankful to have found this book (for free, no less), and I look forward to reading the next in the series. What a great way to pass the time while self-quarantining. She’s described at one point as Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote, and, yes, I can see that. Actually, this reminds me of the mysteries I love to watch on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. I am thankful to have found this book (for free, no less), and I look forward to reading the next in the series. What a great way to pass the time while self-quarantining.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I didn't quite get halfway through this book before I just went to the end to see whodunit. Bad (or no) editing made this difficult to read, especially the overuse of commas. I didn't quite get halfway through this book before I just went to the end to see whodunit. Bad (or no) editing made this difficult to read, especially the overuse of commas.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An enjoyable quick read. 2.5 stars. I got this as a Kindle first book, otherwise I don't think I would've read it. It was pretty much as I expected. Abigail, a recent widow and artist, moves to a tiny town to star over. The house she moves into has a past. 30 years ago a single mom and her two kids vanished. Her sister said they left town, but there are mysterious circumstances around their disappearance that the town still talks about. The sister was not very well liked and only died recently. An enjoyable quick read. 2.5 stars. I got this as a Kindle first book, otherwise I don't think I would've read it. It was pretty much as I expected. Abigail, a recent widow and artist, moves to a tiny town to star over. The house she moves into has a past. 30 years ago a single mom and her two kids vanished. Her sister said they left town, but there are mysterious circumstances around their disappearance that the town still talks about. The sister was not very well liked and only died recently. Abigail finds hidden through the house "scraps of paper" with notes written by the kids detailing a miserable life and she begins to suspect foul play. With the help of a handsome, retired cop widower, and some enthusiastic townspeople, she solves the 30 year old mystery. All the characters were pretty one note. For example, the cop love interest was basically perfect. I kept thinking he was fake and must be the murderer, but this story is much more straight forward than that. In fact, I over thought almost everything instead of just sticking with the obvious (and correct) solutions. One interesting thing--and I didn't want to give anything away, but I guess I will spoiler tag this review because I want to discuss it--there was a big double standard that I don't think was intentional. Abigail finds this one guy totally creepy from the get go. She keeps making excuses, however, and even though he makes her uncomfortable, she thinks its her own issue and tries to move past it, despite clear evidence he's lying about what he knows. And other people in town dismiss it, saying there's no way he's the murderer, blah blah blah. But his ex-wife? Everyone is fine saying she's crazy and she's the reason they got divorced, don't believe anything she says. And no one retracts this attitude toward her, even after its revealed that he (of course) was the murderer. It's just weird that people were so quick to judge the ex-wife but made excuses for him. Even Abigail herself made excuses and tried to pretend like he didn't creep her out. I think women do that a lot, instead of following our instincts, we feel we have to be nice to clearly sketchy people.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debby Fowler

    Rather disappointing I really wanted to like this book. The title was intriguing and the plot seemed promising. Sadly, it didn't deliver. The major characters weren't described in enough detail yet minor characters were painted in more depth. The story line lacked cohesion, with details thrown in randomly, as if the author was still formulating ideas. Characters chatted on endlessly, as if making sure the reader was followed the story. Very choppy. Such a shame but I'm not likely to try the next Rather disappointing I really wanted to like this book. The title was intriguing and the plot seemed promising. Sadly, it didn't deliver. The major characters weren't described in enough detail yet minor characters were painted in more depth. The story line lacked cohesion, with details thrown in randomly, as if the author was still formulating ideas. Characters chatted on endlessly, as if making sure the reader was followed the story. Very choppy. Such a shame but I'm not likely to try the next book in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    I’ve read many of Kathryn’s books. She writes about ghosts, vampires, witches, time travel and more. Being addicted to cozy mysteries I was curious to see how she would do in this genre. Abigail’s husband walked out the door, got in his car and vanished. Two years later his body is discovered, a victim of a mugging. After two years of wondering what had happened to her husband, she now has answers and feels a need to move on with her life. A fresh start is in order and Abigail sets off on an adve I’ve read many of Kathryn’s books. She writes about ghosts, vampires, witches, time travel and more. Being addicted to cozy mysteries I was curious to see how she would do in this genre. Abigail’s husband walked out the door, got in his car and vanished. Two years later his body is discovered, a victim of a mugging. After two years of wondering what had happened to her husband, she now has answers and feels a need to move on with her life. A fresh start is in order and Abigail sets off on an adventure, finally coming across a quaint little town with the curious name of Spookie. Kathryn’s descriptions of the town and inhabitants of Spookie felt like she was describing the small town I live in. The buildings, the flora and the eccentric character or two could easily be what I see every day. Feeling a strong connection to the place, Abigail buys a fixer upper and begins her new life. While doing some repairs she begins to find scraps of paper with notes scribbled on them in crayon. Inquiring about the history of her new home, she learns a mother with two small children mysteriously disappeared some 30 years ago and were never heard from again. She’s curious about what happened to them and digs deeper into the town’s history. Thus begins the mystery. And this is where you get to meet some of the other players in the story. It seems every small town has stereotypes and you get some of them here. I’d say my favorites are the two older sisters, both quite eccentric and both with some secrets to share. And retired Chicago homicide detective, Frank Lester. Kathryn wrote him so well. I could see Frank, calmly contemplating the mystery while also being amused by Abigail. Her naivete and his quiet, confident demeanor would be a good fit and I had hopes they might find some peace and happiness together. Yep, I’m a match maker. Scraps Of Paper reads at a steady pace. As the crime happened over 30 years ago, there’s no violent scenes. And while the mystery of who might have committed the crime was apparent fairly early on for me, I was still tantalized by the story. Kathryn writes so visually that I found even the little things engrossing. And she added this tiny bit of paranormal to the story that had me wondering right along with Abigail. Is her house really haunted? Did I enjoy this as much as Kathryn’s other books? Yes, I did. I do like her darker books, but I was just as happy with this cozy mystery.

  18. 4 out of 5

    CoffeeTimeRomance andMore

    Abigail Sutton has been happy and in love until one night her husband goes out for cigarettes and never returns. After police finds him dead two years later, she wants closure. Deciding to push on with her life and pursue a freelance artistic career, she leaves her life in the city and moves to a quaint little town. When she buys a house to fix it up and make it her own, she never imagines the mystery she will discover. Frank Lester is a retired cop, presently working on a mystery novel, who has Abigail Sutton has been happy and in love until one night her husband goes out for cigarettes and never returns. After police finds him dead two years later, she wants closure. Deciding to push on with her life and pursue a freelance artistic career, she leaves her life in the city and moves to a quaint little town. When she buys a house to fix it up and make it her own, she never imagines the mystery she will discover. Frank Lester is a retired cop, presently working on a mystery novel, who has lost his wife a few years before. All he has left is his son, Kyle, who is away at college, but on meeting Abigail the first time, Franks feels a connection to her. While sheriff in the small town, Frank has worked on a house some believe haunted before moving to Chicago and investigating the mystery surrounding missing people, never finding answers. Now Abigail has moved in the haunted house, and finding mysterious writings piques her interest. As she and Frank try to solve the secrets, they bond. But will it be a new start for both? Scraps of Paper is a superb read that has kept this reader spellbound. Abigail and Frank are warm, genuine characters who really give this story life. Ms. Meyer Griffith pulls the reader into the atmosphere and ambiance of the lovely town of Spookie and all the secondary players who make it visual in every aspect. There were times the intensity was so tight it was nail-biting. Many times, this reader has felt chills with anticipation around the corner. She delivers a magnificently captivating read, so readers will only want more. Cherokee Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Scraps of Paper had everything I enjoy in a story-a mystery to be solved, secrets from the past, and possibly a ghost in the heroine’s new house. Ms. Griffith did a wonderful job setting the scene for this small town mystery. The town is even called Spookie and I felt like I was there roaming around viewing everything as the characters went about their business. There’s a developing love interest for Abigail in the shape of an ex-sherif Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Scraps of Paper had everything I enjoy in a story-a mystery to be solved, secrets from the past, and possibly a ghost in the heroine’s new house. Ms. Griffith did a wonderful job setting the scene for this small town mystery. The town is even called Spookie and I felt like I was there roaming around viewing everything as the characters went about their business. There’s a developing love interest for Abigail in the shape of an ex-sheriff, at least you hope it’s a love interest and not the person responsible for a missing woman and her children from the seventies. The pacing was perfect, and in some spots I found myself reading an extra chapter, despite my lack of time, to see what would happen next. All the characters were well drawn and there were even a few very quirky ones thrown in. While there were some contrived things that seemed to be thrown just in to help solve the mystery, overall it will leave you guessing about the identity of the guilty party. If you enjoy a suspense with a light touch of romance thrown in then this is probably a good pick for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather Doughty

    Cute series title - Spookie Town Murder Mystery. But this book isn't all that spooky or mysterious. The story: it's a bit bland and washed down with more telling than showing. Not a lot happens. Because it's a short read, it was easy to get through. The mystery is not really a mystery because it was obvious who did what. The main character, Abigail, was not fleshed out well and was inconsistent in her actions and thoughts. Is she a strong female or isn't she? Is she independent or isn't she? Spoo Cute series title - Spookie Town Murder Mystery. But this book isn't all that spooky or mysterious. The story: it's a bit bland and washed down with more telling than showing. Not a lot happens. Because it's a short read, it was easy to get through. The mystery is not really a mystery because it was obvious who did what. The main character, Abigail, was not fleshed out well and was inconsistent in her actions and thoughts. Is she a strong female or isn't she? Is she independent or isn't she? Spookie isn't really that spooky of a town as more as it's a busy-body town. The writing: it's a bit bland with repetition and inconsistencies. There are contradictions in some of the explanations and some of the facts. There are tons of truncated or incomplete sentences that really feel jarring. There are grammar issues and wrong words. The writing doesn't flow together. I got enough out of this book and these characters to satisfy my interest. Book #2 is not in my future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    I listened to the Audible version of this book. I LOVED this book!I did not want it t end! Abigails husband leaves one night and never returns.Two years later his car and body are found and Abigail decides to start over in a new town.She buys an old house and all of it's secrets, scandals and maybe a ghost or two. Wendy Tremont King brings each character to life as the narrator.She was a perfect fit for this book. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased I listened to the Audible version of this book. I LOVED this book!I did not want it t end! Abigails husband leaves one night and never returns.Two years later his car and body are found and Abigail decides to start over in a new town.She buys an old house and all of it's secrets, scandals and maybe a ghost or two. Wendy Tremont King brings each character to life as the narrator.She was a perfect fit for this book. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

  22. 4 out of 5

    C.L.

    An excellent read and mystery. Plenty of suspects which would delight any reader. The tenants of the house that Abigail buys disappeared years ago. She must investigate. This is the beginning of a new series -- a long one I hope.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Abigail Sutton moves into the town of Spookie almost on impulse. She's widowed, and looking for an opportunity to start her life again. When she falls in love with a little house on the outskirts of town, available at a very low price because the owner has passed away and has no family, she decides to buy it and set up a business as a water color artist. Soon, though, she's hearing children's voices and cats meowing in the woods. That's when she learns that there's more to her property than meets Abigail Sutton moves into the town of Spookie almost on impulse. She's widowed, and looking for an opportunity to start her life again. When she falls in love with a little house on the outskirts of town, available at a very low price because the owner has passed away and has no family, she decides to buy it and set up a business as a water color artist. Soon, though, she's hearing children's voices and cats meowing in the woods. That's when she learns that there's more to her property than meets the eye. The previous owner's sister and two children disappeared without a trace 30 years previously. Abigail is finding little crayoned notes all over the house, apparently written by the kids and indicating that their lives had taken a sinister bent. The local retired police officer, Frank, befriends Abigail ... and the two of them start looking into the disappearances. And that ticks off someone who knows a whole lot about the disappearances that they would rather not have come out. This is not quite a cozy; there are some fairly gruesome moments in the tale. There are the usual small-town characters, like a gossipy real estate agent and a waitress who's been around forever. And, while they are tropes to a certain degree, they aren't caricatures. Far from it, in fact. The townspeople of Spookie will feel very real to those who, like me, grew up in small rural towns. The "whodunnit" didn't surprise me much, if I'm honest. Still, it was an enjoyable read and I'm likely to pick up other books in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Investigating a 30 year old disappearance is made a wee bit difficult when the person investigating isn't a cop or otherwise involved with police business and no one in town wants to talk about the past. Well, that is until EVERYONE wants to talk about it. Then it's just a informational free-for-all with tips and hints coming out of the woodwork. Heh. That's actually more accurate than I intended. Because Abigail keeps finding those scraps of paper that hint that something sinister was going on i Investigating a 30 year old disappearance is made a wee bit difficult when the person investigating isn't a cop or otherwise involved with police business and no one in town wants to talk about the past. Well, that is until EVERYONE wants to talk about it. Then it's just a informational free-for-all with tips and hints coming out of the woodwork. Heh. That's actually more accurate than I intended. Because Abigail keeps finding those scraps of paper that hint that something sinister was going on in strange hidey-holes in her new house. GOOD TIMES. Seriously, though, after dealing with her husband's disappearance and the eventual reveal of his death, Abigail is more than a little invested in finding out the truth about Emily and the children. Frank's ties to the town and what happened that long-ago summer help point her in the right direction, although uncovering the truth might put her in more danger than she expects. Enjoyable enough I'd like to see what trouble Abigail and Frank get up to next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Viola Walton

    4.6 rated. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming short murder mystery. Abigail Sutton after losing her husband who was missing and then found murdered has moved to a small town trying to rebuild her life. She purchases a fixer-upper and finds a local location to sell her artwork. The house has sat vacant for several years and it has a strange past. Abigail while working on the repairs keeps finding scraps of paper that point to the children being hungry, and fearful of the elderly woman who owned t 4.6 rated. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming short murder mystery. Abigail Sutton after losing her husband who was missing and then found murdered has moved to a small town trying to rebuild her life. She purchases a fixer-upper and finds a local location to sell her artwork. The house has sat vacant for several years and it has a strange past. Abigail while working on the repairs keeps finding scraps of paper that point to the children being hungry, and fearful of the elderly woman who owned the house. Abigail, and Frank Lester a retired police detective starts putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Then the graves of the missing young mother and her two children are found in the woods behind the house. Trying to solve the mystery of their death has put Abigail's life in danger, and Frank has become her protector.

  26. 4 out of 5

    George

    #1 in the Spookie Town murder mystery series. It is 2003 and Abigail Sutton is finally able to restart her life which has been on hold for 2 years starting when her husband leaves to go to the store and never returns. Things have been falling a part of her until she receives the news that her husband has been found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. Abigail moves to small town that reminds her a lot of the small town she grew up in and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers die #1 in the Spookie Town murder mystery series. It is 2003 and Abigail Sutton is finally able to restart her life which has been on hold for 2 years starting when her husband leaves to go to the store and never returns. Things have been falling a part of her until she receives the news that her husband has been found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. Abigail moves to small town that reminds her a lot of the small town she grew up in and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Edna's younger sister and her two children, who people believe drove away one night thirty years ago and disappeared. As Abigail renovates the house, he finds scraps of paper hidden in various places that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. She eventually discovers the three were murdered she and retired detective Frank Lester try to uncover who killed them and why.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lynch

    I enjoyed this book. While the answers to the mysteries seemed obvious early on, the author drew me in with the depth of her characters. Touches of paranormal added interest, too. Without spoiling it, there were some sad and tragic murders that were hard to read about. But I believe her strength in drawing real people for us and putting enough elements together to keep the book moving along deserve four stars! If you enjoy a quick cozy mystery, I think you'll like this one. I enjoyed this book. While the answers to the mysteries seemed obvious early on, the author drew me in with the depth of her characters. Touches of paranormal added interest, too. Without spoiling it, there were some sad and tragic murders that were hard to read about. But I believe her strength in drawing real people for us and putting enough elements together to keep the book moving along deserve four stars! If you enjoy a quick cozy mystery, I think you'll like this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Grabbed my attention early & held it to the last page. It has been awhile since a mystery intrigued me as much as this book did. 30 year old unanswered questions about where a beautiful young woman and her 10 year old twins had vanished to are turned into a fascinating page turner in the hands of Ms. Griffith. A small, quaint town and a quirky cast of characters help round the book's ambiance into a thoroughly enjoyable, if "spooky", read. Highly recommend! Grabbed my attention early & held it to the last page. It has been awhile since a mystery intrigued me as much as this book did. 30 year old unanswered questions about where a beautiful young woman and her 10 year old twins had vanished to are turned into a fascinating page turner in the hands of Ms. Griffith. A small, quaint town and a quirky cast of characters help round the book's ambiance into a thoroughly enjoyable, if "spooky", read. Highly recommend!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    A Delightful Read Scraps of Paper is just the kind of cozy mystery that charms me with interesting characters, a unique small town setting and a good mystery that keeps the pages turning, me wanting more. Such a warm and cozy fun read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liz Jones

    A nice easy read.

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