Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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Scraps of Paper by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Revised Author Edition
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (355 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night and two years later is found dead. Starting a new life, Abigail moves to a small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. At one time, it was home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and two children, Jenny and Christopher. Emily and her children are rumored to have driven away one night…thirty years ago.
But in renovating her house, Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint they were victims of foul play.

Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house. With the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. She and Frank not only uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer.

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.

Comments

  1. Astilbe says:

    Wow, This story sounds incredible!

    Are there any particularly gory scenes?I love psychological horror but am not a fan of the “buckets full of blood” method of scaring readers. It’s so much better to let your imagination do some of the work in my experience. 🙂

  2. Dear Astilbe,
    no gorey scenes…I write traditional mysteries, suspense and horror and don’t believe in a lot of gore, sex or cursing. My books are pretty much PG or PG13. Grin. The story and the characters are more important to me. AND there’s a second in the series ALL THINGS SLIP AWAY also available out there in ebook and paperback. These are originally 2003 and 2006 Avalon Mystery hardcovers I’ve just brought out again myself. Warmly, author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  3. Astilbe says:

    Thank you so much for responding to me, Kathryn! I look forward to reading both books in this series. 🙂

  4. Thank you Astilbe. Warmly, author of 18 novels, Kathryn Meyer Griffifth

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