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Linda Hall spent the early years of her writing career as a journalist and freelance writer. She also worked in the field of adult literacy and wrote curriculum materials for adults reading at basic reading levels. In 1990 Linda decided to do something she'd always dreamed of doing, she began working on her first novel. The book she wrote, The Josiah Files was published in 1992.
Since that time she's written eighteen more mystery and suspense novels.
Most of her novels have something to do with the sea. Linda grew up in New Jersey where her love of the ocean was born. When she was a little girl Linda remembers sitting on the shore and watching the waves and contemplating what was beyond. She could do that for hours.
Linda has roots in two countries. In 1971, she married a Canadian who loves the water just as much as she does. They moved to Canada and have lived there ever since. One of the things they enjoy is sailing. In the summer they basically move aboard their 34' sailboat aptly named - Mystery.
Both Linda's husband Rik and Linda have achieved the rank of Senior Navigator, the highest rank possible in CPS. The U.S. sister organization is the U.S.P.S. Linda's Senior Navigator diploma hangs proudly on her office wall. What this all means is that she knows how to use a sextant and can 'theoretically' find her way home by looking at the stars.
Rik and Linda have two grown children and five wonderful grandchildren.
on Oct. 22, 2011 :
The main character in this book, Sharon, a successful author from Vancouver, seems to reflect the career and hopes of the book’s author. Sharon Sullivan Colebrook is offered a chance to have her Summer Whitney series chosen to become a TV program. She is being pressured to produce another in the series by a certain date. At this juncture she receives word of an inheritance that will plunge her into a real world mystery. She leaves Vancouver with her husband, a news editor, to travel to Maine to help settle the estate she and her brother have inherited. Her brother’s whereabouts are unknown. Did he commit suicide? The law firm searches to find him.
Meanwhile Sharon and her husband move into the inheritance, an old house on the coast that she remembers from her childhood. Her memories are not altogether happy. Her stern grandparents and their daughters lived there and attended a strict local church. One aunt was stern and cold, the other eccentric and artistic, a teller of tales, including stories of murder.
The house and family hide many mysteries. Is the house haunted? Are there skeletons in the family closet? Who was murdered? Sharon Colebrook and her husband try to make sense of the characters they meet in this this mysterious world of whisper and religious legalism Their wandering daughter arrives with her strange ways further complicating the story. Sharon’s father seems lost in a world of his own, a world of meteorology. The maid is skittish and filled with superstition.
Although I felt the story started slowly, I become engrossed in the mysteries. The ending was quite unexpected and satisfying. This is one of Linda Hall’s better novels.
(reviewed long after purchase)