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Award-winning Canadian author Cathy Spencer lives in Ontario with her husband, an actor/teacher.
Cathy is the author of the Anna Nolan mystery series featuring an amateur sleuth who works as an administrative assistant for a fictitious university. Book One, Framed for Murder, was the winner of the 2014 Bony Blithe Mystery Award. In it, Anna discovers the body of her ex-husband while out for a walk one evening, and quickly becomes the focus of his murder investigation. Book Two in the series, Town Haunts, is set at Halloween. Cemetery custodian Sherman Mason asks for help from Anna and her friends when he hears his dead wife calling to him from beyond the grave. In the third book, Tidings of Murder and Woe, Anna is looking forward to a happy Christmas when her new friend, the CEO of a big oil company, starts receiving anonymous death threats.
Cathy has also written two romances. The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster, is an historical novel about a spinster whose life is turned upside when she is sent to live with a persnickety aunt after her father's death. The Dating Do-Over is a contemporary romantic comedy about a thirtyish school teacher with a sympathetic heart and lousy taste in men.
Cathy is also the author of 2 short story collections, Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Mysteries, and Tall Tales Twin-Pack, Science Fiction & Fantasy.
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on Sep. 18, 2014 :
The tagline - "It takes a witch to catch a ghost" - sums up the novel well, although don't get the wrong idea that it's your average horror-story material. It is a well-written suspenseful mystery with enough drama, romance, and thrills to keep me entertained from chapter to chapter. Cathy's writing and attention to detail made it easy for me to get invested in the characters and stay emerged in the story.
The story is set in a small town where everybody knows one another, which in itself made the book really interesting for me. I enjoyed learning about each character's relationship to one another and the history that got them to where they are in the present. The book is also set in October, right before Halloween, in crisp Autumn weather - making this the perfect time to read the book. It's aptly described as a "cozy mystery" and was a great read while cuddled up and sipping spiced apple tea.
I highly recommend this book, especially to read in the Fall season. It was hard to put down!
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2014 :
If you only get to read one book this year... Let it be this one!
Cathy has put together the perfect ratio of romance, suspicion, fear and anticipation!
We follow Anna Nolan on a wild journey in her otherwise quite quiet life. (She's had a few hiccups in the past, but who hasn't?!)
Anna lives in a quiet small town that's about to have a good story to tell.
I fell in love with the elderly characters in this story! Such sweet older women, full of life, they drew you in!
The men in this town all seem quite respectful. Something that's lacking in my town!
This story opens in a cemetery. With a drunk. And a ghost.
Don't turn away! I'm glad I didn't! You get to meet Sherman, the Grounds Keeper with a secret. I fell in love with him!
His family issues are well known around town. He can't run from them. So he drinks.
You really feel for this guy.
Next you meet Anna, she loves pretty much alone. Her son comes home from school on the weekends and she's got a great dog, but her love interest lives quite far away.
Then you meet several others; an intriguing brother/sister couple who are wrapped up in all things supernatural, a couple of old ladies who are just too perfect! The local police. A few nosy neighbors... And a ghost!
Really, this book was hard to put down. I'd recommend it, highly. I found myself anticipating the next move. I even got goosebumps a couple of times!
The ending was quite unexpected. As you feel like you've got this all wrapped up, Spencer throws in a surprise.
This is a great read. Go download it to your library. You'll finish it in a weekend, I'm sure!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)