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Stranger in a Small Town (Shivers #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The mysterious blue-eyed stranger who showed up in the middle of the night wasn't just looking for work. No, when "John Samuels" signed on with Maggie Harper to restore the decrepit old house, he was hoping for answers and a chance to face the demons of his past. But then strange happenings started threatening his beautiful new boss--and disrupting the passion that sparked ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Harlequin (first published 2010)
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A double murder was committed thirty years ago, yet the memory is still rather fresh. And the woman restoring the Murder House, refusing to sell it and tear it down, is someone's thorn in the side. But not everybody sees it that way, since Maggie finally manages to find someone to help her with the house. But another stranger in town, asking all kinds of questions about the murder could only make things worse...Much worse, considering the secrets John Samuels is keeping.

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Maggie is trying to restore the old house her grandfather left her. The problem is that a double murder occurred there thirty years ago and no one can forget it. The people of the town don't want it restored and they all let her know it. She can't even get anyone to help her with the work until a stranger shows up in town. She senses a deep sadness in him but she's happy to have the help. She's even happier to have him there when strange things started happening.

Maggie had come to renovate the
I struggled to make a connection to any of the characters, and found the town extremely unappealing compromised of horrendously nasty or nosey people. The reason why Maggie was so hell bent on renovating the "murder house" never really flew for me, (unresolved issues as to why her husband walked out on her, apparently) and it was never fully explained why her grandparents built the home, but then never lived there. John Samuels turns out to be who you suspect him to be, but the flip-flopping bet ...more
Katie Q
I loved loved loved this book. So entertaining yet simple as you would want in the Harlequin range. Terrific mystery with a touch of suspense and of course the lovely romance.
I really enjoyed this short novel. I wish there was a sequel or two. I want to know what happens with Sam & Maggie !!
Danielle MacLennan
So far it's freaking me out but it's just because of what happened in the past. I'm liking it though and will continue to read it :)
Jim Rattenni
strarted reading this not finished but so far really good
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