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Memories of Murder

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  35 reviews
When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job. As the town’s sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father’s friend, Maeve can’t help but get involved--with both the case and him.

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Lara Nance
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Memories of Murder just won the Bean Pot award! Best paranormal romance in New England Romance Writrs REader Choice awards for 2012!
Sandy S
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it


When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job. As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby a
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book!! It was a nice paranormal mystery with a touch of romance. I really wish they would make a sequel to the book. The characters in the book were just great. You couldn't help but like them and the story was a real page turner.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

Loved the creepy setting. It doesn't get much scarier than a haunted cemetery at an asylum. Great pacing made this a quick and enjoyable read.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Lillie Roberts
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maeve has bound her powers. She never thought she'd be able hurt anyone, never imagining her powers would be strong enough to kill. After months of healing from the attack and the ordeal with mother, Opal, at their Savannah home, along the Gems, Aunt Ruby and Aunt Pearl, she's ready to face life on her own. But, her life is going to take a new direction. She accepts a position as nurse practitioner at a retirement community in the small town of Rolling Gap. And, already, things aren't looking up ...more
Liz Terek
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Maeve has escaped to another town and changed her name to escape her past. Having lived through a violent ordeal, she takes a job as a nurse practitioner in a quiet community at a retirement community. Unfortunately, her first day on the job starts in the worst possible way. Upon arrival, a resident jumps to his death right in front of her.
Convinced that the man saw someone near him before he jumped, she relays her concerns to Sherriff Paul, who’s not convinced. She begins more concerned when
Kirsty Bicknell
I found 'Memories of Murder' like a pass the parcel present at a birthday party - multi layered, fun to open and surprising!
Lara Nance's book is a paranormal story about a locked witch who has stumbled upon strange events in the town of Rolling Gap. She has run there to escape her own ghosts after being attacked and forced to use her powers on the man, killing him. She has accepted a position a position as a nurse practitioner in a small town, where there is a non-existent crime rate, and has bo
Dawn Sullivan
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book pulls you in from the first page. Right from the start you want to keep reading to see what happens next.

This book had a lot of mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal and a bit of romance.

Maeve a pretty red head who has a special hidden talent and a traumatic past wants to start over so she moves to a small town to start fresh. But right from the start she realizes something isn’t right.

Paul a handsome small town boy who became a green beret is pretty much forced back home when he finds
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Maeve is a strong woman who is recovering from a scary attack. After spending some time in Savannah with her family she moves to a small town and takes a job as the nurse practitioner in a retirement community. She thinks that a new job in a new place will help her start over...and keep her from using her witch powers that she vows to keep bound.

But soon after Maeve moves to town one of the residents at the retirement community jumps to his death. The murder investigation brings handsome sheri
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
After surviving a violent attack witch Maeve McKenna binds her powers and moves to a small Virginia town to become the nurse practitioner at a retirement community. Her first day on the job starts off tragically as one of the patients in the dementia ward commits suicide. The more Maeve delves into the mystery surrounding the death the more convinced she becomes that something supernatural is haunting the building and patients. Sheriff Paul Sutton agrees that the death is suspicious and has pers ...more
Traci Bell
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Maeve McKenna is a nurse practitioner looking to escape a recent traumatic event by accepting a job at a retirement community clinic in a new town. Her first day on the job brings her face to face with a suspicious patient suicide and the intriguing, good-looking sheriff.

Paul Sutton is a green beret who’s moved back home to take over his father’s job as sheriff of the small town where the retirement community is located.

While investigating the suicide, Maeve and Paul start to notice other susp
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maeve has bound herself from using the witchcraft that saved her in an attack, she has picked up and moved away - hiding herself in a small town with deep, dark secrets that seem not to want to rest. In her new job as a nurse practicioner at the retirement home she is immediately greeted with a falling body of one of the patients. The new sheriff in town, Paul has been assigned the case and sparks begin to fly (as each is growing from their past). Maeve's mother and aunts come to Rolling Gap bec ...more
Cocktails and Books
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Working in a small town's retirement facility is Maeve. On her first day of work, one of the patients dies in a mysterious suicide. Called in to the scene is the hunky town sheriff, Paul. When it's obvious to both Maeve and Paul that it's more than just a suicide, they work together to try and solve the mystery.

I loved this book! I loved the developing relationship between Maeve, who struggles with her magic and abilities, and Paul, who is stubborn, determined and sexy :) Their chemistry flew o
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Witches, evil spirits, romance...what’s not to love about this book! I was amazed at the way the author weaved the stories of tormented young women living in the insane asylum without making it seem like a dry history lesson. You could feel their sadness, fear, and despair. There was no confusion between the past and present stories which made the book flow smoothly.


I had a couple of small criticisms - one being Paul’s too quick acceptance of Maeve being a witch with the he
Deb Grantham
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the story ... there are a few very colorful characters. Unfortunately, there are a lot of incomplete sentences, missing proper nouns, and over and over again I kept thinking of the television show "Charmed." (The power of three older but beautiful Celtic witches.) The incomplete sentences interupt the flow of the story.

The story itself is about a witch (who comes from a long line of witches) who has moved to a small town after binding her powers. She works as a nurse practicioner in an
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was very entertaining right from the start! Fast paced. plot was "edge of your seat". Story line made it incredibly hard to put down. The characters rocked this book. They were very believable, relatable, and all around awesome. Overall the originality was breathtaking. The ending will undoubtedly leave you wanting more. The only problem I found with this book was that it ended, but that couldn't knock a star from this book. I highly recommend this book if you like suspense, mystery, w ...more
Marla Josephs
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Memories of Murder was very different. The main character, Maeve, comes from a long line of Scottish witches. I liked the way the story evoked all of the old Scottish Druid magic yet it was set in modern times in the U.S. Maeve has bound her powers because she was forced to use them in a way she felt they should never be used. She moves to a small town to help her get away and heal from her traumatic ordeal, just to be thrown into the middle of a very strange supernatural murder case. With her f ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
Lara Nance has built a wonderfully described, realistic world as the setting for her story. It was as if Rolling Gap and it's residents could be just down the road. The characters are well developed and easy to invest in. The "Gems" are fantastic. Maeve is a strong main character, I was impressed with her from the start. Paul is great. My heart went out to both of them as they struggle with their personal demons. The story is intriguing and fast paced; twisting and suspenseful.
I lov
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

Maeve is a nurse witnessing a death on her first day at a new job. I have read two books by Lara Nance prior to this one, and I have to say that she is a really good writer. This story immediately drew my attention. From the first couple of pages, I was drawn to Maeve, I wanted to know more about her and the strange circumstances surrounding her. This is a fast paced story. This story hit a little close to home for me because my own mother has dementia. The mystery surrounding the graveyard and
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
My review is probably biased by the fact that I'm not normally a fan of low fantasy (fantasy stories in a "normal" setting), but I had trouble really getting into this book. It was decently written, but I couldn't seem to connect with the characters. They were all very distant emotionally. The main character, Maeve, was recovering from a trauma which should have made her a sympathetic character, but no depth was given to her pain or healing. It was simply given as another fact.
Sandra Lopez
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
On her first day at a new job, Maeve sees a man plunge to his death. Sure, she could've saved him with her "witchy" powers, if she still had them. But ever since her attack, she's been without the powers but not quite powerless. Intrigue.

Could the patient's death have been murder?

This a compelling mystery surrounding a lost asylum graveyard and an angry spirit. A scintillating brew of murder, mayhem, history, and wiccan folklore. Wickedly good!
Let's Get
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5

The excerpt above was the opening of the book and needless to say it got my attention from the get go. This story is filled mystery, romance, murder and magic, it will keep you turning the pages until the last one. The characters are well written and heartfelt throughout the story. Memories of Murder is volume 1 in the GEM paranormal mysteries and I can't wait to see what Lara Nance brings to the readers with the next one. Great read!
Kyra Dunst
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery, and when you add in ghosts and vengeful spirits with witches, it only gets better. Maeve is a witch, but after a horrifying event in her past, she is running from her heritage. The sleepy little town she escapes to is hiding a viscous secret, and it takes Maeve, her mother and aunts to fight against the evil terrorizing the town. The characters were very well written, and the plot kept me on my toes. I would recommend this author to others.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maeve moves to a new, smaller town, leaving bad memories behind and part of her life, but what she finds is a mystery that needs her help.
Teaming up with the Sheriff Paul, they try to solve the puzzle of the old asylum and the forgotten graveyard.
Hauntings, witches and romance in a quick read.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, witches, magic, ghosts
A page turner. Couldn't put it down.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks, 2013
I really enjoyed this story. A little slow going in the first part but the it really grabs you and doesn't let go. My favorite type of story: ghost story>
Ruth Boynton
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love reading about Maeve....but truly love the Gems. can't wait to read more of their story!
Phyllis Johnson
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Murder mystery revolving around ill will committed at a nursing home. Who'd ever think that anything criminal could go on in such a place.
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. Lara Nance is a very gifted writer.
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Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.
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