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Murder on Spyglass Lane

(Sarah McDougall #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Artist Sarah McDougall flees from New England to Florida's west coast thinking she can escape her unwanted psychic abilities. When she finds a dead body buried under the sand trap on the thirteenth hole of the golf course behind her home, Sarah realizes she was mistaken. She is stuck with an ability that will nearly be her undoing.

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Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by J. M. Griffin
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Rea
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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Murder on Spyglass Lane mixes cosy mystery with a touch of the paranormal (in Sarah MacDougall’s visions). The story opens with Sarah suffering the effects on the onset of one of these visions and I’m afraid that for whatever reason most of it just went over my head to the point where I found myself put on my guard. I don’t know whether I wasn’t paying enough attention to what I was reading or whether I missed out on something important in the narrative or what but
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Kathleen
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sarah McDougall is a thirty-three year old artist from New England who recently moved to Florida's west coast to live a more simpler life with her Bassett Hound, Sparky. Sarah has psychic abilities, she has the ability to see visions of strange occurrences / scenes that come in a misty ethereal fashion. She's had this ability all her life, she never knows when the visions will happen or what will come through, there is no warning or escape from them, and she resents having this ability as it is ...more
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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Murder on Spyglass Lane by J.M. Griffin
Release Date: January 22nd, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Page Count: 234
Source: From the author, via Innovative Online Book Tours for review, as part of the Salt City book tour

Sarah McDougall finds there are things in life that can't be outrun.

Artist Sarah McDougall flees from new England to Florida's west coast thinking she can escape her unwanted psychic abilities. When she finds a dead body buried beneath the sand trap on the thirteenth hole of the golf co
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Lissette
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From an early age, Sarah McDougall has been clairvoyant; though she won't admit to that fact. Her visions frighten her and she detests the moments when they creep upon her so unexpectedly. Those very visions are the reason behind her having moved from Massachusetts to Florida as she couldn't prevent the death of a very good friend of hers. Nor could she stop people from implicating her in the murder. While the visions have proved handy in the past, they're the one thing she wishes she could do w ...more
Andrea Guy
This was a cute short mystery. I guess it is a cozy mystery, but it lacks some of the elements that make most cozies popular, though I think it's possible if this becomes a series that it will pick up on them nicely.

I thought Sarah's character was unique. She could see visions. That's definitely a twist on the cozy mystery front and then there's Raven. He reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich's Ranger, more in his actions than anything else, but when you say he's pirate handsome..I think sexy,
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Dolores Ayotte
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this mystery novel by Author J.M. Griffin. "Murder on Spyglass Lane" has just the right amount of suspense, a bit of mayhem, and a touch of romance to add to the mysterious atmosphere on Spyglass Lane.

The main character, Sarah McDougall, is my type of person. She is a down-to-earth, artsy gal with a delightful stash of some of the cutest sayings. She is also a gifted artist with a keen mind and a witty sense of humor. Sarah has, what she refers to as "second sight" which she
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Wendy Hines
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Murder on Spyglass Lane is relative to a cozy mystery but with a bit more spunk. Sarah has some psychic abilities that has caused her to move house and state. Although her abilities are an asset, they can also be embarrassing. But you can't run from who you are. She stumbles over a dead body on a golf course and instantly finds herself immersed in the investigation. With the help of her handsome neighbor, with secrets of his own, Sarah soon finds herself losing her heart, something she least exp ...more
Sherry
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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Sarah McDougall moves to Florida to escape her psychic intuitions that give her a "feel" for crime. She is not long a resident on Spyglass Lane when she and her bassett hound find a body in a sand-trap on the golf course. Sarah works as an artist and manages to get herself a gallery showing at the gallery of the dead body's husband. It seems once she feels out a crime -- she is bound to solve it, whether she likes it or not. It helps that she has a handsome neighbor, Raven who is also interested ...more
Stephanie
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I had to finish this book and find out who done it! The heroine grew on me about half way through and I started rooting for her and worrying about her. The hero I didn't get to know well enough--often a casualty in a first person book. I am a picky reader. But in spite of the repetitiveness of some scenes, the uninspired, almost cliche prose, and less than snappy dialogue, I liked this book. J.M. ended up spinning a yarn I enjoyed, issues and all.
Barbara
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a quick read, but it was very enjoyable. The person who "did it" was a surprise to me. I, like others who reviewed the book, was glad she kept the sex to a minimum. I, too, found the formatting weird. Perhaps it happened when it transferred to Kindle. I could really imagine the dog, Sparky. Her descriptions of him were delightful. Two thumbs up! Great book!
Donna
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Good book, but rather drawn out. Not as good as the Espisito series.
Carol
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Entertaining humor surrounds a psychic murder mystery.
This was truly lots of fun with a forthright main character.
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JM Griffin grew up in the Maine countryside. Inspired by the Nancy Drew mysteries, JM wrote her first story at age twelve.

With 5 books written and more in the works, JM's first book in the Vinnie Esposito series published in February of 2009. The first and second Vinnie Esposito novels have been re-released through Lachesis Publishing. The third novel in the series, Dead Wrong, was released in ebo
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