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Her Last Letter

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,588 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
In the Colorado mountain town of Glenwood Springs, not far from Aspen, artist/photographer Gwyn Sanders discovers a cryptic letter her sister Kelly left behind. The victim of a deadly hit and run, Kelly reveals she was sexually involved with her sister's boyfriend and is scared for her life. Both Gwyn and her remaining sister Linda have since married their boyfriends, so e ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Penwyck Publishing LLC
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Cara St.Hilaire
I feel terribly criticizing someone's work this way. I downloaded this on my Kindle because it was only .99 at the time and I love a good suspense story. What, in theory, should hook readers in
--the main character is an artist living in the Rockies
--the story evolves from a crypic/mysterious note left by the lead characters deceased sister
--the ever-growing mystery that perhaps your husband could be guilty of deception and murder? Juicy!

However, the delivery just wasn't there.
--Yes, Gwyn is
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I thought the premise of the story was good and it gripped your attention but I felt there was too much detail that was unnecessary ( for example all the food details, who cares what the characters ate! ) The characters themselves were not that believable. Why would you suspect your husband of murdering your sister?? I didn't think the book really flowed and found myself wanting to get to the 'meat' of it instead of wading through pages of parties and ski trips that didn't add to the storyline. ...more
Vicki Jaeger
Jul 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no-one
Where to begin. The ebook version was $0.99, and you get what you pay for. The plot felt like a 1970s poorly crafted made-for-tv movie, with way too many predictable red herrings. The main character is an artist by trade, but she only describes things like a new shopping mall with any type of detail. And the language is awkward, saying things like, "sipping her iced tea through a straw." Like I need to know a straw was involved??
I had to finish it to see where she ended up. I could've saved the
Kae Cheatham
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book presented a well thought out mystery, with several outcomes possible--all believable. I didn't feel cheated by the ending, as is often the case with some mysteries.
Character development and writing style were very good. Some scenes did seem a bit too long without a direct bearing on the story, although they did further character development.

Vicki Tyley
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
I'm having a really good run with the books I've read lately, and this is no exception. I really liked the premise of Her Last Letter, not to mention the many twists – especially the one at the end.
Lori Anderson
Mar 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Another near-freebie I ran across via the Kindle. And while it's definitely not high literature, it was a quick read that blew the cobwebs out of my head.

The premise -- three sisters. One was killed. The other two are married. One of the marrieds finds a letter written by the dead sister saying she had an affair with the boyfriend of one of the sisters and she's afraid he's going to kill her "like he did the other one".

The question now is, which husband did it?

Thrown into the mix is an ex-boyfr
Imogen Rose
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When Gwyn Saunders discovers a letter that was hidden, taped inside a dresser, by her murdered sister implicating her husband as a possible suspect, Gwyn’s relationship with him is, not surprisingly, compromised. Compromised because it’s not exactly clear who her sister was referring to in her letter. It could have been Gwyn’s husband, but it could also have been her brother-in law or her old boyfriend...

Nancy C. Johnson spins an exciting whodunit, where no one can be trusted, and everyone is im
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, adult-novels, nook
I only liked one thing about this book and that was the setting. I bought it for 99 cents on my Nook and what made me purchase it was the fact it took place in my hometown of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I enjoyed the shout out to local places I love like the Italian Underground,but that is all I enjoyed. The character development was non- existent and it was a lot of dialogue. Sometimes it reminded me of how third graders write a story after you teach them about quotation marks which is all dial ...more
May 30, 2011 added it
Shelves: humanities
Her Last Letter was nice, but not much of a mystery. It focuses on Gwyn, who recently discovers a letter written by her sister who was murdered. She then decides to discover who murdered her beloved Kelly. Unfortunately, Gwyn did little investigating, chosing to do the smart thing instead, and hire a private investigator. The result wasn't very interesting. The book focused on skiing and the life of rich married women more than Kelly's murder. The ending was bland, and was not shocking or scary ...more
Maggie White
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good wee read. Might be one to take on holiday and read by the pool or on the beach. it is the story of a girl trying to solve the mystery of her sister's murder. it starts with the sister, Kelly, last latter that gwyn finds secreted in part of kelly's furniture. This sets off a catalogue of reactions that Gwyn had not expected especially when Kelly admits that she has slept with her sister's boyfriend - but which sister and which boyfriend she doesn't confess to.
Good book and worth reading.
Melanie Kealey
Feb 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Really had a hard time getting through this one. The characters weren't likeable, the story was filled with too many superficial details and not enough emotion to make me care about Gwyn, her sister, or even if the killer was caught. Gwyn, the main character, was too weirdly moody and irrational to warm up to and the dialogue between her and everyone else was stilted and forced. I picked up this ebook because the price was right, but I only finished it to get through it.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i have really enjoyed reading this book, it has kept me interested the whole way through,even the ending was all sewn up nicely, not leaving you to wonder what the characters were carrying on to do,in my opinion this book has been really well written and i will read more of Nancy C Johnson's books..
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brittany Shifflett
The actual storyline was gripping and suspenseful and I loved how the author developed the characters. With that said, I was quite disappointed in the ending as many main characters just dropped off in the novel with no real resolution to some thematic conflicts. There were just enough twists and turns to the main storyline all the way to the end. Overall a pretty good read.
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
For $0.99 on kindle...this was a great read!
Diane J. Caldarulo
A sad but poignant story

Two sisters, originally 3...their relationship with others and each other...the scars they carry inside and out...the writer really draws a good picture of pifalls of life
Donna Palmer
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read

This book was easy to read and had a great story line that kept you thinking and wanting to read more
Marcia Lechleitner
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is hard to put this book down. Excellent read and very mysterious.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book had the recipe for something really great but ended up being just meh. The author was overly descriptive on a lot of aspects of this book and sometimes the book felt weighed down by insignificant details. It also felt like it took a really long time to get the the point of the book.

It started out well with Gwyn finding the letter from Kelly but then the plot sort of trudged along without much happening but a lot of pages going by.

Then once the climax of the book happened (and I use the
Cristina Rivera
Gwyn and Linda, sisters, must figure out who murdered their sister, Kelly, especially after finding a letter written by Kelly implicating one of their husbands or an old boyfriend of Gwyn's to have been having an affair with her, and fearing for her life. The book is from Gwyn's point of view only, and she soon discovers that her husband may be cheating on her but keeps mum about it. As far as the sisters are concerned, the cheater must be the murderer also. A private investigator is hired to di ...more
Lesley Smith
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! Kept me guessing until the end. Lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Highly recommend! Cannot wait to see what else this author brings forward!
MaryBeth Isaac
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Good whodunnit... Did have me guessing until the end. The primary story line is that a young woman named Kelly is murdered but the crime remains unsolved. Some time after her murder Kelly's sister Gwyn finds a hidden handwritten note in Kelly's writing. The contests of the letter lead Gwyn to believe that either her husband OR her sister Linda's husband is responsible for the murder. An ex-boyfriend is another potential, although unlikely, suspect. The rest of the story centers on how Gwyn tries ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great mystery. And the plus was it was a .99 book for my Nook. Gotta love the cheap books...

In the Colorado mountain town of Glenwood Springs, not far from Aspen, artist/photographer Gwyn Sanders discovers a cryptic letter her sister Kelly left behind. The victim of a deadly hit and run, Kelly reveals she was sexually involved with her sister's boyfriend and is scared for her life. Both Gwyn and her remaining sister Linda have since married their boyfriends, so either of their husbands
Jo Notary
Romantic Suspense
297p In the Colorado mountain town of Glenwood Springs, not far from Aspen, artist/photographer Gwyn Sanders discovers a cryptic letter her sister Kelly left behind. The victim of a deadly hit and run, Kelly reveals she was sexually involved with her sister 19s boyfriend and is scared for her life. Both Gwyn and her remaining sister Linda have since married their boyfriends, so either of their husbands could be guilty of murder. The sisters received a large inheritance before me
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
If you consider a good book one that makes you feel strongly for the characters and the story whether it is positive or negative feelings than this book fits the bill. I was very irritated by the characters. I found Linda to be irritating and mean spirited while Gwyn was so insecure and wishy washy. Trevor bothered me simply based on the fact that he could have possibly been having an affair but the story not revealing one way or the other if he actually did also bothered me. Sylvia's character ...more
Cleo Bannister
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I nearly gave up on this book, something that I don't do very often.

The book starts with a rich woman. Gwyn, finding a letter written by her youngest sister, Kelly, who died in slightly suspicious circumstances. The letter reveals that Kelly had been involved with one of her elder sister's boyfriends, she mentions a box and says that she is scared she is going to be killed. Gwyn and Linda have since married the men they were involved with at the time and Gwyn is determined to find out who was re
A story of 3 sisters, one of whom was killed by a hit and run driver. The person believed to be responsible has disappeared from town and the oldest sister can't let go and continues to research the things her youngest sister left behind. She discovers much more than she expects when among other things she reads a letter her sister wrote about sleeping with her sister's boyfriend, but not mentioning which sister. Several questions arises in both remaining sister's minds and they eventually hire ...more
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was intriguing, though it took me awhile to get into. The book is about Gwyn and her sister, Linda, trying to find the truth about their sister Kelly's murder. Linda doesn't seem very interested in it even when a note is found that could possibly implicate her husband as sleeping with Kelly and then killing her. Gwyn's husband and ex-boyfriend of hers are the other suspects this note could be pointing to.

It is not badly written, though some reviews I've read complained about the minut
Jennifer (Sad Books Say So Much)
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Nikki Hudson
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nikki by: karen james
wasnt really sure how i felt about this book, it took a while to get going, usually after the first 3 chapters i know whether it will grab me or not.

the first chapter was so long that i almost gave up, but i carried on and it did get interesting at around chapter 5/6, but then it got repetitive, it had just enough to keep me wondering what was going to happen next.

i couldnt quite imagine the people or places so didnt really have a link with them.

i am glad i kept on until the end though, as i was
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