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Shattered: Logan Book 1

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Meet Logan McKenna … fiercely loyal, and impossibly inquisitive.

In SHATTERED, the first book in the original mystery series and stunning fiction debut with which Valerie Davisson lets us crave for more, Logan McKenna loses her husband, her illusions, the company they built together, her music, and now, probably her job. But that won’t stop her from digging into a murder
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Hauser Publishing
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Elle Esse
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Although I understand that all books have flaws, reading Shattered quickly got to a point where it confused me to tears. Despite the semi well written story line and semi believable character development, I could not actually follow the book due to how many times the author skipped around and I lost track of who was who was dead, when they died and where flashbacks applied. Now, I have read many books whose character development is told in the forms of past and present, however, Shattered takes ...more
Indy Quillen
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like books with deeply developed characters and a strong female lead you’ll enjoy this one, even if you don’t normally read mysteries. Logan may be rebuilding her life after a tragedy, but she’s certainly not given up on finding purpose and happiness again. As a reader I would have liked less exposition (but that is a personal preference, not a fault with the book) and yet the storyline pulled me through the book and kept me caring about the characters. That said, the many arts and crafts ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shattered tells the story of Logan McKenna, a widow that is just now starting to get her bearings. She’s building a new life for herself with a new career and a new house. The location of the new house helps her meet new people, including a hot neighbor. Davisson’s writing is easy to read and flows quickly. It is extremely easy to read and the pages fly by. There were some issues with changes in tense and timing, but all in all the writing was solid.

Although Davisson has talent as a writer, the
This was an interesting story. I could have done without the mystery, especially the murdery bit. But I kept reading beyond when the book didn't work for me.

As I have stated before, I have trouble reading tree-books. It has to do with my tracking abilities. But I am a life long reader that doesn't give up that easily. So I set up my Kindle with black background and largish white font. Then I use the text-to-speech to track with what I do read. I don't do well with just audio as I tend to ADD
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
New mystery series

I have to admit to reading the second in the series prior to reviewing the first. I wanted to see how the series progressed and whether the progression was trite or not. The progression is not trite. I like how Logan differs from many female amateur sleuths. She is not young and naive, although she has been somewhat sheltered in the past. I do like that the crimes happen in varying places, so it does not seem as though there is a crime spree in a small town or among the
Alisha Henri
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, Fascinating, and a little Scary

I'm absolutely delighted with Valerie Davisson's first Logan McKenna mystery. It's successfully met my three requirements for a well-written mystery: It drew me right into the story as an observer/recorder, living with the characters and participating in their lives. The characters and surroundings are well detailed, but the forward momentum continues, even when someone is sitting quietly and thinking. AND, the villain's identity is successfully hidden
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Engaging Characters

I felt like I knew Logan. So many details of her story meshed with, posole, teaching, daughter abroad, loving the ocean and the stars. Now if only I were as young as she is! Oh, and the mystery was interesting. There were some early clues foreshadowing the killer, but I wasn’t sure until late in the story. I had a little difficulty with the parts of the story that went back in time, whether a week or years, until I got in the rhythm of things. I’ll be
Cindy McBride
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This started out nicely, but then became a bit too PC for me. The mystery often devolved into how perfect all allegedly "Native" Americans are, while disingenuously implying that all Christians are sanctimonious and half-whacko. It went downhill from there, with a very lame ending. It would make an awesome Jerry Springer episode, though.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Love the main character, Logan. The book takes about half way through to get to the essence of the story, but I feel like I have a better understanding of all the players. Going to start reading book 2!
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Posted First to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'Shattered,' A Mystery by Valerie Davisson.

Life often changes without notice. What may have been the direction set in place can be changed in an instant without permissions or notice. It is how we react to that change that defines who we become.

In Shattered by Valerie Davisson, Logan McKenna has lost her husband, their business and her own self-worth. Her job is in jeopardy and she struggles with her future. Making a decision to help her best friend
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Logan is going to lose her job, she's lost her music, but at least she has her car. And going back to work at the fairgrounds where she grew up seems like she's stepping backwards in time. That's the sort of thing she needs to keep going.

Logan's relationship with her friends starts out with her being supported still from her husband's death. Then
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This is the first "Cozy Mystery" I tried, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It feels more like the anime-equivalent of slice-of-life (not sure what the american term is). We don't even know there is a mystery until 40% of the book is through. The story focuses more on our protagonist Logan as we watch her live past her husband. We didn't really watch
Leanne Hunt
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This story has the interesting and unusual setting of a craft fair, and more specifically, of a studio where interns study glass-blowing with an older mentor. Logan, the main character, is drawn into the world of the glass-blowers when someone is murdered during the height of the fair and her childhood friend gets wrongly arrested as the chief suspect.
There are many good things about this book, including well-constructed scenes and diverse characters with plausible motivations. However, it fell
Oh My Bookness
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best thing about the book is the excellent development of the lead character, Logan McKenna. As well as the wonderful scenery development and descriptions of the art shows. As the mystery develops you get a closer look at the smooth transitions and the flow between characters, it's leading protagonist, always making you wonder what may happen next.

For a debut novel by Valerie Davisson, it was successful. A successful novel, a successful mystery novel, with successful characters and plot
Tracey Lampley
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shattered delivers on mystery. However, it came up short in the editing. Without giving away the plot, I noticed the author places a premium on character development which engrosses the reader into the story. The plot is intriguing. I rate this book a three-star read!
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really liked this book but the editing leaves a lot to be desired. It could have been a 5 star book if I hadn't been so distracted by errors that a good editor would have easily eliminated and/or fixed.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of what is sure to be an amazing series!! Logan was a kick ass heroine! I look forward to reading the rest of the novels included in this series!
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm going to do my best to write this without spoilers because many of the reviews have spoilers and it's hard to get a good sense of a book before you read it if you can't read the review.
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