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The Serenity Stone Murder

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The peaceful city of Thunder Bay is shocked when one of its most prominent businessmen is murdered with a stone stolen from a nearby church garden. Visiting the city to attend a retreat, friends Margaret and Louise become intrigued by the circumstances surrounding the murder and quickly find themselves embroiled in the investigation. Will they discover that they've stepped ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 6th 2014 by Split Tree Publishing Inc.
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Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 4-stars
When Margaret and Louise set off to visit Thunder Bay, Ontario, for a church retreat they get a lot more than they bargained for. Instead of a nice relaxing holiday, they experience a series of unfortunate events that end up in a murder investigation. Will they solve the mystery of the Serenity Stone murder or will they become the killer’s next victims?

This was a really fun short read. Louise and Margaret are lovely characters. They’re two women in their 50s and Jones did a brilliant job of deve
Opal Sibley
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vacation mystery

Just imagine two mature women with time on their hands and not stressed for money, this is how I saw Margaret and Louise. The book includes colorful characters and scenic settings. This book was fun to read.
Judith Allen
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Peaceful End?

This has a great storyline and interesting characters. Some of the dialogue was a little much, but all in all, a good story.
Janet Sketchley
When Margaret reluctantly accompanies her friend Louise to a spiritually questionable retreat for artists, she’s hoping for a bit of a break from small-town boredom. The friends get more than they’d bargained for just finding accommodations... and then there’s the murder.

This cozy mystery takes place in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the author does an excellent job of bringing the setting to life. It feels natural and real, not like the tourist brochures that some novels resemble when real-life sett
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Serenity Stone Murder by Marianne Jones is a cozy mystery.

Artists and friends, Margaret and Louise travel to a touchy-feely retreat to open up their creativity. If that isn't enough, Louise insists on bringing her dog, Vince, along on the trip. From the car ride to Thunder Bay and on, the banter between the friends is hilarious. They don't seem to be much alike, however, their friendship is solid.

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Cy Wyss
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Serenity Stone Murder is the story of Margaret and Louise, two women of a certain age who are taking a break from their small town of Jackpine, Ontario, to head to the big city of Thunder Bay. The scenery of the book involves breathtaking views of the north shore of Lake Superior, descriptions which I appreciated. The book has a bit of a hokey feel to it, the same feel I associate with much of Canadian art and music, but it's a feel that I very much enjoy. The murder takes place in a church ...more
Nick Rossi
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Like a softened version of Thelma & Louise: The Canadian Version, "The Serenity Stone Murder" fits like a favorite sweater on a cold winter afternoon. Sure, there's murder in the plot (hence the title), but the book acts as a read with comfortable, non-pretentious prose, and a clever representation of an old friendship that is instantly relatable

The story is set in the seemingly picturesque city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The author, Marianne Jones' talent at depicting nature and environment as bo
Rosie Amber
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Serenity Stone Murder is a cosy murder mystery set in Thunder Bay, Canada. Louise Gagnon, a retired teacher and her friend Margaret Brodie are travelling to Thunder Bay to attend a women's retreat.

The retreat workshop takes place in the local church rooms, but Margaret finds it's not really her thing. There is a shocking murder of a local casino manager, a man with few friends and plenty of enemies. He'd offered to buy the church gardens to help the churches finances and build a car park for
C. David
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Serenity Stone Murder was written precisely for February in Canada; wrap yourself in a warm blanket, pour something hot and enjoy a well-told story. When friends Margaret and Louise use a women's retreat as an excuse to escape their tiny northern Ontario town, their plans go quickly astray! Not only can they not stay in the luxurious hotel (whose amenities they day-dreamed about for weeks) but a murder of a businessman shatters their rejuvenating retreat.

Jones knows what she writes; (not th
Sarah Jackson
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is not often that I give a book five stars, but with “The Serenity Stone Murders” how could I not. I recommend that you buy this book. You will not be disappointed.

When Margaret and her friend Louise travel to Thunder Bar to attend a new-age workshop, they stumble into the homicide investigation of a prominent businessmen, murdered with the “serenity” stone stolen from a nearby church garden.

This is a charming and wonderful story covering everything from kooky new-age retreats, murder, and c
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I liked the book. I received this book as a first reads giveaway. It was a nice mystery with an interesting plot. It could've used a bit more detail in areas, and a more developed ending would have been preferable. Two friends go to a retreat for the spiritual path to creativity, and find themselves mixed up in a murder investigation. They end up helping to solve the mystery, and making some new friends along the way. It was an enjoyable read. ...more
Ann Andrews
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A charming mystery set in a beautiful and tranquil environment. I loved the contrast, as well as the main character. This is a very well written mystery with smooth dialogue and well developed characters. While I loved the plot, I felt that the finale was a little anti climactic, but that's just a personal opinion. Overall a great book!
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a good murder mystery for anyone. I liked to read it right before I go to bed. It loved trying to figure out the ending before the author told us. It was a good book. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Comical cozy mystery, not LOL comical, more like a quiet but out loud laugh that has you looking around to see if anyone has noticed. Really enjoyed the totally opposite friends and their pouting sessions. Surprise ending too, what more could you ask for? You've just got to read this one! ...more
Natasha Banton
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who love mystery and fiction books
I thought this was a good mystery fiction book. The two good friends are mixed up in an murder investigation. They try to solve the mysterious murder before returning to their normal lives.

Overall, I thought this was a good book and would like to read this again someday.
Francele F. Warren

Entertaining reading. Enjoyed the story. But was really nice because did not have vulgar language and \or a lot sexual details.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

First time reader for this author and I enjoyed reading the book and was sorry for it to end. Will be looking for more books by this author!
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend it for a nice winter evening. Well written.
Earlena Richardson
The End

There were a lot of characters to contend with which makes you wonder who really commited the crime. It compelled you to read to the end.
Kathy Baczanski
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice cozy reading

Interesting book, old fashion murder mystery. Very good reading! Kept me guessing until the end. I would read more from this author
Joanne Fuller
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I did enjoy this cozy mystery. Enjoyed the characters in the book. Would like to read more in this series.
Margaret Stevens
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Louise and Margaret are ladies of a certain age. Margaret is a widow. Louise had a dog Vince that she dotes on. She feeds him Cracker Jacks to get him to settle down. The ladies are taking a road trip to a neighboring town in Canada. Margaret is looking forward to it because an artist she admires has a summer camp there and she hopes to meet him and invite him to a winter symposium in her town. The ladies have made reservations at the swanky hotel in town, but things start to go wrong almost imm ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute cozy mystery with a nice setting in Ontario. Sometimes the plot moved along nicely with clues and characters developing along the way. Other times it seemed as if the story jumped ahead a bit, making the story feel contrived. I would have preferred to see the story of Margaret and Tom and Billy separate from this murder mystery. And Louise's dog was a bit of a distraction: first she won't stay in a hotel that won't accept her dog (she didn't check on this prior to booking?), then she stays ...more
May 04, 2017 added it
Margaret and Louise are friends on a road trip...with a dog. Said dog is not part of their hotel reservation and quite against hotel policy, and that sets them apart. Pile on top of that a parting of the ways over their conference, and they appear set to spend their week's vacation bickering. They soon make up, and take a stab at being sleuths, trying to solve a murder in the church garden. Very amateur...but they know it. Jones writes them well, not making them out to be instant-sleuths. Being ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Prying Pair

I liked the characters in this book. Margaret and Louise decide to have a few days away at a Find Your Inner Goddess event. A murder occurs and they decide to try solving it. Naturally this leads them into some trouble and they leave loads of clues for us to help us solve the case. There are excellent characters in this book and it is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours reading it.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Small-Town Feel, Big-Town Murder

The book starts off with 2 friends who go on a trip together. Before long, you feel like you know them.

The author writes realistic friendship with spats along the way as they get involved in solving a murder.

Artsy and landscape descriptions are in the book, and give a feel for a place you would want to visit - well, except for the little problem of a murder.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main characters are Louise and Margaret. They are neighbors who travel together to another town for a series on finding your inner goddess. They get kind of caught up in a murder that happens nearby and from there things get kind of strange. Somehow they figure things out before they leave to go home. I enjoyed this story.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not for me

This was painful to finish, I Felt that Ina was a horrible person, Roger I just felt sorry for, I wasn’t interested in the dog and I honestly hated both lead female characters I did not find anyone interesting in the entire book, and the mystery was just plain awful, it did not help that the book was very slow to start and it was hard to get a handle on who is who until summer around chapter 5? At any rate the story was just not my cuppa tea
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting enough read, if a bit formulaic. I enjoyed the interaction between the two friends. Although I can't find any indication that this is the case, it seems like this could be the start of a book series with the two bumbling friends as our heroines. I know I want to know more about the developing relationship between Margaret and the two men she met in this story! ...more
Interesting read

Good story although sometimes the interactions of the two friends were a little tedious. Putting a little more into the actual mystery and leaving out some of the bickering would have helped. The resolution of the murder was just a quick wrap up and was a little unsatisfying.
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