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Quiet Neighbors

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 ratings  ·  280 reviews
It’s the oldest bookshop in a town full of bookshops; rambling and disordered, full of treasures if you look hard. Jude found one of the treasures when she visited last summer, the high point of a miserable vacation. Now, in the depths of winter, when she has to run away, Lowell’s chaotic bookshop in that backwater of a town is the safe place she runs to.

Jude needs a bolt-
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published April 6th 2016 by Midnight Ink
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Diane S ☔
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 The dark atmosphere usually present in McPherson's stand alones is missing from this one. Yet, Quiet Neighbors has its own attractions. A musty old bookstore called Lowland Glen, some awesome characters, a now dead old man who wrote secrets in the books he read for a bookclub, and secrets, plenty of secrets. All the characters have one but only one has a secret that was deadly.

Enjoyed this one, it was fun. All the books, seeing how it all plays out, sometimes funny, like a comedy of errors.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh my, me oh my, my dears uhm..oh my dears! Ok - I m just gonna say it...That got annoying!! There was a whole lot of "Oh my dears" from one of the main characters. Overall for me this was just ok. There were times it kind of dragged, and I just wanted to scream "what's the big mystery!" At times, I felt the author was maybe trying too hard to make it a mystery. No ghostly happenings as the title might imply. No love/romance and then all of a sudden they're a couple. Just kind of blah - not the ...more
Heena Rathore P.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF'ed at 20%

I just can't get into this book. I guess a few sentences are plain weird to say the least. Things seem to happen out of nowhere and I have no clue where the hell this book is headed.

I've previously read The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson and absolutely loved it. So, I was expecting a lot from this one as well, but sadly, after a few pages, only everything went south.

I like
If ever there was a mystery penned for bibliophiles, this one has to be it! With myriad book references, and the atmospheric settings of a) a house built next to a graveyard, and, b) an unorganized used bookshop - it is a book-loving mystery lover's idea of a wonderful read.

We meet Jude when she is travelling from London to Wigtown, Galloway. She is running away from her life. When she arrives (with only the clothes on her back), she goes to Lowland Glen, the bookshop she remembers from an earli
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
When I first stumbled upon Catriona McPherson’s new novel „Quiet Neighbors“ there were three things that immediately drew my interest and made me want to read it almost right away: 1) The setting of a story is an old bookstore full of hidden treasures and only thinking about high shelves crowded with books and imagining the smell of old pages already made me want to dive into the book and get lost in the shop, 2) it’s categorized as „suspense“ and the author is known for writing psychological th ...more
First Sentence: It was the last thing on her mind when she fled across London.

Escaping from her life, Jude returns to a small village she’d visited before. As a cataloguer, she is drawn to the bookshop there and the kind owner who takes her under his wing, giving her refuge and a job. Their partnership grows, as does the household, and Jude moves to the gravedigger’s cottage where the neighbors are quiet and the books have their own stories to tell. But even the residents of the graves are bey
Kimberly Dawn
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This enjoyable novel and intricate mystery has many quaint and charming touches. The idyllic seaside setting in Scotland and the abandonment of cellphones hearken back to a simpler era. The antiquated bookshop, the charming cottages by the sea offer a perfect escape for ex-librarian Jude, who has a few secrets she is hiding from back in the U.S.
The story involves a growing, entertaining array of amusing characters of all ages. A mystery presents itself in the form of a warning to tourist Jude w
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This cozy had some well defined characters, but it also, IMHO, had pacing that was off. The first half was such that you really had no idea where this was supposed to head. So much physical and book information and the mixture of that for the context with plot or core motives was nearly invisible.

It's ultimately a decent tale and has a solid location sense. Which made me up round it up. Because the disjointing directions for focus of the first half, plus the repetitive phrases in writing style
With Catriona McPherson's stand-alone books, I have come to expect certain staples. Uniquely odd characters, plots beyond my imagination, intriguing titles, covers that demand I open the book, and an edge of darkness that threatens to consume a character. I'm delighted to announce that Quiet Neighbors ticks all these boxes, and as if to reward her loyal readers, McPherson has given us the gift of an old bookstore as a setting. Each stand-alone that I've read of Catriona's, I wonder at how she co ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the first book I have read by this author and I hope it will not be my last. For all who love bookstores,reading, mysteries and Scotland, this is the book for you. It took a while to build up to the mystery ( really several mysteries) and I did not figure it out until near the end of the book. I could just picture Lowell's used book store that Jude described as The Leaky Cauldron, when asked where she had been on a vacation trip shopping day. So when Jude's life falls apart she jumps on ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very cute! I've been to Wigtown several times, so it's nice to see it fictionalised.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
As a book lover, the idea of starting over somewhere and working in an overcrowded bookstore in a picturesque little town, surrounded by towers of books, appealed to me immediately, though I’d probably be fired on the first day because all I’d want to do is read.

The reader knows Jude is running from something, but the reason isn’t revealed until about halfway through the book. I honestly didn’t care for her at first, as she seemed very self-absorbed and selfish, but warmed up to her after a bit.
Lori Rader-Day
As much as I love Catriona's Dandy Gilver historical mystery series, I love her standalone contemporary suspense novels even more. Quiet Neighbors is creepy and delicious and funny and charming, all in one.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was ok...confusing at times, but I liked the characters. My biggest complaint was how misleading the title, cover and blurb were. I expected it to be a bit darker with a touch of horror/supernatural, which is why I picked it up. Turned out to be a simple, weak mystery.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started and stopped this book so many times. Every time a new library hold came in I would set it aside. Not a bad book it just didn't hold my attention. Kept thinking 'ENOUGH ALREADY! Why did you run away from London?' Finally finished just to get it off list.
Erin Lee
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite book I've read this year thus far. It's dark and twisty and quaint and clever.
Lynn Williams
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars out of 4
Quiet Neighbours is one of my March books that I’m only just reviewing. I actually quite enjoyed this although it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I would say this was something of a mystery story, it has a sort of twee feel to it – and I don’t mean to be negative by saying that – well, just read the review! I think picking this up I thought it might have had a bit of a supernatural element or been a dark and creepy read – if you’re l
3/4/17 $1.99 for Kindle.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first few pages got me hooked, and I couldn't put the book down. When June flees from her life and a secret in London, she finds rescue and a friendly face in a small bookshop. Soon, she's in over her head sorting out the mess of books filling up the store, an easy task for a professional librarian. But while doing so, she stumbles about several volumes carrying diary-like notes in them. When she moves to a little cottage which she soon learns belonged to the man who owned those books, she s ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A bit disjointed and confusing - it took me awhile to read and I was never quite sure what was going on. I did like the characters, the setting, and especially the way it ended. Not much for cozy mysteries but I gather from other reviews that her stories are usually a little darker than this one. The book cover definitely made it appear more suspenseful than it was. Will try one of her other standalones at some point in the future.
Carolyn F.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, library-book
A woman finds herself fleeing an unpleasant situation and goes to a place she remembered as comforting and then finds herself embroiled into a mystery through book club reviews. There's also a huge unorganized bookstore and a bunch of people that start to mean something to her. Just my kind of book. It was pretty easy to figure out who the bad guy was but I still really liked the book.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When a novel takes place in an old bookshop, I'm usually sold from page one. Catriona McPherson drew me in with the setting and added colorful characters with secrets. The result is a suspenseful, and a bit creepy, story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Kathryn Bashaar
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't often read mysteries, but this one intrigued me because a bookstore was central to the story. To say the least, this book did not encourage me to get more interested in reading mysteries. The plot contained needless silly confusions like a question of whether the character who was meant to be pregnant was really expecting a baby at all. The situation that the main character was running away from turned out to be not nearly as bad as the reader initially assumes. And, the mystery from the ...more
Gail Baugniet
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely pleasurable Cozy Mystery to read. Catriona McPherson attended the 2017 Left Coast Crime conference in Honolulu and Quiet Neighbors was a featured book. The novel's story flows like warm honey, always moving forward but in unpredictable directions.

Protagonist Jude's current story is braided into a long-ago mystery with a third strand/subplot so interwoven with past and present as to leave no clear demarcation. But the story is so marvelously well written I never lost sight of a thre
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It wasn't exactly what I was expecting but it delivered a very positive reaction. When I picked it up I was drawn to the cover. I am so guilty of letting a book cover whisper sweet nothings in my ear:) I was, as always... looking for a mystery, a different kind of story, and what is better than a dark graveyard to catch the eye? I got the mystery with so many twists and turns I lost count. I got a story of an old family with more than one shocking secret and the story of a very modern family wit ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a delightful book for book lovers. There are a couple of mysteries playing out and I loved the setting, the fun characters and the small town. However, the cover would lead you to believe this is a creepy tale and there wasn't much of a creepiness factor. I really enjoyed it, though. Fun reading! I would rate it 3.5.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I’d give the first half of the book a 3 and the second half a 4 because it took that long to start moving, in my opinion. Characters were interesting, but sometimes irrational. Good ending though.
Terri Phillips
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A truly enjoyable read. The plot twists felt genuine, and the final reveal was satisfying. The quaint setting and characters were lovingly crafted. It was perfect, cozy reading while battling through a cold during a winter vacation.
Elena Hartwell
Mar 22, 2017 added it
Shelves: mystery
Lovely cozy-type mystery. Close investigation into how the past informs the present. Complicated personal relationships. Delightful characters.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am going to read everything Catriona McPherson has written -- this book, like the others I've enjoyed, unfolds slowly, mysteriously, gradually, making tiny connections but guarding the truth until the wonderful resolution. Each character has secrets in his/her past; the wait for the denouement is slow but worth it. I loved that the setting was a musty mish-mash of a bookstore in a tiny Scottish town, with the sorting of dusty books accompanying the sorting of people's secrets.
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Catriona McPherson was born in South Queensferry. After finishing school, she worked in a bank for a short time, before going to university. She studied for an MA in English Language and Linguistics at Edinburgh University, and then gained a job in the local studies department at Edinburgh City Libraries. She left this post after a couple of years, and went back to university t

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