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A Stone's Throw

(Cobble Cove Mystery #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers… After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library. Secrets stretch decades ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Limitless Publishing
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Debbie De Louise That's a great question. I'm actually reconsidering the genre for this book because reviewers are saying it is more of a cozy mystery. As a librarian …moreThat's a great question. I'm actually reconsidering the genre for this book because reviewers are saying it is more of a cozy mystery. As a librarian as well as an author, I know that most mysteries also contain a bit of romance. Why don't you read it and let me know your thoughts? I would love feedback about this. (less)

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Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Stone's Throw is the second book I've read by Debbie DeLouise, but it's the first in her Cobble Cove Mystery series. After reading her suspense/thriller book, I was curious how she'd handle a lighter mystery... and while it was definitely lighter, it packed a solid punch. Once I realized the books take place in Long Island (where I'm from) and upstate New York (where I visit frequently), it became a must read.

Alicia's husband was hit by a car earlier in the year in Long Island where they lived
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pulse racing start to a new series!

A STONE’S THROW is an exciting mystery that’s more than just a cozy. There is an element of suspense that is a bit more intense. Author Debbie De Louise know exactly how to catch and hold a reader’s attention.

There was a great flow to, A STONE’S THROW. I kept my Kindle pages flying across the screen as I got deeper and deeper into this tale. I sped through the chapters, enjoying the plots twists that would continue to pop up.

It was intriguing to take a jour
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – A Stone’s Throw
Author – Debbie De Louise
Publication Date – November 17, 2015
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Type – Stand-Alone  
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I’m highly impressed with this story and the author. The writing is great and Ms. DeLouise has a gift describing in detail the setting and actions. There were times I felt that I was right there in Cobble Cove with Al
Alicia Fairmont's husband died in a hit and run 6 months ago. She is alone has taken leave from her job and feels at a loose end. Her husband Pete did have family but they are estranged. Alicia wanted to get to the botttom of the family mystery to solve. I liked Alicia and how she was dealing with her grief.

She goes to the one place that she knows where her husband had lived as a child. Cobble Cove to start her journey into Pete's past to find the little family he has left. A mother and a siste
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Stone’s Throw is an engaging mystery and I was hooked from page one. At first, the ease and flow of the writing and the well-rounded characters kept my interest. Soon, the suspense took over and drew me in completely. Alicia Fairmont arrives in Cobble Cove to get some answers about her late husband’s past. She uncovers some unexpected secrets and soon has more questions than answers. Alicia’s own safety is compromised and the twists and turns keep coming. The author beautifully blends coziness ...more
Joanie Chevalier
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Alicia's husband died in a car accident and she decides to visit a small town to see if she can learn more about his family. She unravels a mystery behind it all and she meets John along the way and they fall in love. The author has the reader wonder if John is behind some of the mysterious happenings. If you enjoy riddles and trying to solve puzzles, you'll like this book! ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this could be considered a cozy mystery, I don’t feel like it’s the typical cozy. It is a clean read when it comes to language, the crimes aren’t written in a gory fashion like in a horror novel, and there are not graphic sex scenes. But this read as more of a mystery to me than a cozy. Not that it really matters because it was an enjoyable novel.

Another way that I felt this was more of a mystery than a cozy, was how quickly the relationship between Alicia and John heats up. In cozies it’
Stephanie Hobrock
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One wonderful story! Kept me awake for two nights trying to figure out what was happening! I never suspected the outcome, but I totally loved the whole book!
Looking forward to reading the next book by this author!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Alicia is picking up her life after her husband dies. His side of the family didn’t show up for the funeral and she wants to get with them for closure. As she finds a few of them and is offered a job she finds out her home has been burned.

As she gets the house settled she goes back to Cobble Cove with John to get answers. They are not as they seem and she gets more mysteries to figure out than answers. She uncovers so many dark secrets.

People are hiding things from everyone.

Characters were good
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting romantic mystery

Debbie De Louise wrote an interesting initial novel in "A Stone's Throw." The storyline was catchy and definitely kept the reader guessing throughout how it would progress and end. Just as it seemed the reader had figured some things out, a twist would then be thrown in changing the perspective of the main and mini plots throughout the novel.

The author had several very strong characters who often added to the mysterious happenings in Cobble Cove. Her character des
Barbara Hackel
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not a typical cozy, not exactly a thriller...a captivating story!

A STONE'S THROW is a book that has something for any mystery reader to enjoy. It has cozy elements of a library cat and a family's golden retriever who sniffs out a missing person like a bloodhound. It has romance between a widow and a widower. It has a charming town with fun street names and cute cottages and a town square. There is a library and lots of mention of books we all know.There is a crabby lady who lives like a hermit,
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alicia Fairmont is still grieving the loss of her husband after he is killed in a hit and run accident. She is determined to learn about his family and heads to his home town of Cobble Cove in upstate New York.

Alicia never expects to uncover so many deep dark secrets in such a small town. She came up with more questions than answers including wondering if her husband’s death was truly an accident. Then, her home is burned down. She fears for her own safety.

This is the first book in the Cobble Co
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars rounded up.

This was a great start to the series. We got adequately introduced to the characters and some of their back stories; we visited main locales of the upcoming series; and we were introduced to the author's style of writing.

The characters in this series are definitely interesting. They're fairly well-rounded. We learn some of their back story, but not enough to make them completely flat in the future. They're complex and definitely each have their own issues, but they'
Lisa Diaz Meyer
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, ROMANCE September 9, 2016
A Stone's Throw (Paperback)
A STONE'S THROW by author Debbie DeLouise.... The main character, Alicia Fairmont leaves her Long Island town in search of her deceased husbands estranged family and becomes embroiled with the inhabitants and history of the old town he came from. I like how the author casts suspicion everywhere so that the book becomes a page turner for the reader. I could not put the book down until the end! I highly reco
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alicia Fairmont is struggling to move on after her husband’s death. She didn’t know much about his family and they didn’t show up for the funeral. She thinks that if she connects with them it will bring her the peace she needs to get on with her life. She knows he considered Cobble Cove his home she she hopes to find some answers there.

Soon after arriving she meets John McKinney, publisher of the local newspaper and he agrees to help her find out her husband’s mother and his s
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author, it was very good! A cozy mystery with just a bit of romance, which are my favorite types of books to read. Alicia's husband passed away six months ago, and while they were married for quite some time, he never wanted to discuss his family with her. At his funeral, none of his family, IF he even had any, came to the services. Alicia decides to go to the home town where her husband grew up, and find out if he did have any family there, or they are ...more
Rachael Tamayo
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this cozy mystery, I felt that it got off to a slow start.  However, I stuck with it and in the end I'm glad that I did.  It's the first in a series that takes place in an itty-bitty town called Cobble Cove.  It was an enjoyable read with an ending that I was not expecting. To surprise me is not an easy task when it comes to books and movies, and this one I didn't see coming. 

Now, If I had to say something negative, I'd say that it had a slow start, and the dialog was a bit formal
Marion  Ryder
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the Cobble Cove books that I have read. I didn't know if I would like one set in a library, I didn't like it. I loved it. It had everything I try and look for in a cozy. Alicia goes to a small town or more like a village town to find out more about her late husband's family. She decides to take a job there at the library. Along the way she meets John and his father. The people in this book ar3e well written and you can fall in love with them. There is also a dog that belong ...more
Laurie Pinnell
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alicia Fairmont needs answers. Soon you will too. What really happened? Who was her husband? Just when you think you have it figured out, things turn in another direction. I read this book in a little over 2 days because I had to get answers. I simply couldn't put it down. I just know you will love this book as much as I did. ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a Cozy Mystery with a capital ‘C’
It has some plot faults and surprising rushes in characters development BUT it is a good story and has some real tip of the hat plot twists.

Very similar feel to THE CAT WHO series by Lillian Braun

I liked it and will be getting the next in the series.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the first page to the last I could not put this book down. Alicia goes to a small town looking for her deceased husband's family whom she has never met . She decides to stay in the small town he once grew up in and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery . You don't want to miss this one. ...more
Marcia-Lee Finocchio
A Stone’s Throw

Very entertaining storyline, a little slow (I thought) at the beginning, but once you got into the story it was hard to put it down. A lot of twists and turns, and the ending was not disappointing!
Ryan Hoffman
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A stones Throw is a cozy mystery and so much more with elements of a romantic suspense. Widowed librarian Alicia decides to move to her late husband's hometown of Cobble Cove, NY to discover the anwsers behind his death. Its a great and engaging mystery. ...more
Magi Kyle
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the plot

I enjoyed the plot of the story. I thought it could have used another round of editing. The Characters and the plot is great.
Heather Jasinski
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Stone’s Throw is about a woman named Alicia Fairmont who works at a library. Her husband Peter was killed in a hit and run in New York. When Peter was alive he never discussed his family members just told Alicia they weren’t close. She wants to get closure so she goes to Cobble Cove which is where Peter grew up to see if she can locate anyone.

Throughout the story, meet different supporting characters. I liked reading about John who writes the local newspaper of Cobble Cove Courier. Alicia and
A.E.H. Veenman
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Stone’s Throw by Debbie De Louise is a suspenseful tale you make time to read and enjoy.

Alicia Fairmount visits her deceased husband’s hometown of Cobble Cove in search of in-laws she never met. Once there, peculiar happenings seem to connect to her husband’s death, and infer more questions than answers in the matter.

De Louise does a brilliant job of creating a beautiful setting. I was reminded of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove through much of this narrative and loved every bit.

Further along, Al
Cynthia Varady
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, especially since it was written by a librarian, but it missed the mark for me. I chalk it up to a writing style issue, and that romance and HEA endings just aren't my thing.

At times I felt like the I was being spoon fed information, which made me feel like the story was lacking a certain level of sophistication I like in my books. In addition, inane details (food, notepads, clothing, etc) were given over and over again.

I also have issues with the thee of the c
Christina Kaye
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alicia’s husband Peter has died in a tragic hit and run accident. In an effort to deal with her grief, Alicia travels to Peter’s hometown (Cobble Cove) to seek out his family, whom Peter has always been vague and secretive about. Shortly after arriving, she lands a job as the town’s librarian and meets a handsome stranger named John, who takes her on a tour of Cobble Cove and introduces her to some of the town’s colorful and well-written characters. But then a tragedy requires that Alicia return ...more
Page Turners
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was torn between describing this book as a romance or as a mystery. Luckily it is the best of both worlds. The descriptions and details paint a very clear picture of the people and places and makes you feel like you are standing there taking it all in. This story seems to wrap around you and draw you in to enjoy a rewarding and satisfying story. Alicia and John have chemistry from the very first time they meet and it continues to grow as the story unfolds. There are several twists that allow y ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for A Stone's Throw by Debbie De Louise! Her book is a mystery that hooks you from the beginning and keeps you reading though twists and turns. It all begins when Alicia Fairmont travels to the little town, Cobble Cove, after her husband, Peter, is killed in a hit and run accident. She is looking for information about Peter's family since they did not attend his funeral. She decides to stay in Cobble Cove and work at the library once she has gotten to know many people there. Unfortuna ...more
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Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her seven published novels include the 4 books of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone's Throw, Betw ...more

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