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Family Secrets

(Whispering Pines Mystery #1)

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Welcome to Whispering Pines, Wisconsin. A place for those who don’t belong.

Sixteen years after a family feud drove her from the cozy Northwoods village of Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, former detective Jayne O’Shea returns to prepare her grandparents’ lake house for sale. Once there, not only does she find that the house has been trashed, her dog discovers a dead body in
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Brown Bag Books
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Linda Strong
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Jayne O'Shea has returned to her grandparents home to settle their affairs and place their home for sale.

Once there, she finds the house has been trashed ...and a body of a young woman is in the backyard. Being a former cop, she knows enough not to do anything to interfere with possible evidence.

The local police don't seem to be too concerned, but Jayne can't help but investigate on her own.

Whispering Pines is a small town in Wisconsin, filled with all kinds of quirky, fun, strange people.
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Bev
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-read
This is the first book I have read by this author. I received ARC of this story. I really enjoyed the way the story line went and the characters in it. It's not really a cliff hanger, but it does leave some questions unanswered. A good story. The review is done voluntarily and my own opinions.
Coco.V
May 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (5/14/2019)! ...more
Hanan Buhadana
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was so much fun. Gonna dive in to the next one right away.
Sandee
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting mystery full of sub-plots and intriguing relationships. I had a hard time putting this book down. The author creates a level of suspense at many levels, leading the reader deeper into the mysteries, making us a part of the story through Jayne's (MC) thoughts. The story is complex but never confusing as the clues and solutions lead us into more questions. In addition, the town of Whispering Pines has a supernatural component in that many of the the townsfolk, supposedly, have ...more
Jeannie
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to put it down. McGuire is a highly skilled writer and this is a well crafted novel. Her descriptive writing style draws you in and keeps you. I read it in two days, I wanted to see what happened next but didn't want it to end. It is a mystery, but she weaves the story of her life and that of the locals in with it, so it is not just the mystery you find yourself getting involved with but also the workings of the town and the interesting dynamics of the personal lives of the ...more
Toni
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great mystery with a dash of paranormal! I can’t believe I waited this long to start the series. I fell in love with McGuire’s writing style back when I read her Wish Makers series. This is a very different series in more ways than one; the obvious contrast being the shift from YA to Adult.

When I first began reading Family Secrets I thought Jayne was an incredibly rigid, almost monotone, voice in the story. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this protagonist, and I’ll admit…I was afraid I
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Natasha
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Six months after resigning from her detective position, Jayne finds herself tasked with the job of packing up her recently deceased grandmother’s home and getting it ready for potential buyers. Shortly after arriving at her grandmother’s home, her K-9 discovers the corpse of a young woman near the house.

This book covers the unofficial investigation Jayne embarks on to discover the culprit responsible for the young lady’s death. Along the way, she uncovers secrets about her grandmother and some
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BJ
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this story! I avoid most fantasy, witchcraft, paranormal, etc., but this is written more for understanding than for a thrill of the occult and witchy things! It's not 'over the top' witchcraft, but looking at Wiccan as a religious belief. I fell in love with McGuire's writing through her novellas in the Lei Crime Series KW, and she's brilliantly captured the 'feel' of the northern part of Wisconson. Having spent a summer's week just outside of Madison, her descriptions almost had me ...more
Daniel Cox
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shawn McGuire’s Family Matters wasn’t just a technically well-written book, it was fun to read. I don’t believe in reviewers giving a detailed synopsis of the book, I feel that is the job of the author to write a synopsis to get people to read the book and it is the job of the reviewer to give an honest review. I am required to say I was given a free copy of the book by the author with no expectation of receiving a positive review and no expectation on my part of any remuneration.
As I said, this
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Kelly
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whispering Pines appears to be a family friendly and safe place, but appearances can be deceiving. Jayne O'Shea is the new Sheriff and she is finding that there are a lot of secrets in this town. Janye believes that her grandmother was murdered and is seeking the truth. Well-written and enjoyable story!

I received an advance reader copy of this book.
Rebecca
Family Secrets was my first book by Shawn McGuire, but it will not be my last. I absolutely loved this book, so much so, I placed it on my favorite books of 2017 list. The author created an amazing cast of characters, each one well developed. My favorite character , outside of the main protagonist Jayne , is Morgan.
The murder happens rather quickly, and the story begins drawing you in immediately. There are plenty of suspects. But the actual murderer and its explanation, you will never see
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Paula
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-first-reads
What a great book. Different. Wiccan religion. Small woodsy town. Female cop as well as other strong female roles. Plenty of mystery and possible romance in the next episode. I enjoy reading this kind of fantasy . Looking forward to the next book!
Melissa Hogue
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I kept changing my mind on who I thought the killer was; I like that I wasn't able to guess it right away. I really liked how there wasn't too much on the main characters past. I'll definitely be reading the next book!
S.A. Krishnan
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery. Deep descriptions and the characters are all very well etched out. Engaging read
Lady Delacour
Jayne O'Shea and
her dog Meeks, head
to Whispering Pines
and find more than
they bargained for.
In spite of the
religious belief,
I enjoyed the story.
3 Enjoyable Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Clean.
Mild Language.
Amanda
"Jane O'Shea's life is in shambles..."
Check out the rest of my review at:
http://magazine.indtale.com/magazine/...
TE
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Shawn McGuire really is one of those authors who can paint pictures with her words. I enjoyed the charming quaintness of Whispering Pines and it's eccentric inhabitants. I feel like I know the characters and what makes them tick. The only downside was that it ended too soon for me. I can't wait to see what Jayne and Meeka are going to do next.

For those who want to know: No sex or violence in this one.
Catherine
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randomly picked this one up from the free ebook barrel on Kindle and ended up actually really liking it.
Jayne was a great main character. I liked her energy and her passion for justice. She read like an actual realistic woman which isn't always the case in these kind of books.
I really liked the idea of the town being a Wiccan enclave and the mystery was well done. I didn't guess who the real killer was until I was supposed to.
The only thing I didn't like about it was the main romantic (?)
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Rachael
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't get better than this

I loved the insight into the unusual town where everyone is so real. The Wicca themes were intriguing and enlightening, but I loved Jayne, Tripp, Morgan, and of course, Meeka the best. I can't wait to read more about them and Whispering Pines!
Jessica Smith
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can find this review, and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com

Jayne O'Shae has just arrived in the small, cosy town of Whispering Pines. She's landed the job of cleaning out her Grandparent's house after her Grandmother passed away suddenly. Seeing as she's the only one not currently working due to an awful situation that happened when she worked for the Madison PD, she's happy for the distraction. Jayne feels that this is the time she needs, to get away from the
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Texas
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Family Secrets, Whispering Pines #1 - An intriguing story. After finishing Stick and Stones, I dove into Family Secrets, my second book by this new-to-me author. These two books are nothing alike on storylines, except fantasy. I was drawn into this well written novel with an interesting plot and realistic characters, including the lovable dog. I couldn't put Family Secrets down until it was finished. There's an overview letting the reader know what the book is about, which I appreciate. This ...more
Texas
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family Secrets, Whispering Pines #1 - An intriguing story. After finishing Stick and Stones, I dove into Family Secrets, my second book by this new-to-me author. These two books are nothing alike on storylines, except fantasy. I was drawn into this well written novel with an interesting plot and realistic characters, including the lovable dog. I couldn't put Family Secrets down until it was finished. There's an overview letting the reader know what the book is about, which I appreciate. This ...more
Steph Warren
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Family Secrets is a pleasant, cosy mystery with paranormal elements. The small-town setting, suspicious death of an outsider, cast of locals-with-a-motive or odd behaviour: all of these will be familiar to fans of the genre made famous by Agatha Christie and the spinster sleuth of St Mary Mead.

I found that the potential for paranormal, which is flirted with here but not confirmed, added a level of extra interest to the story,
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Diane
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author as an ARC for the low price of an honest review. My review cannot possible do justice to the novel…but here goes.

This is one of those books that you race thru because you NEED to see what happens next but then are crushed when you’ve finished it because you don’t want it to end. I was thrilled to find out it’s to be a series because I don’t want to let go of these characters. The author does an excellent job of humanizing them, the ones you love and the ones
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Norma
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, cozy, mystery, reviewed, 2017
( Format : audiobook )
"Don't get involved in small town politics"
Whispering Pines is a small town, established in 1966, on Jane's grandmother's land. Ex police sergeant Jane hasn't been back since she was 10, some sixteen years before. But now she is returning to sort out the old house, ready for sale, following her grandmother's death three months previously. But what Jane didn't expect was to find the house vandalised and a body in the grounds.

This cozy mystery is full of atmosphere and
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy, wiccan
Jayne hasn’t been back to Whispering Pines since a family feud drove her family away sixteen years ago, but her grandmother has died and someone has to put her estate in order.

Jayne who is a former police detective and her dog hasn’t been at her grandmother’s house very long when her dog finds a dead body. She also finds that her grandmother’s house has been trashed as well and being a former cop it has her curious. Especially when it looks like the sheriff in town doesn’t seem to want to look
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Billie
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to Whispering Pines, Wisconsin. A place for those who don't belong.
Sixteen years after a family feud drove her from the cozy Northwoods village of Whispering Pines, Wisconsin, former detective Jayne O'Shea returns to prepare her grandparents' lake house for sale. Once there, not only does she find that the house has been trashed, her dog discovers a dead body in the backyard.
Jayne intends to stay out of it, but when it becomes obvious the sheriff isn't interested in investigating the
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Peggy
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tiny Spoiler (doesn't harm the spirit in which the novel was written)!

This is my 2nd Whispering Pines novel I've read and thoroughly enjoyed! Whispering Pines appears to have some "Witchy JuJu" going on, but this very close knit, Wiccan based religious community, whose basic tenets of the Wiccan religion is to "do no harm," finds itself divided after a murdered tourist is found on Jayne O'Shay's, grandmother's property! Jayne, a former Madison WI. police detective, who has arrived in Whispering
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Nadine
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved loved loved it!

The author immediately draws you into the story. She has the gift of making you feel as if you were there.

Jayne has been out of a job for the last six months. Her life has fallen apart and she needs to relax and get her head on straight. Therefor her family asked her to pack up Gran’s house, so it can be sold. But… she finds a dead woman AND the house has been vandalized… So much for relaxation.

Inquisitive by nature and because the sheriff isn’t investigating the case
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Suspense and fantasy author Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that's Episode IV) as a kid. She couldn't wait for the next installment to come out so wrote her own. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to tell a tale is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota, called the Milwaukee area ...more

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