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Below the Tree Line

(A Pioneer Valley Mystery #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In the Massachusetts countryside, family secrets run deep...but an outside threat could uproot them all

Felicity O'Brien hopes the warning shot fired from her porch is enough to scare off the intruder who's been snooping around her family's Massachusetts farm. Days later, when two young women are found dead nearby, Felicity can't figure out how the deaths are related, and e
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 8th 2018 by Midnight Ink
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Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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This book is much like a rocking chair - it’s slow, it’s steady but you’re never really gonna go anywhere. Now, that I say that, it’s probably a bit harsh. It was a good read; just lacked that “vaavavoom” this girl needs.

Below the Tree Line is a slow, comfortable, easy to read mystery. I guess, I found myself getting a bit lost in the trees (witty pun included)- due to the overwhelming amount of details that the author provided about just that: the trees and land. 3 stars for this one.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan Oleksiw launches a fascinating new series with Below the Tree Line. It's probably the best book I've read so far this year, so I hope this series will continue since the book is published by Midnight Ink.

Felicity O'Brien is quite capable of running the family farm, as proven in the opening sentence. "On the third night Felicity lifted the shotgun from its place in the cabinet, and this time she loaded it." She makes a hardscrabble living on the Massachusetts farm, selling timber and vegeta
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Felicity O’Brien farms land in western Massachusetts that her family had owned for generations. She and her land are both threatened when 2 dead bodies appear and strange happenings occur in the woods.

I loved the descriptions of the land and the forest. I am from New England, so I could completely relate. I also found myself looking up a few terms, such as overwintering of vegetables and an overgrowth forest. The author clearly knows what she is talking about about and I found myself transported
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inventive plotting and interesting characters. A little slow. Really a 3.5.
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
A slow, comfortable mystery. No great twists or surprises but interesting characters and enough intrigue to keep the reader guessing until the end. I enjoyed this free copy thanks to NetGalley.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
“Below the Tree Line” earns 5/5 Secrets…Unique, Engaging, Clever!

The previous night’s disturbing events led to a 9-1-1 call and a visit from a concerned boyfriend with the gift of a “fur” companion in tow. While discussing various ways to handle the possibility of intruders and the past trauma of the rescue dog, they both see a car, driven erratically, turning away from her driveway, and slamming into a tree. Clarissa Jenkins dies at the scene, and later her cousin Sasha Glover is sure she was g
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
In Massachusetts, Felicity lives in an old farm house on land that's been in her family for generations. She has a large garden and a few sheep. She has a orchard and a forest of timber. Working the land, she barely makes ends meet. At the start of the book, she has been hearing noises outside her house for 3 nights and, although she doesn't spot anyone, she fires off a warning shot. The next day a woman dies in a car crash and her cousin tells Felicity she was coming to see her about a matter. ...more
Amy Wolf
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to netgalley for a copy of BELOW THE TREE LINE in exchange for an honest review.

Felicity is hearing strange sounds outside her house, and then people begin dying near her house. As she gets suspicious about the causes of death and begins investigating on her own, she finds herself in a strange web of lies and deceit. Will she be able to uncover the truth behind the strange man in town who wants to buy her land, as well as find the truth about the deaths near her house? Are they connect
Becky Baldridge
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Below the Tree Line has an interesting mystery at its core and the writing is good. Felicity's healing hands add a nice touch to the story, as do the many interesting characters throughout this one. However, the pacing is very slow and the story gets a bit bogged down with all the information about the land. I prefer a faster pace and a bit of grit where this one feels more laid-back cozy mystery than gripping suspense novel. In the end, the story was interesting enough, and I kept hoping it wou ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mystery in a small town but not a cozy. Felicity finds herself caught up in trying to untangle the whys and who's of the murder of two women near her family's farm. This is a very low key tale, with some emphasis on the farm itself and mystery within. I liked that Felicity has the ability to heal and her relationship with her friends. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a quiet one.
Deanna Walker
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy...

That was very interesting read, especially the secret of the land that no one knows about it..

Looking forward to read more about this author soon.
I liked the quiet pace of this novel. It fit either the rural, hard working characters. Much happened. But it seemed almost zen like. No car chases, etc.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What? That’s what the mystery is all about. And I thought it was about money, gold or artifacts. It was suspenseful I give you that. Kinda a clean read, accept for the killings. I enjoyed.
Joyce Menna
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great new england story good plot good characters
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Midnight Ink. Thanks!

This book was a pleasant read. It is a mystery story set in a small farming community in Massachusetts. The characters were all quite likable, and I did not guess the killer’s motive ahead of time.

Personally, however, I tend to like mysteries with a bit of a harder edge than this one, which falls more into the “cozy mystery” realm, which is why I only gave it three stars.
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This book kept me reading from the first sentence to the last. She actually ended the book with "The End" something I haven't seen in a long time! I can't wait to read the next in the series, once it's written!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters and was interested from the start. I did learn a lot about endangered flora and trees
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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit slow to start, but interesting enough to keep reading. Wasn't an edge of my seat type of story, but well written with enjoyable characters.
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