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Watch Her

(Hester Thursby Mystery #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  161 reviews
“Quirky characters complement the suspenseful plot. Readers will agree that a failing school makes a grade-A mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

“Complex…a masterly mystery.” —Kirkus Reviews

Fans of Ruth Ware and B.A. Paris won’t want to miss this complex psychological thriller from an acclaimed author about a powerful Boston family desperate to keep their darkest secrets from comi
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Published December 29th 2020
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Watch Her is a great continuation to the Hester Thursby Mystery series. All of my favorite characters returned. Hester is determined to find out what is going on like always. Hester and Morgan start to open up to each other and share about their pasts. Hester starts to think about what Morgan wants rather than just what she wants. Angela is in this book more than the others and is a great character. The story was very intriguing and I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on. Watch ...more
Gail C.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Hester is a most unique heroine and her circle of friends are all well drawn and add tremendously to the story. While Hester is still a dedicated researcher, she is less likely to put herself in harms way as a result of the previous experience. I like this change and the bits of lightness that are also part of this book.
The story centers around the family who own a private for-profit, art institute and their university. There are secrets that go back a generation, and
Edwin Hill
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Five out of 5 stars? You better believe it! I spent a year sweating over this book, and I love every page of it. Here are a few things I can tell you about WATCH HER: expect a grand tour of Harvard's Widener Library; Angela White plays a major role; fans of Morgan will be happy; and Hester Thursby explores her fascination with seventies cop show POLICE WOMAN and George Eliot's ADAM BEDE while untangling a nearly thirty-year-old accidental death that may not have been an accident. ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Edwin Hill book, and I found it to be a solid, intelligent, and well-characterized mystery with compelling characters. I particularly enjoyed Hester Thursby, a quirky and non-traditional non-detective "detective" with a knack for finding missing people. I also loved the Jamaica Plain, Mass. setting and Hill peppers the book with a lot of Jamaica Plain and Massachusetts history, which I found really interesting.

This book has a couple of intertwining mysteries surrounding a for-p
Watch Her is definitely a book that you can casually read and still enjoy, even if you aren't keeping track of all the details. One thing that was different about this book than other detective fiction is that it has a lot of time jumps, short chapters, and switching perspectives. The dialogue is easy to read and the characters are differentiated well, but my problem more was with the mystery itself. I think this novel was lacking in suspense compared to other whodunits I read, and I wasn't real ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent slow-burn mystery

In the third book in the Hester Thursby series, Hester and her friend, Detective Angela White are attending a gala for Prescott University when they are told that someone has broken into the university owners' fancy mansion overlooking Jamaica Pond. Angela agrees to drop by out of courtesy, but once there, they are not sure that Jennifer Matson is telling the truth about what happened that evening. Then Prescott's general manager, Maxine, asks Hester to investigate som
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book in so many ways. The story was intriguing and not your typical mystery. A lot of it was about family and dynamics although there was also murder. I think what I loved best was how diverse the cast of characters were. Not only by gender and race but by orientation including a transgender character. It added a layer of realism for me. This was book three in a series and while I hadn’t read the other two (yet, they’ve been ordered now) I was able to follow along pretty easily with ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This psychological thriller’s setting is on the prestigious Prescott University, a private for-profit college. The Matson family runs the institute and lives in a beautiful mansion on campus. In no time, you realize Jennifer and Tucker Matson are covering up something, but you will be shocked with what all they have to hide, as well as their son, daughter and her husband, and lifelong family friend and coworker of Tucker’s, Maxine.

When students begin to disappear from campus, some shady collabo
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in this suspense series. Long buried secrets and lies are coming to light in this next installment. Hester Thursby and Detective Angela White are investigating why the owners of Prescott University say someone broke into their home but Hester and Angela aren't sure they believe them. But why would they lie? This was fast paced suspense that kept me guessing at what was coming next. I love the whole University secrets and lies. I have really enjoyed all three books in this ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edwin Hill is one of my favorite authors so I could not wait to dive into book 3 in The Hester Thursby Mystery series. Though I love this series so much I recommend you read every one of them, this would be a great stand alone book.Personally I didn’t think I could love this series anymore until I finished this book! Hester is moving on with her life after the many unfortunate events that had happened and she has grown as a character I have loved since book one! In this book Hester and her Detec ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hester Thursby is a librarian at Harvard. She has a talent for using her research skills for finding people. Hester, her partner Morgan and her friend Angela, a sergeant with the Boston police, attend the opening of an art gallery at for-profit Prescott University. Hester and Angela are brought into the lives of the owners of the University – the wealthy Matson family, who appear to be hiding many secrets. Angela reports to Stan, whose sister is Maxine, the university’s general manager. Maxine i ...more
Watch Her is the third book in the Hester Thursby series, and I will say up front that this is an exceptional mystery. While it is not necessary to read the preceding books, it would likely add even more depth to a cast of characters so already fleshed out they could, in another, magical world, simply walk off the paper and into the real world without missing a beat or seeming out of place.

Hester is an information-digging, crime-solving dynamo. Paired with Detective Angela White in a nonofficial
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edwin Hill did it again!

First, let me thank “Goodreads Giveaway” and Kensington Publishers for my giveaway winnings! I have never won a giveaway and it was the best one to get! I devoured this third book, in the Hester Thursby Mysteries Series, “Watch Her” within 24 hours. I had the privilege of hearing the author speak at a local library event, after the publication of his first novel in this series. I quickly became a fan and pre-ordered his second novel.

Hills’ main character, Hester Thursby
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Watch Her by Edwin Hill is a multi-layered mystery that is quite riveting.  Although this newest release is the third installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series, it can be as a standalone.

Hester Thursby and her not husband Morgan Maguire attend a for profit college's  opening with their friend Detective Angela White. During the evening, the college owner's wife, Jennifer Matson, reports a burglary at their home to her friend and college administrator, Maxine Pawlikowki. Maxine re
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
I loved the first two books in this series. They were both excellent and page turners. This one however is just not good. I've read 38% and there is still no action or murder. Nothing to hold my interest. I feel I have given it way more time than I would have most books and I feel awful that it's not holding my interest.
I see nothing about anyone being killed. It just hit on the missing students yet still nothing that makes me want more or feel there is an edge of your seat thriller or mystery
Maine Colonial
I was given an advance review copy by the publisher, via Netgalley.

Hester Thursby, Harvard librarian and expert researcher, is asked by Maxine Pawlikowski, a top administrator at the for-profit Prescott University, to research a list of names. This list has been compiled by Gavin, who married into the family that owns the university, a family to which Maxine has devoted her life. Maxine suspects that this list, which is supposed to be of recent alumni, might not be kosher, that Gavin might be up
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I hadn't read the first two books in the series I was still able to thoroughly enjoy this story. I will definitely go back and read the other two though. I really liked this story. Hester is a librarian who solves mysteries and she is good at what she does. The dialogue for this book was easy to read and follow along even if you haven't ever read the other ones. The book starts with Hester and her friend attending a gala for Prescott University when they find out someone has broken in t ...more
David Morgan
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting third book in the Hester Thursby Mystery series.
I'm this installment our diminutive librarian and her detective friend Angela are drawn into the goings on of the family who owns a for profit Boston university. There are missing students, the death of a child, affairs and murder at the heart of this story. Although there are multiple mini plots, they all come together to make for a thrilling conclusion.
There writing is concise and descriptive while the pace is moderately fast. I'm a
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Hester Thursby Mystery series, and I can honestly say each one is better than the last, which is a pretty grand feat considering the preceding titles have also been amazing!

Hester and Angela are a brilliant dynamic duo, whom I hope we'll see more their sleuthing powers working together. I know, I know, Hester isn't supposed to be doing the police work, we should leave it to Angela, but darn it, she's quite good at it!

I enjoyed Morgan's and Hester's game of avoiding
Sharon Ward
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent mystery in a great series that just keeps getting better. Can’t wait for the next one to find out what Hester is up to
Daniel Ford
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The third Hester Thursby novel is Edwin Hill’s best work to date. One of the best mystery/crime fiction writers in the business. He keeps setting the bar high and easily soaring over it.
Linda Baker
Hester, her veterinarian "non-husband" Morgan, and his niece, 5-year-old Kate, are attending a gala at the new campus of Prescott University. Also in attendance is Detective Angela White. The university owners are Tucker and Jennifer Matson, and the President is Vanessa Matson, their daughter, Vanessa's husband, Gavin Dean, is CFO. However, the real mover and shaker and a sort of adjunct to the family are Maxine Pawlikowski. The only missing principal is reclusive Jennifer Matson. During the cou ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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WATCH HER is a captivating and slow-building mystery. The book follows several characters with a wealthy family in the center. Hester and Angela are good friends who have been involved in some past crime-solving - Angela as a detective and Hester as someone who is good at finding missing persons but who is a librarian by day. They are asked by Maxine to come to a crime scene at the house of Jennifer Matson, a wealthy woman whose family owns a lot of property and runs a for-profit college.

Carey Calvert
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t recall how I became familiar with Watch Her, the third in the Hester Thursby mystery series, by Edwin Hill. Most likely, it was an author recommendation that made it sound as extraordinary as it is. My only question is how have I missed books one, Little Comfort, and two, The Missing Ones? Nevertheless, (in my best Liam Neeson voice), “I will find you.”
Hester is a Harvard research librarian who sleuths on the side and Watch Her “centers on Boston’s Prescott University, a for-profit art
Fleur Bradley
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Edwin’s Hill’s books a few months ago, and was immediately sucked in—I read the first two books of the Hester Thursby series one after the other, and was happy to find there would be a third. This a smart, tightly-plotted mystery with a unique cast of characters and rich setting.

In this installment, we get to know the Matson family, the rich owners of Prescott University in Boston. Hester and her friend (and detective) Angela White are called in to check up on Jennifer Matson as she
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, bookishfirst
This was a nice mystery/thriller with multi-character povs, an intriguing plot, and suspense for dayssss.

I didn't realize this book was part of a series at first (which made the beginning a little confusing), but I didn't feel like I was lacking too much knowledge as the book progressed. I'd probably recommend reading the previous 2 books first, but if you can't/don't want to, you'll survive reading this as a stand-alone.

This book truly was a page-turner. The mystery and intrigue just kept incr
Brandy {The Review Booth}
Watch Her was a very, very slow burn. At some points, I began to wonder if it was even a murder mystery or even a mystery. When I requested to read this book I wasn’t aware it was part of a series and that may be a part of the disconnect I felt with the main character of the series. I know she’s closed off to others in the book but it felt like I was also shut out – the previous two books could 100% contain more background on Hester. The characters in the book while strong just felt incomplete a ...more
Linda Zagon
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Watch Her” by Edwin Hill, Kensington, 2020
Edwin Hill, the author of “Watch Her” has written an intriguing, captivating, suspenseful, and intense novel. This is the third novel in the Hester Thursby series, and can be read as a stand-alone, and is my favorite book in the series. The genres for this novel are Psychological Thriller, Suspense and Mystery, and Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the chara
Nikki H. Rose
This book is fantastic – BUT I strongly believe you need to read the first two books in this series in order to appreciate it to the full extent. Since I did not do this, there were a lot of developmental holes both in the plot and in the characters for me – but I strongly believe these would have been filled in if had read the entire series first.

For example, why is a librarian known for finding missing people? Why does 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 in this book have secrets to the extent that even being together n
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Harvard librarian Hester Thursby is first introduced to Boston’s wealthy Matson family, she thinks that “it would take a whiteboard, string, and about a hundred hours of group therapy to figure out the dynamics going on among these people”. She is right.

The Matsons, Tucker, Jennifer, their daughter Vanessa and her husband Gavin Dean, control for profit Prescott University. Tucker is the former President, Vanessa the current one and Gavin is the CFO. Maxine Pawlikowski is the University’s Ge
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Edwin Hill is the Edgar- and Agatha Award-nominated author of the Hester Thursby mystery series, including Little Comfort and The Missing Ones and Watch Her.

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