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The Unkindness of Ravens

(Greer Hogan Mystery #1)

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Librarian Greer Hogan matches wits with a deviously clever killer in M.E. Hilliard's chilling series debut, ideal for fans of Louise Penny and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Greer Hogan is a librarian and an avid reader of murder mysteries. She also has a habit of stumbling upon murdered bodies. The first was her husband's, and the tragic loss led Greer to leave New York behind fo
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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Vintagebooklvr
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
4 1/2 stars.

This debut novel in a new series was a homerun for me. Hilliard produced a chilling atmosphere as the suspense and danger built in this cozy to a level which is rare in this genre. Greer, the main character, worked an old mansion that was converted into a library and filled with nooks and crannies as well as unexpected creaks and groans. She found it welcoming until she discovered a dead body. Afterwards, often the hair of her neck rose as she felt that someone was watching her when
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Patricia Romero
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A GREER HOGAN MYSTERY

Meet Greer Hogan. Librarian and murder mystery lover. A puzzle solver. A widow whose husband was murdered. Who would have thought in the smaller Village of Raven Hill she would again be stumbling over a body? In the library no less!

Unfortunately, the body is also a friend of Greer’s from school. Who in the world would want her dead? When Greer finds a cryptic note left for her by the victim, she decides this time she is not going to let it go.

There have already been a couple
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Gina
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I wish Greer Hogan worked at my library because I’m certain we’d be good friends. I really enjoyed this new mystery - the setting, the characters, and the plot - all of it was fantastic!

When Greer discovers the body of her friend, she does what any good mystery reader would do, she tries to solve the crime. The story moves quickly and had me interested the whole time. I especially loved all the literary references, although I am more partial to Nancy Drew over Trixie Belde
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Kayla
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to Netgalley & Crooked Lane Books for an early edition of this book for my honest review!

It's been a while since I've picked up a cozy mystery so The Unkindness of Ravens called to me in a lot of ways: creepy manor, girl detective, and a murder. Three of my favorite boxes checked, and a brand new author who is also a librarian. So I had high hopes for this book and was very excited when I was approved for an early copy.

And this book didn't disappoint. It is everything that you lov
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Annie
I really liked this book, though I think the publisher’s blurb comparing it to Dorothy L. Sayers’ work is inaccurate. This is not classic crime but cosy crime with an edge. I think it should be celebrated for what it is, rather than shoe-horned into a different sub-genre.

One of the things that I find a bit dull in cosy crime is the romance element - there’s usually a handsome man wooing the librarian protagonist. In Greer Hogan’s case, her handsome man has been murdered before the book begins -
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Carolyn
This great start to a new cozy mystery series has all the elements I love in such novels. A murder in a library in an old manor with a gothic vibe, a smart librarian who is keen to sleuth around and play amateur detective, a small town full of gossips and people with long memories and of course the local police who keep the investigation close to themselves.

Greer Hogan is the 'new librarian' (she fears she'll be the new librarian until the day she dies) at Raven Hill library in upstate New York.
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Cathy Cole
I came close to not finishing M.E. Hilliard's The Unkindness of Ravens or at least deciding to skim through sections, but I'm glad I didn't. Why did I come so close to giving up? Because it took three-quarters of the book before everything began to click. Why did I persevere? Because there would be an occasional quip or literary allusion from the main character, Greer Hogan, that convinced me she was one character worth getting to know.

Greer's husband was murdered, and the entire experience-- fr
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Suanne
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
M.E. Hilliard’s debut novel, The Unkindness of Ravens, grabbed me from the first page. I was hooked by the first person narrator, Greer Hogan, a former New York City high-powered executive who turns into a small town librarian after the death of her husband. Greer’s intelligence and personality shine through from the onset. I immediately bonded with a gal who’s read all the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew mysteries and prefers Trixie to Nancy because Trixie “got into more trouble.” Greer is uncerta ...more
Brenda
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just look at that cover! If our library looked...and felt...like that I'd live in it. Clever title, too. This is the first in the Greer Hogan Mystery series. It was a charming and atmospheric read on a snowy November day, though the book doesn't take place in winter. It just...fit.

Greer, the librarian at her village library housed in a manor, has moved from New York only a handful of years ago to start anew. As such, she has developed superficial friendships, none very deep. Greer finds her clos
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Lesa
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Anyone who read the girl detectives, Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden, will appreciate the opening of M.E. Hilliard’s debut mystery, The Unkindness of Ravens. Hilliard, who went back to school to become a librarian, introduces Greer Hogan, who went back to get a degree in library science for her second career. But, Greer, who tells how much she loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, blames them. Now, “I was a girl detective with a laptop instead of a roadster.”

Greer has only been at the Raven Hill Publi
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Kathy Martin
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This debut mystery stars Greer Hogan who came to librarianship after a previous career in the cosmetics industry in New York City. Her guilt about the death of her husband in an apparent home invasion caused her to look for a new career and new city. Now, she is happily settled in her new job as a librarian at Raven Hill Manor in a small New York town.

She has connected with an old friend from her college days who is also a recent resident of the town and who is active in the Friends of the Libr
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Ilaria
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
🔍 Greer Hogan is a librarian and an avid reader of murder mysteries. She has recently moved from New York and loves the manor that houses the library where she works. At least till she finds her closest friend dead at the bottom of the attic stairs. This murder leads to other mysteries, and Greer investigates, along with a police officer.

♥️ I liked:⁠
🏰 The manor/library. As soon as I've started reading it, I imagined this incredible library full of nooks and crannies. It reminded me a bit of the
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Addie BookCrazyBlogger
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Greer Hogan is like the rest of us: she loves mysteries as a kid. Sherlock, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew. Greer needed a new started after the murder of her husband. She went from Corporate Cathy to Librarian Lucy. She’s brand new at both her job and in the new village, having left New York behind for Raven Hill. She was offered the job by an old friend Joanna Goodhue, who she finds dead in the library. Devastated about the murder of her friend and angered at being implicated in another murder, Gre ...more
Gail
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love discovering a new cozy series that features a smart heroine and a multi-layered plot. Throw in the fact that Greer Hogan is a newly minted librarian attempting to start a new life in the small village of Raven Hill while still carrying some angst from her former life ,and I'm hooked.

Greer, who left her high powered corporate job in New York to get a degree in library sciences, has landed a job at a library housed in an historic manor. She has barely began her new career path when she disc
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Kate
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Librarian Greer Hogan has moved to a small town library in order to try to get over the murder of her husand, only to stumble over the body of her friend.  While the police investigate her friend's death, Greer begins to believe that something sinister is happening, and this death was not just an accident.  As she begins to investigate, she learns more about two deaths, one of which happened al
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joyce w. laudon
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
This book grabbed my interest immediately because, on the first page, a favorite childhood fictional character of mine was mentioned. You may not know her, but she was Trixie Belden. She, her brothers, Honey and Jim had adventures and solved mysteries with their club. They had exactly the life that I wanted .I loved Trixie more than Nancy Drew. As this was exactly how the fictional detective in this book felt, I knew that I wanted to read more.

The amateur sleuth in this title is Greer. Her husba
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Susan
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.

Greer Hogan is a librarian I'd like to be friends with and as someone who has come into librarianship as a second career in my late 30's, I felt a connection to her character... though thankfully I don't happen to stumble upon dead bodies. With Hilliard being a librarian herself, it was nice to see a realistic depiction (outside of the murder) of library life in a small town.

Greer is a fan of Aga
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Annie
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! Dark and atmospheric, a library in a spooky old manor house, a hint of the supernatural - it's all there to set the scene right from the get-go. Greer Morgan, after losing her husband Daniel to a murder in New York City, became a librarian and has found herself in the village of Raven Hill, a small town full of secrets.

Within the first few pages, Greer stumbles across the body of her friend Jenny, lying dead on the stairs to the attic of the manor house (where the library archives
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Coralee Hicks
An atmospheric read set in upper New York State. Our Sleuth Greer, is new to librarianship, after
changing careers. Her high driven world seemed senseless after the murder of her husband. She tells us,"So, I went to the place where I always felt safe and happy--the library. More precisely, library school." She is the new librarian at Raven Hill Manor, a gothic jumble filled with nooks and crannies, and well loved books. She feels at home in Raven Hill, having her good friend, Joanna Goodhue, to
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April
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Greer Hogan is a librarian at a library that resides in the old Ravenscroft Manor. We are barely becoming acquainted with Greer when she finds the body of her friend and president of the Friends of the Library, Joanna. This isn’t the first time Greer has come upon a body. We get the story slowly over the course of the book and it’s an unfinished story that probably shows up in a next book.
The mystery of who killed Joanna feels drawn out and the pieces come together slowly.
There are some humorou
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Jan
Greer Hogan escaped her old life in NYC after her husband's unsolved murder in their home by getting her masters in library science, followed by a drastic move to a village upstate to work in their beautiful library. The facility is in an old family home and gets a lot of use. One particular patron with a penchant for research has become a good friend. Until the evening that Greer is alone there and finds the woman's murdered body at the bottom of a staircase. Talk about personal trauma! Not to ...more
April
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher, Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity!

A murder has happened inside the small Village of Raven Hill's library and Greer just so happens to be the one that discovers the body. As the story progresses and you learn more about Greer, you find that she's attempting to start over due to a few things that she would like to leave behind her. As she makes friends with th
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Alexis
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a textbook cozy mystery, that while well done, just didn't do it for me.

This has all the elements we love. Small town characters, a solid (yet solvable) mystery, a library and plenty of intrigue. The plot was decently paced and the characters were somewhat developed, with the caveat that first books in a series can only get so deep. All in all, this should have been a home run.

Personally however, I just couldn't stay in the book. I found the main character to be fairly one dimensional w
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Karin Carlson
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Greer Hogan is a librarian and an avid reader of murder mysteries. She also has a habit of stumbling upon murdered bodies. The first was her husband's, and the tragic loss led Greer to leave New York behind for a new start in the Village of Raven Hill. But her new home becomes less idyllic when she discovers her best friend sprawled dead on the floor of the library.
This is the first in a new series and I loved it! I will admit that I found the protagonist a tad annoying for the first half of the
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June Walters
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Successful city girl moves to small town America to escape the memories of her husband’s murder. Coincidentally she reconnects with an old college friend whilst taking on a new role as librarian in a spooky gothic Manor House library. Friend also gets murdered. Lots of detective story quotes and comments abound, some of them repeatedly! This was a Jessica Fletcher Murder She Wrote type of story, and was very twee. The only things that brought it up to date were cell phones and computers! What re ...more
ℳacarena
Greer Hogan left the city of New York to start a new life and work as a librarian in the village of Raven Hill. She loves reading, especially about smart detectives, such as Poirot and Miss Marple, therefore when a friend of hers dies in in mysterious circumstances, she knows she has to do something to reveal what happened.

The death of Greer’s friend brings back terrible and sad memories. What Greer thought might be a peaceful village and a place to leave those memories behind turns out to be q
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Mystica
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was attracted by the title, and then I went and looked it up! I did not know that a group of ravens is known as an "unkindness" meaning a sort of conspiracy.

A murder mystery, setting is a library and Greer Hogan who has a habit of finding murdered bodies on her doorstep literally opens a door and a body falls out. The story takes off from there with theories abounding as the body count rises and Greer has to also take a step back and think carefully, whether her previous testimony actually se
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Kathleen Gray
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Something's afoot in Raven Hill and Greer is worried. She moved to be the librarian there (in a spooky old building) after the murder of her husband in a robbery gone wrong. Unfortunately, murder has followed her- she finds the body of her friend Joanna. This is an odd sort of cozy as it doesn't originally convey that way but it's got all the elements. Unlike many others in the genre, however, Greer bonds with Jennie, the police officer investigating the murder and it isn't for romantic reasons. ...more
Steph Elias
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Unkindness of Ravens is a great mystery with a kind of gothic feel to it. It's about a librarian who has to deal with a murder and an assault at the Manor's library. The main character Greer is a smart lead, her speculating helps us figure out what is going on and what happened in the past. I found the library characters great as well, they were unique and helpful to the plot. Her landlord and his Frenchie were favorites. It has a solid mystery that kept me guessing until the end. There were ...more
Jen
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I guess I'd consider 2.5 stars sufficient for this cozy mystery. Greer was a little annoying with her alternate Trixie Belden girl detective persona. None of the characters developed into three dimensional people. That's a shame because several had potential to become more interesting and influential instead of inserted pawns to give Greer someone to talk to as she attempts to solve the murder of her friend. Note, even though Greer finds the body of her friend, she never seems particularly upset ...more
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