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The Memory Bell

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Grace Penner's safe haven crumbles when a body is found outside of town.

Gifted the memory bell, a family heirloom, from her grandfather's will, Grace's excitement is soon squashed when the bell gets broken right after she receives it. While gluing the pieces back in place, she discovers three are still missing.

Determined to find them, she is halted when the new detective,
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Sep 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In The Memory Bell, author Kat Flannery transports the reader to the small town of Oakville, Illinois, for an intriguing mystery tale that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.

Grace Penner's family means everything to her. When her grandfather passed away, she is gifted the family heriloom, a porcelain memory bell that he said would always bring their family together. But when the bell shatters, Grace glues the bell back together and realizes that three pieces are missing. She is
The Bookish Elf
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Memory Bell by Kat Flannery is a gripping mystery thriller that is full of family dysfunction, long-kept secrets and a healthy dose of suspense loaded with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

This story revolves around Grace Penner, a conscientious small town girl, who inherited a memory bell, a family heirloom, from her grandfather. Her excitement soon disappear when the Bell gets broken just after she receives it. While collecting the pieces of the bell, she discove
The Memory Bell by Kat Flannery is a story filled with family drama and interesting characters. The recently found decades old murder was the catalyst that broke all the closely woven lies. The main character was young, gullible and easily led into wanting to believe the best of herself, and her family.

Grace Penner is excited to realize her grandfather left her the Memory Bell in his will. It was the bell he used to call them all to dinner. Grace always believed the bell held the family togethe
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Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was an easy but compelling mystery thriller that kept me on my toes the whole time reading it. Reading this book reminds us that no one person or family is perfect. We all have our faults and our families all have secrets in our closets. How we choose to deal with them, is what is different. Grace, who is a very strong woman protagonist, inherits her grandfather’s memory bell when he passes away. When the bell gets broken shortly after receiving it, she painstakingly sets out to put it ...more
Sublime Book Review
Jan 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Storyline & Concept = 5
Writing & Delivery = 5
Editorial = 5

The Memory Bell is a mystery that takes place in Oakville, Illinois involving the well-known Penner family, and a Detective from Chicago who is investigating a murder case based on old remains discovered in this small town. The memory bell, which belonged to Charlie Penner, was gifted to Grace after his passing much to the dismay of certain family members. Grace believed it kept the family together; therefore, causing her much distress on
Lelia Taylor
Sep 22, 2021 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

A small midwestern town is the perfect setting for the secrets and hidden behavior that begins to come to light after a body is discovered at the old abandoned mill on the edge of canola fields. This body is skeletonized so has some age to it and Detective Bennet James, on suspension from the state police, wants to take the lead on the case before boredom gets the best of him, and Sheriff Rhoads agrees.

Meanwhile, the granddaughter of the town’s leading family is angsting over an inherit
Margaret Yelton
Sep 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Memory Bell is a gripping mystery thriller that I found to be a wonderful read. As the book begins we meet Grace and her family, and even from the beginning I just got the feeling things were not as they seemed. As the family has gathered to distribute her grandfather's things, we see things begin to unravel. As Grace received what she had wished for, things really take a turn and we see jealousy rear its ugly head. We find over time that this family is full of dysfunction, with hidden secre ...more
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story. All over a broken trinket. The kind of things we think are so important and find later maybe we can manage anyway. But this isn’t just a story of broken memorabilia, it’s a great story of families and friends and relationships. While this is fiction, I can’t tell you there is anything here that isn’t possible. Both the bad things and the good.

But the whole “hook” to this story is just that...the story. It’s one of those that flows so well it’s hard to put down. It has ver
Mar 21, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was a pretty decent emotional read. There were a few errors though. June's name was June, then Jane, then June again. Then Ally's hair was red but several pages later it was blonde. I could swear a couple of other characters had an abrupt hair color change as well but didn't feel like scrolling back to scrutinize. Things like this irritate me. Why should I care about your story if you don't care enough to pay attention to detail?? Anyway, it wasn't an earth-shattering story but it hit me i
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's the bell that keeps the family together. The glue, so to speak. This memory bell is the one precious thing Grace inherited from her grandfather.

It gets broken almost immediately. Grace determinedly glued it all back together, but it had three pieces missing.

Grace didn't know it at the time but began learning just how broken her family really is. Appearances are definitely deceiving.

All Grace really wants is to put the bell and her family back together. Will she be able to find the missing p
Feb 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Looooved it.

So I usually just read fantasy. I got this book when the author was offering it for free and figured 'why not?'

Well I absolutely ADORED this book. I've always loved a good crime drama and throw in some romance and family dysfunction.... Just.... *Chef's kiss* I couldn't put the book down, going as far as to be sneaky and read it on my phone during slow periods at work. I would recommend this book to anyone and I'll probably start recommending it to literally everyone.
Cherime MacFarlane
Jan 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I liked the characters. This is a small town with the usual amount of secrets and a little girl who grew up believing in the best angels for her family. It's tough to learn they aren't all as wonderful as one would like. It's a slow romance but just right for two very broken characters. Anything else would have been too much. Well done. Not your average romance but a great read. ...more
Mary Ann
Dec 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Likes this book, easy reading and a mystery that kept me guessing. Some unexpected twists. As Ben dives into trying to solve the murder, we learn about the characters and Ben learns much about himself. Read this in two day.
Jan 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Memory bell

Sad commentary of one family's cruelty, lies, and deception through decades in a small town. Lots of unexpected turns that surprised me simply because I could not fathom that type of evil.
Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Family dynamics at its best and worst?

Enjoyed getting to know this family, even with all the secrets and lies. The best of the family did prevail😍
Barbara G. Graybill
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A moving tale

Loved the characters and the plot, which challenges us to examine family, love, support, and imperfections from a moral perspective. Great read!
Melanie Lindsay
May 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Very good read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very good read and couldnt put it down. Will definitely read more from Kat Flannery.
Gail McLaren
Jan 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this story. It just goes to show that none of us are perfect, but we can still come together. Gotta love family!
Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting as a people book but hard to read.
Mar 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A twisty, emotional page-turner of a mystery.
Sep 01, 2021 rated it liked it
This novel got off to a slow start for me. At first, the concept of the memory bell and Grace's attitude towards it seemed really strange as a part of a murder mystery. By the end, however, I came to see its symbolic representation of aspects of the plot. I never did get to the point of liking Grace though. She was just too naïve and such a strong enabler. That she deliberately remained ignorant of Andy's condition and would not confront him, did not sit well with me.

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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors.

A bestselling author, Kat has been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career, and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. Her books have been on Canadian, USA

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