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Book Review – Echoes Among the Stones

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Echoes Among the Stones

by Jaime Jo Wright

 

After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery’s puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet–even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.

 

My Thoughts

Sigh.
This is one of those books that is so good.
I didn’t really want it to end, but I had to have answers.
What makes it even better, is there are some deep truths thrown in, things about life.
About learning to live through grief, how to move on, how to really live again. Important, valuable truths we can all use to help in our own journeys. Because, after all, each one of us has our own hard story in our own little journey of life.
This is a dual time story.
It’s Imogene’s story. She finds the murdered body of her sister Hazel. The grief nearly causes her to be overcome…and how does she find the strength to keep on? She carries the weight of this with her for a very long time…about 70 years.
It is also the story of Aggie. Called to the side of her aged Mumsie, and helping the town solve an unsolved mystery. It begins with finding a skeleton in her backyard. And then other mysterious things keep happening.
I loved reading in both time periods, and seeing how it all fit together. The forties have always fascinated me. I’m young enough that it is the past, history, and yet, it is recent enough that my grandparents lived (and remembered) those days.  This book does well at portraying those tempestuous days during and after the war.
This story has many unexpected elements, and kept me guessing until the end.
I loved the mystery, and had no idea which way the story would turn.
Jaime Jo Wright continues to be a favorite author of mine, and I think this book just might be her best one yet!
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
This book will be releasing December 3rd, and you can preorder it on Amazon.

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