Reading the Clues - Secrets of Mary's Bookshop - Book 3

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Reading the Clues - Secrets of Mary's Bookshop - Book 3
Mary’s sister, Betty, has received a most unwelcome letter; she is being sued by the Hopkinses, who claim that her family’s mill belongs to them! Betty, unwilling to relinquish control of a landmark that has belonged to her family for generations, confides in Mary to get to the bottom of this accusation. But will history tell a tale that sides with the Emerson family, or do the Hopkinses have a legitimate claim to the Emerson Grist Mill? Find out in this fantastic page-turner that will take you away to the small town of Ivy Bay in Cape Cod, where the weather is always fine and guests are always welcome!
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About Reading the Clues

Mary’s sister Betty receives notice that she is being sued and that the Emerson Grist Mill, which has been in her late husband Edward’s family for hundreds of years, actually belongs to the Hopkinses, who the Emersons have feuded with for generations. The mill used to be the center of commerce in Ivy Bay, and it has been a point of pride – as well as financial gain – for the Emersons for as long as anyone can remember. Betty is sure that the news can’t be true, but Mary isn’t so certain and sets out to unravel the mill’s forgotten history.

As Mary digs for clues about the mill’s ownership in the town archives, she hears rumors of a murder that started the family feud. Could it possibly be true? Could of Edward’s ancestors have killed one of the Hopkinses over the old grist mill? As Mary learns more, she finds clues – a mysterious ledger, an antique doll, a Revolutionary War uniform and an old family Bible – that seems to indicate answers no one wants to believe. What really happened at the mill all of those year ago? And will Mary’s and Betty’s lives ever be the same when they find out?

About the Author

Charlotte Carter has authored more than forty novels and many nonfiction books. She has received various awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and the Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times magazine. Charlotte and her husband live in Southern California, and have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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This mystery was unique because of the depth of Mary's research or sleuthing as a detective. The contents of the old records were interesting. Motives kept the reader guessing. For a CA. Based writer to tell such a well researched Cape Cod story must have been a huge undertaking.
I'm only sorry I could not tell her so.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series, it's one of the best. The characters are very believable. Their actions make you stop and think twice about your own situations. Their use of scriptures and prayer inspires readers to do the same.

(Posted on 3/26/14)

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