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Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, have been receiving strange midnight visits. The town of Bear Falls, Michigan, has its own elusive and highly secretive poet, Emily Sutton, who has lived her life cloistered away with her sister in a house at the edge of Pewee Swamp. But now, Emily has started leaving scraps of poetry in Dora's little free library, and Dora makes it her mission to befriend the sheltered woman.

Meanwhile Zoe Zola - almost famous author, little person, and the Westons' quirky next-door neighbor - is hard at work on a new book, this one about the inner life of Emily Dickinson. And once again, Zoe's literary work starts making uncanny connections with the events in her own world as Emily Sutton reemerges into society. But Zoe begins to suspect things aren't anywhere near normal at Emily's swamp house or in the lives of the people she claims have abandoned her - until looking further into the poet's half-truths leads Zoe and Jenny to a horrible murder.

The chaos surrounding the ensuing investigation grows even more hectic with Emily's increasingly erratic behavior, the arrival of a young woman searching for her missing poet uncle, and yet another betrayal in Jenny's love life. And only poetry can set the truth free.

©2017 Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Beatrice
  • 20-01-17

Very Entertaining

This is a very entertaining book with engaging characters. I thought the end of the book was a bit to involved. But I enjoyed the story.

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  • Nancy Taylor
  • 13-12-17

Amazing tale

This is the second in what I hope is a long series. Unusual but well done.

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  • Donna
  • 28-03-21

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I just read through the 3 books Audible owns. The 3 are good little cozies, very good. The author has a fine pedigree as professor, writer and well read Michigan - er :-)
Her mysteries are fun listening, they invite the reader in for coffee and fine
thinking on gardens and literary plums , (austen-really?) for her characters will grow on you. Good crime
studies though before i reached the end of each book i sped through the worst of the dark explorations of evil.

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  • Shari S.
  • 20-08-21

What a nice series

Zoe is a unique character in the cozy mystery world. She is perhaps becoming the main character? At least she is co-lead. The two first books are more complex than a lot of stories out there. Even if you figure it out early it is still more than worth the ride.

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  • happyjo
  • 13-08-21

She stopped for death

I enjoyed my time reading this book! The characters were colorful and interesting. The story was unexpected and fun.

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  • roseanna banana
  • 30-11-21

absolutely outstanding

Boy, that will scare the heck out of you. That was a really good mystery. The characters are really so different and interesting. It has a strange humor to it. Especially Zoe. Just a very good story. I look forward to the next in this wonderful series.

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  • Marilyn
  • 24-11-21

She Stopped for Death

I have a difficult time writing a rating for this book. Right from the beginning again, I struggled with the voice of one character. As it goes on I get used to it and accept it. The story carries on through the strange plot of this Book 2. Yes it continued on and on with the confusing plot to this story. I did finish it just now and honestly I do not know who the two main characters were, who was killed and who was the good person that saved the locked up person. Very strange ending for me. My review may be rejected but I had to write the way I have or have not understood this plot. The normal family was very good throughout and enjoyed their characters and the little dog that was found and cared for. I am going to tackle Book 3, will see how this one goes. Enjoyed Book 1 very much after getting used to the Narration.

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  • Tamara Parr - Equine at Parr Performance Body and Energy Work for Horses & other animals
  • 28-10-21

Another Well Written Mystery

I've really enjoyed this series. This is the second I've heard and it was as good as the first. Creative, imaginative, literary, and very well done.

I adore the characters, especially Zoe.

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  • Jane Austen
  • 26-10-21

Here We Go Again

We're back to see what Zoe, Jenny and Dora are getting up to. Apparently there is a reclusive woman named Emily coming around leaving poetry in Dora's little library box. Dora, Jenny and Zoe set out on Dora's porch every night just waiting to see who leaves the poetry. Dora finally makes contact with Emily which turns out to be a mistake. Emily shows her true colors after awhile and is not what she claims to be.

Jenny's new love interest Tony isn't what he claims to be either. Which puts Jenny in a tail spin. I wasn't sure why the author just didn't allow that to fizz out a little. Apparently Tony still has a previous relationship that hasn't fully ended. Jenny finds out about that. She should have just told Tony to go deal with this other relationship and when he gets done call her. If Jenny is still available then they can revisit a relationship between themselves. Well that didn't happen. Jenny is stuck in her head and feelings through most of the book and is not much help to anyone else. As an insult to common sense Jenny stays with Tony.

Zoe is running around amateur sleuthing with no backup. No one noticed or raises an alarm when Zoe goes missing. She's missing like 2 or 3 days before Jenny and Dora get a clue that somethings not right. Some friends Jenny and Dora are.

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  • Tina Burgess
  • 06-10-21

She stopped for death

I really enjoyed this story. The narrator did a great job in performance of the characters. Looking forward to the next book.