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Skeletons in the Attic

A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1
Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
Series: A Marketville Mystery, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

What goes on behind closed doors doesn't always stay there.

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville - a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder.

Callie's not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery, but if she doesn't do it, there's a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father's wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic? Find out.

©2016 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2017 Judy Penz Sheluk

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Skeletons in the attic

The plot of the book was put together well, writing was great and the main character was so true to life! All along I kept changing my mind as to who was guilty of what and the ending came as a great twist in the story

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An enjoyable mystery

I really enjoyed listening to this book, I found the narration easy to listen to and while it’s not action packed or full of anxiety ridden suspense it’s a pleasant read, with believable characters and an intriguing plot.
Having built the story up nicely I did feel rather disappointed with a somewhat unsatisfactory ending though. It ends on a rather flat note without resolving a lot of the questions raised. I’ve read the next book in the series, expecting perhaps that would be dealt with later. The subject of the protagonists father’s untimely death is certainly alluded to and seems to be on the cards for a future investigation but in the Mother’s story was glossed over as if already known. I’m not sure if the third book will answer this or if this sudden ending was just a clumsy method of winding up. Perhaps I will have to give the author the benefit of the doubt and keep reading the series as it becomes available.

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Great murder mystery

This was a great storyline, with believable characters. The narrator really brought the story to life. I listened to this within a few days!
I would thoroughly recommend and I will watch out for more from this author in the future 👍🏻

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Enjoyable

When you inherit something you don’t expect there to be conditions to it normally, but that is exactly what Calamity (Callie) got when she inherited her father’s estate. The conditions were to move to Marketville, in the house she lived in as a child and solve her mother’s disappearance. Her mother disappeared when she was six so it was a long time ago.
Callie goes about trying to find out what has happened to her mother, along the way meeting some interesting people and clues. I liked the tarot card reading, the eerie feel to some parts. It kept me listening and was enjoyable.
I think that this novel was well thought out and researched well too, the narrator held my attention throughout. I am eager to start the second in the series now.

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This is my first audio book by judy.penza 5 out of5 and my first by claira jordyn 5 out of 5 100%

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The search for Abigail.

I enjoyed this mystery surrounding the disappearance of the main protagonist's mother when the MP was just six years old. The clues were presented in a fluid manner and I even managed to keep track of a rather large cast. I was listening to the book in audio and loved the narrator, Claira Jordyn. She managed to make me forget I was being read to, which is not easy.

Callie Barnstable had no idea that her father owned a property in Marketville until she found herself listening to his will after his sudden death. Callie and her father had moved to Toronto after her mother's disappearance and almost no mention was made of her after that. Callie inherited the Marketville property (a dooer-upper!), but on the condition that she live in the house for a year and attempted to find out what had happened to her mother.

There was a number of characters, each of whom offered some insight into the mystery, some more reliable than others. I enjoyed the theory that it would be hard to know who to trust and that some who appear friendly may not be, and vise versa; that was very much the case in this novel. I also appreciated that Callie was quite hesitant to disclose information until she was sure about each person; she was so suspicious of everyone. I would have just blurted everything out and my search would have been way less subtle.

The ending was maybe a bit rushed, suddenly everyone was knocking on her door or phoning with final clues, but that would be my only criticism. I really enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to the sequel which is in my audio library.

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Great Listen didn't want to put down

Great 1st book in the series had me hooked. Well written and keeps you listening!

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A Very Well Crafted Novel.

This is a 'who done it' where we're not sure if a misdemeanor has actually been commited. I love the premise of having to stay in a house and solve a family mystery within a year. The characters are all wonderfully portrayed with great dialog. The narration is excellent creating an additional dimension. A really enjoyable listen.

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Great Story! Great Narration!

Skeletons in the Attic by Judy Penz Sheluk is a wonderful mystery! I loved how the author had the book so well plotted and included vivid imagery and unexpected twists. Kudos to the author for the ending ... I never expected that! I really thought the narrator, Claira Jordyn was perfect for this book. She performed distinguishable voices for the various characters and added the right suspense. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I definitely will listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Skeletons in the attic bk 1

I totally enjoyed this first book in the Marketville Mystery series.Callies mom dissapeared when she was a child.At the reading of her fathers will ,Callie learns of a house that she once lived in and is tasked with finding out what happened to her mom.There are interesting characters around every corner. Clara Jordyn was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • cosmitron
  • 03-08-18

Good Narrator makes the Book worthwhile

This is a Book with a well constructed plot with interesting characters.


The Narrator had a good performance that helped the Book come alive.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Karl hill
  • 24-06-19

An Amazing, Well Written Mystery

I am so worried this review will not do Skeletons in the Attic justice.

First of all, the story had a fantastic pace and was not too slow or too fast. Information regarding the mystery, characters, stories, etc were all given when needed and spread out enough that as a listen I was able to gather all the information I needed. I didn't have to rewind over and over and listen again worried that I had missed something important.

The town is charming and the characters are well written and developed. I felt every character no matter big or small was well written and important to the story. I felt emotions to each of the characters good or bad. The characters were all intertwined and their stories woven together. I did not have a hard time keeping track though. As I said earlier, the information is well presented. The whole story though, you feel you are uncovering layer after layer, but it kept the story exciting and moving right until the end. The ending was a shocker and super well written, My mum is a huge mystery lover and is usually underwhelmed by endings, but she felt this ending was exciting, unique, and perfect. We were both in shock. If you want a mystery that is well written and will keep you guessing until the very end, Skeletons in the Attic is the perfect mystery for you!

Claira Jordyn was a great job with the narration. I felt her emotion and she enhanced the story with her voice acting.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 03-01-18

Skeletons

Good story line. Kept me guessing as to what really happened to Callie's mother. Is she dead or did she just go away. Finally after all the years. The truth does come out.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 11-07-20

A well-written story from a good author

Skeletons in the Attic: A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1, my first read from author Judy Penz Sheluk and the first in the Marketville Mystery series. Well-written mystery with intriguing characters. 8-hours 33-minute/400-pages of enjoyment. No spoilers here, buy the book, read & review the book. I was given an Audible copy of this book in June a year ago & am finally voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Claira Jordyn’s narration adds to the book's enjoyment. Up next is Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery, Book 2. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Laura
  • 24-06-20

Loved the MC

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions posted herein are my own.

This is the first book in the Marketville Mystery series. If you have read this author's other series - Glass Dolphin Mysteries - you will find some crossover in locations and a few characters.

One of the strengths of this book is the MC Callie [Calamity], who is very relatable. She is surrounded by a group of friends, who help in various ways to solve the mystery of Callie's mother's disappearance. I really enjoyed the mystery and how several of the characters are presented in such a way that you are not sure if they are friends or adversaries to Callie. What I felt to be a bit of the downfall of this story was the ending. I do not want to go into any detail as that would be a big spoiler but suffice it to say that the wrap up seemed rushed and to me, a bit unbelievable. I also found Callie's reaction to the solution of the mystery to be oddly lackluster - which seemed to be a bit [for lack of a better term] out of character.

The narrator, Claira Jordyn, has a wonderful warm voice which is very pleasant. Her voice did a great job in conveying the emotionalism of Callie's character.

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  • Kelly Kenrick
  • 10-06-20

Great start to another mystery series

This is book one in the Marketville Mystery series and I have to say I'm loving Judy Penz Sheluk's writing. I love the descriptions and well thought out plots.

Callie has inherited a house in the small city of Marketville upon the death of her father. There is a catch however. She must live there for a year and renovate it as well as investigate her mother's disappearance 30 years ago.

Callie meets several people who knew her parents and slowly learns the truth about her past and her mother's disappearance. There are some shocking revelations, some unexpected friendships, and a conclusion which actually I wasn't all the surprised over. Looking forward to listening to the next two books in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-20

wtf just happened!?!

i really enjoyed this book. the narrator was excellent, it was a great story and it held my attention from beginning to end, but i don’t know wtf happened with the ending!! it was so rushed that i thought i had accidentally missed a chapter. smh. i would’ve gave an overall 5 star review if the ending would’ve been better but.....it wasn’t so i didn’t.🤷🏻‍♀️ on the other hand i would give this author another shot and when that happens i truly hope i won’t be disappointed like i was with this book.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 21-04-20

Main character is too trusting

I do have a love of inherited mysteries and this story holds more than one! Callie recently lost her father and now she has a tough choice to make right on the heels of big surprise – her dad had a second house in Marketville that she knew nothing about! I loved how the punches just kept coming for Callie even though that meant she spent most of her time reacting instead of really thinking things through.

So Callie takes on the challenge of her dad’s will – live in the Marketville house for a year trying to solve the old mystery of her missing mother (who Callie hasn’t seen since grade school). On her first day, she finds a skeleton in the attic in a coffin. Ha! What could be more ominous? As she begins refurbishing the house, she minds more oddities, more clues as to why her mother left or was possibly murdered.

I loved all the suspects. There’s plenty of busy bodies in this neighborhood and since the missing mom mystery goes back decades, that just seems to multiply the number of people who could have had a hand in it. i kept jumping from suspect to suspect, and finally I was guessing that perhaps there was more than one person blocking Callie’s efforts to discover the truth.

Misty Rivers was my favorite character to dislike. She’s a self-proclaimed psychic and apparently got Callie’s dad, Jimmy, to believe that Callie’s mom’s (Abigail’s) ghost was haunting the Marketville house. Misty was pretty haughty in her interactions with Callie and she just wreaked of deceit. Then there’s Chantal who has a crush on Royce, the contractor Jimmy hired to renovate the Marketville house. Jessica (aka Randy) was a previous renter of the house and also has a connection to the spiritual world with her knowledge of Tarot. Callie starts bumping into people who knew her mom such as Ellie (the self-proclaimed neighborhood busybody), and Royce’s mom and dad. The plot thickens as Callie stumbles upon info that her dad’s lawyer, Leith, should have given her. So many suspects!

And there’s where we get a little weakness. Callie suspects everyone at some point of something, including her own dad yet she remains so trusting! A couple characters even comment on her being too trusting. I was nodding my head right along with those characters. So it felt that the plot was being shoved along by Callie trusting this person or that at this key point or that key point.

Over all, it was a fun ride but by the end I wasn’t surprised by the final reveal and answer to the big mystery. The plot had wended it’s way into a corner where there was really only 1 way to satisfactorily wrap everything up in the final minutes of the audiobook. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Claira Jordyn was very pleasant to listen to. I liked her voice for Callie and the various emotions Callie goes through in this book. I especially liked her voice for Misty, who was quite rude at times. Her male voices were masculine and Jordyn had distinct voices for all the characters. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Judy Penz Sheluk. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • MDW 77
  • 12-03-20

Excellent Mystery

I received this book at my request in exchange for my honest review.
I loved this book! From the start the narrator drew me into the story, and the dynamic plot and characters kept me interested through to the end. The author did an amazing job of creating believable characters, and the story flowed so well that it seemed like a true crime novel. This is definitely a must read for anyone that enjoys a great mystery!! I look forward to listening to the next book in this series!

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  • Linda Thorne
  • 01-12-19

Cliffhangers that Hook

I bought this audio version of this book and listened to the story on my commute to work. I really enjoyed it. I was glad to hear this was the first in the series because of some of the unanswered questions. I've already listened to the author's great sequel to this, but sending this review now because I'm not sure I sent it correctly the first time since Amazon did not show verified purchase. I'll see if it shows now.

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