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The Grave Truth

The Leafy Hollow Mysteries, Book 6
Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

A shocking revelation. A long-buried secret. An old mystery reappears....

Verity Hawkes' new life as Leafy Hollow's resident landscaper and part-time sleuth is just about perfect. She has a new love interest, a new home - even a new pet. The last thing she needs is a reminder of her troubled past. 

So, when her estranged father shows up with a plea for help, her first instinct is to throw the cad out. Until he reveals scandalous new details that threaten to tarnish the memory of her deceased, and beloved, mother.

To solve the decades-old cold case, Verity must confront a surly detective, a bungling helper, and a lethal paper shredder. But when the trail leads to murder, she soon becomes the prime suspect. To clear her name, Verity must solve the most baffling mystery she’s ever faced - one from her own life.

The Grave Truth is the sixth installment in a series of charmingly funny cozy mysteries. If you like picturesque Canadian villages, endearingly weird characters, and high-stakes whodunnits, then you'll love Rickie Blair’s Leafy Hollow series.

Buy The Grave Truth today to dig up a long-buried mystery!

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"She knows. I told her."

Twenty years ago, when Verify was just a chi!d, her father left not to be heard from again, and, for the next ten years, she was brought up by her mother alone. Then ten years ago, she died, too. Now Verify has recently moved into Rose Cottage, gifted to her complete with all of it's contents, in sleepy Leafy Hollow close to her aunt. She is working as a gardener and, occasionally, as sleuth with a couple of friends, and is romantically engaged with Jeff, a policeman. Then one day, completely unexpectedly, after a 20 year absence, her father, Frank, appears in the village: he's there to recover something that he says that C!aire, Verity's mother, left for him. But what it is and where to find it be doesn't seem to know. This is a totally pleasurable, easy read cozy mystety, well written, with fun characters and a rather strange plot line. The dialogue is comfortable and an underlying stream of gentle amusement runs through it. The narration by Patrea Burchard is excellent, with good pacing and phrasing, her use of cadence weaving a pleasant sound tapestry and holding the reader's interest throughout. She also gives individual voicing to each of the protagonists but is especially believable in the role of Verify herself, who is recounting the story in the first person. A good performance. The Grave Truth is the sixth in the Sleepy Hollow Mysteries series and, although not great literature, was an enjoyable eight hours of listening. Not being acquainted with the earlier books didn't matter as everything pertinent was there for the reader. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Recommended for anyone who likes to read cozy mysteries: I'm going to go back now to find out more about the other leafy Hollow inhabitants, starting with book one, From Garden to Grave.

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Dig up a chair, sit back and enjoy a good book

I loved this book but then again I have loved the whole series, so much that I have got my mum hooked on it too. I liked the mystery but it is the characters that steal the show for me, they are so much fun and find themselves in some funny situations. This continues from where the last book finished and we find out what Verity fathers wants, you don't have to have read or listened to the previous book but you are missing out on another excellent story, so why not start at the beginning of the series work your way through if you haven't already, I promise you are in for a chuckle if you do. I enjoyed learning more about Verity parents and adds more depth to what are already great characters. I can't wait for the next book and hope there are lots more to come. Verity rushes to her friends cafe to find her long lost father standing there as though he had never been away. Adeline doesn't trust him and for good reason, Verity is doesn't know why he is back and why he would be meeting with hee mother lawyer. The man himself isn't really talking only saying he is back for his inheritance and it could be a matter of life and death. Verity with the help of her friends try to piece the clues together as to why he is in town. Following up on a clue found in the attic of her aunts home Verity starts to retrace her mother's moments only to stumble over a scandal, a long ago disappearance and a fresh body. The body she is accused of killing, no body who knows her believes she is capable of murder, except the police and at times likes these they are the only people who matter. Could he mother really be capable of having an affair or her father of murder? These are the questions Verity will have to answer if she stands any chance of digging up the past and finding answers. I liked the narrator and I am glad the author has stuck with her though the whole series, as she brings a little something to each book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Loved it

I loved this book. Great series. I highly recommend this book. Amazing characters and great storyline. The narration is pretty good too. ❤️😹🤩🥰🥳

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  • Raelyn Houston
  • 27-10-20

As Good as the Previous Books

This book did not disappoint me. It was definitely just as good as the previous books in the series. I love the narrator, and I love how the books flow from one to the next. I’m thrilled to see Verity’s father is back in her life and curious as to what the next book will be like and if he will be included in her shenanigans. Hopefully, the next book comes out on Audible soon! I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom at my request.

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  • grammatoni
  • 26-10-20

The Grave Truth

Verity is settling into a relationship with the police detective, Jeff. Then her long lost father appears demanding the momento her mother left him. Verity is not happy about his reappearance and when her aunt finds out a volcano had nothing on her attitude. Now Verity unwittingly becomes embroiled in a 20 year old mystery and murder. She must use all her wits to gather clues and survive not only physically but also emotionally. Peters Burchard is a fantastic narrator who brings Verity to life!! Fantastic audio and story.

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  • Beatrice
  • 21-08-20

4 and a half stars

The Grave Truth is action packed with several twists and turns and interesting mystery. The characters are engaging and has just enough humor without making the story silly. I took away half a star because it was frustrating for me when characters evaded answering a question directly. The mystery involves both the past and the present and gives information about Verity's parents. This is an entertaining book and was well written. I look forward to the next book. This book was given to me for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Lisarami
  • 20-08-20

Great story

I didn't expect Verity's father to show up. All in all I really enjoyed this story and the characters. The author did a really great job keeping me interested in the book and the narrator brought the book to life for me. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 12-08-20

A TRULY ENJOYABLE READ

I DISCOVERED THIS SERIES LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AGO, I AM SAD TO SAY I AM NOW CAUGHT UP. EACH BOOK REVEALED A BIT MORE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS AND ADDED A NEW MYSTERY. I FOUND MYSELF LAUGHING OUT LOUD, AT TIMES, PUZZLING THROUGH CLUES, AT OTHERS, FEELING A TOUCH OF SADNESS OR ANXIETY WITH VERITY. I DO HOPE BOOK 7 IS ON ITS WAY.

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  • lynda
  • 10-08-20

A Great Listen

Verity is patiently waiting for spring and just enjoying her life, when her deadbeat father walks back into her life. Her father stirs up all kinds of memories and feelings that Verity thought were long gone and a whole bunch of questions about her mother. Verity has a 20 year old missing person mystery to solve that seems to rotate around her mother and she attracts the wrong type of attention. A very enjoyable series, the characters are unique adding to the suspense filled plot in this action filled, humourous tale. I will be checking out more books in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 07-08-20

Twists and turns!

Well-written. held my attention throughout. Petrea Burchard did a great job narrating and bringing the characters to life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.