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Friday, August 23, 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Letter by Marianne Spitzer

Title: The Letter (Kellie Conley Mysteries)
Author: Marianne Spitzer
Publication: October 2012
Source: Author/Publisher
Genre: Suspense, Mystery
Audience: 17+

Synopsis: Kellie, a young college grad laid off from her first teaching job and besieged by creditors, receives a letter requesting her appearance at the reading of Frederick Malone’s will. What could she have in common with the town’s richest man? Curiosity draws her to the will reading where she learns she has inherited a vast sum. The conditions of her inheritance require she change her name and reside in the Malone mansion. Long considered haunted by the residents of Malone Springs, Kellie, her fiancé and four friends move in ignoring the rumors. Strange and frightening events begin to plague Kellie before she moves and grow more frightening once she and her friends settle in. Adopted at birth, her adoptive parents killed in an auto accident leave Kellie to investigate her ancestors on her own. What she discovers leads her into more danger and mystery as she learns the true nature of her biological grandfather. Could his evil deeds hurt her from beyond the grave? Who’s responsible for the strange occurrences? What happened to her biological parents? As one solved mystery leads Kellie into another, she and her friends try to solve them all before tragedy strikes.

This book also contains the supernatural/mystery short story "MEGAN'S FEAR."

My Thoughts:  The letter is a fast paced suspenseful read. From the moment I began reading story I was unable to put it down. It was clear from the beginning that big things were in store for Kellie. She is faced with a decision that will change her life forever; in more ways than the obvious. I felt connected to the characters immediately. I kept wanting to yell at Kellie to do what I felt was she should and many of her choices were ones that I would have made and felt others would have done the same given her situation. The twists keep me on the edge of my seat and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Author Bio:
I was born in Milwaukee, and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I have been writing short stories since I was in grade school. Most were in the form of essays relating real life events. Many were purely imaginary trips to magical places and times. I enjoy making up stories about people I meet or see on the street. I can see a story in a picture, especially if the picture is eerie. My imagination runs wild and free. I have self-published a book of essays and a book of children's stories for my granddaughter, Brittney. Gypsy Spirits is my debut novel and the first in the series of three "spirit" books. I have self-published the second "spirit" book, Annamarie and Magdalena. I also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER. I plan to have the sequel to THE LETTER out this year and the third "spirit" book available winter 2013/14. From there I am sure my muse will guide me into another story plot.

Giveaway: This giveaway if for an ebook copy of The Letter by Marianne Spitzer and is open internationally. This giveaway is sponsored by the Author and/or Celestial Book Promotions. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. 
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  1. Thanks for sharing your review. Sounds like an interesting book.

  2. The summary makes it sound like the book would be full of suspense, so good to hear it is.

  3. Your review has got me intrigued, and so does the synopsis. I love it when I can connect with the characters, and I also like suspenseful story-lines. :)