The Memory Bell
by Kat Flannery
September 1-30, 2021 Tour
Gifted the memory bell, a family heirloom, from her grandfather's will, Grace's excitement is soon squashed when the bell gets broken right after she receives it. While gluing the pieces back in place, she discovers three are still missing.
Determined to find them, she is halted when the new detective, Bennet James, investigates her family. Grace is intent on showing the detective her family isn't capable of murder, but as the investigation deepens, and pieces of the bell show up with ominous notes, Grace soon realizes the Penners are not what they seem. Amidst the tightly knit family; dark secrets, deception, and possibly even murder unfold.
Will Grace be able to save the family she loves more than anything without losing herself forever?
Praise for The Memory Bell:
"A naïve small-town girl and a disillusioned big-city cop, drawn together by an unsolved crime that is itself only the tip of the iceberg, The Memory Bell serves up the perfect steamy summer read."
–Jenny Jaeckel, author of House of Rougeaux
"The story moves beyond a small town whodunit to probe the underlying bonds of history that connect a family."
-Midwest Book Review
"Wonderful, engaging, and fast-paced! Flannery knows what she's doing!"
-Jonas Saul, author of the Sarah Roberts series
This novel got off to a slow start for me. At first, the concept of the memory bell and Grace's attitude towards it seemed really strange as a part of a murder mystery. By the end, however, I came to see its symbolic representation of aspects of the plot. I never did get to the point of liking Grace though. She was just too naïve and such a strong enabler. That she deliberately remained ignorant of Andy's condition and would not confront him, did not sit well with me.
This novel is as much about family secrets as it is a murder. The discovery of a body is the catalyst that sets off the revelation of family secrets. My goodness, this family had a ton of secrets. Those secrets were the main aspect of the book's plot. Solving the mystery was almost an after thought, it seemed, after most the family drama is resolved.
This is a novel for readers who like an emphasis on family relationships and secrets from the past coming to light.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Published by: Black Rose Writing
Publication Date: July 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 1684337089 (ISBN-13:978-1684337088)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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