by Linda Rawlins
Three years have passed since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New Jersey Shore as Megan Stanford returns to her childhood home to find her elderly grandmother and the family Grand Victorian in a state of shocking neglect. As the town threatens to sue to ensure demolition of the guest cottages behind Misty Manor, mystery unfolds in the once quiet town of Misty Point, NJ. A dead body found in the debris, threatening messages, and vandalism, combined with an eerie sixty-year-old photograph, bring the investigation closer to home. Megan continues to dig for the truth and unwittingly begins to unravel a decades-old secret, which threatens her and the future of Misty Manor.
“This is what a true cozy mystery is all about.”
“Linda Rawlins’ ability to bring the story to life is amazing. You actually feel like you may have seen this house on the Jersey shore, you might even know the family. The description of Hospice coming in to care for Rose to some may not be significant, but to those of us who have had Hospice for our loved ones, its very real and well-written.”
“The characters were realistic and their actions were believable. The mystery was fast paced with lots of twists and turns. I don’t know if this is a stand alone book or the beginning of a new series, but, I would love to read about these characters again.”
CIR: What inspired this mystery?
RAWLINS: For years we have traveled to NJ Shore on weekends – always interesting people and stories at the shore as well as great setting for a Murder Mystery.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
RAWLINS: Daily inspiration from living near the ocean.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
RAWLINS: Weaving the mystery together and finding time to write after work!
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
RAWLINS: Megan Stanford – as she deals with childhood issues, a 60-year-old mystery, and her beloved childhood Victorian home.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
RAWLINS: Murder She Wrote.