Mark Of The Loon by Molly Greene
Self published in 2012.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Madison Boone is keen to buy a fabulous stone cottage in the country, and she nixes her budding relationship with Coleman Welles to do it. But once the renovation begins, the property's long-buried secret threatens to derail everything. Can her friends help solve the mystery?
Mark of the Loon, the first of the Gen Delacourt mystery series, is the skillful combination of history, mystery, and romance in a novel that explores choices, taking risks, dealing with loss, deep, satisfying, unconditional friendships - and introduces Genevieve Delacourt as an impressive amateur sleuth!
Mark Of The Loon is a novel of female friendship and sisterhood and I thoroughly enjoyed joining its four friends, Madison, Genny, Gabi and Anna for a time. Madison buys a new house so there is lots of interior decor chat as well as a very real sense of strong relationships between the friends. Romantic relationships also have a part to play and I liked the depiction of a burgeoning romance between Madison and a college professor she meets, Cole. It's all sweet and chaste which fits with the novel's cosy vibe.
Our mystery revolves around the house itself and Greene sets up the suspense slowly so Mark Of The Loon could initially just be women's fiction, however subtle disturbances and odd occurrences are dripped in to unsettle the reader. The house is a fascinating setting and I wouldn't mind living there myself! I did find the ultimate unveiling to be far-fetched and overly rushed so, to me, it came across as disappointingly silly, but the episode is so brief that, although I suppose it should be the highlight, I found myself thinking of it merely as an aberration before we returned to the 'real' storyline!
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