A Stone’s Throw by Debbie De Louise

A Stone Throw by Debbie De Louise

A Stone Throw

A Stone’s Throw

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After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past…

Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…

When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John.

As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?

About the Author

Debbie De LouiseDebbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She was awarded the Lawrence C. Lobaugh Memorial Award in Journalism from Long Island University/C.W. Post where she earned a B.A. in English and a M.L.S. in Library Science. Her romantic suspense novel, “Cloudy Rainbow,” received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest self-published awards. Her most recent book published by Limitless Publishing, A Stone’s Throw (November 2015), features both mystery and romance. A sequel has been submitted for possible publication Summer, 2016. A member of the Cat Writer’s Association, she has also published articles in Cats Magazine, Catnip (Tufts University Veterinary Newsletter), and Catster. Her short mystery, “Stitches in Time,” was published in the Cat Crimes Through Time Anthology. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats and is also working on a new romantic suspense novel.
Twitter:  @deblibrarian

Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback

Librarian Alicia Fairmont’s husband has died in a hit and run accident. In an effort to cope with Peter’s death, Alicia visits his boyhood town of Cobble Cove. Peter Fairmont never spoke about his mother and sister and made it clear to Alicia that he didn’t want anything to do with them. Alicia has no relations of her own, which drives her to seek out Peter’s family.

Cobble Cove is your quintessential small town, with its picturesque setting and quirky characters. Alicia’s reception is lukewarm until she meets handsome John McKinney. He gives her the grand tour and together they search for Peter’s family who no longer live in the town. The search is interrupted when Alicia is called home to deal with another tragedy and John accompanies her.

As Alicia and John’s attraction grow, so do the obstacles in their relationship. More details of what happened to Alicia’s husband are uncovered. Evidence points to John’s involvement. The mysterious disappearance of a Cobble Cove resident further complicates matters.

The main characters, as well as some of the ancillary ones, are likeable, and the few ornery ones are described to perfection. The tension level and romance are just right for a cozy mystery/romance. In addition to murder, the author skillfully weaves a story of love, betrayal, and redemption. One of my favorite genres, I found A STONE’S THROW an enjoyable and satisfying read and highly recommend it.

I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review.

 

Format: Kindle Edition

We meet Alicia at a turning point in her life, having just lost her husband to a hit-and-run driver. But was it an accident? That is just the first question raised, and a host of additional puzzles increase Alicia’s suspicions when she tries to learn more about her dead husband’s family. He never spoke of them, and discouraged Alicia from any interest in his family. Since she’s at loose ends, and trying to decide how to move forward without him, she decides to satisfy her curiosity and visits Cobble Cove to track down his roots.

Of course, she discovers more than she bargained for in this quaint town, filled with delightfully described characters. She’s offered a job on the spot–is it providence, or a way to keep her closely monitored? A handsome widower shows flattering interest in Alicia–dare she return his attention? Cryptic messages are left warning her to leave–from a senile crackpot or someone who knows too much? And if so, what do they know?

When someone sets fire to her house, and a hidden diary reveal a somewhat sordid underbelly to this idyllic town–that also reveals her own husband’s betrayal–Alicia must decide who to trust. Danger may be only a stone’s throw away…

Highly recommended for those who enjoy small town puzzle mysteries with a dash of romance. I was provided an E-copy of the book for my honest review.

5.0 out of 5 starsA great read–only a stone’s throw away!

By Amy Shojai, CABC on February 3, 2016

 

Format: Kindle Edition

A touch of intrigue, romance and murder, plus a mix of interesting characters in the quaint little upstate New York town of Cobble Cove and on Long Island, make this book a page-turner and a great read.
D & D

 

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

As a librarian myself, I love the setting of this book and all the authentic library details. As I read it, I really got involved with the characters and wanted to know what would happen next. This book had a nice pace and I read it whenever I had a spare moment because I wanted to know what would happen. I think mystery will enjoy it.

 

Format: Kindle Edition

Debbie De Louise wrote an interesting initial novel in “A Stone’s Throw.” The storyline was catchy and definitely kept the reader guessing throughout how it would progress and end. Just as it seemed the reader had figured some things out, a twist would then be thrown in changing the perspective of the main and mini plots throughout the novel.

The author had several very strong characters who often added to the mysterious happenings in Cobble Cove. Her character description came more from the characters behaviors and actions than via in depth descriptions.

 

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