Written by: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Published by: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Page Count: 355
Where to buy: Amazon (kindle) and other fine eBook retailers
Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families.
Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back.
But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play.
Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of the eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. ***
***This book is the first of a series. The second book, All Things Slip Away, where Abigail and Frank’s sleuthing adventures continue is also for sale on Amazon.
Greetings to ill and sun-dried,,
Today I will be telling you about Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s murder mystery novel, Scraps of Paper. Enjoy!
Signed in human blood,
Sean Lee Levin
Speaking as someone who enjoys mystery novels, I very much enjoyed reading this novel and following the clues along with the protagonist, Abigail Sutton. As the novel continues, the stakes continue to grow higher for Abigail as she investigates the disappearance thirty years before of the previous tenants of the house she has moved into. Griffith does an excellent job of keeping up the suspense all throughout the novel, and I for one found it much more interesting than many of the detective shows on network television these days.
This novel was originally released in 2003 (though internal references place the story itself in 2000), and has only now been re-released by Griffith as an eBook. I am pleased to say that the novel has aged very well, and is totally absent of the jarring differences in language and story structure one sometimes finds in books that are at least a decade old. Indeed, Griffith’s choice of words is simple and direct without being one-dimensional, and she certainly does not skimp on describing characters and settings.
This novel is a most enjoyable read. It is suspenseful, richly detailed, timeless, and keeps you guessing until the very end. I look forward to reading more of Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s work in the future, particularly further entries in this series, including the already-published second novel, All Things Slip Away. This novel earns an enthusiastic five tentacles from this reviewer!
Sean Levin – Assistant Editor/Reviewer/Reporter