Watch for the Dead
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From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly, Abby Kimball returns in a new mystery with her unusual ability to see the dead and even more secrets from the past.
Looking to take a break from busy home renovations, Abby and boyfriend Ned Newhall jump at the chance to vacation on Cape Cod. Not only do they plan to get away from the dust and grime, but since Abby has no known ancestors in the area, the trip promises to be free of the unsettling ghostly appearances that have darkened her recent days.
Dreams of a relaxing vacation are soon dashed, however, when a storm blows in and brings with it a scene from the past more disturbing than any Abby has ever experienced. The long-dead woman who appears to Abby is someone she’s met before, but this time her presence defies any explanation at all.
Determined to unravel the mystery of the woman’s recurring appearances, Abby follows a trail of family history and upheaval that spans generations and may yield the biggest revelation of all, not just about Abby’s ancestors but about her living relatives as well.
About the Author:
Sheila Connolly is an Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author who writes four bestselling cozy mystery series: the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, the County Cork Mysteries, and the Relatively Dead Mysteries. In addition, she has published Once She Knew, a romantic suspense; Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany; and a number of short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and travels to Ireland as often as possible.
Watch For The Dead
It was a good read until the end. I turned the page for the rest of the story and there wasn't one. Is there another book after this one that I missed? Disappointing.
Fourth book in series!
Watch for the Dead by Sheila Connolly is the fourth book in the Relatively Dead series. Abby Kimball wakes up to a call at 5:30 a.m. It is Leslie Walker asking if Abby and Ned Newhall (her boyfriend) will watch Ellie (Ned is Ellie’s biological father, but Ellie does not know) for a few days. Her husband, George is having a gall bladder attack and needs to go to the hospital for surgery (had similar attacks before and doctor warned them). They are happy to take care of Ellie especially when they get an opportunity to head to Cape Cod for a few days. When Ellie and Abby enter the house, they feel a presence in it. They discover that the spirit they are feeling (and see during a storm) is Olivia (she is crying during with rain falling around her). Olivia is Abby’s great, great grandmother. Abby wants to know why Olivia is so sad? So Abby starts researching into this branch of the family tree to get more information. Abby contacts her mother and father to invite them to Cape Cod. She is hoping her mother will remember something about Olivia. Abby, though, is in for an unexpected surprise. Read Watch for the Dead to see how Abby, Ned, and Ellie are faring with their gift and what they find out about Olivia.
Watch for the Dead really cannot be read as a stand-alone book (you can try, but you will be a little confused). It is extremely helpful to read the first three books in the series (to understand the characters and everything that is happening in the series). Watch for the Dead is an easy to read (nice flow) and quick read (I do not mean it is a short book). I finished Watch for the Dead in just a couple of hours. I am hoping there will be more growth with the characters (Ned, Abby, and Leslie) in the next book. They have not developed enough over the four novels. I am really tired of Ellie’s mother and her attitude. For the sake of her daughter, she needs to get with the program (Leslie has a bad attitude and she really does not treat Abby and Ned appropriately). I was glad to see more of Ellie in this book. She is so accepting of her gift and a smart young lady. Overall, Watch for the Dead is good book and I look forward to reading more books in the Relatively Dead series. I give Watch for the Dead 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
I received a complimentary copy of Watch for the Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel!