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Skeletons In the Attic By Judy Penz Sheluk: Review/Giveaway

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

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Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an e-book copy of Skeletons In the Attic, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Calamity ‘Callie’ Barnstable has quite the dilemma. After her father fell off a thirty-story construction site due to a faulty safety harness in what has been described as “an unfortunate occupational accident,” she has inherited his entire estate including a house of which she has no memory. The dilemma is the codicil which explains Callie must live in the house for one year. Money has been set aside for the needed renovations and her living expenses, and after the conclusion of one year, she can do with the property what she wants: rent, sell or remain. The shocking part of the dilemma is the reason her father made this stipulation: find out who murdered her mother.

bookMurdered? Callie was led to believe she abandoned her and her father. However, her father’s interest in what had happened to his wife had been reignited by the last renter, psychic extraordinaire Misty Rivers, stating the house was haunted. Haunted by a former resident who loved lilacs. Lilacs, the only thing that would grow on the property–lilacs originally planted by her mother, Abigail. Her father surmised his wife must have been murdered and had intended to investigate himself, but his untimely death stopped that.

It is now up to Calamity to uncover the truth. She heads off to her new living residence and her new goal in life…find out what happened, if anything, to her mother.

Callie finds several clues, meets interesting people and discovers lots of proverbial ‘skeletons,’ but real conclusions about her mother’s disappearance do not come easily. She uncovers family photos and an envelope with a curious set of tarot cards and piece of jewelry, opens her father’s safety deposit box with its own revelation. Continuing his investigation, she finds newspaper clippings and photographs posing new questions and pointing to suspicious characters. What does it all mean? She is told that friends could become enemies and enemies, friends. Who does she trust? What can she believe?

I am thrilled to have joined in on this reading adventure penned by Judy Penz Sheluk. She provided wonderful characters who act and react in real ways, wrote well the conversations and descriptions to keep me turning the page, and had me guessing about who, what, and why.

The cliffhanger style end might be a concern, but what happens next will be great for a second book. The ‘right’ turn into tarot cards had me googling and getting off the shelf my own set of cards and instruction book. I see lots of wonderful books in the future…

This mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk earns 5/5 Trunks of Hidden Memories!

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To enter to win an e-book copy of Skeletons In the Attic, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “skeletons,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 3, 2016. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying year 2 of retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband of 26+ years.

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1 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 27, 2016 at 8:47am

Thanks for such a great review, Kathleen, and thanks to Lori for posting this on KRL! Good luck to all on the giveaway.

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2 Kathleen CostaNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 10:37am

Thank you , Judy….I really enjoyed reading your book and look forward to a second installment…

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3 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 28, 2016 at 2:39pm

I’m working on it!

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4 Bertha HammondNo Gravatar August 27, 2016 at 11:13am

Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a great story.
bah195@yahoo.com

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5 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:09am

Good luck, Bertha.

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6 Marilyn WatsonNo Gravatar
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
August 27, 2016 at 9:35pm

I love tarot cards and all the background it sounds like the book has…please enter me.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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7 Kathleen CostaNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 10:39am

It was fascinating and a catalyst for me to explore more. You will enjoy the rest of the story, too.

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8 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 28, 2016 at 2:39pm

Good luck, Marilyn.

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9 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:09am

There are tarot cards in the book, Marilyn. The five cards depicted on the cover are especially meaningful.

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10 Valerie HoynackiNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 8:21am

Wooooooo -sounds spooky and interesting!

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11 Kathleen CostaNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 10:42am

The book is also an amateur detective drama, as Callie explores all the clues on her mother’s disappearance. But, there’s a hint of romance, friendship, and quirky people. You’ll love it.

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12 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 28, 2016 at 2:39pm

Thanks Valerie, good luck!

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13 Celia FowlerNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 10:45am

Great review Kathleen! This book sounds really good, and I would love to have the chance to read it!

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14 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:10am

Thanks Celia! I agree, Kathleen wrote an amazing review :-)

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15 Nicole GNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 10:54am

This is on my TBR list! Can’t wait to read it!

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16 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:11am

thank you for adding it to your TBR list!

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17 Becky RichardsonNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 1:21pm

I love the cover. Really makes me want to read this.
brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

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18 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:11am

Thanks Becky. The cover was designed by Ryan Thomas Doan. He did an amazing job.

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19 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 28, 2016 at 2:40pm

Thanks Celia and good luck!

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20 Dianne CaseyNo Gravatar August 28, 2016 at 6:53pm

Love the title of this book and really want to read “Skeletons in the Attic”. Really like the storyline and what will be found in the inherited house.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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21 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:12am

Thanks Dianne. The title is culled directly from an event in the book!

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22 Caryn St.ClairNo Gravatar August 29, 2016 at 4:27am

Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like an interesting way to spend a few hours! stclairck@gmail.com

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23 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:12am

Thanks Caryn…good luck!

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24 Doward WilsonNo Gravatar August 29, 2016 at 10:26am

Sounds like an exciting new series. Thanks for the giveaway.

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25 Linda MayNo Gravatar August 30, 2016 at 6:19am

This book sounds like a good Halloween read, Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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26 Judy Penz ShelukNo Gravatar
Twitter: @JudyPenzSheluk
August 30, 2016 at 11:13am

Thanks Linda for reading about it!

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27 Wanda DownsNo Gravatar August 31, 2016 at 7:15pm

Sounds real interesting i hope i win

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28 Kelley MorrowNo Gravatar September 1, 2016 at 4:28am

Thank you for the chance and the reviews. This story sounds really good especially with cooler temps hopefully on the way!

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29 Kelley MorrowNo Gravatar September 1, 2016 at 4:29am

Oops, my email is craig-kelley70@att.net

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30 Jill BroussardNo Gravatar September 1, 2016 at 6:24am

Thankyou for this great review! I have to read this book. This is my first time seeing it. So glad I did. Thankyou for the opportunity!

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31 Donamae KutskaNo Gravatar
Twitter: @donamaekutska
September 1, 2016 at 2:50pm

Thanks sounds great!

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32 Sheryl BoothNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Boothtalks
September 2, 2016 at 4:53am

Skeletons sounds like my kind of book! I just happened upon your book via my FB feed. Yay!!!

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33 LorieNo Gravatar
Twitter: @mysteryrat
September 3, 2016 at 7:58am

We have a winner!

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34 Linda HeroldNo Gravatar
Twitter: @1957
September 4, 2016 at 7:53am

This is another new author to me! Thanks for the review, Kathleen! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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