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Posted March 12, 2011
Posted January 29, 2013
MEMORIES OF MURDER by Lara Nance
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job. As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients. Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself
REVIEW: Maeve is a natural witch descended from a long line of Celtic witches whose powers come naturally. But Maeve suffers with a secret and has disavowed her heritage and bound her powers fearing a loss of control. Hoping to escape her past Maeve arrives in the small town of Rolling Gap as the new nurse practitioner only to discover that life in this particular small town has been affected by its own past.
Former Green Beret Paul Sutton is Rolling Gap’s new sheriff and very much interested in Maeve. But Paul’s father is suffering with severe memory loss and Alzheimer’s symptoms and the disease appears to be affecting an otherwise healthy man without any previous signs-the only thing connecting these patients is an abandoned graveyard hidden behind the ruins of an old asylum and a ‘crazy woman’ believed to be a witch. As Paul and Maeve begin to investigate an unexplained death, the mystery illness affecting his father, and the strange happenings in and around Golden Acres Retirement Home both will be pulled together in a storm or passion and an evil so dark that the dead refuse to rest. Very powerful forces were at work.
MEMORIES OF MURDER is a well-written mystery/suspense storyline with a paranormal twist. Lara introduces a cast of interesting secondary characters including the ‘Gems’-Maeve’s eccentric and equally powerful witches as well as a family penchant for a glass or two of wine! The relationship between Maeve and Paul hits a few rocky spots and it seems that Paul needs to apologize a time or two when he refuses to acknowledge his feelings or his anger. If you like a murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Memories of Murder will keep you on the edge of your proverbial seat. A great read by author Lara Nance.
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Posted September 30, 2011
Maeve has bound her powers. She never thought she'd be able hurt anyone, never imagining her powers would be strong enough to kill. After months of healing from the attack and the ordeal with mother, Opal, at their Savannah home, along the Gems, Aunt Ruby and Aunt Pearl, she's ready to face life on her own. But, her life is going to take a new direction. She accepts a position as nurse practitioner at a retirement community in the small town of Rolling Gap. And, already, things aren't looking up. On her first day, she witnesses a suicide. She came for quiet and finds turmoil. Golden Acres, as it is fondling called by the townies, has a sordid past that comes back to haunt this newbie to community. A one-time asylum resided on the grounds, as well as a cemetery where the remains rest of those who died while locked away in the cruel asylum with it's sadistic doctor. Paul Sutton, now sheriff of Rolling Gap, takes over for his father when he suffers from early onset of Alzheimer's. His dementia and decline happen rapidly, and George Sutton becomes a resident of Golden Acres. Paul discovers a case his father was working with Nellie Dunbar, Rolling Gap's local crazy. Her great-grandmother was one of those lost to the cruelties of the asylum but she convinces George to investigate the old asylum, and Paul takes over. But, Maeve becomes involved in the case when things don't add up, and Paul finds himself draw to the nurse practitioner. Can he accept Maeve with her witchy abilities? Can Maeve accept Paul's attention after her attack and near rape? Memories of Murder by Lara Nance is a paranormal romance / romantic suspense centered around a century old asylum. Though most of the asylum is gone, the main building still houses the dementia unit of Golden Acres, and the cemetery remains hidden on the grounds somewhere. After Maeve experiences strange occurrences, she decides to investigate the asylum, if for nothing else than to bring peace to Nellie. She encourages Paul, and after a couple of supernatural accidents, he's convinced he needs to follow through with the investigation too. He soon discovers Maeve's secret she's hiding. All this time, Maeve's family (Opal, Ruby, and Pearl) take up residence in Rolling Gap after some ominous premonitions and Pearl's odd vision of events yet to come. They've come to help, offering protection for Maeve and Paul as well as their abilities to excise the evil surrounding Golden Acres. Memories of Murder is an exciting paranormal romantic suspense with a heroine, Maeve, who isn't sure of herself anymore, not since killing her attacker. Could she accidentally lose control, could she kill again? Instead of finding out, she binds her magic away, right at the time she might need it the most. Paul, the hero of our story, finds himself trapped in the small town where he grew up. He thought his life belonged to military, instead, he's the new sheriff of his hometown. Neither character has ended up where they thought their lives would be. But, together, each comes to realize that they're just where their supposed to be, where they're needed the most, where they want to be. Memories of Murder was a quick little read, turning pages filled with magic and suspense. Celtic magic mixes with a sickness long existing from the old asylum. A long forgotten heritage begging for release, loves lost and found, and a mystery to be solved. An excellent read to warm chilly nights. Pararomance/magic/suspense lovers recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2011
Here's what Romantic Times had to say about Memories of Murder in their October 2011 issue:
"Nance has done a fantastic job of creating a story with chills, thrills, suspense, fantasy and a dash of romance that will keep readers glued to every single word. A new definitely cool voice has entered the mystery genre."
Posted April 26, 2011
Posted April 17, 2011
Maeve McKenna is a nurse practitioner looking to escape a recent traumatic event by accepting a job at a retirement community clinic in a new town. Her first day on the job brings her face to face with a suspicious patient suicide and the intriguing, good-looking sheriff.
Paul Sutton is a green beret who's moved back home to take over his father's job as sheriff of the small town where the retirement community is located.
While investigating the suicide, Maeve and Paul start to notice other suspicious occurrences around the retirement community, which is located where an old insane asylum used to sit. Together with Meave's mother and aunts - referred to as the "Gems" - Paul and Maeve must figure out what evil is harming the members of the dementia ward at the retirement community before the evil targets them.
Due to the traumatic event in her past, Maeve has bound her witch powers, and struggles with whether or not to embrace her heritage to fight the evil. Being a former Green Beret, Paul much prefers fighting what he can see and touch, but the evil they face forces him to accept that this is one battle Maeve may be better prepared to fight.
Posted April 17, 2011
From page one, I was drawn in. Ms. Nance weaves an intriguing story. I am really impressed with her writing style. I am passing this one along to all my friends who enjoy a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2011
What a great read. The characters are enjoyable and likable. The plot is intricate with many levels of intrigue and the subject matter was stimulating. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable reading experiences that I have had for quite a few years. I can honestly recommend this novel and author to anyone one that enjoys a good mystery with a lot of twists and turns that tantalized you to the very last line. I look forward to reading more novels by this author. I would even enjoy a sequel to this novel since I hate to say good bye to these characters and would like to by entertained more by them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2011
I could NOT put the book down, read it in one day!!! I LOVED IT!!! Can't wait until your next one is published. I am lending it to my friend who loves to read. IT ROCKED!!! Thank you for an amazing story!! I love suspense of all kinds, I have read Paterson, Grafton, Evonovich, Cornwell, and others and Lara Nance writes with the best of them. Her first book and it knocks it into the league of those I mentioned. I know her personally and I can tell you she is amazing as a nurse practitioner for the seniors she works with daily. However her writing is great as well and hope to read more of her novels. Congratulations Lara!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.