Once She Knew [NOOK Book]

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From New York Times bestselling mystery author Sheila Connolly comes a brand-new book that blends her skillful mystery talents with a touch of romantic suspense. There’s no doubt this book will appeal both to her current mystery audience as well as those readers who love authors like Lisa Gardner or Karen Rose.

Claire Hastings, professor at a prestigious women’s college, has retreated to an isolated cabin in Maine in midwinter to work on the ...
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Once She Knew

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling mystery author Sheila Connolly comes a brand-new book that blends her skillful mystery talents with a touch of romantic suspense. There’s no doubt this book will appeal both to her current mystery audience as well as those readers who love authors like Lisa Gardner or Karen Rose.

Claire Hastings, professor at a prestigious women’s college, has retreated to an isolated cabin in Maine in midwinter to work on the book that will guarantee her tenure, but she’s having trouble finishing it. Then disgraced journalist Jonathan Daulton stumbles into her cabin late one night, soaking wet and bleeding from what seems to be a gunshot wound. She recognizes him from a romantic encounter at a conference years earlier, one she’s been trying desperately to forget. Much to her relief, and embarrassment, he doesn’t appear to remember her.

When Claire learns that Jonathan is suspected of killing an FBI agent, she urges him to turn himself in immediately, but Jonathan has other ideas, all of which involve her. As he points out, if the FBI finds that she has been harboring a fugitive, she can forget about that peace and quiet she wanted. Then he shocks Claire by faking her kidnapping.

Entangled in whatever Jonathan’s mysterious troubles are, Claire finds herself on a frantic odyssey from Maine to New York City, figuring that the only way to clear her name is to clear Jonathan’s. As Jonathan gradually reveals that his real goal is to stop what he believes is a terrorist plan to assassinate the First Lady at a United Nations event, Claire knows she’s in over her head.

* Includes bonus material for Relatively Dead and Monument to the Dead by Sheila Connolly! *
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Editorial Reviews

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“Skillfully executed . . . it’s a pleasure to accompany Nell on her quest. Fundraising the Dead is a promising debut with a winning protagonist.”
—Mystery Scene, on the first book in the Museum Mystery Series
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015163261
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 74,973
  • File size: 348 KB

Meet the Author

Sheila Connolly began writing mysteries in 2001, and has since been nominated for an Agatha Award twice. Her most recent books are the New York Times bestselling SOUR APPLES (Orchard Mystery Series), and MONUMENT TO THE DEAD (Museum Mystery Series). The first book in her new County Cork Mystery series, BURIED IN A BOG, is available now. Sheila lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Exciting and well written. Didn't take me long to finish. will o

    Exciting and well written. Didn't take me long to finish. will order more from this talented author

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

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    Boring, boring. Mindless. No real plot or storyline. This author could have given more drama to what little drama there was. I disliked the character of Jonathan and Claire was just so so. I skipped to the last page from the middle of the book and found that even the end fell flat.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Good book for a rainy day

    This was an ok book , not something I would read again. The storyline is alright, not great. The book starts off super slow just to get to the suspense and leaves you wanting to skip a few pages just to get to the good part of the book , it drags on for almost half of the book. I would only read this if I have nothing else good to read on a rainy day.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Not your modern 3-hour read. Well written with substantial stor

    Not your modern 3-hour read. Well written with substantial story line. I'm hooked on Sheila Connolly books now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Book

    I liked
    Nici read

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    Highly Recommend--A Must Read !!!!!

    When I bought this book it was the best $3.20 I have spent in a long time. This is a great mystery book that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I was hooked from the first to the last page. I think anyone that likes suspense will want to read this one. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Great light reading!

    I really enjoyed this book! Sometimes you just need a "feel good" book!

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    GREAT READ!!

    Could hardly put it down - fast moving. Great Saturday afternoon activity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Inconsistently suspenseful

    Hero not very heroic----pretty much overshadowed by the heroine and the other women in the story. The bomb-in-the-bra was most ingenuous; much of the rest of the plot wasn't very believable. Excellently crafted dialogue. Enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Recommend

    This is a mystery/romance by a new author. I enjoyed reading this book, because it is basically a "who dun it?" with a strong underlying romance. I think Sheila Connolly has done a great job on her first book. The middle portion of the book is a little slow, but a exciting ending makes up for that. One reason I found this book compelling is that the main character is a late twenties/early thirties aged female professor who, partly due to the fact she is a professor and feels that she is "above" the trivial concept of romance, has given up on finding love. This book is a perfect light weekend read, and I plan on reading any books that this author writes.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Just OK - too wordy!

    I would say OK but not enough to recommend it to someone else.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    could not put it down very good

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Suspenseful

    I don't usually read this type of book. But once I started I couldn't put it down and was sorry when it ended. Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Average Mystery

    This is the quick-read mystery that many people may enjoy. I, personally, prefer a mystery that is not so contrived in its plot. When the leading man ends up at the heroine's cabin in the woods by chance and is the same man with whom the heroine had a fling 5 years earlier, I felt it was too contrived.

    The chase to save the Secretary of State from assassination was good but was once again, I felt manipulated into thinking the events could have occurred. In fact, they were set up for the reader.

    I would not read another book by this author. However, there may be many people who like a light-read mystery with not too much depth to it.

    I approve of the manner in which the love relationship was handled since I do not read sexually explicit novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Very good read

    This is the first book I've read by this author & plan to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Repetitive

    A good story which was engaging, however it could have been accomplished in a lot fewer pages if the author had not constantly repeated the plot (boy gets shot and runs, girl helps him out at great risk). I found myself skimming most pages without reading every word.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Couldn't finish

    Needed something mindless to read and this exceeded all of my expectations. I had to quit reading around page 65 and I rarely give up on a book. Flat characters and moved too slowly to keep me interested at all.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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