Relatively Dead [NOOK Book]

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The New York Times bestseller from author Sheila Connolly!

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath?because the family has been dead for nearly a ...
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Overview

The New York Times bestseller from author Sheila Connolly!

Abby Kimball has just moved to New England with her boyfriend and is trying to settle in, but the experience is proving to be quite unsettling, to say the least. While on a tour of local historic homes, Abby witnesses a family scene that leaves her gasping for breath—because the family has been dead for nearly a century. Another haunting episode follows, and another, until it seems to Abby that everything she touches is drawing her in, calling to her from the past.

Abby would doubt her sanity if it weren’t for Ned Newhall, the kind and knowledgeable guide on that disturbing house tour. Rather than telling her she’s hallucinating, Ned takes an interest in Abby’s strange encounters and encourages her to figure out what’s going on, starting with investigating the story of the family she saw . . . and exploring her own past.

But as Abby begins to piece together a history that’s as moving as it is shocking and unravels a long-ago mystery that nearly tore her family apart, she also begins to suspect that Ned’s got secrets of his own, and that his interest may be driven as much by a taste for romance as a love for history.


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Editorial Reviews

Simply Bookish - Susanna Bloom
"This book kept me hooked until the very end, and even then I wanted more of it. The storyline . . . is original and fun."
Night Owl Reviews - Diana Coyle
"I really enjoyed this little paranormal mystery and loved the storyline. Ms. Connolly created interesting characters that I wanted to learn more about."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016703008
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,419
  • File size: 321 KB

Meet the Author

Sheila Connolly began writing mysteries in 2001, and has since been nominated for an Agatha Award twice. Her most recent book is the nationally bestselling Buried in a Bog, the first book in the County Cork Mystery Series. Sheila is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Sour Apples (Orchard Mystery Series) and Fire Engine Dead (Museum Mystery Series). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

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    This was an incredibly clever little mystery set in the Lexingto

    This was an incredibly clever little mystery set in the Lexington / Concord area of Massachusetts. If you aren’t familiar with this little corner of New England, you really can’t spit without hitting something of historical import.  Sheila Connolly cleverly integrates small history lessons, descriptive passages of the area surrounding Boston, and a genealogical search into the story, providing readers with an array of references and visualization options. 




    Abby is a recent transplant to this area of New England with her boyfriend, Brad, and rather at loose ends without a job, or familiarity with her location.  After tiring of Brad’s incessant badgering, she decided to venture out on one of the many historic house tours to pass her afternoon. Her last stop resulted in a curious phenomenon; she was seeing highly charged emotional events that took place nearly 100 years earlier. When she looks for a way to solve this mysterious chain of events, Ned, the witness to her first ‘episode’ becomes advisor and tour guide, and soon trusted friend, providing her with ideas, suggestions and a sounding board for her concerns. 




    I liked Abby, although I was surprised at her lack of response, at least verbal, to Brad’s behavior.  When she started to develop her own interests, and was hired at the museum, her self-esteem got a healthy boost, and she was able to see him for what he was, and walk away. I enjoyed the interplay with Ned, bordering on the flirtatious, and his openness to the paranormal experiences despite his need for some sort of proof.  




    The story unfolded in a logical way, taking time to outline the steps Abby took in her research, and the reader is able to unfold the clues as Abby does, giving a true sense of traveling the path with her.  While the ending did seem to arrive quickly and leave some unanswered questions, fans of history and mystery will truly enjoy this story: and it provides a nice insight into the area and historical treasures to be found there. 




    I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.* I liked th

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.*

    I liked this book - didn't love it, but it was enjoyable. There was some mystery and some history, some ghosts and some romance. Not particularly suspenseful or scary, more of a cozy mystery with some romance and benevolent spirits thrown in. The ending was...imperfect. But it was good to see Abby, the protagonist, grow into herself as the story progressed and she began to understand what was happening to her in her new surroundings. Overall I'd recommend it as a light, cozy read.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Relatively Disappointed

    First time with this author, was really enjoying the story line while there was the mystery of Abby's episodes. Toward the end of the book when Ned revealed his secret the story fell apart for me. I was so disappointed in the ending of what started out to be a good read.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Easy read. Good story. I enjoyed it.

    Easy read. Good story. I enjoyed it.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Great reading!

    This book left me wanting more. It was interesting and moved along at a fascinating pace. The characters were well developed. I found it hard to put down. This story is perfect for the family historian who searches for a connections with the past that goes beyond the bare facts. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. Some readers may be put off by the apparently psychic tone. I was not one of those readers.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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    Not sure if this new book, by Sheila Connolly, will turn into a

    Not sure if this new book, by Sheila Connolly, will turn into a new series or not, but I certainly hope it does. I have enjoyed each series written by Ms. Connolly, and although this was a slight departure from her usual books I loved this one. Set near Boston, it offered the readers new settings and new history in every chapter. I loved the way Ms. Connolly took us through history, without ever leaving the here and now. Abby and the other character were definitely believable, and for the most part likable, (there always has to be one that no one likes) I hope we get to join them again soon, and take another walk in their shoes, through our countries history.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Good read, a few twists, but weak ending

    This is my first read of this author and it was a very easy read, a fair plot and interesting subject. A little predictable at times, but still worth reading. The ending was disappointing to me, I got to the end and thought, that's it?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Overall, a nice light "escape" novel. While the seed

    Overall, a nice light "escape" novel. While the seed of the plot is planted immediately, drawing your interest, there are times the storyline gets bogged down with the mundane steps of genealogical research. The main character, Abby, develops as a character & a woman (thankfully!). The author does a very nice job explaining in understandable terms what Abby & Ned experience...don't want to say too much!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange

    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I thought the character of Abby started off weak but later on found her backbone and I enjoyed her more, I also liked the character of Ned. I also liked how the author weaved Massachusetts history into the plot. I thought the book dragged toward the beginning but began to pick up towards the middle and I started enjoying it more. I liked it overall, but not as well as her other books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Could have been good

    This book started off good, it was easy to read and interesting. Until the end, then I felt like I wasted all that time reading the book for nothing. The author could have put together a good ending for this book and instead it was like she gave up writing all of a sudden. Don't read unless you want to be mad when you finish the book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Loved it.

    A sweet story, and a decent genealogical mystery. It was just what the doctor ordered when I was having a bad day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Great geneolgymystery

    Not a .murder mystery. A geneology mystery. Some editing errors. Author left some geneolgy questions unanswered. Another story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    The auther is dead

    The auther is dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!"""

    2 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Loved this book

    Great for history or geneology fans. Well written and you could really like Abby, the main character. I wish the author had fleshed out Ned's character a little better, but you did get to see that he was a good guy and good friend, at least. There were two different incidents in reciting geneology where the author needs to edit better- it was very confusing until I figured out that she had switched the names of two characters from different generations with each other. Easy to do, I suppose, when you have two predescessors named Samuel, but with two different last names. Still, she also switched Ruth and her daughter for each other, and they didn't share a name. I'm surprised no one else caught this. The story was fascinating enough that this was just a confusing annoyance, as I loved the history and the storyline. Unlike another reviewer stated, I thought the author made it perfectly clear why these things kept happening to Abby, and I found her reasoning made a strange sort of sense. I can think of many times that I have walked into an old place or building and felt there was an energy there or something, like there were things beyond what my eyes could see. Great storyline, fascinating, and intriguing. For me it didn't drag at all, as there were many things to ponder and figure out along the way. Not the book for anyone with a short attention span, though. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

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    If you enjoy a little genealogy with a pinch of paranormal,this book is for you. Hope this is the start of a new series. : )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    Abby Kimball moved to New England with her boyfriend when he acc

    Abby Kimball moved to New England with her boyfriend when he accepted a new job. He made a good salary which gave her some time to settle in and decide whether to return to teaching or take some of her other experience and try something new. Boyfriend Brad spent a lot of time working or hanging out with his other coworkers that left Abby with a lot of alone time on her hands.

    Abby decides to take a tour of historic homes in the area where she meets Ned. He was the docent for the last home on the tour. He also was a witness to a very strange experience she had in the house. As she entered one of the rooms she saw a family scene but it wasn’t a recreation using actors it was a haunting vision of a family who had lived in the house nearly a century ago. Having never had anything like that happen before she was positive something was very wrong with her. Thankfully Ned was helpful and encouraging and open to what she described to him. He even offered to help her investigate the vision and why she was seeing it in the first place. Abby leery at first eventually decides to spend her free time exploring and she finds out these visions may be connected to her own past.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    If you are familiar with Sheila Connolly or her books at all you know history is a major theme that runs trough her stories and that she is very interested in genealogy. That is what first drew me to this story but she is also a fantastic storyteller and that is what kept me reading.

    I struggled a bit with Abby and Brad’s relationship at first but things started to click into place there for me rather quickly. As an avid mystery reader I kept waiting for Ned to show his ulterior motives and be the bad guy. Ned does have secrets but in a whole different direction than I originally thought.

    What I really enjoyed was the process Abby followed to dig in to the local history and the visions she continued to have and the emotions she felt. People are investigating into exploring their family trees and history right now. With so much information being made available on the internet and the several websites created to help people connect the story is very current. Granted not everyone has visions like Abby but it is not beyond the realm of possibility. I have decided to keep an open mind on anything of that nature. My parents have both passed away and while I have never “seen” them or any of my other relatives there are times I just “feel” their presence. I think it would be cool to have way to really connect with them and learn more of my family history to pass on to my kids.

    I thought this was a very original story tying a little paranormal activity into a different type of mystery with a bit of romance thrown in too. Connolly’s writing is very descriptive and I love it.

    It was a nice, light, easy read and a perfect book for me to curl up with on a dark rainy evening.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    When Abby Kimball moves to New England with her shallow and dist

    When Abby Kimball moves to New England with her shallow and distant boyfriend, she begins experiencing strange “hallucinations” that consume her and expose the many flaws in their relationship. She begins to doubt her sanity and, as the story continues, discovers that through the visions she is witnessing events and people from hundreds of years ago. Her relatives, in fact. (Relatively Dead. Get it?) Along the way, she dumps her douche-bag boyfriend, finds her “soul mate”, and gets a job. And that’s about it.

    I had such high hopes for this book. It showcased plenty of my all-time favorite storylines: New England, the supernatural, and museums, however, it fell short on so many different levels. The plot was slow and the ending anticlimactic. Readers are privy to Abby’s every little thought, no matter how mundane or insignificant. Even worse, Abby never develops or grows in any significant way. At the beginning of the book, she is weak and needy and at the end of the book, she is still weak and needy, trading one guy for another. The one shining aspect of this book was Connolly's weaving of Massachusetts history throughout the storytelling. It was a delight to imagine the battles and events taking place on contemporary soil and Connolly appeared to be in her element during these expositions. 

    My biggest complaint, however, is the fact that you never find out why she was seeing these visions. Were her ancestors trying to send her a message? If so, what was the message? Does she have some kind of magical powers? Why did these visions begin after she moved? I might have ignored the other issues if the conclusion had been satisfying and surprising. Great idea. Big letdown.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Horrible ending

    A simple story, predictable yet enjoyable until the last page. It was as if the author didnt know how to end it so she just stopped writting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Different

    Good , ended good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    RELATIVELY DEAD

    PERDICTABLE

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