Aspen Allegations - A Sutton Massachusetts Mystery

Aspen Allegations - A Sutton Massachusetts Mystery

by Lisa Shea


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Morgan has become settled in her quiet life in Sutton, Massachusetts. Her peaceful morning yoga routine is assisted by her cat, Juliet. In the evening she guides her kayak across the placid surface of Lake Singletary. Everything is in its place.

When Morgan stumbles across a dead body in the shadowy depths of Sutton Woods, her stability is knocked askew. Jason, the ranger who comes to her aid, provides a steady rock of support. The death seems at first an accident, but Morgan knows in her heart that a delicate strut of life has fallen out of balance.

As Morgan and Jason delve into the mystery, still waters are stirred. Danger billows from the depths of Purgatory Chasm, from the twisted histories that stretch back decades. Can they unravel the tangled skeins before the past catches up with them?

All author's proceeds of this series benefit battered women's shelters.

Aspen Allegations is the first novel in the award-winning Sutton Massachusetts Mystery series. It is followed by Birch Blackguards.

All novels in the Sutton Massachusetts Mystery series are written in a boots-on-the-ground, chapter-a-day format. On November 1st, author Lisa Shea went to the Sutton woods, hiked through them, and then that evening she wrote up the actual sights and sounds of that visit. That was Chapter One. The same process held true for each subsequent day and location. By November 30th the book was laid out. Each book captures a moment in time; as a whole the series shows the progression of events, news, and nature over the years.

Lisa has lived in Sutton for nearly two decades and strives to craft stories which transport readers to her beautiful town. She offers a glimpse into Sutton's combination of centuries-old history and a modern, sliced-through-by-a-busy-highway existence. Lisa visits the actual locations mentioned in the story, experiences the atmosphere, and then infuses those rich colors, trilling bird-songs, and pungent fragrances into her story in a richly descriptive manner reminiscent of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Then toss in an ample seasoning of local culinary delights, and this is the world of the Sutton Massachusetts Mystery Series!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985556426
Publisher: Minerva Webworks LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Series: A Sutton Mass. Mystery , #1
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 1,179,705
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Lisa Shea was born in Maryland during the Vietnam War to a father in the Air Force and a mother who worked as a journalist. She grew up in various towns along the eastern seaboard, raised in an environment where writing and researching the past were as natural as spending weekends tromping through old-growth woods looking for stone wall foundations. Her concept of art focused on cemetery stone rubbings and photos of old homesteads.

When Lisa moved to Sutton, Massachusetts in 1995, she finally found her true home. Sutton's rustic charm, dense forests, and bucolic farmland all resonated with her creative spirit. The stories she had been writing since she was young now had a fertile ground in which to flourish.

Lisa's first book set in Sutton, Aspen Allegations, was written in November 2012 in a chapter-a-day style. Each day she explored Sutton and its surrounding areas and then wrote those experiences into the chapter. The mystery-romance earned a gold medal from the 2013 IPPY awards. Her second book, Birch Blackguards, was written in the same chapter-a-day style in August 2013. The third book in the series was written in May 2014.

All author's proceeds from the Sutton Massachusetts Mysteries series benefit local battered women's shelters.

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Aspen Allegations - A Sutton Massachusetts Mystery 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written and well-edited. The only problem was that it ended too soon. I'm going to look for more of this author's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The suspense rarely lessens. Once I started -- had to finish. But you DO find out at the end who actually killed her!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Christian roance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Which, of course, leaves little time left for character and/or plot development in the story. Writer needs lessons very badly, and to learn to change focus for the storyline's sake. Kitt :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This never improved so I stopped at page 86. I never understand why an author what's to have their main characters be all in love the first time they meet someone, its ridiculous. Must be written for very young people. The rest was childish to me also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me read it right away. Can't wait to start the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice to have a main character that was concerned and aware of the earth and also caring of herself. Nice, gentle read without depending on explicit sexuality to carry the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of detail tho
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much fluffy filler had the murderer figured out less than halfway thru less yoga and frogs
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Annoying how much detail was written about the surroundings than actually writing about the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was overly simplistic. And the LAST thing I needed was a reminder of the 2012 presidential election! Ugh.
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