Defending the Dead

Defending the Dead

by Sheila Connolly

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Defending the Dead by Sheila Connolly

From New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly!

Abby Kimball has slowly accepted her recently discovered ability to see the dead, but none of the harmless sightings she's experienced could have prepared her for the startling apparition of a centuries-old courtroom scene--where she locks eyes with a wicked and gleeful accuser. Thrown back more than three hundred years, Abby realizes she's been plunged into a mystery that has fascinated people throughout American history: the Salem witch trials.

With her boyfriend Ned at her side, Abby digs into the history of the events, researching the people and possible causes of that terrible time and her own connection to them--all the while going more deeply into her connection to Ned, both extraordinary and romantic.

As Abby witnesses more fragments from the events in Salem and struggles with the question of how such a nightmare could have come about, she's suddenly confronted with a pressing personal question: Were one or more of her ancestors among the accused? Unraveling the puzzling clues behind that question just might give Abby and Ned the answer to a very modern mystery of their own.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151526913
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Relatively Dead Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 50,683
File size: 398 KB

About the Author

Sheila Connolly is an Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author who writes four bestselling cozy mystery series: the Museum Mysteries, the Orchard Mysteries, the County Cork Mysteries, and the Relatively Dead Mysteries. In addition, she has published Once She Knew, a romantic suspense; Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany; and a number of short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and travels to Ireland as often as possible.

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Defending the Dead 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting and entertaining book for travel. I felt that the ending was incomplete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand the 4 stars here. There was a lot of redundancy and it was slow. I wouldn't recomend it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It was a good light read. Two things to mention;I did not know it was third in a series and I did not care for how it ended.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Defending the Dead is the third in the Relatively Dead series, but I was able to follow the story fine without reading the other two. I was expecting a cozy mystery, but very quickly realized that was not the genre of this book at all. Having said that, it was a mystery to a degree but it was a historical, paranormal one. Abby Kimball is currently out of a job. She has recently moved in with her boyfriend Ned and is fixing up his house. They share a rare gift, they are able to see ghosts of their ancestors. It turns out that along the way Abby and Ned share ancestors which amplifies the gift. Ned had known about this gift for many years but suppressed it, Abby has just recently discovered it and wants to explore what other ancestors she can find. Living in Massachusetts, she wants to explore the Salem Witch Trials and see if she has any ancestors that were involved. Using research as well as visits to Salem, and other towns surrounding the area, she begins to view historical events through the eyes of the spirits. It is actually an historical account of what happened to a certain degree and has some theories about what happened during that time. Add to this, Ned's biological daughter who also seems to have the gift and wants to know more about it and there are some human tender moments. Again, not what I was expecting, but once I got into the story it was interesting. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great mystery series; this is the third book in the Relatively Dead series by Sheila Connolly. Abby is slowly accepting her ability to see her dead ancestors, but she was not expecting to see the apparition of a courtroom scene and the accuser. She soon realizes that the apparitions she is seeing was during the Salem witch trials. Abby is determined to find out the history of the apparition and see how she is connected, since she only sees apparitions of her dead ancestors. If you love a good mystery and a lot of history then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Abby has recently moved in with Ned, and since she lost her job at the Concord Museum, has spent her time helping to renovate the house. But she is still upset over the situation with Leslie and Ellie and doesn't know how to resolve this problem. Since Leslie wants nothing to do with either Abby's psychic ability or the newfound ability of her own daughter, Ellie, Abby and Ned are forbidden to see or speak with either one of them. Then things come to a head when Ellie makes her own arrangements to see Abby.  During this uneasy sitution, Abby also begins exploring more of Salem's history, specifically during the time of the infamous witch hunts, and tries to find out whether any of her ancestors  were involved in this specific period of history. I found this book to be historically interesting, and even started researching some of the Salem characters on my own to validate  information contained in the story. However, be advised that in this particular story, there is not as much action, containing mostly dialogue and discussions about the Salem witch history and what Abby "sees" in certain historical sections of Salem.  I enjoyed the developing relationship between Abby and Ned's mother, as well as the interplay between Ellie and Abby. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I received this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Defending the Dead by Sheila Connolly. It is the third book in the Relatively Dead series. Abby Kimball is currently out of a job, but is using the time to fix up the house where she lives with her boyfriend Ned Newhall. He purchased a lovely old Victorian that needs a lot of work. Abby and Ned share a gift. They can see the dead. Well, only deceased people who are ancestors. It seems that they have to be a lineal ancestor. Abby only discovered her gift when she moved into the area and took a tour of an older home. Abby can see them, sometimes even talk to them, or see scenes from the past play out front her ancestor’s point of view. Ned has had the gift since he was young, but he suppressed it (actually, outright ignoring it). Ned’s mother, Sarah, has the gift, but she did not embrace it either. Now, though, they have someone else to consider. Ellie has the gift. Ellie is Ned’s biological daughter. Ned’s ex-finance, married a nice man, George, who cannot have children. Ned was the donor for both of their children (they have a young son named Peter). Leslie has not taken the news of Ellie’s gift very well. Leslie was also Abby’s boss at the museum, but she fired Abby (I personally do not think that it is fair or legal). Abby has too much time on her hands to think. Abby is working on the house, but it leaves her mind keeps whirling. Abby wants to find out more about her gift and decides that Salem and the witch trials would be a place to start. Wants Abby gets started, she gets drawn into the history and she wants to know why witch trials happened. One day Abby gets a call and it is Ellie. She took a bus to get to Abby. Ellie misses Abby because she is the only person who understands what she sees and hears. This makes Leslie realize that she has to let Ellie see Abby. Ellie and Abby get together one day a week during the summer. The other days Abby is researching the witch trails and her family lineage. Will Leslie understand Ellie’s gift? What will be the outcome of Abby’s research into her Salem ancestors and the witch trials? Will Ned actually do any work on the house? Defending the Dead is a good book, but I did not enjoy it as much as the previous two books. I do not understand why the characters never embraced their wonderful gift nor Leslie’s attitude toward Abby. This book is also very heavy on the history (I do not mind, but some people might feel bogged down by it). I give Defending the Dead 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoy reading Sheila Connolly’s books. I read all her series (Orchard Mystery Series, Museum Mystery series, the County Cork Mystery series, and the Relatively Dead Mystery series). I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing in exchange for an honest review.