Memories of Murder: A GEM Paranormal Mystery

Memories of Murder: A GEM Paranormal Mystery

by Lara Nance


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481843539
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres within the scope of women's fiction. But the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.
If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, Lara's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, with a touch of romance.
Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn... However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories.
Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

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Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
On her first day at a new job, Maeve sees a man plunge to his death. Sure, she could've saved him with her "witchy" powers, if she still had them. But ever since her attack, she's been without the powers but not quite powerless. Intrigue. Could the patient's death have been murder? This a compelling mystery surrounding a lost asylum graveyard and an angry spirit. A scintillating brew of murder, mayhem, history, and wiccan folklore. Wickedly good!
Dawn88 More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you in from the first page. Right from the start you want to keep reading to see what happens next. This book had a lot of mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal and a bit of romance. Maeve a pretty red head who has a special hidden talent and a traumatic past wants to start over so she moves to a small town to start fresh. But right from the start she realizes something isn’t right. Paul a handsome small town boy who became a green beret is pretty much forced back home when he finds out his father has become ill. He takes over the job as sheriff. Maeve and Paul meet her first day in town when something terrible happens. Can they work together to solve the mystery? Will the secrets Maeve is hiding prevent that? I enjoyed the characters of the mother and aunts. They brought fun and laughter to brighten up the book. The reading of the journal really made the story pop. The ending wasn’t what I expected. There were a few unexpected things that happened. All in all this was a pretty good book. I have a few issues with it though. Like for instance, I do not understand Maeve’s reaction to what happened in her past. I understand she didn’t want to use her talent to kill but in self defense it should have been okay. I think that if Lara gave us a little bit more background into what happened with Maeve before she came to Rolling Gap that I might of understood her situation more. Also I do not know if it was just my copy of the book or not but there were names missing. Other than that I think it was overall a good book.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
Working in a small town's retirement facility is Maeve.  On her first day of work, one of the patients dies in a mysterious suicide.  Called in to the scene is the hunky town sheriff, Paul.  When it's obvious to both Maeve and Paul that it's more than just a suicide, they work together to try and solve the mystery.   I loved this book!  I loved the developing relationship between Maeve, who struggles with her magic and abilities, and Paul, who is stubborn, determined and sexy :)  Their chemistry flew off the pages making their quest to solve the murder all the more exciting!  I loved the suspense.  And I loved the author's use of witches and their magic.   I also love that Lara Nance has the amazing ability to make her readers feel like they're part of the story.  Her vivid descriptions make you feel as though you're living your life right along side the characters, experiencing the story, not just reading it.   Reviewed by Marie for Cocktails and Books
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
After surviving a violent attack witch Maeve McKenna binds her powers and moves to a small Virginia town to become the nurse practitioner at a retirement community. Her first day on the job starts off tragically as one of the patients in the dementia ward commits suicide. The more Maeve delves into the mystery surrounding the death the more convinced she becomes that something supernatural is haunting the building and patients. Sheriff Paul Sutton agrees that the death is suspicious and has personal reasons for solving the case; his father is a patient in the dementia ward and has become a target for the malevolent forces seeking to hide dark secrets from the past. Together, Maeve and Paul delve into the history of the old asylum that previously resided on the property and uncover horrible cases of abuse and torture. Maeve must come to terms with her powers and straight-laced Paul must learn to believe in things that falls far outside his experiences of rules and regulations in order to prevent any additional deaths and set the spirits of the past at rest. Memories of Murder is a fast paced paranormal romance and the pages seem to turn themselves. Lara Nance has created such a vivid world and characters that are easily relatable and compelling. There are plenty of twists and turns and just when I think that Maeve and Paul have triumphed, we're thrown for another loop. Memories of Murder is an excellent read and one you should pick up ASAP.
MsLowmansEssentials More than 1 year ago
Maeve McKenny has left the hustle and bustle of Atlanta after being brutally attacked..she has also killed a man, the one who attacked her. After recuperating at her moms house (her mom & her sisters are known as the Gems), she leaves for a nice quiet town and job. What she hopes for doesn't necessarily goes her way when a murder happens on her very first day of work. I liked this story, but I had to really think about my rating. Honestly, I couldn't connect with either Maeve or her love interest Paul. I just did not get why she bounded her Witch powers after her attack. Now I understood that she couldn't use their powers to kill, but she killed in self the constant beating up of herself left me very confused. As for Paul, he was just too angry. Okay, you didn't want to come back to that little old town..but you had, shut-up and move on. His little constant bursts of anger and then smiling like it was all good was another thing that left me confused. The story itself has a good concept..we read as Maeve along with Paul and her family try to figure out century old murders and its effect on the retirement home  (that use to be an old Asylum) that Maeve works at now. I just felt this disconnection that I was never able to gain and it made my reading experience a little tough.