Sometimes the past reaches out to the present...
It’s been thirteen months since Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherited a house in Marketville under the condition that she search for the person who murdered her mother thirty years earlier. She solves the mystery, but what next? Unemployment? Another nine-to-five job in Toronto?
Callie decides to set down roots in Marketville, take the skills and knowledge she acquired over the past year, and start her own business, Past & Present Investigations.
It’s not long before Callie and her new business partner, best friend Chantelle Marchand, get their first client: a woman who wants to find out everything she can about her grandmother, Anneliese Prei, and how she came to a “bad end” in 1956. It sounds like a perfect first assignment. Except for one thing: Anneliese’s past winds its way into Callie’s present, and not in a manner anyone—least of all Callie—could have predicted.
About the Author
Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime - International/Guppy Chapter/Toronto, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, South Simcoe Arts Council, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves on the Board of Directors, representing Toronto and Southern Ontario. You can find Judy on her website at judypenzsheluk.com.
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite A young immigrant mother was murdered several decades ago, and her granddaughter wants to know the truth of her origins in the fascinating sleuth mystery novel, Past and Present (A Marketville Mystery Book 2) by Judy Penz Sheluk. After fulfilling the terms of her father's will, Calamity Barnstable sells the house she inherited and buys a residence zoned for business. Armed with the experience she accumulated in the process of executing her father's wishes, Callie moves into her new home and begins the novel venture of Past & Present Investigations. Callie and her friend Chantelle, a genealogist enthusiast, form a partnership and assemble a team consisting of a psychic, an antiques entrepreneur, and a retired librarian. Their goal is to find answers for those who have questions about their loved one's history. In a paradoxical twist, Callie's first client brings a case both literally and figuratively filled with mystery, murder, and ties to Callie's life. But can Callie set aside her own history and feelings and solve this case with equanimity? Past and Present (A Marketville Mystery Book 2) by Judy Penz Sheluk is an irresistible sleuth mystery. I loved the premise of delving into the past and uncovering personal histories and family mysteries. I was hooked at the start and the story didn't disappoint. The main character's own familial secrets were intriguingly wrapped up within the plot and held me captivated. The only issue I had with the story was that I hadn't read the first book in the series, and therefore didn't understand the references to Callie's own history. That remained a mystery until the very end. Consequently, I recommend reading the first installment of the series before reading further. It is a fantastic sleuth mystery series, and everyone who is a fan of whodunits will enjoy it immensely.
a fascinating mystery PAST & PRESENT by Judy Penz Sheluk The Second Marketville Mystery Although the conditions of her father's will have been fulfilled, Callie Barnstable is unwilling to go back to a 9-5 job. Taking what she's learned from investigating her mother's disappearance, Callie has opened up Past and Present Investigations. While not a private investigator, Callie and her friends create a team to investigate missing persons from the past-cold cases no one else is interested in pursuing, aside from the client. A referral from a team member gives Past and Present it's first case. Although it's a new beginning, Callie can not get rid of the skeletons in her own attic as her past and the client's intertwine. Will Callie discover more than she wanted to know? PAST & PRESENT is a fascinating mystery with more intertwining appendages than an octopus trying to juggle! What I find particularly intriguing are the various methods Callie and the team employ to conduct their research. The author must have spend so much time herself, studying these minute details, but details that are intrinsic to the plot and bring such verisimilitude to the story. I love that the characters have faults and show them. Callie can be snarky, especially when she feels others are slighting her. Friends answer back in kind. Callie worries about the Barnstable curse when it comes to relationships, yet she tries to make a go of it with Royce. These characters are real and their deep characterizations make it easy for readers to become emotionally involved. I was seething as much as Callie at some of Corbin's actions. I enjoy the subtle paranormal influence here. The use of tarot cards...and the results the postings achieve as well as the skeptical use of psychometry PAST & PRESENT illustrates how the past is never truly behind us, rather it colors our present and future. This second Marketville Mystery is an intricately plotted intriguing story that is rich in detail with an ending that left me pleasantly surprised and eager for the next installment. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.