Winner of the 1998 Malice Domestic Grant • “Marcia Talley’s terrific debut novel has wit, warmth, and a spunky new heroine who must not be missed.”—Sujata Massey, Agatha-winning author of The Salaryman’s Wife
She lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead Hannah finds a body of a girl who disappeared eight years before.
Suddenly Hannah is asking hard questions of the good and solid citizens of Pearson’s Corner, peering behind the facade of the perfect small town and piecing together the last days of a girl who died on her high school homecoming night—a girl about the same age as Hannah’s own daughter. Uncovering some dangerous secrets, Hannah can feel her own spirit and body surging back to life. After all, she beat death once. Now, with a killer on the loose, she has to face an even deadlier foe. . . .
“A shining new talent . . . Hannah Ives tackles life’s up and downs with humor, intelligence, and courage.”—Deborah Crombie, Macavity Award-winning author of Dreaming of the Bones
About the Author
Marcia Talley’s first Hannah Ives novel, Sing It to Her Bones, won the Malice Domestic Grant in 1998 and was nominated for an Agatha Award as Best First Novel of 1999. Unbreathed Memories, the second in the series, appeared in 2000. Both were featured alternates of the Mystery Guild. She is also the editor of a collaborative serial novel, Naked Came the Phoenix, where she joined with twelve bestselling women authors to pen a tongue-in-cheek mystery about murder in an exclusive health spa. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and collections. Talley lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, Barry, a professor at the US Naval Academy. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time traveling or sailing.
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When i first started reading I was not sure if it was the kind of book i enjoyed, it started to get reallly engossing i could not put it down Excelent
A sleuth motivated by compassion-one with very real personal challenges
I paid $.99 for this, and it wasn't worth it. I figured this would be a good book, as it stated in the description that it had won some kind of mystery book award. Normally, I won't pay anything for a book by an author I have not read before, but I foolishly thought this would be an exception. First of all, the background part of the book (main character bio and so on) goes on and on and ON...it is not necessary to read all of it, in my opinion. After thinking to myself, for about the millionth time, "What does this have to do with a mystery?" I finally kept skipping ahead in my Nook until I got to the part where the dog found a body. "Finally!" I thought. "This ought to move along faster now." Boy, was I wrong. Instead, the book continues to plod on, with the main character becoming increasingly annoying. She is incredibly self-involved, relating nearly everything back to her crappy relationship with her daughter, and at the same time she is amazingly unobservant, when it is painfully clear that her husband is cheating on her. In fact, her motivation for solving a mystery is that the young woman who was killed "could have been my daughter" - a sentiment so self-absorbed that she attends the funeral of the murdered girl (who she doesn't know, by the way) and is found sobbing on the sofa in the murdered girl's house where the after meal is served! Who does this?? An insensitive boor does, and it made me finally give up the book because I was so fed up with her. I can't get into a book when I don't like the protagonist. She comes off as unbalanced and in desperate need of a therapist - and that's not addressing her recent bout with cancer. No, I can see that affecting someone to the extent it does her (I had a sister who passed from breast cancer). It's not that, it's the hysteria over her daughter (who is an adult, and with whom she apparently can't get along or accept the choices her daughter has made), her inability to see beyond her own feelings and thoughts (or to deal with her husband by confronting him with his obvious infidelity - the phone scenes are a huge clue for even the most dense person), her snarky comments about other women's manner of dress and jewelry (as if it's any of her business), and her equally envious thoughts about how people she doesn't even know can afford to send their child to an expensive school when she and her husband could not (again, not relevant and not her business). Yuck. I just couldn't get through this book, the main character was so odious to me. And I have no idea why this book won any type of award. I am sorry that I paid $.99 for it, and certainly would not recommend anyone pay the $7.99 that is the current asking price. It's a dreadfully boring, annoying book.