Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville-a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder.
Callie's not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn't do it, there's a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father's wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?
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About the Author
Judy's short crime fiction appears in World Enough and Crime, The Whole She-Bang 2, Flash and Bang and Live Free or Tri.
In her less mysterious pursuits, Judy works as a freelance writer, specializing in art, antiques and the residential housing industry. Her articles have appeared regularly in dozens of U.S. and Canadian consumer and trade publications.
Past editorial responsibilities have included the roles of Senior Editor, Northeast Art & Antiques, and Editor, Antiques and Collectibles Showcase. She is currently the Editor of Home BUILDER Magazine, and the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal.
Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime - Guppies, Sisters in Crime - Toronto, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, Inc. and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. She lives in a small town northwest of Toronto, Ontario.
Find Judy on her website/blog at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews other authors and blogs about the writing life. She can also be found at:
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite In Skeletons in the Attic: A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1 by Judy Penz Sheluk, when Calamity Barnstable’s father dies, she is surprised to learn that he still owns the family home in Marketville. He leaves her the house in his will with one disturbing codicil. Calamity must investigate her mother’s disappearance from 30 years ago. Lost on where to start, she muddles her way through a host of clues, interviews, and newspaper clipping to learn more about her family’s secrets than she ever wanted to know. Narrated by Claira Jordyn, the audiobook version of Skeletons in the Attic by Judy Penz Sheluk is a mystery suspense novel that is as comforting as a well-loved sweater while at the same time an intriguing, homegrown story that kept me engaged and tuned in. Jordyn’s clear diction and consistent delivery was the perfect accompaniment to Sheluk’s carefully woven tale of love and loss. The sound quality was spot on, as was the story’s pacing and the deliberate balance of memorable characters, scene setting, and masterful plotting. With such a successful first volume, I have no doubt that Sheluk will provide readers with many hours of entertainment throughout the remaining Marketville Mystery series. I can’t wait to see how Calamity uses her newly formed relationships to continue her journey into the world of an amateur detective, and as crazy as it might sound, I am impatiently awaiting the full renovation of her family home. My hope is that with the removal of the old carpet, the fresh paint and the cleaning of “the attic”, she can move forward into a happier tomorrow.
a compelling novel that held me enthralled SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC by Judy Penz Sheluk The First Marketville Mystery After the unexpected death of her father, Callie Barnstable figured she would inherit some old furniture and books. She certainly did not expect a house in the suburbs and definitely not a requirement that she not only live in the house for a year, but investigate her mother's murder. As Callie gets settled in what was once her childhood home she discovers a house in ill-repair and finds herself dealing with a psychic her father put on retainer, pictures from a childhood she doesn't remember, and five tarot cards hidden under the carpeting. Is the house possibly haunted? Could it be that her mother hadn't abandoned her, but was actually murdered? With the help of a hunky contractor Callie starts to renovate the house, but who can she trust to help solve the mysteries of her past? The first Marketville Mystery raises a multitude of questions. What is the truth? Who can you trust? What are their motives? What really happened? In answering Callie will have to face her past, a past quite different from the one she remembers. In doing so she also makes the reader think. What skeletons may be in my attic? SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC is a compelling novel that held me enthralled. Sheluk's writing is crisp, thoughtful, and her descriptions brought this Toronto suburb and its inhabitants to life. Callie is a wonderful character with down to earth charm and a good head on her shoulders. Sheluk deftly entwines the past and the present, making connections in unexpected yet satisfying ways. However, as fantastic as the first ninety percent of the book was, the denouement a bit of a let down. I found the ending too abrupt and the conclusion a bit pat. Up until that point I felt so in tune with the book and its characters I was ready to drive North and check things out myself! Despite my reaction to the ending this book remains a top read and I eagerly await its sequel.
5/5 Hidden Trunks of Delight! Calamity ‘Callie’ Barnstable has quite the dilemma. After her father fell off a thirty-story construction site due to a faulty safety harness in what has been described as “an unfortunate occupational accident,” she has inherited his entire estate including a house of which she has no memory. The dilemma is the codicil which explains Callie must live in the house for one year. Money has been set aside for the needed renovations and her living expenses, and after the conclusion of one year, she can do with the property what she wants: rent, sell, or remain. The shocking part of the dilemma is the reason her father made this stipulation: find out who murdered her mother. Murdered? Callie was led to believe she abandoned her and her father. However, her father’s interest in what had happened to his wife had been reignited by the last renter, psychic extraordinaire Misty Rivers, stating the house was haunted. Haunted by a former resident who loved lilacs. Lilacs, the only thing that would grow on the property. Lilacs originally planted by her mother, Abigail. Her father surmised his wife must have been murdered and had intended to investigate himself, but his untimely death stopped that. It is now up to Calamity to uncover the truth. She heads off to her new living residence and her new goal in life…find out what happened, if anything, to her mother. Callie finds several clues, meets interesting people, and discovers lots of proverbial ‘skeletons,’ but real conclusions about her mother’s disappearance do not come easy. She uncovers family photos and an envelope with a curious set of tarot cards and piece of jewelry, opens her father’s safety deposit box with its own revelation, and continuing his investigation, she finds newspaper clippings and photographs posing new questions and pointing to suspicious characters. What does it all mean? She is told that friends could become enemies and enemies, friends. Who does she trust? What can she believe? I am thrilled to have joined in on this reading adventure penned by Judy Penz Sheluk. She provided wonderful characters who act and react in real ways, wrote well the conversations and descriptions to keep me ‘turning the page,’ and had me guessing about who, what, and why. The ‘cliffhanger’ style end might be a concern, but what happens next will be great for a second book. The ‘right’ turn into tarot cards had me googling and getting off the shelf my own set of cards and instruction book. I see lots of wonderful books in the future…
This was really a captivating mystery that I just could not put down from the first paragraph on…..a young lady looking for the reasons to the disappearance of her mother over thirty years ago. It was a pleasure reading such a lovely fast moving story – plot was put together well, writing was great and the main character was so true to life! You felt like she was your best friend! All along I kept changing my mind as to who was guilty of what and the ending came as a GREAT BIG SURPRISE!!! Then I just had fun – my mom was into tarot readings and we often had Yorkshire pudding….a lot of happy memories raced through my mind as I read. I also liked how the author threw in some clues so you could get some free readings! There really was a skeletons in the attic with lots of hidden clues throughout the story, which the author explained very clearly!