• Skeletons in the Attic

  • A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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By: Judy Penz Sheluk
Narrated by: Claira Jordyn
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Publisher's Summary

What goes on behind closed doors doesn't always stay there.

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 30-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? Find out.

©2016 Judy Penz Sheluk (P)2017 Judy Penz Sheluk

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Good Narrator makes the Book worthwhile

This is a Book with a well constructed plot with interesting characters.


The Narrator had a good performance that helped the Book come alive.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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An Amazing, Well Written Mystery

I am so worried this review will not do Skeletons in the Attic justice.

First of all, the story had a fantastic pace and was not too slow or too fast. Information regarding the mystery, characters, stories, etc were all given when needed and spread out enough that as a listen I was able to gather all the information I needed. I didn't have to rewind over and over and listen again worried that I had missed something important.

The town is charming and the characters are well written and developed. I felt every character no matter big or small was well written and important to the story. I felt emotions to each of the characters good or bad. The characters were all intertwined and their stories woven together. I did not have a hard time keeping track though. As I said earlier, the information is well presented. The whole story though, you feel you are uncovering layer after layer, but it kept the story exciting and moving right until the end. The ending was a shocker and super well written, My mum is a huge mystery lover and is usually underwhelmed by endings, but she felt this ending was exciting, unique, and perfect. We were both in shock. If you want a mystery that is well written and will keep you guessing until the very end, Skeletons in the Attic is the perfect mystery for you!

Claira Jordyn was a great job with the narration. I felt her emotion and she enhanced the story with her voice acting.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • ML
  • 08-03-17

Codicil

Loved this book but every time I heard the word codicil I cringed. Here in Western PA it is pronounced cod - i - cil.

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Mixed Feelings...

I found myself totally caught up in this book. The characters are intriguing and interesting, the writer's voice draws you in, and the plot seems to move along well with varied twists and turns.... until the end. In a sudden twist I found way too "deux ex machina" all is revealed - and (no spoilers) I found it unbelievable on too many levels.

However... I like the author's writing, so will probably try another book.

Ms. Jordyn's voice is lovely but she reads "straight" (only slight vocal change for characters) and it's often hard tell who is saying what, and to differentiate between the heroine's internal vs. external lines.

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Skeletons

Good story line. Kept me guessing as to what really happened to Callie's mother. Is she dead or did she just go away. Finally after all the years. The truth does come out.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A well-written story from a good author

Skeletons in the Attic: A Marketville Mystery, Volume 1, my first read from author Judy Penz Sheluk and the first in the Marketville Mystery series. Well-written mystery with intriguing characters. 8-hours 33-minute/400-pages of enjoyment. No spoilers here, buy the book, read & review the book. I was given an Audible copy of this book in June a year ago & am finally voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Claira Jordyn’s narration adds to the book's enjoyment. Up next is Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery, Book 2. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Loved the MC

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions posted herein are my own.

This is the first book in the Marketville Mystery series. If you have read this author's other series - Glass Dolphin Mysteries - you will find some crossover in locations and a few characters.

One of the strengths of this book is the MC Callie [Calamity], who is very relatable. She is surrounded by a group of friends, who help in various ways to solve the mystery of Callie's mother's disappearance. I really enjoyed the mystery and how several of the characters are presented in such a way that you are not sure if they are friends or adversaries to Callie. What I felt to be a bit of the downfall of this story was the ending. I do not want to go into any detail as that would be a big spoiler but suffice it to say that the wrap up seemed rushed and to me, a bit unbelievable. I also found Callie's reaction to the solution of the mystery to be oddly lackluster - which seemed to be a bit [for lack of a better term] out of character.

The narrator, Claira Jordyn, has a wonderful warm voice which is very pleasant. Her voice did a great job in conveying the emotionalism of Callie's character.

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Great start to another mystery series

This is book one in the Marketville Mystery series and I have to say I'm loving Judy Penz Sheluk's writing. I love the descriptions and well thought out plots.

Callie has inherited a house in the small city of Marketville upon the death of her father. There is a catch however. She must live there for a year and renovate it as well as investigate her mother's disappearance 30 years ago.

Callie meets several people who knew her parents and slowly learns the truth about her past and her mother's disappearance. There are some shocking revelations, some unexpected friendships, and a conclusion which actually I wasn't all the surprised over. Looking forward to listening to the next two books in the series.

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wtf just happened!?!

i really enjoyed this book. the narrator was excellent, it was a great story and it held my attention from beginning to end, but i don’t know wtf happened with the ending!! it was so rushed that i thought i had accidentally missed a chapter. smh. i would’ve gave an overall 5 star review if the ending would’ve been better but.....it wasn’t so i didn’t.🤷🏻‍♀️ on the other hand i would give this author another shot and when that happens i truly hope i won’t be disappointed like i was with this book.

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Main character is too trusting

I do have a love of inherited mysteries and this story holds more than one! Callie recently lost her father and now she has a tough choice to make right on the heels of big surprise – her dad had a second house in Marketville that she knew nothing about! I loved how the punches just kept coming for Callie even though that meant she spent most of her time reacting instead of really thinking things through.

So Callie takes on the challenge of her dad’s will – live in the Marketville house for a year trying to solve the old mystery of her missing mother (who Callie hasn’t seen since grade school). On her first day, she finds a skeleton in the attic in a coffin. Ha! What could be more ominous? As she begins refurbishing the house, she minds more oddities, more clues as to why her mother left or was possibly murdered.

I loved all the suspects. There’s plenty of busy bodies in this neighborhood and since the missing mom mystery goes back decades, that just seems to multiply the number of people who could have had a hand in it. i kept jumping from suspect to suspect, and finally I was guessing that perhaps there was more than one person blocking Callie’s efforts to discover the truth.

Misty Rivers was my favorite character to dislike. She’s a self-proclaimed psychic and apparently got Callie’s dad, Jimmy, to believe that Callie’s mom’s (Abigail’s) ghost was haunting the Marketville house. Misty was pretty haughty in her interactions with Callie and she just wreaked of deceit. Then there’s Chantal who has a crush on Royce, the contractor Jimmy hired to renovate the Marketville house. Jessica (aka Randy) was a previous renter of the house and also has a connection to the spiritual world with her knowledge of Tarot. Callie starts bumping into people who knew her mom such as Ellie (the self-proclaimed neighborhood busybody), and Royce’s mom and dad. The plot thickens as Callie stumbles upon info that her dad’s lawyer, Leith, should have given her. So many suspects!

And there’s where we get a little weakness. Callie suspects everyone at some point of something, including her own dad yet she remains so trusting! A couple characters even comment on her being too trusting. I was nodding my head right along with those characters. So it felt that the plot was being shoved along by Callie trusting this person or that at this key point or that key point.

Over all, it was a fun ride but by the end I wasn’t surprised by the final reveal and answer to the big mystery. The plot had wended it’s way into a corner where there was really only 1 way to satisfactorily wrap everything up in the final minutes of the audiobook. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Claira Jordyn was very pleasant to listen to. I liked her voice for Callie and the various emotions Callie goes through in this book. I especially liked her voice for Misty, who was quite rude at times. Her male voices were masculine and Jordyn had distinct voices for all the characters. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Judy Penz Sheluk. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • mani
  • 08-07-18

Skeletons in the attic

The plot of the book was put together well, writing was great and the main character was so true to life! All along I kept changing my mind as to who was guilty of what and the ending came as a great twist in the story

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  • Diana Berns
  • 04-03-22

eerie.

i . liked this book. it was a well read eerie book. Great narration kept my attention right to the end.

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  • Julie
  • 11-30-21

A cold case

I enjoyed this book and it would have got a five star review from me but the ending fell a little bit flat, it ended so suddenly and I was left thinking huh. Other than that I did enjoy it. The mystery was different and the unusual circumstances grabbed my from the start. The characters were quirky with Psychics and tarot reading and I spent most of the book wondering who Calamity should trust or befriend. This meant there was plenty of suspects and twists in the story, as well as clues and false clues, I did get a little bit confused as to what was planted and what was real. There is no ghosts or haunting in this book which I thought there might have been from reading the blurb and it did make me hesitate, so don't let that put you off listening to this mystery . A good start to a new series, I just wish the ending wasn't so abrupt.
Callie is surprised to find she has just inherited a house from her dead father, that she knows nothing about. One the condition that she lives in it for a year and solve her mother's disappearance before living there permanently or selling it. The house was the old family home and the neighbours all know more about her and her circumstances than she does. But who to trust?. Can Callie piece together the clues left behind and discover what happened to her mother after all these years?
The narrator was good and gave each character there own voice.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Laura
  • 10-21-21

An Interesting Mystery

This is the first book in the Marketville Mystery series. Callie, the sole beneficiary of her father's estate, has been left a house with the restriction that she needs to attempt to solve her mother's murder. I enjoy Judy Penz Sheluk's writing. She creates quirky and fun characters. Her mysteries are intricate and convoluted. The issue that I have with the ending of this tale is that it left me with more questions than answers. Claira Jordyn's narration is good. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • caroline wright
  • 09-27-21

Where have this author and narrator been?

This was fantastic so gripping, twisting and turning just loved it - thought I knew where it was going and it wasn't, The narration really suited the story, it was just perfect.

Fantastic.

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  • Tracy Tucker
  • 09-05-21

pleased to discover the author

This is the first time I've listened to a book by this author but it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed following Cally's progress and pitfalls.
The narrator was perfect for the story.

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  • Amanda B.
  • 05-25-21

Skeleton in the Attic

I loved it, didn't see the ending coming either looking forward to the next read!

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  • Jules
  • 03-02-21

enjoyed this book!

loved it , had twist to the tale and well narrated . looking forward to next in series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-21

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I enjoyed this book and the narration, knitted together very nicely is there a third

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  • John Marsden
  • 01-17-21

A Great Listen.

A very enjoyable read, The story is interesting with plenty of twists and turns. Callie is a very likeable character and works hard to disentangle the mysteries she inherits from her father. It's difficult to establish who are the "Goodies" and the "baddies" surrounding her. The end of the book is a little surprise to her although i must admit i did suspect the ending. Claira Jordyn is a very good narrator and certainly enhances the enjoyment of this book. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
This audiobook was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.