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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.