Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Letter by Marianne Spitzer blog tour and review

Kellie, a young college grad laid off from her first teaching job and besieged by creditors, receives a letter requesting her appearance at the reading of Frederick Malone’s will. What could she have in common with the town’s richest man? Curiosity draws her to the will reading where she learns she has inherited a vast sum. The conditions of her inheritance require she change her name and reside in the Malone mansion. Long considered haunted by the residents of Malone Springs, Kellie, her fiancĂ© and four friends move in ignoring the rumors. Strange and frightening events begin to plague Kellie before she moves and grow more frightening once she and her friends settle in. Adopted at birth, her adoptive parents killed in an auto accident leave Kellie to investigate her ancestors on her own. What she discovers leads her into more danger and mystery as she learns the true nature of her biological grandfather. Could his evil deeds hurt her from beyond the grave? Who’s responsible for the strange occurrences? What happened to her biological parents? As one solved mystery leads Kellie into another, she and her friends try to solve them all before tragedy strikes.
This book also contains the supernatural/mystery short story "MEGAN'S FEAR."
About Author Marianne Spitzer
I was born in Milwaukee, and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I have been writing short stories since I was in grade school. Most were in the form of essays relating real life events. Many were purely imaginary trips to magical places and times. I enjoy making up stories about people I meet or see on the street. I can see a story in a picture, especially if the picture is eerie. My imagination runs wild and free. I have self-published a book of essays and a book of children's stories for my granddaughter, Brittney. Gypsy Spirits is my debut novel and the first in the series of three "spirit" books. I have self-published the second "spirit" book, Annamarie and Magdalena. I also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER. I plan to have the sequel to THE LETTER out this year and the third "spirit" book available winter 2013/14. From there I am sure my muse will guide me into another story plot.

My Review


I enjoyed reading The Letter. It kept me guessing to almost the end. Their were twists in the story I did not expect.
This is the first book by Marianne Spitzer that I have read. I will have to look out for more of her books in the future.

I like the characters. Kellie was kind for the most part and very unselfish. Kellie was teaching for one year when her school had to cut back. So she was let go first. She has been unemployed for a year. Kellie lives with her fiancée Drew who is still in school. They live in her family home after her parents died in a accident. I like how she invites her friends to move in with her.
I still have some unanswered questions about Kellie's experiences in the attic. I did not like how she was throwing her weight around with the mayor. Also when she made her boyfriend Drew get out of the car and she drove off.

Drew is getting a Masters than when he graduates Kellie will go back to collage and get her Masters. I like how they have friends that they have been close to for years. He worries about Kellie and is afraid that she is changing. I like how he loves decorating for Christmas.
He does not like the cemetery being next door. He gets upset at Kellie over it.

There are a lot of characters in this story. My feelings change over the different characters as the story unfolds. So I won't say anything else about the different ones.

Kellie gets a letter from a lawyer that invites her to come to the reading of a will of Frederick Malone. She has no idea why she would be in one of her town's richest man's will. She has never met him before.

There are lots of mysteries surrounding Kellie now and in the past. Someone is trying to scare her away and even threatens her friends. Kellie moves into a haunted mansion with her friends, butler, cook, made and ghosts? They need to find out what happened in the past to figure out what is happening in the present.

Most of the story is believable. There is a few story threads I wonder about still.

My favorite part of the story is when she meets her birth father and the wedding. I also like that it made me dream and ask what would I do if I came into money. Would I share it? Live in a haunted house? explore attic and secret passage ways? What would you do?

I was given this ebook and asked in return to give honest review and be part of it's blog tour.

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