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Mourning Meadow
by Larriane Wills   

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Publisher:  Secret Cravings Publishing ISBN-10:  1618852175 Type: 


Copyright:  2012 ISBN-13:  9781618852175

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Steven came to Morning Meadow just to see the mansion. Then he met Kari, strange, remote-- and the most alluring woman he’d ever met. But Kari has a secret. In fact, everyone at the Meadow has a secret, even the Meadow ghosts, and one of those secrets could kill. Steven and Kari must work together to discover who wants her dead, or there will be nothing left but ghosts at Morning Meadow.

this is a contemporary sweet romance with ghosts, curses, and murder mixed in. Excerpt
"She never locks the door," Caroleigh complained for about the tenth time.
"You have told her repeatedly she should," Edward said languidly. "Perhaps she has taken your advice.”
She gave an unladylike snort. "That would be a first, wouldn't it? Are you sure it's locked?"
"You watched me try. The door won't budge. Certainly suggests to me that it is indeed locked. You may, of course, try for yourself.” He raised one finger as if an idea had just occurred to him and said brightly, “Or, perhaps, Grandfather doesn't care for strange men just walking in. Haven’t I heard he locks it at odd times?”
"I thought you said your grandfather is dead," Evelyn said.
"He is," Caroleigh answered.
"Quite," Edward said with a cocked brow.
Puzzled enough to stop her scowl of annoyance Evelyn asked, "Then how could he lock it?”
"He didn't," Caroleigh answered. "Kari did for some obscure reason."
"But why would he say he did?"
Both ignored her. Edward suggested, "An un-welcome message, perhaps?"
Caroleigh voice hardened. "If you can't say anything entertaining, do be still."
"Why would you say he locked the door if he's dead?" Evelyn persisted.
"They say he does still roam about," Edward told her, his eyebrow cocked again,
"Who says?"
"The locals have quite a few stories." He chose one of the wicker chairs scattered around the veranda and reclined lazily.

Professional Reviews

a page turner
I have to admit, even though I normally read science fiction/fantasy, with occasional forays into King and Kuntz, I read Mourning Meadow because I had previously read one of Ms. Wills' earlier science fiction books and loved it to the core. Mourning Meadow surprised me. It was most excellently writen in a style completely different from what I had read from her before. I spent a while trying to remember what it reminded me of, and then decided that the witty dialogue and quick banter while dealing with matters of dire consequence brought to mind a couple BBC series I watched many years ago. Wooster and Jeeves, by Wodehouse, though not dealing with life and death situations, had the same snappy dialogue and a way of dealing out a great deal of information with a few words. I found her characters real, intriguing, and entertaining. True, I figured out early on who the bad person was, but I was wrong in thinking the bad one was the only villian, and why this person was a villian. In this book there is always a great deal going on, moving plots set among polite society, showing some of the characteristics of an Inspector Magreit mystery, except the non-detective characters involved have to solve the mystery themselves. There is even a fellow sporting a fake English accent.

To put the book in perspective. I started reading it at ten p.m. I did not quit until it was finished in the wee hours of the morning. Highly recommended to fans of mysteries.

Mark Eller

Suspicion and doubt, surround the members of the Morning Glory estate and trust fund, but just who is safe and who will die next
When architect and developer. Steven Chase, and his partner Robert Brown learn of another potential money-maker, they waste no time in tracking down the owner of Fulton DeBain's Morning Meadow Mansion and accidentally (on purpose) bump into her.

Caroleigh is pleased to have someone take an interest in her mansion, and being the confident, outgoing woman she is, is shocked when Steven appears to have more in common with her quiet, shy younger sister, Kari. The tension between them is obvious, and gets worse as Caroleigh watches Steve strike up an undeniable bonding friendship - right before her very eyes. She can't understand it and tries to convince Stephen that her sister Kari is mentally unstable and cannot be trusted.

Then comes the bombshell. There would appear that someone is out to kill one of them, but although their attempts have been futile, the police get involved. When both sisters announce that they are the rightful owners of the mansion suspicion and doubt sets in. In Steven's search for answers past family secrets are revealed, as are hidden scandals and family feuds. Meddling in such matters could cost his reputation, or possibly his life.

This well thought out plot is heightened by several bite-sized chunks of family history, supplying the sturdy and intelligent cast of characters with credibility and warmth. The possibility that the mansion could be haunted also adds to the tension and drama, as does the pressure put upon Kari who is deeply involved with a suspect. This novel has romance, mystery, intrigue and portrays a sense of 'who done it?' to keep you hooked right through the end. Another aspect I enjoyed about this lighthearted mystery is Larion Wills' portrayal of the droll, British Edward Van Philips. He has a dry, but highly amusing sense of humour that made me smile along with him, and you can't help noticing his heart is in the right place.

Sassy Brit
February 2008

power packed
After reading the book Mourning Meadow, by Larion Wills, I am, overall, impressed. Larion Wills, a pseudonym for Larriane Wills writes in the romantic fiction and sci-fi genres. She has books in print and ebooks.
This book is a work of romantic suspense with a ghost story thrown in. It centers around four main characters; Kari, Steven, Caroleigh, and Edward. Steven, with ulterior motives came to the Meadow to see the grand mansion and its estate. He found Kari, a remote and reclusive woman with secrets she wasn't ready to reveal. Her sister, Caroleigh, at first a rather wicked woman and a bit of a snob is masking her true feelings as a defense mechanism. Edward, the English jokester and friend of Caroleigh is caught in the middle and just trying to survive the weekend. These four people, of which don't even appear to like each other are swiftly thrown into a murder mystery. They need to get past their differences to find out who exactly it is that wants them dead and why, or no one will be leaving the Meadow. Amongst the chaos there is a budding love attraction between Steven and Kari, as well as Edward and Caroleigh.
While reading this book I found a few misspellings and minor grammatical errors. With the rich family history it was a bit overwhelming trying to keep the deceased characters straight. At times, the dialog can be difficult to follow, and I often had to reread a sentence to be sure I understood what the author was trying to get across. It could use a little editing.
In saying that, I found the book to be a good read. There were no dead spots and I didn't find myself at any time disinterested. The characters were believable and endearing. The plot flowed well, so much so that every time an incident was over another was thrown at you. What I liked most about the book was the romance element didn't overuse gushy verses or overdo scenarios to where you felt like skimming through them. The segments of action and mystery, the character development, along with the writers unique writing style only adds to the emotions you feel while reading. I, at no time, felt the book was predictable. Even after finishing the book you almost feel there is still mystery left, and leaves you guessing.
I look forward to reading more books from her in the future.

Kelly Moran,
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