Cover Designer: Mark Gerber
Publisher: Emerald Lake Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Gaby Quinn is hiding from her past, recovering from the senseless death of her husband, and living in a small New England town. She has her law practice, her dog Kat, and a small circle of friends. What more could she need?
But when an unusual probate case crosses her desk, she finds herself looking for a lost body, an abandoned truck, and answers to a mountain of questions, not least of which is, “Who was Pieter Jorgenson?”
Soon enough, she discovers even small towns hold big secrets.
Tara has known Andrea O’Connor for many years since they live in the same rural New England town. However, it’s only in recent years that they grew to know one another better when Andrea joined the monthly writers’ critique group that Tara leads.
Andrea began bringing pieces of Woodson Falls and another book in for critique each month, and Tara was enamored with Andrea’s ability to paint vivid settings for her stories to take place in. As much as Andrea’s tales are character-driven, oftentimes, the setting becomes an essential character as well. Such is the case with Woodson Falls. This charming community lends as much to the story as the characters and their experiences.
We have been very pleased to be a part of bringing this story to life and look forward to working with Andrea on the subsequent novels in the series.
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Readers’ Favorite, 5-Star Review
Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace is a work of fiction in the legal thriller, interpersonal drama, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by Andrea O’Connor. Part of the Gaby Quinn Mystery series, this concise but exciting novel follows our lawyer protagonist as she attempts to move on with her life after her husband’s needless death. But when an unusual case finds its way to Gaby, her new small-town life reveals its ugly side, and she is pulled deeper into the mystery with every new question that comes to mind. What follows is a procedural crime and mystery drama with plenty of sharp twists and clever turns.
Author Andrea O’Connor has a highly engrossing writing style that will suit fans of the mystery and legal thriller genres alike, especially in the way that it combines the procedural steps of law work with Gaby’s keen mind and need to seek answers out for herself. I really enjoyed the setting as it’s not a part of the world that I’m familiar with, but it became clear through beautifully described scenes and that insular, gossipy small-town atmosphere that makes for great drama. In terms of plot, I felt that this was very much a puzzle piece mystery rather than a linear clue-by-clue, which was great because it keeps you on your toes and looking for details hidden in the excellent prose. Overall, I would certainly recommend Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace as a read that legal mystery fans are likely to devour from cover to cover.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn