Echoes among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am huge fan of dual time story lines with a mystery so when Echoes Among the Stones popped up on my recommendation list with a very interesting cover image of a cemetery, I was all for it.

Jaime Jo Wright writes beautifully and pleasures the reader with such lovely characters. Mumsie is 93 years old, grouchy, grumpy and persnickety. Her granddaughter Aggie has always had a difficult relationship with her but when circumstances and Mumsie’s lie forces Aggie to be with Mumsie, she finds out the extend of the characteristics that they both share and have in common. The dry humor laced into the dialogues was a good touch especially with 3 stooges that comes into help Mumsie and Aggie.

There’s a lot written about Christianity and faith and not losing hope which I had no idea going in, but didn’t have much of a problem with. The grief that Imogene and Aggie suffer in losing their loved ones was revealing as Aggie learns to let go and live life accepting the reality and facing every challenge that life throws in your way. I loved how the character of Collin who also has his share of grief plays a pivotal part in showing Aggie how to circumvent grief and not let it cripple you.

Imogene and Aggie’s voices as alternate chapters getting to the twisty end was surprising but I am going with 3.5 stars coz of the pace of the book which at certain point was painstakingly slow.

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After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her vintage, though very outdated, home. Aggie didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in a dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow Aggie when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the town’s cemetery. Forced to work with a puzzling yet attractive archaeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep hidden–even if that means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Grayson works in a beauty salon but has her sights set on Hollywood. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the burgeoning world of forensic science and, as a woman, not particularly welcomed into the investigation, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . no matter the cost.

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