The Tale of Halcyon CraneThe Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Tale of Halcyon Crane is a ghost story. Halcyon, a young woman raised by a single father, is contacted by a lawyer from an island in the Great Lakes. She has inherited a huge fortune, including an island mansion, from a mother she never knew, a woman Halcyon thought had died. Her father, who has Alzheimer’s, dies before she leaves for the island. The ancient island house is haunted by her ancestors, including three little girls taking pleasure in murder and mayhem.

Liked. Nothing extraordinary about this book, and I’ve no explanation as to why it held my attention – but it did. A few nicely spooky events. A curl-up-on-the-sofa ghost story. If you’re familiar with Wendy Webb, you know she pens some terrific mysteries. This is no exception. Check out The End of Temperance Dare, or Daughters of the Lake, both great Webb mysteries.

Not so hot. The story is a bit predictable, a few roll-your-eyes moments in the romance, and the narrator would be better with young-adult or children’s literature.

Written by Wendy Webb, narrated by Cassandra Campbell, just under 10 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format, released in March 2010 by Blackstone Audio.

Recommended for the ghost story and mystery lover.


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