Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Memory of Murder by Lara Nance

Memories of Murder by Lara Nance

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon Product Description:
When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job. As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients. Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself.

My thoughts:
Lara Nance has built a wonderfully described, realistic world as the setting for her story.  It was as if Rolling Gap and it's residents could be just down the road.  The characters are well developed and easy to invest in.  The "Gems" are fantastic.  Maeve is a strong main character, I was impressed with her from the start.  Paul is great.   My heart went out to both of them as they struggle with their personal demons.  The story is intriguing and fast paced; twisting and suspenseful.  
I love a good thriller and this did not disappoint!  I look forward to more from Lara Nance!

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites through the South. She started out with a career in business/marketing for twenty years and then went back to school for a masters in nursing and is currently a nurse practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn... However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies and adventures in her stories.  (photo and bio from

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