A NovelBook - 2016
In need of a place to run in winter, Jude flees to a memorable bookstore she recalls from visiting the town of Lowell, where she takes work and an affordable rental in a gravedigger's cottage, but the town proves not to be the haven she sought.
A woman on the run blows the dust off a series of deadly secrets
It’s the oldest bookshop in a town full of bookshops; rambling and disordered, full of treasures if you look hard. Jude found one of the treasures when she visited last summer, the high point of a miserable vacation. Now, in the depths of winter, when she has to run away, Lowell’s chaotic bookshop in that backwater of a town is the safe place she runs to.
Jude needs a bolt-hole; Lowell needs an assistant, and when an affordable rental is thrown in too, life begins to look up. The gravedigger’s cottage isn’t perfect for a woman alone, but at least she has quiet neighbors.
Quiet, but not silent. The long dead and the books they left behind both have tales to tell, and the dusty rooms of the bookshop are not the haven they seem to be. Lowell’s past and Jude’s present are a dangerous cocktail of secrets and lies, and someone is coming to light the taper that could destroy everything.
A 2016 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel
A 2017 Mary Higgins Clark Award Finalist
A 2017 IPPY Award Bronze Medalist for Mystery/Cozy/Noir
"Quiet Neighbors drew me in from the very first page, and I stayed up late reading it because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. That's the definition of a good book."—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"McPherson writes mystery stories that are both cozy and creepy, which accounts for the quirky charm of Quiet Neighbors."—The New York Times
"Outstanding."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Layer upon layer of deception."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"McPherson is a master of slightly creepy narratives that are complex and character driven."—Library Journal (starred review)
"Quiet Neighbors is a real find . . . This is one of those ideal stories that you cannot put down and actually feel sad when it's over."—Suspense Magazine
"Quiet Neighbors is a cleverly conceived, skillfully executed, decidedly nontraditional small-town mystery that is bursting at the seams with warmth, wit, moxie, and menace."—Mystery Scene
“Despite the dark underpinnings, this is also a story of love, family, trust, and forgiveness.”—Booklist
"Intricately layered and psychologically taut."—The Strand Magazine