Due to Aunt Harriet and Uncle Bosco living on the town green and her uncle’s position on the library board (and also his past on the town council), I thought they were financially well off. Now I realize that they lost the Singleton Farm. Was I mistaken or did they financially recover from that loss?
They aren't wealthy, but they're comfortable. They sold the farm to Dylan's parents, who didn't give them the best price, but they were lucky to buy the house on the Green at a good price.
That is an expression to describe a way of rearing a child without really considering his or her needs. Those parents give their child or children the necessities of life, but not the attention and emotional support they require.
Are Dylan’s parent’s dead?
Yes, they are.
Although Carrie’s father was in and out of jail during most of her formative years, he now appears to be the better parent. Remind readers why Carrie isn’t close to her mother. Does her mother have Carrie’s ability to see ghosts?
Carrie always adored her father and was very hurt when he often stayed away from home, even when he wasn't in jail. But in Read and Gone, Jim Singleton comes back into her life and makes every effort to show Carrie that he loves her. What's more, he turns his life around and now works in the investigation agency that Dylan and his partner Mac own.
Carrie's mother was never maternal. She is self-absorbed and manipulative. In Checked Out for Murder, Carrie spends time with her mother when Linda comes to Clover Ridge because her husband is in a movie being filmed there. Carrie helps her mother get through some emotional upheavals when she's in town. While she and her mother will never be close, Carrie now understands her better.
Did Dylan inherit the estate they live on? Why does Carrie seem to have an aversion to the manor house, where Dylan lives?
Yes, Dylan owns the estate that once belonged to his parents. Carrie finds the manor house formal and stuffy and doesn't want to ever live there when she and Dylan are married.
When the body of, as it
turns out, Dylan’s Uncle Alec, is discovered in the building next door to the
library, which is to be joined to the library for expansion, he’s in an
agitated state. Evelyn was also murdered, but she wasn’t in an agitated state.
Why is Uncle Alec? How does he create havoc in the library?
Evelyn used to work in the library and has gone to her rightful place years earlier. She reappears in the library to interact with Carrie because she's been charged with being a kind of guardian angel for people who live in and visit Clover Ridge. Alec's body was hidden away for years and is disturbed by the workers who are renovating the building. His ghost staggers into the library through an opening between the two buildings. Alec has no idea where he is or why. He doesn't even know his own name. While Evelyn is invisible to everyone but Carrie, Alec can be seen by people in his ghostly form. As he lurches through the library, his agitation helps to create a gust of wind that causes pages to flutter, books to fall, and patrons to wonder what just passed them by.
Evelyn Havers ghost haunts the library and has served as an investigator in past books. But in this one, she serves less as an investigator and more of a mediator. How so?Though both Evelyn Havers and Alec Dunmore are ghosts, they are on different planes. Evelyn has a role to play when she returns to our plane. Alec has to go to his resting place, but can only do so after certain conditions are fulfilled. Evelyn has the responsibility of helping Alec move from one plane to another.
Carrie has fessed up to being able to see ghosts to Dylan. Why does Dylan have mixed feelings about meeting with Uncle Alec?
When Dylan was young, he adored his uncle Alec and thought he was the most fascinating person. But Alec proved to be as unreliable as Dylan's father said he was, often disappointing Dylan. What's more, Alec was involved in one shady business after another.
Does Uncle Alec have unfinished business that he must attend to before he can go onto the great beyond?
Alec's murderer must be discovered before Alec can go to his rest. And even after that happens, one more mystery must be resolved.
Is young investigative reporter Julie Theron’s aggressiveness short sighted or smart?
Julie is brilliant at what she does—unraveling secrets and gathering information—but her people skills are lacking. Sometimes she's downright offensive, as when she badmouths John Mathers for not solving Alec's recently discovered six-year-old murder in a matter of days.
Carrie is well aware that Julie has access to research and researchers that will be useful in solving the two murders. Since Carrie is investigating Alec's murder anyway, she decides she may as well team up with Julie.
How did Julie find out that the corpse was Uncle Alec?
Julie has access to her newspaper's extensive resources. She also has people doing research for her.
What is Dylan going to do with the painting and the money?
Dylan is going to donate the painting to an art museum and keep the money he inherits from his uncle.
I just finished writing the seventh book in the series. I've been contracted to write the eighth and final book in the series, final because the story arc of the series will then be complete. After that, I'll begin a new series.