Title: Shadows of the Past
Series: Secrets of the Blue Hills Library
Author: Emily Thomas
Published Date: 2013
Genre: Cozy mystery, Christian
Page Count: 283
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
While cataloging books at the library, Anne stumbles on an old, yellowed map of Pennsylvania tucked inside the pages of a historical book from Aunt Edie's private collection. When Anne studies the map, she sees markings that hint at its use by Lewis and Clark! Could it really be authentic? And if it is, how did Aunt Edie come to possess a map that had been stolen from the now-defunct Blue Hill Historical Society one hundred years ago?
Meanwhile, Anne's son Ben, starts disappearing for long periods of time, though he's always close by and comes home when she calls. His furtive, increasingly strange behavior and - stranger still for a nine-year-old boy - frequent showering make Anne wonder what secrets her son is hiding from her.
Anne finds a map in a donated book that could be the key to ending a multi-generation feud between two of the towns history society families. Anne is also dealing with her son Ben has an attitude all of a sudden.
Overall I enjoyed this story. So far this whole series has been quick and easy reads for me. Since this is a cozy mystery we know it's all going to end okay, and that most of the people will be happy. The romance between two people is really starting to be hinted at as well, which is something that I'm not sure if I want to be happening this quickly when you think about how much time has passed so far in this series.
I did find myself getting a little annoyed with Anna at times when it came to her always going to certain other people to watch her children, yet in the first book she wanted that same person to back off. I also found the way that she was dealing with Ben in this one a little frustrating, she wanted to know what he was doing, yet she never asked around, or spent more time with him to see what was going on. It just didn't make sense to me. (I know she has a lot going on, but her children should be more important than finding out if a map is real or not.)
I'm curious to see where the next book takes us, and what other secrets this library could hold.