Memories of Murder by Lara Nance

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     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.  (-synopsis)
     Maeve is a strong woman who is recovering from a scary attack.  After spending some time in Savannah with her family she moves to a small town and takes a job as the nurse practitioner in a retirement community.  She thinks that a new job in a new place will help her start over…and keep her from using her witch powers that she vows to keep bound.
     But soon after Maeve moves to town one of the residents at the retirement community jumps to his death.  The murder investigation brings handsome sheriff Paul into Maeve’s life but it also brings up memories of her attack.  Soon she is struggling between falling for the sheriff, keeping her witch powers bound, and helping with the investigation.
     This book was well written and easy to follow.  Maeve is a strong main character who has some internal and external struggles that cause her to make some tough decisions.  The budding relationship between Maeve and Paul was fun to imagine because while they liked each other, they did hit a few rocky patches as all new couples do.
     The Gems, Maeve’s mother and her aunts, are also witches.  They bring fun to the story and really fill in the gaps.  They may be the life of the party but they love Maeve and use their powers to help her solve the mysteries that surround the retirement community.
     While parts of the ending were predictable, there were one or two twists that I definitely didn’t see coming.  I enjoyed reading this book and finished it in a couple of days.  It was an easy and fun read.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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