Sunday, 28 August 2016

Addison Kline - A Murder of Crowes (Shadow, #3)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

When the life of a family dies, what happens to their secrets? Are the memories of their vitality stamped out by the darkness? Are their heirlooms and photographs stowed away, hidden from view? Can the flicker of a candle’s flame reveal the secrets of a bygone life? Or will the damp and the darkness squelch the truth forever?

The Elkhart Bugle called it A Murder of Crowes. It was a clever play on words. A sinister spin on the traditional meaning of the phrase. A murder of crows - three crows gathered in unison. The trio are seen as an omen, a threat. The three stand in judgment over their peers. Self-declared kings of paupers. But on November 22, 1967, one journalist cloaked the phrase in further darkness when Ellis Crowe and two of his adult sons, Warren and Jasper Crowe, were murdered just moments after they had finished their evening dinner.

There were witnesses who had watched the ordeal play out and all evidence and accounts, all but one, led straight to Nathaniel Crowe. He was the youngest son of Ellis and Victoria Crowe. After his arrest, Crowe Towers was emptied of its residents for the first time since the grand estate was erected in 1754. It would not stay empty though. Like a sadistic case of whisper down the lane, the story changed. The truth was altered, shrouded by local lure, and those that believed the stories couldn’t deny the pull Crowe Towers had over them. They didn’t know that the truth was far worse than the tales that they believed.

Now thirty-six years after Nathaniel Crowe was first sent to prison, the State of Pennsylvania is preparing him for his release. The citizens of Elkhart are on edge. Nathaniel himself is uneasy. All he has known for the last thirty-six years have been the walls of Pennington Prison. But when a triple homicide occurs on the very night he is released from prison, one can only ask, “Is history repeating itself?” Or is there a copycat aiming to make sure Nathaniel never tastes the sweet nectar of freedom again?

So the third book in The Shadow Series, was a long one! I don't think it was any longer than the two books previously but I did struggle to get into the third story a little more than the first two.

The story of the long standing families; the Morrow's and the Crowes.


Quickly, the Morrow's and the Crowes began to learn just how different they were, but somehow, they always remained connected in one way or another.

The shocking truth of what happened all those years ago in the Crowe residence, and the release of one of Nathaniel. The man who knew the real truth...but had served time for the murders...


The ancient bond the Marrow's and the Crowe's shared was severed...A blood bath occurred. The wrong man was arrested. A mad man ran free and unsuspected. A murder of Crowes.

The departure of Nate was a sad one...but one he was at peace with...he may have lost some of his life serving time but in the remaining time in his story he was given something that he couldn't ever be more thankful for...


"I'm sorry Nate.  I'm sorry things weren't better for you"...
"You don't know what you're talking about, Moira.  You two have me the greatest gift these last two days....You gave me a family again.

The book was in the usual sense of flipping between the different characters and the plots that each of them had...but on occasions I did struggle to keep up. But overall, the last 40% of the story had me hooked. So please bear with the story. You won't regret it!

The Morrows showed their family commitment, love, respect and values as first set out in the first two books. The Morrows truly were an incredible family despite all the turmoil they had survived. This book was no different there.

A truly brilliant ending for all the Morrows, on the lead up to Christmas, which until then had been a somber occasion, they finally find some peace and happiness. Just what they all deserve.


...It was the most memorable Christmas the family had enjoyed in quite some time....As Tristan smiled at her father...It was the happiest she could ever remember.

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I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

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