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Abby Silver is a temp secretary with a super memory. When she's assigned to work with an unusual detective, Abby discovers she likes investigative work. No, she loves it. Within a week, she's helping her boss (and his trusty beagle, Chewie) chase down a murder suspect. Literally. Hijinx ensue! Abby Silver is a temp secretary with a super memory. When she's assigned to work with an unusual detective, Abby discovers she likes investigative work. No, she loves it. Within a week, she's helping her boss (and his trusty beagle, Chewie) chase down a murder suspect. Literally. Hijinx ensue!


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Abby Silver is a temp secretary with a super memory. When she's assigned to work with an unusual detective, Abby discovers she likes investigative work. No, she loves it. Within a week, she's helping her boss (and his trusty beagle, Chewie) chase down a murder suspect. Literally. Hijinx ensue! Abby Silver is a temp secretary with a super memory. When she's assigned to work with an unusual detective, Abby discovers she likes investigative work. No, she loves it. Within a week, she's helping her boss (and his trusty beagle, Chewie) chase down a murder suspect. Literally. Hijinx ensue!

30 review for Girl in the Shadows

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    This was the first of a new series and I know I am going to love it. What can I say? I loved both Derek Diamond and Abby Silver. Derek is a middle aged detective that has been hired to investigate a murder. He needs an assistant for the week and ends up with Abby Silver. She is with the local temp agency. This murder of Brock Kensington has the police working hard looking for clues. But Derek was working even harder to get ahead of them. From the beginning he knew this murder was not a random ro This was the first of a new series and I know I am going to love it. What can I say? I loved both Derek Diamond and Abby Silver. Derek is a middle aged detective that has been hired to investigate a murder. He needs an assistant for the week and ends up with Abby Silver. She is with the local temp agency. This murder of Brock Kensington has the police working hard looking for clues. But Derek was working even harder to get ahead of them. From the beginning he knew this murder was not a random robbery gone wrong. Derek Diamond's personality is very charming in a no filter kind of manner. He is very abrupt in the way he deals with Abby. But it is endearing to me and she seems to be able to let it roll off her shoulders. Abby has some insecurities that allow her to accept little nicknames and generalities made by Derek. It was quite fun to read about their interactions. They really work well together with their hidden talents secret weapons, Like Chewie., Derek's beagle. These really fun and intelligent characters along with a juicy murder investigation was just the perfect book to start the day. I am itching to see what Derek Diamond does next book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Fun and funny with a spunky young woman with Asbergers syndrome, a beginning-Alzheimer’s gentleman, and a smarter-than-them-both dog (they had me at the pup). Case was interesting and unusual, script was clean and intelligently written (especially for the genre). It’s a YA but holds the interest of readers of any age. Highly recommended for the adventure and a smile. Well narrated by Tiffany Williams.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    My actual rating is probably 3.5 stars. To begin with I feel like I need to tell you this is not a novel. I don't know why I should need to tell you this, I feel like when you buy a thing to read it should be clearly indicated that you are buying a short story, novella or novel, but for some odd reason this book is the exception to that expectation; it is, in fact, a short novella with a whole other novel attached after it (not in this series, not about these characters, not a cozy mystery so pos My actual rating is probably 3.5 stars. To begin with I feel like I need to tell you this is not a novel. I don't know why I should need to tell you this, I feel like when you buy a thing to read it should be clearly indicated that you are buying a short story, novella or novel, but for some odd reason this book is the exception to that expectation; it is, in fact, a short novella with a whole other novel attached after it (not in this series, not about these characters, not a cozy mystery so possibly not a novel you even want to be reading). Unfortunately the fact that I thought I had bought a novel when I hadn't turned out to be extremely distracting. I kept reading and asking myself," wait, is the story almost over? But it says I'm only 30% in?? Oh never mind there's more..." Only to repeat it the whole inner dialogue a few pages later. Here's the thing, these characters are worthy of a novel, and they are fleshed out with novel sized personal arcs, this easily could have been a novel (and based on the disappointment I felt when it just abruptly stopped it probably should have been). Or even a short story/novella collection where we followed the characters through their personal stories but with changing mystery investigation (this also would have given us a great chance to see the variety in Diamond's work). I suppose the best thing I can say about the length of the book is that at least the author knew when she didn't have a novel length plot and didn't simply try to extend it beyond it's capacity to force it into a novel. I know harping on about the length of the book is not actually a helpful review, but the thing is the end of this story was such a disappointment because the writing itself was so good. I loved the characters; they were unique and made interesting decisions in their lives, they felt real and relatable and I wanted to know and see more of them. The mystery itself was well written and I was surprised to find that Pepper did a great job of distraction and misdirection without any projection of the killer early on in the story (though I'm interested to know if she can maintain that for a whole novel). And honestly, if there was a second book, a full novel, available I'd start reading it right now because I enjoyed this short book that much. I just wish it wasn't so damn short.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Night time 'insomnia' read. An okay story but it really needed more depth. The main characters were shallow and 'thin' and the minor characters were vague and inconsistent. Night time 'insomnia' read. An okay story but it really needed more depth. The main characters were shallow and 'thin' and the minor characters were vague and inconsistent.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Booth

    This is fun brain candy. It's a cozy mystery that is fun escapism reading. The author writes well and there are no outstanding errors or annoying writing quirks that distract from the flow of the book like you find in some cozy mysteries. The only complain is that you know nothing about the detective the protagonist is working for, he's very mysterious and keeps his ideas even closer to his chest. I'd have liked a tad more character development in him but I imagine the author is saving that for This is fun brain candy. It's a cozy mystery that is fun escapism reading. The author writes well and there are no outstanding errors or annoying writing quirks that distract from the flow of the book like you find in some cozy mysteries. The only complain is that you know nothing about the detective the protagonist is working for, he's very mysterious and keeps his ideas even closer to his chest. I'd have liked a tad more character development in him but I imagine the author is saving that for another book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Solid start to a long series of cozy mysteries.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Fun, quick cozy mystery with believable characters and interesting plot. Different from her other stories but fun nonetheless.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Jackles

    Grabbed my attention from the get-go. I loved the detective and dog combo :) Awesome cosy mystery!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beau

    Abby Silver is a bit lost in life. She feels like she doesn’t have a passion, her spoiled rich boy ex-boyfriend is a bit confused about their relationship status but things begin to fall into place a bit when her temp agency sends her to be the assistant to Derek Diamond, who is currently investigating a high profile murder. Honestly, I’m not quite sure what happened here, this book seemed to lack the cleverness that Pepper’s Stormy Day series had. While it managed to maintain the lighthearted n Abby Silver is a bit lost in life. She feels like she doesn’t have a passion, her spoiled rich boy ex-boyfriend is a bit confused about their relationship status but things begin to fall into place a bit when her temp agency sends her to be the assistant to Derek Diamond, who is currently investigating a high profile murder. Honestly, I’m not quite sure what happened here, this book seemed to lack the cleverness that Pepper’s Stormy Day series had. While it managed to maintain the lighthearted nature that I enjoyed reading in the Stormy Day series, it wasn’t particularly funny. Abby Silver’s character had me swaying back and forth as far as if I liked her or not, on the one hand I found her character to be rather real and relatable but in some instances she was annoying and behaved in ways that seemed a bit of out character for the personality set for her and more as if just to move the plot along. The dialogue was a bit stiff and didn’t feel like it flowed naturally for me either. However, I’m not going to write off the series. Pepper has shown me her ability to turn things around before so perhaps as the series goes on the story and dialogue will improve. As I said, Abby’s character was quite relatable as someone in their mid 20’s who feels a bit lost in life and is trying to get stuff together she’s a great character. She - and the series- just needs a bit of polishing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Olds

    Gripping! Finally! A mystery writer who keeps you smiling through the entire book. If you like this book, try the Stormy Day series. It's so good that I'm anxiously awaiting the next one. Gripping! Finally! A mystery writer who keeps you smiling through the entire book. If you like this book, try the Stormy Day series. It's so good that I'm anxiously awaiting the next one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Boots S

    This was a cute short story - not much meat - but light and a bit humorous. Abby is a temp who lands a one week job with a detective, Derek, working on an old case. The victim was found strangled with a belt in his own home All possible suspects appear to have iron clad alibis.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mari Hinton

    Good read I liked this new series and look forward to more to come. This book is more just on the mystery side. Not a lot a suspense and thrillers, just a good clean mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy Haborak

    Two and a half stars. Quick read. Characters rather shallow, plot thin. Enjoyable, though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Story seemed to be missing a lot: flow, padding out of the characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela Griffin

    Why? This is an unusual and confusing story. Abby, Derek, and Chewie make a likable team, but I'm not sure why! Abby is blessed with an amazing brain and no motivation to take advantage of that fact. She's apparently so paralyzed by fear of making a wrong decision (no explanation given) that she just allows life to happen, AND she lacks character. Derek seems to be a well-respected detective, but he's beyond quirky and unfocused. Chewie is the only one living up to potential. The murderer and the Why? This is an unusual and confusing story. Abby, Derek, and Chewie make a likable team, but I'm not sure why! Abby is blessed with an amazing brain and no motivation to take advantage of that fact. She's apparently so paralyzed by fear of making a wrong decision (no explanation given) that she just allows life to happen, AND she lacks character. Derek seems to be a well-respected detective, but he's beyond quirky and unfocused. Chewie is the only one living up to potential. The murderer and the motivation are surprising as is the reason for the cover-up; this could be because cozy mysteries usually attempt to engage the reader in the crimesolving process with clues and red herrings to follow, but this story does not. The conclusion shows growth for the characters and their future relationship...and just ends. AND THERE'S NO SEQUEL!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Hurst

    This is a fun, humorous cozy mystery. The lead female character displays moments of awkwardness everyone can relate to going through at some point in their life. The lead male starts out seeming a bit of a male chauvinist, but that is quickly dispelled endearing his character to you even with his many quirks. The story itself held enough little twists to leave you unsure until shortly before the reveal who 'did it', and then you find out that there is still more to it. I laughed heartily a numbe This is a fun, humorous cozy mystery. The lead female character displays moments of awkwardness everyone can relate to going through at some point in their life. The lead male starts out seeming a bit of a male chauvinist, but that is quickly dispelled endearing his character to you even with his many quirks. The story itself held enough little twists to leave you unsure until shortly before the reveal who 'did it', and then you find out that there is still more to it. I laughed heartily a number of times throughout this cozy mystery.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This was pretty good. I really liked the way the author developed the two main characters. It was especially refreshing to have a female protagonist who was not your typical bumbling girlish crime fighter, as a lot of these kinds of mysteries have. The plot itself was nothing too surprising. I feel like the author could have given some more detail to the crime and those secondary characters, but I am definitely planning to read the next in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Girl in the Shadows is only half the book. (Less than half, actually.) It's OK, but the real gem in here is the first volume of the Wisteria Witches series, where the main character is redheaded witch/librarian Zara Riddle, a single mother who finds herself possessed by the spirit of an eccentric elderly socialite (killed in her bathtub by a toaster!). It's such a quirky, enjoyable world. I expect to come back to the series again and again. Girl in the Shadows is only half the book. (Less than half, actually.) It's OK, but the real gem in here is the first volume of the Wisteria Witches series, where the main character is redheaded witch/librarian Zara Riddle, a single mother who finds herself possessed by the spirit of an eccentric elderly socialite (killed in her bathtub by a toaster!). It's such a quirky, enjoyable world. I expect to come back to the series again and again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Abby Silver is a temp secretary with a super memory and I wish I had one these days. Abby is assigned to work with an unusual detective, Abby discovers she likes investigative work. As Abby starts working with Detective Diamond helping working on a case she also meets Chewie, a beagle that is always at his side. After a week she loves doing this kind of work and there is funny and suspense along the way.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    GIRL IN THE SHADOWS by Angela Pepper. A new series and good, it is funny and Abby is a young quirky person. When a temp job for a week teams her up with Derek, who is investigating a murder. She love's the work, and they work good together. Looking forward to more in this series. Readers will love it, young ,upbeat approach to investigating. GIRL IN THE SHADOWS by Angela Pepper. A new series and good, it is funny and Abby is a young quirky person. When a temp job for a week teams her up with Derek, who is investigating a murder. She love's the work, and they work good together. Looking forward to more in this series. Readers will love it, young ,upbeat approach to investigating.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Adamkiewicz

    Wonderful This was a truly intriguing and original plot as well as more than realistic characters. I loved it and highly recommend it. The writing was fast paced, clever, and riveting. I couldn't put it down. However Wisteria Witches the accompanied selection was juvenile, stupid, and a waste of time. Wonderful This was a truly intriguing and original plot as well as more than realistic characters. I loved it and highly recommend it. The writing was fast paced, clever, and riveting. I couldn't put it down. However Wisteria Witches the accompanied selection was juvenile, stupid, and a waste of time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kids Kindle

    Diamond and Silver Abby works at a temp agency. Doesn't know what to do with her life. She gets paired with Derrek as his assistant for a week. Ends up that they are trying to find a killer. Abby had a photographic memory and Derrek is an ace investigator. I'm looking forward to the next book to see where this goes. Diamond and Silver Abby works at a temp agency. Doesn't know what to do with her life. She gets paired with Derrek as his assistant for a week. Ends up that they are trying to find a killer. Abby had a photographic memory and Derrek is an ace investigator. I'm looking forward to the next book to see where this goes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    Girl in the Shadows Girl in the Shadows is the start of a new series about who is working for a temp agency. She accepts a temporary job as secretary to a private investigator who is in town temporarily but.... The "but" is where the fun starts. A quick, fun read. A bonus to this book is that it also includes the first book in Angela Peppers Wisteria Witches series. Girl in the Shadows Girl in the Shadows is the start of a new series about who is working for a temp agency. She accepts a temporary job as secretary to a private investigator who is in town temporarily but.... The "but" is where the fun starts. A quick, fun read. A bonus to this book is that it also includes the first book in Angela Peppers Wisteria Witches series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This was enjoyable and nice to read about someone who was tall and fit but not all together. I was glad that she followed up on her new temporary career of girl detective assistant/ insurance fraud investigator. There was a lot to like about the story that had more twists and turns than many mysteries. - (should be rated a 3.5)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Grandma Mush

    A good read I basically liked this book. I like cozies and even the occasional ghost but this book had a few too many details about the various creatures from witch world. Also I didn’t care for the shape Zara’s boyfriend took. I had figured out the murderer to start with but wasn’t positive. So I still enjoyed it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dalletta Olena

    This is a fun read. Although it involves a murder investigation, this story is from the point of view of the detective's assistant. She is a tall young woman, still trying to discover her "life's calling." Angela Pepper is accomplished at creating characters with whom the reader will either recognise the type, or actually identify with. And the story has a great twist at the end. This is a fun read. Although it involves a murder investigation, this story is from the point of view of the detective's assistant. She is a tall young woman, still trying to discover her "life's calling." Angela Pepper is accomplished at creating characters with whom the reader will either recognise the type, or actually identify with. And the story has a great twist at the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Tatum

    Who’s a witch? Interesting mystery of new residents in a small town that seems a little off. Zara buys a red house that some same is haunted. Well that was s true. The former owner wants s newly discovered witch to call ch her murderer. Plenty of surprises always my the way. I enjoyed reading this s book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Penman

    Great cheeky wee read I got this book as a freebie on the bookbub website, aged ago. I just started reading Girl in the Shadows & when it finished i was introduced to The Wisteria Witches! I read in a couple of days & I've just bought book 2 & 3. I love Cozy mysteries, but these are different. The characters have more depth & you just want to read more. Great cheeky wee read I got this book as a freebie on the bookbub website, aged ago. I just started reading Girl in the Shadows & when it finished i was introduced to The Wisteria Witches! I read in a couple of days & I've just bought book 2 & 3. I love Cozy mysteries, but these are different. The characters have more depth & you just want to read more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    moxieBK

    Girl in the Shadows — Angela Pepper (13 chapters) December 31, 2019 Short and sweet review: Fun, quick, quirky read by an author that I forgot I have read in the past. As the story unfolds we learn about the protagonist’s present as a temporary worker to a quirky old PI. Her past is also entwined in the story. Fun, great read to end 2019. Four stars.

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