Welcome to Piney Falls
About Welcome to Piney Falls
Winner of the Literary Titan Silver Award
Lanie has no idea what awaits her in Piney Falls...
Lanie Anders has a perfectly ordered life. From her half-foam morning latte to her high-powered executive job - she controls every outcome. But when her house burns to the ground in mysterious circumstances, her life is thrown into confusion.
Searching for some kind of purpose, she stumbles across a century-old mystery and flees to Piney Falls, Oregon, an oceanside hamlet with a curious past. But something isn’t quite right in the picturesque town. Her neighbor speaks in riddles, the death rate is alarmingly high, and the impossibly handsome town baker is hiding something.
With each clue she unearths in the present and the past, she becomes more convinced that the townspeople are in imminent danger.
Will Lanie be able to solve both mysteries without putting her own life in jeopardy?
Find out why readers are calling Welcome to Piney Falls “immensely immersive and totally gripping.” Don't miss the first in this exciting new mystery series!
About Joann Keder
Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master's degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest led her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.
Lanie Anders likes her job, has a beautiful home that she redecorates often, and a fabulous wardrobe. For something different, Lanie is taking a creative writing class. Her latest assignment has Lanie investigating a mystery in Piney Falls, Oregon. When Lanie’s home is burned to the ground, she finds herself at a loss. She heads to Piney Falls to learn more about the town. Lanie soon discovers that something is not right with the people in the town. They evade her questions and do not wish to speak about the past. Lane becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the town.
Welcome to Piney Falls by Joann Keder is the beginning of the Piney Falls Mysteries. I found the characters in Piney Falls to be a little odd. The author gave us a quirky bunch of characters. They have unusual names, and one person is quite colorful. Lanie is an acquired taste. She grows on you over the course of the novel. This is a dual timeline novel. Lanie’s tale is in 2018 while the Flannagan sisters takes us back to 1908. I enjoyed the historical portion more than the present day. I found the Flannagan sisters’ story quite interesting, and I enjoyed the letter format. Welcome to Piney Falls is a slow starter, but the pace picks up in the second half of the story. I found myself rapidly turning the pages to see how the mysteries would turn out (I love solving whodunits and I wanted to see if I was right). It was difficult at times when the story did not always follow a linear progression. The mysteries were wrapped up neatly (no questions left unanswered) and the story has a sweet ending. I loved the descriptions of coastal Oregon with the woods and the beautiful falls. Welcome to Piney Falls is a quirky, mysterious tale with Scottish emigres, tasty pastries, zipped lips, fateful falls, a curious cult, and startling revelations.
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