Murder in Middleton by Charlotte Gerber



The author sent me a copy (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4.7  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Shannon O’Reilly is a teenager with a problem – she can see her ancestors’ ghosts, and they want her to solve their 100-year old murder mystery. Annabelle and Lily Edmonson have been waiting a long time for someone to see them so that they can tell their story of betrayal, and finally reveal their true murderer.

When Shannon begins researching the murders at the local library, someone takes notice. She begins receiving threatening notes and photographs taken of her without her knowledge. An explosion at her home takes away what she holds most dear – her parents.

A secret society steps in and offers to help Shannon fine tune her psychic abilities and to assist in protecting her from those bent on eliminating her. Someone is willing to pay any price to keep the truth, as well as her ancestors, dead and buried. Despite the attempts on her life, she is determined to find out what secret could be worth killing for so that she can finally put the past to rest.


Genre(s):  Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery

Series:  –

Length:  320 pages

Release Date:  2006-12-30



“I want my life back! You stole it from me!” the voice boomed in the room. A low moaning sound started, followed by a sound like a child weeping. A terrible feeling of anguish swept over Shannon, like nothing she had felt before.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Shannon. Her ability to see ghosts is rather a curse than a blessing for her. Watching them re-enact how they died, she begins searching for clues in the library’s microfilm archive.

With Murder in Middleton, Charlotte Gerber has created a thrilling young adult mystery. The story comprises a variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, still leaving room for the reader’s imagination. I had an exciting time reading Murder in Middleton – it is a very compelling read. I was drawn into the story right away, becoming Shannon’s invisible friend – inwardly cheering her on. This is for you if you like determined teenagers, suspense with nice twists and a paranormal touch.

A very suspenseful book to read again.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Charlotte Gerber is an American writer. She began her writing career penning content articles on the Internet. Her articles have appeared on and the New York Times/ Disability site, as well as numerous other outlets.

Charlotte lives in upstate New York with her husband Gregg and two teenage children.  She is a disability advocate and a supporter of animal rescue missions and shelters


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Murder in Middleton?  Or – if you did not yet read Murder in Middleton – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Murder in Middleton was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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