Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1)
In a brilliantly twisted debut set among Boston’s elite, Edwin Hill introduces unforgettable sleuth Hester Thursby—and a missing persons case that uncovers a trail of vicious murder...Harvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.Sam has no desire to be found. As a teenager, he fled his small New Hampshire town with his friend, Gabe, after a haunting incident. For a dozen years, Sam and Gabe have traveled the country, reinventing themselves as they move from one mark to another. Sam has learned how trusting wealthy people can be—especially the lonely ones—as he expertly manipulates his way into their lives and homes. In Wendy Richards, the beautiful, fabulously rich daughter of one of Boston’s most influential families, he’s found the perfect way to infiltrate the milieu in which he knows he belongs—a world of Brooks Brothers suits, Nantucket summers, and effortless glamour.As Hester’s investigation closes in on their brutal truth, the bond between Sam and Gabe is tested and Hester unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. While Gabe has pinned all his desperate hopes of a normal life on Hester, Sam wants her out of the way for good. And Gabe has always done what Sam asks...

Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1) Details

TitleLittle Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1)
Author
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Amateur Sleuth

Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1) Review

  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Little Comfort by Edwin Hill reminds of a box of Cracker Jacks. It has a little something for everyone along with a surprise waiting for you at the end.4' 9-3/4", Hester Thursby, may be small in stature but she is a feisty force of nature. She is on leave from her full-time job as a Harvard Librarian. to take care of three year old Kate, the daughter of her wayward best friend, Daphne, and also the niece of her live-in boyfriend, Morgan.Hester, not one to sit still and become June Cleaver, is al Little Comfort by Edwin Hill reminds of a box of Cracker Jacks. It has a little something for everyone along with a surprise waiting for you at the end.4' 9-3/4", Hester Thursby, may be small in stature but she is a feisty force of nature. She is on leave from her full-time job as a Harvard Librarian. to take care of three year old Kate, the daughter of her wayward best friend, Daphne, and also the niece of her live-in boyfriend, Morgan.Hester, not one to sit still and become June Cleaver, is also a part time sleuth/private detective. She is hired to find a woman's missing brother. This shouldn't be too hard or too dangerous, right?But immediately from the very beginning, Hester realizes that there is more to this mystery than finding a lost sibling.No longer a case of missing persons, impulsive yet determined, Hester, is now in the grips of mystery with a murdering psychopath. This is a thrilling ride from start to finish.Edwin Hill has given us a new modern-day female detective. One that is real, determined, sometimes too headstrong, but the friend we all wish we had, in Hester.I look forward to reading about more adventures of my new friend, Hester.I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. #netgalley #littlecomfort
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced digital copy of Little Comfort by Edwin Hill, one of the best books I’ve read all year. As the book opens, you settle in, thinking the mystery and its solution is going to take place through the actions of a heroine who is an expert at using internet and other searches to resolve problems for her clients. The first characters you meet are drawn with just enough detail for you to get a glimpse of who they are, w A huge thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced digital copy of Little Comfort by Edwin Hill, one of the best books I’ve read all year. As the book opens, you settle in, thinking the mystery and its solution is going to take place through the actions of a heroine who is an expert at using internet and other searches to resolve problems for her clients. The first characters you meet are drawn with just enough detail for you to get a glimpse of who they are, with hints about depths to come. Throughout the book, these characters continue to take more and more shape aa added details compliment those characteristics you’ve already drawn in your head.Early on, the book morphs into the first of several shifts hinting that the entire story may be something quite different from what you were expecting. These metamorphoses continue throughout the book, adding to the storyline or to the characters, often in unpredictable ways. The result is you are continually drawn further into the book with an increasing reluctance to put it down, even for a short break. When you do put it down, you find yourself thinking about what you’ve read or wondering where the story is going to take you next, looking forward to your return.To say this is much more than a simple missing person puzzle, or perhaps a simple murder mystery is an understatement. In the interest of letting future readers have the pleasure of experiencing the story as it unfolds, I am choosing not to give much information regarding the plot or its resolution. Suffice it to say the book is well written in every way with characters who are fully formed throughout the book and who continue to grow much in the same way your knowledge of the people you meet continues to grow as you spend more time with them and they reveal more of themselves than they did in an initial introduction.The book is part psychological suspense, part heart-pounding action, part exploration of the human psyche and all of it a compelling read. Throughout the tale, the reader is made privy to different individuals experiences and how each person’s response to those experiences shapes them into the person they are at present. The theory that no one is all bad or all good is well represented by the book’s characters, although perhaps not in equal percentages. This makes for a more interesting approach to the ending of the book as the reader can approach the finale with at least a measure of doubt as to it’s resolution.One piece of advice, start this book when you have some time to devote to the reading, It may well be one you don’t want to put down, and as such you may find yourself reading well into the night even when you have to get up to go to work the next morning.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Little Comfort by Edwin Hill reminds of a box of Cracker Jacks. It has a little something for everyone along with a surprise waiting for you at the end.4' 9-3/4", Hester Thursby, may be small in stature but she is a feisty force of nature. She is on leave from her full-time job as a Harvard Librarian. to take care of three year old Kate, the daughter of her wayward best friend, Daphne, and also the niece of her live-in boyfriend, Morgan.Hester, not one to sit still and become June Cleaver, is al Little Comfort by Edwin Hill reminds of a box of Cracker Jacks. It has a little something for everyone along with a surprise waiting for you at the end.4' 9-3/4", Hester Thursby, may be small in stature but she is a feisty force of nature. She is on leave from her full-time job as a Harvard Librarian. to take care of three year old Kate, the daughter of her wayward best friend, Daphne, and also the niece of her live-in boyfriend, Morgan.Hester, not one to sit still and become June Cleaver, is also a part time sleuth/private detective. She is hired to find a woman's missing brother. This shouldn't be too hard or too dangerous, right?But immediately from the very beginning, Hester realizes that there is more to this mystery than finding a lost sibling.No longer a case of missing persons, impulsive yet determined, Hester, is now in the grips of mystery with a murdering psychopath. This is a thrilling ride from start to finish.Edwin Hill has given us a new modern-day female detective. One that is real, determined, sometimes too headstrong, but the friend we all wish we had, in Hester.I look forward to reading about more adventures of my new friend, Hester.I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. #netgalley #littlecomfort
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    The independent and spirited missing person's detective Hester Thursby has helped fill the hole in my heart left by the absence of new Sue Grafton books featuring Kinsey Milhone. While Kinsey is a California gal and Hester has a background as a reference librarian at Harvard University in Massachusetts on the East Coast (my alma mater), they share a similar mindset and fierce loyalty and independence for a non-traditional family. Hester still keeps her own apartment on the top story of a three f The independent and spirited missing person's detective Hester Thursby has helped fill the hole in my heart left by the absence of new Sue Grafton books featuring Kinsey Milhone. While Kinsey is a California gal and Hester has a background as a reference librarian at Harvard University in Massachusetts on the East Coast (my alma mater), they share a similar mindset and fierce loyalty and independence for a non-traditional family. Hester still keeps her own apartment on the top story of a three floor townhouse while she could be living with her "non-husband" Morgan on the 2nd floor as she reluctantly helps raise the 3 year old daughter of Morgan's twin sister Daphne. The absent Daphne, who should be living on the first floor, is also Hester’s best friend. In this debut novel, Hester uncovers many secrets while tracking down two off-the-grid young men who disappeared from Little Comfort in New Hampshire. I read an advanced reader's copy thanks to NetGalley the publisher Kensington books, and author Edwin Hill. However, Little Comfort will be coming out on August 28, 2018 and I hope it is wildly popular so that Hill will bring us more adventures from feisty Hester Thursby.
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  • Carlissa
    January 1, 1970
    Debut novels are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get. With this book you'll get interesting characters and an enjoyable summer read. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for giving me the chance to read and review.
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  • Judy Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a digital galley of this novel.This novel kept me guessing for quite a long time regarding which type of thriller I was going to find. As the story began to unfold I was intrigued by what purpose some of the characters had in the plot and that information was given to me by the author in such a good way that I continued to want to read the story. I will usually chose not to read a book that features too much family and especially kid time because I Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a digital galley of this novel.This novel kept me guessing for quite a long time regarding which type of thriller I was going to find. As the story began to unfold I was intrigued by what purpose some of the characters had in the plot and that information was given to me by the author in such a good way that I continued to want to read the story. I will usually chose not to read a book that features too much family and especially kid time because I don't like to read about families involved in murder cases. This story didn't do anything to change my feelings along those lines, but it is very well written and I liked watching the development of the critical situations Hester Thursby ultimately found herself in. One thing I really enjoyed was how the author made Hester such a believable person by making her childhood have some similarities to the criminals and yet her life went in such a different direction. This is the first book in a new series and the author has gathered a group of characters who have enough personality to carry a series over multiple books. If you are searching for a new, fresh mystery series to begin reading, this might be just right for you.
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  • Maine Colonial
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, Kensington Books, for lending me a digital ARC via Netgalley.I picked this book on impulse, because I liked the idea of a librarian private detective, but it turns out that I’ve now found a brand-new favorite main character. Hester Thursby is 4’9”—whoops, make that 9-3/4” because it’s important to her—and it irritates her no end that people sometimes treat her like she’s a doll. She’s not angry about it, but she doesn’t let people demean her or treat her differently base Thanks to the publisher, Kensington Books, for lending me a digital ARC via Netgalley.I picked this book on impulse, because I liked the idea of a librarian private detective, but it turns out that I’ve now found a brand-new favorite main character. Hester Thursby is 4’9”—whoops, make that 9-3/4” because it’s important to her—and it irritates her no end that people sometimes treat her like she’s a doll. She’s not angry about it, but she doesn’t let people demean her or treat her differently based on her size. She drives a big truck, she knows self-defense and she doesn’t let anything limit her. In a weird way, she made me think of Cormoran Strike in the series by J. K. Rowling (using her Robert Galbraith pseudonym).I liked Hester so much right away that I wasn’t turned off when the plot introduces three-year-old Kate, the daughter of Kate’s best friend Daphne, who has left to find herself or something. Daphne is also the sister of Kate’s longtime boyfriend, Morgan. Hester, Morgan and Kate live in Morgan’s upscale floor-and-a-half apartment in a three-flat in Somerville, outside Boston. Morgan, a veterinarian, has asked Hester to marry him many times, but she hesitates to commit. And that’s why she has kept her little one-bedroom apartment on the third floor, where she retreats sometimes to watch old VHS horror movies and hang out with her basset hound, Waffles. Here’s the thing: I normally hate crime fiction with a bunch of domestic detail like that. But I didn’t hate it here. In fact, I liked it. Edwin Hill made it all seem so real, not cutesy or contrived.So that’s your setup to the main character in this new series. Hester is on a bit of a leave because Daphne only took off a couple of months ago and she and Morgan wanted to be with Kate a lot to ease her into her new life. But this gives Hester time to do some of her missing-persons tracing work, so she accepts a new assignment from Lila Blaine, a woman living in New Hampshire who wants Hester to find Lila’s brother Sam, so that she can sell a lake property that they co-own. I won’t say much about how that works out, so as not to spoil the plot. I’ll just say that it’s one heck of a story, a real edge-of-your-seat thriller. Were there times when Hester did things that I thought were, shall we say, not well-thought-out? Yes, but not in the too-stupid-to-live category; not enough for me to be annoyed at her.There is something more than the appeal of the main character and the thriller story, though, that elevates this book and makes it a five-star read for me—and I don’t give a lot of five-star ratings. There are at least a couple of dozen little moments and observations in the book that strike so true, like the descriptions of the way Hester resents and loves her domestic responsibilities at the same time. There are many scenes of Edwin Hill getting into the heads of various characters and it’s amazing the way he makes you see things from that person’s point of view, even when that person has committed terrible acts. This guy is an excellent writer, he’s developed a fresh and appealing new character, and I hope he has all the success with this book (and series) that he deserves.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    "...and as much as Hester fought for independence, nothing frightened her more than the thought of being abandoned."Hester Thursby may be small in stature, but she's big on moxie! When she's not working at Harvard's Widener library, she's a people-finder and she's working a case for Lila who is searching for her long-lost brother. But how easy can it be to find a missing person (or a person in hiding) with not only a long-eared basset hound in tow, but also her new charge - three-year-old Kate, "...and as much as Hester fought for independence, nothing frightened her more than the thought of being abandoned."Hester Thursby may be small in stature, but she's big on moxie! When she's not working at Harvard's Widener library, she's a people-finder and she's working a case for Lila who is searching for her long-lost brother. But how easy can it be to find a missing person (or a person in hiding) with not only a long-eared basset hound in tow, but also her new charge - three-year-old Kate, the little girl who was practically abandoned by her mother. Eventually, this case becomes more than expected when Hester makes a new acquaintance who suddenly becomes her biggest fan.The story is well paced, had a great setup for both a mystery and a thriller, and great character development for the most part. There were a few stereotypical assumptions that grated, but Hill called them out himself. My only lasting gripe is that Hester's character didn't seem consistent throughout. She came off as a bit wishy-washy, behaving in ways contrary to the confident, dauntless personality we are initially introduced to.Little Comfort is the first in a series with a second Hester Thursby mystery expected in 2019. After this mystery with its unconventional, feisty protagonist and its unexpected twisty reveal, I'd be down to read more about Hester's adventures.*Many thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    The independent and spirited missing person's detective Hester Thursby has helped fill the hole in my heart left by the absence of new Sue Grafton books featuring Kinsey Milhone. While Kinsey is a California gal and Hester has a background as a reference librarian at Harvard University in Massachusetts on the East Coast (my alma mater), they share a similar mindset and fierce loyalty and independence for a non-traditional family. Hester still keeps her own apartment on the top story of a three f The independent and spirited missing person's detective Hester Thursby has helped fill the hole in my heart left by the absence of new Sue Grafton books featuring Kinsey Milhone. While Kinsey is a California gal and Hester has a background as a reference librarian at Harvard University in Massachusetts on the East Coast (my alma mater), they share a similar mindset and fierce loyalty and independence for a non-traditional family. Hester still keeps her own apartment on the top story of a three floor townhouse while she could be living with her "non-husband" Morgan on the 2nd floor as she reluctantly helps raise the 3 year old daughter of Morgan's twin sister Daphne. The absent Daphne, who should be living on the first floor, is also Hester’s best friend. In this debut novel, Hester uncovers many secrets while tracking down two off-the-grid young men who disappeared from Little Comfort in New Hampshire. I read an advanced reader's copy thanks to NetGalley the publisher Kensington books, and author Edwin Hill. However, Little Comfort will be coming out on August 28, 2018 and I hope it is wildly popular so that Hill will bring us more adventures from feisty Hester Thursby.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not into creepy characters and thrillers. Occasionally, I read one, sometimes by accident. And, I don't like women and children in jeopardy books. If you like books with menacing atmospheres and intense scenes, you might want to try Edwin Hill's debut mystery, Little Comfort.Hester Thursby is a librarian at Harvard, but she's on leave right now. Her best friend, Daphne, took off one night while Hester and her partner, Morgan, Daphne's brother, were out with friends. And, Daphne left her thre I'm not into creepy characters and thrillers. Occasionally, I read one, sometimes by accident. And, I don't like women and children in jeopardy books. If you like books with menacing atmospheres and intense scenes, you might want to try Edwin Hill's debut mystery, Little Comfort.Hester Thursby is a librarian at Harvard, but she's on leave right now. Her best friend, Daphne, took off one night while Hester and her partner, Morgan, Daphne's brother, were out with friends. And, Daphne left her three-year-old, Kate, with Hester and Morgan, saying she'd be back in an hour or so. Months later, Hester is still acting as stay-at-home mom, a job she doesn't feel up to handling. She does have a little side business though. Hester, using her skills as a librarian, is very good at tracking down missing people. When Lila Blaine shows up, Hester assumes it will be easy to track down Lila's brother, Sam. He ran away from home twelve years earlier.Despite the lack of an online presence, Hester is able to find the twenty-seven-year-old. He lives right there in Boston with the man he ran away with, his best friend, Gabe. But, Sam doesn't want to be found. Sam and Gabe have lived all over the country. While Sam cozied up to wealthy marks, trying to take them for money, Gabe stepped in to rescue him whenever the person or their family became wise to them. Now that Sam has found a new wealthy woman in Boston, Hester could jeopardize all of his plans. And, Gabe, who only wants a house and family and a normal life, develops a fascination with Hester. Hester's little side job could threaten her life and Kate's.Hester may be a librarian, but she's certainly not always responsible. She takes Kate with her when she's working. But, she's not the only irresponsible one in the book. Morgan dumps Kate on Hester because he doesn't know how to cope. And, everyone in the book lies. In fact, poor Kate is the only likable one in the story.Little Comfort is a violent, intense story with dislikable characters. There's little comfort for the reader when faced with this troubling story.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Little Comfort by Edwin HillWow! Swept me in and kept me engaged from beginning to end! This is a story of loneliness, wanting to belong, wanting more and needing to be wanted. It is also the story of what ifs…what if those needs just mentioned had been met early in life and had not created such a huge vacuum that allowed choices to be made that would lead in a completely different direction. Hester Thursby is a librarian. She is in a loving relationship and has been for a number of years. She a Little Comfort by Edwin HillWow! Swept me in and kept me engaged from beginning to end! This is a story of loneliness, wanting to belong, wanting more and needing to be wanted. It is also the story of what ifs…what if those needs just mentioned had been met early in life and had not created such a huge vacuum that allowed choices to be made that would lead in a completely different direction. Hester Thursby is a librarian. She is in a loving relationship and has been for a number of years. She and her partner are caring for the daughter of his sister and they are a family that Thursby really never envisioned herself being a part of. She is an interesting self-made person that I found intriguing. She sometimes doesn’t use the best judgment but she is who she is and makes no bones about it. Hester is asked by Lila to find her brother – a brother she has not seen for twelve years – a brother that left with a friend – a brother who was only fourteen or so when he left. Hester is a finder of people and as a librarian and sleuth she has had great success so with some postcards from brother Sam sent from various places he has lived Hester begins to search and soon finds Sam and his friend Gabe not too far away. As the story unfolds hints about the characters are leaked that indicate what one might surmise on first meetings is not necessarily true at all. The person that seems to be good could very well be just the opposite. The bad guy may not be quite as bad as he seems…or then again…he could be. I came away thinking about the difference one choice can make. That choice can be made by self or it can be made by someone else. That choice can lead to a life that is filled with light or darkness. This book will stay with me a long while and I have to say I am intrigued by Hester, Morgan and Kate and look forward to more books by this author whether in a series starring Hester or something else completely different. This is an author I will be looking forward to reading again soon. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Harvard Librarian Hester Thursby is sidelined when her boyfriend's sister Daphne, leaves her 3-year-old daughter on their doorstep and disappears. Hester has no idea what to do with a toddler and doesn't think this is something she would want to do full-time.Her specialty is finding people. And an unexpected call from a woman in New Hampshire has her intrigued. With nothing but a name, Sam Blaine and his friend Gabe, along with a stack of postcards that seem to make no sense at all. Hester has n Harvard Librarian Hester Thursby is sidelined when her boyfriend's sister Daphne, leaves her 3-year-old daughter on their doorstep and disappears. Hester has no idea what to do with a toddler and doesn't think this is something she would want to do full-time.Her specialty is finding people. And an unexpected call from a woman in New Hampshire has her intrigued. With nothing but a name, Sam Blaine and his friend Gabe, along with a stack of postcards that seem to make no sense at all. Hester has no problem popping little Kate in the car and trying to figure out where Sam and his friend are based on the postcards. It takes her just a few days to find them and make contact. But why are they so threatened by her? And why do they keep changing their names?Sam was a very charismatic character and Gabe follows his instructions to the letter, he is so afraid of being alone. But when Sam finds out that his sister has hired Hester just to find him, he decides that Hester is a threat to his life of scamming rich people and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, but for the first time Gabe just may stand up to Sam for Hester.This was a story of really awful child sexual abuse and the events that were set in motion one late night years ago and that now is coming to light.Sam had sociopath written all over him and Gabe is just so emotionally damaged it was sad. The sister, Lila, is no angel either. Hester is a tiny package of dynamite! She may be impulsive and brave but now she has a child and it has definitely changed her outlook after she and Kate almost lose their lives.Good Job, Mr. Hill!Netgalley/ Kensington August 28, 2018
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    It is amazing such an accomplished thriller with multiple plot lines was written by a debut author. Kudos to Edwin Hill for the marvelous PI/thriller/family drama, Little Comfort!Hester lives in a separate apartment in the same building as her boyfriend Morgan. Morgan’s twin sister, Daphne, and her three-year-old Kate live in the third apartment. Daphne leaves Kate alone in Morgan’s apartment with a note stating she would return in an hour. Three months later, Daphne is still missing. Hester has It is amazing such an accomplished thriller with multiple plot lines was written by a debut author. Kudos to Edwin Hill for the marvelous PI/thriller/family drama, Little Comfort!Hester lives in a separate apartment in the same building as her boyfriend Morgan. Morgan’s twin sister, Daphne, and her three-year-old Kate live in the third apartment. Daphne leaves Kate alone in Morgan’s apartment with a note stating she would return in an hour. Three months later, Daphne is still missing. Hester has taken on primary caregiving activities for Kate forcing her to take a leave of absence from her job as a librarian at Harvard. When she gets a new client in her private missing person service, she begins investigating her client’s missing brother, Sam.Sam disappeared 12 years ago when only 15 with his best friend, foster child Gabe. The only clue are bi-monthly homemade postcards of locations around the US. All include cryptic movie quotes. What begins as a simple missing person case quickly escalates into a deadly cat and mouse hunt. Little Comfort ratchets up the reader’s dread with parallel storylines from five points of view.This book approaches a familiar plot from a different perspective. As the characters’ motivations are reluctantly drawn out even originally unsympathetic characters make the reader empathize with the choices they made. Little Comfort is highly recommended as an emotion-riddled original reworking of the thriller genre. 5 stars!Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an advance copy.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    It is fun to read debut novels, and Little Comfort by Edwin Hill has a librarian as protagonist which is even better. Readers always have a soft spot for librarians. Hester Thursby, Harvard librarian, has taken a leave of absence to help her partner care for his young niece. Hester has a side job, however; implementing her research skills to locate missing people. Hester adores Kate, but the little one is causing some disruption in Hester's life. As much as she loves Kate, suddenly thrust in the It is fun to read debut novels, and Little Comfort by Edwin Hill has a librarian as protagonist which is even better. Readers always have a soft spot for librarians. Hester Thursby, Harvard librarian, has taken a leave of absence to help her partner care for his young niece. Hester has a side job, however; implementing her research skills to locate missing people. Hester adores Kate, but the little one is causing some disruption in Hester's life. As much as she loves Kate, suddenly thrust in the role of caregiver to a small child was never in Hester's life plan, and she occasionally finds herself bored. When a call from Lila Blaine requesting help in locating her brother that she hasn't seen in twelve years, Hester agrees to meet her and find out more. Intrigued by the sporadic postcards Lila has received over the years, Hester agrees to see if she can locate Sam Blaine and the best friend he ran away with at fourteen.Why did Sam and Gabe run away in the first place? Why are the postcards so cryptic? Hester follows the clues and finds herself in a situation she never bargained for.Read in June; blog review scheduled for August 14.NetGalley/Kensington BooksMystery/Suspense. August 28, 2018. Print length: 324 pages.
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  • Bracken
    January 1, 1970
    Review forthcoming, but you should all pre-order this book NOW!
  • Alice Castle
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhhhh! This was so, so good. I’d go so far as to say it is one of the best books I’ve read this year (and I read a lot of books). Partway through I realised I was reading something special that I had to force myself to slow down and savour it. I knew I would be forlorn when it ended. One of the reasons why I like this story so much is that it is my favourite style of mystery/thriller. Rather than a “whodunit”, it’s a “WHYdunnit”. You find out pretty early who is up to no good but Hill slowly a Ahhhhhh! This was so, so good. I’d go so far as to say it is one of the best books I’ve read this year (and I read a lot of books). Partway through I realised I was reading something special that I had to force myself to slow down and savour it. I knew I would be forlorn when it ended. One of the reasons why I like this story so much is that it is my favourite style of mystery/thriller. Rather than a “whodunit”, it’s a “WHYdunnit”. You find out pretty early who is up to no good but Hill slowly and deliciously unpacks a series of revelations as to why things have taken place. He does this by very skilfully moving between three different character’s POVs. Although the series is billed as being about “Hester Thursby”, Harvard librarian detective, we are also taken into some very weird and dark places, especially inside the minds of Sam and Gabe, the people she is hired to find. I found the whole thing to be perfectly paced. As the story unfolds, so does the creepiness factor and at times it was so tense and unsettling I had to stop reading for a few minutes to let my heart calm down. Hester as a character is a delight- I have to say the “librarian” tag is slightly misleading since for various reasons which are explained, she’s not really in the library at all. She’s a fascinating, complicated and occasionally conflicted lead. She’s also a bit of a badass but in a credible way- she knows how to defend herself while also peeing her Little Mermaid pajamas. There’s also just the right amount of a colourful supporting cast- enough to keep it interesting without becoming overwhelming. Little Comfort manages to be thrilling, intriguing, amusing and poignant by turns. It’s a story which entertains while still asking some of the big questions- how much choice do we have, to become who we are? How much choice do we have to change the outcome along the way? And how far are we willing to go to make the world believe in us? Hill serves up a healthy measure of ambiguity about some of the characters we would otherwise write off straight away as being loathsome. It’s an interesting approach and one which both keeps us guessing and results in a story with way more depth than some of its ilk. I also thought the ending was unusually solid, while still leaving the door open for more Hester tales to come. I for one cannot wait to see what happens next in Hester’s world. Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Little Comfort by Edwin Hill is a twisty-turny, suspense-laden missing persons case that soon becomes a murder investigation. This first installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series is an outstanding debut that I HIGHLY recommend to readers who enjoy mysteries featuring amateur sleuths.Harvard librarian Hester Thursby is currently taking time off from her regular job to care for Kate, the three year old daughter of her best friend Daphne.  She lives with her boyfriend, Morgan, a ve 4.5 stars.Little Comfort by Edwin Hill is a twisty-turny, suspense-laden missing persons case that soon becomes a murder investigation. This first installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series is an outstanding debut that I HIGHLY recommend to readers who enjoy mysteries featuring amateur sleuths.Harvard librarian Hester Thursby is currently taking time off from her regular job to care for Kate, the three year old daughter of her best friend Daphne.  She lives with her boyfriend, Morgan, a veterinarian who is also Daphne's twin brother. In addition to her regular career, Hester also takes on the occasional missing persons case. Her latest client, Lily Blaine, requests her help finding her long missing brother, Sam, who along with his best friend, Gabe DiPursio, vanished twelve years ago. Armed with nothing more than a series of postcards Lily has received over the years, Hester quickly finds Sam, who is currently romancing socialite Wendy Richards.  She also locates Gabe, who lives a rather solitary life with his lifelong friend.  Just as she begins to uncover the truth about Sam and Gabe, Sam's past crashes headlong into his present which puts Hester and her family in grave danger.Hester is a smart and feisty woman who is quite resourceful due to her dysfunctional childhood. Despite all of her successes, her past still affects her since she remains afraid of commitment. Hester has no intention of becoming a parent and she does not want to admit how much she loves Kate. She makes some very questionable decisions throughout her investigation into Sam, Gabe and their past. Hester's compassion and empathy are admirable traits that leave her in a very precarious situation when she offers friendship to the wrong person.Sam is ruthless in his quest to move up the social ladder and he leaves a swath of misery in his wake. He easily sheds his old identity when he starts over in a new city and he adapts easily to his new surroundings. Sam is quite charming and charismatic which makes it incredibly easy for him to insinuate himself in his target's life. He is also very manipulative with sociopathic tendencies that make Sam a very dangerous man to cross.Gabe is incredibly loyal to Sam and he will do anything for the one person who has always been there for him. He does not seem to care that he lives in Sam's shadow but he does yearn for a normal life with a  family.  Gabe is quite captivated by Hester and he builds an elaborate fantasy about a future with her. But as Sam's current situation changes and he wants to tie up loose ends, will Gabe continue to blindly follow his orders?While not a traditional mystery, Little Comfort is a tautly-plotted, tension-filled novel that is fast-paced and compelling.  Hester is an immensely appealing yet flawed lead protagonist who is impossible not to like. Gabe and Sam are well-drawn, eerily sinister characters who are absolutely ruthless when their appalling schemes are inevitably unmasked. Edwin Hill brings this spine-tingling novel to an action-packed, chilling conclusion. A marvelous first installment in the Hester Thursby Mystery series that is sure to be a hit with readers of the genre.
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  • RMazin
    January 1, 1970
    Hester Thursby looks petite, but there is nothing small about her. In courage, tenacity and observational skills she is head and shoulders above so many others. Hester is on a brief leave from her job as a Harvard librarian so she can care for the niece of her boyfriend, Morgan. It seems Morgan’s sister Daphne, has left for an undetermined location and time. Coincidently, Hester, in her spare time enjoys mini-investigations. Just when you think locating the niece’s mom will be the main mystery, Hester Thursby looks petite, but there is nothing small about her. In courage, tenacity and observational skills she is head and shoulders above so many others. Hester is on a brief leave from her job as a Harvard librarian so she can care for the niece of her boyfriend, Morgan. It seems Morgan’s sister Daphne, has left for an undetermined location and time. Coincidently, Hester, in her spare time enjoys mini-investigations. Just when you think locating the niece’s mom will be the main mystery, the author focuses on the real case.Lila comes to Hester to help find her brother, Sam, who has disappeared from Holderness NH when he was a teen. She wants to sell some property and it involves him. Seems easy for Hester, who quickly comes across several leads.Meanwhile, the author has introduced us to Sam and his friend Gabe who are now in Boston, Hester’s hometown. Sam and Gabe are not who they appear to be. Slowly a pattern arises. Secondary characters are also wonderfully depicted in all their idiosyncrasies. Hill gives all his characters back stories, which make them multi-faceted. For summer readers, enjoy the description of the Boston winter and rural Holderness.Edwin Hill spins a tale of psychological suspense and murder. His characters are seriously flawed – all seeking a way out to newer, happier identities, at all costs. The closer Hester comes to discovering Sam (and Gabe) the more likely she is to fall into their web….endangering herself and all around her.Edwin Hill’s writing comes to an intense boil in the last third of the book. Be prepared to abandon all tasks to race to the finish. Read this book now before the movie (oh, it will happen) appears. Highly entertaining, dramatic, suspenseful. Recommended. More of Ms. Thursby, please!Big thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this great debut mystery.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of mysteries and I found this one to be interesting and different. Hester Thursday is a librarian who has a side-job of finding lost people. She has been on leave for a couple of months, caring for the toddler daughter of a good friend who has herself gone missing, when she gets a call from a woman looking for her lost brother. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a lot more treacherous than Hester's usual missing person case.I liked how this mystery felt different from the usual p I am a big fan of mysteries and I found this one to be interesting and different. Hester Thursday is a librarian who has a side-job of finding lost people. She has been on leave for a couple of months, caring for the toddler daughter of a good friend who has herself gone missing, when she gets a call from a woman looking for her lost brother. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a lot more treacherous than Hester's usual missing person case.I liked how this mystery felt different from the usual private detective novel. The action is told from a few different perspectives in the book, which is not that common in a mystery. Because of this, there is not that much "mystery" for the read, I guess, although the sheer scale of the criminal behavior is something we learn more about as the plot progresses. What starts out as a fairly straightforward missing person investigation escalates as we learn more about that person's past.. Hester also is not your typical P.I.: she is accompanied by a toddler and a bassett hound for most of the book, and she's only 4'9", and has never fired a gun, etc. Frankly, Hester's own backstory was just as interesting to me as the situation she was investigating. It seems clear that this is meant to be the first in a series, and I look forward to learning more about Hester, Morgan and Daphne.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Please visit my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/This novel by Edwin Hill is full of life's real moments of fun, fear, loneliness, anxiety, and suspense. Hester Thursby, a Harvard librarian, is left taking care of her best friend's daughter, Katie. She has never had any desire to have children or even be around them, but they soon grow close, along with Morgan who is Hester's love interest (the jury is still out on their future status).A missing person case falls into Hester's l Please visit my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/This novel by Edwin Hill is full of life's real moments of fun, fear, loneliness, anxiety, and suspense. Hester Thursby, a Harvard librarian, is left taking care of her best friend's daughter, Katie. She has never had any desire to have children or even be around them, but they soon grow close, along with Morgan who is Hester's love interest (the jury is still out on their future status).A missing person case falls into Hester's lap through a woman named Lila. She is looking for her brother, Sam, and his best friend, Gabe, who left Little Comfort, New Hampshire a long time ago. Lila has a collection of postcards she has received from Sam over the years, but that is all the information she can offer Hester.It doesn't take too long for this novel to turn into a mix of the rich and elite of Boston with the likes of people who would like to take advantage of their money and connections. This is a twisty novel, so I won't say much more except consider this book for a good end of the summer read!Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this novel.
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  • Laurie's Lit Picks
    January 1, 1970
    Looking for that next great mystery series? I found it for you:) Coming from one of the smaller publishers, be sure to search your indie bookstore and ask to have it on shelves as this story is worth every penny. Debut author Edwin Hill has created a spectacular main character: Hester Thursby, librarian and private investigator on the side, a fireball of a 4'9" woman, lives with a man she refuses to marry, foster mom to her best friend's daughter. The mystery begins with a search for two young m Looking for that next great mystery series? I found it for you:) Coming from one of the smaller publishers, be sure to search your indie bookstore and ask to have it on shelves as this story is worth every penny. Debut author Edwin Hill has created a spectacular main character: Hester Thursby, librarian and private investigator on the side, a fireball of a 4'9" woman, lives with a man she refuses to marry, foster mom to her best friend's daughter. The mystery begins with a search for two young men who disappeared a decade ago. Ultimately, the story involves identity theft, sex trafficking, high society, codependent friendships, military PTSD, and murder, all while little Hester Thursby sticks her nose into everybody's business. The characters are incredibly well-drawn, with both admirable and frustrating traits, as well as some seriously baaaaad people who need their comeuppance. And let's face it, I'm a sucker for beautiful syntax and this man can write! I absolutely loved this book, could not put it down, and cannot wait for the second installment.
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  • Carol Custer
    January 1, 1970
    This started off rather confusing to me. Hester is best friends with Daphne who has a twin named Morgan and they all live together with Daphne's 3-year-old daughter. Then it skips to Hester sleeping with Morgan who at this point I didn't know whether Morgan was a girl or a boy - only that Daphne is the twin. So a bit of clarification in the next pages - Morgan is male and evidently Hester's boyfriend; even though Morgan is the uncle to the 3-year-old, it's Hester who ends up responsible for taki This started off rather confusing to me. Hester is best friends with Daphne who has a twin named Morgan and they all live together with Daphne's 3-year-old daughter. Then it skips to Hester sleeping with Morgan who at this point I didn't know whether Morgan was a girl or a boy - only that Daphne is the twin. So a bit of clarification in the next pages - Morgan is male and evidently Hester's boyfriend; even though Morgan is the uncle to the 3-year-old, it's Hester who ends up responsible for taking care of her when flighty Daphne takes off. I thought it was strange since Hester's "business" is finding people, that she and Morgan evidently haven't tried to find Daphne in the 3 months she's been gone, Morgan doesn't seem concerned about finding his twin (why should he? - he has Hester doing all the work). Once I had all the characters straightened out, I focused on the story. It was pretty interesting and the writing is decent. I never really connected with Hester, though, or found her to be especially credible as a sleuth.It's an easy-going book that's good for a debut novel and I'll be interested to see how future books in the series do.
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  • Susan Wisnewski
    January 1, 1970
    Little Comfort is an enjoyable, quick reading mystery. We meet Hester Thursby, a woman with a tiny stature and less than ideal childhood, who has overcome her past to live a full life. Librarian by day, sleuth by night, she finds people when others either can’t or have given up. When she is contracted to locate Sam Blaine – she gets much more than she bargained for. Not only is he easy to find and carrying some serious issues, he also has childhood friend Gabe in tow who is incredibly illustrate Little Comfort is an enjoyable, quick reading mystery. We meet Hester Thursby, a woman with a tiny stature and less than ideal childhood, who has overcome her past to live a full life. Librarian by day, sleuth by night, she finds people when others either can’t or have given up. When she is contracted to locate Sam Blaine – she gets much more than she bargained for. Not only is he easy to find and carrying some serious issues, he also has childhood friend Gabe in tow who is incredibly illustrated as a sociopath.This book was well written, had excellent characterization and much depth. A definite great read.It will be available on August 31, 2018 – check back for the link.
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    Hester Thursby finds missing people. Lila Blaine is looking for her brother, Sam, so she can sell their property, Little Comfort. He’s been gone 12 years and the only contact with Lila has been a series of self-made postcards. This is not a traditional mystery. Hester finds Sam. Quickly. Little Comfort is a challenging read and somewhat disappointing for a reader with different expectations.
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  • Marybeth Taranow
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, wow, wow! I have been looking for a good thriller for awhile and I finally found it. I'm not going to give anything away. I'm just going to say read it. You will be happy you did. I was pleased to find out this was the first in a series. I will definitely be reading the next ones. Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa Dee
    January 1, 1970
    This is a creepy, twisting tale, and I couldn’t put it down! Everybody wears a public face, and while we may think we know what is behind the faces of our loved ones and even our acquaintances, there is no way to be sure. I was frequently surprised by the turns this novel took. Enjoy!
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  • Melissa Rostek
    January 1, 1970
    A great mystery, plus it features a dog named WAFFLES. What's not to like?!?!?
  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    So much going on here. Clearly developed world and characters. Fast pace. So much tension. I could not put it down!Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC for my honest review
  • Amileigh Gordon
    January 1, 1970
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced digital copy of Little Comfort by Edwin Hill, one of the best books I’ve read all year. As the book opens, you settle in, thinking the mystery and its solution is going to take place through the actions of a heroine who is an expert at using internet and other searches to resolve problems for her clients. The first characters you meet are drawn with just enough detail for you to get a glimpse of who they are, wi A huge thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced digital copy of Little Comfort by Edwin Hill, one of the best books I’ve read all year. As the book opens, you settle in, thinking the mystery and its solution is going to take place through the actions of a heroine who is an expert at using internet and other searches to resolve problems for her clients. The first characters you meet are drawn with just enough detail for you to get a glimpse of who they are, with hints about depths to come. Throughout the book, these characters continue to take more and more shape aa added details compliment those characteristics you’ve already drawn in your head.Early on, the book morphs into the first of several shifts hinting that the entire story may be something quite different from what you were expecting. These metamorphoses continue throughout the book, adding to the storyline or to the characters, often in unpredictable ways. The result is you are continually drawn further into the book with an increasing reluctance to put it down, even for a short break. When you do put it down, you find yourself thinking about what you’ve read or wondering where the story is going to take you next, looking forward to your return.To say this is much more than a simple missing person puzzle, or perhaps a simple murder mystery is an understatement. In the interest of letting future readers have the pleasure of experiencing the story as it unfolds, I am choosing not to give much information regarding the plot or its resolution. Suffice it to say the book is well written in every way with characters who are fully formed throughout the book and who continue to grow much in the same way your knowledge of the people you meet continues to grow as you spend more time with them and they reveal more of themselves than they did in an initial introduction.The book is part psychological suspense, part heart-pounding action, part exploration of the human psyche and all of it a compelling read. Throughout the tale, the reader is made privy to different individuals experiences and how each person’s response to those experiences shapes them into the person they are at present. The theory that no one is all bad or all good is well represented by the book’s characters, although perhaps not in equal percentages. This makes for a more interesting approach to the ending of the book as the reader can approach the finale with at least a measure of doubt as to it’s resolution.One piece of advice, start this book when you have some time to devote to the reading, It may well be one you don’t want to put down, and as such you may find yourself reading well into the night even when you have to get up to go to work the next morning.
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