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Toward the Corner of Mercy and Peace by Tracey Buchanan concerns Minerva Place, who lives in Paducah, Kentucky. She tries to avoid the unwelcome attention of those both living and dead. To her dismay, some people won’t leave her alone, ranging from the voices she hears in her head when she researches their tombstones to the little boy and his father who just moved into town. George, a rambunctious six-year-old, bounces into her life and demands her attention. Minerva feels drawn to George and his father, and an almost maternal feeling comes over her. She busies herself by continuing her studies into the resting places in a local cemetery, stumbling upon mysterious deaths and possible murder plots. A terrible accident forces her to alter her perspective and hope there’s not another tombstone about to be added to the local cemetery.
Tracey Buchanan constructs fantastic characters. The author lives in Paducah and some facts about the town are incorporated into the story. The main plot is interesting enough, but Buchanan adds more individual accounts of the people laid to rest in the cemetery, making the book a true page-turner. Readers will be drawn into the mysteries that surround the dead, and they will understand and sympathize with Minerva as her story is slowly revealed. Readers who enjoy well-defined characters will want to read more books by Buchanan. Toward the Corner of Mercy and Peace is a great selection for readers who enjoy stories with a touch of mystery.