Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace

A Gaby Quinn Mystery

Fiction - Thriller - Legal
159 Pages
Reviewed on 09/24/2020
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Author Biography

Andrea’s love affair with the written word began at age five with a short story describing the seasons. Her next endeavor, at age nine, was a novella featuring Christine O’Leary.
Focused on a nursing career, Andrea continued to write for pleasure. After completing a master’s degree in order to teach, she was offered a position as an editor with a nursing journal, honing her writing skills through editing others’ works.
Andrea was writing a novel styled as a memoir when her husband’s Parkinson’s disease progressed to the point where John was unable to engage in his usual active life style. He longed to “do something,” so she suggested they write a book together, a mystery series based on some of her experiences as an attorney. They settled on one of her early cases as the basis for a book.
It was a great opportunity for both. Andrea had left a career in a “publish or perish” university setting prior to becoming an attorney. It was hard for her not to view writing fiction as lying on paper. John helped her to push the uneasy feeling that was the seed for this book into a believable plot line. Andrea’s long service as the chief elected official of a small Connecticut town provided the story’s sense of place.
Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace is Andrea’s first foray into the world of fiction but it won’t be her last. She writes from Sherman, Connecticut.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace is a work of fiction in the legal thriller, interpersonal drama, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by Andrea O'Connor. Part of the Gaby Quinn Mystery series, this concise but exciting novel follows our lawyer protagonist as she attempts to move on with her life after her husband’s needless death. But when an unusual case finds its way to Gaby, her new small-town life reveals its ugly side, and she is pulled deeper into the mystery with every new question that comes to mind. What follows is a procedural crime and mystery drama with plenty of sharp twists and clever turns.

Author Andrea O'Connor has a highly engrossing writing style that will suit fans of the mystery and legal thriller genres alike, especially in the way that it combines the procedural steps of law work with Gaby’s keen mind and need to seek answers out for herself. I really enjoyed the setting as it’s not a part of the world that I’m familiar with, but it became clear through beautifully described scenes and that insular, gossipy small-town atmosphere that makes for great drama. In terms of plot, I felt that this was very much a puzzle piece mystery rather than a linear clue-by-clue, which was great because it keeps you on your toes and looking for details hidden in the excellent prose. Overall, I would certainly recommend Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace as a read that legal mystery fans are likely to devour from cover to cover.

Jack Magnus

Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace: A Gaby Quinn Mystery, Book 1 is a legal thriller novel written by Andrea O'Connor. Gabriella Quinn’s choice of going local had worked out quite well for her. She loved her “law office” situated in the Woodson Falls cottage her grandfather had left to her, and she found the cases she was getting satisfying and often challenging. When Judge Bud Taylor called her with an intestate probate case he wanted her to handle, she was intrigued and eager to start working. Taylor had referred cases to her in the past; such referrals were valued and kept her new practice going. Pieter Jorgenson was an unpleasant and odd person, from what Gaby was able to glean during conversations with neighbors and townspeople. His habits seemed strange from what Gaby heard, and when she finally entered the premises to begin her survey of his belongings, she couldn’t help but feel the same way. There was something off about the place and the person who built it; something she couldn’t quite place, but she was glad to take Kat, her German Shepherd, with her whenever she had to visit the house.

Andrea O'Connor’s Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace gives the reader a real sense of the procedures followed in an intestate case of this nature. It’s also a well-written and satisfying murder mystery that is intense and thought-provoking. I loved following along with the protagonist as she handles the procedural aspects of the case, but relished particularly those aspects of the story where she becomes her own private investigator. O’Connor’s story is original, atmospheric, and action-packed, and her characters quickly became multi-faceted and real. I’m always on the lookout for new mystery series and am anticipating reading the next book in this series. Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace: A Gaby Quinn Mystery, Book 1 is most highly recommended.

Jessica Barbosa

Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace is A Gaby Quinn Mystery, written by Andrea O'Connor. Gaby Quinn is an attorney who deals mostly in wills, trusts, probate, with a smattering of real estate and a bit of nonprofit corporation now and then. The sudden death of Pieter Jorgenson has her working on an estate up in Woodson Lake Estates. After the probate court asked her, Gaby takes on the deceased's estate, meets and helps old friends, and encounters new people. She also finds out puzzling things about her deceased client the longer she works on his estate. Still, Gaby Quinn does what is expected of her as a ‘small country lawyer’. She asks around about Jorgenson, lists his assets, finds possible heirs to his estate, and reviews past cases related to him. Little did she know that, along the way, she would be discovering a carefully hidden secret.

Andrea O'Connor’s Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace, A Gaby Quinn Mystery is a steadily paced novel with a straightforward plot. Gaby Quinn has been through her share of struggles after the unexpected death of her husband. She left New York City years ago right after finishing law school and she needed a fresh start but she wanted something familiar. Going back to Woodson Falls seems to fit her criteria. Gaby Quinn is determined and hardworking; the novel showcases her dedication to her job and it gives a peek into her life as a small country lawyer. She questions the deceased’s neighbors and distant acquaintances and looks through his estate and other assets. Gaby makes sure to do her job thoroughly and it is this thoroughness that allowed her to glimpse into the hidden crevices of Jorgenson’s life. Her in-depth perception of things allowed me to see the small clues left around and it made the story a more interesting read. Andrea O'Connor’s unique cast of characters and exquisitely depicted details convey a thoughtfully portrayed story. Overall, a very memorable read.

Trisha Dawn

Andrea O’Connor’s Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace, A Gaby Quinn Mystery is about a lawyer named Gaby Quinn. Trying to move on from her husband’s traumatizing death, Gaby moves to a small New England town where she focuses on her career, spends time with her small circle of friends, and spends peaceful days with her sweet dog, Kat. However, her relaxing days come to an end after an unusual probate case is given to her. Not knowing a single thing about her deceased client, Pieter Jorgenson, Gaby finds herself struggling to find as much information about him as she can, so as not to leave any loose ends. She looks for his missing body, tries to find his abandoned truck, and sorts through several strange things he left in his house. Gaby feels that there is more to it than meets the eye. It seems even a small town can hide the biggest secrets.

Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace, A Gaby Quinn Mystery by Andrea O’Connor is an entertaining and engaging story that left me guessing until the very end. Fans of a good mystery and thriller will surely love this book. The story begins smoothly and it pulled me in deeper the further I read. I was surprised by the plot twist I encountered in the end. I felt excited by the clues Jorgenson left and even tried to put the pieces together myself. I paid attention whenever Gaby found new information and new connections. I was not disappointed by the unexpected discoveries she made throughout the book. I felt more nervous for her as the story progressed because of the scary experiences she goes through in some parts of the story. It made me feel like something bigger was going to happen later on. I was so invested in reading that I didn’t notice I was nearing the end of the story. It was amazing and I would love to read more books in this series.

Deborah Lloyd

Attorney Gabriella Quinn relocated from the Big Apple to a small, rural town in Connecticut named Woodson Falls. She opened her own law practice, focusing on the townspeople’s needs, such as real estate transactions, wills, and probate. With her dog, Kat, she lived a quiet life, working alone and making several local friends. When she received a referral to be an estate administrator from a local judge, an intriguing conundrum unfolds. Pieter Jorgenson, a single man in his 50s, died in New York City. He had a home in Woodson Lake Estates and was in a legal dispute with his neighbor over a property easement. Gaby’s duties were to settle the estate, including paying outstanding bills, selling the home and contents, and making burial arrangements. In the mystery novel, Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace, written by Andrea O’Connor, Gaby uncovers the secret life of Pieter Jorgenson.

This story is written with a good amount of detail, taking the reader through the steps of probate cases, especially when there are only distant family members and limited information about the deceased person. Hints about Jorgenson are sprinkled throughout the story, from the townspeople’s interactions with him and items found in his house. Step by step, Gaby puts the puzzle pieces together – with help from Kat. The style of writing in this book is similar to how Gaby works, illustrating the author’s understanding of these topic areas. There is a surprise ending that will not disappoint. Author Andrea O’Connor has crafted an entertaining read in the first book in the Gaby Quinn Mystery series titled Woodson Falls: 16 Lakeview Terrace.