Brattleboro provides setting for newest novel from Lynne Kennedy

BRATTLEBORO — Award-winning mystery author and Brattleboro resident Lynne Kennedy has launched her latest novel, The Tree of Lost Secrets.

Set in Brattleboro, and spanning three centuries, the book is described as “an ambitious and adventurous story … a journey into the past with the help of a magical old maple tree.”

As described in a news release, The Tree of Lost Secrets is the story of Helen Ainsley, a best-selling mystery writer struggling with cancer. She begins to doubt her storytelling ability, so to restore her confidence, she returns to her childhood home in rural Brattleboro for the serenity she hopes will rekindle her imagination.

Ainsley Hill Farm was originally an inn dating back to the American Revolution. With a newfound friend, an old golden retriever, and an ancient sugar maple, Helen's life is about to change. Initials carved on the tree trunk suddenly appear - then disappear. Helen is impelled to investigate. She realizes that the majestic tree is a portal into past injustices and it is up to her to bring closure to the lost memories of the dead.

Through the maple tree, Helen finds her own storytelling artistry re-emerge as she sets out to immortalize the heartbreaking past of the Ainsley Hill Inn.

With a master's degree in science and 28 years as a science museum director, Kennedy has had the opportunity to study history and forensic science, both of which play significant roles in her books.

The Tree of Lost Secrets is available at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro. It is also available in e-book and paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Kennedy blogs regularly and has many loyal readers and fans. Learn more at

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