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Bitter Pill
     

Bitter Pill

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by Stacey Kade
 

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The truth is a bitter pill...

Rennie Harlow is having a bad year. She had a handsome husband, a good job, and a renovated condo in Chicago. Now, thanks to one "exotically beautiful" paralegal, she's divorced, faking her way through a writing career, and living above her hypochondriac mother's garage back in Morrisville, the small town she couldn't leave fast enough

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The truth is a bitter pill...

Rennie Harlow is having a bad year. She had a handsome husband, a good job, and a renovated condo in Chicago. Now, thanks to one "exotically beautiful" paralegal, she's divorced, faking her way through a writing career, and living above her hypochondriac mother's garage back in Morrisville, the small town she couldn't leave fast enough at eighteen. On top of all of that, she just found Doc Hallacy, the local pharmacist, dead behind his counter. And the worst part is, he's the third body she's stumbled across this year.

Jake Bristol has lived in Morrisville his whole life. A former bad boy turned sheriff, he doesn't believe it's just Rennie's luck or timing that's the problem. He thinks she's too nosy for her own good. The last thing he needs is her messing around with his murder investigation so that she can freelance for the Morrisville Gazette. But as they both delve deeper into Doc's death, they find that things don't add up. This isn't a robbery gone wrong or the work of a desperate junkie. Someone has a secret they're killing to keep. The only question is-who's next?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988585942
Publisher:
Stacey Kade Books
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
1,326,464
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Meet the Author

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). When she's not reading or writing, you'll likely find her parked in front of the television with her Roswell DVDs, staring rapturously at Jason Behr.

The Ghost and the Goth is her first YA novel. You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as http://www.staceykade.com.

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Bitter Pill 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Bitter Pill is an entertaining mystery that follows the adventures of freelance writer and amateur sleuth Rennie Harlow, who has a knack of getting herself into trouble and finding dead bodies. After four years of marriage and living in Chicago, Rennie Harlow's husband attorney Jeffrey Michael divorces her gets remarried three days after the divorce is finalized to Maria, his former legal assistant / mistress. Scorned and bitter, Rennie returns to her small hometown of Morrisville, Illinois, to restart her life. Living with her mother in an apartment above the garage, a year has passed since her return to Morrisville, and it has been anything but smooth ... especially when it comes to getting herself in the middle of trouble when she finds three local townspeople dead, and has a major crush on the town's married Sheriff, Jake Bristol. Written in the first person narrative, Rennie takes the reader along for the ride as she discovers the body of local pharmacist, Doc Eugene Hallacy, and is determined to investigate the murder and find the killer. Bitter Pill is a fun fast-paced mystery that easily draws the reader into the story from the beginning. Author Stacey Kade weaves an intriguing whodunit that features Rennie's amateur sleuthing adventure to solve the mystery of Doc Hallacy's murder. The author does a great job of providing the reader with a small town full of secrets, and enough suspenseful twists and turns that keeps them guessing the identity of the murderer until the surprising conclusion. And if that isn't enough to peak your interest, the author provides a backstory into Rennie's marriage/divorce, her relationship with her hypochondriac mother, and her crush on the town's Sheriff. Rennie is a bit of a mess, but she's a realistic and sassy lady who is easy to relate to, you can't help but like her. I really enjoyed that the story was told in the first person narrative, it was fun to follow Rennie on her amateur sleuthing adventure; and I really enjoyed the subtle crush, sexual tension, and humorous interactions that she had with Sheriff Jake Bristol.  Add in Rennie's lovable Greyhound Fritzy and some quirky townspeople with secrets and issues of their own, and you get a thoroughly entertaining whodunit that will have you trying to solve the mystery along with Rennie and Jake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Stacey's YA books so I thought I'd try out her contemporary mystery-that-borders-on-romance. All I can say is: Stacey, you'd better be writing, girl, 'cause I want to know how this turns out! I want to know what happens with Rennie!! Does she get custody of the kids? Does Jake leave his wife? Does some other guy come along for Rennie? Do the secrets get spilled? Inquiring minds want to know! Get crackin' on the next one. ETA - I started this book after watching The Voice and read til midnight. Woke up at 2:00 a.m. and read until 4:00. Started back on it at 7:30 and read until I finished it. I couldn't stop thinking about it. LOL
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QuantaAM More than 1 year ago
I liked it. The mystery is not given away until the very end with lots of twists. This book seems to fit the cozy mystery genre. I really want a sequel to see what happens next to Rennie.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel mayb there should be a sequel bc it just ends way to fasst and you dont find out what happens with her and bristol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the plot was good, but I think Rennie deserved something better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can usually (9 times out of 10) know who the guilty party is but not this one. A very good read.