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Posted October 20, 2011
Murder by Mortgage was one of those books that grabbed my attention quickly and kept me turning the pages until the end. It was an easy reading mystery with the author's brand of humor perfectly woven throughout. Thanks to Ms. Ranney's ability to paint such vivid pictures with her words, I was able to easily visualize the scene or person. Each of the characters came to life for me; some I liked and some I didn't. But I loved Evelyn; we all need a friend like her in our lives. And I loved Jenn, too. Don't we all want someone to remember us like she did Evelyn?
I love mysteries. It's so easy for me to get caught up in the story and while I'm right there with the heroine or hero trying to figure out how to prove who's guilty, I usually don't know the actual guilty party until the very end when 'all is revealed'. Isn't that the sign of a good mystery? That you are surprised by the ending? It is to me. Murder by Mortgage was no exception. You are going to love reading this story!
I read a print copy of this book.
Posted March 18, 2011
There are, admittedly, very limited murder motives. Money, greed, love (twisted versions usually), sex, and the thrill kill. I'm sure I'm leaving some out but you get the gist. It's all in the execution of the crime. A motive as old as man but with a unique modern twist that makes it applicable today. MURDER BY MORTGAGE is a delightfully twisted tale. It's too sad that it takes the murder of her best friend to jolt Jennifer out of the stupor she's been in. When she does snap out of it she behaves with an honesty that's refreshing in that she doesn't spare even herself. Life hasn't been kind to Jennifer for the past few years but you have to admire her. She did what she believed to be right and what needed to be done. I, personally, agreed with her. I can't say that I cared for her husband Tom. I really enjoyed the secondary characters. There were, of course, ones that weren't likeable. The characterization is vivid and I could see why Jennifer will miss Evelyn so much. She was unique and a treasure. Talbot was another favorite of mine along with Mr. Fehr and Frank. There are some quirky and endearing inhabitants in the King Lion District. There's no shortage of suspense either. You can't go in search of a killer and not expect to draw some deadly attention. There is definite tension and intensity. The mystery itself is solid, twisted and not easily unraveled. MURDER BY MORTGAGE is an excellent debut mystery and I look forward to the next Jennifer mystery. I'm hoping life will send some kindness her way and I'd like to see what my favorite characters are getting into. I received this in exchange for my honest opinionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2011
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