One Fine Day You're Gonna Die

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It will take all of Charlie D's skills to keep this Halloween from being another "Day of the Dead."

Charlie D is back doing his late-night radio call-in show. It's Halloween-The Day of the Dead. His studio guest this evening is Dr. Robin Harris, an arrogant and ambitious "expert in the arts of dying and grieving." Charlie and Dr. Harris do not hit it off. Things go from bad to worse when the doctor's ex-lover goes on air to announce that he's ...

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It will take all of Charlie D's skills to keep this Halloween from being another "Day of the Dead."

Charlie D is back doing his late-night radio call-in show. It's Halloween-The Day of the Dead. His studio guest this evening is Dr. Robin Harris, an arrogant and ambitious "expert in the arts of dying and grieving." Charlie and Dr. Harris do not hit it off. Things go from bad to worse when the doctor's ex-lover goes on air to announce that he's about to end his life.

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Editorial Reviews

The Vancouver Sun
"The problems, feelings and worries of all-night radio host Charlie D and his callers will be intensely familiar for many a teen reader...His first-person narration is smooth, smart, dryly self-deprecating and economical...[and] Bowen's minimalist style, resonant and suggestive, speaks volumes...The novel, like Bowen's popular Joanne Kilbourn amateur detective series, explores the infinitely variable, intractable mystery of relationships. It is not only a rapid read, but one that is gripping and thoughtful."
"Radio personality Charlie D. hosts a 'Day of the Dead' show with a thanatologist, whose ex-lover calls in with terrifying news that propels the story to a heart-pounding finish. Psychological insights into people in crisis deepen the story, while the warm chemistry between Charlie D. and his likable producer will please romance fans...With rare voices and taut suspense, these titles provide accessible choices for struggling and strong readers alike."
Quill & Quire
"Replete with suspense and tension, One Fine Day is compelling and difficult to put down."
CM Magazine
"A page-turner of the best sort. Once again, Gail Bowen marshals her considerable talents and crafts a story that you will not stop reading until you reach the end. And when you do, you wonder what's next in store for Charlie…It won't take much to hook readers on this Rapid Read! Highly Recommended."
Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Charlie D. is the host of a late-night radio call-in show. On Halloween night, his topic is death, and it's a topic he knows all too well. His guest, Dr. Robin Harris, also knows the topic well—so well that she would rather hear her own voice than listen to any of the callers. And then Gabe calls. Her ex-boyfriend tells them on-air that he's taken her daughter and plans to inject her and himself with an incurable poison. Charlie D's powers of persuasion are tested as they try to find Gabe and Kali before it's too late. Intended to be a short, easy read for young adults, this story moves quickly. The pacing keeps the tension taut and the pages turning. The tone of the story is set from the first sentence, when Charlie is hit by a hearse while biking to work. The consistent blend of gloom and reality adds to the interest of the tale. Because of the brevity, the characters are not developed completely. Charlie D. and his producer, Nova, come across well, but Dr. Harris lacks depth. Her unchecked cold-heartedness makes her unbelievable. For young adults looking for something approachable, this book fills a niche. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554693375
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Rapid Reads Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 958,066
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Bowen’s bestselling mystery series featuring Joanne Kilbourn will number an even dozen titles with the publication of The Nesting Dolls in August 2010. The first six books in the series have appeared as made-for-television movies with world-wide distribution. Winner of both the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award and the Derrick Murdoch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers of Canada, in 2008 Bowen was named “Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist” by Reader’s Digest. She was selected as one of "The 100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors" for an upcoming Library Unlimited reference book.
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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    A few years back I picked up the first book in this series Love

    A few years back I picked up the first book in this series Love You to Death because when Mr. Turning the Pages and I first started dating I kind of went into a big reading slump that lasted months and that one helped get me out of the slump. A few years went by and in May of this year I realized there were two more books in this series and One Fine Day You're Gonna Die looked good and I wanted to read more about the protagonist Charlie D so I had to read it.

    I wasn't expecting a lot from this novella because as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series it was only a three star read for me and this one turned out to be not as good as the first.. While I was happy to revisit Charlie D I found myself to be a little let down by the fact that we didn't learn anything more about him as a character. I was hoping that despite the crime aspect of the story that more of his past would be revealed but I was sorely disappointed.

    The plot line of this one just didn't seem to flow together as well as the one in the first novella in the series. While I was reading it I often found my mind wandering and I would struggle to stay focused on the story. I think much of this was because the characters were so one dimensional. There was very little character development and with a lackadaisical plot line things just didn't mesh well. I found all the characters to be rather annoying because they weren't explained enough. I understand that with a novella things have to be condensed but this one seemed as though everything of importance relating to the story line had be edited out and we were left with a shell of a book.

    I was unconvinced by Dr. Harris. I've might my fair share of narcissistic doctors but this lady really took the cake. Everything was about her even other people's grief and she tried to tell them that people put them through grief and can basically turn that off by moving on as if it was the simplest thing in the bloody world. She made me so angry and every time she became the focus of the book I cringed. Even the fact that the man kidnapped her daughter it didn't seem to shake her all that much and I found that to be so wrong I just wanted to reach through the book and strangle her.

    I also was unconvinced by the idea of Gabe kidnapping the doctor's daughter just because she slighted him. This was supposed to be a crime novella and most of the book wasn't even about the crime and it seemed like the author just kind of let things slide a little too much and then was rushing to bring the story together but for me it simply did not work.

    Overall, I found that One Fine Day You're Gonna Die was a bit of a disappointment. When I finished the book I originally gave it 3 stars because it didn't seem so bad. But, as I started writing this review and really analyzing the book and how I felt about it I think it deserves a much lower rating. I just expected more from it and for it to be on par with the first book in the series. However, just because I didn't enjoy this one it does not mean I will not be picking up book three to read soon just to see how things progress with Charlie D and I also plan on picking up another of the author's other books to try out as well.

    I would recommend this to fans of novellas who are looking for a darker sort of read perhaps for a day at the beach or for someone trying to get into the genre or back into reading. Reading the first book isn't necessary to read One Fine Day You're Gonna Die but I do recommend it so you get a bit of a feel for Charlie D.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Suspense for teens

    Charlie D is a late-night radio talk show host. It's Halloween night so he has booked Dr. Robin Harris, an expert in death and dying. The good doctor has demanded that a certain caller not be put through to her on air but Charlie D and his producer believe in free speech for everyone. The caller does, in fact, get through and the on-air audience learns that he is the spurned lover of Dr. Harris. He is now holding the doctor's young daughter hostage and threatening to inject her with poison. The tension builds as Charlie, who lost a love of his own, struggles to keep the man on the line until the girl can be saved. This Rapid Reads selection from Orca Book Publishers is aimed at reluctant teen readers. The story is average but teens will like the suspense.

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