A Dead Husband

A Dead Husband

by Anna Celeste Burke

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494413514
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough, and make the most of the wild ride, is the challenge. On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually, the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we trained to be chefs. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. For decades I researched, wrote, and spoke about a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I'm still married to the same, sweet, guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. I write the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Sonoran Desert, a spectacular place to ponder life's mysteries while relishing the delights of the desert resort cities.

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A Dead Husband 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything! Suspense, colorful characters, romance, and intriguing settings, woven together with intelligence and wit. Having now read 5 books by this author, I've learned these are her hallmarks! Jessica's probe into the mysterious death of her friend's husband puts her own life in danger. As that danger spills over to friends and family, she races to solve several mysteries: Who killed Roger? Who are these people threatening Jessica, how are they connected, and what are they after? Who is tipping off the bad guys about Jessica's whereabouts? The tension was so great that I suspected almost everyone. Jessica is smart, witty, affectionate with friends, and feisty with enemies. Though raised a "good Catholic girl," she's not so goody-goody now. There's plenty of room for this wonderful heroine to grow over time. Clearly, her rich parents gave her everything, but her flaws and vulnerabilities come not so much from what was given, but what was suddenly taken away when her parents divorced--the security of an intact, loving family. After all, might a kid wonder: if my parents can fall out of love with each other, will they fall out of love with me? That constant fear of abandonment must take a toll. Now Jessica has sustained a second blow--an outrageously unfaithful husband. So, in addition to the murder mystery, there's one concerning Jessica's romantic future: Will she take her rat husband back? Will she "trade" him for one of the handsome men interested in her? Will she kill the rat? All of the above? We can only wait and see. Jessica is plagued by a growing number of villains. Some are so stupid as to be entertainingly laughable--if it weren't for the fact that stupid people can kill, too! Others are not funny at all, as they play a sadistic cat-and-mouse game with Jessica. Jessica's friends and associates are colorful, too. Bernadette is saintly, funny, and lively. As a "second mom," she adores Jessica but also holds her accountable for being a better person. Close friend Tommy is like a little brother; Jessica has been sympathetic and supportive over the years, as he "came out" as a gay man and struggled to find "Mr. Right." Brien, the surfer dude, is hilarious. And there are more. The Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area), itself, is a wonderful, vivid character. The book paints an affectionate and wry portrait of glittering playgrounds for the rich, gorgeous natural surroundings, and a seamy underbelly. It also provides a fascinating window into all the sensual pleasures that wealth can buy. Well-researched, the book is as informative as it is entertaining. The author even has an award-winning "desert cities mystery" blog with interesting free content. Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reviews for this book caught my attention. I’ll say this – it is a very good thing that the main character, Jessica, isn’t real as I would be having Thelma and Louise escapades with her. I LOVED this book. With many laugh out loud moments and shopaholic moments (that I could fully relate to having myself) to the reason I bought this book in the first place – a darn good mystery. Jessica is a character you will love to have met in this delightful read. With a career tanked by the economy, a husband who somehow missed the memo on marriage vows (and turns into an ex-husband), good friends and a life with no regrets – Jessica has MOXY. Toss in a murder mystery and this book has all the right pieces in place to make it a full 5 star read. Author Anna Burke I don’t know where you have been all my life but don’t stop writing. I am more than looking forward to reading the second book in this series. You Rock.
moongie More than 1 year ago
Quite an interesting group of people surrounds the main character Jessica Huntington. There’s Bernadette, her former nanny, who takes in Jessica because she doesn’t want to return home after finding her husband in bed with another woman. Her close friend Tommy, who recently outs himself and is now searching for love, is a support to Jessica. I can’t forget to mention her cheating husband Jim Harper. To cope with her problems Jessica resorts to retail therapy. Haven’t we all done that? Jessica is a character you’ll care about despite, or maybe because of, her flaws. There’s lots of action in this mystery and great plot twists. I adore mysteries and this is a great one. Another bonus, the author’s description of Palm Springs makes you feel as if you were there. A free trip! Finally, you may wonder, is Jessica’s husband dead? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
Vhar318 12 months ago
Jessica Huntington has moved back to her home where she grew up after splitting from her cheating husband. Jessica and her friends begin amateur sleuthing when one of her friends husband is found murdered at home after the girls had been out partying. This book has great twists and turns and unexpected bad guys. A well written and an easy read! I loved this book! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
chick-lit, cozy-mystery, situational-humor, verbal-humor, California, friendship, the-mob Having pots of money, designer clothes and shoes, a pricey residence, and rich friends doesn't mean that Jessica still had the marriage or really knew what to do with the law degree she got seven years ago. Nor does she know how to help her best friend stay safe after finding her husband murdered and learning that he was connected. Both of them learn a lot, and sometimes wish that they hadn't. A good mystery without a lot of gore, with terrific characters, and really high on the laugh-o-meter. A fun read!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
This is a tough one to review. I had so many likes but just as many dislikes. Jessica is helping her friend who's husband has been found murdered. Laura asks for her help even though Jessica tells her that this isn't her specialty in law but she will do what she can. My problems begin with I couldn't get invested in the characters, many were likable enough but other than Jessica loving to shop, Bernadette being a good person and Brien being a surfer dude, that was about the deepest it seemed to get. There were a couple too stupid to live moments and the repetition of names both a personal irritant to me. When I have conversations with people other than using their name to get their attention, I don't usually have to insert their name over and over again in a conversation. When someone wants to meet secretly with you and are tied to the case, you let someone know. This being said, what I did like about it is the mystery was strong, and keeps you wondering how it all ties together. Jessica although shopping is mentioned frequently is a strong woman and puts up a fight. With the constant reminder that she is rich, she is also generous and caring to her friends. Bernadette, I loved, a good strong woman who actually seems to be the glue to hold them all together. She actually had me laughing in the end. I think once the characters are developed a little more this has the bones for a strong series. This is just my opinion and what bothers me may not bother others. I probably would give it a little more than 3 stars.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Jessica Huntington lived in Palm Springs. She was a lawyer but lost her job in the Great Recession then became a housewife but wasn't very good at it. Jessica's marriage wasn't doing well either and they thought a baby would help their relationship but wasn't successful at becoming pregnant. When she found her husband in bed with a blonde, she left. She went back to the home she grew up in to pull herself together. She was doing well until the husband of her best friend, Laura, was murdered and Laura was a suspect. Someone is trying to find something he had so who will they go after next? Jessica's friend has deeper problems than she does so she forgets about them and searches for the killer to clear her friend's name. Jessica was a good friend to Laura and put herself in danger while helping her friend. Bernadette was wonderful and funny. This is an interesting mystery but I thought the plot got lost with all the description of clothes with designer names, the rooms and scenery. Due to the extreme amount of description this book just wasn't for me. There's a surprising cliffhanger that left me saying, "What?" I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by this author but it certainly won't be the last! This is a cozy murder mystery that will have you chuckling and shaking your head and yes, even laughing out loud a bit! To say that the main character, Jessica is a magnet for trouble is an understatement-she is the proverbial poor little rich girl with a penchant for SHOPPING away her troubles. She is currently living in her parent's home with the maid, who is actually more of a mother then Jessica's mother, because she caught her husband in a compromising position with another woman. He has to pay 1/2 her bills which is what she would have you believe is why she SHOPS--but then one of her best friends comes home one morning and finds her husband dead. Jessica is actually a lawyer and decides to help with the fact gathering at least--This book is filled will fully developed characters who you are going to LOVE or LOVE TO HATE. But even the bad guys are going to make you chuckle a bit. Lots of twists and turns--the only constant is Jessica and her shopping sprees!!
Rebecca_C More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining suspense story. The characters are quite vivid and well developed. They are hilarious at times. Jessica's expertise at shopping is to be admired. You cringe with her when yet another designer outfit is torn to shreds. The one thing that keeps me from giving this five stars is the story could have been edited a little more. For the most part, it flows seamlessly. But there is information that is repeated and long descriptions and background information early on that could have been worked into the story a little better. They detracted too much from the fast-paced story that was unfolding. I did love the descriptions, though. They were well-written and painted the scenes well. I would certainly recommend this book, and I plan to read the next book in the series.