Community Affairs

Community Affairs

by Michele Lynn Seigfried


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A tale of kidnapping, murder, and neighbors you'd like to kidnap and murder...

Bonnie Fattori is a sexy, sassy, Italian Princess living in New Jersey. She's loving life with a rich husband, beachfront living, and a promotion at work-until a new neighbor, Lyla Spratt, is determined to destroy her happiness.

After several run-ins with the unstable woman next door, Bonnie starts to suspect a connection between her new neighbor and the untimely death of a local resident, Polly Pitcher. She recruits her good friend Chelsey to help figure out if her suspicions are correct.

As the neighbors go head-to-head in a hilarious battle, Lyla is pushed to the brink of insanity. The more unhinged Lyla becomes, the more Bonnie's life and the safety of her family are at risk. Can Bonnie find out what really happened to Polly Pitcher before it's too late? A perfect read for those who like laugh-out-loud humor in their mysteries!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502455710
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2015
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michele Lynn Seigfried is an award-winning novelist, children's book author/illustrator and public speaker who was born and raised in New Jersey. In her mystery novels, she draws from her personal expertise in the area of municipal government, in which she has served for over 15 years in two different municipalities. She holds a B.A. in communication from the College of New Jersey with a minor in art. She obtained the Master Municipal Clerk certification from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in 2010. She also holds the Registered Municipal Clerk certification and Certified Municipal Registrar Certifications from the State of New Jersey. In combining her love of writing with art, Michele began writing and illustrating children's picture books in 2013.

Michele is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime - Central Jersey, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, New Jersey Author's Network, International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Central Jersey Registrar's Association, Municipal Clerk's Association of New Jersey, and the Municipal Clerk's Association of Mercer County, where she is currently President. She also serves on the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Legislative Committee.

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Community Affairs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
This story gripped me from the very first chapter….and, I was unable to put it down until I finished it. Michele Lynn Seigfried is very engaging with her writing. This is a murder mystery unlike any I have read. It had me guessing to the end, and laughing along the way. We meet Bonnie Fattori and she lives on the beach in New Jersey with her physician husband. She likes to flirt, she is funny, she is likable even though you almost want to not like her so much. New neighbors move in and the roller coaster ride begins. There is a murder in their town and Bonnie is sure she can solve the crime with the help of her friend, Chelsey. This is a murder mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat because it is not only a great story, but the narrative is fantastic. You will laugh at the antics between these neighbors and be sad when it ends. But, I assure you that you will want to read more of Michele’s books. I sure do!
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fast-paced cozy mystery to wile away a cold winter's day, then I have the book for you! In Community Affairs, the third book in the Jersey Shore Mystery Series, the author transports the reader back to the Jersey Shore to follow newly promoted Coral Beach Municipal Clerk Bonnie Fattori and her best friend, amateur sleuth Chelsey Alton, on their latest mystery investigative adventure. Set in the small NJ shore town of Coral Beach, and told in the first person narrative, Bonnie and Chelsey take the reader on a riveting roller coaster ride full of surprising twists and turns as they investigate the kidnapping and murder of local resident, nurse Polly Pitcher. This book has enough humor, mystery, suspense, and romance that easily draws the reader into the story, keeping them guessing until the surprising conclusion. Bonnie's new position in the seaside town gets a tad bit crazy when she has numerous run ins with her psycho new neighbor, Lyla Spratt, wife of local Senator Cason Spratt! And if that isn't enough, Bonnie has suspicions that Lyla aka "Lemon Face" is involved in the untimely death of Polly Pitcher, so she recruits best friend Chelsey Alton to help her solve the mystery, but their investigation leads to Bonnie's life being threatened! As this entertaining action-packed whodunit unfolds, the quirky characters and intriguing storyline will make you laugh, keep you in suspense, and even engage you in trying to solve the mystery along with the sassy duo of Bonnie and Chelsey. Community Affairs is a thoroughly entertaining cozy mystery to read. Even though it can be a standalone read, I would suggest that the reader read the series in sequential order so that they can follow every one of Chelsey Alton and friends madcap mystery adventures! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.
readerchick888 More than 1 year ago
A really fun read, this book takes you on a journey into the life of a rich, jersey girl who can't buy her way out of the fiasco she gets herself into. A humorous tale involving gangs, insane neighbors, a politician, and the main character - Bonnie. I would recommend this book on your next change.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Murder and amateur sleuthing is a mainstay of the mystery genre; but less common is the inclusion of humor, a device that sets Community Affairs apart from the majority of 'look-alike' titles and which provides a satisfying diversion from the usually-too-serious job of sleuthing. Bonnie is taking an oath of office, and it's time to celebrate her big promotion: an event almost stymied by new neighbors who are moving in and arguing with each other. As Bonnie comes to believe her new neighbor is unstable, she also makes some connections between Lemon Face (as she's impulsively named the woman) and a missing local - and it's then that push really comes to shove in a battle of neighbors turned deadly.   As Bonnie discovers more connections between Lemon Face (a.k.a. neighbor Lyla) and Polly, the wars escalate as each woman sees in the other an enemy able to destroy her happiness.   Now, the humor that permeates the plot isn't your slapstick affair: it surrounds the give-and-take of protagonists and is deftly portrayed in conversations, more often than not. The well-rounded blend of tongue-in-cheek humor, observation, and amateur sleuthing involves neighbors, murderers, and hospital personnel alike in a journey that is anything but ordinary.   Unlike many a murder mystery protagonist, Bonnie doesn't aspire to gumshoe crime-solving: she's already a busy mother with a career, a loving husband, and a lot going on in her world. She simply falls into the role of investigator - but, what a role it is!   Community Affairs is aptly named because many members of the community engage and interact in the course of ordinary and illicit affairs and their potential impact.   Nobody knows who the killer is. And Bonnie is about to break the case wide open - if she survives.   It's detective writing at its best: adding a dash of humor to the mix to create not just comic relief, but the personality and whimsy lacking in most stories of amateur sleuths. And that's what makes Community Affairs not just a standout, but a top recommendation.
wlekflutz More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was the best out of the 3 in this series. There is plenty of mystery and intrigue to go around. The suspense builds evenly and there is lots of humor. Community Affairs has a different main character than the other two books. I like how the author changes things up. I finished the book quickly and I would recommend this. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.