Organized for Murder (Organized Mysteries, #1)

Organized for Murder (Organized Mysteries, #1)

by Ritter Ames

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BN ID: 2940156155569
Publisher: Ritter Ames
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Organized Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 9,492
File size: 417 KB

About the Author

Ritter Ames is the USA Today bestselling author who writes the fast-paced suspense Bodies of Art mystery series and the cozy Organized Mysteries series. She focuses most of her time and writing energies on globe-trotting the world via her keyboard to create memorable characters and fascinating fiction novels for readers. 

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Organized for Murder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
SGCK More than 1 year ago
Kate McKenzie is the wife of a former pro-hockey player, the mother of 6-year-old twin daughters, and the owner of Stacked in Your Favor,  an organizational service. After tea at Amelia Nethercutt's mansion, she is hired to organize and catalog the vast amount of collectibles,  antiques, and various other items that have piled up over the years. Later in the evening, Kate learns that Amelia has been murdered and  the police take her in for questioning. She returns home and decides to do laundry. As she reaches in the cupboard for softener, she  finds an ebony box that she recognizes as one that she saw at the Nethercutt mansion.  It quickly becomes obvious that someone is                       setting her up to take the fall. With the help of her neighbor and friend, Meg Berman, she sets out to prove her innocence and identify the real killer. A good mystery should have plenty of suspects and should keep the reader guessing until the end. This book does just that. There are multiple suspects with means, motive, and opportunity. I thought I had it all figured out and was pleased to learn that it wasn't as simple as I had   thought. To me characters are always the most important aspect of any book. I can put with flawed story lines if I like the cast and their chemistry. I found the characters in Organized for Murder interesting, likable, and believable. Kate and Meg are women with whom I would want to be friends. I was also pleased with the relationship between Kate and her husband, Keith. In so many "cozy" mysteries, the heroine has just been jilted or cheated\ on by her husband or boyfriend. This device allows the opportunity to create the excitement of a new and budding romance. I enjoy that, too because I like a little romance with my mysteries. However, I think a solid relationship like Kate and Keith's is refreshing while still giving the the thrill of romance. Because Kate is an organizational specialist, there are plenty of helpful hints on how to get organized and stay that way. Some of there appear at the beginning of the chapter, some are woven within the text, and there is a terrific appendix in the back detailing more suggestions. Finally, I'd like to say a few words about Ms. Ames as a writer. From Chapter 1, paragraph 2, comes this line, ". . . the cream and sienna tones of the carpet would have accepted the tea stain like a distant relative . . . "  As soon as I read that, I knew I was in the hands of a gifted wordsmith. She proves that over and over with her descriptive choices and word play. I highly recommend Organized for Murder by Ritter Ames. It is an entertaining, well written mystery that will keep you guessing.         
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gemma's books never disappoint!! Great fun read. Hard to put down and leave me wanting more. Look forward to the next one and to my next Ritter Ames book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this read close to boring. Cannot understand the rave reviews since i had to force myself to finish reading it. I guess i'm too used to Daniel Silva, Karen Slaughter etc. This was just not my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LindalovestoreadLR More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. It wasn't a bad read, but I didn't care much about any of the characters. The story was ok. As another reviewer noted, there were gems like the tea and carpet sentence, which were lovely. On the other hand, if I read the redhead did this or the redhead did that, one more time, I might have thrown my Nook across the room. Read this if it is free. Maybe read it for $.99. Otherwise, not worth the time.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
Ooooooh, I loved this one! I'm a huge fan of cozy mysteries and LOVE the organizing theme behind this one. Kate is a great character and Ritter Ames does an amazing job at bringing the story to life with vivid descriptions. I can't wait to read the next one!
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bethsci More than 1 year ago
I enjoy mysteries and this one was smart and funny. I highly recommend it.
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otterly More than 1 year ago
That says it rather well. The heroine has twin daughters and a husband who is a sports commentator, once a professional hockey player. The owner of a mansion where she is cataloging contents dies. Who benefits, and why is she suspected? She has all kinds of ideas for organising ones' house. THis is rather amusing --don't know if I'd read more by the author, but it certainly should suit book groups.
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karaneleni More than 1 year ago
Organized for Murder is the first novel I have read by Ritter Ames.  Admittedly, it took a few days to get into this story.  The ONLY reason I can think of is because I was trying to read the PDF on my Kindle Paperwhite.  I loaded the PDF onto my iPad, started from page 1 and was immediately sucked in.  Lesson learned.  I wasn't able to put it down and when I saw 2:00am on the clock, I had to force myself to put the iPad out of reach and continue after work the next night.   Kate McKenzie proved that being organized could help in ANY situation, including tracking down a murderer.  I strive to be organized in most areas of my life, but there is always a new idea and I learned several which will be implemented very soon.  Thank you Kate and Ritter for the wonderful tips and amazing story with a great twist ending!  This girl will be waiting (im)patiently for the next in the series. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate McKenzie, an organizer and fairly new transplant to her husband's home town in Vermont, gets involved in family drama when she is hired first to organize, and then to inventory the estate of a long standing wealthy client. And she confronts a cluttered life and all its facets. With the family dropping like flies, Kate hopes to be able to organize the estate and her own life enough to find out just who is killing this family. With tips and tricks for organizing, Ritter Ames introduces a fun new character. Hopefull, we'll see more of in the future
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
It’s been a while since I’ve read a cozy, and this books was a perfect choice. It’s a great murder mystery that will keep you guessing since there are so many different people that could have done it. All the characters are well developed, but aren’t your everyday cookie cutter type, they have their own quirks and flaws. I loved that Kate was happily married since most cozy sleuths are single. She also had twins, and that is unusual too. I loved the relationship between her and her family, and between her and Meg. There were plenty of twists and laughs, and lots of situations that had me thinking I knew what was going on. But then I’d be thrown for another loop, and I’d have to start over trying to figure out whodunnit. Another thing I loved were all the organization tips throughout the book. They all seemed very easy to do, and would solve a lot of problems for your household. This book had so many unusual aspects to it that it is by far one of my very favorite cozies, and I can’t wait for the rest in the series. Ritter Ames hit the ball out of the park with this book and I’d have no problem recommending it to anyone who loves a good mystery. Even if they aren’t a cozy lover, I think they will be after reading this fantastic book!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Organization expert Kate McKenzie is on track to make her new business, STACKED IN YOUR FAVOR, a hit in small-town Vermont. But when her first client, the wealthy Amelia Nethercutt, is found dead, the job takes a decidedly sinister turn. Kate thought she and her family were making a fresh start in her husband’s hometown, but she quickly learns that small towns can hold big secrets. When her first client is poisoned just after Kate leaves her mansion, she knows she’s gotten off to a bad start. But things only get worse when the police find Kate’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, suddenly putting her in the position of suspect number one. The stopwatch is ticking for Kate to prove she had nothing to do with the murder, and the odds are further stacked against her when items stolen from the Nethercutt mansion start showing up in the McKenzie home. Now, Kate must trust her methodical skills and expert eye to sort out who is trying to frame her and to find the real killer before she’s organized right into a jail cell. Dollycas’s Thoughts A nice start for this new series! Kate is a very likeable protagonist. Her first organization job turns out to be huge and she needs to bring in her friend Eve and her nemesis Valerie as well to help her inventory the vast collections at the Nethercutt mansion. I enjoyed Eve and Kate friendly relationship and the way they dealt with Valerie, who was really there as a spy for Sophia, Amelia Nethercutt’s stepdaughter. The entire Nethercutt family are all very interesting characters. They all made viable suspects. The plot was well paced and I enjoyed the way Kate followed the clues in a very organized fashion. The author added some great twists, I was surprised by the actual murderer. I enjoyed all the organizational tips that started each chapter. They could easily be spun off into another book. Several will be introduced into my own household.
j2dlessor More than 1 year ago
Organized for Murder A Great Start for a New Mystery Series! I received this book as a *gift and glad I did!! I'm already excited and impatient for the next book in this series! Ritter Ames is a wonderful, funny author who created characters that are fun, interesting and real to the reader! I love mysteries and when you add in a bit of humor, some practical organizing tips(which I desperately need, really!! Just ask my hubby!) you have a book I couldn't put down! Organized for Murder will appeal to many readers as it hooks you in right away and keeps you guessing until the end as to "who did it"! And No! I'm not going to tell you who did it! No spoilers! Read "Organized for Murder" by Ritter Ames for yourself and enjoy! *This book was given to me from the publisher for an HONEST review.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. All the characters are likeable, believable people that you feel that you have met sometime in your life. The main character Kate is not an obnoxious in your face investigator, she's an everyday type of woman who is just trying to do her job. I love her new best friend Meg they offset each other perfectly. Not only is there a murder but also a set up, both of which have you guessing until the end, just when I thought I had it figured, nope. There are also organizational hints given throughout the book which is a nice touch and useful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! It was a great read and so hard to put down!  Great organization ideas too;)
ironrunnerchick More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Not only was I truly entertained by the story, which was fast-paced and unpredictable, and the characters, who were quirky and endearing, but I was also able to get a lot of practical, real-world organizing tips. I'm looking forward to reading more Ritter Ames mysteries with Kate as the heroine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery was full of truly helpful organizational tips and fun characters. Love Gemma Haliday books so I'm not surprised this was just as entertaining, can't wait till the next in the series. 
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smd241 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. Unlike other mysteries I have read in the past. Couldn't figure out which character was the actual murderer until the end. Keep my interest throughout. This is one of my favorite authors and she didn't disappoint with this book. I love mysteries that have some humor in them too. Great book!!