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Dying to Get Published (The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Judy Fitzwater
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Judy Fitzwater's comic mystery tour de force, originally published by Ballantine Books, is finally available in electronic format.

Jennifer Marsh is a mystery writer with a stack of eight unpublished manuscripts and rejection letters to match filling her closet. She's sure that if she can just get famous for something, someone will have to publish her books. Why not murder?

She'll find a target so mean that she'd actually be doing the world a favor by bumping him or her off. And she knows just the person:
Penney Richmond, a high-powered literary agent who's made it her job to ruin people's lives. All Jennifer has to do is frame herself, do the deed, and come out with an iron-clad alibi, and she'll be well on her way to getting a three book deal. So what if she chickens out at the last minute? A vegetarian good girl who rescued a greyhound could never actually kill someone. But when Penney is found murdered and the police think Jennifer did it, she’d better find the real murderer before she goes away... for life.

Along with her eccentric writer's group, spunky old ladies with a nose for sleuthing, her neurotic greyhound, and a sexy, sarcastic reporter named Sam, Jennifer embarks on a journey filled with danger, deception, and disguises that could leave her Dying to Get Published...

“In a roller coaster of hilarity, Fitzwater has crafted three-dimensional characters with warmth, realism, and wickedness.”
-- The Snooper
"A sprightly novel, Dying to Get Published will entertain all writers...[It] offers a word to the wise: Never thwart a mystery writer, published or unpublished."
-- Carolyn G. Hart
“Enjoyable reading for writers hoping to break into the mystery field.”
-- Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
“Jen’s a warm, intelligent character, and Fitzwater provides an entertaining (and for aspiring writers, frustratingly familiar) look at the world of writing and publishing.”
-- Publishers Weekly
“Judy Fitzwater has come up with a highly original motive... Fitzwater’s characters are...fascinating...she has created an ambitious woman with murderous intent, who is also lovable and sympathetic.”
-- The Mystery Review
“...funny, fast-paced...Jennifer is presented as intelligent and full of initiative...the supporting characters are a hoot. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing.”
-- The Mystery Reader
“Fitzwater skewers everybody in the publishing business...and has fun doing it. The reader will enjoy the ride.”
–-Glynco Observer
“...it’s dynamite.”
–-Murder Most Cozy


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amazon.com (13 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB0MG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,538 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Judy Fitzwater grew up an American Air Force brat and has lived in eight states, including Maine and Hawaii. She currently resides in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband. Her first published mystery, DYING TO GET PUBLISHED, was plucked from a stack of unsolicited manuscripts at Ballantine Books. It was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. The subsequent six-book series, The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, was a delight for her to write, especially the scenes with Jennifer's quirky writers' group. All six are now available in Kindle editions. Judy has just released an original, never-before-published suspense thriller for the Kindle, DROWNING IN AIR, which she is very excited about. She has plans for more mystery, suspense, humor, and paranormal adventures to come.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing. A pleasant, light hearted read. 1 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Some of the reviews of this book make me wonder if they really read it. The plot is interesting and a bit different. Highly unlikely of course, but why should a plot be too believable? It is fiction after all.

This book is no classic, but why should it have to be. It is enjoyable escapism. No more, no less. Easy to read. Weird characters. "Just as if" plot. Don't think I'll be paying for the other books in the series, but it was OK. I enjoyed reading it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jennifer Marsh is a writer just dying to get published. She has written and submitted eight books and hasn't been able to catch a nibble. Jennifer decides that what she needs is a little publicity and the perfect plot, so she devises a plan that will see her go through the process of planning a murder. But Jennifer soon finds out that it's much easier to write about a murder than to put her ideas into action.
The first thing Jennifer needs is a 'victim' - but it has to be someone that the world would be better off without. She finds the perfect specimen in Penney Richmond, ... an agent who'd kept one of Jennifer's manuscripts for a year then sent it back with a scathing comment. Jennifer's choice of victim is reinforced when it comes to light that Penney is in the habit of stealing unknown writer's manuscripts and giving the plot ideas to well-known authors who are guaranteed to sell more copies. Jennifer scheme to 'murder' Penney backfires when Penney is actually murdered and the deliberate trail Jennifer left leads the police straight to her.
This is a deliciously funny novel and a great series introduction. The cast of supporting characters all have great promise, as does the heroine Jennifer. Fill the bathtub, add a nice relaxing scent, grab a bottle of something cold, and settle in for an easy, entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 30 Dec. 2012
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I purchased this because it was free on kindle. I wasn't sure that I would like the plot or not: a mystery writer with unpublished manuscripts and rejection letters decides that if she commits murder it will lead to her books being published. However, I really enjoyed it. I do agree with other reviewers that I found the main character's constant referral to her not-even-conceived foetus annoying and at times it made me like the heroine slightly less for it, but this is my only criticism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dying to read more 11 Mar. 2014
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I really rather enjoyed this, although I have to admit that I don't generally read crime fiction.

Nice written, good characters, plot and pace. It was amusing and interesting, in places just plain laugh out loud funny.

I will definitely read by Judy Fitzwater in the future.

Even better for me, it didn't cost me a bean as it was one of my DSOA picks from the Blog in April 2013. Full Blog Post #426 in March 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dying to Get Published 11 Feb. 2015
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A young woman takes a new approach to writing a publishable book.

After continual rejection by various publishers, Jennifer Marsh decides to put herself into the shoes of a murderer in order to write a true to life crime fiction novel and make a name for herself in the media. However, this all backfires when the woman she targets for her fictional murder gets killed in real life, leaving her the prime suspect.

A predictable yet gripping book with strong characters and a really good story line. Each chapter followed on from the previous making it a real page Turner. The characters are all really likeable and I will be interested to see how the rest of the books in this series pan out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 19 Mar. 2013
By Joannie
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This book was amusing and entertaining. Our hero is trying to get a foot in the door with her books, but as usual, it's not what you know it's who you know. It is quite a mild book, but neverless I liked it. I thought it ended a little too swiftly, but I still award 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite funny 8 Feb. 2013
By MrsMac
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Ive been reading alot of 'new authors' across a broad range of genre's lately as a break from my typical favourite (crime/mystery) and didn't find this as difficult to get through as them so thats a plus in my 'lil black book' LOL

Ive never read a plot like it - even though i read a constant 3 books at least per week so i was surprised and loved the concept - especially as i dream of writing the novels that live in my head.
BUT i have to be honest the characters could have done with a bit more development and back story and i would have either written a bit more detail/purpose for the dog (muffy) or would have cut the damn little thing out - really annoyed me.
Also the whole thing with talking about an unfertilised egg like it was a growing foetus was ridiculous - i mean seriously, when i was a teen i dreamt of having kids and even thinking about cute names - but i would NEVER have told anyone about it far less walking around talking to it - she seemed a little like a psychotic woman escaped from a locked unit than a woman who has a funky imagination if ya know what i mean??

Apart from all that i thought it was a cute story with some definite LOL moments - as i said i would read other books with the same concept as a fun getaway from my more serious crime novels (karen rose/mark billingham/alex gray)...

must add that i think i will buy the next one - i can never resist reading whats next - even if it is rubbish LOL
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This was fun in many respects
This was fun in many respects. No great who-done-it but entertaining and a main character which made me laugh at one or two places. Would read another one for entertainment.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs CRB
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good Read
Published 24 days ago by Nichjago
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but really improved
For the first half of this book, I regretted having started it. I didn't believe in the characters and wasn`t convinced by the plot. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mr Philip Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the idea that the mystery writer tried to pull off a real crime to check her plot! Would recommend
Published 1 month ago by Jenny Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars fun enjoyable
A fun filled book with unusual characters. It is a mystery and also a romantic story. I enjoyed reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing mystery and romance
Jennifer Marsh, a mystery writer, can't get published, so decides to try getting arrested for a crime (of which she'll be exonerated as she won't have committed it). Read more
Published 1 month ago by West London
3.0 out of 5 stars Dying to get published
A quirky book. Interesting plot if a bit strange. Overdone is some places and far fetched but not a bad read.
Jennifer is a writer that cannot get a book published. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fantasy Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Average read
Published 2 months ago by mrs jackie morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
i have now read 5 of these Dying To books. absolutely brilliant
Published 3 months ago by anne mccall
2.0 out of 5 stars One to miss
I just couldn't get into this book - no not for me
Published 6 months ago by Ms JC Stimson
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