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Product details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Choice One Publishing Co. (15 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981991602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981991603
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

More About the Author

A novella length romantic comedy, with a dash of the serious. Longer than a short story, shorter than a full-length novel - just the right size for a busy reader!

Throw a crazy canine, a handyman, and an artist together and you've got mayhem!

Who'd guess it's Jake, the handyman, who needs rescuing when he answers a call by the distraught artist, Zoe, to stop a toilet flood begun by her crazy canine, FuFu?

Jake's engaged to a sexy, perfect woman, and she's even a great cook! There's no room in his life for a quirky, rich artist, who eats raw vegetables and probably can't even boil an egg -- or is there? Are Jake's perfect plans about to be disrupted?

FOREVER YOUNG: BLESSING OR CURSE, Morgan Mandel's thriller about a 55 year old who takes a pill to be 24 again, and then learns getting old isn't the only way to die. Soon, she's fleeing for her life.

RE-RELEASED ON KINDLE - TWO WRONGS, Morgan Mandel's debut mystery, a fast-paced tale of vengeance and the healing power of love, set in Chicago, about wrongful imprisonment and the healing power of love.

ALSO RE-RELEASED ON KINDLE - romantic comedy, GIRL OF MY DREAMS, a Cinderella story about a straitlaced assistant whose good intentions to save her boss go horribly awry when she enters a reality show contest.

STILL AVAILABLE 99 CENTS ON KINDLE - Killer Career. A lovely lawyer's career change has disastrous consequences when her bestselling author/mentor not only writes about murders but is a participant. To save herself and her law partner, she must conquer her greatest weakness: claustrophobia.

Morgan is the past president of the Chicago-North Chapter of Romance Writers of America, was the Library Liaison for the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She also belongs to Sisters in Crime and EPIC. Before being published in book form, she freelanced for the Daily Herald newspaper.

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Group blogs:, and - Type morganmandel (oneword) for Morgan's channel featuring Morgan, other authors, and her dog, Rascal.

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By Adele on 1 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I went to see a play called Revenge when I was a teenager. It was one of those slightly odd plays where two actors played four roles and one other guy was found dead hanging on the back of a door. The experience was entertaining and a little odd. The play lacked a full cast and world building, it wasn't the full theatrical experience really, it lacked many of the things it should have required to make it work, yet it was definitely entertaining and I had a fabulous time.

Killer Career was a little like that. It didn't dazzle with it's twists (a life time of agatha christie and you've seen most of them) it had only three fleshed out characters and a small group of extras, the set was present but consisted of a few desks and computers and dinners rather than being a fully developed world. It should have been unsatisfying. As it happened it was a delightful read. I was having a wonderful time in this mystery romance romp and can only imagine that Morgan had a fantastic time writing it. Tyler was neatly balanced to begin with to ensure that Julie's initial interest was totally viable, Dade was a darling but reacted in a typically possesive manner to certain events which sold him to me, Julie was believable and likeable and the rest gave them some context but didn't really exist in any meaningful way, except perhaps Avery.

I'd been looking forward to getting my hands on one of Morgans books and I wasn't dissapointed. I have been working long hours this week with special olympics and was failing at reading everything I picked up, putting it back on the shelf a few pages in, but this hit exactly the right spot. It's a cute cover two.
If you want a read that will keep you grinnning all the way through you can't go far wrong with Morgan.
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By Frem on 18 Jan. 2014
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Not a gripping read but enjoyable to the extent that whenever I put it down, I was keen to get back to it. 3 main characters with situations that befits a Bond movie i.e the baddie gets his comeuppance. Look forward to the next book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Punchy romantic thriller 16 Sept. 2009
By carl brookins - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one fine emotional story. Yes, if you read romantic mystery fiction extensively, you will likely have encountered elements of the story. It doesn't matter. This is a well-put-together novel that carries the reader briskly to a smashing conclusion.

Julie McGuire is a hot Chicago attorney in a small partnership with Dade Donovan. Their talents and hard work have built a successful law firm. But Julie harbors a secret life-long dream--to be a writer, a published author. One day at a local mystery convention she meets a lusty, talented and tormented author named Tyler Jensen. He's also more than passingly handsome in a sensual sort of way. Jensen offers Julie his help in the form of workshops and other ways to break in running on the fast track of publishing. How can she resist?

Tyler's sponsorship is not without its price. Will Julie pay the price? Will she give up hard-won professional recognition to chase her other dream? Is Tyler Jensen everything he says he is--and maybe more?

And what about Julie's partner, Dade? Can she, will she abandon this life-long partner? Questions arise almost as fast and in all manner of complexity paralleling the personal feelings that swirl around, rising and falling with the fortunes of the principals in this tense novel of romantic suspense. Mysteriously,

The novel is not without its problems. Mandel is adept at steadily increasing the level of tension, but sometimes takes too much time to make her points. There are situations in which the pace should be raised with fewer words. Overall, tighter writing would benefit the reader. Conversely, there are places where I wished for fuller descriptions of place and circumstance. The emotions of the characters are all there, laid bare. A little more context might have enriched the experience.

In the end these problems are overcome by the story and the interest the author ultimately develops in readers for the central characters.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Reviewing: "Killer Career" by Morgan Mandel 10 Dec. 2009
By Kevin Tipple - Published on
Format: Paperback
Attending the Love To Murder Mystery Conference in Chicago pushes Julie McGuire to make a latent dream become a reality. A lawyer in a growing practice with old friend, Dade Donovan, she longs to become a writer. She is also enthralled by the enigmatic mystery author, Tyler Jensen, the conference keynote speaker.

He seems just as enthralled with her and begins to pursue her in a variety of ways. As she looks to gracefully end her career in the law and her partnership with Dade, it becomes clear that Dade isn't totally supportive of her future plans. Getting strange vibes from both men, Julie isn't sure what is going on or who is behind a series of increasingly strange and dangerous events.

Despite an interesting if a bit clichéd premise (the famous mystery writer loses himself during the writing process in dreams of murder that may or not be real) the novel doesn't reach its full potential. This is primarily because the pacing off the novel is consistently off. Scenes that should move faster drag on far longer than they should. Opportunities to slow down events to further develop characters are frequently rushed. That fact, along with heavy foreshadowing with certain plot points hit so often seasoned mystery readers laugh out loud, do not invoke the rising tension the author is trying desperately to create.

Unlike many who choose to self publish, author Morgan Mandell did obtain editing services and credits those individuals in her dedication. It is telling that the editing situation also led to some of the back of the cover blurbs and the occasional review from the same individuals. With such a small core group involved, it isn't surprising that some issues were not dealt with as effectively as they could have been with more outside objective input. While the novel is classified as "romantic suspense" the suspense angle is very much lacking for seasoned mystery readers. The romance is the classic triangle where both the possible bad boy and the obvious good guy both seek the attentions of the fair damsel who may be in distress from outside forces or forces from within the triangle relationship.

At the same time, at the core, there is a very good tale here. Plenty of action, intrigue and mystery, romantic elements and a heroine that readers can identify with and care about. Through the execution of the story is flawed at times for seasoned mystery readers, there are enough good things about the novel to make the overall read worth it.

Material provided by the author in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple (copyright) 2009
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An excellent combination of suspense, thrills and romance! 1 Jan. 2010
By A. Pohren - Published on
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wondered what goes through the minds of writers? Particularly writers of crime, suspense, murder, you know, the more aggressive types of novels? To be honest, I have several times. What must go through the mind of someone who can write bloody brutality, torture, death, and sometimes just plain twisted scenes? Okay, so yes, Stephen King comes to mind (no offense, Mr. King!). Well, author Morgan Mandel dives into just such a notion in her latest release, Killer Career. World renowned murder mystery writer, Tyler Jensen makes his career from coming up with twisted, graphic and torturous murder mysteries, that readers of the world gobble up and can't get enough of. While at a conference, he meets lawyer and aspiring writer Julie McGuire. Julie is no push over and speaks her mind very freely. When she dares to question him, he becomes highly intrigued.

At the end of the conference, there is a contest in which a few lucky winners are allowed to meet with Tyler for a bit of personal tutoring on writing, Julie just happens to be one of the lucky winners. Julie is thrilled by this and comes to the conclusion that she must put aside her thriving career as a lawyer to pursue her writing full time. Her partner and long time friend, Dade Donovan, senses something not quite right about the all-great mystery writer, Tyler. Julie knows she is upsetting Dade and putting him in a bind, but at the same time must follow her heart and desire. Dade wonders, however, just how far this desire goes - is it just writing or is it Tyler.

Meanwhile, strange and brutal murders are taking place around the city; murders that mysteriously resemble the plots within Tyler's books. Is this coincidence, copycat or something much deeper, darker and sinister? How will Julie deal with Tyler's obsessive love for her and the blooming feelings between her and Dade?

Killer Career is filled with delightful twists, turns and satisfying suspense. Readers will have a hard time putting this down, once they have begun the first page. Ms. Mandel shows a great talent for storytelling and quickly and seamlessly draws her readers into the lives of her characters. With excellent dialog, plotting, suspense and romantic tension, Killer Career is a must read for lovers of suspense, thrillers, romance, and those just plain looking for a great book! This is my first by Morgan Mandel and I anxiously await reading more!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable 10 Dec. 2011
By Kyle K. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Nice entertaining read. The story pulled me in and before I knew it I had finished the whole thing. I already bought her next book for my Kindle.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
killer career is a killer story 25 July 2011
By ken - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Hi Morgan,
I read your book today!! As at first, I'm thinking, as I am reading, "uh oh, a chick read", however, that all changed quickly and I absolutely ENJOYED the story.

One of the best things I really enjoyed were the varied sub-stories and insights into each character and thier backgrounds. The story had trap doors into levels that kept me engaged and eager to see where exactly the direction was heading.

I got a kick out of the Dad/Dade tie in and as a guy, was happy to see you had really clear insight into the masculine indentity. (of course the black and white pooch was cool too, especially after seeing Rascal's pix.

Thanks so much for the story and as I am no reviewer, I am a reader that knows a good book when I read one! GREAT JOB!!
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