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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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TJ Jensen lives with her Father and Grandfather at a resort owned by the family. Her mother recently died and TJ inherited two young step sisters. Luckily TJ has a best friend with daughters around the same age to help smooth the transition.
TJ is a Halloween nut, and what is better than to enjoy a favorite holiday with children? It makes it easier to act like a child yourself.
Halloween is also the anniversary of a special friendship for TJ.
An unlikely friendship that lasted for many years, until one day shortly before Halloween, she went to visit and found her good friend dead.
While the police wanted to close the case quickly, their finding of "suicide" did not sit well with TJ.
So she adds to her already full schedule the task of finding out the truth.
I enjoyed the setting and the characters and solving puzzles which occur throughout the book. There is not just the ONE mystery to be solved.
This is a gentle, friendly read but it also has tense moments.
I found it suitable for readers of all ages.
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All this comes to an end when Tj comes for a visit to find Zachary dead in his chair. The local police, including brand new deputy Dylan, believe this to be a natural death of an elderly man. Tj is not satisfied & pushes all to dig deeper as something just doesn't sit quite right about the whole set up. Enter in 4 new people visiting the resort under mysterious circumstances & Tj sets out to find the truth about the life & death of her cherished friend.
The characters are well developed & the settings so real I wanted to either move to Serenity or at the very least make reservations for a 2 week, okay maybe 4 week stay at Maggie's Hideway. This a delightful book to read, especially since it takes place at this time of year, just before Halloween. I can't wait for book 2: Snowmen in Paradise due out in Feb. 2014 & book 3: Bikini's in Paradise due out in June 2014!
Too many characters. Every time she turned around, the main character was finding someone else she had a close relationship with. I gave up trying to figure out who was who. There was no way the author could balance all these characters. I was right. They all jumbled together.
The characters and their situations in life were pulled from one cliched circumstance after another. The main character is left raising her sisters after her mother dies. And, how many mothers did she have? The first one deserted her when she was a small child. The one that died unexpectedly, was she the original mother? I think she was. But, the relationships got to be too convoluted very quickly in the book. I stopped caring who was who after maybe three or four chapters.
No character has distinguishing characteristics to separate one from another. And, without a unique personality, the reader is left holding the bag as far as there being any character development going on.
When the murderer is exposed, all we get is a name. No reason. No explanation of the circumstances. Just the name. And, because there were SO many characters in the book, the name was just a name. I could not remember who it was or what the relationship to the murder victim there was. For a murder mystery, this is an unpardonable sin.
This author needs to seriously examine her storytelling ability. If she cannot write a book that keeps the reader interested and questioning character motivations then she is no writer in my book.
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