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Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice (A Mellow Summers Paranormal MysterySeries Book 1) by [McNulty, Janet]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1490 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Publisher: cozy mystery series (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00727XQI2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,455 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I can't believe I have read the same book that others have given glowing reviews for. This story is infantile in it's style and approach. The characters are one dimensional and the storyline is so simplistic it is embarrassing. If it hadn't been for the fact that murder, drugs and rape are mentioned in the prose, I would have thought that the style of writing was more appropriate to an audience of pre-school children.

Without "spoiling" the so-called plot for others, the story revolves around a ghost that only the main character can see and hear - only, when the story gets too difficult in its telling, other people can see and hear the ghost as well, and then they can't again! Some scenes are laughable such as: We need to find a way of snooping around the police station. Well, well, they are holding an open day tomorrow. Let's pretend we are interesting and take the tour, only then we sneak off and spy on the villain through an open door - where we can see him but, of course, he can't see us. It's as though the author has sprinkled magic fairy dust over everything to make it "just so"!

To make it worse, about half of this book's pages are filled with advertisements about the author and her other books. There was I, thinking I had downloaded 150 or so pages of a murder mystery and suddenly I find 40% of the content is rabbiting on about a (painfully laughable) science fiction fantasy involving a spacecraft traveling through the cosmos.

The one redeeming feature is that the writing was not littered with spelling or formatting errors. For that, this book earns a one star from me, otherwise I would have awarded a negative score.
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I marked down for the confusing plot holes and also for the length (only 57% on my kindle). The barrage of adverts after such a short story always annoy me.
The story was pretty good, even though slightly confusing/unbelievable in parts, but i liked the main character which kept me reading.
Good little book for a quick free read - only took me an hour and a half.
Will buy the next few to see if the author has improved over the past few years.
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I don't do book reviews........ I read the book and if I liked it I give it up to 5 stars, if I didn't then it gets a 2, if I didn't finish then it's a 1, that's it I'm afraid.

I read it, I like it, I want more from the author.

As with a vast number of Kindle books there might be the odd spelling and punctuation errors.
After reading well over 300 Kindle books of all types and subjects you get use to them and they become less noticeable, unless they effect the story.
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super read though sort of predictable about who the murderer was but it was so good that it didn't matter. i just want to say the review that gave this book 5-star was a complete waste of time and space, like really cop on!!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice 21 Mar. 2012
By Jennifer L. Golub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice tells the story of Mellow Summers, who moves to Vermont with her best friend, Jackie, to attend film school. Upon moving into their new apartment they discover that the prior occupant, Rachel, was murdered not too long ago. Mellow meets her neighbor, Greg, at school and finds out the Rachel was a film student as well. The landlord tells the girls that the rent is so cheap because the other tenants have all left in a hurry claiming that the apartment is haunted.

One night, Mellow is startled to actually see Rachel. Rachel persuades mellow to help her bring her killer to justice. Things aren't so easy though, because Rachel can't remember anything that happened the night she died. As Mellow works to solve the mystery of Rachel's death, Rachel slowly remembers bits and pieces of the night of her murder. With the help of her love interest- Greg, best friend - Jackie, Greg's cousin at the police department, and a biker gang, can Mellow figure out who the killer is before she becomes the next victim?

Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice is a fun book, and a quick read. The characters are likable and fun. Rachel gets Mellow into situations that she wouldn't normally get into. Rachel teaches Mellow to stand up for herself - and after standing up to a biker gang, she earns their trust and makes an unlikely group of friends. Mellow moves to Vermont to change her life, and you can see her growing and changing through her experience of helping Rachel. Some parts of the story progressed a little fast, but overall, I really liked the book, and can't wait to see if there is a second book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 19 July 2012
By Jennifer Moorman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Disclaimer: I was given this book for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is in no way swayed by the free book.

This book is a quick, easy read. It's an entertaining story that moves along at a quick pace--sometimes too quick of a pace for me. Some ideas and events were not fleshed out to their greatest potential.

The book also suffers from typos and inconsistencies that pulled me out of the story at times. The age of the main character is an odd choice, and, unfortunately, she acts much younger at least half the time. Not wanting to give away any plot spoilers, I will only mention that the characters' dull reaction to the realization of ghosts is less than believable. There was also more "tell" than "show" for me, but the book has potential to be a great story.

The book is a fun idea, and the characters are entertaining. It's not a difficult read, and it is full of action, so if you're looking for something quick, this is a good choice.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 7 Jun. 2012
By Sherry Fundin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Mellow was going to film school in Vermont and her friend Jackie, needing a change of pace, went with her. When they found a cheap place to rent, they questioned why it was so cheap. The former tenant had been murdered and some believed her ghost was haunting the place.

The first day of class, Mellow met Greg. After Mellow returned home from school and finished eating the dinner Jackie had fixed, she cleaned up the dishes. When she turned around she met Rachel, the murdered girl's ghost. Before she could even react, there was a knock on the door. She opened the door and it was Greg standing there with a yummy looking Devil's Food cake. It turned out Greg lived right across the hall from her and Jackie. She took the cake and closed the door, not realizing Greg was asking her out.

"Well that was wonderful," said Rachel. As she told me who she was, she also told me Greg was asking me out and I should go apologize to him. Not only was I talking to her as if she was a living, breathing person, she helped me get a date.

"I have to get to work and I don't need your assistance in the shower. I'm not into that kinky stuff." Rachel glanced at my bare legs. "You might want to shave those hairy things before your date tonight," Rachel said.

She quickly became a fixture in my life. She wanted help finding her killer. She led me to Zappy's because her best friend hangs out there and might have some information. While there a guy started bugging me. Rachel took care of him. She explained that you have to force guys like that to go away. When a biker guy began harassing me, I took care of him myself. Little did I realize he would become a friend.

My mother always said that girls should be sugar and spice and everything nice. Rachel's philosophy was sugar and spice and not so nice.

Jackie, a ghost named Rachel, Tiny and his biker gang and last but not least Greg with his squeezable butt.

I read this book out of order. I had already read the other two before I found this one. I loved them all, but I'm going to do the reviews in the correct order.

Mellow made me think of the Ghost Whisperer. I used to watch the TV show all the time. Janet McNulty even mentions it in one of her books.

I fell in love with Mellow and all her friends. I found this book laugh-out-loud fun to read. It is light-hearted and a make-you-feel-good read. It's perfect for sitting around the pool or at the beach. Easy to read in one sitting, which I did.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Quickie 6 Jun. 2012
By Mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for a honest review from the author Janet McNulty. It's the story of Mellow aka Mel Summers who moves to Vermont with her friend to attend college for a film degree. I gather both girls are on a budget so when Jackie finds a cheap apartment for rent they jump on it. Just happens that the apartment is haunted by the prior tenant Rachel who can't move on till her killer is found and her fiance cleared of her murder. At first Mel is the only one who can see Rachel and it doesn't take long before she promises to help solve the murder.
Between juggling school, a job at the candle store, the sexy guy across the hall and a band of biker guys Mel has her hands full. It's a quick read only 117 pages but it goes really fast because the book sucks you in. The characters are well written for such a short book. Since it is a quick read this book kept me on my toes and kept me craving more from the start. It may be short but what it lacks in pages it makes up for in story. Janet McNulty does a great job of leaving you happy in the end which is something I enjoy in a book. A very entertaining short story. Highly recommend if your looking for a entertaining mystery that won't take you all day.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice 21 Jun. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mellow Summers or Mel to her friends is twenty-six years old attending college in Vermont. Her best friend Jackie has come along as Mel's support system. Mel never believed in ghosts that is until she met Rachel. Rachel was murdered a year ago and she's been trying to get someone to help her solve her murder. Mel reluctantly agrees to help Rachel find her murderer but needs Rachel to tell her what happened that night. Rachel remembers very few details about that night. Mel meets Greg in her video editing class and learns more about Rachel from him. Greg asks Mel out and she agrees to go. Jackie and Mel both work at the Candle Shoppe not far from their apartment on Alamont Street. Jackie is wondering what is going on with Mel because she appears not to be acting like herself since moving to Vermont. Jackie wants answers which Mel is not sure how to give. Their apartment has been broken into yet nothing was taken. Mel's video editing class Professor Vincent makes Mel very nervous and uncomfortable. Rachel is pressuring Mel to work on finding her murderer but with classes, work, and studying there hasn't been much time for her to do so. Mel learns that Detective Reiss was assigned to Rachel's case but thought Rachel's boyfriend Tom killed her yet without proof could not be arrested. Can Mel help find Rachel's murderer? What is Professor Vincent hiding? Why was Detective Reiss sure of Tom's guilt? Who did murder Rachel? Will Mel listen to Rachel? Your answers await you in Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice.
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