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West Of Bliss Mass Market Paperback – 16 Apr 2004

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (16 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551669250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551669250
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,740,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Suzann Ledbetter possesses the wonderfully rare ability to point out the absurdity in everyday occurrences and, by doing so, elevate the ordinary into the exceptional. A sublimely entertaining writer, Suzann is a columnist for the Springfield News Leader, a contributing editor to Family Circle, and the author of 10 previous books. A chip off the old block, Suzann credits her father for her sense of humour. Naturally drawn to comedy, Suzann cherishes her ability to make people laugh. "I enjoy it and I want my readers to have fun, but I don’t want people to be misled," she cautions. "I take my work and life very seriously." Suzann takes her research seriously, as well. To find out as much as possible about law enforcement, from procedures to the personalities of officers sworn to "protect and serve," she enrolled in a 30-hour Civilian Police Academy sponsored by the Springfield, Missouri, Police Department. Following her graduation, she became a civilian volunteer to "role play" bad guys in conjunction with the department's academy classes. "I've never been arrested for real in my life, but the rookies in training slapped the cuffs on me about 35 times in one day. Make no mistake about it, those kind of bracelets hurt, too. The best part, though, was pretending to be an armed burglar, wearing body armour that looked like a cross between a baseball catcher and Darth Vader, and trading 'shots' with the cops ― using 9 mm. paintball guns, not live ammunition, of course. Fun while it lasted, anyway. I always wound up in handcuffs during those scenarios, as well!" As a child, Suzann thrived on Nancy Drew mysteries and wanted to be a detective when she grew up. As an adolescent she amended her career choice to journalism ― a field she entered after raising a family. Always an avid reader, she doesn’t point to any single author as having an undue amount of influence; instead she acknowledges "everyone who said I couldn’t do it." She also recognises the role a certain measure of ignorance has had to play in her success ― "it forced me to learn." A former guest on the Today Show and currently a lecturer for the Program Corporation of America, Suzann Ledbetter lives in Nixa, Missouri. You may visit her web site at www.SuzannLedbetter.com.

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I love this series, and have read them all more than once. There is a large cast of interesting characters, and it is a pleasure to follow their antics in each story.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it six stars if I could! 19 Oct. 2002
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I love this series! If you like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Crusie, you'll love Suzann Ledbetter's books. Ledbetter may not write towards comedy as much as Crusie or Phillips, but there's a lot of laughs and the character of Hannah is wonderfully written. All of the books are good, there are no duds in this series, and you will put them directly on your keeper shelf when you are done reading them. Guaranteed.
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging amateur sleuth 7 July 2002
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When she first accepted Jack Clancy's job offer to manage an Ozarks retirement community, Harriet Garvey thought her biggest problem would be boredom. However, Valhalla Springs proves wilder than her former home Chicago. In a very short time Harriet has been on several murder investigations and a few other felonies. However, her toughest problem is her deep feelings for local Sheriff David Henderson even though the Gods must frown upon this couple mating as coitus interruptus is the norm of their relationship.

Though she loathes Eulliy Thomlinson, Jack convinces her to represent him at a going away party for the woman and her spouse Chet. Everything seems okay until D.K. Bogart starts shooting at people; Chet retaliates and kills him. Most of Kinderhook County think Chet is a hero, but Dave and Harriet wonder about the incident. Accompanied by her geriatric detectives, Harriet begins to make inquiries while Dave tries to entice her to marry him. He also attempts to coax his love and her band of amateurs to not investigate.

WEST OF BLISS is an engaging amateur sleuth tale starring a frustrated hero, a clever heroine, and an insane peculiar crowd of seniors who often steal the plot. The story line is well written, but though the mystery is delightfully disguised, the banter between Harriet and Dave feels stale perhaps because this is the fourth novel in two years without enough movement in their relationship. Still Suzann Ledbetter provides an amusing amateur sleuth police procedural combo that now needs to move to the center of the compass and fully explore the magnetism between the lead duo.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable book about Hannah Garvey 8 July 2002
By latenight423 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you've never read this Suzann Ledbetter series (North of Clever, South of Sanity, East of Peculiar, and now West of Bliss), you've missed at least three enjoyable evenings of reading.
In this 4th novel, Hannah Garvey is still the manager at Valhalla, an expensive/selective senior adult living community. David Hendrickson, the county sheriff, is now more serious than ever ("Will you marry me?"). Hannah is still concerned about their age difference but is beginning to consider the "how will we..." items that will occur.
At a farewell party for two Valhalla residents, the dishwasher shoots and kills two people, wounds two more (including Ida Clancy) and is then shot by the husband of one of the victims. Even though he doesn't gain by her death, the suspicions of the Valhalla investigators (if you've read the previous boooks, you'll know they are a hilarious group of residents who will go to any lengths to protect Hannah) are raised. Add in the additional fact that Jack Clancy, owner of Valhalla, is acting peculiarly and you are in for an enjoyable evening.
Now that Ms. Ledbetter has exhausted the four main directions, (N, E, S, and W), I can only hope that she does the NE, SW, etc. and doesn't stop the Hannah Garvey series.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging amateur sleuth 7 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When she first accepted Jack Clancy's job offer to manage an Ozarks retirement community, Harriet Garvey thought her biggest problem would be boredom. However, Valhalla Springs proves wilder than her former home Chicago. In a very short time Harriet has been on several murder investigations and a few other felonies. However, her toughest problem is her deep feelings for local Sheriff David Henderson even though the Gods must frown upon this couple mating as coitus interruptus is the norm of their relationship.

Though she loathes Eulliy Thomlinson, Jack convinces her to represent him at a going away party for the woman and her spouse Chet. Everything seems okay until D.K. Bogart starts shooting at people; Chet retaliates and kills him. Most of Kinderhook County think Chet is a hero, but Dave and Harriet wonder about the incident. Accompanied by her geriatric detectives, Harriet begins to make inquiries while Dave tries to entice her to marry him. He also attempts to coax his love and her band of amateurs to not investigate.

WEST OF BLISS is an engaging amateur sleuth tale starring a frustrated hero, a clever heroine, and an insane peculiar crowd of seniors who often steal the plot. The story line is well written, but though the mystery is delightfully disguised, the banter between Harriet and Dave feels stale perhaps because this is the fourth novel in two years without enough movement in their relationship. Still Suzann Ledbetter provides an amusing amateur sleuth police procedural combo that now needs to move to the center of the compass and fully explore the magnetism between the lead duo.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
By Kathryn Pousho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
very pleased
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