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Dying to Get Even

by Judy Fitzwater

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ASPIRING MYSTERY NOVELIST JENNIFER MARSH IS BACK-- WITH A TASTE FOR DETECTING! Edgar's Down Home Grill is flourishing, but the reprehensible owner, Edgar Walker, is finito. Jennifer Marsh finds his body--and catches her dear friend Emmie, Edgar's former wife, nearby, gripping a bloody knife. Jennifer knows that gentle, white-haired Emmie could never kill anyone. Edgar's current wife, however, with her lush body and scheming brain, fits the bill. But unless Jennifer and her writers' critique group can figure out who's been plotting murder, Emmie's neck will be in the noose . . . and reluctant witness for the prosecution Jennifer will be the one to tighten it!… (more)

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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Jennifer Marsh is back with her reporter boyfriend. This time, her elder friend Emmie Walker is in trouble: Jennifer finds her standing next to the dead body of Edgar Walker, with the murder weapon in her hand.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The rambling around by all of the characters is great. As usual, Jennifer's writing group throw themselves in to help her investigate all the goings-on at Edgar's Down Home Grill, complete with a special sauce that may be to-die-for.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The storyline jumps around a bit in time at the start. It might have read a lot better in normal linear fashion rather than the resulting stilted jumping. Its only the first few chapters though, so it doesn't overly hurt the story.
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BOTTOM-LINE:
Even better than the first in the series
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, but I have interacted with her on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Feb 16, 2016 |
When Jennifer Marsh is forced to testify that she saw her friend, Emma Walker, standing by the swimming pool at Emma’s ex-husband’s estate holding a knife while Edgar Walker’s body was floating in said pool, killed by a knife stabbing, she tried to evade the question and ended up being arrested for contempt of court. Jennifer didn’t believe Emma could have committed the crime and the prosecutor saw it as the obvious solution. Journalist Sam Culpepper, Jennifer’s longtime and patient boyfriend paid to get her released the next morning.
Jennifer decided the only way to prove Emma’s innocence was to find the actual killer who she is certain is Edgar’s current wife, Lisa. With the assistance of the other members of her writing group and Sam, she set out to do just that. Among her discoveries are a stolen identity, a secret sauce, and confused family relationships.
Jennifer also weaves a fictional story of her mystery story heroine, Maxie Malone, into the plot as a way to figure out how she, Jennifer, should act and how to solve the crime.
As usual, Judy Fitzwater writes a quickly paced, well-written, clever book. One favorite segment: “She wasn’t abut to let Lisa throw her off with criticism. She knew all about those tactics. She’s had parents.”
One criticism, there is some repetition as Jennifer reviews some of the information she, and we, already know. It isn’t done as often or in as much detail as most other authors do, though. ( )
  Judiex | Jul 1, 2013 |
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ASPIRING MYSTERY NOVELIST JENNIFER MARSH IS BACK-- WITH A TASTE FOR DETECTING! Edgar's Down Home Grill is flourishing, but the reprehensible owner, Edgar Walker, is finito. Jennifer Marsh finds his body--and catches her dear friend Emmie, Edgar's former wife, nearby, gripping a bloody knife. Jennifer knows that gentle, white-haired Emmie could never kill anyone. Edgar's current wife, however, with her lush body and scheming brain, fits the bill. But unless Jennifer and her writers' critique group can figure out who's been plotting murder, Emmie's neck will be in the noose . . . and reluctant witness for the prosecution Jennifer will be the one to tighten it!

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