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Adventures In Funeral Crashing: (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1) [Kindle Edition]

Milda Harris
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Book Description

If you're a fan of Veronica Mars, Nancy Drew, author Janet Evanovich's books on Stephanie Plum or author Meg Cabot's Size 12 books on Heather Wells check this book series out!

Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

The Funeral Crashing Series:
#1 - Adventures in Funeral Crashing
#2 - Adventures of a Graveyard Girl
#3 - Adventures in Murder Chasing
#4 - Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak

Funeral Crashing Standalones (Featuring other Funeral Crashing Characters):
Adventures in New Year's Kissing (Funeral Crashing #3.5 featuring Suzie Whitsett)

Ethan Tells All Stories (Told From Ethan Ripley's POV):
#1 - Adventures in Double Dating: Ethan Tells The Adventures in Funeral Crashing Double Date Scene

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue her screenwriting dreams. She loves watching John Hughes movies and playing random sports like Dodgeball and Kickball. Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult and chick lit novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Milda Harris; 1 edition (July 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DGFV5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,264 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Hughes-esque Murder Mystery August 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A very enjoyable read. I loved the suburban high school setting, a la John Hughes except it is in the South Chicago suburb of Palos. Plus, the main character is a lovable outcast, who slowly finds her way. Lots of great details about high school life. It makes sense that the author has been working for 5 years on the Hannah Montana show, she gets teen dialogue just right. The book became quite addicting, and by by midway I couldn't put it down. By putting the E-book on my iPhone, of course, I was reading it at every free moment, even during meetings when I should have been working! Great summer read, look forward to future books from this author.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a fun read March 14, 2013
By Julie B
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay!!! There are some good points and some bad points for this tale, and I'll try listing any that spring to mind to try and explain my middle-of-the-road rating!!!!

What could use working on!!!!

-the punctuation could use working on! It was pretty distracting! There were commas all over the place where no commas were needed! And there were commas where there should have been periods! On top of those, I don't think I have ever read a story before with quite! so many! exc!amation marks!!!! They were everywhere! It almost read as though the narrator was either constantly yelling or constantly surprised! When it gets to the point that I'm noticing the (sometimes) 10+ exclamation marks on each page, some serious culling is in order.

-tense. The author could do with figuring out which tense she wants to use and attempting to stick to it. At one point, I had no idea what tense this story was supposed to be written in and it took some effort to switch off my inner editor and ignore it enough to read on. When the tense is consistent, it strengthens the writing and makes everything a lot clearer for the reader to follow.

-the voice. Yes, this is a teen novel. And yes, the teen voice of the narrator was pretty effective (which I'll mention in my pluses in a mo) but there was inconsistencies there. The author had obviously gone to great lengths (sometimes overdoing it with the repetitions and waffling to the point of distraction) but then there were so few contractions that from one breath to the next the dialogue or narration went from authentic to unrealistic and wooden. No teen on earth says I am instead of I'm (or any other such familiar sayings). Half the time, they drop the opening word of a complete sentence.
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72 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good mystery, but there is language August 18, 2012
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I liked the mystery and the story about kait. Kait attending funerals because this was a comfort to her since she was still grieving for her mom, who had died within the past year. it made her remember her mom and she enjoyed the stories she heard about her mom at her mom's funeral. The book was something different than the normal boy meets girl romances out there. I think this could have been an extremly good book, but I didn't like the F word that was in the book and in most cases, I won't read on when I come across this word. It is not something I would recommend to my friends because of this word. I understand that many people speak like this, but I know many that do not and will not read books with this typle of language- This is something I look for in a review- I don't want trashy and dont want language.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read and a Great Price August 8, 2011
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I just bought my first Kindle and this was my first fiction reading experience on my new eReader. What a great first eBook! I loved it. I bought this book, because it had a cool cover and I thought it sounded really interesting. Plus, it was at a GREAT PRICE!!! Even though I'm a grown-up, I still like to read Young Adult books. This book was super fun and entertaining. It gets right into the mystery and romance in an incredibly believable way. What I really dig about it is that the characters are not superficial teenagers. They're real people. I hate books that "write down" to young adults. If you love John Hughes movies, Veronica Mars, and Twilight books (for the relationship angle this book doesn't have any vampires), I think you'll like this. I really did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter Loved It! June 15, 2012
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My 13 year old daughter loved this book so I'm writing a quick review. She didn't get into it right away, but by the end, she was gushing , and could hardly wait to get her hands on the next book. I was a little taken aback when she pointed out the "f' word, primarily because the description states 11 & up. I wouldn't expect that usage in a book recommended for 11 year olds. The language was sparse, however, and did not detract from her enjoyment of the story. It is very hard to find YA literature that doesn't deal with paranormal or zombies, so this was refreshing. Definitely a mystery that grabbed her attention!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kritters Ramblings February 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Every now and then a YA book review is sent my way and I accept because with each read, I enjoy the YA genre more and more. This is another example of a highly entertaining YA read that us adults can also enjoy. From the beginning the reader is introduced to Kait, a high schooler who has lost her mom to cancer and finds a connection with her when she crashes funerals. This may sound crazy, but when she attends a funeral she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery that makes her confront all sorts of fears.

I absolutely love books that have twists and turns and the reader is kept in the loop throughout. Nothing like the killer being a character that shows up in the end - no good. Not the case with this one, this author had the ability to give out facts, but let the reader take their imagination to find out who our killer is in the end. This is worth reading to the very last page.

A book that is perfect for the high school reader who loves a little mystery, a little romance and may even be a reluctant reader. A warning to the the young readers, there is mention of heroin overdoses and through the reading, these are proved wrong. I in no way condone the use of any illegal substances, but I think that the topic is covered well in this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair Attempt At a Murder Mystery
The book description for this ebook states, "If you're a fan of Veronica Mars, Nancy Drew, author Janet Evanovich's books on Stephanie Plum or author Meg Cabot's Size 12 books... Read more
Published 9 days ago by J. E. Helms
4.0 out of 5 stars HEAs Make Everything Better!
3.5 stars rounded up
"…it isn’t every day that the most popular guy in school talks to me, learns I’m a funeral crasher, and then accepts my help investigating his... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Melissa Veracruz
3.0 out of 5 stars Death by Heroine
What some people do to get release from their feelings of loss of a loved one. Chance meeting is the beginning of a crazy trip to find who did it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by lubel
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not much going on of interest
Published 22 days ago by Cheryl Fox
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not get through chapter 2
Getting through the first chapter was terrible. The writer doesn't write well enough to hold my attention. I ended up deleting the story from my Kindle. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Elizabeth FM Monahan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
One of very few books I wish I could return for a refund.
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good mystery story line
Very cute story. Fast read. Story flows to the point of not being able to stop reading. Really good mystery story line. Read more
Published 29 days ago by StinasMami
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It is the most mysterious and romantic book I have ever read. Once you get most of the clues you try to solve the mystery and it is so heart warming in the end.
Published 1 month ago by game lover1987
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Funeral z Crushing
This was a cute story about the schools least popular girls and the schools most popular guy meet and are suddenly drawn into an adventure because of her hobby crashing funerals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandy Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars cute adult teen adventure.. i laughed out loud ...
cute adult teen adventure..i laughed out loud a couple of times...and grinned through most of the book even though it had it was about a murder...;-)
Published 1 month ago by AmyCQ
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More About the Author

Author Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting dream! She has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute baby twin girls, she writes books! Make sure to check out her young adult murder mystery, horror, paranormal romance, and chick lit novels as well as her new adult romantic comedy books.

Her young adult books include: Adventures in Funeral Crashing (#1), Adventures of a Graveyard Girl (#2), Adventures in Murder Chasing(#3), Adventures of a New Year's Kiss (#3.5), The New Girl Who Found a Dead Body, Doppelganger (#1), Doppelganger 2: On the Run (#2), Connected (A Paranormal Romance), and more!

Her new adult books include: Crashing Prom.

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