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Another Stab at Life (Volstead Manor Series #1) (Heartsong Presents Mysteries #9) Mass Market Paperback – February 29, 2008

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc (February 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597895164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597895163
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends.

Please check out Anita's latest novel on Amazon, A Question of Destiny. Feel free to drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. She would love to hear from you!

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rae Ann Hassler on January 29, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I do not find it 'cozy' to be subjected to a portrayal of brutal, senseless cruelty to animals. The very idea goes entirely against Christian concepts.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Annette Ohare on April 17, 2009
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My very first sampling of gothic romance came in the form of "Another Stab at Life" by Anita Higman. This is the first book in the Volstead Manor Series from Heartsong Presents Mysteries.

Bailey Walker discovers that the dilapidated mansion she's inherited from her granny Minna has a very colorful history. She falls for a guy her deceased grandma hired to watch out for her and deals with a handfull of oddball neighbors, all the while, trying to solve one mystery after another that she uncovers within her new home.

The book is a real page turner and really keeps you guessing who or what is behind the treachery going on inside Volstead Manor. On the other hand, I still had some questions after the book ended. Perhaps those questions will be answered in book two, "Another Hour To Kill." I can't wait to read that one.

The book was very interesting to me since it took place in Houston, Texas where I grew up. It also intrigued me that the book is loosely based on the Volstead Act of 1920, also known as "The National Prohibition Act."

I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good gothic mystery. I guarantee you will fall in love with the main character, Bailey Walker.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alicia R. on February 27, 2012
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My friend at work introduced me to Anita Higman's book Another Stab at Life. I purchased it for my Kindle. Ms. Higman has done a remarkable job with the setting in this story. From the first page, I was hooked! I didn't have a lot of extra time to read but I looked forward to getting back to read even if it was for a few minutes. I finished the book quickly and couldn't wait to purchase the next book! Her second book in the series was just as good. It's refreshing to read a murder mystery that doesn't have any unnecessary elements. We get a hint of a budding romance and this is so refreshing! I just purchased her third book in the series so I had better stop writing and start reading!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Books, Tunes, Etc. on March 16, 2012
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This trilogy ranks among the best I've ever read. The story continues endlessly until the very last page of book 3. If you're looking for a great, clean read full of mystery this is the set to get. I would highly advise to have all 3 books available, because once you start reading you will not be able to put them down!! Enjoy!!
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Bailey Marie Walker is a very independent young woman. She's attractive, witty, but still single at the age of 30. This story begins with Bailey coming to live at a house she just inherited from her dear grandmother. The house is on a street called Midnight Falls which she thinks fits the place. The house was probably beautiful years ago, now, Bailey sees it as " a ghoulish looking mansion." Her Granny owned the place, but had not lived in it and Bailey had never seen it before.

She plunges ahead and is trying to see the best in the situation because she's recently lost her job and is very short on money. She really has no where else to go. Her first view of her new home is with the moon illuminating a Gothic house with a third floor belfry tower. The house is scary. The doors don't shut properly. The floors are rotten and in some areas, there are broken window panes. Bottom line, it's down right spooky. She arrives late in the evening which is not the best of times to view a house that's not been lived in for quite some time. As she walks through the house, she discovers a box with a pretty bow on it. The sight of a gift cheers Bailey up! However, she opens it to find a dead cat. Someone doesn't want her there!

She meets two of her neighbors, a cheerful woman who wants to make friends and an attractive man who was her grandmother's realtor. She likes them, but doesn't know who she can trust. She's very much a loner with more than a few personal issues that worry her.

The author displays a lot of imagination with this story! It has a everything going for it, a scary old house, romance and intrigue.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Nickerson on January 14, 2011
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Great start to the story, old mansion, a secret passage. Then the focus of the story turns solely to a budding romance. The mystery story takes a "backseat." Story is wrapped up quickly in the epilogue. Very dissapointing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Anderson on March 8, 2011
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I am ever the fan of gothic mysteries and romances, but it is a love that is hard to fulfill these days with the best gothic writers going out of the world in the 70's. Gothic romances and msyteries seem to be a dying genre, so I was pleased to find this book which sounded like a modern day gothic tale.

I was not diappointed. I nthe typical gothic romance a girl ends up at some large and spooky mansion, manor or castle. She may be hired as a nanny, a maid, a governess or a long lost relative come home. There is a mystery, she doesn't know who to trust, and yet all ends well with the mystery solved and a romance blossoming.

"Another Stab At Life" follows this formula perfectly and is an absoloute joy to read. Bailey's shattered life begins when a fiance leaves her for her best friend, and then years later she finds herself without a job and no money to pay the bills. But, her grandmother had died and left her a spoooky old house in Texas.

Packing up her few belongings she leaves everything behind in Oklahoma and moves to Texas to pick up the pieces of her life. She realizes the house needs more work than she can afford, but at least she has a roof over her head and no house payments. Being a loner for so long Bailey also discovers something else she needs: friends. Her neighbors force their way into her life, and Max forces his way into her heart, and teach her how to be friends and how to love.

She also discoveres a secret that her granny left her that makes her life almost a million times better, and she solves the secret of who is trying to scare her out of her home and why.

Higman writes in a light-hearted and whimsical way that is truly fun to read. Her analogies and descriptions have got to be the most unique that I have seen.
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