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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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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,806,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-five books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen. To contact Anita or enter her monthly contest for a free signed book please visit her website at www.anitahigman.com.


Customer Reviews

A sweet love story and a lot of eccentric fun characters.
Ruth P.H.
I just purchased her third book in the series so I had better stop writing and start reading!
Alicia Ann Raj
The mystery is clean, healthy mystery that I think she will find fun reading.
Catherine Schwartz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Ann Raj on February 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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8 of 9 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annette Ohare on April 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rae Ann Hassler on January 29, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Archer on October 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Anita Higman has done it again! Every word tapped out on this woman's computer is a treasure. In Another Stab at Life, she weaves together an engaging young protagonist (Bailey) and a cast of off-beat, quirky characters. If I were to list my favorite elements in the book, it would have to be the humor, the fast pace and the endearing people who appear throughout the text. They refuse to leave your thoughts when you finish.

From the time that Bailey arrives at the pitiful (and creepy) mansion left to her by her sweet Minna, until the end of the book, I was pulled into the mystique of each character and loved the relationship between the Bailey and her deceased grandmother. The book is full of wonderful reminders of how precious family is. One of the most poignant examples of that was when Bailey was listing the things that Minna had left her ... which included her Bible and seeds from her garden (I LOVED that)!

The romance was sweamy! Sweet and steamy. It reminded me of vintage movies when the viewer had the delightful privilege of conjuring up her own ideas. Loved it! Can't wait to read Another Hour to Kill. Diving into it tonight.
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