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Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Carrie is a clever, slightly neurotic heroine whose personal life is in disarray--the kind of heroine Susan Isaacs might put in a mystery....Fortunately, the detective on the case, Ted Brodsky, finds Carrie's inept assistance charming and together the two make a fine team."
- Publishers Weekly

"Nancy Tesler is author of one of the most original and brilliant series featuring an amateur female detective..."Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things" is surely one of the best first novels to feature a female detective in recent years...This is a novel of real quality. Scarcely anywhere in the whole genre of female detective fiction will you find a better depiction of the emotion of jealousy, the breakup of a marriage, and the tentative growth of new affection. Into the familiar format Nancy injects powerfully felt emotion and characters who are true to life. Best of all, underlying the serious account of Carrie's troubles is a deep humor--a sense of cosmic irony which ultimately gives the novel its meaning... in a packed and competitive field, it is way out front."                                                    
- Female Detective.com

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Carrie Carlin is trying to juggle single life in the suburbs, two frisky children, and a full-time career. Through it all she's got to stand by while her estranged husband flaunts his new, young, gorgeous fiancee, Erica. When Erica turns up dead, Carrie--the jealous ex-wife-- becomes a prime suspect. But with the help of the fine Detective Ted Brodsky, Carrie will uncover the truth--and prevail!

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  • File Size: 2254 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing (print version), Nancy Tesler (eBook); 2 edition (November 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8RC2WE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Nancy received a BFA from the renowned theater department at Carnegie Mellon University. A career that included off-Broadway, summer stock, TV, films, and a road company tour of some military bases in France, sadly failed to put her name in lights, but did turn out to be excellent training for the writing career that was to come.


After taking a hiatus to raise three children, she began writing for the stage, television and the financial community. Still another career as a biofeedback practitioner helped pay the bills when suddenly single again, and inspired by an overwhelming urge to knock someone off, she created the "Other Deadly Things" mystery series, originally published by Dell, which deals with the murderously wacky world of divorce where biofeedback stress-reduction is the order of the day.


Advises NY Times best-selling author, JANET EVANOVICH, "Don't miss this stand-out-from-the-crowd cliffhanger with its slightly frazzled, commitment-phobic, in-your-face heroine, who'll tickle your funnybone as she steals your heart," and THE CHARLOTTE AUSTIN REVIEW extols, "This is amateur sleuthing at its charming, endearing, laughable and surprising best." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called amateur sleuth Carrie Carlin, "a clever, slightly neurotic heroine whose personal life is in disarray, the kind of heroine Susan Isaacs might put in a mystery."


Like her protagonist, Nancy admits to being a slightly neurotic divorcee who has occasional homicidal thoughts and whose personal life has, from time to time, been in disarray. But there the similarity ends. When she was five she ran screaming from the theater when the witch in Snow White poisoned the apple, and she would never, as does her protagonist, walk into situations where even a cop would fear to tread without backup. Like Thurber's Walter Mitty, however, she enjoys a rich fantasy life.


Although three of the five books in the series are set in suburban New Jersey where Nancy raised her family, she now lives in sunny California with her very level-headed significant other and her three rescue cats. Coincidentally (or not) her latest book is a stand-alone romantic suspense.


Nancy is a long time member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America.


Visit Nancy on her website at www.nancytesler.com.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Cecetka on December 21, 1999
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This is a cute little mystery with characters that are believable and likeable.
Carrie Carlin is a lovely lady with a penchant for being in the wrong place at the right time. She has an interesting first career; teaching people how to cope with various problems through biofeedback and other technologies. She is also a pretty fair detective.
Ms. Tesler keeps the pace of the book moving, allowing no time for the reader to sit back and "ho-hum" for a few pages.
It is a very fast read. I read it on a plane trip that took less than 3 hours. If you have a couple of hours on your hands and want a book that will hold your attention, this is the one for you.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Linda D on October 27, 2013
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This is a well plotted, well written cozy mystery - with one exception. The heroine is completely unsympathetic. She's a therapist without impulse control who does as much to hinder her situation as help it. She is also the only very affluent New Jersey wife with two children to wind up without the marital home and sufficient support to maintain her lifestyle in the history of the state. She is quick to jump to negative conclusions, almost always wrong about them, and demonstrates the logic of a flea. As for her personal relationships, she won't risk romance with a cop because he might get hurt; fails to comfort the son who took a beating for her because he needs a bit of reassurance; and turns on her supposed best friend (again with the false conclusions), refusing to ask for or later believe her explanation for a protracted period. In short, the heroine is so self-involved that she fails to engage my sympathy. The author can write. With a more engaging heroine this could have received five stars.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amy on November 25, 2012
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It was shortly after its publication back in 1997 that I first read Pink Balloons. I really liked it then and now, many years later, it has not only held up, but become even more enjoyable.

Pink Balloons and Other Deadly Things brims with those classic elements which have long pushed and pulled at us: young versus no-longer-so-young, home and hearth versus freedom and do your own thing, enduring love versus unencumbered sex.

Nancy Tesler mixes it up with delicious characters including an absolutely darling heroine, plenty of humor, and, of course, murder. From her imagination and capable pen has come a fast-paced, very readable and fun story. Looking forward to the next in the series!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Burk on April 4, 2013
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Not bad, but not that good either. The characters didn't seem real and Carrie came across as more annoying than interesting. I found myself skimming past pages just to get it over with. I won't be reading any more from this series.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Janet G. Kenney on April 9, 2013
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Came to despise the heroine, so I can't give this a great review. She's selfish, impulsive, annoying and we'll, out of control too much of the time. Others may find her a character they can really relate to - but I hope not!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Angels R Kids/Furkids on July 27, 2012
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Carrie Carlin is a therapist of sorts whose life lately isn't too great, but she keeps pushing on anyway. She is trying to adjust to her new office, which she just started up on her own, and she is trying to get used to her new house and being a single Mom after a divorce from her husband blindsides her. Her children are just as confused about the divorce as she is to tell the truth. Carrie has no idea what went wrong in her marriage to warrant a divorce, well, besides the young, perky, and stunningly gorgeous Erica who works with her husband Rich. Erica starts working for Rich and there seem to be more business meetings and trips than there used to be that take Rich away from home and at work late. Carrie, being the scorned and hurt wife, of course isn't thrilled with the idea of Rich moving on to Erica, but what can she do? Then she finds out from Allie, her daughter, that Rich is marrying Erica! Not happy is an understatement about how Carrie feels about that. She goes over to watch Erica use HER house and HER furniture and HER pool and is made to feel even worse after watching her and hearing her talk to Rich about the wedding and the costs of things. Feeling beyond depressed Carrie heads to her car to go home and is stopped by an old neighbor on the way and asked what she is doing, and to make her feel even worse her car dies. True Carrie wished Erica dead and may have said a few rude things about how she would kill her before she would let her marry Rich, but she wouldn't really do it. When Erica turns up dead...murdered...guess who's at the top of the list? Yup, Carrie. How can Carrie prove she didn't kill Erica? She decides to do some investigating of her own to prove it, but when you are digging around for "dirt" on people, you find many secrets to sift through.Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia M. Riggins on December 23, 2012
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Author Nancy Tesler certainly describes characters and places so accuractly that one could easily identify. This is an excellent book for the Kindle as it is not too long that you cannot get it completely read when on an air, bus or train journey of several hours.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edna Lennox on July 1, 2013
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Stale plot, goofy characters, and one step up from a magazine or tabloid rendition of a story. Its slow to get anywhere, but that seems to be the rule and not the exception.
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