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For Better, For Murder (A Broken Vows Mystery) Paperback – September 8, 2009

4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Broken Vows Mystery Series

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"Bork juggles multiple puzzles deftly in her witty debut." --Kirkus Reviews --July 1, 2009

"Bork juggles multiple puzzles deftly in her witty debut."
--Kirkus Reviews --July 15, 2009

"Lovely book."
--CrimeSpree --July/August 2009

"In this promising series debut, Bork has created an interesting cast of complex characters that readers will enjoy getting to know."
--Booklist --September 15, 2009

About the Author

Lisa Bork holds a bachelor’s degree in English and an M.B.A. in marketing, and worked in human resources and marketing before becoming a stay-at-home mom. When her children entered school fulltime, Lisa turned to writing to fill her days and exercise her mind. For Better, For Murder grew out of her family's love of New York’s Finger Lakes region and her husband’s obsession with cars. Lisa is a member of The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Thursday Evening Literary Society. She resides in western New York with her husband, children and family dog.

For Better, For Murder is a finalist for the 2009 Agatha Award in the category of Best First Novel.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Broken Vows Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738718661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738718668
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. M. Whelan on October 3, 2009
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If you like interesting, full-blown characters in a mystery, this debut novel will not disappoint. Jolene Asdale has a lot to work out: she carries heavy baggage from childhood, including a bipolar sister for whom she feels responsible, and she needs to figure out her feelings toward a husband she left but can't quite divorce. The small town setting allows Bork to create a web of relationships among her characters that comes into play when a dead body turns up in a Ferrari on display in Jolene's sports car boutique. Just enough is worked out in this first book, leaving plenty of room for more character-driven drama in subsequent books in this new series. Bork's writing is smooth, her pace brisk, her characters memorable, making for a very satisfying read.
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The story was interesting and would have enjoyed more without all the holding back on the main characters interaction with the police, her soon to be ex-husband. They play the game of dancing around each other and it gets old. Would have liked to see more cooperation and honesty with their feelings.
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I enjoyed this little cozy mystery and it's delightful band of colorful characters. The protagonist owns a luxury car boutique, is estranged from her policeman husband while caring for her younger sister who happens to be bipolar. The writing is exceptional with a few editing flaws. This would make a cute movie and can't wait to read the next book, For Richer, For Danger.
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Although I guessed the culprit well before the end, the good characters and humor of this book left me satisfied and hungry for more. The big surprise, which I didn't guess, comes in the last few pages of the book.

I do wish, however, that the author had connected the story more to its setting, the New York Finger Lakes region. The author's bio says that she lives near the area but, with very few changes, the story could take place almost anywhere. It's understandable that the author set the story in a ficticious town but why call the cities on either end of the area "the city on the west" and "the city on the east" when anyone with a map could see that they are Rochester and Syracuse? Although much of the region is more rural than many people associate with New York, I doubt anyplace is as far from a car detailer or a Mini Cooper as the book implies.
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Tired of the Patricia Cornwell formula? Try this book. Breezy and wittily written! Suspenseful, funny, and full of well-defined characters. I had a little trouble juggling the number of characters, but the story never lags, and the culprit was a complete surprise to me!! Great book for a first-time-published author. Will there be more, maybe a series?
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The characters are well-drawn, the plot is interesting, I didn't see the ending coming, and the text was relatively error free. That itself is a treat in an e-book. A minor quibble - there was some odd spacing in the text that was visually disturbing and diminished my reading pleasure. It wasn't bad enough to cause me to hit the delete key,as sometimes is the case, but it bugged me. However, the characters were likeable and the various subplots compelling, so I just set that to the side.

I like the relationship between Jolene and her almost ex-husband, and how she takes care of her bi-polar sister. Jolen's job as a broker of high-end vehicles was entertaining - not your typical cozy occupation, and I learned things I didnt' know before I also liked Jolene's relationship with her employee/friend Corey. I liked this enough that I searched out the next two books in the series and paid real money for them. That says something.
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I didn't figure out who the killer was. A fun book with lots of characters. I get a little tired of cozies in which the woman lies to her friend/fiance/husband/etc. in the police department. If Jolene hadn't done this over and over in the book, I would have given it a higher rating. I would definitely read another book by this author if she writes a series of books. If Jolene lies again throughout the book, though, that would probably stop me from reading any others by the same author.
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For Better, For Murder was a page-turner to the end. The light of suspicion shines on about every character in this small-town holiday mystery. A classic whodunit, yet with a bit of romance, family dynamics, and holiday cheer(?). The relationships between the characters are very well-developed and intricate, as are their motives for murder. The author's tongue-in-cheek humor is scattered throughout the pages, especially in Jolene's view of herself and her ex.

I can't wait for the next "Broken Vows Mystery."
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