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Cast the First Stone: A Rebecca Stone Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis Zimbler Miller
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cozy mystery CAST THE FIRST STONE introduces Los Angeles business reporter Rebecca Stone:

When asked to investigate the murder of a Wharton professor spending the summer term at UCLA, Rebecca Stone must also grapple with partnering with her former fiancé who broke off their engagement to pursue a career on Wall Street. 

Recipes from the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION by Rabbi Karen L. Fox and Phyllis Zimbler Miller (available on Amazon) are included in this cozy mystery.See the followup outing for amateur sleuth Rebecca Stone in TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE: REBECCA STONE MYSTERY SHORT STORIES at amzn.to/UWeFsa

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About the Author

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY.

She is also the co-founder of the online marketing company Miller Mosaic LLC and often blogs about book publishing and marketing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3312 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller Mosaic, LLC (November 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A29SS6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read December 11, 2012
By Maddy
Format:Kindle Edition
Cast the First Stone is a very enjoyable book on several levels. First, Rebecca Stone, the main character, is very likable and quite smart without being a nerd. Her fiance Josh, however, is a nerd and the two characters play off each other quite effectively. Since Rebecca is Jewish, there are insights into Judaism and its customs as Rebecca and Josh celebrate the sabbath each Friday night. Also, there are a few yummy sounding traditional recipes woven into the story that I would like to try.
Rebecca gets involved in investigating a murder and is thrown into research with her former fiance Andrew. The story holds your interest from beginning to end and there is a twist at the end as to whom the murderer might be.
I look forward to reading more of Rebecca Stone and Josh and hope the author will soon have a new story for us to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cozy Mystery! November 30, 2012
By Jerrye
Format:Kindle Edition
Phyllis Zimbler Miller's E-book, Cast the First Stone: A Rebecca Stone Mystery, certainly leads the way for a great series!

With the first book, she introduces the main character for her series, Rebecca Stone, a business reporter for the (imaginary) Los Angeles World newspaper. Rebecca, a typical cozy mystery character, has her first amateur sleuth case when she is asked to help determine whether the murder of a Wharton professor spending the summer term at UCLA is connected to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In setting up her plot, the author has managed to interweave a great blend of romance, intrigue, mystery, and even a touch of the Jewish faith complete with authentic recipes! Her characters, along with her plot, are well developed, interesting and a great springboard to draw the reader into a unique book that is hard to put down.

If you're a fan of cozy mysteries or mystery series, you will not be disappointed with Cast the First Stone. It is a well-developed story with many twists and turns and definitely a must read.

*Be sure to watch for other books in her series, A REBECCA STONE MYSTERY.

*Now available: TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE: REBECCA STONE MYSTERY SHORT STORIES.
http://www.amazon.com/Two-Birds-With-Stone-ebook/dp/B00AE1AHC6
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY READABLE COZY MYSTERY, WITH RECIPES! September 26, 2013
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I enjoyed Cast the First Stone. The book is well written, set in glamorous Beverly Hills, California, a mystery with great twists and turns, leaving you wondering "who done it?" The main character comes across as an average down-home girl that just about everybody can relate to. Woven into the mystery is romance when the main character, Rebecca, when tracking down a killer, is teamed with her ex-fiance. Trouble is, she is already engaged. Which one will win her heart? This book is unique in that it has tidbits about the Jewish religion and even some recipes, which I'm going to try. If you like mysteries, you'll love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered characters and plot August 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received Cast the First Stone free for an honest review.

This is a very good mystery with just the right amount of twists and turns, hidden clues, and everything this reader likes in this genre. I did not figure out the killer or the motive in advance, always a good thing to me.

Financial reporter Rebecca Stone is pulled into a murder investigation when a visiting speaker, one of her former professors at Wharton, is killed. Wharton would like her and her former fiancée (who had jilted her) to investigate to be sure nothing detrimental to Wharton is involved in the murder. It is difficult for Rebecca to work with the man, especially since she has a loving boyfriend in the background. Although I enjoyed following the investigation, there were times the flashbacks to the time Rebecca was almost raped got in the way. Although they helped define Rebecca as a person, they didn't really have anything to do with the murder. A little too much there, I think, especially emphasizing the PTSD component as much as it was. All the characters are well-drawn, even down to the unimportant ones, and that adds to the depth of the book. I liked the bits of Jewish tradition and culture that were woven into the story. I plan to pass the book along to a Rabbi friend of mine.

I'm looking forward to more books with Rebecca Stone.

Although I give the book an A, I think the author needs to take another look at the cover. The front needs a do-over to catch the buyer's eye (the fonts are boring) and the back ought to have a blurb about the plot of the book, not a bio of the author. People buy books because of what's inside, not because of where the author went to school and other personal info. I know a teacher who is trying to encourage her students to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I did not want it to end June 9, 2013
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I am a murder mystery buff and this is on the top five of my list. Rebecca Stone is a complex character and as in the Evanovich and Grafton series, I got to know her on many levels. Also, just like in the Fannie Flagg books, we get to know the culture of Rebecca through her beliefs, customs, and food, which, to me, makes her multidimensional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This could be the start of another great mystery series a la Susan Wittig Albert , who also laces great mystery plots with delicious recipes. A winning combination for us ladies who like to read and cook. I also learned some interesting facts about being Jewish, and keeping kosher. Just a really good read. From L.A. to Philadelphia, Rebecca Stone's journalistic curiosity leads her to a reunion with a past she'd just as soon forget. I highly recommend you put this one in your beach bag this summer. You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars No
I did not like it, at all! Did not like where the book was taking the story. Will no read Phyllis Zimbler Miller.
Published 6 months ago by Virginia Buchholz
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I really read this one in a hurry, it was really good and kept the pace moving. I would definitely buy from this author again!
Published 13 months ago by Jenifer L. Farres
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I read the reviews before starting this book, and after reading 30% of it, I just had to let it go. The religious aspect didn't bother me mainly because I'm Jewish but it was just... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stacey L. Engel
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much thinking, not enough action
The premise is great as a mystery story. Detailed information about Jewish culture was especially well done, I thought, because I enjoyed learning about traditions that are... Read more
Published 14 months ago by LLona Cunningham
3.0 out of 5 stars ok - but not great
I liked this book - would have like it a lot better, if it had stuck to the main subject. There was a lot of information that had nothing to do with the story,such as her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jackie
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and boring
Not much to say about the book. I found it drawn out, slow and boring. I like religions, I find them all interesting, but this one kept talking about it, like forcing it down your... Read more
Published 14 months ago by rednecksally
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fast paced kept my interest all the way to the end!!!! Looking forward to next book highly recommend this book.
Published 15 months ago by jlane684
4.0 out of 5 stars REBECCA STONE IS A SURVIVOR AND A SUCCESS STORY
Rebecca Stone works as a financial reporter for an LA paper. She is engaged to a terrific guy, Josh, and they have a comfortable relationship. And then things change. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Texanne
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of the good ol' boys club
Rebecca Stone has a good job and Josh, a great boyfriend, but what happens when
someone from her old college Wharton calls her to help investigate the death of
Professor... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kat
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More About the Author

WELCOME TO THE AMAZON FICTION BOOKS PROFILE OF PHYLLIS ZIMBLER MILLER

(See her non-fiction books by Phyllis Z. Miller on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/phylliszmiller and her YA fiction book PINKY SWEAR by P. Z. Miller on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/pzmiller)

Phyllis Zimbler Miller was raised in Elgin, Illinois, and majored in journalism at Michigan State University, where she met her future husband, Army ROTC cadet Mitchell R. Miller, on the State News editorial staff.

In May of 1970 Mitch went on active duty at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and Phyllis tagged along with him. Her women's friendship novel MRS. LIEUTENANT is inspired by the nine weeks they spent at Ft. Knox.

From September 1970 to May 1972 Phyllis and Mitch were stationed in Munich, Germany, where Mitch served with the 18th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Phyllis eventually got a security clearance and worked as a civilian with the 66th MI Group. Her romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY is partially based on knowledge she learned on this job (reports she typed went to the Munich office of the CIA).

After Mitch's military service, while living in Philadelphia, Phyllis was an editor and reporter for the Jewish Exponent before earning an M.B.A. at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her Wharton experience is the starting point for her Los Angeles-based cozy mystery CAST THE FIRST STONE.

(Two short stories in TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE feature Rebecca Stone, the same protagonist as in CAST THE FIRST STONE. Both books include kosher recipes from Phyllis' 1992 Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION written with Rabbi Karen L. Fox.)

Phyllis and Mitch moved to Los Angeles in 1980, and Phyllis held positions at TigerAir and Max Factor. She then worked as a marketing consultant while their two daughters were young, and she was the founding president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

In 2008 Phyllis co-founded an online marketing company at the same time she self-published her novel MRS. LIEUTENANT, which was selected as a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist. Phyllis dove into the world of blogging, social media, and online book marketing.

Phyllis and Mitch have maintained an interest in military intelligence, and Mitch is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the U.S. Naval Institute while Phyllis is a member of the Military Writers Society of America. Together Phyllis and Mitch wrote the military thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS.

Phyllis frequently blogs about PTSD to help spread information about this. Her short story SOLOMON'S JUSTICE was inspired by her visit to the Los Angeles County Veterans Court.

Phyllis is experimenting with writing a novel entirely on the site Wattpad. You can read for free the chapters of THE MOTHER SIEGE: A DYSTOPIAN THRILLER by clicking the dropdown table of contents at http://budurl.com/MSintro

Phyllis and Mitch now live in Beverly Hills, where Mitch has been a tax lawyer for many years and Phyllis is busy working with online marketing clients as well as writing more books and blogging about author topics at www.PhyllisZimblerMiller.com


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