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Charity Bashed [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Geltner
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ever wonder what REALLY goes on at secretive and posh enclaves such as the Palm Beach Country Club, which was ground zero for the Madoff scandal? The customs, the culture, the back stabbing?

Publishers Weekly and a Top Amazon Reviewer highly recommend this fictional account of the restless and the ruthless. Go behind closed doors and gated communities to find out why.

The plot: after a $10 million donor is found dead in an oceanfront pool; a charity fund raiser stops panhandling amongst the elite, and begins investigating fraud, mayhem, murder and relentless social climbing. In that order.


“This frothy confection is equal parts glitter and grunge—a tabloid kingpin is murdered in Palm Beach and social worker Justine Romanoff descends into the decadent world of high-end philanthropy to solve the case…the prose is generally buoyant, reading like a catty gossip column as savage portraits of the sin-soaked elite parade across Justine’s path, tagged with copious and specific dollar amounts like ancient epithets. Following a trail of embezzlement, vehicular fraud, and blackmail, Justine discovers the lengths the latest wife of the victim would go to protect her reputation, and how far her employer would go to keep himself in a position to siphon off his charity’s income…the novel is a solid effort and a tight social drama that occasionally sparkles.”
-----Publishers Weekly

“Hilarious and witty murder mystery featuring Justine, the “chief panhandler” for a charitable organization, she finds herself in the thick of things when a philanthropist winds up dead in the pool the day before a big shindig. Told in first person, Justine’s wry observations of those around her are hysterical…The writing reminds me of a wittier entry in the Rachel Benjamin series, but this one…seems much funnier.”
----Amazon Top Reviewer


Former Jack Anderson intern and award-winning reporter Sharon Geltner raised money for Palm Beach nonprofits; via coverage in the Wall Street Journal, and Her fashion shows and lunches at the Four Seasons featured Sports Illustrated columnist Frank Deford; Mavis Leno, wife of Jay Leno and Denise Brown, the sister of the slain Nicole Brown Simpson. Geltner also collected Ferragamo handbags on Worth Avenue to auction off to Ladies Who Lunch.

Today, Geltner is the media chair for a Palm Beach County, Florida civic association representing 100,000 plus residents and is a founding board member of the Greater Boynton Beach Foundation. She is president of Froogle PR, a multiplatform marketing, SEO and special events firm.

Geltner has been quoted in Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, Editor & Publisher, American Journalism Review, Washington Post, etc. She was a Knight Ridder Newspapers foreign correspondent in Israel; and was under SCUD missile attacks during Gulf War I. She’s also been on assignment in Cairo, Lapland and Singapore.

Geltner is currently at work on the nonfiction book, “The Fat Lady Has Not Sung: Why the Internet Needs the News.” Watch the video on You Tube. She presented on this topic at the international conference of the Public Relations Society of America in Washington, D. C.

Geltner is represented by literary agent Jane Dystel in New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sharon Geltner (October 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046A9OA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Applied Sunscreen...Twice May 2, 2012
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I downloaded this book to my kindle hoping for a quick read while at the beach and, I was not disappointed. The book grabbed me in the first chapter with its all too familiar characters, being a resident of Palm Beach, but the difference was it never took itself too seriously. You knew from the beginning that the author, while telling a good story, just wanted to have a lot of fun writing it. It was amusing and delightful and I applaud Ms. Geltner for delivering us the characters we love to hate, in an all to real setting, with wit and charm. I wound up staying at the beach until I finished it, applying sunscreen twice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charity Bashed February 11, 2012
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Bravo! As a person who lives and world on this crazy Island of Palm Beach for 40 years, I must say the Sharon Geltner has hit the mark on the crazy wacky world that is palm Beach. She is right on the money with the mentality and extremes. A fast paced book well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Palm Beach mystery a fun read! November 3, 2011
By Bobbi
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Sharon's slick & fast paced mystery novel placed in Palm Beach hits it's mark repeatedly. Having lived in Palm Beach for several years, her colorful characters from "The Island" were both realistic, & they made for a good read! The blending of the charity work done by the "islanders" along with the organizations they support was presented in a funny and yet intriguing way. Sharon's skills as a novelist should be commended. I look forward to more of Sharon's action packed work about the adventures of Palm Beach society & all their exaggerated neurosis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Not Put This Great Mystery Down! February 11, 2011
By Jerome
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What a great mystery! I could not put it down and read it straight through. I've never done that before with any other book. I was on the edge of my chair all the way, and what a surprise ending. I really enjoyed the descriptions of people and places on Palm Beach Island and the surrounding areas as well. I cannot wait for Sharon Geltner to write another book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast-paced mystery January 21, 2011
By Amy
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Sharon Geltner writes a fast-paced murder mystery, filled with tongue-in-cheek humor, Palm Beach scandals and clever twists and turns that leaves the reader wanting more. The characters are all believable and shamelessly true-to-life. I found the story fun, witty and loaded with sharp, clever dialogue, indicative of a talented and seasoned writer.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Charity Bashed is a party pooper. January 18, 2011
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I was excited to read this cleverly named book by a local author, but dismayed at the sophmoric style. The author takes cheap shots at tiresome, stereotypical Palm Beach characters. With predictible snarky dialogue and old gossip rehashed, there's nothing new here. It could've been clever, instead it's hackneyed and even a little mean spirited. The author also specifically thanks her friends for proofreading, but the misspellings are abundant- referring to a 'taught' ass. Yikes! I can't even finish reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CHARITY BASHED December 13, 2010
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It took me a little while to get into the novel, but the petty character of the society in Palm Beach was so foreign and repulsive, I couldn't leave it. I pity the people who have to live with these warped souls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bordello Tropicana--This is A Juicy Read! December 6, 2010
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I have lived in Palm Beach County for 19 years. I can tell you this is right on the nose. Covering the rich's foibles and scandals, similar to those in the Shiny Sheet (Palm Beach's society newspaper), the Palm Beach Post and the National Enquirer (National Intruder in the novel) Geltner caught the flavor of the colorful characters who overrun "The Island."

Justine is an amazing protagonist, one of the few normal working people in the book. While doing her job, she discovers a murder, crooked accountants and the many personages of Palm Beach who harbor hidden agendas. Geltner's descriptions of predatory females and overbloated millionares are hysterical and believable. This is one fascinating read and in fact the writer is having so much fun that the reader was happy to go along for the ride.

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More About the Author

In Palm Beach, a girl can never be too rich, too thin or have too many tiaras. Until the Island gets its own reality series, this novel offers a peek behind the scenes of the glitzy, privileged world where Madoff preyed. This is a town where the "family jewels" are often borrowed from boutiques on Worth Avenue and NOTHING is quite as it seems. Andy Cohen, are you listening?

Sharon Geltner's Charity Bashed has received favorable reviews in Publisher's Weekly, Boca Raton (FL) Observer, Palm Beach Post, Notables, Mystery Writers of America and a Top Amazon Reviewer. Read this excerpt in Palm Beach Woman magazine:

She has has won awards for newspaper reporting, publicity, corporate communications, videography and online media campaigns. A nonprofit client,"Estella's Brilliant Bus," is a 2013 "Top 10" CNN Hero and the Obamas honored her at the White House. She is the first digital author to speak before Palm Beach County library patrons.

The New York Times quoted her on Google AdWords and her clients have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News,,, etc.

Besides glitzy galas, Geltner creates journalism appreciation campaigns. The Society of Professional Journalists "favorited" --and recommended--Geltner's video, "The Fat Lady Has Not Sung: Why the Internet Needs the News," about how search engines rely on daily newspapers. She presented on that topic at the international conference of the Public Relations Society of America in Washington, D.C.

She also created the national "Net Needs News Day," which drew editorial cartoonists (including a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner) to publish simultaneously on how new media needs old media. The prize-winning event was covered by The Atlantic, Editor & Publisher and featured at the U. S. Embassy in Vienna.

Last, Geltner is president of Froogle PR; an Internet marketing, online reputation management and SEO firm.

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