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Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Saunders
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Book Description

Making her grand re-entry into Portside, Rhode Island, Belinda Kittridge expected fun, sun, and sugar cookies.

Instead, she gets one jilted lover braced for round two, an old rival on the hunt, and the murder of a former classmate and friend. Even worse, Belinda must return to the events surrounding a tragic sailing accident to set things right.

But new possibilities emerge in the form of security expert Bennett Tate. Between her connections and his know-how, they're bound to catch the killer - and kick the skeletons out of the closet for good.

Other Books in the Series:
Auf'd (Book Two)


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  • File Size: 1403 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AB3F2RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,161 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Snoozer September 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Free can have a cliffside downside. Main character is supposedly late 20's, but acts like a teen. They are rich, live in a manse on the sea. Nothing, including the setting, is well-described. No sizzle, no snap, no quirky, no insight, nothing real. Kept falling asleep...finally read the last chapter to find out whodunit...ZZZZZZZ. Deleted from kindle. Didn't delete The Camilla Randall box set from Anne R. Allen which is 99 cents and is worth much more. Lots of sizzle, snap, quirk, descriptive prose, interesting settings. I had much rather spend .99 for a fun read than waste time and energy on a poorly edited sophomoric and soporific one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger December 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of Cliffhanger by Amy Saunders in exchange for an honest review. Let me just start by saying I love the cover; it's so cute! The setting is Portside, Rhode Island and our MC is Belinda Kittridge. Belinda doesn't expect to be thrown into a murder mystery, but that is exactly what happens when a classmate ends up dead and someone seems out to get Belinda herself. Is the murder connected with a death of a friend years prior? Belinda meets security expert Bennett Tate to help solve the mystery, and a few sparks fly between the two. But is Belinda safe in Portside, or is a murderer out to get her?

I really enjoyed this story, and had troubles putting it down. Belinda is a fun heroine, someone who comes from money and a well-known name but not a snob by any means. The relationship she has with her twin brother was fun to read about, as well as her friendships in town. The murder-mystery aspect had me on my toes, but sometimes I didn't feel like the characters sensed that urgency, which was only the head scratcher I found. I enjoyed the romance between Belinda and Bennett, and I was excited to learn this is the first in a series. I will look forward to the second book!
**4.5 stars**
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum June 8, 2014
By WatchMe
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The beginning of this book is not too bad. The characters seemed very juvenile for having left school ten years earlier, but I put it down to a typo: two years instead of ten years. This became less interesting as they appeared to be about early twenties, and a little young even for that. As the book went on, the quality of the writing deteriorated. Descriptions of the actions of the characters began to show them as shallow and not clearly delineated. This lost the author a 5-star rating. The quality became very cutesy toward the end, with pages and pages of unnecessary descriptions of the relationship between the heroine and her brother and both of them with the detective. This book may appeal to junior high school students, but I think adults would be not only bored but impatient with the much too prolonged ending. The author lost a second star for inflicting me with my pet peeve: any author who uses the word "smirk" more than two times on a page or six times in the entire book loses a star. No exception.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Somebody goofed September 1, 2014
By J. R.
Format:Kindle Edition
Someone obviously meant to post a good mystery book, but instead mistakenly sent out their 12 year old daughter's first draft of her creative writing class' summer assignment.

I suggest they hire her a tutor as she will obviously fail the class if she turns in this drivel.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very immature September 12, 2013
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I think this thing was written by 13 year old. Nobody with any life experience would written this. The characters are so immature and just plain ridicules. Obviously the writer did absolutely no research into investigating procedure or man/woman relationship.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger...not so much January 15, 2014
By Steen
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I got to the end of chapter two before finding a good line..."Are your shots up to date?" Kyle blinked. "Am I a dog?" Before that, the book rushes from scene to scene in a frantic pace to get through the book, leaving confusion and two dimensional characters in the wake. A good many things don't make sense. For instance, the twins' parents leave for a cruise while their home is gutted and renovated. Who would do that? The twins are left to oversee the work (right...), the comment is made in the first chapter that the parents' house is a much nicer place to stay than anything they could afford...then in the second chapter they start packing to move out, for the remodeling...which is it? Also, in the first scene, Belinda stops on her way into town to poke her toes into the ocean, then she heads on to the house, Kimiwhich is...on the beach. Makes no sense. I think the author needs to join a good writer's group and get some honest feedback. Things have to make sense, not leave readers wondering what's going on. I feel she is trying to develop interest and mystery but leaves you with confusion. Think about how people behave, then add a few quirks, not the over used cutesy kind like "she glowered and whacked him with a pan". And for gosh sakes, when a friend you haven't seen in two years tells you she's pregnant, the first words out of your mouth are not "so how's your husband?" Unless you're sleeping with him. Please, re edit, re work and put some personality in Belinda so we care about her; don't just write what you think is a cozy but reads like a bad romance. Good cover and storyline has potential but feels like a first draft.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger September 30, 2013
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This story is about Belinda returning to her hometown of Portside, Rhode Island. This could have actually been a story about Portside, Anywhere. Other than giving the city and state name in the details about the story in the write-up, no where in the story was Rhode Island mentioned at all. As a native Rhode Islander I picked up the book because of that and also that it was free. What a disappointment. There is no Portside, Rhode Island first of all, the closest to the name would be Portsmouth. The story was readable but it seemed to jump around a lot. There was quite a bit of discussion about what had happened to characters way back when, but it is all shrouded in mystery that is never really is discussed until the very end.
Belinda, the main character, has a twin brother Kyle. They are packing up their parents house for the house to undergo major renovations while the parents are in Europe.
The interaction between the siblings is pretty typical. The mystery that is mentioned is the death of an old school friend and the story about what really happened to him the night he died. A lot is alluded to, but never spelled out until the end.
In some ways it was interesting, but in many other ways it was disappointing. One thing that I can say for Ms. Saunders is that the editing/spelling/grammar was a lot better than it has been in other free books. Now, to bring the writing style up to par and she would have a winner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!
Haven't gotten tired of Belinda and Bennett yet even though I find her hero a bit non-emotional for me but he seems to work for Belinda! Read them all and waiting for more!! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
What a mess.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a very fast read and I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining
This was a fast and entertaining read. It was about real people and real life. I don't believe that just because you have gotten older you need to quit on life!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very cute and entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by Heather Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars confusing
Characters relationships not explained. Felt I started reading from the middle of the story. Had no clue who anyone is. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan
2.0 out of 5 stars It is for a younger reader.
I got this book as an Amazon free offering to see if I would like the author's writing style. I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katsitko
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast and courteous service
Published 4 months ago by Gloria Loftin
3.0 out of 5 stars I tried I couldn't
I really tried not to skip pages (which I never do with mysteries) but I failed abysmally. There was just something about the writing style and characters that wasn't engaging... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss V
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Hello! And thanks for checking out my books! I've written two mystery novels so far. My first, Dead Locked, is about Imogen Bell who works for a team of underwater archaeologists and ends up embroiled in a deadly treasure hunt. My second mystery, The Jester's Apprentice, is about Philippa, a woman caught between her new husband Edric and his smoky past - and hers.

I've always loved mysteries, even in elementary school. My mother raised me on TV show reruns like Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, and Magnum, P.I, and later I picked up her Agatha Christie addiction.

However, sometimes I just want a hot (but intelligent) guy and a strong woman bantering for pages. Or a gripping action sequence. Or some fun sci-fi/fantasy elements. And sometimes I want it all in the same book. So with mystery as the backbone of my stories, I blend in romance, action, adventure, and soon sci-fi to keep it fresh and exciting.

Why should you take a chance on my books? Well, I write what I'm passionate about, and I'm passionate about people and mysteries. I make my characters passionate too: about each other, about what they're hunting, fixing, or piecing together. Above all, I want my readers to have fun, and leave happy!

You can find me online at:
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