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"...A Crack in Everything is cleverly devised and constructed, if a bit too busy at times, and readers will be rewarded when everything, as it were, comes together in the end."—Mysterious Reviews
"A Crack in Everything is an entertaining and well-written mystery novel by first-time author Angela Gerst...Mystery fans will enjoy this book and want to read more from the author."—Portland Book Review
"Susan Callisto is a funny, strong protagonist worthy of a long series of books." —Mystery Scene
"What an amazing audiobook! ...I couldn’t turn this one off and finished it in little over a day."—Audiobook Fans
"Gerst gets good mileage out of her political roots, but it’s her finely honed plot that seals the deal. Here’s hoping she runs for another term." —Kirkus Reviews starred review
"...The plot unfolds like a set of Russian nesting dolls with each solution hiding yet another surprising development and each testing Callisto's resolve and resilience" —Publishers Weekly
"Gerst does a fine job with plot maneuvers, bringing in an exciting twist at the end. A promising new series." —Library Journal
"Welcome to Angela Gerst, who makes an impressive debut with A Crack in Everything. Her heroine, Susan Callisto, gets more than she bargained for when her client's beautiful young assistant turns up dead, and Callisto follows the trail like a pro, as it leads to the killer—and to a man she once loved." —Lisa Scottoline, author of Save Me
"A street-smart, Italian-flavored, Boston-area debut mystery novel: Gerst knows her turf, and renders it entertainingly." —John Barth, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and author of Every Third Thought: A Novel in Five Seasons
"Murder stalks the polls in A Crack in Everything, a dazzling debut by a sure-handed and gifted writer who takes you on a wild ride through Massachusetts towns peopled by characters who leap to life on the page. With an abundance of wit and humor and intelligence through the roof, Angela Gerst introduces the freshest, most dynamic accidental sleuth to come along in years--Susan Callisto, political consultant. Susan’s candidates will do anything to win. There’s poetry in Susan’s soul, voter surveys in her hobo bag and a Swiss Army corkscrew in her pocket. She needs all three to eke out a perilous survival in this page-turner that readers will want to slow down and savor." —Mary E. Mitchell, PEN award-winning author of Starting Out Sideways and Love in Complete Sentences
"As Susan Callisto, observer extraordinaire, led me through the unexpected twists and turns of this fresh, riveting mystery, I fell into step with her droll outlook, her savvy love of food, cars, plants and of most of the people in her life. By the end of the book, Susan was my new best friend and I can't wait to hang out with her again." —Sally Ryder Brady, author of Instar and A Box of Darkness
"Overall, Angela Gerst’s debut, and the first in the Susan Callisto Mystery series, is a solid freshman effort. With enough interesting characters to lend just the right amount of complexity to the story, Gerst weaves a tale of political ambitions, intrigue and power struggles that casts a guilty pall over just about everyone."—BookFetish
"Angela Gerst’s debut makes a promising start to a series with a smart, tough lawyer with a sassy wit and substantial courage. Gerst's own experience as a lawyer shines through without being overbearing, instead bringing entertaining anecdotes to the table." —Suite 101's Thriller/Mystery review
"A CRACK IN EVERYTHING is Angela Gerst's debut Susan Callisto mystery. It is an amusing, action-filled story with headstrong characters who ensure that Susan Callisto never has a dull moment. This story is quite entertaining and a snappy setup for a series."—Fresh Fiction
"Fast-paced with a strong protagonist and solid support cast, fans will enjoy the political consultant learning a “You Can’t Take It With You” lesson about money, power and clients."—Harriet Klausner Reviews
"It is a purposefully convoluted plot, but Angela Gerst writes with assured and fluid prose. Susan Callisto is a funny, strong protagonist worthy of a long series of books."—Debbi Mack, Mystery Scene
After law school, Angela Gerst moved from New York to Massachusetts where over the years she worked for literary journals, as a Boston Globe correspondent, as press secretary for the French Library, and most recently for Newton Magazine. Her interest in local issues involved her in organizing and running Newton campaigns for alderman and mayor, and from thence to creating the fictional world of Susan Callisto, political consultant. She and her husband live near Boston.
Well written and a lot of fun.
Gerst does a great job of keeping several balls in the air at once and--no spoiler here--what seems disconnected at first will all come together in the end.
Susan finds her clients to be pieces of work as she holds Roddie Baird's hand as he needs help with everything he does.
Poisoned Pen Press let me down. I don't blame the author, although I suppose I could. But the author and I didn't have a history, an established relationship, a rapport if you... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Susan Callisto is a Boston attorney/election consultant, disappointed in love, and coping by throwing herself into her work. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Linda Pagliuco
When I first was asked to review my purchase for Amazon I actually couldn't remember I had read it. I had to look at the blurb to refresh my memory. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Norma J. Greenfield
I think this is the author's second work (but not sure). While the plot is intricate, the character development is somewhat shallow. But it was the plot that kept me hooked. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Val Scott Clear
I loved this book! There is never a dull moment in "A Crack in Everything". Our heroine, Susan Callisto, is edgy and quirky with a great sense of humor. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Richard R