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Product Details

  • Series: Susan Callisto Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589441
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Highly recommended for suspense fans who like a smile with their mysteries."—Blogcritic

"...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

About the Author

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.

 


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Customer Reviews

Well written and a lot of fun.
Debbie
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.
Story Circle Book Reviews
Susan finds her clients to be pieces of work as she holds Roddie Baird's hand as he needs help with everything he does.
Harriet Klausner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mysterybuff on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I won't write a plot synopsis as other reviewers have already done this but I will say that this is a fast-paced page-turner with never a dull moment. I have read many mysteries and often find the genre overplayed (after all, how many new plot twists can exist in the world?), but not so with "A Crack in Everything". It kept me guessing to the end and, once solved, the answers were clear and plausible. As a Massachusetts native, I thouroughly enjoyed the flavor of Boston and its surrounding communities. The characters were well painted and I was highly invested in their stories! It was fun (and funny) to see the inner-workings of local politics. Our accidental sleuth, Susan Callisto, had an edgy, sometimes dark, sense of humor which I really enjoyed. I highly recommend this book to any fiction reader!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on August 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I first opened this book, I thought I was in for some sort of Janet Evanovich knockoff: Susan Callisto is a tough lady lawyer who left a big firm to do real estate law and become a political consultant. She's once widowed, now disappointed in love, and generally down on the world, including herself. Like too many mystery protagonists, she's always eating on the run--stale pizza, a peanut butter sandwich, or an apple instead of dinner. She has no life beyond her work, and as it turns out, she's not as tough as she'd like the world to think.

But after a slow start, Angela Gerst, herself trained in the law, takes this book in completely unexpected directions. The first case the reader hears about involves Nino, Susan's sort-of-grandfather, a crotchety old-country old man who owns an Italian restaurant but is about to lose his lease to Lombard, the landlord who wants the entire large building for one big tenant. Lombard makes Nino a generous offer to relocate him in new restaurant space in Cambridge,and rent an apartment--a sweet deal that Nino refuses. Susan sees it as her job to convince him.

Her candidate client, Roddie, running for alderman, has problems with a wife who hates to campaign and a neglected young daughter who is glued to her father. But entrepreneur Roddie soon takes a back seat to a new client, Chas Renfrow, owner of a geo-tech company under suspicion for polluting. Chas barges into Susan's office and practically forces a $20,000 retainer on her. He's going to run for mayor of Newton, but he only has days to collect the signatures. Susan is skeptical, but Chas is convincing. And she ends up accepting the check, even though several friends warn her away from Chas, including Nino who senses that he's evil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By consumerinaz on September 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Started out great; fantastic writing. The author is incredibly perceptive and so skilled at describing every small nuance; But she would sometimes be inexplicably mean, including to the man she supposed loved. There was a scene where she finally got a mentally-challenged man to tell her something that was extremely painful to him, but when he supplied the information, she didn't even console him or say "I'm not angry; you did the right thing." Towards the end there were so many plot twists and complications that I hurried to finish the book - not caring who the murderer was.
Not sure I'll read another by this author.
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Format: Hardcover
In Waltham, Massachusetts attorney Susan Callisto becomes a political consultant. Susan finds her clients to be pieces of work as she holds Roddie Baird's hand as he needs help with everything he does. At the same Callisto practices law helping restaurant owner Nino Biondi in a suit with his landlord Peter Lombard.

However, her third client Charles "Chaz" Renfro offers her $20,000 to help him in a last second run for the office of the mayor of Telford. However, her three clients are difficult enough, but the murder of Renfro's assistant Tori Moran and assaults on Biondi and Callisto make her wonder if she gave up more than just financial security when she left the prestigious Boston law firm. Her former boyfriend State Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict investigates the homicide and the attacks.

The first Susan Callisto amateur sleuth is an entertaining twisting tale as each time the heroine feels she is about to solve the situation, a new spin occurs. 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
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By Dnana on April 17, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Good plot and characters, but I have to say I'm really thankful for speed options because if I had to listen to this reader at normal speed her slowness would have driven me up a wall!!!
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I love mysteries and have read more than my fair share. I loved Angela Gerst's A CRACK IN EVERYTHING. The lawyer protagonist, Susan Callisto, is a gutsy, endearing, heart-of-gold heroine who draws us in from the get-go. This is a terrific mystery full of political intrigue, plot twists and turns, love interests--past and present--and fully rendered characters such as one of Susan's clients, Nino Biondi, the 73-year-old restauranteur whom Susan thinks of as her stand-in grandfather. Without giving anything away, characters are not always whom they appear to be and Susan must navigate the mine-fields inherent in biotech companies with secrets to hide, love interests with secrets to hide, and clients with secrets to hide. I couldn't put this book down. I was riveted until the very end. Rendered in a first-person narration, we love being in Susan's head with her witty inner monologue and pithy commentary on the modern day ironies of life. She's a heroine we want to stay with and want more from in the future. And hopefully the dashing Detective Lieutenant Michael Benedict will join forces with Susan in her next mystery adventure. This is a terrific, fun, keep-you-guessing-till-the-end mystery novel.
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