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Death Comes Too Soon: A Bridget O'Hern Mystery Paperback – July 18, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (July 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413777082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413777086
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,634,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What fun to have my picture, shown here, actually taken at the famous Algonquin in New York. The restaurant is known for the writers who gathered there in the Thirties and Forties, such as Dorothy Parker. It was a wonderful opportunity to be in New York, representing the Northwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) at a meeting.

My love is writing, mysteries, and also to some readers, surprisingly, grants that help nonprofit organizations to serve their communities. There's always a bit of the "how-to-do-it" and as well as the "who-dunnit" to both of these genres. In Death Stalks the Khmer and Death Comes Too Soon, my amateur sleuth, Bridget O'Hern, seeks her bliss and stumbles over dead bodies along the way.

With grants, I've written over fifty-million in ones funded to help those living on the fringes of mainstream society to improve their lives, or who are newcomers to our wonderful county.

And I should mention another of my ongoing characters. He is Gus Maloney, an ex-cop, an alkie, and the unofficial mayor of a homeless camp, called Mudflat Manor. He's more the noir type, and has been out in Seattle Noir from Akashic Books. And then there are my mysteries where cats often play a prominent role, sometimes as the good guy and sometimes the bad girl.

I have to admit writing in the mystery genre is a whole lot of fun . . . and also hard work. But I wouldn't stop doing it!

Cheers and Happy Reading to All,

Pat Harrington.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bridget O'Hern's husband of 23 years divorced her, remarried and then died all within six months. She is now getting back on her feet as a consultant for non-profit organizations. Beverly Tilton has suspicions that George Harris, the executive director for the Oregon Coast Art League, is siphoning funds and asks Bridget to come and investigate. Bridget figures she can go and ask a few questions and then spend a little quality time on the beach. However, at a black-tie fundraiser her first night in town, Beverly dies after falling down a flight of stairs--and her death looks intentional.

Bridget hears conflicting information about Bev from members of the community and from the board members. Beverly's manic-depressive disorder didn't seem to help matters either. Margaret Medlow, the head of the Art League's board, asks Bridget to continue her investigation and to clear George Harris' reputation that has been tarnished by the rumors Bev has been spreading. Bridget agrees, believing that during her investigation she will get closer to finding out who killed Bev.

While Bridget is asking questions and reviewing the League's records, Harrington reveals the clues that come together nicely in a satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys amateur sleuths.

Armchair Interviews says: It is the second book featuring Bridge O'Hern and stands alone nicely without giving away too much of the first book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bridget O'Hern's friend Bev Tilton talks her into coming to the Oregon coast to look into the local art league. Bev is afraid that the art league's executive director is embezzling funds. Bridget is a nonprofit consultant, but she has doubts about taking on this assignment. The lure of free lodging in Bev's bed and breakfast is too enticing. So, she goes.

Bridget is trying to heal from the end of her twenty-three-year marriage. What she gets is a dead friend, Bev. Bridget continues investigating the art league and trying to get information about who might have killed Bev. Interim police chief, Sam Alpern, is none too happy that she is investigating. Nothing will stop her. Not even when she finds herself in danger.

Can Bridget figure out what's going on in the art league and who killed her friend without becoming a victim herself?

This is the first in this series that I've read. I really enjoyed it. Found it hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next one. I loved the setting on the Oregon coast, too. Bridget is a likeable character and the people in this small town really added to the story. Sam Alpern is a great character, and I hope he'll be in future books.

I highly recommend this book!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gramma Elsie on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a fun mystery that kept me guessing to the end as to "who done it." I like the author's style and her sleuth, Bridget. She's not sappy, but smart and compassionate. There are a lot of interesting characters in the story . . . and I hope things work out between Bridget and that police chief.

I think Bridget needs a little romance in her life to help her concentrate on her sleuthing. Hope to hear more about her in future books
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