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Death Gets an "F" (The Wordmaster 99 Cent Mystery Library) [Kindle Edition]

Terri Main
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Lesson in Murder

Cindy Martin has a safe, comfortable life. She loves her job teaching at a small town community college. She has settled into middle age as a confident, independent single woman. Then he entered her life with his sad eyes, salt and pepper hair, crooked smile and rugged good looks. She just helped him pick out a study Bible and now she is helping the most handsome lawyer in town investigate the murder of a colleague. Their journey leads thing through the politics of a small town college, a sports scandal, the hidden secrets of a televangelist and to each of them dealing with ghosts from their own past, and maybe finding love in the process.

Death Gets an "F" is a classic cozy mystery featuring memorable characters, a bit flawed, but trying to do their best. The novel features Christian characters, but a storyline accessible to all readers. It's a romantic mystery that will keep you guessing until the end and make you fall in love with the characters.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This book has a special place in my heart. It was the first novel I ever wrote. I actually fell in love with these characters. That can happen when you write. Of course, it really means you are falling in love with yourself because every character you write comes from inside you. There's a little bit of the author in every character. Of course, this one does hit pretty close to home. For 30 years I taught at a community college. It is a culture and setting I know very well. Also growing up in one small town and living the past 15 years in another, small town culture also has a hold on me.

So, it is only natural when I decided to write a cozy mystery with a touch of romance featuring a -er- middle aged heroine, that the story and characters resonated with me. I hope they do with you as well.

About the Author

Terri Main is a retired college professor living quietly in Central California with her books and her five cats. She has long enjoyed reading cozy mysteries as well as science fiction. Her writing tends to go in those directions as well. Here debut novel Dark Side of the Moon blended a cozy mystery with science fiction.
Her characters often reflect her own background as a teacher. In both Death Gets an "F' and Dark Side of the Moon,
the main character is a college professor who gets pulled into investigating a murder mystery.

Main says she tries to be contemporary, but to retain the flavor and style of the old country cozy mysteries in a modern and sometimes futuristic setting.

"I hope people enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoy writing them," She says.

Product Details

  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WordMaster Books (December 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMF6U2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read December 19, 2012
By Cindy V
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This book did not have any annoying editing or formatting errors, but I did not find it to be a particularly engrossing book. I think that the nicest thing I can say about it is that it is a kind, gentle story. There is nothing here to keep you up reading late at night, just to see what happens next. It's not that its totally boring, although it most certainly isn't even close to exciting, it just doesn't seem to matter much. There was no suspense, very little conflict, no building up of anticipation, not even any thing much in terms of a plot. The mystery seems only incidental to the story, which comes across more like a lukewarm romance. I did not particularly care what happened to any of the characters, since they seemed sort of characterless. The book ends on what I assume the author intends to be a mild cliff hanger, something to make you want to read a sequel, but I just don't care enough about the characters to worry about it. (Don't worry, the loose ends of the mystery are tied up in this book)

The author talks about bible studies, and Christianity, but in actual fact there wasn't much other than that and the behavior of the characters to mark the story as Christian fiction. The authors religious views are still pretty obscure to me, although she did throw in a few of her political views.

There were some things that puzzled me a bit. The main character is depicted as having a genius IQ. However she talks about a murder victim in both the present and the past tenses in the same 3 sentence paragraph. She also speaks about a dead man in the present tense in other places. Supposedly she is a speech professor, so I find it unlikely that she would do this.

I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it either, and wouldn't read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 26, 2012
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I loved this mystery. The story was uplifting and believable. You can't help but like Cindi, the 50ish, smart, strong woman who is the main character. She doesn't realize how truly wonderful she is. I hope the author, Terri Main, will make this a series, and I look forward to the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story October 14, 2013
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I enjoyed the characters in this book very much. I also enjoyed the twists in the mystery, it kept me guessing! It was also refreshing to read a story that had no profanity and didn't scare me! My only problem with the book was that the proof reading was not very good. Other than that I enjoyed the story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story March 11, 2013
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I enjoyed the story. It didn't have a lot of depth but was pleasant bed time reading. My only real criticism is the lack of editing, which was almost funny considering that the main plot revolved around writing styles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book gets a B+ February 17, 2013
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The story line is good. A 55 year old teacher finding herself solving a murder and getting a boyfriend too. Some of the book got wordy and unless you are an academic, it was difficult to wade through. Cindy needs a life but still needs to get her personality straight. She is either shy and withdrawn or not. I related some to her childhood. I hope she improves in the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and kept my interest January 30, 2013
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I am an avid eclectric reader and sometimes enjoy a gentle but interesting mystery. This book met that and was an enjoyable read.
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More About the Author

Terri Main is a woman on a mission.

"I want to bring the joy back to reading, and you can't have joy when you have to take out a loan to buy a book." She says.

This is the reason that she sells all of her self-published books for just 99 Cents.

"I've gotten a lot of grief from other authors about that price point," she notes. "They say that I am somehow demeaning the product. Since when has giving people a quality product for a reasonable price demeaning? I tell them that I don't sell my books at 99 cents because I value them less. I sell my books at 99 cents because I value my readers more. Sometimes we forget that's who our writing is for - The Readers!"

Terri points to her own childhood as the daughter of a sawmill worker in the 50s and 60s.

"We sometimes had to pull the cushions out of the car to find spare change just to buy a loaf of bread or a quart of milk. Forget half gallons we certainly couldn't afford that," she recalls.

Her only escape from the persistent worry about money was in her books.

"I got 50 cents every two weeks allowance. I could buy a book for a quarter and still have enough to get one school lunch on Thursday. That was the day they had turkey."

She notes that since it costs very little to publish through Kindle, that she can give her readers deals the Big companies can't afford.

"Back in the 80s and 90s, these big companies saddled themselves with huge printing plants, office buildings, trucks and distribution infrastructure built around selling print books in brick and mortar bookstores. And since a handful of companies were the only show in town, they slowly raised the prices. When the digital revolution came, they were unprepared and slow to respond. That's when small presses and indie writer/publishers had the advantage. We can produce a quality product without all that overhead."

So, she passes those savings on to the reader.

"Why not? I make a healthy profit. They get a bargain. And I sell more books than if I raised my prices." She says with a wink.

Terri also makes her books available in the Kindle Online Lending Library through Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime.

"Hey, this is great. People get to read the books for free. And I get paid. Talk about a win-win."

So, what is Terri up to now? At Age 62, retired from 30 years as a college professor, she is writing one to two short books a month and novels every three months or so. Living happily with her five cats in Central California.

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