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The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock (The Val & Kit Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind Burgess , Patricia Obermeier Neuman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This first book in The Val & Kit Mystery Series introduces Realtor Valerie Pankowski and her best friend since childhood, Kit James. Val, who has just signed her divorce papers and a lease on a new apartment, receives a call from a prospective client, Mavis Woodstock (a vaguely familiar name). Mavis insists she has to sell her house as quickly as possible, but then doesn't keep her scheduled appointment. Kit, whose glamour belies her bold and often brash ways, remembers Mavis from their school days, an unattractive girl who was ignored when she was lucky, ridiculed when she was not. She also remembers Mavis being the only daughter in a large family that was as frugal as it was wealthy. When Val and Kit cannot locate Mavis, they begin an investigation, encountering along the way a little romance, a lot of deception, and more than one unsavory character. Val & Kit and their shenanigans can also be found in Nos. 2, 3, and 4 of The Val & Kit Mystery Series, THE MURDER OF SUSAN REED, DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY, and LETHAL PROPERTY.


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About the Author

Now a proud and patriotic U.S. citizen and Texan, Rosalind Burgess grew up in London and currently calls Houston home. She has also lived in Germany, Iowa, and Minnesota. When not writing, she works in the airline industry. Patricia Obermeier Neuman spent her childhood and early adulthood moving around the Midwest (Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana), first as a trailing child and then as a trailing spouse (inspiring her first book, MOVING: THE WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & HOW OF IT). A former reporter and editor, she lives with her husband in Door County, Wisconsin. They have three children and twelve grandchildren. Roz and Patty, along with characters Val and Kit, agree that friendship, humor, and love are as compelling as solving murders.

Product Details

  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Oliver Publishing (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GFXYPQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light, Cheerful Mystery with a Surprising Twist! February 14, 2012
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Middle-aged, Real Estate Agent Valerie Pankowski receives a phone call from a forgotten classmate that could result in a sweet listing for the firm. Before Valerie can get the paperwork done, her former classmate, Mavis, disappears and is later found dead from an apparent suicide. Valerie doesn't believe that Mavis committed suicide and becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to her. Valerie and her old school chum, Kit, dangerously delve into Mavis's private life and uncover a secret identity far away from her hometown of Downers Grove. Meanwhile, Mavis's wealthy relatives aren't happy to find two inquisitive, amateur private investigators digging around in their family business. Valerie doesn't give up until she hears a shocking confession from the murderer whose identity no one would ever guess.

Valerie and Kit are witty and entertaining characters constantly on the move. This is a well-written mystery that reads along at a bright and cheerful pace with a surprisingly dark twist at the end.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore, encore! January 7, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book: the characters, the story line, everything. It is well written, humorous, engaging...please give us more of Valley Girl and Kit!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read! February 13, 2012
By LaLaFla
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Enjoyed this tale of two friends immensely. Was shocked by the ending and sad to find I had finished the book so quickly. Anxious to read the next one.....keep them coming!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The disappearance of Mavis Woodstock August 7, 2012
By Barbara
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Certainly an easy read, but not a great novel. Characters are interesting. Plot is pretty good. But two weeks later, I can hardly remember anything about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TWISTED WOODSTOCKS March 10, 2012
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I highly recommend this novel and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

I was kept guessing throughout the entire novel and I like that.
The analogies throughout are priceless and often made me laugh.

A mysterious email and Mavis' disappearance drives Valerie, a real estate agent forward to find answers. Her best friend, Kit can't resist the temptation to play detective right along with Val.

You will continually wonder, as I did: Why did Mavis suddenly change her mind about selling her home? Who is Sean Fletcher? Did Mavis give birth to a son? What is Lionel, Mavis' brother hiding? Was Mavis murdered or did she commit suicide, as the authorities believe? Well, all my questions were answered and it was a thrilling ride!

I found myself on the edge of my seat when Val's life is threatened and the person holding the gun will shock you.

The Woodstock family consists of some very disturbed and twisted relatives. I enjoyed sorting them all out and the ending to this very well written novel is brilliant!

~Rebecca Scarberry
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great review January 25, 2012
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This book had everything! Two women, best friends, trying to solve a murder. Well developed characters that I hope to hear more from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mavis May 9, 2013
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I recommend you read this book if you like characters such as Kinsey Milhone, or Stone Barrington, Holly Barker and those types. Excellent story with fun characters, Can't Wait to read more of these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, frothy read November 13, 2012
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The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock is a fast, fun read and makes perfect escapist reading. Val & Kit are determined sleuths with very different talents which complement each other in their quest to find out what really happened to Mavis Woodstock. The first few chapters were a little slow, which is why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5, but once you get into the meat of the tale the pages fly by. I'll look forward to more Val & Kit stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Held my interest to the end. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Published 1 month ago by kurt A Guerdrum
5.0 out of 5 stars When do we get more Val & Kit mysteries.
I would recommend these writers to everyone. They keep you intereted and you can't stop reading. Can't wait for the next!
Published 6 months ago by martha rainbird
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Series
Spent the entire loong Thanksgiving weekend reading this series. Was I hooked?!? No question. A definate must read any day.
Published 8 months ago by KNewton
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent humor and intriguing mystery, too
The perfect combo of sophisticated humor, fun and intriguing twists and turns! Love this author - I have read all three of her books and am waiting impatiently for more.
Published 8 months ago by GracieB712
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a fun read.
This is an easy and fun read. Two women that just can't keep their noses to themselves and can't let anything alone. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ibcynthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable w/o being too serious
I found this to be an enjoyable book. There is some mystery and intrigue, who-dunnit, mysterious characters, all w/o the book taking itself too seriously. Read more
Published 10 months ago by cree
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This book was a pleasant surprise, better than I expected. The Val and Kit characters are hilarious and the writing is amusing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ahammerquilts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a nice, easy read it also kept my interest until the end.
Published 11 months ago by smallc
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo for Val & Kit
Rosalind Burgess' and Patricia Obermeier's Debut in the Val & Kit Mystery Series filled with funny and fascinating real estate sales characters flying through a plot that will keep... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael J. Stedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cozy Series
I really enjoyed this first in a series. I was attracted to the cover and the fact that the protagonist is a REALTOR because I used to be one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Must Love Books
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More About the Author

Rosalind Burgess and Patricia Obermeier Neuman, aka Roz and Patty, met in Minneapolis through mutual friend Lee (a REAL character, in the best sense of the word).

Now a proud and patriotic U.S. citizen and Texan, Roz grew up in London and currently calls Houston home. She has also lived in Germany, Iowa, and Minnesota. When not writing, she works in the airline industry.

Patty spent her childhood and early adulthood moving around the Midwest (Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana), first as a trailing child and then as a trailing spouse (inspiring her first book, MOVING: THE WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & HOW OF IT). A former reporter and editor, Patty lives with her husband in Door County, Wisconsin. They have three children and twelve grandchildren.


With their first three books in The Val & Kit Mystery Series, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MAVIS WOODSTOCK, THE MURDER OF SUSAN REED, and DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY, now published, Roz and Patty -- along with characters Val and Kit -- have another mystery up their sleeves (and on their computers). All four women agree that friendship, humor, and love are as compelling as solving murders.

Contact Roz and Patty at roz-patty.com. We write back :)

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