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Dying For a Change (Ellen McKenzie mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 182 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Ellie McKenzie is newly certified as a real estate agent and newly settled back into her old hometown but selling houses proves a messy business when she discovers a dead body in the first one she tries to show. Hank Sawyer was a big-time contractor and a proposed discount store's biggest champion, and Ellie must determine whether his death relates to the land deal or if there were more personal reasons for his murder in Kathleen Delaney's Dying for a Change.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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New to the real estate profession, Ellen McKenzie discovers a dead body in the first house she plans to show. Not only does the corpse spoil her sale, it also throws the people she works for under suspicion. The victim, Hank Sawyer, had partnered with Ellen's boss and others in a controversial and potentially lucrative land deal; Sawyer also had been involved in several recent ruckuses and had been known for his wandering hands. Taking the murder personally, Ellen begins sleuthing in her small California hometown, making good use of gossiping acquaintances. Ellen is an appealing heroine, and her first adventure is a good choice for popular mystery collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H49UM8
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Kathleen Delaney was born in Southern California, married right out of highschool and had five children. It wasn't until she moved to California's central coast with her last remaining "still at home" child, her parents, six horses, three dogs, an unknown number of cats and a brand new real estate broker's liscense, that she finally realized her life long dream of writing a novel. The settings for her Ellen McKenzie mysteries are taken from some of her experiences while living there. She now lives, and cntinues to write, in South Carolina where she and her two dogs live in a one hundred year old house.
The last two years, actually almost three, have been filled with adventures I would just as soon not have had. I lost my left leg due to PAD right before Thanksgiving, and have spent a lot of time learing how to walk again. Am doing fine and am grateful it was the left one. Driving would have been a lot harder if it had been the right. It makes traveling a little harder, and I find I'm conscous of things I never knew before, like how few handicaped rooms hotels have. But I'm still traveling and still writing. My 4th book, Murder Half-Baked, was released this last May, and I have started a new series, the first book is finished and with my agent. As for traveling, I've been to CA three times, Alaska and Florida, did my solo flight (first trip without any help) all through Virginia, Williamsburg, Mt Vernon and Montecello. Went a lot slower than I used to but it was fun. So, catch up with my latest adventures on my Camel Press Blog or just my rambling thoughts, and take a look at the books. Until later--Kathleen

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "soconnell02" on September 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Kathleen Delaney nails the concept of a fun, easy read! What a great book to take on a plane, read in the tub, or just enjoy from the back porch on a lazy afternoon. I loved Dying for a Change. The book quickly drew me in and I couldn't put it down until the mystery had been solved. The characters were quirky, likeable, and refreshingly real people. This is a must read for anyone who has lived through the transformation of small town America ... or for anyone that just wants to escape away for a couple hours of sheer entertainment! Great first book for the author. I loved the subtle humor and definitely look forward to more.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mysteryaddicct on February 8, 2012
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Before "Dying for a Change," I had never heard of Ellen McKenzie, nor read anything by her, despite being a reader of mysteries for 3 decades. My sin of omission alas! I never have been motivated to write an Amazon review either, until now.

This is a great read from paragraph 1 to the end.

What is the sole key to holding a reader in the writer's paw, and keeping her there? My answer is an opening that introduces a character who connects immediately, in a predicament a reader understands only too well, and, in a mystery, would probably like to avoid. That is what McKenzie has done. A reader needs to feel that connection. A reader needs to feel those oh-so-eerie sensations right away.

I put this book aside only after a lot of internal grumbling and mumbling. Too good!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amber Fox on February 10, 2012
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I found the book boring, so about a quarter of the way through the book, I was tempted to stop reading. I thought, however, that the author was a newbie when it came to writing so I decided to give her another chance. The pace did pick up a little about half way through the book when another murder took place. However, I found the characters tiresome, with little to distinguish one from the other. Also, the author or agent should have proofread the book one last time for mistakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theresa L. Krause on July 24, 2003
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I grew up in a town much like the one Delaney describes, and she got it exactly right. Everyone knows everyone's business, and when the malls come in on the outside of town, the downtown dies. In the case of Ellie's town, peoople die too! Ellie is a great character, and her fledgling real estate career is familiar to me too, as both my parents were in the real estate business. Her worries about showing houses, pricing new listings and filling out forms were a part of my life for many years, and the author does a good job of getting us involved in Ellie's life - both professional and personal. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I finished it in two sittings, which is a rarity for me. Hope there are more on the way starring Ellie and her friends and family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drkhimxz on April 1, 2012
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Written to one of the standard patterns for a cozy, this Down Home mystery makes for good reading. The characters are well-drawn, the heroine, a very new real estate agent, credible and appealing, the romance low key but persuasive, the neighbors and relatives stereotyped but not blatantly so, and the mystery not secondary to the love interest.
This is a good one for easy light reading without any real shadows to darken your mood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Texanne on October 27, 2013
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Ellen is divorced and has moved back to her small home town. She is living in her parent's home since they have moved to Arizona. She is learning the real estate business. And slowly but surely she is making a new place for herself.

Her first showing of a home is on a rainy and grey Sunday afternoon. As she goes through the house turning on lights to make it more welcoming, she discovers a dead man.

The most interesting aspect of the investigation into the murder, the chief of police is an old and dear friend. Dan was her best friend when they were children. He lived next door and they grew up together.

So, there is murder, there is possible romance waiting in the wings and there are many people from Ellen's past who know everything that happens in town, nearly before things happen. Except in this case, no one seems to know exactly why the man was killed or exactly who killed him.

There are candidates for murderer. Hank, the victim, was a "ladies man" who also was a successful contractor. He had offended some women with his over the top flirting. He was supporting a new store coming to town and the new store could possibly kill off the local businesses which had been in town forever.

The book is well written. Ellen and all the other characters are well rounded people who will remind the reader of people they know. The motives for the murder are varied but in a small town where the economy is limited it seems realistic to think that the threat of a new business would be reason to kill.

Over all at times the plot is slow moving but once all the characters have been introduced things pick up in the action department.
I think that any reader who enjoys a cozy mystery set in a small town will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RuthE on February 12, 2013
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"Dying for Change" is a small town murder mystery in which the key characters are introduced relatively early. The plot develops in logical increments and the characters are reasonable, familiar, and likable. The story is very well-written. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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