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Dying To Sell (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – October 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (October 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594143102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594143106
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MAGGIE SEFTON is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Berkley Prime Crime Knitting Mysteries. UNRAVELED, 9th in the series, made the New York Times Bestselling Hardcover Fiction List after its June 2011 release. All of the mysteries in the successful series have also been Barnes & Noble Top Ten Bestselling Mysteries. Maggie was first published in historical fiction in 1995 with ABILENE GAMBLE under the pen name Margaret Conlan. She wrote over a million words of historical romance fiction before she ever wrote the first mystery. DYING TO SELL, with real estate agent sleuth Kate Doyle, was published by Five Star/Tekno Mysteries in 2005. Maggie has been a CPA and a real estate agent in the Rocky Mountain West, but finds nothing can match creating worlds on paper.





Customer Reviews

A well written and fast moving story.
Sandie
Maggie Sefton provides a wonderful who-done-it starring a shell-shocked layperson risking her life to prove her pal is innocent.
Harriet Klausner
I'm hoping Maggie will come out with another Kate Doyle book soon.
Kate Collins, author

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In Fort Collins, Colorado Shamrock Realty realtor Kate Doyle detests having to sell the home of friends, attorney Mark and Amanda Schuster, who have filed for divorce. Mark wants to get rid of their joint house as soon as possible while Amanda wants the most money they can obtain. Kate works documents with Mark and promises to finish up later that day once she obtains Amanda's signature.

When Kate returns to see Mark, she is horrified to find him dead with a letter opener stuck through his throat. The police assume a crime of passion occurred; thus Amanda is the prime suspect as a rejected wife. Kate thinks otherwise and begins to investigate the activities of a lawyer she thought she knew as a friend. Instead she finds he had several affairs and pulled a land development ploy that angered perspective contractors. Unlike the local cops, Kate has a long list of suspects.

Although readers will doubt Kate would investigate especially since the corpse shook her to her bone marrow in spite of her best friend as the prime suspect, fans will be pleased with this fun amateur sleuth tale. Kate is shocked when she begins to see a radically different picture of someone she thought she knew merge as she finds Mark was a womanizer and applied questionable business ethics to transactions. The revelations come on top of thinking that Mark and Amanda were the poster couple for marriage before they ask her to sell their house as part of their divorce settlement. Maggie Sefton provides a wonderful who-done-it starring a shell-shocked layperson risking her life to prove her pal is innocent.

Harriet Klausner
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Coppertop on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was not as good as her knitting mysteries that feature Kelly in the same town. I didn't think the characters or plot was as interesting or fun. I would definitely recommend reading her other series and this one will also give an enjoyable afternoon read if you liked the others, but you just won't adore the characters as much. It was also much more expensive as it was printed in hardcover while her other series is all paperback. And if an author is going to set two series in the same town, we could at least periperially meet some of the other characters and/or sites. And the even the sam type of dog....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on April 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kate Doyle, newbie Colorado realtor, knew that her job could be complicated, but when dealing with the sale of her friends' home, little did she know that it could be deadly. When Kate arrives at Mark's home for him to sign the sales papers she find him in the elegantly appointed library with a letter opener sticking out of his neck. Usually, this would be an open and shut case, the spouse is always the first suspect, but with Mark's philandering ways, the suspect list grows exponentially. So of course, Kate has to snoop and solve the case to free her friend of suspicion.

Maggie Sefton is known for her Knitting Series and I believe that this book is the first in a new series. Interesting start with what could be a good continuation of characters. Can't wait to see what develops between Kate and the home inspector / gun expert Chekov.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate Collins, author on February 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're a fan of cozy mysteries, you'll want to try this one. Author Maggie Sefton knows how to craft a well-written, turn-the-page adventure, as evidenced by her New York Times best selling Knitting Mystery series. I'm hoping Maggie will come out with another Kate Doyle book soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SAB on March 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoed "Dying to Sell". I love Maggie Selfton's books. This was different than the other books that she writes, but just as great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Rigod on February 23, 2012
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Readers, Allow me to introduce you to a new (for me,) character...Kate Doyle. Kate is a Divorcee, Mother of two daughters, who is now enjoying her freedom and second career as a Real Estate Broker.

Kate, to her sadness, is asked by close friends, who are now going through a painful divorce, to sell their Ft. Collin's, Co. home. When Kate goes by to pick up signed papers, allowing her to place the house on the market, she is terrified to find the husband murdered.

Knowing the Chief Detective, Kate sees that the widow is going to be blamed. Kate knows this is just wrong.

You might think that you know where this story goes, but, to my surprise and delight, Ms. Sefton, takes us on a journey of discovery. Discovery, not only of who committed the crime, but also, the personal growth of Kate herself. This is done with snappy humor and unexpected situations.

As a debut novel, the beginning is necessarily filled with introducing the characters and settings, etc. Then, you get to the mid-point and find yourself laughing aloud, walking through construction sites, and gun ranges, being struck down by assailants. It sounds dangerous and is, however, Kate has the inner strength to persevere and you will be glad that you, as a reader, journeyed with her.

Allow yourself to meet this new character, I think she will grow on you. She has me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy K on April 14, 2012
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A good continuation to the yarn shop setting murder mysteries. A nice read that is finished too soon. But always with hopes that another book is in the making
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on February 25, 2012
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This fast-moving, page turning drama immediately grabbed my attention from the first opening line, as I could not put this book down. The author did a good job at keeping me guessing with the many plot twists and palpable suspense surrounding this whodunit. With a great storyline, likable characters and a strong heroine, this novel was very suspense-fully enjoyable.
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