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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (October 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425127304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425127305
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,861,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gale Laure, a native Texan, resides in a small suburb town in the Houston area with her husband and family. As mysterious as her mystery thriller, Laure writes under a pseudonym to maintain her privacy and the privacy of her family. She credits her huge imagination and true love for research for guiding her to be an author. She gained experience for writing from her careers as owner of a business service, marketing and consulting company, owner of her own travel agency, employment in the medical field including office manager, a short stint as a legal assistant and a paralegal, and employment in an insurance office and employment with a CPA. Gale Laure is known for her informal Southern style of writing. Books written by Gale Laure include her current debut mystery-thriller novel, Evolution of a Sad Woman. Upcoming books include The Bunkhouse and Alana - Evolution of a Woman (the sequel to Evolution of a Sad Woman). For more information on Gale Laure visit www.galelaure.com.

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Gale Laure is an international selling author. Her debut novel is "Evolution of a Sad Woman", a mystery,suspense, thriller, romance. She lives in the Houston area with her family and friends. Her life includes her family, friends and attending her church where she sings in the choir.

Gale Laure was born along the Gulf coast of Texas in an area called the "Golden Triangle". She spent her entire childhood in the area.

She became an author late in life after pursuing careers as the business owner of two businesses (a marketing & consulting company and a travel agency), an office manager in a physician's office, s short time in an insurance company, a paralegal and a legal assistant. Little did she know, but she was gaining knowledge and experiences to use in her books. Nothing fulfilled her. So she kept looking. She tried to find her "passion" as she learned on the Oprah show. After discussions with her sister and her oldest best friend, she decided to write. Thus, "Evolution of a Sad Woman" was born.

She is currently hard at work on two more novels. "The Bunkhouse"(2013) is a historical, murder mystery, suspense, thriller, romance with a sci-fi twist. "Alana---Evolution of a Woman" is the sequel to her first (current) novel, "Evolution of a Sad Woman". It is a murder, mystery, suspense, thriller, romance.

You can find out more about Gale Laure at www.galelaure.com or follow her on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/Author.GaleLaure ), Twitter ( www.twitter.com/wwwgalelaure ), MySpace ( www.myspace.com/galelaure-author ), Goodreads or Authorsden.

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Gale Laure is a wonderful new writer and I am looking forward to her next book.
C. LeMaire
With intriguing details and dialogue, the story is written in a way to engage the reader in the quest, and to create empathy for all of the characters.
Susan Jones
Gale Laure captivates her readers with twists and turns for a suspenseful murder mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gimme The Scoop on December 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Five men from different wakes in life, a priest, a lawyer, a football player, a cab driver, and a cop are in love with the same wonderfully mysterious woman, Kizzy Theriot. They all are drawn together upon Kizzy's murder and vow to make the person pay who is behind it.

Among many twists, turns, and discoveries they begin to unravel the life and death of the woman they all treasured and with every new revelation each mans future is changed forever....

WOW does not even begin to express how I feel about Evolution of a Sad Woman! This was an explosive debut novel by Gale Laure and one that held me spellbound until the last page. It immediately pulled me in and had so many different angles going at once that my fingers were ripping thru the pages trying to solve the mystery. Kudos to Gale for keeping me up well past my bedtime because once I started this book I couldn't sleep until I knew who killed Kizzy! This novel was so awesome that I never correctly was able to guess who done it! I was totally surprised!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cym H. Lowell on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Imagine a woman who arranges for her own gruesome murder. She draws a bath, has a glass of wine, and awaits. The butcher commits the deed, as requested, with a serated knife and a meat clever to dismember the beautiful heroine.

What would compel a wealthy woman to plan such a death?

During her life, Kizzy had met five men whom she loved and trusted with the joy of her life. Her lawyer invited them to attend the reading of the will advising that they would inherit millions. Each came and relived their lives with the woman who was the love of the life of each, in turn. She asked them, in her handwritten will, to undertake a task to achieve something precious to her. First, they would have to discover the hidden joy of Kizzy's life. Kizzy left few clues.

The men from vastly different walks of life banded together to solve the mysteries, and seek revenge. In the course of their thrilling adventure, the men bond together in a shared love of Kizzy and the joy that she asked them to cherish.

Evolution of a Sad Woman is a thought-provoking story that is told masterfully. A reader cannot help but to want to meet Kizzy and experience what she gave to these men in the short time she was in their lives. Each had known a different woman. As usual with such well conceived and executed books, a reader's mind wanders to associate the story with life experience. In my case, I kept picturing a Marilyn Monroe character confused in life, not knowing where to turn, and finding peace finally, via her own hand, in another realm.

Thank you Gale for a wonderful read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. LeMaire on December 27, 2009
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This is a great book. I enjoyed it so much that I bought several copies to give out as Christmas presents this year. Gale Laure is a wonderful new writer and I am looking forward to her next book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Johnston VINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
liked this book immediately. It started off with a bang and didn't let up through much of it. I may be a bit biased because I do enjoy murder mysteries and detective stories and if you do as well, you will probably enjoy reading Evolution of a Sad Woman.

The best parts of this story are the five men who come together to solve Kizzy's murder. Each of them have vastly different backgrounds and personalities and Ms. Laure does the reader a great service by showing through flashbacks exactly how each of them came to know Kizzy and what part each played in her life. Their frictions and their flaws felt very real, as well as each man's deep desire to find out who killed this lovely lady of their past.

And despite being the victim in the story, Kizzy is as much a living, breathing character as any of the men who loved her. She is so well drawn, in fact, that finding out what happened to her and why became as important to me, the reader, as to those five men.

The plot was very well done, with the requisite red herrings thrown here and there but without feeling forced or cliched. With a few well thought out twists and turns, Evolution of a Sad Woman will keep you turning the pages, anxious to see where the story will take you and how it will play out.

Because of the well done character development and finely tuned plot, Evolution of a Sad Woman is more than just your cookie cutter detective story. Each man has a strong, tangible connection to the victim and so it becomes personal - - and the heart of that personal connection comes through the writing and the telling of the story, making it a strong read.

The downside of Evolution of a Strong Woman? A few portions of the dialogue felt a bit "written" to me and somewhat forced.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Pampered Lamb on December 6, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of Story Line:
This story line is great. It will grab you right from the beginning and never lets you go. The story will appeal to everyone and definitely brings an element of surprise at the end that no one can reasonably expect. You can't help but want to solve the murder along with the story, as Kizzy just pulls on your heartstrings from the very beginning.

Review of Characters:
Most of the characters in this book were relatable and while they were mostly well written, a couple of things upset me. The two main detectives in this story don't really seem to work together in a believable manner. While I understood that one of them was off the case, besides the first couple of pages, there didn't seem to be much of a relationship or understanding between them. Something else that bothered me was how quickly the detective off the case formed a task force and was able to re-visit the scene of the crime. Wouldn't everyone on the force know he was off the case? And a murder that gruesome, they would really just let laymen trample all over it? I just kept asking myself..."Where is all the security? Why is no one stopping these guys?"

Review of Writing:
While I enjoyed this book very much, the writing seemed extremely choppy to me. A little bit like "paint by numbers" Put this sentence here, then this one here.... Not enough was left to my imagination to help the flow of the book as I was told when he parked the car, how he parked the car, how he got out of the car and so forth. And because of this, I found myself reading a lot of little sentences which just made me feel uncomfortable. I am not sure if this is just "first novel jitters" or if it was an editing error.
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