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Foreclosed: A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery (A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Traci Tyne Hilton
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Book Description

Mitzy Neuhaus is the top selling Realtor in Portland, but even her office is dead in this economy. Foreclosed is the word no homeowner wants to hear and Mitzy is determined to save the incredible mansion on her street from that fate. But with the homeowner desperate to keep Mitzy away from his property and Alonzo, the dangerously hot rival investor trying to snatch it out from under her, Mitzy knows she has to work fast, or the economy won’t be the only thing dead…

Praise for the Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries

A fun cozy mystery. The lead character, Mitzy Neuhause, is what one would get if Legally Blond were about real estate. She is well-intentioned, beautiful, slightly clueless, and really, really good at what she does - which is selling homes in Portland, Oregon.

The fun begins when she butts heads with a local commercial property real estate agent over a stunning and mysterious Victioran mansion.
The next thing you know Russian royal jewels are being discussed and the Russian mob may, or may not, be involved. Mitzy needs to keep her faith, her head, and her big, blonde, 80's hair in place in order to bring everything to a happy ending.—Jane Wells, author of Glitter in the Sun

Foreclosed is a thoroughly entertaining and superbly plotted debut novel from Traci Hilton. The book approaches the genre of mystery from an unusual but extremely engaging setting: the world of real estate.

And alongside the book's delightful protagonist Mitzy Neuhaus, the reader loses himself in the grandeur and enigmatic qualities of the stunning mansion that the author so authoritatively conveys.

The chemistry between Alonzo and Mitzy is apparent from their first encounter and adds a layer of tantalizing romance to the book; their chemistry is electric and their battle of wills really brings the book's main plot to life.

But it is Mitzy who deserves the greatest plaudits. She is an emotionally engaging character with an incredible amount of depth; resourceful, polite, entrepreneurial and caring, she is the book's main attraction and could quite easily sustain a lengthy series of mysteries that the book's many readers would enjoy.

Finally, the author's writing must receive its deserved praise. Often with light reads such as Foreclosed, the writing can be suspect. But Traci Hilton displays effortless control and command of language. A highly recommended read. –A. S. Anand author 2032

Editorial Reviews


This one is filled with mystery, suspense, humor and a little bit of romance. Real Estate Mogul Mitzy Neuhaus is desperately seeking a way to help the local economy pick up from its current slump. A house she's been watching for quite some time finally comes up for sale and Mitzy begins snooping into its past. Soon she finds herself in trouble of a sinister kind.

I was hooked to this one from the beginning. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. If you love good clean fiction with mystery action and adventure all rolled into one then this book does the trick.
--Goodreads Review

Mitzy is a real estate agent with a problem. No one is buying and she needs to keep her staff busy. A nearby house is foreclosed on which draws her interest. That's when the problems start. There is more to the former owners than meets the eye and Mitzy is drawn into danger.

The book is a fun and fast read and unique. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Note: There were two paragraphs where the author revealed her characters Christian beliefs. It's part of the story, but not intrusive. There were very few, if any, editing errors in the copy I picked up (and I'm one to notice that sort of thing).--Amazon Review

From the Author

The Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries
  • Foreclosed
  • Eminent Domain
  • Buyer's Remorse
  • Frozen Assets
The Plain Jane Mysteries
  • Good, Clean Murder.
  • Dirty Little Murder
  • Bright New Murder
  • Health, Wealth and Murder

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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foreclosed was a fun read! November 4, 2010
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This book was recommended by several friends so I checked it out and am glad I did so. The plot revolves around Mitzy Neuhaus, Portland's best known realtor, discovering that a Victorian dream house is going into foreclosure. Mitzy knows she is the best realtor to bring the right clientele to this house. She also realizes that a sale like this will really help make a name for herself in the upper crust of Portland society. The mystery revolves around who owns the house and the disappearance of valuable items within the house. Of course, Mitzy being industrious as she is, takes matters into her own hands to hunt down this individual and information. It was a great mystery with interesting characters that I thoroughly enjoyed! I loved all the details that went into describing places and characters so I felt invested in the story. I read the story quickly and had a hard time putting it down at night.
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99 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foreclosed--- a clean Mystery March 24, 2010
This is an exciting book. If you are looking for a Clean mystery... This is it. I enjoyed it so much. There are a lot of mysteries out there that contain lots of bad words and such. I was thrilled about this book. I was so enthralled by Mitzy that I was very concerned about what happened to her. Mitzy is a Real Estate Agent who finds an old Victorian house that is being foreclosed by the bank. She wants to find the people who are destroying this houses' worth... A very great adventure.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun mystery set in the current real estate mess April 17, 2010
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This is a great book. I loved all the references to Portland. Felt like I was driving around the town. The mystery kept me guessing and I loved the characters. It was a fun read and I had a hard time putting it down at night.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Foreclosed - as the book should have been May 14, 2013
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When I search for a book, especially for Kindle, I usually read the description of the book and then check out the reviews. If the good reviews outweigh the bad, I will try the book. The one review that I really wish I had paid attention to was the one written by RuthAlice. Boy, did she hit the nail on the head. "Spell check is not an editor." The book had a so-so story line, one that could be tolerated for mild entertainment(?)as it is. But, the drawback to the book was that you had to be your own editor to make the story make sense. Too many words put in where it did not make sense, or words left out so that the sense of the meaning was lost. Wrong spelling of words like using the wrong usage of to, too, or two as an example. I am left wondering if those that gave a five star review read the same book I did. I know the author has other books out and I am only hoping that she had an editor go over the book before she published them. I know for myself I will not be getting the other books. If I wanted to be an editor, I would apply for that job somewhere. I'd rather get paid for editing a book than to edit a book as I read it for my own enjoyment. This is definitely not a book that I would recommend to anyone that has a "thing" about proper spelling and syntax. Thank goodness this was one that I got for free as it would have been a waste of money.

By the way... is Amazon offering a position to edit books? :-)
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75 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spell Check Is Not an Editor. September 1, 2012
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I am so glad I picked this book up during a promotion so that I didn't spend a lot of money on it. I would have quit reading it after the second paragraph when the heroine was thinking because the real estate situation needed thought or the third paragraph where she walked at a contemplative pace and contemplated. Such clumsy redundancies gave me pause, but I decided to persevere because it is set in Portland. I like supporting local authors and love reading and identifying places as I read.

Foreclosed quickly tipped from merely being a poorly written book to being "so bad it's good." You know the sort of book I mean, the ones that fill you with schadenfreude and make you guffaw when there are moments of bizarre self-revelation. There is a unique pleasure in reading a memorably bad book. Not all bad books are enjoyable, but books that combine bad writing with a certain sort of inane shallowness can be hysterically funny.

To take one example, our intrepid heroine and her brother both give voice to the author's disdain for the Listening Project - a Portland effort to expand the voices that get heard by people in government beyond the usual cliques of donors and developers. So Mitzy gets to voice her contempt and ridicule for the idea that politicians would listen to the public at any time other than Election Day. Her brother even gets to make fun of the idea of listening to marginalized citizens - instead of worthy conservative lawyers like him. In fact, he has the brilliant idea of joining the "foundation" (as the author clumsily tries to fictionalize the project) in order to subvert the influence of the poor and marginalized others who are undeserving of full participation in civic life, a realm the author clearly believes only belongs to those of wealth and property.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining November 11, 2010
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Okay, this is not a deep mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But it is entertaining and the characters are likeable. The ending was a bit abrupt, but I still would recommend it.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bad... December 10, 2010
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Ms. Hilton included some very funny bits in the story and they made me want to finish the book. Unfortunately, even though this book had a great premise, the author spent too much time dragging in the religious angle and not enough developing the characters or an interesting ending to the story. The book seemed to just stop as though the author had run out of ideas and couldn't think of a way to finish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
It has been a long time since I have read a book with such an irritating main character. Billed as a "Christian" novel, it focuses on a most un-Christian person in Mitzy Neuhaus. Read more
Published 25 minutes ago by iansmom
5.0 out of 5 stars The Realtor vs. the Russian Mob
Mitzy is in danger of being thought a dumb blonde--not exactly the place one would normally put their heroine; the one solving the mysteries, but she is definitely slow on the... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Roger A. Murfin
2.0 out of 5 stars A little boring
I have a hard time with books when I dislike the main character. Mitzy is too full of herself. I didn't find much to like about her. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by M. Keeley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Dull reading until last few chapters.
Published 1 day ago by Ralph Buikema
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was a gift
Published 1 day ago by "Professional" Volunteer
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
topics change in the middle of another..I had to back track.and to clarify.and , a few off the plot.....does author know what a foreclosure is ?????? good thing this was free
Published 2 days ago by Bryan C Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Foreclosed review
Story line was disjointed and did not flow smoothly. Plot was boring .Characters were not developed. Would not recommend this book
Published 2 days ago by Janelle M, Woody
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a fun read. I will purchase the next one to ...
It is a fun read. I will purchase the next one to see if it will be a good series.
Published 3 days ago by lynn w
3.0 out of 5 stars FORECLOSED: a Mitzi Newhaus Mystery
A great book for the young & mature mystery buff. Hooked by the story throughout. A pleasurable reading experience I will read the rest of her books.
Published 4 days ago by jeanette hodder
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I wouldn't call it a page Turner.....just an ok mystery. I didn't really want to finish it.
Published 5 days ago by Justme99
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More About the Author

When not writing I Facebook too much, knit socks, and accompany my mandolin loving husband on the spoons.

I'm also the author of The Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery Series, The Plain Jane Mystery Series, and one of the authors in The Tangle Saga series of science fiction novellas. I was the Mystery/Suspense Category winner for the 2012 Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, a finalist for Speculative Fiction in the same contest, and have a Drammy from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. I currently serve as the Vice President of the Portland chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association.

I have a degree in History from Portland State University and still live in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with my goofy family and two small dogs.

More of Traci's work can be found at

Traci's photo by Jessie Kirk Photography

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