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Graveside Manner: October's Eve [Kindle Edition]

Joyce A. Scott , Micah Hansen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amanda Liesing had nowhere to look but down when she heard the thump at the door. Bodies were always being dropped off at Amanda's.
So begins Graveside Manner: October's Eve, a quirky murder mystery in the style of Murder She Wrote and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Join Prunella, police chief Jenkins, a cast of other characters, and Amanda as she solves the tuxedoed gentleman's murder and brings the killers to justice.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1776 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Joyce A. Scott (April 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLXC296
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read but needed more editing October 27, 2013
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I enjoyed the story, however the author needed to have someone edit it. Sentences without nouns confuse a person. For instance: "At six years old, basked in the graveyard's muted light." /shudder I'm not sure what a scrummage line is...I think maybe it was meant to be scrimmage line. The worst was the confusion about the Fourth of July and the numbers you were using for it. In a couple places you had 04/10 which would either be April 10th or October 4th and in other places you had 07/10 which again would be either July 10th or October 7th. Using these dates and wondering about the Fourth of July based on them makes absolutely zero sense. A little consistency would be helpful here. Also, "she couldn't bare to sell it," should really be "bear to sell it."

The above being said, this was a fun read with some absolutely lovely descriptions. I enjoyed the story and would suggest it to others to read
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining mystery September 6, 2013
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Wasn't sure what to expect but was very pleased with this book. It's a fun story that moves along at a nice pace with a great main character. Given the way the book wraps up I'd say there will be sequels. I plan on reading them all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice Christian novel--not preachy! October 21, 2013
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I always hesitate to buy books that are categorized as "Christian" since you never know what kind of use the Christian theme is going to be--preachy, weepy, too holy, irreverent, etc. This one is just right.

The main character, Amanda, is a widow of a very thorough police detective. He shared his police detecting skills with her all their married life to the point that she can almost hear his voice when she remembers how he spoke to her with lessons on investigating.

For some reason, she keeps finding dead bodies on her doorstep. She doesn't know why but it has happened three times. She moves them to the police station door if possible so their deaths will be investigated officially by the police, but she also feels a responsibility to do some investigating on her own to help those who were left to her care.

This book is about the third time it happens and she finds a young man on her front porch. The story gets more interesting when she fails to find a safe place to put the body and has to drive around with it in her back seat under daffodil bulbs most of the night and into next morning.

In the process of solving the case she runs into gunmen, people running her off the road, getting shot at with rifles--in other words--a great time is had by all.

What I like best is that when she has a problem she prays about it; she prays when sirens go by for the people involved and the workers who will be faced with emergency situations. (I do that too!) She knows the Lord's voice and follows it worrying if she really heard it correctly (me too!) and comes out safely in the end. That is real life to me--no thundering voice from above or great miracles--just help with daily problems and healing of the heart.

I hope there are more Amanda stories and maybe her and her new gentleman friend can solve lots of crimes together.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun and entertaining! August 8, 2013
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I read this book on vacation and couldn't put it down! The characters were fun and entertaining! I can't wait to read the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read April 27, 2014
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A very pleasant read, but I was left with more questions than answers and I'm not a fan of cliffhangers. Obviously this is the start of a series, but it's still disconcerting to end with so many roads left unwalked. We have all come to expect inept editing in ebooks, and this one had its share of issues. However, the characters were excellently created and given good dialogue. The storyline was intriguing. It's hard to review some deserve five stars, parts deserve one, so I ended up in the middle. The cliffhanger/unanswered questions keeps it from being a five star book in my personal reading opinion. The poor editing drops it another. I would like to drop it another star simply for the repeated description of a sixty year old as ancient, decrepit, etc! I found that to be extremely insulting. But, it was a good read for a rainy afternoon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read September 11, 2013
By DebV
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I want more! LOVE the suspense and fun this book brings. If you enjoy a good mystery you must read this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flat. June 1, 2014
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Found myself getting into the story, but it took awhile. Left a lot of unanswered questions, and the ending was abrupt. Did I start in the middle of a series or something? The build up of suspense was great, lots of interesting characters that didn't get enough play, then the ending was smushed together like a pb&j. There had better be a sequel to this, or its just a waste of time. Widow of a detective does her own snooping, and ends up in hot water. That's about it....she has a system in place to handle dead bodies mysteriously dropped off at her house, which is never explained. On second thought, I'm giving it three stars instead of four. I feel like the guy on a date with the town tease...all revved up, but a boot on the tires! Sheesh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gravely entertaining October 23, 2013
By Filmfan
Format:Kindle Edition
There were things I really liked about this book:
The plot was different and nicely presented. Character development and delineation helped me care about the story. It was delightful to have a female "detective" who did not fit the current profile of being 28 or younger, a perfect body, beautiful face and brilliant mind but considers herself average or less. Yes I liked having a heroine who is intelligent, humorous, and older than average.

I didn't like:
The constant referral to the 60 year old characters as being ancient and fragile. The lines delivered by other (younger) characters to the seniors were demeaning, disrespectful, and disgusting, but were treated as normal and acceptable. Thankfully, this is unrealistic. Does the author realize that almost everyone in the workforce today will be more than six years older than Amanda and Matthew before they can retire and draw social security? Many 50 and 60 year olds are still caring for their own minor children.

There were certainly enough grammar and other errors to keep readers on their toes trying to figure out the intended message. Personally I could have done without quite so many prayers and religious references, however, the way it was handled kept it from being offensive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Detective Mystery
I just finished reading Graveside Manner: October's Eve. I enjoyed the book and liked how well it flowed from chapter to chapter. It read fast with a lot of surprises and action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ken Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very funny
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny mystery!
Have only just begun to read this book, but am enjoying it a lot! Love the humor with which it is written and the interesting storyline! Can't wait to read more!
Published 1 month ago by Rita D. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Grave side manner
One of the more enjoyable mysteries i have read in awhile. Bodies keep showing up on her door step. Who killed them, where, what, when and how? Read more
Published 2 months ago by ZM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was just a fun book to read, really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Angelica G. Mishoe
4.0 out of 5 stars She might be an old age sleuth, but she can still work the case
Amanda follows in her deceased husband's career by solving murders. Somebody is leaving dead bodies at her door but she doesn't who it is or why. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cathy Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good mystery with believable Christianity!
The hook that got me to get this book was the 3rd drop off of a dead body on Amanda's porch. I was delighted to find the plot strong, well written, oh there were the small editing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christy Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, quirky little tale
OK. This was a quirky little tale: someone has just dropped off another body at Amanda's door - literally. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun ,exciting read
This was a really enjoyable read with murder, mayhem,intrigue and subtle romance. It was a hard to put down novel. Really enjoyed the dialogue
between the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have some mature characters for a change
Nice to have some mature characters for a change. It was a fun read. I was disappointed not to find other books in this series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn
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More About the Author

As a child and teenager, I sat high in our backyard willow tree after school. Swayed in the branches by a warm, summer wind, I read all kinds of books, from children's favorites to teenage novels. And it was there, held by the book's spells, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

I worked on my high school newspaper and took English courses in college, then fell in love and married. But it wasn't until our sons were raised that I took the beginning and advanced correspondence courses from the Institute of Children's Literature based in West Redding, Connecticut. That was when my writing career began. The Institute taught me the discipline required of writers: hard work, diligence and perseverance. After I finished the courses, I wrote several books, attended numerous conferences, and learned everything I could about the craft of writing. But after nineteen years I was frustrated at statements from editors, publishers, and agents: "Your writing is wonderful. It's some of the best we've seen. It just doesn't fit our needs."

In 2008 I heard about Amazon's Kindle and knew I had found a miracle. It was a way to succeed on my own merits, not on someone else's decisions and I have never looked back. I wanted people to read my books and now they do. Thank you, Amazon for turning that young girl's dreams into reality. You guys rock!

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