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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Mirth Press (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936869004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936869008
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,132,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ended up reading until the wee hours of the night to finish it.
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I love it when I can't figure out "who done it" until the end, and this one had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the climax.
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Ellie has written a page-turning novel that is dramatic, mysterious, humorous and romantic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ramon B. Oscarson on July 28, 2011
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This is not really my genre, I'm more of a science fiction/fantasy person but I have to admit, I started reading this and just laughed and laughed and laughed. If you can imagine the worse luck in the world- coupled with bad decision making- this girl is it. I kept thinking, It's almost like "every girl's dream come true" and then it backfires big time. I couldn't put it down, I couldn't wait to read what kind of trouble she was going to get into next. I really enjoyed it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EMME on December 22, 2011
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Ellie Burmeister has created a fun (and funny) ensemble cast in her murder mystery, How To Get a Literary Agent in Two Murders or Less. The story kept me guessing the whole time:
It's totally going to be him...
No, it's her...
Wait, no, it's that guy...
..or that girl..
It's them!
..Maybe everyone is in on it together??
Getting published can be murder apparently, and I am glad Ellie can do it without the body bags - because I am looking forward to the next book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bonnar on June 20, 2011
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A fun, laugh-out-loud read with more twists and turns than the Pacific Coast Highway. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for a thrilling ride. Burmeister's heroine Amanda wrote the book, so to speak, on everything that can go wrong in the quest for a literary agent - things like marriage, lust, death, and kitchen remodeling.

How to Get a Literary Agent in Two Murders or Less is a book that you'll want to keep going and going and going. Around each curve, Burmeister reveals a new view, a slightly altered perception of the plot. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Matthews on August 23, 2011
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Given that this was a first novel by Ellie Burmeister, I wasn't expecting as much as was delivered. Reading a book on a computer is normally a chore for me but in this case I spent several hour-long sessions because I was engaged in the story. There was enough suspense to keep me coming back to my laptop. I had no trouble visualizing the characters and getting to like and/or dislike them. While the protagonist, Amanda Anderson, lacks judgement in her choice of men, she is a smart lady who recognizes her mistakes and has the strength to correct them.

I am not a literary critic I just know what I like and I enjoyed this story. I'm hoping that there will be more Ellie Burmeister stories in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Finley on February 22, 2012
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Let me preface this review by stating that this book is not of a genre I typically follow. In fact, I don't know how to classify this novel's genre. It's part chick-lit, part murder mystery, I suppose. (Maybe there's a sub-genre for that?) I'm primarily a fan of historical and fantasy fiction, but perhaps the fact I really enjoyed this novel says something. I was drawn to it by its title - as a writer, I appreciate how maddening it can be to find a literary agent, so the story sounded like a good, fun read. It lived up to this promise - wholeheartedly.

It's about a young writer named Amanda Anderson who falls for a best-selling novelist for all the wrong reasons, only to find herself in a boat-load of trouble. The book is filled with quirky characters and humorous moments, but it's the novel's pacing and plotting that may work best. I found this book hard to put down. It's a quick read, and the author knows how to end a chapter in a way that makes you turn to the next page. There were also a bunch a plot twists, so I never knew where the novel would go next. But I was always pleasantly surprised!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Gilraine on October 25, 2011
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Every aspiring author author will do whatever it takes to become a bestselling author, but what happens to Amanda Anderson in Ellie Burmeister's book is one of the most madcap "path to publication" stories I've ever read. It's something that every author can relate to, but at the same time, no author cannot expect. I just started laughing and couldn't stop for quite a while.

Without question, Burmeister's characters shine. Amanda is the quintessential "girl you know who wants to write" and ends up in a gilded marriage, where all that glitters is DEFINITELY not gold, and sometimes, it's a port-a-john planted in the middle of a glass house. And we all know that saying.

All I can say, even as I'm still chuckling, is that you have got to read this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nikkidj on July 30, 2011
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What a great read! I love it when I can't figure out "who done it" until the end, and this one had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the climax. Made me laugh, made me laugh harder. Two thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By writeoncindy on October 20, 2011
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HOW TO GET A LITERARY AGENT IN TWO MURDERS OR LESS by first time author, Ellie Burmeister has a lot going for it before the reader even turns to page one. It has a catchy title (especially for would-be writers who have ever tried to get an agent and have been rejected) and then readers will delve in to find a mystery full of twists and turns.
Amanda Anderson hasn't had an easy life. She works at the make-up counter of an Ohio department store and sees writing a great novel as her way to success and fame! She wants to be a published author, so she heads out to a writer's conference in glamorous Malibu, California to find herself an agent. What she ends up getting instead is a husband in best-selling novelist, Jonny Goodsnuff, a famous aging writer who wants to live happily-ever-after with Amanda, but ends up making her life a living hell. Even though Jonny sells millions of books and throws money at her like candy, you have to wonder why she marries this guy, without knowing anything substantial about him and seeing that he treats her poorly.
Jonny and Amanda move into his Ocean front mansion, so he can finish the book he is writing. Jonny tells Amanda not to speak to their neighbor, Lance, so of course, she does and soon after Jonny is murdered. Now HOW TO GET A LITERAY AGENT IN TWO MURDERS OR LESS takes off, but the problem is we the readers are already about half-way into the novel. That is, if you've hung around that long! To get to this point, you've had to read a lot of back-story which mostly ends up meaning nothing. But you do meet a lot of rich colorful characters, along the way. Some of whom are lot of fun like Amanda's step-daughter's Misty and Lulu, whom I wish stuck around, and Ivy and Zachary who are beyond loyal friends to Amanda.
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