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Miss Me When I'm Gone [Kindle Edition]

Emily Arsenault
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“A very clever wordsmith.”
New York Times Book Review

“Ms. Arsenault…reveals strange truths beneath everyday surfaces.”
Wall Street Journal

Emily Arsenault’s first two novels, Broken Teaglass (“a beautifully written, engaging mystery” —Dorothy Allison) and In Search of the Rose Notes, received resounding critical acclaim. With her third, Miss Me When I’m Gone, she firmly re-establishes her standing among Laura Lippman, Tana French, Jennifer McMahon, Megan Abbot, and the other major players in the literary mystery game. Arsenault enthralls with this story of what ensues in the shocking aftermath of the sudden, violent death of the successful author of a “honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love,” when an old college friend of the murdered woman comes across an unpublished manuscript—one which could possibly lead to the writer’s killer. A former lexicographer, English teacher, children’s librarian, and Peace Corps volunteer, Emily Arsenault has found her true calling as an author of twisting, intelligent, emotional, and exceptionally compelling mystery fiction.



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From the Back Cover

Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller Tammyland—a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton that was praised as a "honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love." But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor.

But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the grave—suggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold.

About the Author

Emily Arsenault is the critically acclaimed author of The Broken Teaglass, a New York Times Notable Mystery, and In Search of the Rose Notes. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.


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  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007679M90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Let Me Down So Many Times... August 12, 2012
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Miss Me When I'm Gone is a unique mystery novel, with a soft approach focusing more on the "why" of two murders instead of the "how" and the "who."

Jamie met Gretchen Waters while attending a small liberal arts college, and the two women became close friends for all four years at college and beyond. They gradually grew apart when Gretchen married, then divorced, her college boyfriend, and wrote a best selling memoir. Jamie is married, pregnant with her first child, and struggling to hold on to her part-time job in the rapidly consolidating newspaper industry. One morning, Jamie receives a typically vague e-mail from Gretchen, and decides not to respond right away. Before Jamie gets back to the e-mail, Gretchen dies suddenly after a reading of her memoir at a library.

When Gretchen's family asks Jamie to be the literary executor for Gretchen's estate and see if Gretchen's second book might be publishable, Jamie readily agrees. Jamie's guilt about her distant relationship with Gretchen and her failure to answer Gretchen's last e-mail, coupled with her grief over her friend's sudden desk overcomes all of Jamie's reservations.

The story then unfolds with excerpts from Gretchen's book, Tammyland, which combines the personal stories of female country music stars with Gretchen's own divorce. As Jamie begins to read Gretchen's second book, meant to feature the men of country music, Jamie realizes that the book is something entirely different, reaching back in Gretchen's past and the murder of her mother.

Miss Me When I'm Gone is a thinking mystery rather than an action story, musing on Gretchen's motivations, and then the stories and feelings of people in Gretchen's current and former life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read! August 1, 2012
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As an author, Gretchen Waters knows what it takes to craft a compelling story. Her highly popular memoir Tammyland chronicles the lives of her favorite country stars Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. A honky-tonk tribute to these trailblazing women, Gretchen regales the woes of her own divorce and personal issues as she pays homage to these legendary figures in Southern history.

Reminiscent of her iconic heroes, Gretchen meets misfortune when she plunges to her death at a library event promoting her latest release. Her tragic accident is met with much grief by her fans, family, and especially close friends such as Jamie Madden. A college best friend, Jamie has a hard time accepting that Gretchen is really gone. When Gretchen's mother asks Jamie to become her literary executor, Jamie readily accepts the challenge in order to hold on a little longer to her departed friend.

As Jamie begins to delve into Gretchen's unfinished work, she finds herself drawn to Emerson, NH to explore Gretchen's roots. What starts out as a kind gesture for a cherished friend turns into a full-blown investigation into an author's questionable death. From taped voice recordings to missing notebooks, Jamie can't help but dig deeper into the mysterious life of a woman she thought she knew. As the stakes get higher, Jamie puts her own marriage on the line to find the truth.

MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE is the third novel by the New York Times notable author Emily Arsenault. Her story within a story framework captures the reader's attention making the plot truly unpredictable with lots of twists and turns. Her country music vignettes intertwined within the body of the mystery are the glue that holds this novel together. Well-written with accents of humor, raw emotion, and pure joy, I certainly will miss these characters long after they are gone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multiple Murders Entertwinned with Country Music July 14, 2012
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The story's protagonist is Jamie Madden a 6 1/2month pregnant part time author, who is asked to be the literary executor of her recently deceased friend Gretchen Waters' estate.

It seems Gretchen was killed in an accidental fall down some library step while researching her second novel - or was it accidental? Gretchen would seem to have abnormally bad luck as her own mother was brutally murdered when Gretchen was still a child, although she was being raised by her mother's [Shelly] older sister, Linda due to Shelly's nontraditional lifestyle. People weren't all that surprised to find Shelly having been murdered as she was a most free thinking spirit with a myriad of male companions from all walks of life, but primarily the seamier side.

So how does country music tie into all this. Well, it seems Gretchen's first book was a big success with female audience as it was called Tammyland and was a tribute to Tammy Wynette and all the hard scrabble women of country music who rose from rags to riches including Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton among many other described in varying degrees of detail. Gretchen's second book was supposed to be about the male equivalents of the female rags to riches stories. But she became sidetracked while researching the second book trying to find out who her biological father was. Her untimely death whether accidental or otherwise occurred before her quest could be completed. Her friend Jamie in trying to put together the remnants of Gretchen's notes to complete the second book becomes interested in Gretchen's quest and takes up where Gretchen stopped.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
If you are into reading about country music stars and their lives, then this book might be interesting. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Diana Leeson
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow passages
The protagonist was well-developed and interesting. The inter-weaving of passages from the dead "victim" was a nice tool, but overused. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Linda J. Sentivanac
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging literary mystery, for fans of Gillian Flynn and Alafair Burke
This is a very engaging literary mystery-set against the backdrop of country music lore, the author weaves a murder mystery in with a person journey of a friend looking for the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mindy M. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but Not Enthralling
Good read, but not enthralling. Some good lines about country music, but I was offended by her cavalier attitude about her pregnancy. Good situational set-up. Three stars.
Published 8 days ago by Charlie Z
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Boring, not very interesting. Too jumpy of a story.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but no cigar
when you spend an hour on reading you should be hooked quickly. this book failed to meet that criteria. very disappointed. I can't even give it one star
Published 27 days ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Mystery
Who would think anyone could combine country western female singers and best friend friendships with murder and make it work. This book does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Told Mystery: Good read
This was a great find and a great read. What I loved about the book is the way it’s written. Part memoir and part investigation by woman traces the last months of her best... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kat A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Women; Two Murders?
Jamie is thirty something, 6 ½ months pregnant, and on a mission to sort the papers and perhaps edit the book her former college roommate, Gertrude, was writing when she died from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Smokey
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Story Telling
I am filled with admiration for this novel and the way the story is told. A very pregnant friend of an author who died under mysterious circumstances retraces her friend's steps in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mar Preston
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Emily Arsenault is also the author of The Broken Teaglass and In Search of the Rose Notes. She has worked as a lexicographer, an English teacher, and a Peace Corps volunteer in rural South Africa. She now lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her husband.

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