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Moving is Murder: A Mom Zone Mystery (Mom Zone Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Mom Zone Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758213379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758213372
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Packed with helpful moving tips, Rosett's cute cozy debut introduces perky Ellie Avery, who prides herself on knowing her way around crying babies, poopy diapers and air force bases. Ellie, pilot hubby Mitch and baby daughter Livvy have hardly settled into their Vernon, Wash., off-base digs when Ellie discovers the body of another 52nd Air Refueling Squadron wife, Cass Vincent, by Cass's SUV alongside the road after a get-acquainted barbecue. Cass is the apparent victim of a nasty allergic reaction to numerous wasp stings, but Ellie later finds evidence that the flirty environmentalist may have been murdered. Though extraneous details sometimes slow the plot to a crawl, the appealing heroine and the intriguing insider peek into air force life (the author is married to an air force pilot) more than compensate. (Apr.)
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"A fun debut for an appealing young heroine." -- Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award winner: --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

A native Texan, Sara is the author of the Ellie Avery mystery series and the On The Run travel thrillers. As a military spouse, Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest travel thrillers. Publishers Weekly called Sara's books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement, and is on a quest for the best bruschetta. Connect with Sara at You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

Customer Reviews

Moving is Murder in really good.
Paris L. France-Carrington
I just couldn't figure out why Ellie would even get involved in this murder mystery.
Mg Gallegos13
It is in no way crucial to the story, nor does it advance the plot in any way.
C. A. Rockwell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on May 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am an army wife, but some things are the same no matter what branch of the service you are in. If you like mysteries or if you want a peek into the life of a military spouse this is a book you should read. I truly appreciated her even handed portrayal of military spouses. Trying to solve the mystery was fun, too.

I started reading this book as the packers were packing up my home for the move to our next duty station. I wish I had read it sooner. I could have used her moving & organizational tips.

I hope this is just the first in a series and that there will be more to follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2006
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Since her husband Mitch is in the Air Force, Ellie Avery has grown used to moving. His latest assignment takes them to Washington State. Since he's going to be there a while, they purchase a house off base. They're excited about having a break from squadron politics, until they discover that the majority of their neighborhood is in Mitch's squadron.

Unpacking with a newborn in the house is difficult, so a squadron BBQ is a welcome break. The fun atmosphere is lost when environmentalist Cass Vincent starts a nasty argument with Mitch's friend Jeff. On the way home, Ellie sees Cass pulled to the side of the road. When Ellie stops to see if she can help, she finds Cass dead.

Cass was highly allergic to bee stings, so the police are quick to rule her death by wasp sting an accident. Ellie has little reason to believe otherwise but begins to find evidence to the contrary. When suspicious accidents start happening to her, Ellie knows she must figure out the truth to stay alive.

This is the first book in a new series. Unfortunately, it shows a little. Other then Ellie and Mitch, most of the characters are two dimensional at best. It makes it hard to keep them all straight. I didn't really start to feel for any of them until near the end, when Ellie began to figure out their secrets.

The plot was a little slow taking off. Ellie spends part of the book stumbling over evidence by accident. Once she decides to investigate, the book picks up speed. The further into the book I got, the more interested I became in the plot. And the climax was surprising, logical, and very suspenseful. Additionally, there are great tips for moving after almost every chapter.

The book overcame the flaws to be enjoyable. I plan to give the next book a try as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on August 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ellie Avery had really hoped that this move would get her away from base, away from the politics and obligations of the military wife. Unfortunately, the nice neighborhood she moved into turned out to be full of airmen and the spouses groups were in full swing. Not being good at saying no, Ellie finds herself recruited to help out--even though she really needs to pay attention to her 4-month-old baby. When one of the wives/neighbors suffers an allergic reaction to wasp stings and died, Ellie is called on to help out even more. But no one could have expected that helping out would include discovering that the "accident" was really murder.

Convinced that the local police and the Air Force OSI are blowing off her suspicions, Ellie starts snooping. One of the wives sneaks out of her house at night. One of the airmen is trying to get into the pants of all the wives. Another of the airmen is secretly visiting an off-base doctor. And Ellie's best friend's husband had a fight with the dead woman just before she was killed. Things get really bad, though, when accidents start happening near Ellie. Could someone be so afraid they want her dead?

Author Sara Rosett combines moving tips with mystery in a story that gives plenty of insight into the way that military wives adjust to common moves and the notion that they somehow must support their husbands--even at the cost of their own careers and ambitions. MOVING IS MURDER is well written and makes for an enjoyable light read.

I thought the story relies a bit too much on coincidence in the early goings as Ellie discovers clue after clue--when the dog knocks over the neighbor's trash, when she decides to vacuum the inside of the neighbor's van, when she happens to see the moonlighting wife in both of her jobs, etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. H. McDonald Jr. on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Amateur sleuthing by a military spouse, a murder, lots of suspects and moving to a new base assignment are some of the elements that make "Moving Is Murder" a great tale. Author Sara Rosett takes her experiences as a military wife and weaves a tale into that fabric that is rich and full of excitement, intrigue, action and enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing as to who done it and why.

To say that I enjoyed it would be an understatement--I loved it! I think the little heart symbol on the book's front cover indicating that it is "A Mom Zone Mystery" might scare off some male readers--but never judge a book by its cover. It is a great read for men as well as women--murder is not gender biased. It was a pleasant surprise to me to find myself hooked on this story plot so quickly.

The book is well constructed and she has made good use of personal glimpses of the characters in the story; so we get to know the people in the story and get caught up in the action. Rosett has significant writing talent, that is a given; she delivers an entertaining and absorbing story.

Those in the military will enjoy reading about their lifestyle and be able to identify with the actions and situations that take place on and of base an Air Force Base. There is also a nice side benefit for military families reading the book because at the end of most all chapters there are moving tips thrown in. That may sound a little odd but trust me she makes it work and it keeps the flow of the mood and energy rolling along.

This book is on my personal recommend reading list. It also receives the MWSA's highest book rating of FIVE STARS.
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