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Myrtle's Ultimate Mystery (A Myrtle Drinkwater Astrological Investigator Mystery: 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 7658 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: KINDLE GLOW BOOKS; 21st Kindle edition (April 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00116ROFQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been a United Airlines flight attendant, high school English teacher, crime prevention officer, entrepreneur, parapsychologist, free lance writer, and a novelist. I may be a has been on all that now... except that I still spend all the spare time I can gather writing like a maniac, with several novels and nonfiction works in progress... new ones in mind.

On my satisfying home front, I hold a great respect in my heart for my husband's dedication to his work. He's a coal mine mechanic, high voltage electrician, and has helped me survive while I continue my career as a novelist (with a decades delayed paycheck).

I also cook and clean house (sort of). After I've been click-clacking on my laptop from 5 am - 10 am [I've discontinued this shift; too many collected decades], I fry a few eggs for Tom's breakfast when he arrives home from his night-shift at the mine. Sometimes I resume the clicking in the afternoon, after midday household chores, prior to cooking supper. Sometimes I resume the keyboard capers in the evening when Tom's napping prior to leaving for work at 9 pm. I wash supper dishes at 9:15 each evening, prior to retiring to read a while before the zzzzzzz's overwhelm the day.

AAAhhhh Chhhoooooooo!!

Unfortunately, that's the usual result of my house cleaning.

Given the gift of a wash machine, I do well with Tom's daily-wash diggers, which are his work clothes packed with mud, oil, and coal dust, which I bang against an old tree trunk prior to hefting them into the house and arranging them into the washer. If the debris around that tree trunk had a "For Sale" sign on it, it could bring in more $$$ than my career as a novelist. I'm so obsessed with writing I can't stop long enough to put up the sign. If I added a lemonade stand next to the mound of coal dust, I may have to ask permission from Trump to use the essence of his name.

[My routines around Tom's work have changed periodically over the decades as his shifts and coal mine locations have changed. But the above daily set up was maintained for a long enough stretch to become sacred, so I'll leave it as a tribute to our history.]

I have dyslexia and received my only D grade in reading, among the hoards of A's, a few B's, and one C in my school attendance records through college, with Master's equivalents from graduate level courses in English, Philosophy, and Psychology. In spite of the difficulties working with Dyslexia in the world of words, I love reading and writing uplifting escape fiction. Strangely, my typo skills have steadily decreased as I progressed from a manual typewriter to electric [yes, that's how old I am], then to an electronic keyboard. With each surge of electronic ease, my Dyslexia seems to dissipate.

I've recently discontinued regular posting of customer reviews except in rare cases. I reviewed only books and products which I can give 5 Star Raves. I'm thankful that life has worn me down enough that I focus on what I like and ignore what I don't like. I'm soul smashed by criticism so I try to avoid dishing it out. Of course in rare cases my opinions are wrong anyway. As I get older (will be 66 Oct 2013) and creakier (not crankier, don't have the steam) I become more adept at raising my foot to eye level. Go figure. Mine has.

From past efforts [mostly discontinued now due to low ebb health and a few other spirit dampeners] I have 300+ reviews posted on the Amazon USA site and some of those are on additional country sites. I used to post lots of reviews on murder mystery series and have provided Listmanias on some of those.

Now I'm spending my limited time writing and publishing my books on Kindle and praying for rave reviews like the ones I used to write!

The original 1987 trade paperback edition of THE ROSE AND THE PYRAMID is out of print (available periodically on Amazon sites in the US and other countries at collectors prices for used copies).

But as of March 2013 that novel (adding into 17 full length books and 19 short works) is available on KINDLE! Celebrate!!!!!!!!! My web site link provided on this profile page goes to my Amazon Author Page.

As I live & breathe, I write and write...

Linda G. Shelnutt

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Format: Kindle Edition
As I was waiting for this page to upload I couldn't help but read Linda Shelnutt's statement that without Kindle this and other works of hers would never have seen the light of day. For a lady who so energetically celebrates the human spirit in her work in so many different genres this is tragic. But Kindle has helped solve this problem. I have a feeling we're going to see many good books that those new york publishers have decided the American public shouldn't read.

That said, Myrtle's Ultimate Mystery is so vividly visual and so rich in sound as well that you find yourself totally involved in the Cherry Creek mansion as well as other settings of the story. As a westerner I felt sorry for those cowboys, but that was just another way this book got under my skin. You won't be able to put it down and you will NEVER guess who done it.

You'll have lots of suspects though. I also enjoyed Linda's social commentary that emerges through her characters in this book. She'll be happy to know that i happen to agree with her campaign for coal minng. when you read this book, see if you can pick out the essential Linda Shelnutt from the story.

And I guarantee you that you'll be humming a certain tune for a week or so after you finish it!

Way to go, Linda...a great story you've written here. SL
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If you want to feel what it’s like to be a welcomed guest, like part of the family, in a luxurious Victorian mansion in Cherry Creek (an elegant Denver, CO neighborhood) and you aren't afraid of being wrapped up in a multi-murder mystery, then read Myrtle’s Ultimate Mystery. It’s completely unpredictable while being edge of your seat scary. Let yourself be carried into Myrtle’s world of astrology and adventure while she tries to solve this whodunit. It's a world of fascinating characters where anything can and does happen. It's an action packed psychological thriller that you won't easily forget. I tell all my friends to read this book, but warn them they will be seeing the world differently afterwards.
I just finished reading the first twelve chapters of Myrtle Drinkwater’s 2nd mystery “Myrtle’s Penultimate Walkabout”. I can’t wait until Linda and Myrtle finish that story it’s turning out to be even more multidimensional and intriguing than Myrtle’s first mystery.
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I'm one of those people that likes to LEARN SOMETHING
in every book that I read. This book was a standout in that goal, as I learned all kinds of things about witchcraft, astrology, several environmental issues, cooking, and got to read a great mystery besides. Checking on this author's qualifications it is plainly obvious the lady knows of what she speaks, having even been called upon by law enforcement to help with open murders.

Linda Shelnutt's mind soars in this story, adding bits of fantasy to further pique the reader's interest.

I will add that anyone thinking of giving credence to the one star reviews need only check the profiles behind the false names to discover an agenda not at all related to the quality of this book.

I don't know about typos. I was so engrossed in the story I didn't notice them.

Do yourselves a favor and get this book! I'm sorry to say I was told by a friend to take a look at this story on her Kindle, that I would like to buy. I would have, except that I didn't return her Kindle until I'd read it all (in two days!)
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Linda Shelnutt never lets me down. I loved this story. She has such smooth prose and such
a gift for telling a story. I love her work and consider her to be an author of
outstanding talent. Five stars for this one.
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Author Linda Shelnutt's singular tale of mystery, detection and a whole lot of other stuff begins in conventional enough manner with a telephone call:

"Ms. Drinkwater?"
The voice was female. Timid. Low key, lightly musical.

And then swerves right off the expected course:

"You're the astrologer?"
"Yes." ....
"I found you in the yellow pages."
"Yes. Go on."
"I think I need your help."
"Sure. What's the problem?"
"Maybe I should tell you my name first..."
"It's Jean. Jean Bertha Merriweather. In Denver. That is, I live here. Denver ... Well, actually I live in Wheatridge. A suburb of Denver."
"Yes?" Most people have trouble getting started telling their stories but this was getting ridiculous. [Chapter 1]

So, already we are faced with a slightly impatient heroine--a lady of a certain age rejoicing in the extraordinarily un-hard-boiled name of Myrtle Drinkwater. She is, we quickly learn, a private eye (of sorts), a bodyguard (de facto, anyway) and an astrologer(...!) As the story progresses, it will turn out that she's a lot of other unexpected things, too.

It also becomes clear with great rapidity that we're not in Chandler's mean streets anymore, Toto, and that it's a good bet that the Black Bird won't turn up in the next mail delivery.

Time now for a bit of disclosure. Linda Shelnutt is my friend. Before Kindle was ever announced, she and I had indulged in lengthy discussions of this book in its manuscript form. I'd even displayed the hubris to suggest a different version for the final chapter--a change, I am happy to say, that the author was wise enough to reject out of hand in its entirety.
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sequel to myrtle's ultimate mystery, and other burps?
It will be interesting to see what single factor different people will identify as the focus of their enjoyment in this book. there certainly are many to choose from, beginning with the many facets of Moyt [Myrtle] herself.

in different parts of the story she is an omlette chef, an anti-earth... Read More
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