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Never Buried: Volume 1 (Leigh Koslow Mystery Series) [Kindle Edition]

Edie Claire
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"A funny, fast-paced, clever, and unusual mystery that will have readers clamoring for more. Sheer delight." --Carolyn Hart

"A thoroughly delightful debut. Bright, breezy, and witty. I couldn't put it down."--Tamar Myers

The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer's grave... Too bad his body didn't!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn't pack heat--just a few extra pounds. And she doesn't go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara's refurbished Victorian house, she wasn't planning on discovering a corpse--certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin's house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house--someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn't know Leigh's impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

Originally published in mass market paperback by NAL/Penguin, Putnam, Inc. in 1999. Large-Print Edition published by Thorndike, 2002.

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About the Author

Edie Claire is the author of the Leigh Koslow Mystery Series (originally published by the NAL division of Penguin Putnam), classic romantic suspense (originally published by Warner Books), and humorous plays (published by Baker's Plays). Since 2010 she has independently published mystery, romantic suspense, and YA romance, with novels of women's fiction and mainstream humor soon to come. Edie has worked as a veterinarian, a childbirth educator, and a medical/technical writer; when she is not writing novels, she may be found doing volunteer work, raising her three children, or cleaning up after an undisclosed number of pets.

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  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
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  • Publisher: Edie Claire; 4 edition (April 1, 1999)
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  • Language: English
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180 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was there... August 24, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a wonderful first book by Miss Claire. First, I enjoyed the characters. They were all very likabale and have wonderful potential for future character development. Next, I loved the setting. I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of their quaint neighborhood. Many times in a mystery when the characters and the setting are great, the mystery lags. Not in this story! Miss Claire keeps the action and the mystery flowing throughout the entire book. She grabs the reader at the beginning when Leigh Koslow finds an embalmed body in the hammock in her backyard. Add a slightly neurotic pregnant cousin, and you have the beginnings of a terrific story. Plus, it was a great who-done it! I am looking forward to starting Never Sorry. Thank you Edie Claire for the great read- and great job to her friends at Ingomar United Methodist Church!
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In addition to the great mystery plot, I enjoyed the setting and the characters. Leigh Koslow is very human and very humourous. She is also more likable, more normal, and more moral than most other single female heroines. Edie Claire's writing reminds me somewhat of Joan Hess. But Joan would have written Maura as the heroine and had the Ozarks instead of Pittsburgh as the setting. I would like to read more about Maura (the police woman)and her mother. In fact the book explores three very different mother /daughter relationships: Cara has 'cut the cord' and married, Maura left but returned to care for her mom, and Leigh is still entangled in breaking that cord. I look forward to reading more about these six women.
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Debut Mystery September 16, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Leigh Koslow is supposed to be helping her cousin Cara convalesce in the last few months of her pregnancy. But one morning, Leigh finds a body in the hammock in the backyard. This sets off a chain of events that is anything but restful. Who has this man? Why wasn't he buried? Why did he show up now, 10 years after his death? Who is leaving notes warning the cousins to leave the house? And does this have anything to do with the deaths that occurred in the house 50 years ago? Leigh has to find answers fast, before someone she loves gets hurt.
Edie Claire has written a wonderful debut mystery. The characters are charming, and the plot is puzzling. As we slowly get answers, we're only left with more questions to be answered until we finally reach the satisfying conclusion.
I've added this series to my list of books to read and am looking forward to Leigh's further adventures.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars slow start, gripping middle section and abrupt climax October 6, 2012
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The book had a really dry and slow start with some excitement and too much detail of character background. But once that crossed, the mid section was fast and gripping with a lot excitement, suspense and making you want to absolutely know what happens next. But when the climax reaches, it all happens quickly and leaves you wanting for more, especially with the build up in the middle.

The author also interchanges the main characters first name and last name somewhere in the middle, was kind of confusing.

Overall an ok-ok read if you do not have nothing else to read.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Major loose end really hurt this book for me June 6, 2000
By Sires
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The whole point of a mystery is to solve it. When a mystery writer leaves major loose ends I always feel cheated, as I did here. Where was the body all that time? And why didn't the murderer search or destroy the house during the years it was empty? Why didn't Paul Fischer make some better provision for getting his secret out before he died-- it wasn't as if he died suddenly and without warning?
Because this was a first novel some mistakes are forgivable, but I would wish the editor had been a little more on her toes when it came to catching these things.
I did have a favorite character though and I don't think he got enough space. Warren the unrepentent Trekkie politician gave me the only laugh outloud moment in the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed reading Never Buried. It was the type of mystery I enjoy---an intriguing plot with believable characters. I stray away from mysteries that are too horrific and scary because I'd never sleep at night. Never Buried was a refreshing change---it got me thinking about who did it in an entertaining way. It's a great book for an afternoon of enjoyable reading. The plot had many twists and turns---it kept my mind running! I found the main character, Leigh Koslow, to be a very likeable 90s woman with a good sense of humor. I could identify with her--- turning thirty, being single. I can't wait until Edie Claire's next book comes out so I can see what new adventure Leigh has found!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good first mystery in a series of five July 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a fan of mysteries in all genres. I'll read "cozy" mysteries by Cleo Coyle or Laura Child, suspense by Michael Koryta, and even (once in a while) books by James Patterson. This book kept popping up on my "we think you would like this" list from Amazon and at a price of 99 cents it seemed to worth a try. I also have to say the cover art drew me in. Not that you can judge a book by its cover, but I thought it looked classy which added to its appeal.

Leigh Koslow is a young woman in her late 20s who works as an advertising copywriter and lives outside of Pittsburgh. She temporarily moves in with her cousin Cara to be with her during the last phase of her pregnancy. Cara has been having early contractions, her husband Gil is out of the country for an extended period of time, and it's Leigh's job to help out and make sure that Cara gets enough rest and stays as stress-free as possible. When a corpse is discovered in the hammock outside the refurbished home, Leigh is worried that the investigation will cause an increase in stress which is just what she needs to be eliminating for Cara. After other messages are delivered, it's obvious that someone wants them out of the house but they have no idea of why. Events in 1949 involving the previous owner appear to be tied to the threatening messages and the mystery of who and why is nicely set up.

First published in 1999, this first installment shows very little signs of age and has held up well. I particularly enjoyed the character development since I felt I was getting to know Leigh as a person and she is more fleshed out than many protagonists in the mystery genre. There are enough characters to keep the story moving without so many that it bogs the reader down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, breezy read for life on the go
If I have the luxury of long periods of time to read, I like to read a book I can really sink my teeth into. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never buried volume 1
Great story keep me interested till the end no boring bits ,well written ,easy reading believable and will find others by this writer for sure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment by the page
I enjoyed this story very much. Please entail yourself by reading it. and not just taking my word for it, you Will be doing yourself a real favor!! Gary
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
hard to follow some of the characters.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars the storyline does have great detail which I appreciate
While some of the decisions made by the main characters stretch the imagination, the storyline does have great detail which I appreciate. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Fast paced and believable this book deals with several of our human frailties and strong loyalties. This is a must read.
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This was an easy book to read and helped me kill a rainy day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing on the outcome until the end.
Kept me guessing on the outcome until the end.
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Novelist and playwright Edie Claire is a veterinarian, a childbirth educator, and a mother of three who delights in writing cozy mysteries, classic and young adult romantic suspense novels, and comedic stage plays. Pick up an Edie Claire work and you can be assured of intrigue, humor, a touch of romance (or a hefty dose of it, depending on the book!) and an ending that will leave you with a smile.

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