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Privy to Murder (a Tali Cates Paranormal Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Carol Shenold
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tali Cates was starting life over. Not that she had much choice. Her husband, disturbed by her admission of possessing a special gift of being able to see the dead, dropped her and their two children by the side of the road. Now she was back in her home town, living with her mother, starting a new business, wanting nothing more than a fresh start.

But murder gets in the way of her fresh start, making it more of a challenge than anyone deserves. Every where she turns, she’s making more enemies then friends and the trail of murder keeps following her. Until she learns to embrace her gifts and use them to find the killer, life in Love, Texas will continue to be Privy to Murder.

“Privy to a Murder is a fun and quirky murder mystery. It seems to have a little bit of everything, murder, love, mystery, and a haunting.” - Coffee Time Review

“…a wonderful start to a great new mystery series combining a little bit of humor, small town charm, realistic characters and a solid plot that will keep you guessing.” - Courtesy of CK2s KWIPS and Kritiques

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deadly Niche Press (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HVOJG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Cozy, Quirky Voice March 10, 2012
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I enjoyed the story, although I'm not a big fan of "cozy" mysteries. Tali Cates must deal with hair-pulling antics of her kids, an ex you want to shoot, a mother who "channels" guidance from other worlds, and make a living on her own. Throw into the mix an obnoxious ghost demanding Tali solve her murder, and you have enough angst to drive anyone to see ghosts.

I particularly liked Tali's "voice" when she deals with all the angst with humor despite wanting to throw in the towel--or smack somebody upside the head. There's a hopeful likeability that makes readers root for her, and cheer her success. This is a quick read, and one I believe cozy mystery fans will enjoy and want to come back for more.

--Amy Shojai, author 23 pet care titles
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, chaotic, fast paced. March 26, 2012
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Tali Cates is a divorced Mom with 2 kids and a pain in the tuckus ex-husband. Her tarot-reading psychic mother has taken then in while Tali tries to get her party planning business off the ground amidst ghosts sightings, murder and mayhem. Fun and fast paced but falls a little flat at the end. Overall, not bad and I would definitely read the next book in the series.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not again December 24, 2012
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Another story about a macho clueless cop who doesn't listen and a woman who does stupid things. These stories get on my nerves. Also the murderer was quite obvious.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tali is one confused chick! November 22, 2012
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I liked the story - but Tali is divorced - he kicked her out - she has custody of the kids; he seems to be doing OK financially - and she's struggling. What about child support? And while she's worrying about buying the kids school clothes - she goes out looking for cocktail clothes for herself.
There's a story line about a legal battle for child custody - but just disappears into the ether.
What was the point of adding that to the story if you weren't going anywhere with it?
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time on this one. December 4, 2013
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Glad this one was a freebie... very poorly constructed story... won't be getting anymore books by this author as I couldn't even finish what was written.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read!!! March 22, 2012
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I very much enjoyed this book. Tali's charm and sence of humor instantly draws you into her heart, making you feel like your going through every struggle right along with her. Who would of thought that life in a town simply named "Love, Texas could be home to murder and haunting! I would recomend this book to any one, but I can especially relate being a single mother who struggles with the day to day challenges of life's roller coaster. Thank you for this wonderful, easy read, I will be watching for the next one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars privy to murder November 20, 2012
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this story kept me amused and curious throughout. I felt for Tali as she dealt with the antics of her children and the challenges she faced
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Privy to Murder October 1, 2012
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A decent book. Thrilling at times and pretty quick read. Not the best psychic mystery I have read, but all in all a good book for relaxing and just enjoying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting but she almost gives it away early in the book.
Published 3 months ago by Skylark
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a hard time putting this one down.
Good and interesting story. Characters are well defined. Had some romance, some fun and some mystery. It was also an easy to read book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sooboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Privy to Murder
Enjoyed this book, am glad I got to read this one. Would recommend it to anyone, keeps your interest all the way through.
Published 4 months ago by Janet C Rackley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading this book because it was more true to life. Everyone wasn't rich and beautiful.
Published 6 months ago by Nita Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
The story was a little hard for me to get into, had to back up a couple if times to make sure I understood the storyline. I did enjoy the book and will look for more from Shenold.
Published 6 months ago by maryanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Privy to Murder (a Tali Cates Paranormal Mystery)
A mad cap murder mystery tale with unbelievable things happening almost every minute and on every page you turn in this author's story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nana
2.0 out of 5 stars Privy to Murder by Carol Shenold
Sorry, didn't not enjoy this one as much as the characters acted too stupid throughout the story. Maybe younger kids and teens might enjoy it but not too many with more maturity,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Memere3010
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs work
Glad it was free. Didn't finish. Plot jumped all over, didn't make much sense. Definitely not worth the time.
Published 9 months ago by KTbooklady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good paranormal novel.
Published 10 months ago by Grannie M
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it!
I enjoyed the story and am glad I made the decision to read it. I almost never read anything with the word "paranormal" in the description.
Published 11 months ago by S. Nowak
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More About the Author

I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Mysteries. There are three books in the Tali Cates mystery series that features a small town, Love, Texas, Tali Cates and her family, along with various and assorted spirit guides, ghosts, witches, were wolves and vampires. The people in this tiny, Texas town must face the reality that the monster under the bed is real. The first book in the series, "Privy to Murder", features a murder in the outhouse and a very angry ghost. In "Bloody Murder", book 2, things heat up when a new man comes to town. Tali's son thinks he's a vampire, but that's impossible...or is it. "Museums are Murder" is a short Tali mystery.

I also write Urban Fantasy, "Fairy Dust", introduces Ande Ryan, half fairy, half witch, all woman, who joins her friends to fight off a wizard. Join Carol and the crew at or

I live and work in Oklahoma City with my daughter, two cats and a spoiled dog. I work full time in the nursing profession as well as write, paint portraits and play the hammered dulcimer. I love to read Urban Fantasy but lately I've been hooked on post apocalyptic zombie and vampire books.

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