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"Sweet Karoline is a cleverly constructed psychological novel of perceptions, with a narration that brought to mind Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and a plot reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith." -- The Crime Thriller Hound,
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"Earmarked to be an award-winning classic, Sweet Karoline is undoubtedly a gripping page-turner to the very end." --US Review of Books,
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"A deliciously vibrant portrait that realistically muddles good and evil." --Kirkus Reviews

"Lock the doors and windows. Tell the boss you're not coming in tomorrow. Because once you start this book, you won't stop until the end. When they said 'Something wicked this way comes', they meant this book." --Don Longmuir, Scene of the Crime Books

From the Author

Dear Reader, I sincerely hope you enjoy the ride that is Anne's journey. I actually "met" her three years ago, but got sidetracked from writing by breast cancer. Fortunately I was a lucky woman; my experience was relatively easy. The women who survived, or did not survive, are my heroes.

Lots of people wonder why I write such dark novels. I don't usually consider them "dark" myself, because they always end with hope and love conquering all. In a way, that does happen with Sweet Karoline too. I am simply fascinated with the human condition and all its facets, but I have a strong belief that we can overcome evil with goodness. Thus in my life I am quite a joyful optimist.

The best part about being a published author is getting to share what I have written. So please, don't hesitate to contact me and tell me what you think (politely please). Visit my website--and virtually, me. I would write anyway, but the delight is in knowing you've read my book.

Please do remember what I said about "never allowing the facts to get in the way of a good story". That's the motto I follow, so everything in this book has been brushed with a wild imagination. I hope you suspend belief and simply enjoy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3273 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (July 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUIDMKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three, so she started finishing her books the day after her retirement became official. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary presses. Her story, "What Kelly Did", won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Crime Story in 2012.

In the fall of 2011, she was thrilled to be awarded a four-book contract by Imajin Books for her Emily Taylor Mystery series (previously self-published), and has never been happier with this burgeoning second career!

Catherine's books are gritty, yet portray gorgeous surroundings; they deal with sensitive social issues, but always include love and hope. They're not thrillers, but rather literary mysteries with loads of character and setting. And justice always prevails. Her most recent novel from Imajin Books is Sweet Karoline, a psychological suspense. Sweet Karoline hit the top ten of Amazon Canada on its first day of release.

Selected bibliography

The Bridgeman: An Emily Taylor Mystery. Imajin Books, October, 2011
Victim: An Emily Taylor Mystery. Imajin Books, November, 2011
Legacy: An Emily Taylor Mystery. Imajin Books, April, 2012
Seventh Fire: An Emily Taylor Mystery. Imajin Books, July 2012
"What Kelly Did" NorthWord Literary Magazine, 2012
"Family Recipe"EFD1:Starship Goodwords. Carrick Publishing,2012
Sweet Karoline. Imajin Books. July, 2013
"The Three R's" Thirteen: An Anthology of Crime Stories, Carrick Publishing, 2013

Awards
Winner, Arthur Ellis Best Crime Short Story Award, 2012
Nominee, Zonta Club Women of Achievement, Brampton-Caledon, 2012
Winner, Derrick Murdoch Award, 2012
Winner, Bony Pete Short Story Award, First Prize, 2010
Winner, Bony Pete Short Story Award, Second Prize, 2009
Winner, Brampton Arts Acclaim Award, 2005
Winner, Dufferin-Peel Catholic Elementary Principal of the Year, 2002, the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario.
Winner, Elementary Dufferin-Peel OECTA Award for Outstanding Service, 1998

Websites: www.catherineastolfo.com; www.imajinbooks.com; www.sisbro.net; www.scribesdigest.com

Email address: cathy@catherineastolfo.com


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on August 15, 2013
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Today she killed Karoline. Didn't she? This book is a psychological first person journey within the mind of Anne. A very unique yet intriguing stroll of how she perceives herself, how she believes others perceive themselves, and how it all went wrong. But where did it go wrong, exactly? Does she really know? And though we know at the beginning of the book what Karoline's cause of death is, we do not know how it happened, we can only surmise from hints.

The death of Karoline puts Anne into a tailspin, one she doesn't know how to stop, and probably one in which she doesn't know if she wants to stop. Past, present and future all seem to be intertwined. When she finds a box of letters written by Karoline but purportedly written by Anne she begins a journey of discovery and madness. Most importantly, she must begin to discover herself and this is one thing she can do, though not without Karoline's hatred following her. She must have a true acknowledgment of self both good and bad in order to become her true self.

Finding her family is the first step to recovery from the depth of her self reproach. The journey is one of bewilderment and danger, loss of friendship and self. Who is really writing the diary? Is it Karoline or is it Anne? Why does her family, long unknown to her, call Karoline the "other Anne?" Why didn't Karoline, her 'best' friend tell Anne about her family? But fulfillment is ahead as Anne begins to learn her family history, bond with her very ill mother and her siblings. There is so much she doesn't know and must learn as quickly as possible or her whole life may come tumbling down again. This book was written in a compelling manner. I found myself drawn in more the more I read. Life is never all it seems and truth is not always easy to seek, find, or accept. I fell in love with Anne and her family as well as the acceptance it brought. Catherine Astolfo has created a fine-tuned instrument that brings music to heal the soul.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bklvr on August 29, 2013
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I didn't like how this book started and didn't mean to keep reading it, but I was intrigued before I could stop by the unusual time line. I ended up thinking it was a cleverly written book. It was a little hard to empathise with the characters because they were all kind of odd, but that was also what made them interesting. I really wanted to see how it all turned out. All in all a interesting read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2013
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In Catherine Astolfo's chilling new novel Sweet Karoline, things aren't always as they seem. Anne, the multifaceted anti-heroine in this noir tale takes a fateful journey into her forgotten past, uncovering the painful roots of her childhood. While furrowing for answers, a mystery unfolds, truths swirl to the surface, a heinous murder occurs. Who's the killer? Caught in a tangled web of greed, lies and deceit Anne must come to terms with her past, present and future, and the bleak realization that those we hold close may be the last ones to trust. Compelling, visually descriptive, deftly delivered...Catherine Astolfo's got the goods! --Douglas Wickard, author of A Perfect Husband
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Ferris on August 4, 2013
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I have read and enjoyed the entire series of Astolfo's Emily Taylor mysteries. Sweet Karoline has some of the same elements, i.e. family secrets, depravity of the human spirit, cultural crossovers. This book begins in Los Angeles and plays out in rural Ontario near Brantford during a steamy summer. I was hooked from the opening sentence, "I met Ethan on the day that I killed Karoline." At the wind-up, the hits just keep coming, and I wasn't expecting any of them. I would recommend this book as a well-written mystery story that will leave you with much to think about. One thing: if a door slams in the night, pay attention.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liz Bugg on July 15, 2013
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Sweet Karoline is a multi-layered mystery, where nothing is as it seems. The story grips you on page one and leads you through a maze of history, twisted relationships, and ultimately the darkness of the human mind. Catherine Astolfo has outdone herself with this novel, and whether you like a mystery, a romance, or just an overall good story, you won't be disappointed by the read. --Liz Bugg, author of The Calli Barnow Series
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Spano on July 16, 2013
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A deliciously twisted story about the perplexing power of adult female relationships. By turns scathingly funny and darkly insightful, Sweet Karoline is a hedonistic journey with all the right ingredients: lust, betrayal, true love and mystery. Grab a glass of wine and have the bottle handy. A compelling read from the start through to the surprising end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annette L. Schaff on September 19, 2013
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I loved her poetic writing style when she was describing nature. The way she was able to carry the mystery through without getting muddy was nice. And I didn't see one misspelled or misused word! A miracle. I'd almost decided there was a proofreading gremlin who inserted "woken up" (for awakened) in every new book! I could almost feel all her characters. And the ending was masterful!! I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CAROL D. on August 26, 2013
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I wasn't too impressed in the beginning of the book, but as I kept reading, it got better and better. The middle and end were great--surprise ending and a mystery (in my mind anyway) was solved. I would certainly recommend this book.
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