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The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock: A Val & Kit Mystery (The Val & Kit Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind Burgess , Patricia Obermeier Neuman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This first book in The Val & Kit Mystery Series introduces Realtor Valerie Pankowski and her best friend since childhood, Kit James. Val, who has just signed her divorce papers and a lease on a new apartment, receives a call from a prospective client, Mavis Woodstock (a vaguely familiar name). Mavis insists she has to sell her house as quickly as possible, but then doesn't keep her scheduled appointment. Kit, whose glamour belies her bold and often brash ways, remembers Mavis from their school days, an unattractive girl who was ignored when she was lucky, ridiculed when she was not. She also remembers Mavis being the only daughter in a large family that was as frugal as it was wealthy. When Val and Kit cannot locate Mavis, they begin an investigation, encountering along the way a little romance, a lot of deception, and more than one unsavory character. Val & Kit and their shenanigans can also be found in Nos. 2, 3, and 4 of The Val & Kit Mystery Series, THE MURDER OF SUSAN REED, DEATH IN DOOR COUNTY, and LETHAL PROPERTY.

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About the Author

Now a proud and patriotic U.S. citizen and Texan, Rosalind Burgess grew up in London and currently calls Houston home. She has also lived in Germany, Iowa, and Minnesota. When not writing, she works in the airline industry. Patricia Obermeier Neuman spent her childhood and early adulthood moving around the Midwest (Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana), first as a trailing child and then as a trailing spouse (inspiring her first book, MOVING: THE WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & HOW OF IT). A former reporter and editor, she lives with her husband in Door County, Wisconsin. They have three children and twelve grandchildren. Roz and Patty, along with characters Val and Kit, agree that friendship, humor, and love are as compelling as solving murders.

Product Details

  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Oliver Publishing (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light, Cheerful Mystery with a Surprising Twist! February 14, 2012
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Middle-aged, Real Estate Agent Valerie Pankowski receives a phone call from a forgotten classmate that could result in a sweet listing for the firm. Before Valerie can get the paperwork done, her former classmate, Mavis, disappears and is later found dead from an apparent suicide. Valerie doesn't believe that Mavis committed suicide and becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to her. Valerie and her old school chum, Kit, dangerously delve into Mavis's private life and uncover a secret identity far away from her hometown of Downers Grove. Meanwhile, Mavis's wealthy relatives aren't happy to find two inquisitive, amateur private investigators digging around in their family business. Valerie doesn't give up until she hears a shocking confession from the murderer whose identity no one would ever guess.

Valerie and Kit are witty and entertaining characters constantly on the move. This is a well-written mystery that reads along at a bright and cheerful pace with a surprisingly dark twist at the end.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore, encore! January 7, 2012
By MaryMR
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I really enjoyed this book: the characters, the story line, everything. It is well written, humorous, engaging...please give us more of Valley Girl and Kit!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read! February 13, 2012
By LaLaFla
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Enjoyed this tale of two friends immensely. Was shocked by the ending and sad to find I had finished the book so quickly. Anxious to read the next one.....keep them coming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TWISTED WOODSTOCKS March 10, 2012
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I highly recommend this novel and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

I was kept guessing throughout the entire novel and I like that.
The analogies throughout are priceless and often made me laugh.

A mysterious email and Mavis' disappearance drives Valerie, a real estate agent forward to find answers. Her best friend, Kit can't resist the temptation to play detective right along with Val.

You will continually wonder, as I did: Why did Mavis suddenly change her mind about selling her home? Who is Sean Fletcher? Did Mavis give birth to a son? What is Lionel, Mavis' brother hiding? Was Mavis murdered or did she commit suicide, as the authorities believe? Well, all my questions were answered and it was a thrilling ride!

I found myself on the edge of my seat when Val's life is threatened and the person holding the gun will shock you.

The Woodstock family consists of some very disturbed and twisted relatives. I enjoyed sorting them all out and the ending to this very well written novel is brilliant!

~Rebecca Scarberry
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The disappearance of Mavis Woodstock August 7, 2012
By Barbara
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Certainly an easy read, but not a great novel. Characters are interesting. Plot is pretty good. But two weeks later, I can hardly remember anything about it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great review January 25, 2012
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This book had everything! Two women, best friends, trying to solve a murder. Well developed characters that I hope to hear more from.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mavis May 9, 2013
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I recommend you read this book if you like characters such as Kinsey Milhone, or Stone Barrington, Holly Barker and those types. Excellent story with fun characters, Can't Wait to read more of these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Escapism December 9, 2012
By Vandita
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This book falls into the genre of quick beach or airplane read, which serves the purpose of easy, mindless escapism. Engaging, absorbing, and interesting, it takes minimal effort and motivation to finish. The plot is intriguing and it has a satisfying conclusion. This book is a good read for someone who's stressed out and wants to be entertained without having to work too hard at it.

Flaws of the book are a bit distracting. The motivation of the two main characters to spend hours of time and effort to solve the crime seems to be none other than that they have too much time on their hands, which is weak. Also, the suspects seem to talk too freely to the invasive questioning of the crime solvers, which makes those scenes unbelievable. Lastly, seeds of a potential romance are planted, but that ends up as a loose end, unless, of course something sprouts later in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun!
I had a ball with this one. Zany main character, even zanier sidekick, curmudgeonly boss with a heart of gold, and so on and so forth. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery with humor
While reading this book you can follow along very easily and find yourself wanting to know more about each character and the families involved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael L Elam
4.0 out of 5 stars Mavis Woodstock
Val and Kit are 50 ish friends suspecting a classmates death is not a suicide. I did not know "who done it" at the end
Published 1 month ago by marsha briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the author's writing style and her characters
I enjoyed the author's writing style and her characters, but wasn't really satisfied with the mystery and the resolution. Still, I would read another book in this series.
Published 4 months ago by Maidae
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love, love, love!
Published 5 months ago by Junebug
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
the many strange evil people in the family of the murder victim.the twin brother is a mental case.the ending is a surprise.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
"The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock" by Rosalind Burgess and Patricia Obermaier Neuman was a real surprise find for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ChristophFischerBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Held my interest to the end. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Published 9 months ago by kurt A Guerdrum
5.0 out of 5 stars When do we get more Val & Kit mysteries.
I would recommend these writers to everyone. They keep you intereted and you can't stop reading. Can't wait for the next!
Published 14 months ago by martha rainbird
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