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

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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.

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  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Oliver Publishing (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GFXYPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alle Wells on 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 By MaryMR on January 7, 2012
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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 By LaLaFla on February 13, 2012
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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 By Rebecca Scarberry on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By laurathomas61 on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on August 7, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 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 By Vandita on December 9, 2012
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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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