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The Eulogist [Kindle Edition]

Liz McKinney-Johnson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Charlie Sandors is a peculiar young man with an even more peculiar hobby of attending funerals and delivering eulogies for people he does not know. Charlie doesn’t see anything inherently wrong with his hobby as make-believe mourner. He enjoys creating a new character for each situation. He likes being a part of the crowd of grieving souls: always accepted, no questions asked. That is until a particularly well-delivered counterfeit tribute entangles Charlie in a dangerous conspiracy of money, drugs and murder in the name of medical miracles. It could be worse. Charlie could be falling in love with a beautiful woman who believes he's a successful writer about to immortalize her beloved dead husband in what's surely to be an award-wining best seller. Trapped in a make-believe world of his own bizarre creation, Charlie finds the longer the charade continues, the harder it is to turn away, and the easier it is for him to become a target of murder.

Charlie was orphaned at nine when a house fire claimed his entire immediate and extended family. Maybe that’s when he became obsessed with death, secretly craving the attention and fame he had so fleetingly as the once-famous surviving child. Maybe he’ll mow down all his co-workers one day, then turn the gun on himself while neighbors comment on what a quiet guy he was. But maybe Charlie simply craves the acceptance and closure that comes with funerals—something he was denied when his own family perished.

It doesn’t hurt that, in addition to his day job as a freelance insurance fraud investigator, Charlie has a tidy second income as a house sitter . . . since trustworthy souls with no commitments are hard to find. This provides him with a steady stream of new surroundings to help augment his ever-changing funeral characters. It’s the perfect combination of zero attachments and wide-open possibilities. He has superior technology skills and access to resources beyond the normal person, and a chameleon-like ability to adapt to any environment. And really, given the choice, would you be true to yourself or to the best self you could create?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989068137
  • Publisher: Circle of Light Books (May 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDY8V4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously fun and engaging. A great read. May 22, 2014
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Liz McKinney-Johnson is a fresh new voice among mystery/suspense writers. From start to finish, this book was both funny and suspenseful - my favorite combination. I look forward to more books from this delightful author. Don't keep us waiting Ms. McKinney-Jonhson!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Eulogy for the Eulogist August 28, 2014
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I knew the author 39 years ago when she was just Liz McKinney. We acted in a children’s play together at Corvallis High School during my senior year and sometimes hung out with the same group of people. We reconnected on Facebook a few years ago in an acquaintance kind of way, but I really can’t say we know each other. Still, I doubt I would have bought or read this book without that connection.
When I saw on Facebook she had written a book, I decided to check it out. After reading one sentence outlining the basic sentence I was intrigued, so I decided to read it. I purposely chose not to read anymore of the description, wanting to be surprised (I didn’t even notice the blood on the cover until after I was finished). I had no idea what to expect, either in where the story would go or the quality of writing.
I was a little concerned about how I would handle reviewing the book. When it comes to reviews I don’t believe in grade inflation, but at the same time I wasn’t looking forward to writing anything negative about someone I once knew and liked. I was hoping the book would be close enough to 4 stars that I could manage that. Then I noticed most of the reviews were 5-stars so even with a 4-star review I’d be dragging her average down. I went ahead and started the book, trying to figure out a way to tell Liz that it would probably be better if I didn’t post a review.
After a couple of chapters that all became a moot point. This is a gem of a book.
Before I go on to give this book the rave it deserves, I have two caveats. If you’re big on plots this probably isn’t the book for you. The plot for the most part isn’t suspenseful, but based on the amount of foreshadowing in the book I think that’s what was intended. It’s there to serve as a stage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and Delighted May 25, 2014
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Bound to be a must read book of the summer. I found The Eulogist to be clever, funny, and made me late for several appointments.
I cross my fingers when I read a new author, but The Eulogist reminds me why I take the chance. What a find!
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK!!! September 10, 2014
ok. i didn't know much about this book. a premise. a recommendation. thought it was going to be a lightweight rehashing of a HAROLD AND MAUDE sort of story. boy, WAS I WRONG. this was a taught mystery, replete with full drawn characters, incredible story arc, wonderful dialogue and a story that made me devour the first half in one sitting and then finish the next time in one fell swoop until two am in the morning. i can not recommend this book enough. i only hope ms McKinney Johnson has future plans to bring this main character back for a LONG series. and hopefully, to the big screen as well. READ THIS BOOK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read by new author June 21, 2014
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This is a great read. The premise sounds off the wall, a "professional" eulogist, who shows up a random funerals and delivers an off the cuff eulogy for someone he doesn't know. But all it really takes is a superb self confidence and the ability to read people and at that Charlie Sandors is an expert. The story hinges on his moving eulogy for a prominent research scientist who is killed in a plane crash. He gets pulled in by an attraction to the widow and believing his own press clippings as things spiral further and further out of control.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story line! May 29, 2014
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Funerals are events that most folks I know prefer to avoid, but not Charlie Sandor! Eulogist is one of the best written and most enjoyable of stories I've read in a long time. I was hooked from page one and couldn't put it down. I hope there are adventures of Charlie Sandor coming soon, please!
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The Eulogist has one of the best set-ups I've ever heard of--a fraud investigator who commits fraud at strangers' funerals. Skilled at sizing people up in seconds, protagonist Charlie Sandors always seems to know just what to say to touch the hearts of the grieving family and friends. The fun starts when he chooses a funeral that's a little too prominent and gets a little too ambitious with his fake eulogy. The Eulogist is a fast-paced, engaging book, that will have you laughing out loud in parts. I found it a very enjoyable read.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend that just finished it and although I dont usually read books like this I really really enjoy'd every minute of it. The subject has sort of a twisted humor to it...I found it a bit funny when it really was morbid! Ms. Johnson really has a way to create a engaging story with a wide assortment of funny interesting characters. I recommend this book to young audiences like myself as well as older people that are looking for a mystery .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun! A must read for sure
Very lovey book. Super fun! A must read for sure! !!
Published 3 days ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book,a must read. Hope there is another in the future
Published 17 days ago by John McCloskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a weekly TV show!
I fell in love with The Eulogist from the very beginning. Liz McKinney Johnson's writing style drew me right into the characters. They were interesting and a bit quirky. Read more
Published 29 days ago by michele muska
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner!
A page-turner! Charlie likes to attend funerals. His odd hobby leads him a predicament filled with mystery, intrigue and danger. Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Loring
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating.....great balance of wit and suspense
Such a great book! Captivating from the very first page......and keeps you wanting more until the very last. Great balance of wit and suspense.....just loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helga Stover
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved getting to know "Charlie" and looking forward to reading ...
Charlie's hobby is most unusual but don't let that stop you from reading his story! You learn snippets of his background story as the mystery evolves and it leaves you wanting to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Fiedler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eulogist is pure delight from start to exquisite finish
The Eulogist is pure delight from start to exquisite finish. Sham mourner, insurance fraud investigator, chapel Casanova, opportunist par excellence, deeply rooted in rootlessness,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil M Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
liked this book. Was surprised at the ending.
Published 3 months ago by JANETTE SPRANDO
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaged from the first page,& couldn't put it down til I was through!
Ms. Johnson expertly accomplishes something few writers can! She's crafted an engrossing thriller,in first person,as a MAN! Read more
Published 4 months ago by lucy
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More About the Author

Liz McKinney-Johnson spent the majority of her professional life as an award-winning marketing copywriter and creative director, running her own agency for most her career. There she honed the ability to wade through piles of client-provided data, unearth the one or two pieces of information a normal person might actually find interesting, then craft that discovery into an attention-grabbing message. It's a skill that translates well to plot and character development. As does the field itself, since most advertising is about 98% fiction.

In her debut novel, The Eulogist, Dead But Not Forgotten, McKinney-Johnson slips into the skin of a character 180˚ from her own reality, turning her back on the classic advice to, "write what you know." She believes the goal of a writer should be to expand what you know, to delve into new, intriguing topics that can be woven into stories to captivate an audience. "I get to meet all kinds of interesting people," says McKinney-Johnson. "I've interviewed psychologists, neurosurgeons, pharmacologists, priests, even FBI agents. Everyone has a story to tell, and I love to listen. Eavesdropping on the people in front of me in line at Starbucks® or the grocery store is kind of a nasty habit, but great for dialogue."

McKinney-Johnson was raised in and still writes from the Pacific Northwest, staring out between sentences on a view of the forested foothills of the Coast Range.

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