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The Eulogist [Kindle Edition]

Liz McKinney-Johnson
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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: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Circle of Light Books (May 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDY8V4A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,910 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 winner! October 25, 2014
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I am a sucker for a good mystery, especially if it is written by a Northwest author. Liz McKinney Johnson’s debut novel delivered. I heard about the book from a friend and looked it up on my smart phone while we were talking about it. I was immediately drawn in to the premise because it sounded really quirky so I bought it then and there. To my delight, it did not disappoint. It stayed quirky throughout the entire read and I found myself smiling and laughing out loud often.

Charlie is a fascinating man with the really odd hobby of attending funerals for people he has never met before and then stands up to eulogize them. He manages to ascertain very telling details about their life after speaking with the other guests in a very short amount of time. He crafts lies about the dead person and on this occasion, the results draw him into a web of deceit and danger. The old adage, “liar, liar, pants on fire,” ran through my head as I read the book.

I was so drawn into the story that I managed to miss my stop on the light rail train on my way to work the next morning which made me late for work. That rarely happens to me so I would say The Eulogist more than kept my attention. It was easy for me to see this man in my head and to think about his weekend habit and I wanted to meet him. I could not wait to see what happened next.

When I finished the book, I was really upset by its ending. Not because the ending was bad by any means, but because it was over. Imagine my pleasure when I realized that the author intends to tell more stories about Charlie’s exploits in future books. This character and the story are perfect for serialization and I can’t wait to see where she takes him next.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars New author with great style October 26, 2014
The idea of a stranger showing up at funerals (and getting lucky) is a whole new twist on Wedding Crashers. Great plot twists. Nicely done ending - simple & effective. Charlie was a nice change from the typical "hero" of the story. Self-deprecating, fairly funny & smart. Maybe a touch of the old Charlie Chan detective-type.
Enjoyed this book! Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book October 25, 2014
By nana
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I loved this book, I didn't know what to expect & with a title like The Eulogist I wasn't sure if I would like it. This was a clever, funny, exciting book. Charlie, the main character, is such a delight I found myself being drawn in by his quirky ways & laughing out loud. What a great first novel. I would definitely recommend it & look forward to more from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ot my favorite author, Considered it something to read when
N else available.ot my favorite author, Considered it something to read when nothing
Published 3 months ago by E. Suzanne Hensel
5.0 out of 5 stars A deliciously different kind of hero and a unique plot ...
A deliciously different kind of hero and a unique plot. Sure hope I get to see Charlie in action again!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Excellent read. The last 100 pages had me captivated. I couldn't put the book down until I finished.
Published 5 months ago by Sasha Vitoria
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading too
Right on time...great reading too.
Published 6 months ago by Dean J
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun! A must read for sure
Very lovey book. Super fun! A must read for sure! !!
Published 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago by Helga Stover
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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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