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The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock (A Val & Kit Mystery Series Book 1) by [Burgess, Rosalind, Obermeier Neuman, Patricia]
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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. Roz retired from the airline industry to devote all her working hours to writing (although it seems more like fun than work). Patricia Obermeier Neuman spent her childhood and early adulthood moving around the Midwest (Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana), 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: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Oliver Publishing (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GFXYPQ
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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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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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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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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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By T's Book on February 28, 2013
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This a super cute, fast read. Perfect for the gym (if you read on the elliptical as I do) I love that the characters are older than most these days. Val and Kit are hilarious! I love a good girlfriend silly caper. I can not wait till the next book comes out. I see a big fan base growing here.
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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. The elements were similar to other lighthearted murder mysteries, but put together in ways that I found refreshing. Try this one, it's terrific!
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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MAVIS WOODSTOCK is a great mystery and an entertaining read. I've fallen in love with Val and Kit. Seriously. They're great gals, working their way toward middle age and dealing with all the hassles that life brings. And along comes a mystery, one that Val just can't drop. A high school friend (Mavis) wants Val to sell her home, and then suddenly she doesn't. Not long after, Mavis is found dead in her garage, an apparent suicide.

Is Val driven by guilt over the fact that neither she nor Kit took time to befriend Mavis in high school? Or is it just Val's curious nature? Regardless, once Kit is on board, the women dig, exposing the unsavory side of the thoroughly weird Woodstock family layer by layer. Despite being warned off their unofficial investigation by husbands, bosses, the police, and the Woodstock family, Val and Kit persist until they uncover the creepy truth about Mavis's death.

A fast-paced read with interesting characters. I'm looking forward to the next Kit and Val mystery!
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I bought this book only because I was intrigued by the title. Yep, that's right. I select books for all kinds of reasons and I read all kinds of books. So Mavis Woodstock sounded interesting. And I wasn't let down. Instead I had a nice surprise. I found when I had to stop reading I wanted to get right back to the story. A sign for me that a book is good, well worth my time.
This was a fun read! I liked main characters, Val and Kit. The story was well put together. Lots of suspense. Authors tied everything together well. Very satisfying. The book was well written no mistakes and typos that are showing up more and more in books online.
If you like a light romance, good suspense then this is the book for you. I'm off to find another book by the authors of The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock.
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