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The Eulogist by [McKinney-Johnson, Liz]
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Length: 354 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Circle of Light Books (May 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KDY8V4A
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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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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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Oddball character, Charlie Sandors, has one of the most bizarre hobbies: attending funerals and eulogizing total strangers. The Eulogist joins Charlie when his peculiar pastime gets too close to the truth and puts his life in immediate jeopardy. Written in a fresh voice, this mystery/suspense book is seasoned with plenty of wit and humor for a cover-to-cover fun ride. I'm ready to read another book in what I hope will be a series about the unforgettable Charlie Sandors.
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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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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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By DEHinton on 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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