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The Happy Housewife (Samantha Sherman Book 1) by [Cooch, Kate]
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About the Author

Kate was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia. She joined the US Coast Guard after graduation and went to Hawaii to serve on the Cutter Jarvis. From there she went to US Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and then was stationed at Air Station Los Angeles where she flew the HH65 Dolphin helicopter.

During her time in Los Angeles she started writing and decided to turn that hobby into a second career after leaving the Coast Guard. She began as a history writer and has been published in "Military Heritage" and "Fairfax County Stories: 1607-2007."

"The Happy Housewife" is Kate's first mystery novel. She lives with her husband and two children in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publication Date: February 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078F0MDU
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I read a lot of white knuckle, look over your shoulder kind of mystery/thrillers. But sometimes I just want to read one that is a little tamer. One that has twists and turns and keeps you guessing who did it, but just on a calmer scale. This is that kind of book.

The author did a good job of introducing a few characters who had personalities that I haven't really seen before, and they are all very different from each other. That made the book very interesting to me.

I loved the story line, and the ending sure didn't turn out like I thought it would. It's packed with enough twists and surprises to keep you wanting more. It's a short read, but I felt the length was perfect. I didn't have any thoughts of "wow, just get to the end already". It ended before it got redundant, and that's the kind of book that works for me.
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Until about a year ago, I worked full-time. Housewife (though I cooked and cleaned for my family at the end of each business day) was not a word on my radar. I was not a housewife. I was an independent woman with an income, and a commute. Then I quit my job. The next thing I knew I was researching recipes on Pinterest and blackmailed into being a part of the PTA.

This is when I realized "Housewives" are a particular breed of creature with a particular set of skills that I do not possess. They make each-other bedazzled t-shirts for bake sales. They plan play-dates and spend hours making goodie baskets for teachers. They gossip...relentlessly. And they do it all with a smile on their face. Something I have yet to master (because I'm too busy wincing and contemplating how many different ways I can commit suicide without leaving a mess.)

It's pretty safe to say I am the "anti-housewife." Which is why I was so intrigued by the premise of Kate Cooch's "The Happy Housewife." Stay at home mommy finds herself pearls deep in a murder investigation with a hot (very moody) out-of-town detective AND gets dinner on the table by 6? Count me in.

"Samantha `Sam' Sherman is a thirty something stay-at-home Mom without any problems. She loves her smart husband, her sweet daughter, and her career choice. One day, in the process of helping a friend, she is drawn into the investigation of two murders. Suddenly, her steady world begins to sway. Insecurities from years ago return, her husband is annoyed at her involvement in the case, and then there is the acerbic detective with dark curly hair and green eyes who seems to be everywhere. Sam is miserable and stressed out and well, slightly exhilarated. Imperfection can be a deadly draw.
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As soon as I started this book I was pulled right into the story. The beginning was great. I developed a real liking for the two initial victims. The story then moved on to introduce the main character. Unfortunately as the interplay between the main character Sam and her husband Doug was getting interesting, the author began doing a flashback. The flashback concerned Sam's time in the coast guard and was meant for character development. However, it was long and stopped the story action. As the book progressed there were several more flashbacks to the coast guard and more stopping of the forward action in the plot. It was obvious the author was using the flashbacks to portend the character's personality change as the story progressed. This subplot became annoying each time the action was stopped for another flashback.

Because all of the suspects in the story's murders had in the past belonged to a subversive group, there was a long explanation by one of the characters about the group and each suspects involvement in the group. This also slowed the action down.

I was very disappointed in the murder resolution. Sam knew two clues at the end. She researched both, one by computer and one in person. However, the reader was not given access to any of the information she discovered until the murderer was confronted. As a reader felt cheated at that point.

This book would probably be enjoyed by a reader who is more interested in character development, change, and growth; than it would be to a mystery reader.
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This is a really nice story that initiates with two teenagers as the main characters and one can think it's a story about teenagers’ life and common activities, when suddenly everything changes, a fatal accident happens and you as a reader don't know what is going to happen with the story. That condition makes me doubt about the story and I only wanted to read a little bit more just to know what happen to the teenagers. Then is when the real story starts to untangle.

I must say that sometimes I found awkward the way the author introduced the main character memories into the story, sometimes I felt it intruder in the story.

This book and its plots it is intriguing and interesting since it brings a topic which sounds different than the once use on murders. Also the plot brings new knowledge about history and coast guard piloting. Another topic it is marriage life and family as well.

I recommend this book to you if you like murders resolve and an active woman who likes an adventurous life.
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