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- Book 1 of 3 in Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery (3 Book Series)
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The main character, Jessica Huntington, is trying to figure out what to do with her life after catching her husband in bed with another woman. Staying with her old nanny Bernadette, now caretaker of Jessica’s childhood home in Rancho Mirage, she spends her time binge shopping and feeling sorry for herself, until she unintentionally gets involved in a murder.
Burke, not unlike Steinbeck, has a way of setting a panoramic scene with her words. I could envision in my mind what the characters looked like, and where they were. The author’s keen fashion sense, also helped to set the scene, as well as making me wish I had a black AMEX card so I could go shopping at Saks!
“A Dead Husband” is a deliciously captivating read, and definitely a book I would encourage people to enjoy!
Acknowledging she was letting her divorce 'send her over the edge', she tells 'St. Bernadette', her childhood family housekeeper turned confident , "I know I'm behaving badly right now...it's like I'm starting over again, but I'm 33 not 23 or 13 and I'm less clear than ever about what I want to be when I grow up." This isn't news to Bernadette who has spent more time with Jessica than Jessica's own parents.
Author Anna Celeste Burke invites readers into the upscale cosmos of newly divorced Stanford Law School graduate, Jessica Huntington, whose world plummets with the turn of the economy, a childless marriage and her cheating husband. Though angered by life's circumstances, she refuses to fall victim.
Life takes another unexpected turn when her best friend's husband is murdered. Jessica's fighter instinct kicks in when her friend pleads for her help. Jessica, with her 'cat pack's support, sets out to solve a murder!
Great dialogue and descriptive settings are so vivid that as reader, you become part of Jessica's cat pack equally as motivated to solve this murder mystery.
This is a fun read and I can't wait to read 'A Dead Sister' Ms.Burke's sequel to this novel.
Burke has developed an interesting and eclectic cast of characters in Jessica’s friends and in the “bad” guys, too. As Laura’s attorney, Jessica launches her own investigation into Roger’s death and places herself and those close to her in harm’s way. As the tale unfolds, new theories and suspects come into play, building up to a suspenseful finale in which Roger’s murderer is revealed and the pieces all come together.
This book is part of a series but it is also a standalone novel. I look forward to reading more about Jessica and her escapades in A DEAD SISTER.
To cope with her problems Jessica resorts to retail therapy. Haven’t we all done that? Jessica is a character you’ll care about despite, or maybe because of, her flaws.
There’s lots of action in this mystery and great plot twists. I adore mysteries and this is a great one. Another bonus, the author’s description of Palm Springs makes you feel as if you were there. A free trip! Finally, you may wonder, is Jessica’s husband dead? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
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A Dead Husband by Anna Celeste Burke is a very cozy mystery with an engaging plot and tons of humor. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John W. Howell
"Scary how life can change forever in an instant, but some things can be undone and some can’t. A dead husband is forever. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Andrea L. Stoeckel
Great storyline with lots of villainous people with an equal number of good guys. Jessica the rich friend that likes to spread her wealth around, Laura who's husband is murdered,... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Anne Kasaba
I found A Dead Husband by Anna Celeste Burke to be a very entertaining read. I sat down to read for an hour or so and didn’t look at the clock until several hours later. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joy Shelton-York
I bought this book based on reviews and was disappointed. Not enough plot twist and several grammatical errors; did not hold my interest. Not very suspenseful.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I typically don't read the mystery books but this has been a great book.Published 3 months ago by Jonny
Loved this one! So many intricate elements that the author successfully managed to weave together. Looking forward to reading more from Burke!Published 3 months ago by Mandus
Jessica Huntington is a rich woman from California. In a sudden change of events, Jessica goes to investigate the murder of her best friend’s husband. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book had me at the setting of Palm Springs but there's actually a great story here which kept me reading to the end - and wanting more. Bravo!Published 3 months ago by Big Apple
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