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Mixed Messages (A Malone Mystery Book 1) by [Gligor, Patricia]
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5-Star Amazon Review for "Mixed Messages"
"Fans of Mary Higgins Clark will greet this novel with enthusiasm. Like Clark in her early classic mystery/suspense novel A Stranger Is Watching, Gligor creates a frightening world for a sympathetic protagonist. Ann Kern, loving wife and mother, is surrounded by threats. Her husband, an alcoholic and a gambler, is emotionally unstable. There is also a serial killer on the prowl on the west side of Cincinnati and it appears that Ann is intended to be his next victim. There are a number of possible suspects. Author Gligor thoroughly develops each character in the novel, going into back stories, thoughts, behavior and actions. But this does not slow the plot which develops at a fast pace. Definitely a novel the reader will not put down until the final words are read."
Jacqueline Seewald, author of Death Legacy

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Here's an excerpt from "Mixed Messages."
She couldn't breathe. He was twisting the cord around her neck, choking her, and he was pulling it tighter and tighter. She tried to swallow and her mouth filled with a bitter, metallic liquid: blood, her blood. She gasped for air and clawed at the cord that was strangling her. She tried to kick him but she couldn't move her legs. Her head throbbed with an almost unbearable pain and she felt light-headed.
She fought as hard as she could to stay conscious but she knew that her strength was almost gone. She squeezed her eyes shut and saw white lines that looked like flashes of lightning zigzagging back and forth, on and off. She gritted her teeth in pain. Death was closing in on her; she knew it. Was this it? Was this how her life was going to end? Please God, no, she silently prayed. Please God, help me!

Product Details

  • File Size: 864 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (February 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U7GOUQ
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By A. McGraw on May 7, 2012
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Mixed Messages by Patricia Gligor held my attention from beginning to end.

Ann Kern is having major marital problems, and she doesn't feel like there's anyone she can turn to. Her husband is drinking heavily, disappearing for hours at a time, and his attitude toward her has changed. Her once loving husband is cold and distant, and he can be cruel at times. Ann takes a job at the local church in the hopes that the extra income might help alleviate the problems.

In the meantime, it's Halloween week and there's a serial killer at large. After receiving ominous and anonymous notes, she discovers a makeshift tombstone with her name on it. Between neighbors, her husband and the priest at the church where she works, Ann doesn't lack for suspects.

One of the things I particularly liked about this book is that the author really gave you insight into the characters involved in the story. I felt like I knew them by the time I finished the story. Ms. Gligor really involves the reader as the events unfold.

I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries and those who like good character studies, and to anyone who simply enjoys a good book. I'll be watching for more from Patricia Gligor.
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Ann Kern's life is in turmoil. Her husband is drinking, acting erratically and staying out late. On top of that there's the stress of caring for two active children, dealing with an obnoxious mother-in-law and beginning a new job with an employer who holds a grudge against her family.

Her life is in turmoil. And it's about to get worse.

There's a serial killer stalking the neighborhood and Ann is getting odd messages that make her suspect she could be targeted as his next victim.

Ann's imagination gives her plenty of suspects, including her husband, a neighbor and even the priest for whom she works. Every one of them has been giving her mixed messages. Her nervousness and suspicion increase in Halloween week when she discovers a homemade tombstone bearing her name in the cemetery.

In this, her first novel, Patricia Gligor has crafted a group of memorable characters, a tense plot and a satisfying conclusion for all the various threads.
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Fantastic debut by this author! Great character development, smooth read and wonderful references to area and times. As a former resident of Cincinnati, it was a welcome visit back to the neighborhood entwined in a great mystery, well done!
Keep them coming!
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There is a lot of telling, and it's mostly a book that is very realistic to life with the characters all having problems, backstories, and there is a serial killer, but we are merely told about two women he killed, and he shows up near the end of the book. The reason I give it a five is because it did keep me reading, and I thought that though the book may be misleading in the way it's advertised, it deals with real-life problems that are hard to write about, and I like backstory, myself, so that didn't bother me. Some books don't have enough of it because writers are told to cut it out so much. I think well placed it can and does work. I thought the author did an excellence job of illustrating how hard it can be to live with a man like David. Many women would've run for the divorce court, but Ann hangs in there. It is realistic t life and not too unrealistic as another reviewer said, because in life everyone has some sort of problem they're battling. Another reason the book deserves a five is because this is a deep novel and not a light read, not just some scary Halloween book, though it does have Halloween in it, but a book that also has Thanksgiving and life showcased amongst the pages. I felt like I was reading about the real lives of some people I've known, so it can't get more realistic than that. I get the title because Ann got mixed messages from her husband as well as from a therapist, even in a way from a priest. If you're looking for a light, easy read, you'd probably be disappointed, but if you enjoy deep book about life that are thought provoking and make one think, you'll love this one. I enjoy light, short, easy reads, but sometimes I like a long, deep read and this is one. It's over forty chapters, so you get your money's worth. People have different tastes.Read more ›
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This book was not quite what I thought it would be. I expected more in the line of a mystery novel. What I got was actually so much better. I got a true to life story filled with what could be, and often are, real life happenings. Although this book is a work of fiction, I did not get fiction when I read it. I got a story of a married couple who have some serious ups and downs and are, after much work and struggle, succesful in getting past them and strengthening their marriage. This book, despite some negative life events and drama in it, will leave you with such a great feeling when you finish it.

So many married people today, when the going gets rough, just divorce without trying seriously to work to fix the problems. Any wonder why divorces, or just plain not getting married and opting to live together, are higher now than ever before? Not to me.

This story is very well written. Despite many of the characters thinking about their past when they were younger and the problems they had, you can still follow the story easily. The looks to the past give you a much better understanding of their present day persons and what made them that way.

Our main character is Ann Kearn. She is a good mother to their two children, and a good wife. Her husband David started out to be a good spouse and father. He never lost his temper and was always loving. Then, something happened along the way and he started drinking heavily. He had become an alcoholic. He lost his temper in the snap of a finger.

I will not write too much more about this story as I think each of us will relate to it differently. But, relate to it you all will no matter who you are.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely I do. I recommend it to mature teens and on up. There are lessons to be learned in this book, and you must read it so you can learn them.

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