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Privy to Murder (a Tali Cates Paranormal Mystery Book 1) by [Shenold, Carol]
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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
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  • Publisher: Deadly Niche Press (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HVOJG6
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I enjoyed the story, although I'm not a big fan of "cozy" mysteries. Tali Cates must deal with hair-pulling antics of her kids, an ex you want to shoot, a mother who "channels" guidance from other worlds, and make a living on her own. Throw into the mix an obnoxious ghost demanding Tali solve her murder, and you have enough angst to drive anyone to see ghosts.

I particularly liked Tali's "voice" when she deals with all the angst with humor despite wanting to throw in the towel--or smack somebody upside the head. There's a hopeful likeability that makes readers root for her, and cheer her success. This is a quick read, and one I believe cozy mystery fans will enjoy and want to come back for more.

--Amy Shojai, author 23 pet care titles
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I liked the story - but Tali is divorced - he kicked her out - she has custody of the kids; he seems to be doing OK financially - and she's struggling. What about child support? And while she's worrying about buying the kids school clothes - she goes out looking for cocktail clothes for herself.
There's a story line about a legal battle for child custody - but just disappears into the ether.
What was the point of adding that to the story if you weren't going anywhere with it?
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Tali Cates is a divorced Mom with 2 kids and a pain in the tuckus ex-husband. Her tarot-reading psychic mother has taken then in while Tali tries to get her party planning business off the ground amidst ghosts sightings, murder and mayhem. Fun and fast paced but falls a little flat at the end. Overall, not bad and I would definitely read the next book in the series.
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By rploszaj on December 24, 2012
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Another story about a macho clueless cop who doesn't listen and a woman who does stupid things. These stories get on my nerves. Also the murderer was quite obvious.
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I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but even at $0 I wouldn't recommend this novel. It's decently written and competently plotted, but tedious and frustrating to read. First of all, it's only "paranormal" because the protagonist, Tali, sees ghosts - which she resolutely ignores and which therefore play almost no role in the development of the story. She doesn't "embrace her gifts" to solve a mystery; she gets kidnapped by the killer and well, duh.

Second of all, she's a pretty dreadful mother. I don't care how irritating your teenage daughter is; when she tells you she might be pregnant, you hug her and buy her a pregnancy test. You don't snipe and then do absolutely nothing except selfishly complain about how hard she's going to make things. (Tali's almost total disregard for her daughter while cosseting her much-younger son was actually quite shocking.)

Finally, the author doesn't seem to have a grasp of child support, inheritance, custody or any of the other legal threads that run through this novel, which is detrimental to the plausibility of a novel it already takes a good deal of effort to get through.
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Glad this one was a freebie... very poorly constructed story... won't be getting anymore books by this author as I couldn't even finish what was written.
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I made it about a quarter of the way through this mess before abandoning the book, and I was really sad about it. The concept seemed like a fun one: a party planning reluctant medium has a client who is murdered at her party. The client (also a "frenemy") haunts the party planner until she discovers the murderer. The problem with the book is the total lack of character development which leads one to often wonder who some of the characters are because they are easily forgotten. I may have a menopausal memory, but it isn't THAT bad! I got so tired of trying to keep minor characters straight I just had to put the book down. I decided I didn't care who killed the victim, she wasn't likable anyway and probably deserved it.
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I very much enjoyed this book. Tali's charm and sence of humor instantly draws you into her heart, making you feel like your going through every struggle right along with her. Who would of thought that life in a town simply named "Love, Texas could be home to murder and haunting! I would recomend this book to any one, but I can especially relate being a single mother who struggles with the day to day challenges of life's roller coaster. Thank you for this wonderful, easy read, I will be watching for the next one!
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