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Vultures at Twilight (A Lillian and Ada Mystery) Hardcover – May 1, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Atkins, a practicing psychiatrist, combines a certain clinical grasp of his characters with a page-turner of a plot in this mystery set in small-town Connecticut. Lil Campbell and her friend Ada Strauss live in an upscale retirement community, Pilgrim’s Progress, near the town of Grenville, an antiques mecca that attracts thousands of tourists each year with its auctions, multidealer antique malls, and one-off shops. But things turn ugly when a severed finger is found in a chest at an auction. No sooner do the police link the finger to a local antiques dealer whose decomposing body is found in a nearby river than the body of another dealer is found, and then another, and another. Feisty Lil and Ada turn small-town sleuths, but their amateur investigation soon gets them in over their heads. After a bit of a slow-burning start, Atkins’ mystery quickly turns into a too-hot-to-handle thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The two leading ladies add sweetness and a bit of spice to this entertaining read. --Emily Melton

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Something wicked has come to Grenville Connecticut, a town famous for antiques and the systematic fleecing of its well-heeled elders as they down-size, sicken and die --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Lillian and Ada Mystery (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881410
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vultures at Twilight is the first book in a new mystery series by Charles Atkins. Long time friends and neighbors Lil Campbell and Ada Stauss are the main captivating characters in this witty, fast paced mystery which takes place in a small New England town. It is compulsively readable! I preordered this book and read it in 4 days, only because I had to take breaks to go to work! The author wastes no time bringing the reader into the story with exceptional character development and storytelling. I've read 26 books in a little over a year and can say that I truly did not want this book to end. Loved, loved, loved it and I am totally ready to continue following the adventures of the characters created by Charles Atkins.
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After reading the description of Vultures At Twilight I was very intrigued and couldn't wait to read it. This book definitely met, and surpassed my expectations; it is well written, with good characters and background. Once I started reading I didn't want to stop and almost stayed up all night to finish it. Once I reached the end my first thought was, "I hope the sequel is almost ready because I want to know the rest of the story!"

If you like mysteries, this is a very good one because we have the main mystery (who/why is killing all the antique dealers) but several others are introduced as well and some may be resolved and some may not be...This is more than just the story of two women trying to solve a mystery, it deals with current life issues such as sexuality, loss of a loved one, and helping elderly parents, to name a few. An enjoyable and thought provoking book!
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This is a wonderful and fun murder mystery. I loved all the characters and the author has a fabulous way of building the plot and creating tension as the events unfolded. Everyone was a suspect, as I tried to imagine a motive or who the murderer might be, but the climax and ending turned out to be an unexpected surprise. I highly recommend this for a summer read. Everyone will identify with at least one character in the book, possibly even the murderer. I do hope to meet some of these characters again. Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down.
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'Vultures at Twilight' is a rather fine murder/mystery. I'm fond of murder/mysteries. Also, it is set in Connecticut, which isn't too far from where I live, and I am very fond of that state, too. This is a good start and with leading ladies who are close to my age, this story has three strikes in its favor right off the bat. Good show!

Lil, Lillian Campbell, was born, raised, wedded, widowed, and raised two girls who no longer live in Grenville, Connecticut. We see most of this story through her eyes, her heart, and her sense of place. She has a great deal more feeling for her best friend Ada, which comes from hidden sensitivities and remembered attractions towards women. However, that was not to be considered or pursued and she had loving feelings toward her husband plus very strong feelings towards her town and community, which has comforted her for decades.

Ada Strauss moved with her husband to Glenville's Pilgrim's Progress gated community for the fairly well off. Lil is a next-door neighbor and they have become very close friends. These are our two amateur sleuths who assist the state police investigator Detective Mattie Perez from the homicide division since a rash of murders have recently plagued sleepy, quiet Glenville.

Ada is Jewish and Lil is Episcopalian but they go to each other's services because they are such good friends and it has become part of their weekly activities. We share Lil's growing awareness that she feels a good deal more for Ada than just friendship. Yet, it is Ada who kisses Lil first at a really appropriate moment with a heart-felt `I've wanted to do that for a long time' that was just perfectly magnificent.
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Loved Vultures at Twilight. It was a cozy-type mystery, but so much more. It's about families, relationships, how we dispose of our elders, and asks the very potent question, "When does someone's stuff become more valuable than the person who owns it?"

I loved these characters and didn't want to say goodbye to them, so am eagerly waiting the next book in the series!
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I finished this first book and immediately started the next in this series. The characters are well developed and believable. It's extremely well written and a fabulous surprise ending. I can usually figure mystery books out. Not this time! I'm a Charles Atkins fan!
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