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Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn’t pack heat–just a few extra pounds. And she doesn’t go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara’s refurbished Victorian house, she wasn’t planning on discovering a corpse–certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin’s house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949. Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house–someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn’t know Leigh’s impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder? The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

Sissy:  We decided to do a new thing this Friday–revisit some previously reviewed favorite authors and tell you what else they have for you to read!  Because if you’re like me, when you read a good book you want to read everything else that author has written.  I remember when Agatha Christie died in 1976 (zip it, Bubby, I know what you want to say) and I felt so sad that re would be no more books in her own beloved yet specific style.  We originally reviewed Long Time Coming by Edie Claire in February of 2013, and thought you might like to know about her Leigh Koslow series.  There are nine books in the series so far, and the latest just came out this month.  Never Buried is the first book in the series.

Bubby:  You’ve got to love a story that starts off with a dapperly dressed dead man in the backyard hammock!  I may never be able to nap in my hammock again!  I loved all the twists and turns in this wonderfully written cozy mystery.  I especially enjoyed the relationship between Leigh and her cousin Cara, even though I have to admit I wasn’t too fond of Cara’s husband Gil.

Sissy:  Since when were you ever in a hammock?  And what’s wrong with Gil?

Bubby:  I’ve spent many happy hours in hammocks, thank you very much, and hope to install one in my current backyard soon.

Sissy: Your imaginary hammock?  And you don’t have any trees from which to suspend it.  But,  first thing when you get some trees and a hammock, I am going to install a surprise there for you!

Bubby:  I guess they didn’t have hammocks with their own frames back in your day….like 1976.  And I do have trees.  Very small trees.  And there’s nothing wrong with Gil, except that he is overbearing and ever protective and thinks that money can solve all problems.

Sissy:  Anyway, the thing about Never Buried by Edie Claire is that it starts off with a wallop and careens crazily from caper to caper in a most entertaining fashion.  Bet you’ll never guess “who done it” or why or even how until it all shakes out at the end.  4 pasty, corpse-like bubbles from the geriatric!

Bubby:  Great story.  I fully intend to get the rest of the series immediately.  I might even let Sissy borrow them if she’s nice.  4 bubbles from me too.

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When veterinarian Joy Hudson returns to her hometown to help care for her aging father all the trauma of her senior year in high school also returns with a vengeance.  For eighteen years she has tried to erase her painful memories of her best friend’s tragic death.  Now she has to face the boy she blames, who is now the handsome doctor of her parents.  Joy is even more troubled by spooky occurrences in her new home, and the fear that someone is trying to harm her.  Finding answers about the past and dealing with the troubles of the present will take all the courage that Joy has.

Bubby: I wasn’t sure what to think of this book after the first few pages. It seemed like it was heading in the direction of the “I used to love him but I was young and stupid and now – oh wait! I still love him! Smooches all round!” romance novels that are a dime a dozen. Boy howdy was I wrong! In this great book by Edie Claire we have romance (naturally!), mystery, a ghost and even a big fluffy dog! What’s not to like!

Sissy:  Edie Claire is a good writer, and I was so thrilled to discover her (and she has written a lot of books that I now can read!).  Yes, it has all the elements Bubby mentioned, plus some danger and an attempted murder.  But BEST of all, it is a STAND ALONE mystery.  No repeat murders, no plethora of bodies, (a new one every 6 months!) just one death that was traumatic enough to last a whole lifetime.  As it should be.

Bubby: Oh, gosh. Didn’t we just talk about your issues in the last review? I think you need to see a cozy mystery therapist. My goodness. I think that perhaps someone hit you on the head with a cozy mystery when you were small and now – now you have a pathological fear of them. At any rate, this is a wonderful story. I found myself imagining how my life would have been different had my best friend died during our senior year in high school. (She didn’t. She is alive and well and happily married with two adorable boys! Hooray!) I don’t think I would have dealt even as well as Joy did. I would have ended up in the loony bin for sure.

Sissy:  I agree–we’ve barely managed to keep you out of there as it is.  And please note that even though I have issues with cozy mysteries, we still read and review them.  And how many gothic romances have we read and reviewed (remember, those ones you hate)?  Zero.  So, yes, I enjoyed the plot line, the romance, the paranormal aspect that kept me guessing, and the wonderful conclusion.

Bubby: Fine. You get to choose all the books from now on. Yep. All you. Wait! What am I saying? What, am I crazy? Ha! I really enjoy a plot that keeps me interested and guessing all the way until the end. Being the incredibly intelligent and intuitive person I am, it is often too easy for me to guess the culprit far too early in the book. One of the burdens I must live with, I guess. But Edie Claire kept me in the dark – so much so that when the perpetrator is finally revealed, I found myself yelling “NO! Don’t go with — ! — is the killer! —- is the killer!”

Sissy:  To answer your second question, Bubby–yes.  When Bubby was little and yelled out to herself we used to sedate her and put her in a special room.  But, I must agree that the writer surprised us (although Bubby’s many hours in her special room helped her hone her intuitive skills, so she wasn’t as surprised I’m sure.)  Emotionally engaging, suspenseful and spooky–Long Time Coming by Edie Claire gets 4 bubbles from me.

Bubby: You know that I’m going to haunt you when I die – just for comments like that. Oh wait – you’ll die first since you’re MUCH MUCH older. Anyway, I truly enjoyed Long Time Coming. Well written, great characters, nice dog. Can’t wait to read more by this author. 4 bubbles.

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