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An Affair to Dismember (The Matchmaker #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  743 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.

Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place: She’s always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever rea
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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3.5 stars


Gladie Burger has been a matchmaker-in-training for three months. Convinced that Gladie has the 'gift', her grandmother Zelda has brought Gladie into her business, Zelda's Matchmaking Services. But after three months and no matches, Gladie's not convinced. When one of her neigbours dies, Gladie stumbles into what looks like a case of murder.

With the dead man's strange family to contend with and hunting down his former colleagues, Gladie is pitched headfirst into an investigation w
Mimi Smith
2.5 stars

You wouldn’t think it, but matchmaking is hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying, as Gladie can attest to. After a series of unsuccessful jobs, Gladie returns home to take over her grandmother, Zelda’s, matchmaking business. Unfortunately all she has to guide her are records circa 10 B.C.(before Computers) and her grandma’s explanation that you just “feel” it. It’s a gift! One Gladie thinks might have just skipped her generation, because all she feels is her grandmother’s junk fo
Jenna Anderson
Mar 17, 2013 Jenna Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
~ ~ I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway.

Sigh, I probably should have DNf'ed it, instead I plowed through. This is a really good example of an author trying too hard and editors letting things go that they shouldn't have. The author focused so much on creating slapstick scenes and zaney characters that she forgot to have the story make sense. Examples - where did everyone get their money from? Randy had no money from heists, was jailed for large chunks of his life, but lived in a mansi
Nov 17, 2012 Jaymie rated it it was amazing
ARC Thanks to Random House and NetGalley. Review to come!

4.5 Stars!
One of the funniest books I have read in so long. I literally laughed out loud every couple of pages. Gladie is a great MC reminiscent to me of Bridget Jones, Sophie Katz or even Becky Bloomwood. Quirky, witty, clever and just downright hilarious Gladie had me on my toes waiting for what was to come next.

This book had humor, mystery and romance and although I couldn't wait to read the end so I could finally find out "who done i
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

In the words of Lady Gaga, “I don’t wanna be friends.” We’re not matching friends. If you want friendship, join a bridge group. We’re making romance. There’s no friendship in romance. Sure, later on, when you’re discussing mortgages, college funds, and where to go to dinner, then a little friendship goes along way. But it comes later. Now, it’s romance. Don’t know what romance is? Just like porn, you’ll know it when you see it.

Dec 30, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"He was the Al Qaeda of penises, and I was determined to never see him naked."

I took a chance on this even though I'd not heard of the author, and it wasn't goodreads-friend-approved. I'm so glad I did.

It was such a hilarious, fun, good time read. Gladie was a fantastic heroine, and the other characters were great. Seriously, Spencer, Lucy, Grandma, Bird... I can't even pick a favorite.

I definitely recommend you give this one a read!
Nov 10, 2015 Marta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book literally fell off a shelf as I was reaching for another and I'm so glad it did. The cover is really misleading- although matchmaker Gladie does have two very fine men interested in her, she does nothing more than kiss them. The humor is really good- as good as Evanovitch when she was first on her game with the Stephanie Plum books. In fact, in some ways I liked this better. The solution to the mystery isn't really a surprise by the end, but there is a lot of fun along the whole way. I ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by: Marissa
Book provided by: Edelweiss
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was a most amazing and amusing book and I decided I had to share it with everyone. I love getting in on the beginning of a new series, especially one that has all the elements I love: mystery and romance with a little bit of humor thrown in. Reading this one gave me a nice case of the warm fuzzies and I’m hoping to pass them along…

Gladie is a character made just for me. She’s in her late twenties bu
I got this book from NetGalley and am thoroughly disappointed because now I have yet another series that I am going to be compulsively buying.
Gladie Burger has been floating through life, trying to find the job she was meant to have. She's lately ended up at her grandmother's house. Gladie's grandmother, Zelda, is the town's matchmaker. She has a... sense about people. Zelda's going to be a hard act to follow and Gladie's not sure she has the same talents. But she's going to have some time to f
Sarah's Book Blog
Apr 16, 2014 Sarah's Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I came across this book because I had the third book in the series on my kindle that I received from NetGalley and after reading a few spoiler free reviews, I knew I had to read them.

Gladie is such a normal character. Usually the main characters in books are either damaged, weak, self conscience or something else. Gladie, while yes, she has a past, its a normal one...well kinda.

Gladie Burger is unstable, a junk food addict and an awesome awesome girl. I love Gladie so much. I read a fe
Serena Shay
Apr 22, 2014 Serena Shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh yay! I love this type of story, funny and sexy with a mystery for the quirky heroine to solve. Bring on book 2!
Sep 29, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the first book in the Matchmaker Series by Elise Sax. I was intrigued when I saw the first book, enough so that I was thrilled to be part of the Bewitching Book Tour for Matchpoint, the second book in the series. This gave me the push to move An Affair to Dismember to the top of my TBR pile.

The story opens with Gladys "Gladie" Burger going through her grandmother's attic office, researching and updating Zelda's Matchmaking Services records. Zelda, Gladie's eccentric grandmother, had call
Marcy Peskin-Larkin
Jan 19, 2013 Marcy Peskin-Larkin rated it it was amazing
Unless you are a huge fan of "Crossing Delancey"; which I am, or swallow in anticipation of watching Patti Stanger do her schtick on Bravo's "The Millionaire Matchmaker"; a show which is as much fun to watch for the silliness of silicon breasts, spray tans and hair extensions as it is for the reality of matchmaking, you probably have not thought much about matchmakers. Matchmakers do exist. Perhaps because they are more prevalent in certain geographic areas and in specific cultures, the familiar ...more
I won this from a goodreads giveaway! I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m all for ridiculously stupid humor because god knows I sometimes have the maturity level of a thirteen year old boy. However, the entire book just seemed full of silly things, most of which fell flat. I get what it was supposed to be, but everything was just too unrealistic. I liked Spencer by the end of the book, but in the beginning he is one of the weirdest people. I’m sorry, but if this was real life Spencer woul ...more
Sue Grimshaw
Jan 01, 2013 Sue Grimshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the book:
Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.

Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Can
Aug 12, 2013 Inga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elise-sax, 4-stars, 2013
Trīs mēneši ir bijuši Gledijas Burgeres limits, kad viņa paliek vienā vietā: Viņa vienmēr ir bijusi pagaidu darbinieces tips, vienmēr gatava pārvākties. Tāpēc Gledija ir vairāk kā skeptiska, kad viņas ekscentriskā Vecmāmiņa Zelda noalgo viņu ģimenes biznesā mazā pilsētiņā Keinā, Kalifornijā. Gledija tāpat ir arī augstu nekvalificēta: Viņas mīļotās vecmāmiņas bizness ir savešana un Gledijai ir šausmīga pieredze ar romantiku. Tomēr, par spīti pierādījumiem uz pretējo, Zelda ir pārliecināta, ka viņ ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this I can see why it's recommended to Stephanie Plum fans, it has a lot of similarities from the slightly naïve heroine who keeps getting herself into uncanny situations, to their knack for getting people to open up to them and their ability to get to the bottom of mysteries, both also have a slightly kooky Granny. Then we throw in the two love interests, one being a cop and the other... well, why don't you read it and see?

If you enjoy light-hearted romance with a little mystery
Jan 11, 2016 Marjorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud on several occasions. Gladie is a great character. Some silly things happen to her but it isn't like she is a stupid person. I love Spencer and Holden - neither seem to have that one thing that makes you want her to choose one over the other. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading the Stephanie Plum books.
Nov 03, 2015 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, library-book, dnf
Not for me. It sounds like it would be funny but I'm not really into humiliation humor, the kind where the hero or heroine gets into embarrassing situations and everybody stares. There's a whole movie genre of that and I watch as few of those as I can. But probably others will like it just fine. Can't finish it.
Layla Darnell
Gladie Burger has moved around and had multiple jobs and has come to Cannes to learn the matchmaking business from her Gramndma Zelda. Alas Gladie isn't sure she's cut out for the business. Then all get out breaks loose with a murder across the street and a hot new police chief and the mysterious yummy Holden next door, Gladies life starts to heat up! This book is fun and hilarious and will keep you entertained and laughing. Gladie seems to have a gift for murder not matchmaking and things just ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 4.5 Blue Ribbons out of 5
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I’m having a really difficult time deciding what to say about this book. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading, but I don’t know if I enjoyed it enough to continue the series. When I first signed up to review this book, I think I missed the part where they said fans of the Stephanie Plum books would enjoy this book. I don’t know if I would have requested it if I had. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy silly fun reads, but I got really burnt out on the other series and this is very, very, very similar to ...more
Have a Date with Humor

This book felt like a comfy slice of familiar; essentially, like Evanovich's Stephanie Plum's series with a little magical intuition or precognition thrown in. Grandma Zelda is like a wonderful Yiddish Bubbie with the voice and colloquialism we might associate more with the Burroughs of New York than the novel's California landscape, Bubeleh? Oddly, although Gladie's grandmother is a matchmaker and
❂ Jennifer
I'm not sure about this book - it was a mash up of sorts. The writing felt disjointed and the story not very tightly woven at all. The whole matchmaking-third-eye premise of getting Gladie back home is never really explained very well - is this gift supposed to be of a psychic sort? There are hints it might be, but then well, it's never explained. The murder mystery itself was all over the place - it's repeated again and again that the first two deaths are natural causes - so why is the police c ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gladie (Gladys) Berger, an inveterate wanderer, has moved to town at the behest of her grandmother Zelda, who wants Gladie to become involved in her matchmaking business. Instead, Gladie finds herself enmeshed in a murder mystery, trying to discover who offed the former bank-robber who lived across the street. His cowed wife? One of his over-the-top insane children? A former partner in crime? And who should she allow to help her investigate? The man-slut sexist chief of police? Or her attractive ...more

The cover led me to believe this would be a romance with a little dash of mystery. Instead, it was the other way around: mystery with romantic elements. It did remind me a great deal of the early Stephanie Plum novels except this heroine doesn’t have as many wackos in her family. The heroine gets involves herself in situations that aren’t her business and is attracted to two very different men who have very definite personalities. However, I have the fear that the author might attempt to drag ou
Jan 30, 2013 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B-

Gladie has bounced around from city to city, job to job for years and is finally back at her Grandmother’s house, preparing to take over her matchmaking business. She has no idea if this is something she’ll be doing for a month or for years to come, but she’s there now and trying to make a go of it. In between sorting through decades old client notecards her Grandmother kept, a hot, sexy, mysterious new neighbor moves in next door. While ac
Nov 13, 2013 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Booklist review:

A madcap plot and zany characters propel Sax’s debut, which launches her Matchmaker series. Gladie Burger, fresh from Los Angeles, is apprenticing for her grandmother Zelda’s matchmaking business in tiny Cannes, California, when the man across the street dies. After meeting his abused wife and sleazy children, Gladie is convinced he was murdered, but handsome police chief Spencer Bolton disagrees since the coroner pronounced natural causes. When she learns the man was a bumbli
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Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. An Affair to Dismember is her first novel.
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