With Friends Like These... (Amanda Pepper, #4)
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With Friends Like These... (Amanda Pepper #4)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  174 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Well-known Broadway playwright and TV producer Lyle Zacharias is throwing himself a lavish birthday party in his hometown of Philadelphia. Guests include his current wife, ex-wives, friends, former partners-not to mention Amanda Pepper and her own irrepressible mother, Bea. Yet when Lyle drops dead in the middle of a speech, it appears the likely perpetrator is none other...more
ebook, 164 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by Untreed Reads
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Another stunning mystery novel by one of my top novelists, Gillian Roberts. The fourth installment of the Amanda Pepper series does not disappoint. As the books traverse on, I find myself more intrigued by Mandy's relationship with Mackenzie. What the heck is his first name? Has she tried the name Cole? I'm thinking he'd be pretty cool as a Cole, or a Christian or even a Corey. For the life of me I could not come up with a name that reminded me of Louisiana that started with a C. Except maybe Cr...more
Loved the book, the wit, the case, but Amanda did just too many unlikely, stupid things in this book.
Amanda Pepper is a school teacherin Philadelphia. She is socializing with her parents from Fla. when her father takes a. tumble and is laid up with a bad leg. Unfortunately, they were here for a party and now her mother needs someone to go with her. Step in Amanda - they attend a party of a old friend/relative who ends up dead. Enter Mackenzie (no first name yet) cop and boyfriend. While invstigating the crime to keep her mother from jail, she gets spooked at school with odd mail and a thrilling...more
This was a good, solid mystery. The story and the characters are interesting and the author tells her tale with a lot of humor. I did not figure out whodunit but the info I needed to was in the story, which is how I think a mystery should be written.

I'm not totally enamored with the author's writing style. It lacks suspense, excitement and I'm marking the story down a bit for that.
The book is filled with wordplay mystery and comedy. The storyline is being narrated by your average schoolteacher. In the beginning of the book, many events take place that are incorrectly interpreted. At the conclusion of this book, you realize it's best to hear the whole story before drawing any conclusions. In easy-going read for a relaxing day
This series was recommended by Nancy Pearl ("Book Lust"), and I'm glad I found it. Amanda Pepper is the main character, an English teacher in a private school, turned amateur sleuth, with likeable ancillary characters. I'm glad I found this series. I'll try more. Definitely fits my "cozy mystery" tastes.
Jean Perry
As usual, i liked Roberts use of Philadelphia as a "character" in the book. Entertaining. As a former high school teacher, i could identify with the little segment of a boy having a crush on his teacher. I will read more f hers.
I like this series but figured out a key element about 20 pages in. I am also ready for McKenzie and Mandy's relationship to head to the next level.
Comfortable, engaging read with only a little of Mandy's eternal second-guessing and self-destructive relationship drama. Very enjoyable.
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Untreed Reads: Top Pick to WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE... by Gillian Roberts 1 1 Mar 26, 2014 02:55PM  
Caught Dead in Philadelphia (Amanda Pepper, #1) I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia (Amanda Pepper, #3) Philly Stakes (Amanda Pepper, #2) How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Amanda Pepper, #5) Helen Hath No Fury (Amanda Pepper, #10)

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