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Moving is Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  609 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Moving four times in five years has honed Ellie's considerable skills. But unpacking with a newborn daughter, record-breaking heat wave, and the realization that their dream neighborhood is known as Base Housing East is enough to make her turn to chocolate for comfort. She and her husband, Mitch, moved off-base for privacy. Now half of their neighbors are with the 52nd Air ...more
Published March 1st 2007 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2006)
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
I really liked the mystery. The only parts that were starting to irritate me were the (many) parts that were centered on her daughter. Yes, I know she's a baby. Yes, I get that you breastfeed her. Yes, I understand you're a new mother and worry about her. But when Ellie wasn't trying to solve the murder, it seemed the rest of the book was all about her daughter. So much so, that it should have been titled, "Moving is Murder But It's All About My Daughter". (And I am sure others will disagree wit ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Moving is Murder is a Mom Zone Mystery by Sara Rosett. Moving four times in five years has made Air Force wife Ellie Avery an ace at organizing, but this time they are moving to Vernon in Eastern Washington State with a baby daughter in tow. Mitch is locating in the 52nd Air Refueling Squadron as a pilot which gives down time to help with Olivia, more commonly known as Livvy. They purchased their house thinking they would have some privacy only to learn that most of the squadron lived on Black R ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Aug 12, 2015 Jeanie Jackson rated it really liked it
Entertaining first in series. I enjoyed Moving is Murder, but the story is a bit busy, and as I often do with cozy mysteries, I find that the protagonists goes beyond common sense, especially as she has a new baby. I enjoy the real life feel that Ms. Rosett brings to the book and would never have guessed who the murder was. I chose this book because I love another series by the author, so I will probably try again. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Ellie and her husband and between E ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Melissa rated it did not like it
I just don't know how other readers found this book entertaining. While the location and military setting added a twist to the usual cozy genre, I found it absolutely ridiculous that the mother of a 4 month old had no problem continually placing herself in danger (and, therefore, her daughter in danger as well). The initial discoveries are the staple of modern cozies. However, it is what the protagonist chooses to do once they recognize that they are now in danger that makes a book worth reading ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Peggy rated it did not like it
I saw a recent book by this author and thought I might like her books, so I started with this first one. Vapid. I'll not be reading any more. So much detail about normal activity, I thought I would cry - "I removed the blanket from the baby's car seat." "I changed the baby's diaper." "The baby was screaming." Absolutely none of these profound events had a thing to do with the story. Totally tiresome, and it could have been a good read.
I have come to the conclusion that you can find a cozy mystery that involves just about any type of lifestyle and/or activity. I just picked this book up at the library one day when I was in the mood for a "new" cozy author. It was OK. This particular book is about a young military family who has just been relocated and in addition to adjusting to the move and a new baby, Ellie Avery almost immediately becomes involved in a series of deaths--could they be the work of a serial killer or is someon ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 19, 2014 Mark Baker rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2006
Air Force wife Ellie is used to moving. They've arrived at a new base, this time one their best friends are also assigned to. However, one of those friends is soon accused of murder. Being new to the base, and Ellie work out the local politics to find the killer? The characters are a bit under developed and the plot moves slowly in the first half. It does pick up later, but it wasn't the strongest debut overall.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Cathy Cole
Apr 05, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
First Line: Light bled across the horizon, but it was still night below the towering pines where the figure in black slipped up the driveway toward the slumbering house and slithered under the parked minivan.

Being an Air Force wife can mean a lot of moves in a short period of time-- like four times in five years. This time Ellie Avery has to do it with a newborn baby during a heat wave. Fortunately Ellie is a professional organizer, but one thing she and her husband Mitch didn't count on with al
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jun 28, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining murder mystery involving an Air Force wife and new mother. Ellie and Mitch. along with their four-month old daughter, Olivia, are moving into their new home near the new assigned base. The first shock is that almost all of base housing has chosen to move to this particular sub-division, next is that Ellie is thrown into the 'Spouse' events since she can not say "No."

You quickly learn the new characters in this division. Some you like, Abby, and some you dislike, Jil
May 25, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good murder mystery set in the background of an air force base. I heard about this book on BookBub and got it for a very low price. It is the first in a series called the Mom Zone. The protagonist is Ellie, an air force wife and mother of a small infant, who solves murders. Trite idea but well written.
Feb 02, 2008 Michele rated it liked it
Packed with helpful moving tips, Rosett’s cute cozy debut introduces perky Ellie Avery, who prides herself on knowing her way around crying babies, poopy diapers and air force bases. Ellie, pilot hubby Mitch and baby daughter Livvy have hardly settled into their Vernon, Wash., off-base digs when Ellie discovers the body of another 52nd Air Refueling Squadron wife, Cass Vincent, by Cass’s SUV alongside the road after a get-acquainted barbecue. Cass is the apparent victim of a nasty allergic react ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Monica rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Maybe it was timing for me, but I struggled with getting into this book. I liked the fact it was set on a military base; a nice spin on the cozy mystery. It has the right concept, but just dragged along for me. As other critics said, the dragging your baby along to dangerous situations didn't work for me as well. I did like the moving tips included at the end of each chapter. They were helpful for the most part.
Oct 06, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Air Force wife and family move into new place and find out most of the neighbors are also in the squad.
Ellie with infant is in the middle and asks a lot of questions.
Pretty good.
Fairly light but unusual murders. A bit out of kilter with the lightness of the story.
Yard sale, Tips for moving.
May 26, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok...overall I enjoyed this book and the mystery. I did give it 3 stars and not 4 because there were a lot of details that were just frustrating for me. I also couldn't totally understand doing the things she did with the baby with her. I guess I couldn't really relate to being so involved with a case like that just after having a new baby. I felt Ellie just took too many risks for her role as a new mom. I think I would have enjoyed it more if she didn't have children or had older children.

I en
Ellie Avery is an old hand at moving. She has to be, her husband Mitch is an Air Force pilot. When they arrive at their new home, they realize that the squadron has some interesting group dynamics. But it goes from interesting to dangerous when one of the spouses turns up dead. Can Ellie solve the mystery, unpack and get settle in?

Why I started this book: We picked this book for our library Book Club because it was written by a military spouse and I thought that it would be a great conversation
Katie Robinson
Jul 26, 2011 Katie Robinson rated it it was amazing
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Sep 10, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Different setting than other cozy mysteries caught my attention. The main character sadly does too many unrealistic and stupid things things. Amount of characters introduced rapidly made it crazy to keep them straight. May read another in the series, but not soon.
Jul 17, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2013
If you love a new cozy series to try, you'll enjoy the Mom Zone series. Meet Ellie Avery. She's a professional organizer, a new mom and an Air Force Wife, who just moved to Vernon Washington. As the new neighbors in town, she's got caught up into a dilemma of her own. She witnessed the death of her neighbor, Cass Vincent. As the new Air Force wife and mom on base, she needed to suspect her new neighbors, even her best friend's husband. She discovers some of them have secrets of their own. When s ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this new series , there are 4 written so far , this first one "Moving is murder" was a cute book light in reading but kept me guessing till the end.
I have requests I for the remaining three.
Susan Erhardt
I liked this book well enough to go on with the series, but the neighbors all blended together for me. I had to keep going back to check and see who was married to whom. There were also way too many mentions of "Livvy". I didn't need to read about the dozens of diaper changes and breastfeeding sessions. I definitely didn't need to read about letting her "cry it out". They let her cry for TEN MINUTES?!? Seriously, what kind of hard-hearted parent could listen to that? I couldn't let my kids cry l ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Becky rated it it was ok
Not very exciting, I had high hopes for a fun thriller, but won't continue on with the series. Such froofy writing, it's like the author is trying too hard. Just didn't relate to the characters. She keeps talking about how difficult her baby is- sounds like a pretty laid back kid to me!
Susan Moon
Dec 10, 2014 Susan Moon rated it it was amazing
Wonderful series!!! Very we'll written. Even young adults will enjoy these books!! Encourage everybody to read!! Susan Moon
Aug 03, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Read all the books in the series and it just goes to prove that you can do other things than being a mother full time. LOL
Jul 28, 2010 Corky rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2010
I found this perusing the library shelves and I picked it up as it reminded me of a niece, whose family is Air Force, who was involved in a move. The main character Ellie is an Air Force wife with a new baby and a new duty station she and her husband are reporting to. In the midst of unpacking boxes she finds her neighbor and fellow AF wife dead. Asked by the husband to help with some household things she ends totally immersed in a murder investigation and unknowingly, she holds all the answers. ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This is the first in the Ellie Avery series. Not as good as the 4th book, but still pretty good. Not as creepy and had to many characters to follow. That's my issue with mystery books, there's always so many characters that its hard to keep track of them. Especially when they are all women. In this book, people in Ellie's neighborhood start dieing, and even though she shouldn't she starts to investigate why. You'd think that after figuring out that someone put antifreeze in your water cup would ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Lanie rated it did not like it
This will go on my "couldn't finish" shelf.
Anna Todd
May 05, 2012 Anna Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Moving is Murder by Sara Rosett (copyright 2006) is the first in a "Mom Zone Mystery" series that was recommended to me by a good friend and acquisitions librarian. I read it via Kindle from the library. This story reminded me somewhat of the TV show, "Army Wives" except in this book are Air Force wives and families. Also, the show is more dramatic than mystery per se.
Nonetheless, I really enjoyed "Moving is Murder" and look forward to the next one in the series. (Did I also mention this book i
Boring and foolish. The main character is just irritating, the writing haphazard, and the plot tedious.
Laura Salas
Jan 15, 2012 Laura Salas rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
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May 11, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book!
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A native Texan, Sara writes mysteries (the Ellie Avery series) and suspense (the On The Run series). As a military spouse, Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest suspense novels. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

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