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Death Benefits (Max Logan #1)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Max Logan’s insecurities have consumed her to the point that she has allowed them to skew her perceptions of people and circumstances. She has grown progressively more bitter, sarcastic, and solitary since her divorce and feels as though she has spent a lifetime getting the short end of the stick through no fault of her own; still she trudges on. Things can always get ...more
ebook, 150 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Whiskey Creek Press (first published April 30th 2013)
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Sharon Buchbinder
May 03, 2013 Sharon Buchbinder rated it it was amazing
Maxine Esmeralda Logan McCoy has been in a bad mood ever since she caught her husband, a proctologist, in a romantic restaurant with Big-Boobed Barbie. Like any sane woman, Max throws a major hissy fit involving food products and a life time ban from said establishment.

Fast forward to her present life, and Max is living in her father and step-mother's over the garage apartment, wallowing in sarcastic self-pity and waiting on a cat who ignores her attention. When Max takes a shower in her veddy
Jan Romes
May 03, 2013 Jan Romes rated it it was amazing
This is truly a 5-Star Adventure! The author hooked me right away with the very first line of the book. From page one to the end, I experienced the story instead of just read it. I enjoyed Ms. Saracino's knack for storytelling - it's like she writes in 3-D. Her descriptions were incredible and each page was filled with surprises. The story's main character, Max, is a delight! I loved her edgy sense of humor - found myself laughing out loud a lot. Death Benefits is Max's journey to discover who ...more
Joya Fields
May 24, 2013 Joya Fields rated it it was amazing
What an original idea for story. I thoroughly enjoyed Death Benefits and laughed out loud many times at Max's snarky-but-lovable personality and antics. Her brush with death forces her to re-evaluate her life, and readers will be glad they're along for the journey. Sharon's unique, humorous voice will keep you turning pages through this book.
Jennifer Smith
Jul 22, 2013 Jennifer Smith rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was fun & amusing, and had me hooked early on. It was an easy summer read but still had substance to the story. I can't wait for the sequel to come out! The author was able to come to our book club which was such a treat! I would recommend this book!
C.R. Richards
Nov 01, 2013 C.R. Richards rated it really liked it
Very Funny! Great hook to this story.
I have a confession to make. Death Benefits is not my first book by author Sharon Saracino. It’s my second. I originally read the third book in the series first and instantly fell in love with Max’s character. She was just such a crack up for me I knew I had to go back and find out her story from the beginning. So I grabbed a copy of Death Benefits and settled in for a read.

Max is had a few bad cards handed to her in life. None so much as a sudden and unexpected death, one that shouldn’t have h
Nov 13, 2014 Krissys rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
Can you have a sense of humor about your own death when you're dead? When you have a rough start in life and end on the grounds of a simple overstep Death Benefits is comical and adorable, the cover of this book doesn't do the story justice. I laughed so much reading Death Benefits that my ribs hurt. Max is one of those characters you instantly relate to on more than one level (at least for me) and can't wait to hear more from. I often found myself reading as fast as I could just to see what the ...more
Suzanne Rogers
Jun 28, 2013 Suzanne Rogers rated it it was amazing
Saracino has a wit and way with snark! When the main character Max has an accident that sends her to a bus-station version of purgatory, she negotiates a temp job as a sort of spiritual advisor to the recently-deceased. (Max reminds me a little of the Sylvia Sydney character in Beatlejuice, albeit decades younger.) In her new job, Max is forced out of her hard, protective shell as she helps others, and begins her own process of healing. Max goes through a huge character arc in the story, and ...more
Stephanie (Purdueliz) Baassler
This was such a great read. Max pulled me in from the very beginning. I loved her snarky attitude and definitely understood how she used it to protect herself. And I loved seeing how Max evolves throughout the story. I can't count how many times I laughed out loud and shared funny snippets with my hubby. A great, quick read and I can't wait to dive in to book 2 and have more fun with Max.
Sandra Strange
Jun 26, 2013 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, chick-books
A pleasant surprise, this one's more realistic than fantastic though the premise is based on fantasy--or is it? I really liked the dynamic protagonist who learns and changes (slowly and gradually) for the better during the novel. She begins a rather bitter, sarcastic and somewhat self centered woman and ends in a much more pleasant positive place, all because she "dies."
Janice Ross
Aug 01, 2013 Janice Ross rated it it was amazing
There is a little bit of Max in everyone. And although she is bitter, sarcastic & a smart-butt she is very real. Death Benefits is a lesson to anyone that carries a "whoa is me" attitude. Sharon Saracino provides a wonderfully crafted novel about the power we have over our lives & the manner we choose to live. Ms. Saracino's abilities are top notch.

A must read!
InD'tale Magazine
An interesting ghost whisperer type plot with a smart mouthed heroine in desperate need of a swift kick in the pants!

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.

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Really enjoyed reading this book, and especially enjoyed having the author, Sharon at our book club to discuss the book! Fun read!
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Sharon Saracino resides in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania with her long suffering husband, funny and talented son, and two insane dogs. When she is not reading, writing, or enjoying photography and genealogy, she brews limoncello, dreams of moving to Italy, and works as a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse.
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