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East of Peculiar (Hannah Garvey Mystery #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  158 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Hannah Garvey is a burned-out ad executive who chucks her career to become the resident manager of Valhalla Springs, a planned community for healthy, wealthy seniors. But when one of the members is murdered she soon discovers she's taken on far more than she bargained for -- including widower Delbert Bisbee, and IdaClare Clancy, the developer's mother. And then there is Sh ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Mira Books (first published 2000)
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Forgive me, Lyuda, for choosing this story. :(( We both noticed the story was published in 2000 but it read like a story from the 1980s. That would not have been bad except.....

Three chapters in and I found myself suffering. Cliches, a surfeit of adjectives and too many secondary characters minimized the mystery and start-up of a romance. I had to stop reading.
Jan 16, 2016 Lyuda added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Same sentiments as in my GR friend Linda's review.
Un cruce entre Los Años Dorados y Amas de Casa Desesperadas...

Hanna Garvey quiere un cambio de vida, y cuando renuncia a su trabajo en Chicago como ejecutiva en una empresa de publicidad, acepta el puesto como administradora de una comunidad para pudientes de la tercera edad llamada "Valhalla Springs" al lado de el pueblo llamado "Peculiar". Al segundo dia de llegar encuentran muerta a una de las ancianas residentes, y asi empieza la historia.

Hanna tiene constantemente de esos diálogos internos
Aug 09, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2005
Although I enjoyed reading this story, I have a mixed review for this book. While I liked the character of Hannah, I felt like I couldn't really get a good handle on who she was. I think my favorite character was David, the sheriff - I kept picturing the actor who plays Ray's brother on Everyone Loves Raymond in this "role"! - this character seemed the most realistic to me. I thought that quite a few of the characters were under-developed. Also, I thought the book seemed long and drawn out in s ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Judy rated it liked it
Murder and Mayhem but spoofy. A rather enjoyable departure from the novels that I usually read.
Nancy Anderson
Apr 10, 2014 Nancy Anderson rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this series SO much ! :)
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Jan 30, 2010 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
I picked this up used at a local resale store that supports various community projects. It caught my interest when I saw it was set here in the Ozarks where I live. Hannah Garvey has left here high stress job in Chicago to manage Valhalla Springs, a retirement village in the Missouri Ozarks. David Hendrickson stops her for speeding on her first day on the job. Sparks fly at first but a murder at Valhalla Springs forces them to work together. A good start to a mystery series.
Aug 06, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
Hannah is a delight, the seniors are laugh-out-loud funny, and the rest of the story is pretty good too. If you like your mysteries on the lighter side, you should definitely try this book!
Jun 15, 2009 Laune rated it really liked it
Once again, I loved the dry, sarcastic sense of humor the author peppered in this book. A little more romantic rendevous couldn't hurt, though.
The Reading Cove Book Club ❦
11th: EAST OF PECULIAR - Suzann Ledbetter
Chosen By: Sandy
Trivia Winner - Darlene

~COVE OPINION: C, Okay story
Feb 03, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Good, loved the romance mixed with mystery.
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incomplete. won't finish.
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