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Murder Among Neighbors (Kate Austen #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  164 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
This dazzling murder mystery from first-time writer Jonnie Jacobs centers on Kate Austen, an irresistible sleuth. When Kate's fabulously wealthy neighbor dies, Kate becomes deeply involved in a sea of steamy secrets that bring her face to face with shocking truths--and one particularly vengeful killer.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Kensington (first published 1994)
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Apr 21, 2014 Livia rated it really liked it
MURDER AMONG NEIGHBORS is book one in the Kate Austen Mystery series. Kate is a 30 year old that is married and a mom to a five year old daughter. Unfortunately her marriage is falling apart and her husband has just left her to go to Europe and find himself. She lives in a fashionable section of Northern California called Walnut Hills.

She has plenty of upper crust neighbors, including the ones next door Pepper and Robert Livingston. It is Pepper that is found dead in her bedroom one morning, th
Jacogs, Jonnie - 1st in Kate Austen series

Abandoned by her feckless husband, Kate Austen has all she can handle carpooling her five-year-old daughter to pre-school, baking for good causes, keeping her lawn mowed, and devising survival tactics. It looks like everyone else in her affluent suburban neighborhood has it ultra-easy…until her fabulously wealthy next-door neighbor is found murdered.

It's light, humorous and a very enjoyable book.

Vicki Gooding
Aug 07, 2014 Vicki Gooding rated it really liked it
The setting is suburban America. The main character in the book is a mom of a five year old and is expecting another when her husband goes through a mid-life crisis and goes to Europe to find himself for an indefinite period of time. Mean while her wealthy neighbor is murdered. The dead woman's daughter is the same age as her own daughter. The book is filled with feeding these five year old's pizza and ice cream as she watches the girl for the girl's father now with mama dead. The sleuth of the ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Jan 30, 2014 Cheryl Landmark rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

This cozy mystery was fairly enjoyable and well-written for the most part, giving us a pretty good glimpse into trendy suburban life where all was not perfect and nice. Walnut Hills also had its dark side with secrets, jealousy, envy and murderous tendencies all raising their ugly heads.

I liked that the main character, Kate, was not perfect and gorgeous and super intelligent. She was a typical mom, raising her five-year-old daughter single-handedly since her jerk of a hus
Dec 08, 2012 Spotsalots added it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This was on my shelf as a result of my formerly going to a lot of local-author signings, and I had little recollection of it. It has, I suppose, its charms, but in rereading I had the feeling of being submerged in ersatz Orinda/Moraga/Walnut Creek, which is to say plunged into a sector of greater-Bay-Area society that has little interest or appeal for me. If I were a young suburban mother (excuse me, a Mom, as they're all called now), I would probably have taken to this more, but the sleuth's li ...more
Connie N.
I really liked this cozy. The characters are particularly enjoyable, very real with real problems and situations, and just a touch of lightheartedness (not quite humor, just lightness). The heroine gets involved, of course, in the investigation but in a fairly reasonable way, without a lot of drama. I figured out whodunit, but rather than take away from the story, I liked that I got confirmation of my guess at the end. There's a relationship question at the end which leaves the door open for fur ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Oct 27, 2014 Gloria Mccracken rated it really liked it
This was a cut above the usual "suburban single mother meets cute cop investigating a murder and falls in love with him". It was nice that the protagonist at least had a little soul searching to do before the inevitable. Also the plot wasn't bad.
Dot Heimer
Aug 29, 2014 Dot Heimer rated it really liked it
I really liked this book.Will read her other books.Good read.
Georgiann Hennelly
May 09, 2010 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Kate Austen lives in an upscale suburb of SanFancisco with her houband and her toddler daughter Anna with another baby on the way when her husband gets the 7 year itch and decides to go gallivanting across Europe to find himself, leaving Kate to fend for herself, when Kates nearest neighbor a fellow car pooler gets murder the fabulous Pepper Livingston Kate gets involved in trying to solve the murder, and meets a handsome police detective Micheal Stone well they click in more ways then one , if ...more
Roseann Moss
Jan 09, 2016 Roseann Moss rated it it was amazing
Great book. I will be reading more by this author.
Oct 29, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
I'm already looking forward to reading more of this series.

The ending was a real shocker! Normally a shocker ending is a good thing... But this time I'm left with an unsatisfied feeling.. I wasn't really happy with the outcome and probably would have given it a better rating had it been different since I felt the story was very well written and loved the characters. :) And I'm very curious to find out where the characters personal stories go from here.
Mary Sue
Feb 26, 2008 Mary Sue rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mary Sue by: library book club
kate Austien, suburban California housewife,mother of one and recently abandoned by a husband who needed to "find himself", becomes involved in the murder investigation of her next door neighbor. Jacobs has a similar writing style to Susan Issaccs. That means I really liked her main character who is less than perfect and not drop dead gorgeous. She uses light humor and a lot of other semmingly normal people to populate her book. But how does one define normal?
Aug 04, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
A good/great book. I love the writing in this book and was wavering between giving it a 3 or 4 rating. However about half way through the book it definatley picked up and began to become a non stop page turner. I never would have guessed the killer however i'm still not sure if I like the ending but that's ok lol. It was a weird book in that aspect however i will continue on in the series to see what happens later on with Kate and in her life
Lynn Demsky
An enjoyable read I like Kate and her daughter, not too sure about the other characters in the book. The ending was done really great and parts of the book were kind of just "too much like all the other women sticking their nose where it doesn't belong" in cozy's. But will read more of her books! A Great summer read!!!
Book #20 read in 2005

This is a cute cozy mystery. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I look forward to reading more of the series.

Sent to a bookcrosser who also passed it on.
May 12, 2008 Dawn rated it really liked it
Very good book! Did not know who did it until the end. Then when I guessed who it was I was still wrong! I will be reading the next book in this series.
Jul 05, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
It was full of suspense and mystery...captivating and definately a must read
Lee Anne
Sep 21, 2009 Lee Anne rated it did not like it
Not a horrible story but just didn't get my attention.
Brandi Doctoroff
Sep 03, 2008 Brandi Doctoroff rated it did not like it
Recommended to Brandi by: Mama
Couldn't finish this book. I just couldn't get into it.
Phee Sunantarod
Sep 08, 2012 Phee Sunantarod rated it really liked it
Love it!! I really enjoy the book.
Jun 06, 2011 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Loved it!
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Feb 27, 2009 Ti'Ata rated it did not like it
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