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Organized to Death: Tina Tales

(Tina Tales Mysteries #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Back in her hometown of Newport, RI, Tina Shaw, twenty-nine, is picking up the pieces of her shattered life. She begins her first job as a professional organizer in a house filled with cardboard boxes and clutter, only to discover a dead body in an eerily neat baby nursery. She fears this career move may be a short one until the handsome but spooky new doctor persuades her ...more
Paperback, 1st, 240 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 25th 2012)
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Lisa Morin
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found myself on the edge of my seat until the end. I grew up close to Rhode Island and was a frequent visitor to Newport, so reading a series set there was a huge draw to me.
I was wrapped up in the mystery from the very beginning, there was murder, secrets, twists and turns that made this story hard to put down.
When Tina finds something suspicious in the once a month meeting of the Lunch Bunch, and her mom Laura being very closed mouth about it, Tina decides to take it upon herself to find out
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
This is the first book in the Tina Tales series. The plot is unusual and interesting as it touch on a subject that is rarely talk about. It what happens to people who receive the wrong medicine. Tina has return to her home town after distrustful event to recover. She has become professional organizer and is helping a friend, Rachel when they discover Rachel's sister murdered body. As events happen Tina realizes that a group of their Mothers have secret that affects her. Who is trying to kill Rac ...more
Heather Connolly
Riveting, Especially for Me

I liked Tina and her family a lot but the real draw for me to keep reading and whispering "On My God" to myself is - I am a 60+ year old DES daughter. I was told while in my teens and made sure to tell all my children and their doctors. There was info in this book that I did not know and to think of someone committing murder because of it was kind of scary. I always thought of it as just part of who I am - like my curly red hair.
As for the book itself, I like the dual
Valorie Hunter
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Big dark secrets are really deadly!!!!

20 stars!!!!
Wow, this is a new author for me to read and it's great!!
Tina had a lot on her plate, between two men, her mother's secret she had for years with several other mother's for this old doctor they all went to a very long time ago.
Someone wanted to have that secret kept hidden in the past. Reputations are on the line.
There were so many people in the suspect pile and the motives were very valid, what the police had to go through, Tina had looked into
Rhonda Jones
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Start to Series

Actually, a warning. The book was a little slow for the first 30% of the book. I guess since it was a new series, pages were devoted to introducing the major characters and their backgrounds. After that, the the pace and interesting aspects of the book picked up rapidly. The mystery was quite intriguing and complex. so, stick with it, you will not be sorry you did. It was a great story. Also, just FYI. I have already read the next 3 books in the series and they do not have a
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book.

This was an enjoyable book with an interesting storyline and believable characters. It held my interest. Was a quick and easy read.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, small town secrets, It really grabbed me after the first few chapters
Dawn Westlund
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

Kept my interest from beginning to end. Peppered with humor and fun moments, along with the drama. Will definitely be looking for more stories from this author!
An enjoyable book, first in a series about a clinical psychologist who makes a career change to become a professional organizer. It's set in Newport, Rhode Island, but not among the aristocracy, and though I must avoid spoilers, it's the first book I've ever read with this particular plot point (you'll see.) Tina is an engaging character and I will probably read more of the series.
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it


This mystery has a lot to do with secrets and some of them lead to murder, some are still up in the air. It keeps you guessing and wondering why and what is everyone hiding? Tina gets so frustrated with all the secrets she can't find the answers too, but she is hiding lots of things too. Everyone has some secrets that they only share with a few people. The one secret that is not answered is driving me crazy too. Hope it will be answered in another book.

I enjoyed Tina and how she is willin
April Hollingworth
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

Wonderfully brilliant I loved this book. It is the first book in the series, but each book can be read as a standalone. The way the story is written is superb. We’re giving a look into the killers mind and watch how the characters interact and figure out exactly what is going on. As Tina try’s to sort out her own life, she finds more unanswered questions, and a determination to solve each and every one of those questions. Completely brilliant.

Opening Scene:

Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life was supposed to be less stressful and a bit simpler in the fall of 2007 when Tina Shaw came back home to Newport, Rhode Island. Having given up her psychology practice at age 29 in favor of a new profession as a professional organizer, life should be less stressful with her new career as her clients should not die. Her first job should also be easy, all things considered, as she will be working with a client, Rachel, whom she has known since they both were kids. Rachel obviously needs her h ...more
Jacqueline Seewald
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Newport, Rhode Island is the setting for Jan Christensen’s mystery/suspense thriller.
Tina Shaw returns to live in her hometown after spending the last seven years away.
Tina has ended her career in Virginia as a clinical psychologist taking up a new job as a professional organizer. She avoids telling others about her reasons for doing this. Her mother Laura is perplexed. On Tina’s first job to de-clutter her friend Rachel Palmer’s house she and Rachel find the body of Rachel’s sister Crystal who
Julie Kendrick
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
There were many things that irked me about this book. Inconsistencies that were not picked up on edit, but the two most important things that were wrong in my opinion were firstly that the plot was very weak; the author had an idea but didn't really know where to go with it. There was a secret, and then another secret, and another and another until I got bored with them all. There was no early reveal to keep me interested and when the secrets were finally told they were pretty lame.
The whole way
Christa Nardi
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tina leaves her job as a psychologist and returns home with her own secrets; she has decided to help people by organizing them rather than therapy. Her first client seems to have a problem with hoarding and that would have been overwhelming enough, but then she and her client go into the only neat room in the house and a dead body. Small town secrets abound, starting with the "lunch bunch" mothers who meet once a month and are overprotective of their daughters. Then, of course there's the daught ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
The first third of this book had me totally confused; the plot zigged and zagged in odd ways and new characters were abruptly thrown into the mix. This is definitely a book in need of a strong editor.

I did like the murder mystery that was being investigated by the heroine. Once all of the character and location development was done the mystery began to hold my interest.

The heroine was supposed to be a professional, but her passive aggressive behavior just made her unlikable.

This would have been
Murder Runs Amuck

This is the first book in the Tina tales series. The plot is unusual and interesting as it touch on a subject that is rarely talk about. It what happens to people who receive the wrong medicine. Tina has return to her home town after distrustful event to recover. She has become professional organizer and is helping a friend, Rachel when they discover Rachel's sister murdered body. As events happen Tina realizes that a group of their Mothers have secret that affects her. Who is t
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first thought this would be an interesting cozy mystery but soon was turning pages I'd a good murder mystery. Tina comes home and is soon organizing the home of a childhood friend who is on the verge of being a hoarder. When they discover a dead body the town's secrets start to unravel. 2 hunky men are after her affections and more attempts to murder her friends keep the police busy. A good read.
Carol Kilgore
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tina Shaw has returned home to Rhode Island and started a new business as a professional organizer. When she's on her first job and finds the murdered body of a longtime friend, Tina wonders if she's made another mistake in her life. But she presses on and becomes involved in all kinds of Newport secrets, one of which involves her mother. This is a great story that kept me wondering what was next as I read.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received Organized to Death, by Jan Christensen, as a Goodreads First-reads giveaway winner. This book is an old-fashion mystery. It's light hearted, enjoyable and a quick read. I found Tina, the main character, to be somewhat annoying at times, but I can imiagine an amateur sleuth could have these same traits, so while I thought she was annoying, her behavior did seem to fit the storyline. I did enjoy reading it.
Once I started this book I could not put it down, another great book from Jan Christensen, I will certainly keep reading her books! The woman has talent!

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Laura Lewis
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best

I thought this was going to be a simple cozy mystery, but the more I read the more complicated it got. More intriguing. More multi layered. All the way to the very end. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Tina Shaw dislikes, okay - hates, secrets. Why does a Clinical Psychologist become a Professional Organizer? Why? To solve mysteries, of course.
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Some short stories written by Jan Christensen began to appear in print magazines in the mid-to-late-90s. By this century, more appeared in both print and ezines, and now her list of published stories is over seventy. She‘s been nominated for two Derringer Awards, and one story from Hardluck Stories has been published in an anthology edited by Dave Zeltserman and Ed Gorman titled, On Dangerous Grou ...more

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