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The first book in the new Empty Nest Mystery series by the Amazon bestselling author and creator of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series--with a wink and a nod of homage to Dashell Hammet's Thin Man movies, giving a modern day spin on his Nick and Nora Charles characters.

When her career is outsourced to Asia, fledgling romance author and empty
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 28th 2014 by Lois Winston (first published June 22nd 2014)
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Amber Foxx
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I often enjoy a mystery regardless of solving it myself or not, for various reasons. In this case, the pacing and the humor kept me so amused I forgot to try to solve the murder.
Talkative, a bit flaky, and quite attached to her designer shoes and handbags, Gracie Elliot is one of those characters who would drive me crazy if I had to meet her, but she’s hilarious in print. Her inner dialogue shows enough self-awareness that her flaws become funny rather than obnoxious. Her involvement in solving
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Suspense Magazine
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gracie Elliott has a big problem. Like that other Jersey girl, Stephanie Whatshername, she’s lost her job and has to come up with a new way to make some cash. A true right-brain thinker—the perfect partner to her less imaginative husband, college professor Blake Elliott—Gracie decides to start her own business, “Relatively Speaking” an introduction (not dating!) service for the senior set.
Which leads her to another big problem. One of her clients, Sidney Mandelbaum, goes out to grab a quick smo
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Barbara Hackel
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a a series that will be appreciated by the over 50 set! Gracie and Blake Elliot have twins in college, and as many of us know, that is an expensive time of life for parents. Unfortunately Gracie's job has been outsourced and all she wants to do is write a winning romance novel. But that won't help pay the bills. So when she hits on another moneymaking idea, she decides to open a business without telling her husband. Thus "Relatively Speaking" which is a wing woman service for seniors is ...more
Jacqueline Seewald
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lois Winston has crafted a humorous, entertaining cozy mystery. In Definitely Dead, New Jersey resident and empty nester Gracie Elliott has started a second career as a wing woman to single seniors. In her Relatively Speaking business pursuit she introduces seniors who are looking for romance. However, when Sidney Mendelbaum, Client #13, turns up murdered, matters do not bode well for Gracie’s business.

Gracie, narrator of the book, wants to write romance novels. But she soon finds herself embro
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Karen Cino
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found the main characters Gracie and Blake too make a wonderful team. They have their own banter between the two of them, which brought the characters alive. It was a quick read and an unpredictable ending to who committed the murder. I look forward to reading the second book in the series. I'd recommend it as a good beach read. ...more
Susie Jefferson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great series from Lois Winston

This is the 3rd series I've bought! In each case, the plots are tight, the dialogue is snappy, there's humour ... Perfect reading for a holiday or a rainy afternoon. Not too demanding, the story just flies along - an altogether enjoyable read.
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Janet Lynn
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first in the Empty Nest Mystery series. Great husband and wife duo solving crimes together and making it work. A curtsy and a bow to the Tin Man.
Anne Bannon
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a charming little mystery. Gracie Elliot isn't quite the ditz she makes herself out to be, and her relationship with her husband is a total blast. Nice to see a happy couple still having to work things out even after 20+ years together. The mystery works and author Winston even has fun with the whole Too Stupid to Live thing, which really made me laugh. ...more
Cindy Sample
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful new series. Humor, homicide, hilarious secondary characters. I loved the husband and wife detective duo and can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Cheryl
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was ok, it wasn't a page turner. A wife with an odd occupation and not really enough about their home life to really care about the characters. ...more
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