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Ding Dong! Is She Dead?

(Nova Ladies Adventures #1)

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It's tough being a Nova Lady! Allie loves delivering and helping her customers until she arrives at Megan's house to find the door broken and a trail of blood leading down the hallway.
Ding Dong!!! Is She Dead? Allie must find a way to save Megan's daughter from the person that is determined to kill them no matter what.
Paperback, 203 pages
Published September 29th 2014 by Book Baby (first published September 18th 2014)
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Victoria Schwimley
I admired the character, Allie in this book. She has a lot of strength and determination, and empathy toward others. The story flowed well, the characters are likeable, and the romance is sweet, not cheap. It's an easy read with a pleasant amount of suspense. It borders on a cozy mystery, but it tackles a serious social issue. I could see this being a successful series for the author, much like the Stephanie Plum series, and the author gives an except from chapter two at the end. I'll be watchin ...more
Sue
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a debut novel this was quite a good story with an intricate plot full of lots of complex characters and a fair amount of mystery.
I was really baffled though by all the readers who proclaimed this was humorous (the cover sure "looks" like it is comedic story)...for me it was anything but funny. A woman who has to go into witness protection because she did the right thing by reporting a crime she witnessed and then yet again gets herself involved in a horrific situation by helping a battered w
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Rebecca Austin
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-magic
Jennifer Smith witnesses 2 men trying to lift another man into the back of a car and the next thing she knows she has become Allie Foster and has moved to Texas to begin a new life. She begins work as a Nova Lady and when she goes to deliver products to her friend Megan she finds her life once again upside down.

Megan's husband, Mike, works for the Sheriff's department and has been physically abusing her. Allie vows to keep Megan and her daughter, Sally, safe and find her own life once again in d
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Delinda McCann
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How refreshing to find a book about strong sensible capable women.

When Allie starts a new career selling Nova cosmetics, she is looking for a way to earn a better living while helping other women find financial independence. She had no idea how involved she would become in another woman’s life.

After two months of selling cosmetics, Allie had a customer base and even made a few new friends. The grit of the story begins when Allie makes a delivery to her new friend Megan’s house and finds the fro
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Summer
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's not easy being a NOVA Lady...it's not so much the door-to-door life that has Allie on the move. This is a woman who seems to face more than her share of 'wrong place, wrong time' situations--like witnessing a murder while taking out the garbage at her day job when her name was Jennifer not Allie!. Witness protection is supposed to get her out of trouble, but all that changes when Allie makes a NOVA delivery to a friend. Allie finds her friend, Megan, badly beaten. The two of them are soon s ...more
Helen Christmas
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Thrilling Drama

I was very happy to have found this book, a fast paced cat and mouse drama involving domestic violence (which is never a happy subject). The central character, Allie, is instantly likeable, having fled a lonely existence in New York to start a new life in the country, setting up her own business selling cosmetics and introducing women to independence.

On the day she discovers her friend badly beaten by a violent husband, she knows she cannot leave things - even if she risks her o
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Charles Ray
I received a free review copy of Ding dong! Is She Dead? NOVA Ladies Adventures, Book #1, by Alathia Paris Morgan, and, based on the title, anticipated that it would be a humorous mystery. As both a mystery and a humor fan, I particularly like when an author is able to effectively combine the two.
I wasn’t completely disappointed. The story of Jennifer Smythe, a big city girl who works in a bar who witnesses two men disposing of a corpse and ends up as Allie working in a department store in rura
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Bj Quigley
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
OK. So obviously, people who rated this book knew the author OR were Avon representatives. This is NOT a four or five-star book in any way, shape or form! I ordered this book because I thought it sounded good and was fooled by the ratings. It's self-published and the author unfortunately did NOT have an editor look it over. If I hadn't bought it, I would have tossed it aside very quickly due to the ENORMOUS amount of grammatical errors throughout the book ... and I mean ENORMOUS. Incomplete sent ...more
Ellie Midwood
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I just picked up “Ding Dong is She Dead” I thought at first that it would be a sort of a chick-lit mystery, but I was very pleasantly surprised to discover a very serious topic at the center of the story – domestic violence and finding one’s courage to stand up to it.
Allie is a new girl in town, hiding her real identity under the witness protection program. However, as if witnessing one crime wasn’t enough, she soon finds herself in even more trouble, after she finds her client Megan, who
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Richelle Robinson
Warning:
The story does discuss some sensitive subject matter and was a little heavy at times.

We have Jennifer who is in the witness protection and has to start her life over as Allie. I'm hoping we will find out more about that whole situation in the next book. Along the way she makes friends with Megan who is in an abusive marriage. Allie helps Megan and her daughter Sally in their time of need. I won't go into too much detail. The friendship and bond between Allie and Megan knew no bounds.Ther
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Sheila
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Megan has been beaten by her husband and left seriously hurt. Allie, her Nova Lady and friend, stops by, sees what has happened, and takes her to the hospital. Allie is there for her as she comes to terms with what the future has in store for her.

I liked Allie. She's got a lot of problems of her own but she still goes out of her way to help others. These are good characters. While domestic violence is not a pleasant topic, it is handled very well here. I liked how this book shows the emotional,
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David Boiani
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the title "Ding Dong! Is she dead?" I thought, this book is going to be a bit comical. I couldn't have been more wrong. The author did an astounding job touching on domestic violence .. Creating a character named Allie who grew up in Foster care, going from home to home, which made her strong-willed and independent. Never knowing what it was like for someone to actually care for her or love her... Allie decides to change careers. She is now a Nova lady, selling cosmetics door to door. ...more
D.K. Cassidy
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Start To A New Series

Don’t be fooled by the fun title, this is a serious story about domestic abuse. The main character Jennifer is in Witness Protection after observing two men hiding a body in the trunk of a car. She is moved to Texas where she changes her name to Allie and begins a new life.

After working at the mall for two years, she meets a member of Nova Ladies. They sell cosmetics door to door. Allie decides to become a Nova Lady and finds out she is a natural.

Life is great until
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Fiona
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An unusual blend. The style and feel is that of a cozy mystery but the subject matter of domestic violence was heavier than I expected to find within frothy, light hearted prose and to my mind the story was more of a thriller than a mystery.
Allie, A successful Nova Lady (similar to an Avon Lady for UK readers) is usually concerned with make-up tips and gossip. She comes across Megan and her daughter Sally victims of domestic violence and supports them as they leave the family home. Suffice to sa
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Teresa Kander
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: suspense
I have to admit to getting VERY frustrated while reading this book. I can't understand the four and five star ratings at all. There was obviously little or no editing done to this book, as it was filled with errors: there were TONS of incomplete sentences, nearly every new sentence was a separate paragraph, a lot of the sentences that weren't just fragments were run-on sentences, there were a multitude of apostrophe misuses, etc.

The idea behind the story, spotlighting domestic abuse, is a good
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Heather andrews
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't think Allie really likes to have a helping hand especially from Justin at times, “just so you know Justin, I will manage to get into your truck all by myself next time. There will no need for your ‘assistance’.” Allie proclaimed with embarrassment as she realized he had firmly cupped her butt to assist her into the truck." Justin really was a sweetheart, “I can take care of that problem. Taking you on a date I mean, the offer is still good.” Justin grinned as he realized Allie was not up ...more
Maria
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ding dong! Is She Dead? NOVA Ladies Adventures, Book #1, by Alathia Paris Morgan, is a murder mystery, drama, and romance.
The story is about Jennifer Smythe who witnessed a body being shoved into the trunk of a car. For her protection she is placed into the witness protection program and Jennifer, a city gal, is shipped to Texas. Jennifer leaves a job to become a beauty representative. Her new job introduces her to new people and once again she is in the center of another murder.

“Ding dong! Is
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Sharon Brownlie
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I had no problem assigning Ding Dong! Is she dead? five stars. The narrative is clear and concise at moving forward the well thought out plot. The pace was steady and I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue.

Allie, the main character life changes the minute she becomes a Nova Lady and from there the reader is taken along with her story. Relationships are examined and domestic abuse is there, but it's believable and central to the plot. Humour plays a part and it is executed perfectly.

I am glad the book
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Dermot Davis
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Allie thought she had problems until she finds her new friend Megan stretched out on her bathroom floor. My initial thought was that she was dead and there would follow a mystery and murder investigation but the author cleverly went in a completely different direction and right away I was hooked. Megan's husband turns out to be the culprit and by helping Megan with her situation, Allie takes on way more than she at first bargained for. Not only is Mike a bad apple but he's also a cop, which grea ...more
Twilightwatchers
This book was okay. The concept was good. However, the dialogue was very stilted. The characters were unemotional to the point of being robotic. Unfortunately, the seriousness of domestic violence is downplayed so much you feel like it was just a stubbed toe to get over. At one point the antagonist is injured and hospitalized. This is a major plotline and you have to assume his injuries were caused by a car accident that left the heroine unhurt but for some soreness.

I received the book free for
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Suzi Albracht
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Captivating Story of Domestic Violence

I liked this book from the first line of dialog. The author has done an excellent job of fleshing out characters and maintaining several story lines. The way she delivers the story is refreshing and keeps you interested. Even though it is a work of fiction, I would recommend it to anyone in a similar situation because right along with all the ugly aspects of the horrors of domestic violence, it delivers a positive message to abuse survivors. For a first nove
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Gwen
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this story that grabbed you from the beginning. It gives you a sense of what women go through in regards to domestic violence. With this story, you get involved so much that you really want to kick the villain in the you-know-where. This is not a subject that many authors will address in a romantic suspense story as it is categorized as. Well done and I will be reading more by this author.
Peggy
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**SPOILER FREE**

**WARNING** Can be a sensitive subject!


Completely amazed with this book! Not at all what I was thinking going in. The characters and plot of this story can really hit home with what really goes on or can happen. I found myself turning the pages faster than I realized. Found that I was completely lost in the story. Well written. Very impressed with the works of this author!


*Received for an honest review*
Charissa Dufour
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Is She dead? actually has some strong female characters, which is rare in fiction. We often find ourselves screaming "don't open that door!" well not with Allie! She actually listens to the police and works hard to protect those she loves. We need more fictional characters like this.
I could only give it 3* cause it needed just a bit more polishing in the proof reading area. Otherwise, a fun read.
Julie Powell
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery/psychological thriller with some strong female characters and important issues tackled.

Allie life is changed more than once - witness protection and risking a different kind of employment...all to the good.

Things get messy, people she cares about are in danger and...

Overall, a good story for those who enjoy this genre.
Medusa
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will have to say I definitely loved this book....I loved my adventure with Allie....Thank you to the Author for doing what you do for us readers...will definitely be watching for more of your books....
Cherime MacFarlane
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must say I wasn't sure about the book. But this is a cleverly written, entertaining story. And it has several great messages smack dab in the middle. A touchy subject is handled exceptionally well in this fine start to a series.
Lisa Marie Barrera
OMFG!! DING DONG! IS SHE DEAD!...Had me at the Very First moment to started reading this Marvelous Book! Ala Alathia Paris Morgan is a First time AUTHOR for me and She BLEW ME AWAY!! It was Nonstop Action from the Very beginning and Wonder WHERE you Ventured to Next! It was like reading a Mysterious Action movie with all the Twist and Turns that will leave you Speechless.
It starts out with Jennifer Sythe aka Allie relocating to Texas from New York city after witnessing a murder taking place whi
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Nickie Sale
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this was totally engaged right from page one. Allie has spent most of her life moving from foster home to foster home and was placed in witness protection after witnessing a MOB murder. Now she's in Texas, with her new identity and new life. She gets a job selling Nova cosmetics (love the Avon in reverse) and at last is really starting to settle down. Here she makes lots of new friends but one in particular,Megan is an abused wife and mother. Allie wants to help Megan and her daughter, but ...more
Amy Harrison
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not my normal read, but I love it. Alathia has outline perfectly what happens in a relationship where there is domestic violence.
Megan was married to Mike, deputy who was extremely abusive. They had a child together Sally.
Allie was in witness protection being relocated to Texas from New York after witnessing a Murder.
Allie found Megan beaten when she went to deliver her Nova products to Megan. Megan was beaten and Allie had to get Megan to the hospital. She had servers lead injuries.
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Alathia Paris Morgan is a full-time Avon Independent Sales Representative who loves her customers and what she does. Helping others comes with the territory as do the funny stories.
After the death of her brother in 2013, she decided that life was a lot shorter than she had planned. So she began writing with NANOWRIMO Camp in April. After starting the story, she realized that the ladies in her book
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