The book opens with our main character, Jennifer Marsh, in jail. Jennifer is an unpublished author of mystery novels. During the story we meet her writers group and a trio of aged "Baker Street Irregulars" who help try and clear Jennifer. A well done first book. I have the next 5 in the series which now numbers 8 books and will be reading the next one soon.
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Jun 28, Glen rated it it was ok Shelves: cozies , mystery. A struggling author writes about the best way to kill a literary agent. Then the agent is killed using her method, making her the primary suspect.
An intriguing premise, but just didn't do it for me, but I can't put my finger on just why. Your mileage may vary. View 1 comment.
Mar 12, Tammy rated it really liked it. Dying to Get Published is quirky and filled with many funny, head shaking moments. I originally decided to get the book strictly based off of the title and cover. I mean really, what aspiring writer struggling to get their name out there can't identify with a fellow writer who goes off the "deep end" just a little in the name of success. I believe the writing bug probably makes everyone slightly loopy.
With that being said although there wasn't a huge amount of romance I enjoyed reading this boo Dying to Get Published is quirky and filled with many funny, head shaking moments. With that being said although there wasn't a huge amount of romance I enjoyed reading this book and felt that the author wrote a solid story, with a nice pace.
The interaction between Jennifer and her writing critique group as well as her unknowing partner in crime Sam Culpepper was really well scripted throughout the book. The only thing I wasn't completely sold on was some of the office scenes towards the end of the book. It just didn't feel completely believable to me. Overall it was a good read. This book is the first in a series of six of The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries and I would absolutely recommend it as a funny mystery novel to pickup. Jennifer Marsh really wanted to have her book published.
Jennifer decided she would kill murder someone as a research project so her story would be more realistic and she would learn how murderers thought. Jennifer talked to the other members of her writing class to get suggestions about how to commit the murder: gaining access to the victim, establishing the alib Jennifer Marsh really wanted to have her book published. Jennifer talked to the other members of her writing class to get suggestions about how to commit the murder: gaining access to the victim, establishing the alibi, choosing the weapon, etc.
Along the way, she learned about a news anchor who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a roof and gets involved in finding out the truth behind his death. Eventually she began having doubts about actually murdering Penney. Was that all she wanted out of life? Jennifer was the prime suspect. To save herself, she had to find the real murderer.
The book was witty. In one segment, while she is trying to determine how much poison she would have to use to knock out the person who was to be her alibi, she poured wine into two glasses, a blue one for him and a pink one for herself. Blue was for boys; pink was for girls. One elderly woman, who Jennifer cultivated as part of her plot, told the police she had seen Jennifer in the building.
She also served the officers tea but deliberately placed the tea bags into the cups of coffee to sabotage her reliability. Another woman referred to a Miss Georgia winner who sang and danced ballet simultaneously. Subplots include her yet to be born child.
I look forward to reading her future adventures. This book was a free Amazon download. View 2 comments. Aug 07, Sarah Workaday Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Funny in an omg-did-that-just-happen sort of way. Once you get past how ridiculous the main character seems at first glance, the story is quick and amusing. The love interests are totally adorable together. My, was that fun! Like Jennifer, I have also submitted a novel several times to receive a stack of rejection letters, and I immediately bonded with her character.
I thought this was a great little read, and really enjoyed Fitzwater's humor, laughing out loud several times. I have already downloaded the second book in the series and can hardly wait to see what trouble Jennifer finds herself. Found myself comparing these favorably to the Richard Castle books. Highly recommend to those seeking a fu My, was that fun! Highly recommend to those seeking a fun, light story. Apr 11, Ted Tayler rated it really liked it. The humour helped keep my interest throughout.
A decent story line, two strong lead characters, and a full supporting cast. I could get to like Ms Fitzwalter's work if the rest of the Jennifer Marsh series is a good as this one. I was hoping this book would be another well written, quick read.
Instead, I received a mediocre "mystery" that centered around an unlikable protagonist who I kind of preferred be jailed rather than being able to clear her name. In case you can't tell, I was not a very large fan of this book. My main problem is the protagonist. Jennifer Marsh is a mystery writer who has eight books written, and none of them published. Despite her persistence in trying to find an agent, she I was hoping this book would be another well written, quick read.
Despite her persistence in trying to find an agent, she has received some interest that really only tied up her ability to try to sell a novel for a year, and which resulted in an unpleasant phone call. But Jennifer Marsh is not very nice, possibly crazy, and kind of boring. It is the last adjective that really clinches her unlikability for me.
Crazy characters have been done well. The same goes for possibly crazy characters.
Bitchy can be fun and entertaining - though it was less so with Ms. Marsh, who was mean to everyone, yet still felt entitled to receive kind behavior from others.
Jennifer also rebuffed the advances of every man she came across - which would be fine if she wasn't desperate to become pregnant, and talking to the uninseminated ova in her womb by the gender neutral name "Jamie" on a consistent basis. Yet above and beyond the sense of entitlement, there is that sense of boring, which simply makes a reader say: "Why should I care? Basically, the story centers around the idea of a mystery writer who hinges dangerously between actually attempting to commit a murder, and seeing if she can get away with everything leading up to a murder without actually committing it, all in the name of research.
The end goal is supposed to be a marketable novel that she can sell. The actual result is that the reader is unsure of whether or not this chick is crazy and is going to kill a mean literary agent.
So this novel could have been fascinating. Yet with the unlikable protagonist, it was simply a quick read. I don't recommend it, but might be being too harsh because I was not a fan of the protagonist. Quirky, funny at times, and a satisfying read for the most part. I liked this book but I didn't love it. The main character, Jennifer, was likeable in many ways and I could definitely sympathize with her frustration at not being published.
I could only shake my head at the depths to which she was prepared to go to get herself noticed, which, needless to say, backfired on her. What in heaven's Quirky, funny at times, and a satisfying read for the most part. What in heaven's name were you thinking, girl??
And, her habit of continually talking and referring to the as-yet-unconceived "Jaime" was amusing at first but rapidly became annoying after a while. Walker was a fun, eccentric character, and Sam was quite adequate as the romantic interest. I thought Jennifer's treatment of him was a little cruel at times and I admired his tolerance of her behaviour.
All in all, I enjoyed this novel enough to try the second one in the series. Jennifer marsh can't seem to get published, why? Obviously her books are missing something. She decides to think like a killer, and plans to murder the literary agent who snubbed her book. Ultimately, Legacy demonstrates that love is more powerful than death; that no mission is too great with a bit of hope, courage, and determination; and that even a tragedy can be re-made and resurrected into something new, beautiful, and lasting.
At its core, Legacy is a book about becoming an adult - where the joy and innocence of youth suddenly meet with the harsh reality that nothing in this world is secure, that people die, families change, and even the environment in which we live can be destroyed. She is a native of Washington, D. Legacy is her first book. Stop in, pick up a copy of Legacy and have it personalized by Megan herself!