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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Nothing ever happened in Santa Louisa, which was why Ellen McKenzie, divorce decree in one hand, new real estate license in the other, went home. Peace was what she needed, and time to figure out if forty is too late to start a new life. A huge big box store wants to build and the town is sharply divided about its coming.

Each side has drawn up battle plans. Hank was its most ardent supporter. Or could it be more personal? Ellen finds out all too quickly the real reason Hank was murdered and almost loses her own life. Read more Read less. Books In This Series 5 Books. Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1.

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Ellen MacKenzie has moved back home after a divorce and recently gotten a job as a real estate broker. But when she goes to show her first home she discovers the bloody corpse of Hank Sawyer, a local contractor, in the closet. Once the police arrive she finds out that the chief turns out to be the boy she grew up to next door, Dan Dunham.

While she has no plans to even investigate the murder, she finds out that the main suspect is another broker that she knows just wouldn't commit this crime.

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So she decides to ask a few questions and see if she can find a more likely suspect. But while it appears that Hank didn't have any real enemies, there were a few feathers he ruffled in the process of a new store coming to town, one that would have changed things in their little burg. Did one of those against this development kill him? Ellie will have to put her life on the line to find out This is an older book and since it's been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile I decided to read it, and I'm glad I did. It was done nicely, with a good plot line and no real 'evil' people, which was a change.

Although the actual killer wasn't that hard to figure out, the process behind it was a delight to read. There was plenty of intrigue, although not a lot of 'action' and I liked the fact that the police weren't bumbling idiots; even though we knew that Ellie and Dan would eventually 'connect' he actually acted like a police chief and didn't involve her in the case asking her to help as others do, hint, hint nor would he discuss it with her much. So that was a welcome change. Another thing I liked is that Ellie actually wears makeup instead of "throwing on a little lip gloss" and thinking she looks great.

All lip gloss does is make you look like you haven't wiped your mouth after drinking a glass of water. It doesn't count as makeup. Don't get me wrong; I get that some women wear minimal makeup, and that's fine as it's their choice; but lip gloss doesn't count as minimal makeup; it's non-existent. That being said, there were enough likable characters in the book that I will read the next in the series and see where it goes, as Ellie is a smart woman who isn't invasive in her questioning, and that's nice to see. It was a quick read but a pleasant mystery where even though you could pretty much see the end, was still entertaining.

Ellen is divorced and has moved back to her small home town. She is living in her parent's home since they have moved to Arizona. She is learning the real estate business. And slowly but surely she is making a new place for herself. Her first showing of a home is on a rainy and grey Sunday afternoon. As she goes through the house turning on lights to make it more welcoming, she discovers a dead man.

The most interesting aspect of the investigation into the murder, the chief of police is an old and dear friend. Dan was her best friend when they were children. He lived next door and they grew up together. So, there is murder, there is possible romance waiting in the wings and there are many people from Ellen's past who know everything that happens in town, nearly before things happen.

Except in this case, no one seems to know exactly why the man was killed or exactly who killed him. There are candidates for murderer.


Hank, the victim, was a "ladies man" who also was a successful contractor. He had offended some women with his over the top flirting. He was supporting a new store coming to town and the new store could possibly kill off the local businesses which had been in town forever. However, in this final mystery, there is no on who knew why the man was killed and who would have any motive to kill the man. There are several key suspects in the investigation.

Hank, the man who was killed, was quite a ladies man and also an exceedingly successful contractor. With his top flirting, Hank had apparently pissed off some women. Eventually, it becomes clear that Hank was supporting the construction of one of the biggest store in the town, which was going to kill several stores and businesses in the town.

With that said, Dying for a Change has been brilliantly written. All the characters in the book including the protagonist Ellen are well-rounded and are individuals who will remind the readers of the individuals whom thy have met in real life. While the MO are so many, it eventually becomes apparent that the threat of a new business venture will be more than a reason to kill someone.

While the book initially moved slowly, the introduction of the characters eventually gave the book a fast pace. Ellen is an exceedingly strong woman, who does not stop at anything until she ensures that justice has been served. One day when Elli was walking into a feed, at fairgrounds, she discovers a dead body inside the feed.

The dead body belonged to a man who was a drug dealer. As Ellen looks at the dead body, she cannot help but wonder who may have wanted the young man dead. Several people emerge as the main suspects, and all of the suspects apparently work at the show barn, where her daughter has also taken a summer job. Worried that her daughter may be in danger, Ellen McKenzie begins to ask questions. It did not take long before another dead body was found at the exceedingly prestigious, Arabian show that she came to the realization that she should be able to find the killer first before it is too late.

With that said, Ellen McKenzie feels real each time she interacts with her boyfriend, whom she is constantly keeping at a distance so that she can be able to avoid the usual commitment. The author, Kathleen Delaney dealt exceedingly well with the horse show set and in the process gave out important information that is not easy to find. The third book in the Ellen McKenzie book series has been set in the wine country, California. In this book, we meet once again with Ellen McKenzie a real estate expert and a sleuth who has a connection with the local police. However, Ellen can do nothing but instead make them feel welcomed.

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Eventually, Sabrina convinces Ellen to assist her in organizing an upscale dinner which is going to be held where Mark works as a wine master. A majority of the readers will be somehow pleased that the chef ended up dead. Overall, this is a well-written mystery that is not only full of likeable characters but it also gives a lot on insights into wine and wine tasting.

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