Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause by Sandy Curtis
A bankrupt husband. A marriage on the rocks. A cop more sexy than the legal limit.
Just when Ellie Cummins is free to shed her corporate wife image, she finds the body of a young woman in an apartment she’s been hired to re-design. Her fledging business depends on this contract, so she tries to ignore the long-buried grief the trauma exposes.
When Ellie learns that her daughter has a personal connection to the victim, and the police have no leads, she and friends Cass and Kandy decide to investigate the murder. But Brisbane’s alleyways are dark and their detective skills dubious, so how far will they go for justice?
Kandy once lived a hard life on the streets, but will uncovering her husband’s secret life destroy all she’s achieved since then? And solid, dependable Cass isn’t as content with her life as she seems.
And is the cop who responded to their call more interested in Ellie than the investigation?
For the three friends, it’s a time of change and self-discovery. And the realisation that life, like love, doesn’t play fair.
Format: Paperback, e-book
On Sale: June 2016
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Reviews for Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause:
“Another great read by Sandy Curtis. Murder, Mayhem and Men on Pause is the story of three women friends who support each other no matter what. It is mainly Ellie’s story starting from when her marriage falls apart. It’s rewarding to see Ellie picking herself up and starting again. She soon meets a gorgeous uncomplicated guy, a cop named Chris, who is the type of hero we dream about. Kind, brave and supportive. Although it is funny in places, Curtis doesn’t shy away from the unsexy time of life that is menopause and all the problems that come with it in a relationship, but Chris takes it all on board without a complaint. This is a very enjoyable read.”
Cathleen Ross, posted on Amazon
“What an awesome read! I planned to spread reading this book out over a week, but I had it finished in two days (and it’s not a short book!). I just fell in love with the trio of women – especially the main character Ellie, not to mention her hunky love interest. There’s a suspense/crime element to the story and that will keep crime readers well and truly happy, but the relationships between the women really pulled me in, particularly the relationship between Ellie and her daughter Miranda. It’s laugh out loud funny at times, but there’s a real emotional depth to this story, and a super-satisfying ending. Big tick of recommendation from me!”
L Cusack, posted on Amazon
“Loved this book from the first. Ellie, the main character, is going through some life changes. Her friends support her, and together they become involved in solving a crime. Sandy Curtis usually writes romantic suspense, but there is so much more to this story. All the quirky funny day-to-day dramas that engulf Ellie and her two friends, as Ellie tries to make a new start after her husband’s business goes bankrupt and he leaves. And then a new man appears in her life. I enjoyed this book in so many ways, and I can’t recommend it enough.”
Kaye Dobbie, posted on Amazon
“This book keeps you guessing as to which way the storyline will toss and turn. A story of three women who find their futures altering. Mystery, intrigue and a blooming romance with a gorgeous hunk of a man, but is his job going to cause problems for the new romance. I just loved it and couldn’t put it down.”
Customer, posted on Amazon
“I purchased this book for my mum and she loved it so much I had to read it for myself. I like romance, but not the soppy stuff, so this was great. I liked that there were so many elements to the story.”
Customer, posted on Amazon
“A great read, no matter where you are in life. Real characters. Honest lives, A dead body. A happy ending. What more could any reader want?”
Georgette Blakeney, posted on Amazon
“This was such a wonderful story. Everyone should have friends who will share the good times and the bad with you, and help you bury the bodies if necessary. Though in Ellie’s case it was help her solve a murder. I devoured it in one sitting and I know that this is a book I will cherish for many years to come. Any book by Sandy Curtis is an auto buy for me and she never disappoints, especially when the story twists and takes me to unexpected places.”
Shell, posted on Amazon
“Murder, Mayhem and Men on Pause by Aussie author Sandy Curtis was an entertaining read, filled with laugh out loud moments, mystery and a mixture of twists and red herrings. I loved the twist on the title (when I worked out what it was!) – very clever. And when I arrived at the very satisfying ending, I realised there is another to follow! Can’t wait to read it! The three friends are great characters; strong and determined to embrace whatever life throws at them. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Curtis’ previous works, and have no hesitation in highly recommending Murder, Mayhem and Men on Pause to all.”
Brenda Telford, posted on Amazon