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Tips for Living

Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

On the day Nora discovered that her husband, Hugh, had gotten another woman pregnant, she made a vow: I will come back to life no matter how long it takes....

It's taken Nora three years. With the help of her best friend, she fled New York City for a small resort town, snagged a job as the advice columnist for the local paper, and is cautiously letting a new man into her life. But when Hugh and his perfect new family move into a house nearby, Nora backslides. Coping with jealousy, humiliation, and resentment again is as hard as she feared. It's harder still when Hugh and his wife are shot to death in their home.

If only Nora could account for the night of the murders. Unfortunately, her memories have gone as dark as her fantasies of revenge. But Nora's not the only one with a reason to kill - and as prime suspect in the crime, she'd better be able to prove it.

©2018 Renée Shafransky (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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An Easy Going Mystery

I enjoyed Shafransky's debut novel. She didn't blow my mind, but it was something of a page turner.

It's essentially The Girl on the Train with more likeable characters and less gripping plot.

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  • Sara
  • 25-03-18

A Long Island Mystery

I tried this book because a friend told me that if I enjoyed Ann Leary's The Good House I might like this because they had similar moods and settings. After listening I agree that both books captured small communities with clashes between local town people and the wealthy new to the area summer people. The main characters were both completely on the edge and the books were dominated by the inner voices and thoughts of these characters. In the end, The Good House wins as my favorite of the two, but Shafransky's Tips For Living was good and kept me engaged and guessing.

I really like mysteries that are set in distinct locations with lots of texture, local color, good descriptions of the surroundings and strong support characters. This book succeeded in all of these areas and had a well thought out storyline. I will say that the medical treatments in the story made me scratch my head and say What?--but these small issues weren't enough to make me give up on the story being told. I enjoyed the cultural aspects added to the story by the main character Nora's Russian family background. For me, this added depth to the whole picture.

Overall, this was an enjoyable story that held my interest and kept me listening and wondering. I liked it.

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  • Marily
  • 20-02-18

The first Pancake never turns out! Don't give up!!!

Enjoyed every bit! A little more detective and suspense then most cosey mysteries. Wonderful expressive reader!
Lots of blind allies and twists. Even a bit of a love story.

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  • Robert Atkinson
  • 16-02-18

Good book

It says here that the review is optional, so why won't it let me submit my stars without writing art least 15 words?

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  • RueRue
  • 29-04-19

There's potential

Ummm, there is potential for a good story, but it's not quite there....too many jumps in plotting without logical progression, and a rather milqtoast protagonist; I kept wishing she'd be stronger instead of just a doormat. The narration is good, which is one reason I took a chance on this debt. Next time, I hope the author has a more assertive editor.

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  • Anastasia Beaverhausen
  • 08-04-19

Good story, enjoyable book

I really enjoyed the plot, it held my attention. The narration was great, easy to follow along to.

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  • Mike
  • 03-02-19

A really fun mystery

I loved this book! I thought it was a really fun mystery with a great female perspective. The narrator was perfect too.

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  • donna gaines
  • 26-10-18

Too tedious

Sometimes you don’t want a book to end but with this one the last 2 hours were so drawn out and tedious. Not my favorite.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-18

Highly enjoyed the performance

The actress really made this story believable and I enjoyed Nora's internal monolougue during her panicked moments as I can see myself doing the same thing

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  • Jason Sinclair
  • 29-06-18

Weak Storyline and Annoying Protagonist

if overly-whiney and irritating main characters are your thing, then this book is for you. storyline is only slightly less irritating. unfortunately it wasn't any less obvious.

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  • gingflynn
  • 21-05-18

Riveting!

With enough red herrings to stock a fish monger’s shop, this is one of the most entertaining and satisfying read/listens I’ve had in some time. Definitely not a mystery you’ll have figured out half way through! Susan Bennett’s narration is top notch, as befits such a well crafted novel.