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Lori Copeland
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October 2005 Thorndike Christian Mystery
Frustrated author M. K. Diamond is suffering from another bout of writer's block when the perfect plot unfolds in real life: a burglar in Morning Shade is breaking into homes and redecorating, of all things! If only Maude can keep her feisty mother-in-law, Stella, on the case before the trail grows cold and her manuscript freezes up again.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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About the Author

Christian romance author Lori Copeland has published more than fifty-five novels since beginning her writing career in 1982. Lori and her husband, Lance, live in Springfield, Missouri, and have enjoyed more than 43 years together in marriage. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and one granddaughter (they admit to spoiling the only girl in the family just a little bit). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm-Hearted Far-Fetched Story Dec 23 2003
Format:Paperback
Maude Diamond is a struggling novelist who has never made the best seller list. She has recently lost her husband and has a serious case of writer's block. Her elderly mother-in-law moves in with her, followed by her daughter, reeling from a disastrous marriage. So life is looking pretty bleak with nothing to pique Maude's interest until--
Well, you'd never guess. A mysterious burglar is knocking over homes in the little town of Morning Shade, Arkansas--a burglar who never steals anything, but comes in to rearrange the furniture and redecorate. Who could it be? And why is he (or she) doing this?
It is a pretty far-fetched plot, to be sure, and it takes a while for author Copeland to hit her stride. I wasn't sure I could finish this book, but I'm glad I did. It gradually draws you in to the warm-hearted ambience of the little town and its quirky characters. The story takes off and I found myself enjoying it in spite of myself.
Bad Taste is not great literature. The plot is absurd, the dialogue is awkward, the characters are all too quirky and lovable. More serious, the author is not subtle about her Christian faith, and sometimes comes perilously close to preaching. Still, the book was fun and easy to read and I enjoyed it for what it is. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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4.0 out of 5 stars light mystery Dec 20 2003
By Krysten
Format:Paperback
Lori Copeland writes a light humorous mystery about a burgular who doesn't take anything. Instead, the burgular rearranges furniture, adds accents, and replaces outdated household items. For Maude, a writer with writer's block, it's book material. She just needs to solve the mystery so she'll have the ending to her book.
The downside of this book was the ending. I won't say why I don't like it because I don't want to give anything away, but I'll say that I don't like the who did part and the conclusions that Maude comes to about her own motives in writing about this peculiar mystery.
If you want light mystery reading, this is for you. If not, pick up something by Terri Blackstock or Dee Henderson for a more in depth Christian suspense book.
One last note, I had the chance to talk to Lori Copeland personally and she's a very friendly and witty Christian lady.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful mystery! Oct. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In "A Case of Bad Taste" we are introduced to Maude Diamond and the town of Morning Shade, Arkansas. Maude is a writer struggling with writer's block and trying to meet a deadline. To make matters more stressful, or so it seems at first, both her widowed daughter and her widowed mother-in-law have come to live with her. Throw in some pets with personalities of their own and a burglar around town who doesn't seem to actually take anything and you have a very humorous story. Ms. Copeland has a great sense of humor as evidenced especially through the character of Stella, Maude's mother-in-law, who is never at a loss for words ( much to Maudes' chagrin!) A very entertaining and inspirational read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READER FROM KENTUCKY March 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK. I WAS LAUGHING OUT LOUD IT WAS SO FUNNY. THE BOOK IS REAL AND SO MUCH LIKE OUR OWN LIVES. I LOVED THE WAY THE WRITER CHARACTER IN THE BOOK WOULD SAY STUFF TO HERSELF BUT NOT TO THE OTHER PERSON. IT HAD AN EXCELLENT CHRISTIAN MESSAGE. I AM GLAD SHE STAYED TRUE TO HER CHRISTIAN READER BASE. REALLY ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF READING THIS AND PLAN TO READ ALL THAT COMES OUT IN THIS SERIES.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for a few laughs?? Love Trading Spaces?? July 7 2003
Format:Paperback
In this first of a series (I can't wait to read the rest) Ms. Copeland gives us new friends and some mystery to unfold. The setting is perfect, the characters are great, and the plot is a perfect balance of laughs and reflection. Imagine a break-in artist who...redecorates! And, that, is just the beginning.
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!!
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