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Cedardale Court (The How Many Roads Series Book 1) by [Christensen, Nathan Lee]
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Full of daring fools, haunting old flames, and brimming with panicked villainy, the Oregon countryside was supposed to solve Canner Connelly’s problems, not make them worse. But, after their well-intentioned move, the safety and peace of mind he’s longed for since the passing of his wife, for him and his daughter, Chloe, might be out of sight forever.

*A neo-gothic fabulation, bordered on the lines of hysterical realism, wrapped up in a quirky little murder mystery*

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa62824b0) out of 5 stars 79 reviews
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6bcaaf4) out of 5 stars I love the dark humor in this thriller Nov. 9 2011
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on
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Canner has taken his daughter, Chloe, to live with Uncle Henry, in the hopes that a nice quiet life will help them forget their loss. But life on Cedardale Court turns out to be, well, not so quiet. When an accident reveals the death of a local teacher, everyone is stumped as to why she was killed, and who did it. Turns out, pretty much everyone on Cedardale Court has a secret.

I am a huge fan of dark humor, of thrillers that make me snigger and snort. So, this book? Right up my alley. While the main intention of the story is a murder mystery/thriller, the writing is done in such a witty, droll manner that one cannot help but laugh at parts. Some of the villains in the story are so unlikely, bumbling and tripping their way through their nefarious deeds. Not since watching "The Trouble with Harry" have I giggled so much over a dead body. I just loved it.

Each character has their own unique story to tell, which flows nicely in the overall plot. It is almost like individual strands being woven together into a sinister tapestry. Everyone really does have a secret, and I love that slowly, all the secrets are revealed in the story. By learning each character's story or secret, the reader feels connected to them, slowly, without realizing it is even happening. It really hooked me and pulled me in to the book.

I think that fans of thrillers and murder mysteries will like the book, but I truly hope the readers will enjoy the wry humor of the writing as well, because to me that is what makes the book so memorable.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa677b8f4) out of 5 stars Wierdly wonderful Jan. 14 2012
By D. Wymer - Published on
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Just finished this quirky brillant novel. Totally uxpected...a mystery...character study...many prettily turned phrases...with odd twists n turns and awell crafted coming full circle ending that I loved. Very well written & an exceptional way to spend a winter day. Please PLEASE do write your second novel so I can have it w/ me in Egypt this summer!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68f1744) out of 5 stars Cedardale Court Jan. 4 2012
By Michelle - Published on
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I was contacted by the author himself to give the book a chance then to post my thoughts, whether I loved or hated it. I have to admit it has taken a while to get around to reading it due to the influx of books I had received, this week being a 'work free week' gave me time to sit and read some books and try to make my way through the ever growing pile. From the moment I started Cedardale Court I had one thought, why didn't I start this sooner??

Cedardale Court introduces us to Canner and his daughter Chloe as they are moving from their previous home, to go to move in with Uncle Henry. Their first day there is full of surprise, when a car crashing into a water hydrant results in bones and body part being unearthed. The police are quickly involved and we get to follow different characters as they tell their own stories that all meet up in the final chapters to conclude with a great ending. Occasionally Cedardale Court goes back to 30 years prior, to Jane and her husband, and we get to watch their story unfold and find out what happened to him.

I really liked getting to see into the lives of other people and not just Canner, Chloe and Henry, and seeing how their story started and how it links and intertwines with others stories. I enjoyed seeing the plot slowly unravel, with false hints and clues thrown in to distract me from finding out who did it and I was kept guessing right to the end about who it was and was surprised by the result.

Throughout Cedardale Court you get to see new bonds formed between relatives that end up being strong and secure, and tentative bonds formed as a last resort between neighbours. We get to see the relationship between Canner and Chloe develop more and I feel like although moving wasn't the best thing for them to begin with, by the end of the book I felt they were much closer and understood each other more.

I really enjoyed reading Cedardale Court and look forward to reading more of Nathan's work.
My favourite quote had to be this, I actually laughed out loud reading it.

"I'm starting to see how life isn't so much about success as it is about sucking just a little less than everyone else."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa63a47c8) out of 5 stars A MUST READ ! Feb. 4 2012
By janice coomes - Published on
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa626aeac) out of 5 stars Cedardale Court Dec 21 2011
By Catherine Coffman - Published on
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I totally just realized that there are a lot of "C" names in this book! Random!

Completely irrelevant observations aside, Cedardale Court is definitely on the fringes of my typical genres, but I am really glad that I had the opportunity to read this. It's a murder mystery that just keeps escalating into a tangled mess, and it was virtually impossible to predict what would happen next. There's blackmail, infidelity, and crazy long term secrets that are just dumbfounding, and the author keeps them all straight and ties them together nicely. With a plot like this, it would be really easy to leave loose ends or drop the ball on something, and I was delighted to find that that didn't happen at all.

Cedardale Court is a random cul de sac street, which is really close to home for me since I live on a cul de sac. There's the typical drama and whatnot associated with a small town feeling and a group of people in close proximity to each other, and when Canner and Chloe move in they have no idea what they're getting into. Chloe is a dream character - witty, sarcastic, funny... I adored her. And the hugely mixed bag that makes up the rest of the cast of characters are all unique, well developed, and interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, especially as I got further into it and had more "you've got to be kidding me" moments. Seriously, you've got to check it out, even if mysteries typically aren't your thing, this is worth reading.