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Mystery: Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries Book 1) by [Harris, Milda]
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If you're a fan of Veronica Mars, Nancy Drew, author Janet Evanovich's books on Stephanie Plum or author Meg Cabot's Size 12 books on Heather Wells check this book series out!

Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!

The Funeral Crashing Series:
#1 - Adventures in Funeral Crashing
#2 - Adventures of a Graveyard Girl
#3 - Adventures in Murder Chasing
#4 - Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak
#5 - Adventures in French Sleuthing

Funeral Crashing Standalones (Featuring other Funeral Crashing Characters):
Adventures of a New Year's Kiss (Funeral Crashing #3.5 featuring Suzie Whitsett)
Adventures of a New Year's Date (Funeral Crashing #3.6)

Ethan Tells All Stories (Told From Ethan Ripley's POV):
#1 - Adventures in Double Dating: Ethan Tells The Adventures in Funeral Crashing Double Date Scene

About the Author

Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who ran off to Hollywood to pursue her screenwriting dreams. She loves watching John Hughes movies and playing random sports like Dodgeball and Kickball. Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult and chick lit novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Milda Harris; 1 edition (July 15 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DGFV5U
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A John Hughes-esque Murder Mystery Aug. 25 2011
By A. Kudirka - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A very enjoyable read. I loved the suburban high school setting, a la John Hughes except it is in the South Chicago suburb of Palos. Plus, the main character is a lovable outcast, who slowly finds her way. Lots of great details about high school life. It makes sense that the author has been working for 5 years on the Hannah Montana show, she gets teen dialogue just right. The book became quite addicting, and by by midway I couldn't put it down. By putting the E-book on my iPhone, of course, I was reading it at every free moment, even during meetings when I should have been working! Great summer read, look forward to future books from this author.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a fun read March 14 2013
By Julie B - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Okay!!! There are some good points and some bad points for this tale, and I'll try listing any that spring to mind to try and explain my middle-of-the-road rating!!!!

What could use working on!!!!

-the punctuation could use working on! It was pretty distracting! There were commas all over the place where no commas were needed! And there were commas where there should have been periods! On top of those, I don't think I have ever read a story before with quite! so many! exc!amation marks!!!! They were everywhere! It almost read as though the narrator was either constantly yelling or constantly surprised! When it gets to the point that I'm noticing the (sometimes) 10+ exclamation marks on each page, some serious culling is in order.

-tense. The author could do with figuring out which tense she wants to use and attempting to stick to it. At one point, I had no idea what tense this story was supposed to be written in and it took some effort to switch off my inner editor and ignore it enough to read on. When the tense is consistent, it strengthens the writing and makes everything a lot clearer for the reader to follow.

-the voice. Yes, this is a teen novel. And yes, the teen voice of the narrator was pretty effective (which I'll mention in my pluses in a mo) but there was inconsistencies there. The author had obviously gone to great lengths (sometimes overdoing it with the repetitions and waffling to the point of distraction) but then there were so few contractions that from one breath to the next the dialogue or narration went from authentic to unrealistic and wooden. No teen on earth says I am instead of I'm (or any other such familiar sayings). Half the time, they drop the opening word of a complete sentence. This is supposed to be a modern day, YA story and the lack of slang and contracted words stole the chance to solidify that-especially as this being in 1st person POV would have made it acceptable for it to bleed over into the narration from the dialogue.

-swear word. Note I use the singular. This is simply because you spent the entire tale barely hearing a bad word leave Kait's lips and then we have a sudden narration right near the end that she needed to get the f*** out of there during the store finale scene. It just didn't sit right and seemed to slip so far out of character, it jarred. Just my opinion, of course.

What was pretty cool:

-the voice ... but only to an extent. It may well be my age, but I found I couldn't read this in long sittings or the voice would begin to grate on me. It might benefit from being toned down just a touch and maybe using the extra word count to add in some showing instead of the telling that the entire story seemed to consist of. That being said, it was the voice that enabled me to imagine this coming from the mind of a teen because I do actually know a couple of teens who talk this way (and, yep, they drive me a little nuts, too, lol) so it certainly rang true.

-Kait. She is (despite her voice getting on my nerves) a really likeable and relate-able character who we see grow in confidence throughout the tale. She is one half of the driving force of this story, alongside ....:

-Ethan Ripley. If I were a teen, I'd be thinking `yum'. And not just from his physical description but from the entire package the author created in this dude. He's adorable and it's easy to see what might have Kait so hooked.

-the plot. Although I did kinda manage to start piecing the fragments together before the end, this was fairly well woven and fun to follow. It might have been nice to add on an epilogue for the Homecoming ball though, just for kicks.

Now I'm interested in seeing a few more reviews from younger readers to see if my few complaints are to do with my fuddy-duddy view.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter Loved It! June 15 2012
By Kristin Mosblech - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My 13 year old daughter loved this book so I'm writing a quick review. She didn't get into it right away, but by the end, she was gushing , and could hardly wait to get her hands on the next book. I was a little taken aback when she pointed out the "f' word, primarily because the description states 11 & up. I wouldn't expect that usage in a book recommended for 11 year olds. The language was sparse, however, and did not detract from her enjoyment of the story. It is very hard to find YA literature that doesn't deal with paranormal or zombies, so this was refreshing. Definitely a mystery that grabbed her attention!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read and a Great Price Aug. 8 2011
By Book Lovin' Gal - Published on
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I just bought my first Kindle and this was my first fiction reading experience on my new eReader. What a great first eBook! I loved it. I bought this book, because it had a cool cover and I thought it sounded really interesting. Plus, it was at a GREAT PRICE!!! Even though I'm a grown-up, I still like to read Young Adult books. This book was super fun and entertaining. It gets right into the mystery and romance in an incredibly believable way. What I really dig about it is that the characters are not superficial teenagers. They're real people. I hate books that "write down" to young adults. If you love John Hughes movies, Veronica Mars, and Twilight books (for the relationship angle this book doesn't have any vampires), I think you'll like this. I really did.
104 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good mystery, but there is language Aug. 18 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I liked the mystery and the story about kait. Kait attending funerals because this was a comfort to her since she was still grieving for her mom, who had died within the past year. it made her remember her mom and she enjoyed the stories she heard about her mom at her mom's funeral. The book was something different than the normal boy meets girl romances out there. I think this could have been an extremly good book, but I didn't like the F word that was in the book and in most cases, I won't read on when I come across this word. It is not something I would recommend to my friends because of this word. I understand that many people speak like this, but I know many that do not and will not read books with this typle of language- This is something I look for in a review- I don't want trashy and dont want language.