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Monday, September 14, 2015

"Highly recommended." A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse by @MarianAllen #YA #paranormal





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A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse

Written by Marian Allen

Genre(s): YA, paranormal, suspense



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"It was 1968. Like a lot of seventeen-year-old males that summer, I was thinking about death. Not Bobby Kennedy's or Martin Luther King's. I was contemplating my own. I could feel my eighteenth birthday looming and I had to wonder if I'd spend my nineteenth in Vietnam, in Canada, in jail, or in the Great Hereafter. It was nearly the last mentioned, and not at the hands of the VC, either. I came this close to having my goozle slit right here at home in good old nothing-ever-happens Faelin, Indiana."

Mitch Franklin thinks he's got it made when the town's wealthiest eccentric hires him to look after her two lapdogs. Then he meets her family. Five years ago, the last guy she hired played head games the family and servants are still trying to recover from. He also wound up dead. Now, some people think Mitch might be just like him. Some people think Mitch might BE him, back from the grave. Will Mitch survive the anniversary of his predecessor's death, or will he be another DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE?



An excerpt from

A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse


It was 1968. Like a lot of seventeen-year-old males that summer, I was thinking about death. Not Bobby Kennedy’s or Martin Luther King’s. I was contemplating my own. I could feel my eighteenth birthday looming and I had to wonder if I’d spend my nineteenth in Vietnam, in Canada, in jail, or in the Great Hereafter. It was nearly the last mentioned, and not at the hands of the VC, either. I came this close to having my goozle slit right here at home in good old nothing-ever-happens Faelin, Indiana. But that was later.




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Every family has issues

Mitch hasn't got a lot of experience with family, so when he's swept up in his employer's family, he's not sure what to make of theirs. And he needs to figure things out, fast, before a case of mistaken identity turns him into the second dead guy at the summerhouse.

I love Marian Allen's books, and this one is no exception. I'd dock it a half star only because it's sometimes a little challenging to keep all the players straight without a scorecard.

But I imagine that's just how the main character, Mitch, feels half the time - going from the routine he's always known at the orphanage to the eccentricity of a wealthy household full of extended family members and a few household servants who are treated much like family.

I'd add that star back, though, for unexpected twists and turns, and a cast of characters you can't help but love (often in spite of themselves).



Mitch is employed to look after two small dogs when their elderly owner feels they are in danger. What could be simpler? And the old lady's imagining it anyway, surely?

The plot twists and turns in Marian Allen's latest work will keep you guessing to the end, once you, along with poor Mitch, have untangled the relationships between the various characters!

I read the whole book in one sitting, unable to put it down.
If you love a mystery you'll love this, as you take Mitch's journey through family complications alongside him. Who to trust? Should he stay or go?

Highly recommended.


Author Bio

Marian Allen


For as long as I can remember, I've loved telling and soaking up stories. At the age of six, I was told somebody got paid for writing books and movies and television shows; I abandoned my previous ambition (beachcomber), and became a writer.

I've had stories in anthologies, on-line and print publications, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword & Sorceress anthologies 22 and 23, on coffee cans, and the wall of an Indian restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Small town life agrees with me. I like the interconnectedness of everything and everybody. I try to remember, in my books and stories, that no one exists in isolation, but in a web of connections.

Most of my work is fantasy, science fiction and/or mystery, though I write anything else that suits the story and character.

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