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Celebrant Sleuth : I Do ... or Die - Hazel Edwards

Celebrant Sleuth

I Do ... or Die

Paperback Published: 19th December 2017
ISBN: 9781925457711
Number Of Pages: 238

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'I buried my father, married my sister and sorted the missing will.'

Quinn, a celebrant with style and a few obsessions but a good heart, solves quirky problems, mysteries and the occasional murder at weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies in her country town.

Ex-actor with a great voice who writes eulogies to die for! Not forgetting a few quotable 'Quinn's Laws of Relativity'. A romantic, but asexual, Quinn lives with her long term partner Art who runs community Channel Zero.

The workstyle of a celebrant is never routine. Fake I.D. Fraud. Fights, even to the death, over wills and inheritance ... Mislaid rings. Lost bride. Food poisoning. Clients of varied ages and cultures are well looked after. Even vintage millionairess Flora with the much younger lover who might be a con-artist.

Quinn solves most problems but not always in the expected way.

About the Author:

Longterm Sisters-in-Crime member and cultural risk-taker, Australian author Hazel Edwards has diverse genres amongst her 200 published books. She is best known for 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake' now touring as a musical. 'f2m: the boy within' her co-written YA coming of age novel about trans youth was a first. In 2013, Hazel was awarded an OAM for Literature.

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HUGE POTENTIAL for a FABULOUS TV Series

4

The recent NY Rights Fair highlighted the the wealth of opportunity for authors to have their books optioned for TV streaming platforms such as Netflix, Stan, Hulu and more... indeed the statistic cited was that there were currently around 540 scripted shows in development and production. I can't but help think that CELEBRANT SLEUTH would make a superb television series insofar as we have an unusual lead character (a romantic but asexual actor called Quinn in a long term but unconventional relationship) who presides over weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies and more in her country town in regional Victoria, Australia but also solves mysteries along the way. I expected the book to be one crime story but instead it offered a series of vignettes or episodes that invariably have an unusual death or accident at their centre. Quinn sets out to get to the solve them with her entourage of friends assisting or providing insight along the way. Whether it is a murder or death by misadventure or natural forces at its core, Quinn invariably finds the answer. One of the best facets of this book is that it provides the reader with an understanding into a celebrant's life and the problem solving that goes along with dealing with conflict from people with oppositional psychological profiles or cultural backgrounds. Ultimately, the celebrant is the peacemaker in her professional and personal life. I have a lot of respect for the author Hazel Edwards, as she always offers an unusual angle or character in her books that reflects the zeitgeist... in this case, in the theme of accepting diversity. I hope this book finds its way onto TV. ABC or SBS or FOX (Australia) take note...

Sydney, NSW

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Good read

5

I learned a lot about celebrants

Victoria

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Exciting and fast moving crime fiction with a twist.

4

A book that can be read intermittently without losing the thread of the story.

Geelng Vctoria

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Quirky, fun and great read

5

I read this book over the summer holiday. It's written in the first person which I love, set in Australia, the main character is quirky and the way she describes the situations and other characters is fun. It makes her smart and sassy. Not to mention the murder mystery which keeps it at a fast pace.

Melbourne, Australia

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Engaging read with real potential for a TV series

4

Celebrant Sleuth came at the right time for me--holiday reading. One advantage of the style was the ease of picking up and putting down by the story/chapter. I enjoyed both the range/variety of stories/settings plus the through lines of the characters. Particularly relevant, just post the 2017 postal survey, was the inclusive and natural way in which gender diversity was explored and presented. Whilst reading I became aware that Celebrant Sleuth would make an excellent television series.

Elwood.

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Light-hearted and enjoyable read

5

A light-hearted retelling by the celebrant character about weddings, death and even murder with a touch of humour. The story is narrated in a modern writing style, of short sentences, even single words, that is easy to read, at a pace that moves the reader along with the action. The author has depicted accurately the role, the mode of speech and the experiences of the celebrant in the story. Well researched. A very engaging book that draws the reader into the goings-on in the story and the reader can in no way lose focus or become distracted. This book is enjoyable to read.

Melbourne, Australia

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I would buy this book again

5

Easy to read and loved the problem solving methods by our Celebrant Sleuth.

Australia

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I am glad i read this book.

4

Good, easy read. Engaging, didnt want to put it down.

Australis

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Celebrant Sleuth

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ISBN: 9781925457711
ISBN-10: 1925457710
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 19th December 2017
Publisher: BookPOD
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.28

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