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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Lutz, David Hayward Narrator: Abby Craden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781101484388
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Lutz conspires with—or should we say against?—coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel.

Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can’t exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper … and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two. When collaborators Lutz and Hayward (former romantic partners) start to disagree about how the story should unfold, the body count rises, victims and suspects alike develop surprising characteristics (meet Brandy Chester, the stripper with the Mensa IQ), and sibling rivalry reaches homicidal intensity. Think Adaptation crossed with Weeds. Will the authors solve the mystery without killing each other first?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A collaborative effort that ostensibly reveals as much about the coauthors as the characters…Compelling…Loads of fun.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glennie | 2/19/2014

    " This was a funny book. Lisa's chapters were her usual style, a la Spellman. David's were different but also funny. I do think the funniest parts, however, were their notes back and forth to each other in between chapters. I LOL in places, so I'm giving it 5 stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke-Book Bitches Blog | 2/16/2014

    " I bought this book after falling in love with Lutz's Spellman series. However, it was nowhere near as good. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I enjoyed Lisa and David's conversations more than I did the story line of this novel. The ending was decent but I just felt like it was drug out too far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin | 2/16/2014

    " I kind of liked this quirky, funny relationship book masquerading as a crime mystery. As a warning to my friends it does have some bad language in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/2/2014

    " Clever, entertaining, and funny. [Book:Spellman] fans will not be disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/28/2014

    " Expected more after hearing the authors interviewed. It was a great interview and a so-so book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Doris | 1/28/2014

    " By page 28 I was laughing out loud. It take real talent to write a book this bad the format was totally funny. It has been months if not years since i read such a funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey Bennett | 1/10/2014

    " Went from clever to bad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle Anthony | 1/8/2014

    " I would actually give this 3.5, but what the heck...I'll give it 4 since I don't have that option. I thought it was very clever, almost too clever. Still, very fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 12/28/2013

    " Read this story for the snarky exchange between Lisa Lutz and David Hayword. It's especially fun in audiobook format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/14/2013

    " Not as funny as the Spellman series, but still made me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/5/2013

    " While not well written in the typical sense, the back and forth of Lutz and her ex, David Hayward make this book impossible to read without laughing out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 7/18/2013

    " 3.5 stars. The concept of the book is pretty clever (dueling authors write a mystery) and I enjoyed it, but towards the end I wanted them to stop bickering and solve the murders already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 9/1/2012

    " I felt that the book was a little gritty. Also, the emails between the authors, which were inserted in the book was a unwanted interruption. But, overall I enjoyed the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 6/6/2012

    " Meh.....This book had an interesting concept but just got boring and redundant. I just did not care what ultimately happened to these characters. I like Lisa Lutz's other books, just not this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cortney | 2/20/2012

    " Compelling and interesting murder mystery with a dysfunctional relationship between the authors that is chronicled between the chapters - how can you go wrong? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 10/14/2011

    " The way this book is written and the authors comments to each other during the writing is better than the actual story. A very fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/24/2011

    " Not as successful as her Spellman series, but mildly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne | 5/22/2011

    " Lutz always makes me laugh! This is really a two-for-one as there are parallel stories going on... the one that the authors are telling and the one that the authors are living. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/22/2011

    " Cute gimmick at first but got really annoying towards the end. Give me a well formulated book any day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/19/2011

    " I love Lisa Lutz. Her books are very fast, "in between" reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 5/17/2011

    " Gruesome tale of a serial killer and the orphaned, pot-growing, twenty something siblings who bring him to justice is nothing like Lutz's highly entertaining and often hilarious Spellman quartet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 5/16/2011

    " The authors alternated writing the chapters. For the Spellman fans, yes, there are footnotes (but not as many nor as long as the ones in the Spellman books). Between chapters, there is correspondence between the authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homerun2 | 5/16/2011

    " This is a quirky and hilarious novel, a story within a story. Within the main mystery plot is a side story--the book is being co-written by two authors, ex-lovers, and their increasingly snarky comments at the end of each chapter. Very entertaining and different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 5/13/2011

    " Still laugh out loud, but it is Lisa Lutz light. Loved the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/12/2011

    " A little confusing since the chapters went back and forth between the two authors, but the notes were entertaining... "

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About the Author
Author Lisa LutzLisa Lutz is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award– and Macavity Award–nominated, and Alex Award–winning Spellman Files series and the novels How to Start a Fire and The Passenger. She lives and works in upstate New York.
About the Narrator

Abby Craden has been a professional actress and voice artist for over sixteen years and can be heard in numerous television and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. She has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.