Review: An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax

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Book: An Affair to Dismember (Matchmaker #1)
Author: Elise Sax
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date Published: January 29th, 2013
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4 out of 5 Stars
***Review Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest review***
  Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.
   Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place: She’s always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever ready to move on. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. Gladie is also highly unqualified: Her beloved grandmother’s business is matchmaking, and Gladie has a terrible track record with romance. Still, despite evidence to the contrary, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
  When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?
   An Affair to Dismember is a smart, witty romantic mystery that is laugh out loud funny. I had a lot of fun 'watching' Gladie land herself in one spot of trouble after another. Elise Sax did a wonderful job writing the story in such a way that I actually felt everything right along with Gladie, the good and the bad, heck I was even embarrassed for her a couple times!
  As Gladie bumbles through life trying to take over her grandma Zelda's matchmaking service, she finds out that her innate talents and curiosity also lead her into a lot of danger while trying to find the culprit behind the murder of her next door neighbor.
  All of the characters in this book are quirky and unique, you'll remember them long after the book is over.   There are two totally yummy love interests in this book for Gladie. The sexy playboy police chief that is always getting her out of trouble and the equally sexy and mysterious guy next door.
  Overall, great read and an awesome start to a new series.  If you're looking for a really good book that will make you laugh as well as keep you guessing, then this is definitely the book for you! I'm looking forward to the sequel, Matchpoint, due out July 30th.

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