Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Salon: Outwitted by Beth Solheim

Once again we gather around our computer screens during Sunday Salon to share the books we read.

Find a comfortable chair, make sure you have your favorite beverage within easy reach and let’s exchange thoughts on the wonderful books we’ve read or received this past week.

The book I have to share today is a cozy mystery with a bit of paranormal and humor blended in.

Who knew watching over the dead could be so exhausting and dangerous.

Sadie Witt is a death coach, a very serious job for a lady who tackles life in a way many wish we could. She goes at life on her own terms and with a great zest for living.

Sadie’s job is to help the dead who have unresolved issues find closure so they can cross over.

Sadie and her twin sister, Jane, own and operate the Witt’s End Resort in Northern Minnesota. Jane feels left out because Sadie can see the dead and she can’t. Sadie also has a death coach apprentice, young Aanders Harren, the son of the local funeral director. The Harren Funeral Home sits on the edge of the resort property.

When Jed Perry turns up at Witt’s End dressed in his hospital gown, Sadie must help him resolve the case of his missing sister before he can cross over. Then 5-year-old Sally Tyler shows up to add to the confusion. Sadie has to not only guide her in crossing over, but help her to understand that she’s dead.

Throw into the mix a devious and underhanded judge, a couple who specialize in infant abductions, a buried body under on of the resort's cabins, and the return of Aanders’ estranged and useless father and you have the makings of a laugh-out-loud mystery. OUTWITTED will keep you entertained from beginning to end.

Author Beth Solheim has created a cast of charming and lovable characters that are zany and delightful. An example is Sadie. She’s not your typical 64-year-old. She has an asp tattooed on her stomach, wears thongs with short skirts, and her hair color changes with her kaleidoscopic outfits. What’s not to love?

OUTWITTED is the second installment in the Sadie Witt Mystery series, but is a stand alone book. Sadie and the gang make crossing over an adventure filled with humor and mystery you don’t want to miss.

Author Beth Solheim’s website is

Outwitted, A Sadie Witt Mystery by Beth Solheim, Echelon Press Publishing, @2011, ISBN: 9781590806661, Paperback, 278 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

What do you think of a resort for ghosts? Tell us about the books you’ve read this week.


  1. Mason - Thanks for this review :-). You know, I'm normally not one for ghosts and other paranormal elements in books. Still, this one sounds interesting. I think what I like about it is that it's an interesting premise.

  2. Oh, this one sounds awesome...and delightfully quirky.

    These are charming ingredients sure to capture a willing audience of readers. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I love the idea - what a great concept! Hope you're having a good weekend, Mason. :)

  4. Can't wait. Really enjoyed At Witt's End!

  5. Well, next week I'll be reading Save the Cat Strikes Back!

  6. Can't wait for next week since it has "cat" in the title. Hope you stop by What I'm Reading This Week and our book giveaway.

  7. I think a resort for ghosts is a most clever idea for a book. I used to like this cartoon about a home for discarded imaginary childhood freinds. called Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends.

    And I've started Stephen Kings On Writing.


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