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Bitter Tastes

Written by: V. B. Rosendahl

Ages: 8 to 12

Publisher: Stargazer Press

ISBN: 0-9734940-9-3

Published: January 2007

Hardback: 108 pages

Price: $15.00


Kathy Harmon struggles with her parents new found wealth after they announce they are to move from their home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey to paradise…Warner, North Carolina.  Her attempts to come to grips with being the new girl in sixth grade and living in the “grandest” home on the Outer Banks are overshadowed by the death (or is it murder) of her new friend and cooking class instructor, Janine McCallum.


At first all Kathy wants to do is “blend-in” and not be noticeable to her new classmates.  However, an unexpected friendship is developed with Martha Cunningham.  Kathy’s need to put the so called jigsaw puzzle together to discover the identity of the murderer is pushed further along with Martha’s adventurous personality.  Before Kathy knows it she is lying to her parents to go on her investigating journey with Martha.  The girls meet many obstacles along the way, but their determination is not to be thwarted. 


V.B. Rosendahl takes the reader for an unforgettable ride of acceptance for who you are and a mystery of murder and deception.  Told through the eyes and thoughts of Kathy Harmon, you will find yourself cheering for Kathy and Martha with each step they take.  And with the hair-raising events throughout you will be surely disappointed when the story comes to its conclusion.  A must read for mystery lovers.


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