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Alternate cover edition of ASIN B00VV773I8 Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got...until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard. Talk about making a lousy first impression. Armed with nothing but her Alternate cover edition of ASIN B00VV773I8 Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got...until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard. Talk about making a lousy first impression. Armed with nothing but her wits, Pineapple Port’s questionable cast of characters and a growing crush, Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery of Declan’s mother’s murder. Hey, at least this guy’s skeletons aren't in his closet.


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Alternate cover edition of ASIN B00VV773I8 Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got...until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard. Talk about making a lousy first impression. Armed with nothing but her Alternate cover edition of ASIN B00VV773I8 Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got...until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard. Talk about making a lousy first impression. Armed with nothing but her wits, Pineapple Port’s questionable cast of characters and a growing crush, Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery of Declan’s mother’s murder. Hey, at least this guy’s skeletons aren't in his closet.

30 review for Pineapple Lies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)

    Charlotte is a relate-able heroine to me, she's pretty funny,kinda silly and down to earth. She's spent years living at a elderly community where going slow is the way to go. Being around people of experience has taught Charlotte that not everything can be taken at face value. A lot of the women she hangs out with may be older but they're still a blast which most people wouldn't believe. Declan owns a pawnshop, and happens to be quite the cutie. Charlotte has a mad crush on the guy, who could bl Charlotte is a relate-able heroine to me, she's pretty funny,kinda silly and down to earth. She's spent years living at a elderly community where going slow is the way to go. Being around people of experience has taught Charlotte that not everything can be taken at face value. A lot of the women she hangs out with may be older but they're still a blast which most people wouldn't believe. Declan owns a pawnshop, and happens to be quite the cutie. Charlotte has a mad crush on the guy, who could blame her! However, Declan seems a bit mysterious and not so forthcoming with information as Charlotte starts to investigate the murder. Pineapple Lies is exactly what it's entitled as, its a cute romantic comedy mixed with a solid mystery. The romantic parts of this book were very sweet and innocent, in my opinion which made it fun to read. I didn't feel like it was this outrageous romantic affair that had me hand-fanning. It's funny and far more realistic, it shows how people really interact with each other. The mystery part was well written,too. I was able to follow the clue and hints dropped throughout the book without knowing exactly who done it or what was going to happen. So, that was pretty cool. I got to connect the dots as I read. My final thoughts on this book is that it's definitely a solid five stars. I think mystery and comedy lovers will really enjoy this book. It's a light-hearted read you can really get into. The cover is very cute, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    I wish I could give this the 4 1/2 stars it deserves... Our protagonist, 26 year old Charlotte, is living in the 55+ community Pineapple Port. Her mother died when Charlotte was only 11 years old and she went to live with her grandmother who passed away shortly after. So raising Charlotte became a Pineapple Port community project. Charlotte decides to dig up the concrete in her backyard to be able to do some gardening and discovers a human skeleton. Now it is up to her and the older folks to solve I wish I could give this the 4 1/2 stars it deserves... Our protagonist, 26 year old Charlotte, is living in the 55+ community Pineapple Port. Her mother died when Charlotte was only 11 years old and she went to live with her grandmother who passed away shortly after. So raising Charlotte became a Pineapple Port community project. Charlotte decides to dig up the concrete in her backyard to be able to do some gardening and discovers a human skeleton. Now it is up to her and the older folks to solve this cold case. It is a well written mystery with a great portion of humour, romance and some good investigating. I had to laugh out loud quite a few times and chuckle on other occasions. Life in Pineapple Port with its retirees is everything but boring! A highly recommended fun read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “Pineapple Lies” earns 5/5 Bones in the Garden! She resides in her grandmother’s home trying to make it her own…a garden, even a little garden would be a delightful hobby tending to tomatoes and cucumbers. She didn’t, however, expect to find a skull..then forensics find a whole skeleton…the identity a shock…the first investigation begins. I am new to Amy Vansant’s Pineapple Port Mystery series…I know, where have I been? I have her books, and when I had a break in my summer reading, I decided I had “Pineapple Lies” earns 5/5 Bones in the Garden! She resides in her grandmother’s home trying to make it her own…a garden, even a little garden would be a delightful hobby tending to tomatoes and cucumbers. She didn’t, however, expect to find a skull..then forensics find a whole skeleton…the identity a shock…the first investigation begins. I am new to Amy Vansant’s Pineapple Port Mystery series…I know, where have I been? I have her books, and when I had a break in my summer reading, I decided I had to check this out. “Pineapple Lies,” the first book, is the perfect place to start out this juicy adventure: Skeleton in the garden? Cold case mystery? Budding romance? Geriatric antics? I thoroughly enjoyed this story….clever (Neighborhood Watch turned Corpse Committee), humorous (puns to punchlines), and an “Oh, my!” ending (perilous, of course) I almost didn’t see coming. Amy’s characters already are well developed for a first book, although their vulnerabilities will be exciting to see how they affect them in future. I loved Charlotte: her patience for all her local ‘grandmas,’ her caution with the ‘green-eyed’ hunk, her clever note-taking on her chalkboard wall. The nuances of a retirement community, multi-generational perspectives, and the dynamic between Charlotte and the former Chicago cop play out in the background. I loved it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    I recieved this Kindle freebie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. As the youngest resident of a retirement community, twenty-six-year-old Charlotte doesn't lack for surrogate mothers, but what she does lack is a general purpose in life. Thanks to her grandmother's inheritance, Charlotte doesn't really have to DO anything. She makes spending money embroidering pet-themed designs on clothing for a friend's business, but that isn't really her calling. I recieved this Kindle freebie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. As the youngest resident of a retirement community, twenty-six-year-old Charlotte doesn't lack for surrogate mothers, but what she does lack is a general purpose in life. Thanks to her grandmother's inheritance, Charlotte doesn't really have to DO anything. She makes spending money embroidering pet-themed designs on clothing for a friend's business, but that isn't really her calling. She thinks maybe gardening will be her thing, but when she has her grandmother's old concrete patio pulled up, a neighbor's Cairn Terrier (<3 <3 <3 my favorite breed, but I'm not basing my review on that) Katie digs up a human skull followed by bones, Charlotte knows gardening will NOT be her thing. She feels sorry for the woman, whoever she was and is determined to find out how and why the woman came to be buried in Charlotte's yard. Enter Declan, the hot pawnbroker who swoops in to scoop up treasures when someone dies. A chance meeting at Charlotte's house reveals the identity of the bones-Declan's mother Erin. Erin disappeared when Declan was a child and he's never stopped wondering what happened to her. Now he knows where she ended up and wants some closure to find out how. With the help of Charlotte and her senior pals Darla and Mariska, they may be able to crack the case. Darla and Mariska are also determined to do a little matchmaking on the side and they see sparks flying between Charlotte and Declan. His uncle Seamus sees it too, but is it just because they're the only two under 55 for miles around? This is a cute cozy mystery. The first half focuses too much on the setting, though the bones are found right away. (Smart Cairn Terrier!) There were too many senior citizens to keep track of and they all sounded the same. The mundane details of life in a retirement community stretched the story out too long. Around the halfway point the story switches to solving the murder and the build-up of the romance. The murder mystery fell a little flat for me when all was revealed. I was surprised and disappointed by the whole thing. Not only do Charlotte, et. al. break laws but the how and why ended up as a let down. This is not your typical cozy mystery. It doesn't follow convention which is both good and bad. Bad because it ended up more cozy than I expected and good because I didn't predict what had happened. The romance plot is technically clean but there are some warm moments, including innuendo, looking, touching, and some make-out sessions (some among the seniors!). The seniors in Pineapple Port have too much sex on their minds. There's also some drug use that I didn't care for. The characters are all quirky. Charlotte's mothers Darla and Mariska have too much time on their hands and worry too much about her. Poor Charlotte! She can't entertain without one of them barging in. They're nosy and get into trouble, dragging Charlotte with them. Charlotte brought herself up for the most part, after her mother and grandmother's deaths. She is largely super straight and narrow, like me, but has a more childish mischievous side to her. I can relate to the 20-something feeling of wondering what to do with the rest of your life. I liked that she is a dog lover and her best friend is her Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Abby. I can relate to that too. Where Charlotte fails for me is her decision making skills. She needs to grow up a lot there. She makes some really poor decisions, some of which have consequences. Her sense of humor is also sophomoric. Declan at first glance seems like a narcissistic idiot. His first meeting with Charlotte did not endear me to him, but the more they met and talked, the more perfect they seemed for each other. They share the same sense of humor which is always a plus for me and they both lost their parents early on in life and haven't quite moved past it. Declan seems a little more mature than Charlotte. His uncle Seamus, however, is a lot less mature. His amorous adventures did not endear him to me and his reveals about his past made me like him even less. He didn't feel very realistic to me. The other secondary characters include Frank Marshall, the local sheriff. At first he seems like a cranky, somewhat senile old man, but he does know his job and is good at what he does. Though he lets his wife and Charlotte get the better of him at times, I ended up liking him. Not so for Harold. He's a nosy, prosy old man who has nothing better to do than relive past glories. I felt a little sympathy for him at first but then he became annoying. There's also the wealthy couple Penelope and George. She seems like a stereotypical type A unlikable person. I was surprised she had some depth to her character. Her husband doesn't appear to have much personality. I liked this book but not enough to want to buy any more in this series. There wasn't enough about pets and the humor wasn't really my taste. If the library had them and I needed something to read, I might read more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    One of the funniest books I've ever read!!! I mean laugh out loud while I'm reading, people staring at me thinking I might have mental issues level funny!! Great characters, awesome plot and setting, excellent mystery, climax and denouement... I couldn't love it more! Highly recommend!

  6. 5 out of 5

    sue laughton

    Unexpected mayhem in Florida I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Florida with Charlotte & her over-50 crew solving a cold case that starts in her own backyard. It's great that the "old folks" are depicted as regular people & not stereotypes. This book is lots of fun! Unexpected mayhem in Florida I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Florida with Charlotte & her over-50 crew solving a cold case that starts in her own backyard. It's great that the "old folks" are depicted as regular people & not stereotypes. This book is lots of fun!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arlena

    Title: Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mystery Author: Amy Vansant Publisher: A.V. Series: Pineapple Pot Mysteries Book 1 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mysteries Book 1" by Amy Vansant My Thoughts... This story starts in a retirement community in Florida for 55 and up. What will happen after Charlotte is now living with her grandmother and the grandmother dies? Charlotte who was around twenty will continue living there since he has inherited the home. W Title: Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mystery Author: Amy Vansant Publisher: A.V. Series: Pineapple Pot Mysteries Book 1 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mysteries Book 1" by Amy Vansant My Thoughts... This story starts in a retirement community in Florida for 55 and up. What will happen after Charlotte is now living with her grandmother and the grandmother dies? Charlotte who was around twenty will continue living there since he has inherited the home. What will happen when Charlotte decides to have a garden put in the back porch area and a skull is found? Who is this person and just how long has this skull been there? How will this all come together as we have a younger woman living in a older community? Be prepared for quite a mystery where there will be plenty of secrets coming out, romance, also suspense with even some humorous moments. The characters [Charlotte, Mariska, Darla, Bob, Frank, Jackie, Seamus, Henry & Declan] are well developed, portrayed and so very believable giving the readers a good romantic/comedy/murder/ mystery read this will keep you guessing. How will this crew solve this case? Well, you will have to pick up this fun read 'Pineapple Lies' to find out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Laugh out loud funny! This book was so much fun to read. I want to be Charlotte. I loved the characters and was impressed with their development. I felt like I was getting to know them more and more with each chapter. I laughed at their antics and teared up when Penny found out the truth. I didn't figure out what happened until halfway through the book. I usually know very quickly. It was well written, very entertaining, had amazing and interesting characters. I loved it and am only sorry it took Laugh out loud funny! This book was so much fun to read. I want to be Charlotte. I loved the characters and was impressed with their development. I felt like I was getting to know them more and more with each chapter. I laughed at their antics and teared up when Penny found out the truth. I didn't figure out what happened until halfway through the book. I usually know very quickly. It was well written, very entertaining, had amazing and interesting characters. I loved it and am only sorry it took me so long to read it. Well done Amy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Young

    What an excellent book! The dialogue is fast and funny, the characters are entertaining, the mystery is intriguing and keeps you guessing. I really look forward to reading more! I do believe that I have found another favourite author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Colleen M. Chesebro

    Welcome to the Pineapple Port Retirement Community located in sunny Florida where Charlotte, a young woman in her twenties resides with a zany bunch of retirees. After Charlotte’s grandmother passes away she finds herself left with a home surrounded by a society of grandparents who look after her like she was their own. As idyllic as this all sounds, Charlotte feels like life is passing her by. Her life and career is at a standstill. Looking for some sort of excitement she decides to plant a gard Welcome to the Pineapple Port Retirement Community located in sunny Florida where Charlotte, a young woman in her twenties resides with a zany bunch of retirees. After Charlotte’s grandmother passes away she finds herself left with a home surrounded by a society of grandparents who look after her like she was their own. As idyllic as this all sounds, Charlotte feels like life is passing her by. Her life and career is at a standstill. Looking for some sort of excitement she decides to plant a garden. When the neighbor’s dog helps her dig up a patch of ground a skull is uncovered which leads to the mystery of who is buried in Charlotte’s backyard. Along with help from sexy Declan, the owner of the local pawn shop, and the only other young person in the town, Charlotte and a whacky cast of elderly characters delve into the mystery of identifying the body. The terrifying part is that the murderer lives right under their noses! I loved the chemistry and humor shared between Charlotte and Declan. Numerous times I found myself laughing out loud, as the two young people try to deal with a mutual attraction to each other while surrounded by nosy neighbors watching them at all times. I look forward to seeing how the author, Amy Vansant brings the two of them together in subsequent novels. They are a great match and it will be fun to see their relationship advance. This is a cozy mystery with a romantic sparkle. It is filled with humor and kept me laughing till the end. On top of that, I did not figure out the ending until the very last, which was a pleasant surprise. If you are looking for a book to take on vacation or for a trip to the beach, Pineapple Lies is a lighthearted and fun read to enjoy with a relaxing glass of wine. Cheers! RATINGS Realistic Characterization: 4/5 Made Me Think: 3/5 Overall enjoyment: 4/5 Readability: 4/5 Recommended: 4/5 Overall Rating: 4.0

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Wind

    well written, enjoyable and very funny book! Reading this first book of a romantic mystery/comedy series was a big step for me as I tend to like straight-forward mysteries. The premise of a 20 something woman, not just living in, but having grown up in one of Florida’s senior communities piqued my interest. The backstory of Charlotte, the protagonist, is a plausible setting for the real story, which begins after finding the skeleton of a woman in her backyard. From that point on, the humor takes o well written, enjoyable and very funny book! Reading this first book of a romantic mystery/comedy series was a big step for me as I tend to like straight-forward mysteries. The premise of a 20 something woman, not just living in, but having grown up in one of Florida’s senior communities piqued my interest. The backstory of Charlotte, the protagonist, is a plausible setting for the real story, which begins after finding the skeleton of a woman in her backyard. From that point on, the humor takes over, and as much as I do not like humor in suspense (except for a few little spots) I ended up laughing out loud more times than not! Ms. Vansant’s humor, more so even than the enjoyable mystery of the story is what makes this into a page turner. You want to know what is happening via the plot-line, but you also want to keep smiling and laughing. Charlotte’s love interest is a well-constructed man, (in both a physical and a literary way) who learns about the body when he races into the house to look at its contents n preparation to make an offer to the estate. After all, he does has a pawnshop and a used furniture shop. The only issue here is that the bones belong to his mother – it’s a hell of a way to start a romance! While there is every stereotype and archetype of the 55 plus crowd, most of it comes across as real. This was a very enjoyable read, and so much fun that I will be reading the next Pineapple Mystery as soon as it comes out. Thank you for the laughs, Ms. Vansant.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bob Olson

    Full disclosure -- I was given a free copy of this book to review. Fuller disclosure -- I would have read it anyway. The idea of a romantic comedy/mystery set in an Over 55 community was a lure I could not resist, since I am presently contemplating moving to such a community. Oh that my community will hold as fascinating and funny inhabitants as Pineapple Port! Once the reader accepts the premise of a twenty-something heroine living by herself in a senior community -- and loving it -- the reader Full disclosure -- I was given a free copy of this book to review. Fuller disclosure -- I would have read it anyway. The idea of a romantic comedy/mystery set in an Over 55 community was a lure I could not resist, since I am presently contemplating moving to such a community. Oh that my community will hold as fascinating and funny inhabitants as Pineapple Port! Once the reader accepts the premise of a twenty-something heroine living by herself in a senior community -- and loving it -- the reader's laugh and thrill ride begins. A dead body is discovered beneath a patio and quickly identified as a long-missing resident of Pineapple Port. Then the fun begins as suspicions rise and fall as to "who done it." Is there a murderer among the residents? Author Amy Van Sant has done a marvelous job of creating a warm, humorous community peppered with unforgettable characters. Yes, the killer is discovered but the real reader satisfaction comes from the journey toward discovery. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Florence Osmund

    At first I questioned the author’s choice of a fifty-five plus community in Florida for the book’s setting, but soon after she began introducing some of Pineapple Port’s colorful characters, I realized the method to her madness. This well-written cozy mystery includes a balanced mix of comedy, romance, secrecy, and suspense. A lighthearted read that’s hard to put down, the author’s delightful and often witty writing style makes it that much more enjoyable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    When I started this book, I wasn't sure that I like it or would even finish it. But the varied personalities of the characters wove their way into my heart. There was a little bit of a love story. Plus a murder that I did my figure out the who done it. I only recommend this book to anyone who needs a book to read when deep thinking his to be avoided. I most likely will not read another book by the author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tarr

    Pineapple Lies is an adorable murder mystery with twists and turns right to the very end. The characters are well drawn and engaging. The heroine is likable with her various slips and faults. In fact she's a lot like someone I know. This is the second Vansant book I’ve read and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoy her writing style and humor.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Bubble's Book Reviews ♥

    I received a free copy of this book as a courtesy of the author. It wasn't my cup of tea (setting and characters) but it was very well written and I loved Amy's sense of humor. I'd recommend this if you're into older characters, and I'll definitely give more of Amy's books a try.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kindle Ninja

    A fun read if you're into cozy mystery with a bit of The Golden Girls humor, Nancy Drew curiosity, Scooby Doo 'meddling kids' antics, and sappy romance. It's crazy hilarious.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    I enjoyed this book so much. A cozy but the plot is different enough to make it feel fresh. Charlotte is a 26 year old living in a retirement community. The characters are quirky and fun but I especially liked Charlotte. She is average folk through and through. The mystery is a bit whacky but kept me interested right to the end. In a very simple way this story reminded me a bit of Jana Deleon's Miss Fortune series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Pineapple Lies by Amy Vansant, 25-year-old Charlotte lives in the senior citizen village of Pineapple Port in Florida because when orphaned at the age of 11, she moved in there with her grandmother, who lived only one year past Charlotte’s mother. The sheriff then made arrangements for Mariska and Darla, best friends of Charlotte’s grandmother, to oversee her care, while Charlotte was able to inherit the cottage of her grandmother, making her the only one under 55 to live in Pineapple Port. Now Pineapple Lies by Amy Vansant, 25-year-old Charlotte lives in the senior citizen village of Pineapple Port in Florida because when orphaned at the age of 11, she moved in there with her grandmother, who lived only one year past Charlotte’s mother. The sheriff then made arrangements for Mariska and Darla, best friends of Charlotte’s grandmother, to oversee her care, while Charlotte was able to inherit the cottage of her grandmother, making her the only one under 55 to live in Pineapple Port. Now at 25, Charlotte works part time embroidering personalized items for people but is often at loose ends. So one day, Charlotte decides to do some gardening after having just gotten someone to break up the concrete that has covered the back area since before her grandmother moved into the community. But just as Charlotte starts to dig, her dog jumps in and pulls up a bone. It’s a human skull. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Bateman

    What a fun read! I love cozies and this was a nice change of pace!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Piper Templeton

    Excellent book! It should be a TV series. It's filled with colorful characters, intrigue, romance, and large doses of humor.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    What a creative premise. Loads of chuckles, great protagonist, tight mystery-just a great all around read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I am in love! Pineapple lies had me laughing all the way through. Even though it is a murder mystery and has some serious elements, the main characters is a hoot! The mystery is intriguing, the hot guy is charming, and characters are delightful. I have already picked up the second book in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This one I would probably give a 2 1/2. It was an interesting light read that might be a good choice for a trip to the beach. However, there were certainly some aspects of the book that just didn't impress me much. The story is built on an interesting premise -- a 26 year old that lives in a 55+ retirement community, who finds a body buried in her back yard. But that is about where the interesting part ends and the improbable begins. I couldn't figure out how an entire community could possible a This one I would probably give a 2 1/2. It was an interesting light read that might be a good choice for a trip to the beach. However, there were certainly some aspects of the book that just didn't impress me much. The story is built on an interesting premise -- a 26 year old that lives in a 55+ retirement community, who finds a body buried in her back yard. But that is about where the interesting part ends and the improbable begins. I couldn't figure out how an entire community could possible adopt a kid and allow her to live in her own house -- alone -- as she grew up -- with the whole community serving as surrogate parents "In absentia." Add to that the fact that the characters are shallowly drawn, with very little depth or dynamics and you end up with something you come away shaking your head over. The mystery aspect of the story is a huge let down if you are an avid mystery reader. Not only was it entirely predictable from a very early point in the book -- but the conclusion is a huge let down as far as a who done it ending. Certainly not what I would have paid a great deal of money for, and not something I would recommend on the mystery genre front. The "romantic" part of the story was another huge question mark. I felt like Charlotte and Declan were simply going through the motions -- and there was no real connection or spark between them. (But then, that seems to be true of all the characters.) There just wasn't enough depth, or story development to actually create dynamic interactions and meaningful relationships. In general the story felt rushed and the characterizations forced. Add to that the problem of the book needs some serious editing and ultimately I would have to give this one a pass as far as recommendations go.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    My Review: My first response - Quirky and cute! A cozy mystery with a sweet romance in a Florida retirement community. Full review soon. Quirky and cute in a retirement community? Well, yes. Charlotte is a 20-something woman who lives in her grandmother's place, which was left to her when her grandmother died. The cadre of mother hens in the community has taken to looking out for her and mothering her since both her mother and then her grandmother passed away. Each of these ladies is as unique as My Review: My first response - Quirky and cute! A cozy mystery with a sweet romance in a Florida retirement community. Full review soon. Quirky and cute in a retirement community? Well, yes. Charlotte is a 20-something woman who lives in her grandmother's place, which was left to her when her grandmother died. The cadre of mother hens in the community has taken to looking out for her and mothering her since both her mother and then her grandmother passed away. Each of these ladies is as unique as the next. So Charlotte has grown up with a tolerant view of the world. She is, however, employably-challenged, and always looking for her ultimate career. The mother hens are always looking for her ultimate husband. Declan is a pawnbroker living very close to the retirement community. It's convenient for buying up the estates when the senior citizens die. He's not a vulture, but he does need to make a living. He's another 20-something person in an area where most of the population is over 50. And he's not hard on the eyes. When Charlotte decides to dig up her back patio for a garden, she finds more dirt than soil. When the sheriff asks questions, he gets more stories than answers. When Charlotte and Declan spend time together, they feel a warmth that's not from the Florida sunshine. But can they form a bond when the skull under the concrete is discovered to be his mother's and the gun has fingerprints on it that come too close to home? Ms. Vansant has created characters who have the depth to create and survive crisis, conflict, laughter, and romance. Her story line twists and turns so that you won't know who did it until she reveals it at the end. And the story continues from this one book. Amy Vansant just released book #4 in the series this month on the 21st. So check out her series and other books at her site or on Amazon. This was a BookBub acquisition. This is my honest review for which I am receiving no compensation. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

  26. 4 out of 5

    John Presler

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Charlotte Morgan is a 26 year old single woman living in the 55+ community of Pineapple Port. How did she come to live in a retirement community? She grew up there. When her mother died of cancer, she lived with her grandmother, when her grandmother passed away, Charlotte inherited the home. Her grandmother’s two best friends, Mariska and Darla, took responsibility for raising her. When Charlotte had part of her patio cement torn up I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Charlotte Morgan is a 26 year old single woman living in the 55+ community of Pineapple Port. How did she come to live in a retirement community? She grew up there. When her mother died of cancer, she lived with her grandmother, when her grandmother passed away, Charlotte inherited the home. Her grandmother’s two best friends, Mariska and Darla, took responsibility for raising her. When Charlotte had part of her patio cement torn up so she could plant a garden, she was surprised to find (with the help of her neighbor’s dog), a skeleton. Charlotte, Mariska, and Darla decide that they need to help the police find who killed the young woman. She had been identified by her son, from a necklace he gave her long ago. She had disappeared 15 years ago with no clue to why, where, or with whom. Will Charlotte and her friends be able to discover what happened to the young woman? Will the sheriff, who is Darla’s husband, be able to keep them out of jail? Will Charlotte be able to resist the charms of the dead woman’s son, Declan, who owns the pawn shop in the next town? The book starts a bit slow due to the introduction of all the characters, but picks up quickly and becomes a hard to put down book. The characters are well developed and the interactions are believable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Pineapple Lies (Pineapple Port Mysteries, #1) by Amy Vansant Charlotte grew up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities. She has a fun life. Golf cart racing , Gossiping and hanging around with her Mothers two best friends, Mariska and Darla. Then one day she finds the pawnbroker’s Mom buried in her backyard. Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery. A well written fast paced, light murder mystery. Charlotte is very likable, living among Floridian seniors she leads a normal, yet unlikel Pineapple Lies (Pineapple Port Mysteries, #1) by Amy Vansant Charlotte grew up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities. She has a fun life. Golf cart racing , Gossiping and hanging around with her Mothers two best friends, Mariska and Darla. Then one day she finds the pawnbroker’s Mom buried in her backyard. Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery. A well written fast paced, light murder mystery. Charlotte is very likable, living among Floridian seniors she leads a normal, yet unlikely fun life. Her Mother, Mariska and Darla are quirky, spunky and all around fun. They are very likable. Then there is Declan the sexy pawnbroker. He is very likable and Charlotte is definitely attracted to him (eve if she doesn't want to admit it). The story moves swift, the suspect list grows. Anyone and everyone could be the suspect. The plot thickens with secrets, twists and turns. Add a bit of romance, laugh out loud moments and the story becomes a perfect romantic/comedy/murder-mystery. I strongly recommend Pineapple Lies to those who love a great (cozy) murder/mystery.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this book. The mystery kept you guessing and the characters were amusing. There were some things that kept me from giving it 5 stars. The first is that the main character goes off on rabbit trails in her mind and we are along for the ride. Sometimes they go on way too long and there's another character just standing there wondering why this woman is staring off into space and not answering them. And it doesn't happen just once. She can do this 3 or 4 times before she ever answers I really liked this book. The mystery kept you guessing and the characters were amusing. There were some things that kept me from giving it 5 stars. The first is that the main character goes off on rabbit trails in her mind and we are along for the ride. Sometimes they go on way too long and there's another character just standing there wondering why this woman is staring off into space and not answering them. And it doesn't happen just once. She can do this 3 or 4 times before she ever answers the person speaking to her. It's just weird. The second is that the whole motivation behind Harry hiding the murder is that he wants to solve a cold case. He's been living there how long just hoping someone would find the body? What if Charlotte had never ripped apart the cement? He's just going to hold on to all the evidence hoping that the suspected murderer (or himself) won't die first? That part made no sense at all. It did take me a while to get into the story, but once I did, I enjoyed it a lot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This story takes the reader to a retirement community in Florida for the over fifty five age group. Charlotte was brought to the community to live with her grandmother at a young age. After her grandmother passed, Charlotte inherited her house. She decides to have the back porch dug up to plant a garden. Along with the help of her neighbor's dog, a skull is unearthed. The drama begins. Whose skull is it? How long has it been buried there? The younger woman living in an older community plus being a This story takes the reader to a retirement community in Florida for the over fifty five age group. Charlotte was brought to the community to live with her grandmother at a young age. After her grandmother passed, Charlotte inherited her house. She decides to have the back porch dug up to plant a garden. Along with the help of her neighbor's dog, a skull is unearthed. The drama begins. Whose skull is it? How long has it been buried there? The younger woman living in an older community plus being an embroiderer makes the storyline unique and fresh. The characters living in Pineapple Port's community gives the reader an array of colorful, entertaining people. There is mystery, secrets, suspense, humor with a tad of romance. Read the book to help Charlotte and her Pineapple Port Crew solve this cold case. Thank you to Amy Vansant and Author Cross Promotion for the eBook. My opinion is my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    Pine apple Lies is an adorable / mystery/love story. When Charlotte's parents died she went to live with her Grandmother in Florida in a fifty -five plus community. She has a fun life. Racing Golf carts, gossiping and hanging out with her Grandmother 's two best friends Mariska and Darla. Than one day while digging to plant a garden she finds the Pawnbrokers Mom buried in her back yard. Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery. A fun murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns to the very Pine apple Lies is an adorable / mystery/love story. When Charlotte's parents died she went to live with her Grandmother in Florida in a fifty -five plus community. She has a fun life. Racing Golf carts, gossiping and hanging out with her Grandmother 's two best friends Mariska and Darla. Than one day while digging to plant a garden she finds the Pawnbrokers Mom buried in her back yard. Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery. A fun murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns to the very end of the story.

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