Show Up Dead

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The last thing Peri Milano expected to happen when she planned Mr. Wooley's funeral was that he'd actually show up dead. Proceeds from the sale of this humorous mystery will be donated directly to JDRF for research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. More

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About Lisa Shiroff

Lisa Shiroff is a comedic fiction writer celebrating the often unnoticed but beautifully bizarre in life.

For years, she worked professionally as a corporate freelance writer and graphic designer. Not only can she Photoshop her way into a royal wedding, but she can write a PR piece that will make a cat in a tattered wolf costume sound like a Westminster Dog Show champion.

But the struggle to keep her tongue out of her cheek was giving her TMJ symptoms and she decided she'd had enough. It was time she joined the ranks of those intent on using humor to balance out the negatives in the universe.

Now she is unleashing her comedic perspective on anyone willing to take the risk to read whatever she writes.

Having spent her formative years in small-town America, Lisa mastered the ability to amuse herself and others with tales about people we all wished lived next door (and some who really did). Now she’s bringing those stories to light in novels with funny characters experiencing sometimes inane circumstances and always finding happy endings (yes, she’s a sucker for them).

Almost living the American Dream, Lisa lives in south Jersey with her husband, two kids, and a dog. Alas, she has no picket fence.

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Review by: Brenda Maxwell on March 9, 2016 :
I'll admit that “Show up Dead” wouldn’t be my normal type of read (I’m more of a fantasy and romance gal) but I’ve been wanting to read more out of my comfort zone lately and expand my tastes… the premise and sample looked intriguing so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’d so glad I did! It was far more exciting than I would’ve guessed, and I found myself flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen. I was totally wrapped up in the drama and loved Peri, Melissa,Ma, (and the others) and really felt like I was part of the whole experience, from start to finish. There were some really shocking twists that you *really* don’t expect with the characters, and I liked how everything came together in the end… was really unusual. This was a quick read with lots of exciting twists and turns, and I think that Lisa Shiroff made a murder/mystery novel fan out of me!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cory Banyan on March 9, 2016 :
The whole time I was reading “Show up Dead” by Lisa Shiroff, I felt like I could have been watching it as a TV Show—Ms. Shiroff’s writing was clear and descriptive, with an ever-present tension of high stakes as there is a mysterious murder surrounding her that throws her whole world into chaos (sometimes quite humorously). I liked that the characters seemed “real” (not the stereotypical cardboard cutouts we see so much of in these types of books),and the dialogue felt so genuine, like how people REALLY talk to each other (especially her and her Ma, and with the friends Mel and Jacqueline). I definitely enjoyed reading this and think almost anyone will find something about it they like. I’d recommend this to my friends and family with no reservations. The ending was great and I was wondering how it would all tie up… it works and I was surprised by the outcome. It was surprisingly complex and intelligent and really outside the normal way of murdering someone… and I liked that. Recommend. (4 1/2 stars)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: GillianHancock on March 6, 2016 :
"Show up Dead” by Lisa Shiroff grabbed me from the opening pages and didn’t let go until the very end. It is rare to find a book that keeps my attention all the way through, but this one did. I was totally caught up in the whirlwind of events, and loved reading all the behind the scenes action of Peri’s dilemma and the investigation. Nothing lights my fire more than deception and unpredictable twists…and “Show Up Dead” did not disappoint! If I had only one minor problem was that it was a tad hard to follow at some parts because it almost seemed too fast paced at certain times and I thought some key events or revelations were almost glossed over and lost some emotional impact. But it was well edited and I literally could not put down my Kindle during the last 30% or so and was surprised at the guilty party (and impressed with the creativity in the murder!!). Recommend to fans of the mystery genre…heck, for anyone who just enjoys a great, intelligently-written, and exciting read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: ElizaB9988 on March 1, 2016 :
I’m a huge fan of murder mysteries, especially cozy/humorous mysteries and read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I like trying out new authors and thought the premise of “Show Up Dead” by Lisa Shiroff sounded interesting, and I liked that it seemed a bit quirkier than the norm. But while I fully admit I didn’t have the highest expectations going in…well, consider me blown away! I read “Show Up Dead” almost in one sitting (much to my own amazement) Lisa Shiroff is a natural writer, and I was hooked in by the way she weaved so many interesting characters and twisted storylines together to create a wholly addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion. It was fast-paced and with snappy dialogue and free from many clichés that riddle this genre. I was curious about who the guilty person was (no spoilers) and let’s just say I didn’t guess correctly – which is good! I’d love to read more from this author in the future...highly recommend!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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