Adventures In Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1)

Rated 3.76/5 based on 17 reviews
Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school and maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her, Ethan asks for her help, and Kait finds herself in full on crush, as well as entangled in a murder mystery. More
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About Milda Harris

Milda Harris is a Chicago girl who is now living the dream in Hollywood. She loves watching movies and playing random sports like dodgeball and kickball. Between working in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven and playing with her super cute dog Licorice, she writes young adult and chick lit novels.

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Review by: Wendy Storer on Jan. 1, 2013 :
I love the premise of this book - that Kait Lennox crashes funerals as a way of coping with grief after her own mother has died. I also love it that it brings her close to Ethan Ripley, and I think Milda brings out the comedy of this really well, and she could probably do more with this.
The book develops into an acceptable whodunnit with Kait and Ethan hot on the trail of a killer...
Milda has a nice style, throwing in a little comedy, mystery, intrigue and romance. A little less exposition at the start would make it more immediate, but on the whole a good story with a really quirky but likable protagonist. I think young teens will enjoy it.
(review of free book)
Review by: Nickie Anderson on Nov. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Sixteen year-old Kait Lenox has been coping with her mother's recent death in an unusual way -- by crashing funerals. While crashing a local funeral, she finds herself face to face with the most popular (read: cute) guy in school, Ethan Ripley, who calls her out on not knowing the deceased. Instead of making a scene, Ethan enlists Kait's help. The deceased, Ethan's half-sister, died from an apparent drug overdose, but Ethan is convinced his sister was never into drugs, and that her death was actually a murder.

What I liked about this book:
This was a fast-paced a fun whodunit, with plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing. Realistic characters and dialogue flesh out the story, and Harris' descriptions of teenagers and school ring true.

What I didn't like about this book:
I had a really hard time getting through the first chapter. The first few pages are Kait's internal monologue, introducing herself, and she reads more like a 12 year old than a 16 year old. There's about ten exclamations points in the first three pages, and it was hard for me to get past the 'OMG! I'm such a teen! Look, I talk really excitedly! Because that's what teens do!' bit. After the first chapter, though, the exclamation points and X-Treme Teen language simmer down a bit, and the fun plot takes center stage.

Final verdict:
Guys, it's free! And it's short and entertaining. If you like mysteries, you'll dig this story of a teen detective. If you have a couple of hours to kill this week during holiday travels (or while dodging relatives), pick this one up. A solid 4-star read.
(review of free book)
Review by: Midu Hadi on Sep. 23, 2012 :
The book's based on an intriguing topic and I loved that. It had everything a YA novel requires:
a not-so popular female lead who reads (shocking, I know) and has problems at home which make her weirder
the hottest guy in school
the estranged bitchy mean girl/ex bff
I just had one small issue with it and that was this book is yet another example of the current trend. The trend that divides kids into the popular and not-popular groups. I know that's how it is at school but shouldn't authors try to make girls see their uniqueness, instead of emphasizing that the female lead isn't popular, so she's weird?
Even then, I had a good time reading this book.
Oh and I liked Troy much better than Ethan hehe
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
Review by: Literary Marie on Feb. 13, 2012 :
Adventures in Funeral Crashing is the first book in the Funeral Crashing trilogy by Milda Harris. Sixteen-year-old Kait Lenox has a weird hobby: funeral crashing. She is not obsessed with death but just likes to attend funerals. Until one day she is outed by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley, when she crashes his half sister's funeral and is asked the question Kait tries to avoid. "How do you know (insert deceased's name here)?"

Ethan Ripley is convinced his sister didn't really die of a heroin overdose. He suspects it was a murder and enlists Kait's help to figure it out.

I am definitely going to read the next two books in the series. Milda Harris's writing is clear, sharp and just the right amount of pop culture. The idea of a young professional mourner using Facebook and cell phone history to solve a murder is so unique and interesting. If you're a fan of Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine, you will love Milda Harris. (The author also worked in production for television shows Hannah Montana and That's So Raven.) Visit this Indie young adult author at her website www.mildaharris.com

You can download this eBook, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, for just 99 cents! Just click the title below or the book cover above. It will make a great gift for the young adult in your life.

Literary Marie
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
Review by: Kristin Durham on Jan. 26, 2012 :
Every now and then a YA book review is sent my way and I accept because with each read, I enjoy the YA genre more and more. This is another example of a highly entertaining YA read that us adults can also enjoy. From the beginning the reader is introduced to Kait, a high schooler who has lost her mom to cancer and finds a connection with her when she crashes funerals. This may sound crazy, but when she attends a funeral she ends up in the middle of a murder mystery that makes her confront all sorts of fears.

I absolutely love books that have twists and turns and the reader is kept in the loop throughout. Nothing like the killer being a character that shows up in the end - no good. Not the case with this one, this author had the ability to give out facts, but let the reader take their imagination to find out who our killer is in the end. This is worth reading to the very last page.

A book that is perfect for the high school reader who loves a little mystery, a little romance and may even be a reluctant reader. A warning to the the young readers, there is mention of heroin overdoses and through the reading, these are proved wrong. I in no way condone the use of any illegal substances, but I think that the topic is covered well in this book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jennifer Thomas on Jan. 9, 2012 : (no rating)
This is the story of Kait Lenox who is a junior and a social outcast at her highschool. She works at a video store, reads, and crashes funerals. Her mother passed away and since then she has loved going to funerals of any person, mostly because she likes how friends and family come together to celebrate peoples lives. While crashing a funeral she runs into the hottest guy in school, Ethan, whom she has a crush on. Come to find out it is his half sister's funeral who died from an overdose of drugs. From there they start an investigation on their own to find out if his sister's death was indeed accidental or if there was some foul play involved.

I really liked this book. I liked that Kait was someone who I have things in common with and could relate to. Ethan sounds like a great guy. A guy that most people would want to be friends with. There are some interesting plot twists and good humor. Just a few things were a little predictable. It is a very well written, fun book. I would recommend it to all ages.

I would also like to say thanks to Milda Harris and Kay for the opportunity to read this through Read 2 Review.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Cecilia on Dec. 29, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this really cute and simple young adult mystery. It was a really easy going mystery book with a little romance for good measure.

I really liked Kait the main character. She is a social outcast who likes to read books watch movies and crash funerals. Not strange at all just a regular teenage girl with a kind of unusual hobby that leads Kait right in to a investigation of a murder. Kait is such a sweet person and she is determent to find out the truth and of course it does not hurt that the most popular guy in her high school is her partner in their quest for the truth.

I also really like Kait´s side kick Ethan. He is really down to earth and a really nice guy despite his status as the most popular guy in school, even though he thought Kait did drugs or was related to drugs in some ways but hey doesn´t everyone believe in gossip every once in a while?

This was such a cute and fun book and I really enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommend it to others especially if you like a good mystery!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Midu Hadi on Dec. 28, 2011 :
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(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jilleen Dolbeare on Dec. 28, 2011 :
I'm a high school English teacher, so I read a lot of young adult books to stay abreast on what's out there, find things to recommend to students, have books for my class library, and look for things to teach that will interest students. Having said that, I found this book completely enjoyable. It's a simple story, unpopular girl likes popular boy and they're flung together (much to her enjoyment)when she crashes his sister's funeral.
Most YA fiction tends to fall into the "tragedy of the week" area dealing with drugs, teen pregnancy, death, sexuality, etc. etc. and ends up being rather dreary. This was refreshing because although it does deal with drugs and death, it's light and funny and doesn't take itself to seriously.
I would recommend this to my students and all YA readers. The only issues I have with it are that it was too short, and the climax was a bit contrived and too soon. The main characters were finally on the right path to find the murderer and BAM! we're thrown into the middle of the climax, everything is revealed and the story is over. However as a light romance and mystery this was a well written and fun little book!
It's a definite read, and I'm glad I got to read and review a copy on R2R (for free) so thanks Goodreads and Milda Harris!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
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