Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky

Tips for Living

On the day Nora discovered that her husband, Hugh, had gotten another woman pregnant, she made a vow: I will come back to life no matter how long it takes…It’s taken Nora three years. With the help of her best friend, she fled New York City for a small resort town, snagged a job as the advice columnist for the local paper, and is cautiously letting a new man into her life. But when Hugh and his perfect new family move into a summer house near...

Details Tips for Living

TitleTips for Living
Release DateFeb 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Tips for Living

  • Melki
    Here we have a plucky heroine whose lying, cheating ex-hubby is found dead. She quickly becomes a person of interest prime suspect in his murder. But don't worry too much - her newfound love interest, and determined best friend will help her prove her innocence, though it will be up to the heroine, and NOT the police to solve the crime. Oh, and of course, there's a cute, full-of-wisdom, elderly relative on hand to lend advice and comfort. Need I ...
  • Bam
    *3-3.5 stars. From the title, you might think this is a self-help book with advice for living a good life, right? But no, it's a cozy mystery set in Pequod, New York. Forty-one-year-old Nora Walker works for the Pequod Courier and writes a snarky, humorous column for the paper that is entitled Tips for Living (in a seaside town where rich people spend their summers and drive the prices and property taxes up for the local townspeople.) Nora's fath...
  • Amber Myott
    Despite glowing reviews from other “good readers” I gave this 3 stars. While the first 100 pages hooked me in I found the middle quite slow and the thoughts of the main character very repetitive.There were many red herrings but it was all eventually revealed in a somewhat convoluted ending .For me it was an OK holiday read .
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel. When Nora discovers her husband, Hugh, has gotten another woman pregnant she vows to start her life again and not be dragged down by the pain in her past. Three years later she is working as a newspaper columnist in a small town, trying to start over. When her husband and her his now wife move into the same town Nora resides, Nora’s pain and anger return to her all ...
  • Linda Zagon
    Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Tips For Living” by Renee Shafransky By Linda ZagonKudos to debut author Renee Shafransky for a suspenseful, captivating, and intriguing novel “Tips For Living” :A Novel Of Suspense.(Lake Union Publishing: February 1,2018). The genres for “Tips For Living” are Mystery and Suspense, Thriller,and Fiction. The timeline of the story is in the present, and told only in the past when it pertains to the chara...
  • Danielle
    This was a very fast-paced read with interesting characters. Nora was incredibly relatable, and my heart went out to her as she tried over and over again to keep her life on track. Tips for Living gives the reader a window into what life is like in a small town and how hard it is to move on when your past won't leave you alone. With a bit of suspense thrown in, this was a perfect book to spend the day reading.
  • Carol Boyer
    I loved this captivating suspenseful book, Tips for Living! Renee Shafransky writes with depth of character and has plenty of surprise plot twists that hooked me from the start and kept me guessing who killed Hugh Walker. You think you know who but I was very surprised. Imagine the shock for Nora his his ex wife, when she learns her rich famous artist husband impregnated another women while they were still newlyweds. Add to that the new pregnant ...
  • Amy Parakkat
    No matter how bad a day you're having, Nora's is worse. Forty-something with literary talent to spare, she's living (hiding?) in a tiny Long Island village away from the big city life she used to live with her artist ex-husband and his fancy new wife. Then, her old life turns up in pilates class. And then it turns up dead. Who would YOU suspect?"Tips for Living" will have you guessing till the end, but that's not the only reason to read it. Shafr...
  • Christine Moore
    This book was a can't put down until you finish book! Poor Nora her marriage ends because her husband cheats on her. She moves away and starts her life again then next thing you know her husband moves near her! When her ex-husband and his new wife are murdered the police look at Nora. Did Nora get the ultimate revenge? I really enjoyed this book and it kept me guessing until the very end. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are m...
  • Anna
    This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I did not want to put it down. Nora had every right to hate her ex-husband Hugh and his current wife Helene - the woman he got pregnant while he was married to Nora. But, she vowed not to become an angry, bitter woman and began to rebuild her life. She'd moved away from the city, gotten a job with a small town paper, and was well on her way, and then the ex-husband and his new family move to the sam...
  • Jessie
    Tips for Living will undoubtedly be a must read for all suspense readers in 2018. The story kept me captivated and rooting for the MC however it also had me worried for her. Absolutely captivating characters in an idyllic setting, emotional pain and of course murder, what more do we want in a weekend read? Renee Shafransky's writing style will draw in many loyal fans. Five stars. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing...
  • Kelly Laubner
    Not what I expected...The title sounds more like that of a self help book, in the end though I guess it really was. Nora helped herself! Another quick read that I couldn’t put down until I found out who the murderer was.
  • Cynthia Hale
    I loved reading this delightfully suspenseful and soulful book. Along with the kinds of down to earth characters that you really do meet in your Pilates class, the story comes to life with a sense of what it’s like to live in a small town. The mystery kept me guessing, yet it’s far from a simplistic “who done it” thriller. Through the observations and insights of a strong and yet vulnerable main character named Nora, the author reveals ho...
  • Cindy Kubley
    Murder Mystery This is a quick read that draws you into the story quickly. Poor Nora is the main character who is framed for murdering her ex husband and his new wife. The characters are very down to earth and easy to like. Overall a good read!
  • Brooke
    Disappointingly PredictableI was able to read to the end even after feeling it was too obvious who the killer was... This was forgivable. However, the abrupt and lazy descriptions of people, such as "Latina woman" "African-American owner," "Asian man," "Jamaican attendant," and "Indian Doctor" descriptions pulled me out of the story. And the Irish lady drinks and tends bar...There were no depth to the characters the author chose to call out for t...
  • Christi
    This book is a solid 3.5. Why can't GoodReads add 1/2 stars by now?An interesting premise. Good pacing. It's just that characters are only introduced to the plot as potential suspects. Tips for Living is the title of Nora's column as well as the book. Her column is more of a complaint / man about town focus. It seems like the author really liked the phrase and then tried to make it work as a book. But by far, this is the best KindleFirst book I'v...
  • Susan Cox
    Disappointed After reading glowing reviews, I was expecting a real treat. I whole thing seemed pretty ordinary. You can even guess who really did it, a lot of running around until it was finally revealed.
  • Cakki
    2.5 I would not call this a thriller at all. It was a chick lit with a murder.
  • Caryn
    3.5 Stars.This book started out with a bang and took off at a frenetic pace, which I loved. Nora lives in Pequod, New York, a tourist town, as a newspaper columnist trying to get her life back on track after her husband left her for another woman who got pregnant with his child. She’s trying to piece her life back together when her ex and his new wife are found brutally murdered in their bed. This beginning had me flipping pages quickly.I felt ...
  • Jacqueline
    I enjoyed this mystery/thriller. Fast-paced read, interesting characters, lots of red herrings and twists and turns. Without spoiling anything, it’s kind of wholesome to me overall (yes, even despite the double murders). I like my thrillers dark as the night sky, but I’d still recommend this to most people looking for a fun read.
  • Sandy
    A quick easy read that had enough suspense to keep my interest.
  • Julie Busa
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had romance, suspense and humor. I couldn’t put it down. Great read!
  • Melanie
    I tore through Shafransky's debut novel at a fierce pace! Her perfect description of small town life, her rich cast of characters, and the irresistible heroine, Nora--feisty, fallible and ultimately relatable--when is her next adventure? More please.
  • Bettina Volz
    Completely engaging. Loved Nora. Thought provoking and completely satisfying.
  • S.W. Hubbard
    This is the author's first mystery novel although she has written screenplays and other pieces. As such, it was well written, even witty at times, but not very well constructed as a mystery. The heroine, Nora is recently divorced from her famous painter husband, who left her for a younger woman whom he impregnated while he was still married to Nora. (Possible autobiographical parallel--the author was once married to the famous monologist, Spaldin...
  • Kameka
    Wow, what an excellent first novel for Shafransky! I chose this novel from Amazon's "First Reads" program and am so glad I did. This was a page-turner especially toward the end of the story. The suspenseful novel tells the story of Nora Glasser, a divorcee, who moves to a small-town on the north fork of Long Island to find peace and a new life after divorcing her cheating, famous artist husband, Hugh Walker. Hugh, and his new wife, buy a home in ...
  • Furrawn
    This is an enjoyable cozy mystery. The setup will have you fearing you know who did it, but I was surprised until close to the end.It’s not formulaic. The characters are distinct. I liked Nora a lot. The entire city of Pequod with all the idiosyncrasies of her citizens came alive in the book.Definitely a book to be put on the Cozy Mystery good list. I will be eagerly awaiting the writer’s next book.
  • Christine Lowe
    Don't Let Them Break Your HeartThis is my January First Pick or Fresh Look. You get the idea. With the new name change I can't remember what it's called now. Tips for Living comes from our protagonist's Father, "A tip for living. This world is rough, and it's going to keep throwing things at you. Don't let them break your heart." Good advice from a man who was a bookie,gambler and money launderer.Nora Glasser is the child of a Russian mother who ...
  • Sue
    Couldn’t put it downDid a great job of building the suspense without taking it too far. I loved the premise and characters. I couldn’t wait to finish it so I could see how it all tied together. Good book to start the new year.
  • Sue Ann
    3.5/4 StarsI enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept me interested, especially the first half. It just didn't completely keep me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. All in all a good read.