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Dying to Get In


Loved it! 😍

Surreal, dark comedy about a serial killer and set in an upscale retirement community

Dying to Get In is a new dark comedy by husband and wife writing team Peter and Laurie Interland that had me laughing out loud and cringing (but with delight!) at the same time. Although it's a shorter novel, it is PERFECT for reading straight through from cover to cover, and you're going to want to do just this to find out what is coming next!

I loved the main character, Bill, and I'm ashamed to say, I seriously rooted for his success. I laughed at what his son, Paul, was having to deal with as his frisky, talented, genius, and fun-loving parents cruised into their golden years. Paul is a nice guy but I couldn't help but be delighted at his bewilderment at some of the situations. I also liked the friends they were making at Golden Shores; they seemed like fun people, too (well, except for those that weren't supposed to be!) John and Maya were a perfect couple for the Hurleys to meet, giving them kindred spirits to look forward to as neighbors. On the other hand, I think Estelle is a hoot and a handful. I'd love to read more about her antics in a future book.


The age group we're reading about at Golden Shores is beginning to include the children of the 60s and 70s, and it was fun to see that the vices of their youth followed them into their golden years. There is drinking, smoking, pot, THC, and sex featured in the story, so be aware if any of these (or premeditated MURDER for that matter) are an issue for you as a reader.

With a plethora of great characters, a fun, irreverent plotline, and a lovely setting on the coast of Maine, I recommend DYING TO GET IN for general fiction readers, cozy mystery lovers, and readers who enjoy a story with older characters.

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I love to read and hook up others with books that they might enjoy. I like genre fiction with a weakness for cozies, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and westerns. My professional background is in law enforcement, fire, water, and environmental education. I have basset hounds and ham radio is a hobby.


About the author

Peter Interland’s professional storytelling career includes work as a journalist, columnist, copywriter, and broadcast producer. His columns and feature articles on business, technology, and adventure travel were published by McGraw-Hill, The New York Times, The Surfer’s Journal, and many others. view profile

Published on January 17, 2022

Published by Pi Publishing

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Cozy Mysteries

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