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IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE MURDER ...Pensioner Felix Pink is about to find out that it’s never too late ... for life to go horribly wrong. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath ... But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police – a IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE MURDER ...Pensioner Felix Pink is about to find out that it’s never too late ... for life to go horribly wrong. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath ... But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police – after making the biggest mistake of his life.Now his routine world is turned upside down as he tries to discover what went wrong, while staying one step ahead of the law.


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IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE MURDER ...Pensioner Felix Pink is about to find out that it’s never too late ... for life to go horribly wrong. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath ... But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police – a IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE MURDER ...Pensioner Felix Pink is about to find out that it’s never too late ... for life to go horribly wrong. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath ... But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police – after making the biggest mistake of his life.Now his routine world is turned upside down as he tries to discover what went wrong, while staying one step ahead of the law.

30 review for Exit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Another darkly plotted novel from Belinda Bauer, ‘Exit’ is primarily about euthanasia. 75 year old Felix Pink is an exiteer - someone who sits with the terminally ill who wish to exit their world of pain and suffering. The exiteers aren’t allowed to assist the person to die, indeed they stay very much within the law. However, when Felix enters number 3 Black Lane with newbie exiteer 23 year old Amanda in tow, something goes very wrong, and it puts the pair of them in a really sticky, (not to men Another darkly plotted novel from Belinda Bauer, ‘Exit’ is primarily about euthanasia. 75 year old Felix Pink is an exiteer - someone who sits with the terminally ill who wish to exit their world of pain and suffering. The exiteers aren’t allowed to assist the person to die, indeed they stay very much within the law. However, when Felix enters number 3 Black Lane with newbie exiteer 23 year old Amanda in tow, something goes very wrong, and it puts the pair of them in a really sticky, (not to mention) illegal situation. Felix needs to evaluate just what went wrong, and decide how, and at what point he should hand himself into the police, bearing in mind he would have to arrange for someone to look after his little dog. A widower, Felix lives alone with his delightful dog Mabel for a companion. He’s a wonderful human being, has impeccable manners, and he’s also extremely amusing, though he doesn’t realise this himself, which makes it even more amusing. DC Calvin Bridge is in charge of the investigation into this catastrophe, and even he is charmed by Felix, indeed the whole team treat him like their own grandfather. Yes a team of police officers with a caring nature! The only thing this police team could be accused of is cruelty to vending machines! This is certainly very different, but in a good way. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be for me, but I was proved wrong. The main protagonists were great, and the constant humour lifted it from what could have been a depressing read, into a really heartwarming one. Very enjoyable. * Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld for my ARC. I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange *

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    Charming and Heartwarming! 4.5 stars “Maybe that would be the best way to go -drunk and stupid.” Exit is a cleverly plotted mystery about an assisted suicide gone awry. 75-year-old Felix Pink has led a boring and predictable life, all up until he becomes an Exiteer, a person who assists with suicide. When he and his Exiteer partner, Amanda, who happens to have very sensible eyebrows , mistakenly assist the wrong man die, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. Told primari Charming and Heartwarming! 4.5 stars “Maybe that would be the best way to go -drunk and stupid.” Exit is a cleverly plotted mystery about an assisted suicide gone awry. 75-year-old Felix Pink has led a boring and predictable life, all up until he becomes an Exiteer, a person who assists with suicide. When he and his Exiteer partner, Amanda, who happens to have very sensible eyebrows , mistakenly assist the wrong man die, they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. Told primarily through the eyes of Felix, and Calvin, a young police officer, both characters are equally charming and lovable. Felix especially pulled at my heartstrings. While Felix and Calvin differ, both find themselves stuck in their pasts, unable to live in the present. I had a little bit of a hard time connecting in the beginning, and I really wasn’t sure this book was for me, but I am so glad I stuck it out. Don’t let the subject matter keep you away from reading this book. The plot is dark, but there is so much wit and humor that once the first couple of deaths occur, it doesn't feel dark at all. This book is filled with heart-warming characters, snappy dialogue, lots of humor, some crazy antics, two lovely dogs, and of course, why not a character with sensible eyebrows? I will never look at one’s eyebrows the same way again! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Exit by Belinda Bauer Seventy five year old Felix Pink is an Exiteer, being present for the last breath of those who are ready to let go of the suffering and pain in this life. Felix supported his wife through all the heartache, tears, and bewilderment of dementia and that experience prompted him to help others avoid such a fate. Felix's "friends" had been through his wife and now he's alone except for his much loved, much doted upon little dog, Mabel. Felix is here for Mabel, to her last day, bu Exit by Belinda Bauer Seventy five year old Felix Pink is an Exiteer, being present for the last breath of those who are ready to let go of the suffering and pain in this life. Felix supported his wife through all the heartache, tears, and bewilderment of dementia and that experience prompted him to help others avoid such a fate. Felix's "friends" had been through his wife and now he's alone except for his much loved, much doted upon little dog, Mabel. Felix is here for Mabel, to her last day, but once she is gone, he's already bought his own canister and mask, so he can exit this life, too.  On Felix's latest charity mission, he's accompanied by a new Exiteer. Things go wrong, protocol is not followed by the newcomer, and Felix realizes that they have murdered a man who was not the client that was ready to die. Willing to take full responsibility for what has happened, Felix first needs to tie up some loose ends, such as make sure his neighbor will take care of Mabel. So Felix ends up being on the run from the police, as he also tries to figure out just how things went so wrong.  Enter the local law enforcement, featuring Calvin, a young uniformed policeman, who failed his one try at being a plainclothes officer. Calvin never wants to work another murder but here he is, having to deal with this latest death. At first I wasn't sure about Calvin but by the end of the story he and Felix were favorites of mine. And I loved the silly comradery of the police headquarters, with their constant battle against the thieving snack machine, jokes about ever present fruitcake, and Calvin's daily contest with his partner for who has had the "worst day ever".  And the dogs, Bauer knows and loves dogs, without a doubt, and she knows dog talk, dog think, the love of a dog by the dog's person. I laughed at her dog bark translations and could have read an entire book about Mabel going through her day, doing doggie things, as presented by Bauer. The characterizations of the "good" people (not perfect but well meaning, without a doubt) left me with such a good feeling, once I finished the book. I had some questions, in my mind, about little details mostly to do with the gambling part of the story, which I could have done without, but this story was a solid 5 stars from me.  Publication: February 2, 2021 Thank you to Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press and NetGalley for this ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Belinda Bauer returns with more of her offbeat and comic crime fiction in which the life of 75 year old widower Felix Pink, a compassionate and good man, becomes derailed when he and 23 year old Amanda let themselves into 3 Black Lane. He is there to perform an act of kindness and charity, to keep a dying man company in his final moments of life. However, to his horror, it all goes catastrophically wrong, with Felix forced to run home as the police turn up. Wracked by guilt, Felix wants to confe Belinda Bauer returns with more of her offbeat and comic crime fiction in which the life of 75 year old widower Felix Pink, a compassionate and good man, becomes derailed when he and 23 year old Amanda let themselves into 3 Black Lane. He is there to perform an act of kindness and charity, to keep a dying man company in his final moments of life. However, to his horror, it all goes catastrophically wrong, with Felix forced to run home as the police turn up. Wracked by guilt, Felix wants to confess, but he needs to care of his beloved scruffy old mongrel, Mabel. He wants to protect Amanda, she is young and doesn't deserve to have her life destroyed by a mistake, he feels propelled to make amends, apologise and to try to understand what happened as he returns to the home of the Canns, the terminally ill Skipper, suffering from cancer and his grandson, Reggie, with their cleaner, Hayley. Felix hears the voice of his late wife, Margaret, in his head, he still misses her and its to her advice he turns to when he needs to make critical decisions. His grief for the loss of his son, Jamie, knows no bounds, all friends have disappeared from his life, socially awkward, he has become a loner. He finds his handyman skills once again, and begins to play chess in his efforts to do right. Expecting to be imminently arrested, he wants to make sure Mabel will be looked after, this has him breaking the habits of a lifetime as he tasks his neighbour, Miss Knott with this necessary job, unexpectedly finding comfort and friendship in her company. As Felix investigates, could it be that what he thought was a heartbreaking mistake was in fact a deliberate set up? Calvin Bridge returns, and despite having skills as a detective and proved himself previously to DCI Kirsty King, he made the decision to go back to uniform. He has kept the criminal history of his family secret from his law enforcement colleagues, and is a regular presence in a betting shop. It is Calvin and PC Jackie Braddick who are first on the scene at the home of the Canns, and once again he demonstrates that he is a more than decent detective under Kirsty's leadership, mulling over the fact that this just might be where he belongs. I am a huge fan of Bauer's brand of crime fiction, with her offbeat characters, and a narrative blended with wit and humour. This is a brilliantly entertaining crime read, with a ordinary pensioner at its heart, a Felix who managed to capture my heart as he tries to untangle and get to the bottom of the horror that looks set to destroy his life. I recommend this to fans of Bauer and especially to those who have yet to become acquainted to her fine crime fiction. Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    This is the fourth book that I’ve read by this talented author and each one has been completely unique in its own way. If you are expecting a fast paced crime thriller this is not the book for you. There is definitely a crime committed, many actually, but that is not all that this talented writer has in store for you. One of the strengths in this novel, as in all of her books, are the incredible characters that she introduces us to. There is a fairly good sized cast of characters here, some old, This is the fourth book that I’ve read by this talented author and each one has been completely unique in its own way. If you are expecting a fast paced crime thriller this is not the book for you. There is definitely a crime committed, many actually, but that is not all that this talented writer has in store for you. One of the strengths in this novel, as in all of her books, are the incredible characters that she introduces us to. There is a fairly good sized cast of characters here, some old, some young, good guys and bad guys, and some people who are just trying to get along in life. Felix is one character who fits into this last category. He’s a widower and misses his wife and son dearly. In this effort to still be of service to his community, he has a secret job, he is an “Exiteer”. The Exiteer’s job is to sit with a person who is choosing to end his or her own life, most often due to terminal illness, incredible debilitating pain, etc. They are not allowed to assist in any way, they are just there so that their families know that they didn’t die alone. Sounds like a good way to die, what could possibly go wrong??? As it turns out PLENTY’!!!!!! Before the first 30 pages are complete Felix will be on the run from the police, a new Exeteer is sure that she has murdered someone, and the police just want to know what happened at #3 Black Lane. The story is told from two points of view. One is that of Felix, described above, the other is that of detective Calvin Bridge. He and his team try to unravel all of the twists in this crime, and there are many! Calvin grows a lot throughout this book, both in his personal life and in the faith he has in his own skill at his job. I could not put this book down. I was equally invested in the story line and trying to figure out the mystery, but I was also looking forward to the next bit of humor that I would come across. This was a completely enjoyable and twisty novel that I can recommend to everyone. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss. While you are awaiting the publication of this novel on February 2nd, I can highly recommend both “Snap” and “Rubbernecker” by this author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yun

    Exit grabbed me with its premise of assisted suicide gone wrong, but it didn't quite turn out the way I was hoping. Felix is an old man past his prime. He doesn't have much going on, but he is part of a small organization of like-minded individuals who help those suffering at the end of life find a way out with grace and dignity. When one of those sessions goes horribly awry, it seems he will go down for murder unless he can figure out what really happened. The beginning of this book was riveting, Exit grabbed me with its premise of assisted suicide gone wrong, but it didn't quite turn out the way I was hoping. Felix is an old man past his prime. He doesn't have much going on, but he is part of a small organization of like-minded individuals who help those suffering at the end of life find a way out with grace and dignity. When one of those sessions goes horribly awry, it seems he will go down for murder unless he can figure out what really happened. The beginning of this book was riveting, and I was immediately sucked into this interesting and unusual premise. The first 100 pages flew by while I tried to figure out where the story was going. I find assisted suicide to be a fascinating topic, and was looking forward to seeing how the book would explore this complex and worthwhile idea. But then we reached the core of the story, and it just started dragging on. The pacing slowed way down. There were frequent asides about horse gambling, boats, and sailing terminology. My eyes glazed over. Lots of seemingly irrelevant characters were introduced (some with multiple names), and I started having trouble keeping them straight. Meanwhile, the actual murder investigation stalled. The pacing did pick up at the very end, but the story itself left me somewhat bewildered. All of a sudden, random people started showing up and crazy things started to happen. Yes, there were lots of twists near the end, but they didn't feel like the satisfying sort. Rather, they left me confused, and I didn't really understand what was going on or who was who. Part of my detachment from this story is that I never connected with the characters, in particular Felix. I can see that he is meant to be a bumbling and endearing old man, but I found him really trying. He couldn't figure out the right things to do and often went in circles with decisions. This book also employs a pet peeve of mine, in which conflicts come from misunderstandings that could be immediately cleared up by the characters just talking to each other. But they don't, so I am stuck reading 200 extra pages of puzzling subterfuge. The other thing that disappointed me is the way assisted suicide was presented in this book. I know it can be a contentious topic, which is why I was so looking forward to seeing how it would be explored in this story. But no insightful tidbits were offered. Almost everyone in here seems to think assisted suicide is akin to murder, and their views did not change throughout. There were no subtlety or complexity offered, and in fact, there was hardly any discussion about it at all. While I enjoyed the story enough, I didn't quite connect with it the way I wanted. I had gone in hoping for a smart and insightful commentary on assisted suicide, something that would give me a new way of thinking about this complicated topic. But instead, this became more of a dithering story with a large cast of characters, which ended on a muddled explanation that left me more confused than satisfied.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Oh, I needed this book. It’s just such a delight, with a great premise. Felix Pink, a 75 years old widower, is an Exiteer. Someone who sits with the terminally ill as they die slightly ahead of their time. The important rule is to never assist in that dying. Right after he completes his 28th assignment, along with newbie Amanda, he realizes there’s been a horrible mistake. The wrong man has died. And Felix is suddenly in a very, very complicated situation. What I didn’t expect was the humor in t Oh, I needed this book. It’s just such a delight, with a great premise. Felix Pink, a 75 years old widower, is an Exiteer. Someone who sits with the terminally ill as they die slightly ahead of their time. The important rule is to never assist in that dying. Right after he completes his 28th assignment, along with newbie Amanda, he realizes there’s been a horrible mistake. The wrong man has died. And Felix is suddenly in a very, very complicated situation. What I didn’t expect was the humor in this book. I found myself grinning - a lot. There's a dry humor underlying most of the story and then starting at about the 70% point, quite a few laugh out loud moments. I thought I knew where the book was going, but I was mistaken. Bauer surprised me with the plot twists here. It ended up being more convoluted than I expected. And I thought the ending was just perfect (and brought a tear to my eye). I adored Felix. He’s not just sweet, he’s ethical and determined to do what’s right, even if that actually deters the police from figuring out the actual criminal. I had never read any of Bauer’s work prior to this. But that’s a mistake I plan to rectify. My thanks to netgalley and Grove Atlantic for an advance copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    A book about a group known as Exiteers. Of course, your first logical question is, what exactly is an Exiteer? Glad you asked! A group of volunteers that passively assist someone who suffers from a terminal illness to leave this life. No laws broken. Well...until now! Most important rule: Exiteers must not take an active roll. All previous arrangement are to be made by the person or their family, to have a tank of nitrous oxide present. The Exiteer simply sits beside to let the person know they a A book about a group known as Exiteers. Of course, your first logical question is, what exactly is an Exiteer? Glad you asked! A group of volunteers that passively assist someone who suffers from a terminal illness to leave this life. No laws broken. Well...until now! Most important rule: Exiteers must not take an active roll. All previous arrangement are to be made by the person or their family, to have a tank of nitrous oxide present. The Exiteer simply sits beside to let the person know they are not alone... and of course to witness the passing.. Felix felt the calling to volunteer, to help those in the most dire of times. He’d witnessed many deaths, but today things didn’t go as planned. To say the least! Now he’s running from the police! When I first started noticing reviews for this book I was fascinated by this most unusual premise and immediately hooked! I knew I had to read it and so glad I did! The police assigned to the case brought even so much more depth to the investigation. In the words of DC Calvin Bridge, “Worst job ever!” You’ll be laugh at the tulip caper...and cry with poor Felix and his solitude and frailties. I just loved Felix! All imaginable emotions are here. So if you’re searching for a book that will make you feel look no further! My first read from this author but I have several of her books stashed on my shelf and can’t wait to dive into them. Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to NetGalley, Grove Atlantic and Belinda Bauer for an ARC to read and review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Recently I wrote about how my carefully crafted reading schedule goes up in flames every time I get a book by Sharon Bolton. Well, you’ll be relieved to know I gave myself a stern talking to. There’s a proper list to be followed so like a responsible adult I reached for the next book in the queue. Then I got the latest from Belinda Bauer. *Sigh*….Here’s my review. I should begin with a trigger warning for those of you passionate about garden gnomes. The book contains a scene that can only be desc Recently I wrote about how my carefully crafted reading schedule goes up in flames every time I get a book by Sharon Bolton. Well, you’ll be relieved to know I gave myself a stern talking to. There’s a proper list to be followed so like a responsible adult I reached for the next book in the queue. Then I got the latest from Belinda Bauer. *Sigh*….Here’s my review. I should begin with a trigger warning for those of you passionate about garden gnomes. The book contains a scene that can only be described as utter lawn ornament carnage & it’s not pretty. So maybe skim that part. You’re welcome. This is the story of how one simple mistake alters the lives of a handful of residents in the small village of Bideford. The cast is a mixture of decent folk & quirky oddballs who all weigh in as the book progresses. But the 2 main narrators are Felix Pink & PC Calvin Bridge. Felix is a 75 year old widower. He lives a quiet, orderly life & has always played by the rules. After watching his wife lose a slow battle with dementia, Felix became an Exiteer…..one of a small group who witness the death of those who have chosen to end their suffering with assisted suicide. They work in pairs & for his next assignment, Felix is accompanied by new recruit Amanda. They travel to the home of Charles Cann, an elderly man with cancer. One look & Felix knows it will be a short visit. In fact, he’s more worried about Amanda. Ah well, the first time is always the toughest. All they have to do is sit there so really, what could go wrong? Oh ye Gods, where to start… In the blink of an eye, Felix goes from upstanding citizen to man on the run. Worse yet, someone called the cops which brings PC Calvin Bridge to the Cann residence. Calvin is a 27 year old guy who is trying to remember why he became a cop. After a brief stint as a detective under DCI Kirsty King, he’s happy to be back in uniform & patrolling the streets. He knows the local criminal element well so when he gets a call about a home invasion, he figures he’ll have it solved by tea time. And he might have…if only he hadn’t found a body. This is one of those reads where you should go in knowing as little as possible about the plot so I’ll quit while I’m ahead. But what you’ll find is a story that is just as much about the characters as who-dun-it. Compared to the author’s previous book, this is a slower paced tale full of warmth, humour & surprising twists. It all kicks off with the body. Then we meet the cast & learn of the events & people that have shaped their lives. The MC’s are 2 men at very different stages but as the story progresses, both begin to reflect on the choices they’ve made. I particularly enjoyed Felix’s journey. When we first meet, he’s a man who is awaiting his own demise as he helps others on their way. But a funny thing happens as events spin out of control. He’s not allowed to passively stand by & is forced to participate in his life. Bauer excels at characterization & with just a few sentences, even minor characters jump off the page. The dialogue is sharp & economical & as the pace picks up in the second half, it becomes an entertaining mix of mayhem & misunderstandings as characters race to either find or avoid each other. It’s much more than a cleverly constructed murder mystery. Interspersed with devious twists & wry humour are moments that are poignant & all too familiar for those of us with elderly family members. Through Felix & Charles, we feel the heartache of losing someone bit by bit & frustration over the small things we gradually surrender with age. Multiple story lines eventually intersect & there are plenty of surprises in store. The ending brings the story full circle & I thought it was perfect. Wishing you red skies every night, Skipper. Oops, I forgot to include a warning for those fond of vending machines. Oh well, you’ll get over it. Now, where did I put that reading list….

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: In the front bedroom an old man was leaning out of a bed by the window, trying to reach a walking stick that had apparently fallen on to the wooden floor. He propped himself on an elbow, glared at Felix and grumbled: 'You took your time!' Felix froze. Took in the gaunt grey face, the frail body, the bedside table filled with pills . . . Then he stepped backwards out of the room and pulled the door smartly shut behind him. Amanda was at his shoulder now. 'What is it?' she said, but Felix c EXCERPT: In the front bedroom an old man was leaning out of a bed by the window, trying to reach a walking stick that had apparently fallen on to the wooden floor. He propped himself on an elbow, glared at Felix and grumbled: 'You took your time!' Felix froze. Took in the gaunt grey face, the frail body, the bedside table filled with pills . . . Then he stepped backwards out of the room and pulled the door smartly shut behind him. Amanda was at his shoulder now. 'What is it?' she said, but Felix couldn't speak because all the words he'd ever known seemed to be whirling round inside his skull like bingo balls. The ones he needed finally dropped slowly from his numb lips. 'We killed the wrong man.' ABOUT 'EXIT': IT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE MURDER ...Pensioner Felix Pink is about to find out that it’s never too late ... for life to go horribly wrong. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath ... But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police – after making the biggest mistake of his life. Now his routine world is turned upside down as he tries to discover what went wrong, while staying one step ahead of the law. MY THOUGHTS: Belinda Bauer's books always take me by surprise. Exit starts out as a gentle slow burn then veers off in directions I could never have foreseen. I love Bauer's characters . . . they just jump right off the page, they are so realistic. The main two characters are Felix, a seventy-five year old widower who became an Exiteer after his son died of cancer, then his wife of dementia. The second main character is policeman Calvin Bridge who suffers from a lack of confidence, exacerbated by his wife leaving him. Neither of these characters have gotten over their losses, and both are vulnerable. Bauer injects the subject of assisted dying with wit and humour, but doesn't lessen the gravity of the subject at all. She cleverly presents both sides of the argument wrapped up in a heartrending and heartwarming story that could almost be called a comedy of errors. I both laughed and cried during this read. This is one of those stories that grew on me as I read and became embroiled in the characters lives. Bauer has written an entertaining piece of crime fiction that also poses a moral dilemma. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 #Exit #NetGalley #contemporaryfiction #crime #mystery THE AUTHOR: Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and now lives in Wales. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press, for providing a digital ARC of Exit by Belinda Bauer for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    How come I have not met up before with any of this author's books? She is a really good writer and Exit is an absolute delight. I barely noticed the fact that the book is a crime/mystery. I admit the police are featured heavily and there is a murder but to me the joy was in the characters and the humour. The story is really a comedy of errors. Felix Pink has a job as an Exiteer which means he assists people out of this life when they wish to go. Trouble begins when the wrong person is assisted. I How come I have not met up before with any of this author's books? She is a really good writer and Exit is an absolute delight. I barely noticed the fact that the book is a crime/mystery. I admit the police are featured heavily and there is a murder but to me the joy was in the characters and the humour. The story is really a comedy of errors. Felix Pink has a job as an Exiteer which means he assists people out of this life when they wish to go. Trouble begins when the wrong person is assisted. I loved that the police are depicted as caring and helpful and just plain nice. I enjoyed all the cats, dogs and garden gnomes. I predicted the murderer very early in the piece and was happy to be proved right. I liked the fact that romance can begin at 75 even for someone who thinks that no one will ever compare to their deceased partner. And I really approve of a murder mystery which ends with sailing off into the sunset. Now to find more of this author's books.... Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    carol.

    An uneven but satisfying reading experience. Elderly (but not geriatric) widower Felix is on an assignment with his new partner, Amanda, as an Exiteer. Exiteers are a secret cell of people who anonymously volunteer who provide the means for people with fatal diseases to die. Unfortunately, as they sit in vigil with their latest client, the man fumbles the mask so badly that Amanda violates protocol and assists it onto his face. Awkward, but a potential learning mistake, until they discover the re An uneven but satisfying reading experience. Elderly (but not geriatric) widower Felix is on an assignment with his new partner, Amanda, as an Exiteer. Exiteers are a secret cell of people who anonymously volunteer who provide the means for people with fatal diseases to die. Unfortunately, as they sit in vigil with their latest client, the man fumbles the mask so badly that Amanda violates protocol and assists it onto his face. Awkward, but a potential learning mistake, until they discover the real client is still alive, and they’ve assisted his ailing, deadbeat son into the hereafter. While Exit contains a number of clever ideas, one of my most significant challenges with the book is one of tone around the premise of the Exiteers. You see, I worked for a number of years as a hospice nurse, and for my entire nursing career as a cancer nurse, so I’ve seen many manifestations of both life and death at the end of the human lifespan. In fact, I believe that people should have a real, controlled way out at the end of their life, if they so choose. So this premise was a struggle, because Felix and his group have truly done a huge disservice to what should be a vital personal right. That said, once I was able to take my feelings around that issue and put them into a little compartment in the scattered library of my mind, I was able to enjoy the story, particularly as the plot picked up. I hesitate to say any more without spoilers, so let me say that all this is just the beginning of the book. Though it begins with a definite feel of sadness, eventually there there’s somewhat of a comedy-of-errors feel of it as Felix tries to work through what he’s done, both emotionally and socially. This is compounded by his own feelings of loss and grief over the deaths of his wife and son: “Nobody ever spoke of the relentless parking that was demanded by a relative in hospital with a prolonged illness. Twice a day, every day, in the dystopian concrete multi-storey that smelled of urine and smog. The constant change for the ticket machine. The long queue at the barrier. The forgetting where the car was. Was it this row? This level?” However, much like many Shakespeare comedies, ‘all’s well that ends well.’ Narration jumps around, at first sticking with Felix, and then alternating with Constable Calvin Bridge, who is assisting DCI King with the investigation. Eventually more viewpoints are brought in. In fact, I think by the end, the reader will get a taste of everyone’s viewpoint, including the villain’s. Normally, it’s the kind of device that irritates me, but something about this story worked more like a play, with a large cast of characters, than as a single-person, character or plot-driven mystery. What was nice about that is that it helps sell it as a feel-good tale, knowing as we do the mental and emotional place the characters are coming from. The pacing is perhaps the most challenging thing about it. The main plot doesn’t take off until 11%, and the wrinkles that really give it spark aren’t until 35%. Eventually, there are plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged, to the point where it becomes a little bananas, really. There are frequent humorous asides, such as when he tries to help take care of a cat, his accidentally developing relationship with the elderly neighbor lady, and when he tries his luck standing on a boat. Ultimately, a fun tale to read that fans of British humor should particularly enjoy. Just remember to keep that personal-ethical-political box locked up tight and have some patience for the ride. Many thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for the ARC

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    5 star all the way as Belinda Bauer does it again! Felix Pink 75 and 23 year old Amanda are Exiteers. Their role is to aid but not assist those who are terminally ill make a dignified exit. The Exiteers led by Geoffrey Skeet, do not break any laws and are careful not to blur any lines although most Exiteers and certainly Felix, regard their actions as an act of kindness. Unfortunately at one exit something goes wrong and this unleashes a catastrophic chain of events that challenges Felix and Ama 5 star all the way as Belinda Bauer does it again! Felix Pink 75 and 23 year old Amanda are Exiteers. Their role is to aid but not assist those who are terminally ill make a dignified exit. The Exiteers led by Geoffrey Skeet, do not break any laws and are careful not to blur any lines although most Exiteers and certainly Felix, regard their actions as an act of kindness. Unfortunately at one exit something goes wrong and this unleashes a catastrophic chain of events that challenges Felix and Amanda. The ensuing drama is investigated by DCI Kirsty King and PC/DC Calvin Bridge among others. The story is told principally from the perspective of Felix and Calvin. Felix is such a lovely character. He’s a widower who channels his dead wife’s thoughts and his constant companion is his judgemental but adorable dog Mabel. Felix is charming but doesn’t realise it, he’s old fashioned, old school, honourable, honest and a real gentleman. Even the police officers who question him are charmed! Calvin Bridge is an interesting character, saddled with a criminal family from whom he’s estranged, he likes a bet but he’s not very good at it and he’s struggling to find his niche in the force. Kirsty King is very likeable too. The novel is so vividly written you glide through it. It’s full of wit and humour and though there are occasions in the drama that I know i shouldn’t have been laughing but it’s so darned funny and you can’t help yourself. There are some hilarious mixups for example when Felix is brought in for questioning that are particularly good. The plot hangs together really well and has the prescribed twists and turns for fans of this genre and the twists are really clever! A really intriguing chain of events leads to some surprising outcomes and the unmasking of a villain purporting to be on the side of the angels. I love the Devon setting and some of the characters colloquialisms raise a smile. The end is good and very appropriate as it’s sad but makes you smile. Overall, a first class read which is hard to put down and is without doubt another winner from this outstanding author who has a unique ability to blend crime with humour while presenting us with believable characters and plots. Highly recommended. Big thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld for the ARC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    It was never supposed to be murder... I'm new to Belinda Bauer's world, but I hope she'll invite me to visit occasionally, as I have really enjoyed the time I've spent there so far. Felix Pink, a retired seventy-something widower, might be one of the most endearing characters I've had the pleasure to welcome into my life for years. His is a world which is fairly straightforward, and very black and white. I laughed throughout the entire story at his innocent thoughts and exploits. There was a It was never supposed to be murder... I'm new to Belinda Bauer's world, but I hope she'll invite me to visit occasionally, as I have really enjoyed the time I've spent there so far. Felix Pink, a retired seventy-something widower, might be one of the most endearing characters I've had the pleasure to welcome into my life for years. His is a world which is fairly straightforward, and very black and white. I laughed throughout the entire story at his innocent thoughts and exploits. There was a particularly hilarious scene between Felix and a police officer, which had me waking my poor husband, in the middle of the night, with my giggles. The story was well-plotted, beautifully paced, and actually managed to throw a couple surprises at me in the end. So, why not a five-star rating, Bridgett? There were two, relatively minor, reasons. 1. Without giving too much away, there were several characters who were barely mentioned throughout the novel. By the time they were brought back into the story, I'd forgotten who they were and was mildly confused. I had to go back and re-read some passages for clarification. 2. Perhaps it's just because I've never read a story quite like Exit, but it felt as though it couldn't decide on a genre...was it a dark comedy? A domestic drama? A cozy mystery? Personally, I think it could easily fit into all those genres, but I went in expecting a thriller, so I was a bit thrown off when I started reading. Overall, though, I adored this story and I definitely plan to read more of Ms. Bauer's work. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all my friends and fellow readers, if for no other reason than as an introduction to Felix. He was such a gem. Available for purchase February 2, 2021. **My sincere appreciation to NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Grove Atlantic for my review copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    3.75 rounded up! Felix Pink is a retired widower who after watching his beloved wife Margaret suffer in her final days, signed up to be an Exiteer. As a volunteer, you support those with “terminal illnesses” to “exit” a life where pain has become unbearable. But something goes wrong, when he enters Number 3 Black Lane with his new assistant Amanda, who is along for her first exit. Was what happened a simple mistake? Or a set up?? I have to agree with some of my other Goodreads friends who have rea 3.75 rounded up! Felix Pink is a retired widower who after watching his beloved wife Margaret suffer in her final days, signed up to be an Exiteer. As a volunteer, you support those with “terminal illnesses” to “exit” a life where pain has become unbearable. But something goes wrong, when he enters Number 3 Black Lane with his new assistant Amanda, who is along for her first exit. Was what happened a simple mistake? Or a set up?? I have to agree with some of my other Goodreads friends who have read this-it reads like a cozy mystery- “Cozies” are a sub genre of crime fiction where you have a likable amateur sleuth, a small intimate community, and the crimes are not depicted with much blood or violence. This one also adds a dollop of silly humor, blunders and misunderstandings for good measure. While not really my cup of tea, I would enjoy sharing tea with Felix, who charmed me immediately, as I enjoyed the chapters with him much more so than those spent with the actual detective, Calvin. And, I must admit that the writing was CLEVER and the misdirection was FLAWLESS. YEP, I was fooled!! And, one more note..I loved how all of the characters were more concerned that their pets would be fed, than they were about being arrested on suspicion of murder! 😻🐶 Kudos to Belinda Bauer for that!! Thank You to the Publisher for my gifted copy. It was my pleasure to provide a candid review! Available NOW in the U.K., and on FEB. 2, 2021 in the U.S. !

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Belinda Bauer's new book, Exit is a brilliant read filled with wonderful, quirky characters and a very original plot. Main character, Felix Pink is an elderly retired man living in Devon, who has lived an ordinary life, never taking risks or seeking adventure. After his beloved wife died a slow death, he joined the Exiteers, a secret group that witnesses suicides in the terminally ill. The Exiteer doesn't assist the dying to commit suicide but tidies up afterwards so the death looks natural to t Belinda Bauer's new book, Exit is a brilliant read filled with wonderful, quirky characters and a very original plot. Main character, Felix Pink is an elderly retired man living in Devon, who has lived an ordinary life, never taking risks or seeking adventure. After his beloved wife died a slow death, he joined the Exiteers, a secret group that witnesses suicides in the terminally ill. The Exiteer doesn't assist the dying to commit suicide but tidies up afterwards so the death looks natural to their loved ones. However, one day when Felix is working with a new Exiteer, something goes terribly wrong and Felix finds himself on the wrong side of the law. What happens next is told from Felix's point of view as he grapples with his mistake and his wish to make amends as well as that of PC Calvin Bridge, a young policeman grappling with whether he has what it takes to be a detective. Full of warmth and charm, Bauer has created some memorable, characters (including Mabel, Felix's dog) and a plot that is humorous and quirky as well as a gentle and respectful commentary on living and dying well. With many thanks to Random House, Transworld Publishers and Netgalley for a digital copy to read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    One might think the life of a seventy-five-year-old is one of peace, quiet, and solitude. However, this is not the case for Felix Pink, who has taken on the task of being an Exiteer: one who assists others wishing to commit suicide because of their incredible pain and suffering. [Trigger warning for those who have watched a family member die.] For most of us, this would not be a job we would take on, but Felix feels after nursing his very ill wife, that being an Exiteer is his calling; easing peo One might think the life of a seventy-five-year-old is one of peace, quiet, and solitude. However, this is not the case for Felix Pink, who has taken on the task of being an Exiteer: one who assists others wishing to commit suicide because of their incredible pain and suffering. [Trigger warning for those who have watched a family member die.] For most of us, this would not be a job we would take on, but Felix feels after nursing his very ill wife, that being an Exiteer is his calling; easing people into their next life away from pain is what he vows to do. A noble calling for sure! And all goes well as Felix attempts his last exiting with a new partner, until something goes incredibly wrong, and Felix finds himself on the run from the police. How did this accident happen? He and his dog, Mabel—a great team of would-be detectives—try to puzzle out the details while trying to protect his partner. The police led by Calvin, a uniformed officer, who never wanted to work on cases involving murder, finds himself exactly where he never wanted to be. Calvin and his crew down at the station provide some light-hearted moments with their contrary snack machine, an ever-present fruitcake, and typical comraderies. Calvin and his partner have a running total on who has the “worst day” ever, which provides some very funny moments. There is much gone amuck here. And as the details emerge, we find that there might just be a whole lot more to the death that poor Felix finds himself embroiled in. For Felix, life just might begin at seventy-five and for Calvin, he becomes more secure in what he is becoming. The bottom line: Belinda Bauer keeps the reader totally involved in the story, and as it continues, we find more to like about both Felix, Calvin, and of course Mabel! Definitely recommend this story for its bright and tight writing as well as a story line that keeps one riveted to the pages of this enjoyable book due out on February 2, 2021.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    I’ve read several of the author’s previous books, but I don’t remember them as being hilarious. At times in this book I laughed to the extent that I alarmed my cats. That’s not what one would expect in a mystery involving assisted suicides, but this book is completely delicious and quite charming. Felix is a 75 year old Exiteer. They give comfort to people who have elected to commit suicide due to serious medical conditions. They are always careful to do nothing that actually helps in the suicid I’ve read several of the author’s previous books, but I don’t remember them as being hilarious. At times in this book I laughed to the extent that I alarmed my cats. That’s not what one would expect in a mystery involving assisted suicides, but this book is completely delicious and quite charming. Felix is a 75 year old Exiteer. They give comfort to people who have elected to commit suicide due to serious medical conditions. They are always careful to do nothing that actually helps in the suicide, they simply sit and wait and then clean up the evidence. Felix was boring and he knew it. He had spent his uneventful career as an accountant before his retirement. “Risk-averse and lumpen, it suited his nature. Independent thought was not required and flair was frowned upon – and Felix had been more than capable of not bringing them to the table.” However, the first time he is teamed with a new Exiteer, Amanda, things go very wrong, involving him in a possible murder mystery with police, gamblers, a shady dentist, new friends, jealous lovers and garden gnomes. Felix also has to do some cat sitting for the head of the Exiteers. “Feeding somebody’s cat was very different from feeding their dog. The cat had to be found before it could be fed, and yet was never where it should be when you needed it to be there. Feeding somebody’s cat was like trying to plan a mini-break in Brigadoon.” The cops are just as charming as Felix. Part of the investigation is told from the point of view of Detective Constable Calvin Bridge, who is reluctantly serving as a detective on this case. “But being a cop had turned out to be about more than just being good. There is also a lot of paperwork involved. And a lot of getting up early and going to bed late. And thinking! There was an awful lot of thinking. Calvin wasn’t stupid, but constantly thinking about things — like crime, for instance — required a lot more effort than he imagined it would.” The plot is clever and the characters are a delight. Late in the book there is a police interrogation that is brilliant farce and the ending of the book is perfection. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    I wish to extend my sincere thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for Belinda Bauer's newest book. She is one of my favourite writers, and when I finished my first book by this author I had enjoyed it so much that I read all her books in rapid succession. Her plots are always original and enthralling, infused with wit and warmth, and her characters are memorable and unique. Exit focused on the themes of ageing and death. It was sometimes heart-wrenching and sad, but parts were hilarious. Felix I wish to extend my sincere thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for Belinda Bauer's newest book. She is one of my favourite writers, and when I finished my first book by this author I had enjoyed it so much that I read all her books in rapid succession. Her plots are always original and enthralling, infused with wit and warmth, and her characters are memorable and unique. Exit focused on the themes of ageing and death. It was sometimes heart-wrenching and sad, but parts were hilarious. Felix is a widower in his mid-seventies. He misses his wife and son who have both died. He bases decisions on what his wife would think or do. He has never taken chances, nor had adventures, and lacks friends. He is passive and considers himself to be boring, but he is a kindly, compassionate, and practical man. Felix has joined a small group of Exiteers who sit and comfort those who commit suicide to end their terminal pain. They do not assist in bringing about the death but do everything by strictly legal means. They clean up afterwards to allow the families to believe that death was peaceful and came naturally. He enters a home where his services have been requested. He is to give comfort and witness the death of elderly Charles Cann who is terminally ill with cancer. Felix is accompanied by a new volunteer, Amanda, age 25 years. To his horror, things go dreadfully wrong. Overcome with guilt, he wants to confess to the police and to protect Amanda. First, he must return to his house to make arrangements for the care of his elderly dog, Mabel, in case he finds himself in jail. A neighbour, Miss Knotts agrees to look after Mabel, and they begin a friendship. He feels the need to return to the Cann home to make amends. The house is now occupied by the elderly Skipper who is terminally ill, his adult grandson, Reggie and a lazy and slovenly house cleaner, Hayley. Felix becomes proactive and energized and begins to investigate the cause of his horrible mistake after becoming suspicious that he and Amanda were set up. He expects to be arrested at any moment and is engulfed in a catastrophe set to destroy his later years. Meanwhile, Detective Calvin Bridges, who had been the first responder at the scene, is proving himself to be a proficient investigator. He lacks self-confidence and a social life and has a gambling problem. He knows most of the towns' lowlifes. His family is much involved in criminal activity which he is intent on keeping secret from his colleagues The ending is poignant and emotional while bringing a smile to my face. Loved it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Felix is 75 yrs old, lives alone, with just his dog, as he lost both his son and wife to illnesses in which they both suffered greatly. So, he became an Exiteer, a person who is hired to just sit and keep company and watch a person exit life after they have, on their own, placed a mask from a tank of nitrous oxide to commit suicide. He regards this as an act of kindness, helping a person avoid suffering from illness. Exiteer’s arrive in groups of two, to watch over each client. Something goes terri Felix is 75 yrs old, lives alone, with just his dog, as he lost both his son and wife to illnesses in which they both suffered greatly. So, he became an Exiteer, a person who is hired to just sit and keep company and watch a person exit life after they have, on their own, placed a mask from a tank of nitrous oxide to commit suicide. He regards this as an act of kindness, helping a person avoid suffering from illness. Exiteer’s arrive in groups of two, to watch over each client. Something goes terribly wrong on his latest job, and the wrong person dies! An investigation starts that includes the dead mans father, son, Felix, the other Exiteer, and some other people. This ends up being a very funny! I laughed so much! It’s also very heartwarming! Loved it! I’ll be checking out this author’s other books! Thank you to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for the ARC!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    Belinda Bauer has been on my list of to-read authors for quite some time and I’m excited to read more of her books! Animal lovers will be pleased to know there is no animal abuse in this delightful and witty mystery! Although I would have looked the other way if the ginger tomcat, that was a semi-lovable bully, accidentally received a faceful of water 😂. It’s not often that I can call a mystery/thriller delightful! I usually enjoy fast-paced thrillers, filled with suspenseful slaughter and carn Belinda Bauer has been on my list of to-read authors for quite some time and I’m excited to read more of her books! Animal lovers will be pleased to know there is no animal abuse in this delightful and witty mystery! Although I would have looked the other way if the ginger tomcat, that was a semi-lovable bully, accidentally received a faceful of water 😂. It’s not often that I can call a mystery/thriller delightful! I usually enjoy fast-paced thrillers, filled with suspenseful slaughter and carnage. Even though this one didn’t fit the bill, it was very unique and I loved it! Felix Pink has always lived a boring and predictable life. But that changes after his wife dies...not necessarily intentional. He joins a group that calls themselves the Exiteers. The group helps the terminally ill end their suffering and pain. Technically, the service they provide isn’t against the law, but they walk a thin line. They don’t provide the “means” for the process, just companionship and comfort at the end. Felix was just one of the incredible and compassionate characters...mixed in with the extremely unlikable, of course! Thank you to NetGalley, Belinda Bauer and Atlantic Monthly Press for this free digital ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion! My Rating: 5 ⭐️’s Published: February 2nd 2021 by Atlantic Monthly Press Pages: 336 Recommend: Absolutely! @BelindaBauer @NetGalley #Exit #AtlanticMonthlyPress #NoRulesJustThrills #InExchangeForReview #BookReview #JustFinished #CozyMystery #MustRead #NetGalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Felix Pink is a 75-year-old widower who lost his beloved wife Margaret to a lingering illness. Now Felix lives in Devon with his dog Mabel, who shoots withering looks and piddles in the house if Felix is delayed at walk time. This sometimes happens because Felix is an 'Exiteer', a volunteer who supports terminally ill persons committing suicide with nitrous oxide - a process that can't be hurried. To remain on the right side of the law, an Exiteer must do NOTHING to assist a patient's demise. Th Felix Pink is a 75-year-old widower who lost his beloved wife Margaret to a lingering illness. Now Felix lives in Devon with his dog Mabel, who shoots withering looks and piddles in the house if Felix is delayed at walk time. This sometimes happens because Felix is an 'Exiteer', a volunteer who supports terminally ill persons committing suicide with nitrous oxide - a process that can't be hurried. To remain on the right side of the law, an Exiteer must do NOTHING to assist a patient's demise. The sick individuals must assemble the materials and administer the gas themselves, while the Exiteers - who work in pairs - merely sit by the bedside. After Felix's long-time partner quits the Exiteers, Felix is paired with a twentysomething newbie called Amanda, who's very anxious about her first support job. Felix and Amanda are sent to the home of Charles Cann, an old man riddled with cancer. The patient fumbles the gas cylinder and Amanda instinctively retrieves it - thus committing a crime. Things get even worse when Felix and Amanda realize they killed the wrong man. Wanting to protect Amanda, Felix sends her away, determined to take the blame himself. Felix hears police sirens approaching the Cann house - and is waiting to explain the situation - when he remembers Mabel, who needs to be walked and fed. Felix makes a clever getaway, and thinking the whole incident over later on, fears he and Amanda were set up. Felix decides to play detective, and makes some unexpected friends along the way. Meanwhile, the police also mount an investigation into the Cann homicide. DCI Kirsty King leads the case, and she recruits PC Calvin Bridge to assist her. Bridge was a plainclothes detective for a brief time, but felt overwhelmed, and went back to being a uniformed cop. Still Bridge is glad to be in the big leagues again, if only temporarily. When he's not working, Bridge hangs out at the local betting shop, where he likes a flutter on the horses.....and Bridge's interaction with his fellow gamblers is a hoot. Many things are not as they seem in this novel, which is very funny, with quirky characters and unexpected situations. This is an ingenious mystery, highly recommended to fans of the genre. Thanks to Netgalley, Belinda Bauer, and Atlantic Monthly Press for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  23. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.5 humorous stars (rounded up) I read “Snap” back in 2018 and I remember really liking the author’s writing style, when I saw this one, I had to snap (ha ha) it up! I was expecting a gritty thriller, but this author has more talent than just repeating an earlier formula. In fact, I’ve seen some references to the fact that all of her books are unique. I like that and it is a good reminder to not go in with preconceived ideas about a book! You wouldn’t necessarily expect a book about euthanasia to 4.5 humorous stars (rounded up) I read “Snap” back in 2018 and I remember really liking the author’s writing style, when I saw this one, I had to snap (ha ha) it up! I was expecting a gritty thriller, but this author has more talent than just repeating an earlier formula. In fact, I’ve seen some references to the fact that all of her books are unique. I like that and it is a good reminder to not go in with preconceived ideas about a book! You wouldn’t necessarily expect a book about euthanasia to be laugh-out-loud funny. This one had a lighter feel and I really appreciate that at this time in the world. I adored the character of Felix Pink, he’s 75 and wonders how much longer he’ll be around this world. He sorely misses his wife and son and he’s not sure about continuing his work as an Exiteer. This group consists of a pair of individuals who will go and sit with someone and comfort them in their final moments/hours. Just as he’s contemplating his future as an Exiteer, the latest one goes terribly wrong and soon Felix and his fellow Exiteer (a brand-new recruit) are on the run. Here’s where some of the humor comes in as this should be a serious situation, but the author has magically created the humor. Throw in some wonderful pets, a friendly neighbor who likes to rate the neighborhood gardens and this one is a gem! The other storyline features the detective Calvin and some of his police work in this case and a few others. There are some gambling and horse racing scenes with some interesting characters thrown in the mix here. Calvin’s character grew on me, but I must say I preferred the portions that featured Felix. Not only is there humor in this book, but a few mysteries that get solved at the end and I was completely fooled! I love when an author does this! I would definitely recommend this book and at some point I want to go back and read some earlier books by this author. Thank you to Grove Atlantic and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this one to read and review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Exiteer – A person who sits with, supports, and bears witness to a client with terminal illness final moments. A client who has chosen to die by their own hand because their pain has become unbearable. An Exiteer in no way assists or enablers the person, but is simply there so they are not alone. Senior citizen Felix Pink is an Exiteer, and has been one for 27 individuals. But when Felix enters the residence of his latest client a terrible mistake is made. One that sees Felix fleeing police. But Exiteer – A person who sits with, supports, and bears witness to a client with terminal illness final moments. A client who has chosen to die by their own hand because their pain has become unbearable. An Exiteer in no way assists or enablers the person, but is simply there so they are not alone. Senior citizen Felix Pink is an Exiteer, and has been one for 27 individuals. But when Felix enters the residence of his latest client a terrible mistake is made. One that sees Felix fleeing police. But was what happened a disastrous mix-up, an accident, or murder? Sounds heavy doesn't it? But, believe it or not, Exit is on the lighter side of domestic noir – I would even go as far as to class it as a ‘cosy' mystery. Belinda Bauer has a flair for approaching serious, taboo and controversial topics in a fun and comedic manner. It worked for Snap, it worked for Rubbernecker and it worked for Exit. I can't count the number of times I chuckled to myself. Yes, there were some scenes surrounding end of life, dying, choosing to die, and ongoing grief which made me a little uncomfortable and emotional but they were written and conveyed with sensitively, dignity and respect. The numerous quirky lovable characters (both human and animal) warmed my heart. I adored Felix the most, especially his newfound lease on life, the lengths he sought to make amends, and his entertaining, amusing, and poignant innermost thoughts. And, the way characters treated and deferred to their animals was the sweetest. Also, readers will recognise DC Calvin Bridge, DCI Kirsty King, and others. from another of Bauer's books – The Facts of Life and Death. I haven't read that one yet, but I'm keen as now. The plot moved at a fairly swift pace with lots of action and unexpected plot developments, but the chapters involving gambling and bookies were a bit of a bore to say the least, and I don't think it was necessary to go into such an amount of detail. There were some clever twists and turns, including one early on that had me gasping in shock because I just couldn't believe it! Regular readers of Belinda Bauer, and those new to her work, are going to be all in for Exit. I'd like to thank Netgalley, Random House UK Transworld Publishers, and Belinda Bauer for the e-ARC. Publication Date: 21st January, 2021.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Laughing Gas - Not so Funny Who knew that nitrous oxide could be used as a conduit to suicide? The story centers around Felix, a member of the Exiteers who perform end of life services for the sufferers of terminal maladies. Their role is limited to providing emotional support and a witness to those choosing to end their own lives. There is no assistance. When a job goes rogue, a series of events sets Felix on the path to self discovery at the ripe age of seventy five. With his wife and son passin Laughing Gas - Not so Funny Who knew that nitrous oxide could be used as a conduit to suicide? The story centers around Felix, a member of the Exiteers who perform end of life services for the sufferers of terminal maladies. Their role is limited to providing emotional support and a witness to those choosing to end their own lives. There is no assistance. When a job goes rogue, a series of events sets Felix on the path to self discovery at the ripe age of seventy five. With his wife and son passing before him, Felix had already resigned himself to winding things up until he literally stumbled into new life purposes. Written with humor and warmth this could almost be described as a Cozy, but underlying subject matters ground the story. This will be especially appealing to those pet enthusiasts like me who adore the human animal bond. I loved this book! Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for my Advanced Readers Copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    I love Belinda Bauer books and she never fails to capture me with her dark story-lines and intriguing plots. This book is no exception to that rule and was a fabulous read. This book features some wonderful characters with perhaps the best one been Felix Pink. A man who now in his 70's works as a volunteer for a group of people labelled the 'exiteers'. The 'exiteers' assist terminally ill clients take their own lives. Felix is an experienced member of the group who is paired with a newby volunte I love Belinda Bauer books and she never fails to capture me with her dark story-lines and intriguing plots. This book is no exception to that rule and was a fabulous read. This book features some wonderful characters with perhaps the best one been Felix Pink. A man who now in his 70's works as a volunteer for a group of people labelled the 'exiteers'. The 'exiteers' assist terminally ill clients take their own lives. Felix is an experienced member of the group who is paired with a newby volunteer Amanda for the first time. The client is assisted but unfortunately it is the wrong man. The police are tipped off and the case is investigated by DCI Kirsty King and DC Calvin Bridge. We are now told the story from the perspective of Felix Pink and Calvin Bridge, two excellent characters. This book has everything including humour, first rate writing and a great entertaining read. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Random House for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Do you know how thick wood sounds when it hits the wall! I know exactly how it sounds! That’s my thick head makes this awful sound! It deserves to be hurt because my wasted grey cells haven’t noticed how a Belinda Bauer wrote amazing books before! That’s my first waltz with the author and I’m so sorry for my years I wasted without reading any of her works. I enjoyed my unique reading journey a lot with the perfect characterization! ( can you imagine a book without any character you truly hate! Do you know how thick wood sounds when it hits the wall! I know exactly how it sounds! That’s my thick head makes this awful sound! It deserves to be hurt because my wasted grey cells haven’t noticed how a Belinda Bauer wrote amazing books before! That’s my first waltz with the author and I’m so sorry for my years I wasted without reading any of her works. I enjoyed my unique reading journey a lot with the perfect characterization! ( can you imagine a book without any character you truly hate! Oh boy, I adored all these characters a lot. None of them earned my vicious wrath or any punching points! They were so decent, nice! Especially our true hero Felix was book grandpa! - a brand new term after book boyfriend- I like to write a new song for him: won’t you be my neighbor or my grandpa? What a sweet, unique, incredible human being he was! ) I talked about my praises and from my direction of the conversation you may guess some blazing five starred review is coming up! ( well deserved, impeccably written) Let’s take a look at the plot line: Felix Pink is 75 and his partner in crime Amanda is 23. They are exiteers. ( helping people pass away in peace) When you read Felix’s past, his heart wrenching years he spent with his wife who was suffering from a terrible traumatic illness, his compelling experience as he sees his love of life’s destructive battle with dementia, even you’re a cruel cutthroat bitch, you cannot help yourself and start to wipe a like a baby! That’s why he chose his profession to help people get through those painful times. As he helps those people, he gets more lonely and his only true companion is Mabel, an adorable dog. ( more points to love Felix!) But at their last exit operation, his follow exiteer doesn’t follow the protocol and things get out of control. And after several unfortunate chain of events later they found themselves into a murder investigation! As I told before I feel like I was living at a parallel law and order universe when I was reading this book. All the officers who are conducting the investigation are extremely decent and likable. Even Calvin who comes from a corrupted family and his colleague Kristy were well crafted, unique characters. I actually enjoyed this book which has fatal and dark concept but with the talents of the author, your reading experience goes smooth. She handled those sensitive matters adroitly with smartness and creative sense of humor. No more blabbering. I love it. I need more books of the author ASAP! Take my five shining stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic/ Atlantic Monthly Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    The Exiteers are people who watch while people with terminal illnesses take their own life. They cannot assist the person who wants to end their life, they are there to witness and ensure the person does ot die alone. The Exiteers work in pairs and use false names. They kept a copy of a waiver to prove that they didn't benefit from the clients death. But things went badly when John and new girl Amanda attended her first client. It all goes wrong and they hear the police sirens on their way. The The Exiteers are people who watch while people with terminal illnesses take their own life. They cannot assist the person who wants to end their life, they are there to witness and ensure the person does ot die alone. The Exiteers work in pairs and use false names. They kept a copy of a waiver to prove that they didn't benefit from the clients death. But things went badly when John and new girl Amanda attended her first client. It all goes wrong and they hear the police sirens on their way. The pair make their escape. Ut this is just the start of the events that take place. I don't want to say too much about this book as I would definitely spoil it. Felix (John) Pink is seventy five years old. His wife and son Jamie have already passed away. DC Colin Bridge and his team are investigating the events that took place in 3, Black Lane. There's so many twists and red herrings. Just when you think you can see where the story is headed, you're wrong. It's full of some wonderful characters and some despicable ones. I loved Felix, my heart went out to him. I highly recommend this book. I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and the author Belinda Bauer for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Felix Pink is a uniquely sweet and charming narrator. It feels strange to say that about a man who is essentially in the business of engineering death for those who wish to “exit” — but also comforting because if you yourself were suffering, Felix is the kind of guy you’d probably want by your side. The premise of this book is a good one — a team (including Felix) in the business of compassionate death accidentally kills the wrong man. Felix sets out to discover how this could have happened. The Felix Pink is a uniquely sweet and charming narrator. It feels strange to say that about a man who is essentially in the business of engineering death for those who wish to “exit” — but also comforting because if you yourself were suffering, Felix is the kind of guy you’d probably want by your side. The premise of this book is a good one — a team (including Felix) in the business of compassionate death accidentally kills the wrong man. Felix sets out to discover how this could have happened. The writing and plotting here is excellent, as are the characterizations. My only issue is that I was unfamiliar with this author, so from the blurb I expected I was going to be reading a medical thriller. However, this is much more of a cozy mystery. Cozies aren’t my thing, but if you like them, this one is very good. My one recommendation to the publisher would be to market this with more of a cozy blurb or cover so it reaches more of its intended audience. For me, this was more of a 3.5, but I think if you like cozies more than I do, it will be at least a 4. Thanks to NetGalley, Grove and the author for the advance copy!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    The elderly pensioner, Felix Pink, was doing some good in his life. His wife had passed on and he was alone with his dog Mabel. The job he did, along with others like him, was a difficult one, but it gave him satisfaction. But the day he entered a home to perform the act of kindness, things went terribly wrong and Felix was suddenly hiding from the police. Felix knew he needed to discover what went wrong before the police arrested the wrong person. But it wasn’t murder – it was a mistake – wasn’t The elderly pensioner, Felix Pink, was doing some good in his life. His wife had passed on and he was alone with his dog Mabel. The job he did, along with others like him, was a difficult one, but it gave him satisfaction. But the day he entered a home to perform the act of kindness, things went terribly wrong and Felix was suddenly hiding from the police. Felix knew he needed to discover what went wrong before the police arrested the wrong person. But it wasn’t murder – it was a mistake – wasn’t it? Once again author Belinda Bauer has nailed it with Exit! It was brilliant! Laugh out loud funny in places, the antics of Felix cracked me up! He is an adorable character, one I’d love to have as my own grandfather. The police were caring and kind, the animals were cuddly (though watch for the cat!), and the characters perfect – all made this wonderful novel a delight to read. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for my honest review.

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