So sorry for not posting yesterday! My wireless went down and you’da thought the world ended. It’s back up now and all is right with the world. Just got back from Ohio where I was visiting my cousin and my aunt. We drove to New Springfield where my aunt maintains 9 acres of pristine gardens. It’s amazingly beautiful there and I’m still not sure how she does it…a labor of love that’s for sure. I’ll post some pics of that later.
This book came as a recommendation to me and my old age has caused my brain to fizzle out because I can’t remember who recommended it. Thanks whoever you are! This book was definitely a winner and I can see how it scored the awards it did. This book was a recipient of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and the 2011 winner of the RWA Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.
This is definitely not your usual type of mystery and reminded me a little bit of the Darynda Jones books. It’s part romance and party mystery which, as long as it’s written well, is okay be me. And this one certainly was. One of the very first lines in this book is “"The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass." So, you can see where it goes from there.
Basically, the book follows Violet Parker, a down on her luck realtor who absolutely has to make a sale or risk losing her job. She has a slimy co-worker named Ray (seriously, what a jerk!) and a colorful cast of characters in this one. Harvey, the old curmudgeon who meets her at the door with a gun, is portrayed absolutely brilliantly and soon becomes a major character in these books. Her love interest is Doc, a bit of a strange bird at first, but apparently super hot (which normally makes it okay).
Violet is caught up in some strange dealings in Deadwood, what with Doc’s strange behavior, child abductions and rumors of ghost hauntings. She pretty much stumbles her way through this mystery with wit and pizzazz. I definitely enjoyed these books and think that Ann Charles has a winning series on her hands.
One thing I didn’t care for was the cover. Seeing it made me think zombies were in this book. I hate zombies and the blue tights or whatever she was wearing are a little bizarre and made me think about braaaaiiinnnns. But…no zombies and actually, not too much paranormal activity until the very end. Those two things were really the only disappointments. Definitely recommend this one!!
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