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You Only Die Twice (Britt Montero #7)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  389 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"I had overheard the initial radio transmission on the 'floater' while working on a story at Miami Beach police headquarters. My ears had perked up. My name is Britt Montero, and I cover the police beat in this city where everything is exaggerated, where colors are too vivid to be real, where ugly is uglier, beautiful is breathtaking, and passions run high. Every day on th ...more
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Published April 23rd 2001 by Random House Audio (first published 2001)
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Lindsay Paige
WARNINGS: Even though, it's the 7th in the series, I didn't feel as if I was missing any major information in the story.

I've never been one for mysteries, but this book has made me giddy to read another. Buchanan writes a compelling mystery. There's twists and turns everywhere. Secrets hide behind a closed door. Britt, Rychek, and the other characters are all likable. Although, I didn't particularly relate to them that much. It didn't seem to matter either. I was so caught up in the murder and t
Carl Brookins
In the pantheon of crime solvers, Britt Montero is one of the best. As a crime beat reporter for the Miami News, she’s one of the first on the scene when a beautiful nude woman is discovered on a beach near the city. After several days of fascinating maneuvering lovingly detailed by author Edna Buchanan, the identity of the body is determined to be that of Kathlin Jordan. The only trouble is, she’s dead these past ten years and her husband, convicted of the murder, has just exhausted his last ap ...more
Miami News police-beat reporter Britt Montero gets the assignment when the body of a beautiful woman is found floating offshore, seaweed in her hair. Britt knows a good story in the making when she comes across one and this scene had the makings of a good story. The first step is to find out the cause of death. When the body remains unclaimed after foul play is verified, Britt begins a relentless search to discover the victim's identity. A fingerprint check comes up with the name Kaithlin Jordan ...more
Allison Ann
MY LETTER: Y - You Only Die Twice

Book: You Only Die Twice by Edna Buchanan
Finished: April 20, 2013
Rating & Book Review: 3 stars - Good book - lots of twists and turns right up until the end. Not a huge fan of the main character, but that was the only drawback.


Days - page 4 - Medical examiners don't normally attend drownings these days, except in cases of mass casualties, obvious foul play, or refugee smugglers who routinely drop their human cargo offshore
The body of a beautiful naked woman floats in on the tide practically at Britt's feet, and it turns out to be that of a woman supposedly murdered a decade before by her wealthy husband. Most of the action focuses on freeing R.J. Jordan, the convicted killer, from his cell on death row. R.J., a handsome but decidedly unpleasant guy who maintained his innocence all along, isn't the slightest bit interested in apprehending his wife's killer. He's just happy her body turned up before he died for her ...more
I listened to this on tape while driving. It was pretty good, but the language gets a little raunchy. Britt Moreno is a crime reporter in Miami. One morning the body of a beautiful woman washes up on shore who the police can't identify. Britt takes a personal interest in the story and eventually identifies the woman. It turns out she was murdered ten years before and her supposed murderer is due to be executed within weeks. I enjoyed the mystery and didn't guess the end until the end, but at the ...more
Britt is the heroine, who is an extremely dedicated reporter covering the police beat for her Miami newspaper. She becomes deeply involved in researching a murder that happened nearly 10 years prior. Britt is on the scene of the discovery of a young woman floating in the ocean. Her identity is confirmed as that of Kaithlin, believed to have been murdered 10 years ago by her husband, R. J. Joran a department store heir who is sitting on death row. All those that new Kaithlin seem to be hiding som ...more
Always like Edna Buchanan, even reading her series out of order. Description of life in Miami adds greatly to the plot. This one particularly interesting to me as I attended a trial this summer where a man was accused of killing his wife, though they never found the body or the weapon. (Cal Harris trial, Owego, NY. Second trial and both times found guilty.)
This is the first Edna Buchanan book I've ever read. I love a good mystery, but I don't like the ones that are overly graphic or violent. The Britt Montero series is perfect for me! The mysteries are convoluted enough so that you can't figure them out after the first chapter, and are edgy without crossing the line. Britt is an interesting heroine too!
Edna Buchanan's Britt Montero mysteries are a guilty pleasure. Buchanan gets the details of a newsroom and South Florida right, and her characters are dependably entertaining. The stories -- I've read three or four books in the series -- don't differentiate themselves much, however. Best served with Cuban food.
i'm not a fan of the murder/mystery stuff. but that's not the sole reason for my rating: the airplane incident was enough to make me internally groan and think, "come on!" i thought the plot was a bit too soap opera-y. if you like that stuff, you'll probably like this. just not for me.
Deena Scintilla
Listening to this on MP3. So far, enjoying it.
7/14-aagghhh. I had to take the MP3 out for my niece and now can't re-coup the 5 hr. I had finished. Yes, I'm doing something wrong with my car's player. I will now have to finish it by book. It's too good to let go.
Julie Salyards
This is the first book I have read by Buchanan, but I will read more. It is a crime mystery thriller that kept me interested throughout. The end was unexpected and I enjoy the main character Britt a lot - she is believable and highly likable.
Joe O'c
Excellent; Continuing character: Britt Montero; a woman believed dead 10 years ago turns up freshly murdered in Miami, and Montero tries to figure out her past and present to determine who killed her
Cynthia Mappus
A page-turner. Buchanan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter/author. This book is a thrilling tale that uses twists and turns to keep you off balance. The story line hooks you from that start!
LOVE this book. It's about a journalist in Miami, Florida and how she uncovers this mystery. I've read it alot and still love it.
You are only supposed to die once, not necessarily in this case. Total bummer to be murdered TWICE!
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Buchanan is a first-rate story teller, but the ending on this one stretches a bit too far.
Read in one sitting. As with most of her novels, hard to put down.
Excellent mystery - going to look for more of her books
best crime novel out there.
Good. Interesting plot.
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Edna Buchanan knew she wanted to be a writer since she was 4 years old. She moved to Florida where she got a job at a small newspaper. Ms. Buchanan became a reporter for the Miami Beach Daily Sun in the late 1960s.

In 1970, she was hired as a general assignment and police-beat reporter at the Miami Herald. In 1973, Ms. Buchanan became a police beat reporter, which coincided with the rise of Miami
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