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Frank Smith, famed writer of murder mysteries, boards Southwest Airlines heading from Phoenix to Baltimore. His goal is his 50th class reunion at Scott Academy, but behind him he leaves the highly suspicious disappearance of his wife four years ago and the relentless quest of Officer Ledezma whose impulse is that Smith has killed her and buried the body. But another myster ...more
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Published December 17th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 2006)
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IMPULSE (Trad. Mys/Ama. Sleuth-Frank Smith-Maryland/Arizona-Cont) – G+
Ramsay, Frederick – 3rd book
Poisoned Penn Press, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1590582837

First Sentence: Frank Smith stepped to one side at the top of the escalator.

Four years’ ago, the wife of Arizona mystery author Frank Smith went for a walk and disappeared leaving Frank the number one suspect.

Frank’s father had been a teacher and Frank a resident student at Scott Academy in Maryland. He has never been back but decides to ret
Feb 25, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this though at times it felt preachy regarding the status of seniors in our society. It was refreshing for a mystery to have older protagonists, but it'd have been better if a point was not made of it I think. I would read another by this author. Also, this was a great narrator, R.C. Bray.
Paula Schumm
Jan 07, 2017 Paula Schumm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook from the library. I really liked this one. There were two mysteries solved, and the dialogue and timing were just right. The characters were flawed and human. Recommended.
Carl Brookins
Feb 06, 2014 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever just jumped in and done something
out of pure impulse? Right. That’s the title of the book. Most of our impulsive behavior or utterances are inconsequential, at least as far as we know. But sometimes things go awry. Sometimes impulse leads to destruction, ruined lives, decades-long bitterness.

Here’s a novel that operates effectively on two separate planes. Here we have distinct plot lines separated by twenty-five years and two thousand miles. Frank Smith is a successful mystery aut
Mar 10, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Smith is a reasonably successful mystery writer, thanks to a TV series based on one of his novels, but that was a few years ago. As we meet him, we learn he is about to attend his fiftieth high-school reunion, the first time he has attended any of his reunions.
The boarding school he attended has bittersweet memories. His brother, a victim of bullying while also attending, had committed suicide and several of those that were responsible for the name calling would be there. Perhaps enough ti
This was a reasonably well-written little mystery although I felt like I was hearing way too much about old age. Being of the age where I would soon be having my own 40th high school reunion, maybe the subject was just a little too close. You know, "wrinklies" and love in your 60's. I was shrugging it off like an irritation.
So this man, Frank Smith, a mystery writer, goes back to his old school for his 50th reunion. He has some real problems with his old school, holds them responsible for his br
Jun 03, 2014 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Mar 22, 2015 May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two mysteries enfold the day to day reality of an author known for his murder mysteries. Interesting story with many true to life characters.
Oct 22, 2008 L J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much time spent telling the reader what a bummer it is to get old. The story held promise but the book never delivered.
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Nov 01, 2015 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cool ending fabulous setting I love the curmudgeonly main character
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Apr 11, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, maryland, arizona
04/11/08 rec via poison pen press
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Jun 13, 2013 Elly Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really engaging. Solid. Funny too, especially for mature readers.
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Mar 18, 2013 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
Real nice to read a good mystery without foul language. A pleasure to read.
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Dr. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore, the son of a respected teacher researcher and scientist. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and received his doctorate from the University of Illinois. After a stint in the Army, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, where he taught Anatomy, Embryology and Histology; engaged in research and serv ...more
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