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Dead Ringer

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,121 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Dead Ringer is the latest crime novel from Mary Burton, America's Queen of Crime.

Beside each body, the killer leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. The victims are strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local TV presenter, and each is brutally strangled by a madm
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 9th 2010 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2008)
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The first book by this author I read didn’t really convince me, so I was pretty “nervous” as to how this one would pan out. And I was pleasantly surprised.

Good suspense, wonderful tension (also between characters), great mystery, good pacing...I was satisfied with this reading experience. Pity, the heroine was a journalist, though. They always come across as vultures willing to do anything to get their story. While I might admire the zeal in other circumstances, murder isn’t one of those.

Well, I really wouldn't describe it as "riveting" but it was a fast easy read for a gloomy rainy Saturday afternoon.....
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The police discover the body of a woman strangely wearing a charm decorated with a name that's not her own. Soon, another woman with similar facial structure and coloring is found dead. Detective Jacob Warwick notices their resemblance to reporter Kendall Shaw who really gets under his skin.

At the same time Kendall has her own concerns. The Stranger (the killer in I'M WATCHING YOU) kidnapped and terrorized her and now she's having nightmares. Oddly, they aren't of her recent experience but of a
May 22, 2014 Lainy rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 2 days

Publisher - Penguin books

Pages - 416

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Beside each body, he leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. Ruth, Rachel, Judith. The victims were strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local anchorwoman, each brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end.

My Review

Kendall Shaw is a reporter, ruthless and does what it takes to get her story. However, bei
Nov 26, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
Reporter Kendall Shaw nearly died at the hands of a serial killer last summer. Since returning to work, she’s done her reporting from the safety of the anchor’s desk. But when a young woman is found strangled by the James River, Kendall feels compelled to cover the story. She wants to prove that she can handle the tough stories – not only to herself, but also to her demanding boss and former boyfriend, Brett.

Homicide detective Jacob Warrington and his partner Zack Kier have little to go on at th
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I should have written this review right after I finished or left myself better notes as I'm struggling to remember everything. I really liked the supporting cast in this book and I loved the combination of the current day plot to an historical crime.

There were however, a number of times that I was pulled out of the story which for me dropped the rating some.

From my notes:

In the beginning of the book, a foster parent is able to immediately pull a yearbook for a foster child she hasn't had in a fe
Connie Charron
May 20, 2017 Connie Charron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a page turner!

I have definitely found a new author to read. Fantastic job Mary Burton! I'll be reading more of your books soon. Thank you for writing such a great story.
May 09, 2017 ctrothschild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Good story with a lot of twists! Characters at times will confound you but in the end the tale makes since!
Dana Webster
May 05, 2017 Dana Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a bit for me to get drawn in. I'm glad I hung in there. It had a really strong finish. And because it's also the start of a new series (spinoff, I'm guessing) it was very easy to follow.
Rishika S.
Jun 09, 2013 Rishika S. rated it liked it
The blurb of this book promises a thrilling, edge of your seat read that leave you turning the pages late into the night. Maybe that was the reason it was altogether, a little disappointing. While I cannot say that I disliked this book, I am unable to say that I liked it either. Hence, the average rating.

There were many things that Mary Burton got right with Dead Ringer. The serial killer with a creepy and disturbing motive, the maze that he leaves behind, the sexy and slightly flawed detective
Oct 30, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a serial psychopath on the loose. He is killing off women one by one but this killer loves his women. Each body is found with a necklace engraved with the names of Ruth, Martha and Judith. There’s just one small thing…each of the women have a strong similarity to Channel 10 news anchorwoman Kendall Shaw. Kendall loves to cover the top stories but she never thought she would end up becoming one herself.

Kendall has always been the picture of a successful, independent woman but she has a
Nov 19, 2008 Carey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the freezing cold of a Richmond, Virginia winter a serial killer is at work. When the second woman is found, homicide detective Jacob Warwick is struck by her resemblance to the first victim. Not only that, but both dead women bear a strong resemblance to Kendall Shaw.

Kendall is a beautiful and successful television news anchor. She met Jacob the previous summer when they were both pulled into another murder investigation. (Those events are the focus of Ms. Burton's first book, I'm Watching Y
Jane Stewart
Ok for mystery suspense with an adoption undercurrent. Serial killer is strangling women.

A serial killer is strangling women who look similar to Kendall, a TV news anchorwoman. Jacob is the homicide detective working the case. He is attracted to Kendall but feels she is out of his league. Nicole is a pregnant single woman who lives with Kendall. The issues of adoption are an undercurrent. Kendall was adopted and decides to learn more about her past. Nicole is deciding whether or not
Jul 24, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to say that I’m not much of a reader when it comes to crime thrillers and mysteries, but I think I’m going to have to amend that. After reading I’m Watching You, I have officially become a fan of the genre.

While I’m Watching You doesn’t take huge strides away from what’s expected in the genre, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Burton provided some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all. Not only that, but she goes the extra step of giving you false leads as well, which mak
Paula  Phillips
May 24, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
After reading I'm Watching You and really enjoying it, I decided to see if I could source anymore of Mary Burton's books and found a few. I have always had a thing for identical twins especially in murder mysteries as it adds another whole layer of intrigue and mystery to the book which is what happens in Dead Ringer as we meet a serial killer who is killing women who all resemble news reporter Kendall Shaw . Each woman has been found murdered and buried with a "charm name necklace". It turns o ...more
Dorothea Müller
Es werden Leichen gefunden die der Fernsehreporterin Kendall Shaw ähnlich sehen. Der Detective Jacob Warwick warnt sie. Doch der Mörder ist ihr schon näher als gedacht und Kendall Vergangenheit kommt an Licht und wirft Fragen auf.

Es fängt langsam an und nimmt immer mehr an Tempo an. Man kennt schon ein paar der Figuren, von den Geschichten vorher. Doch jetzt lernt man Kendall und Jacob näher kennen. Vor allem Kendall und ihre Vergangenheit. Die einen wirklich sehr interessiert. Teilweise macht e
Amanda Meggs
Nov 17, 2013 Amanda Meggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. Edge of the seat reading, with a few false leads. It was not certain which weird guy it was going to be. I didn't read the first book in this series but will certainly look out for the next one.

“Dr Butler looked nonplussed over the woman lying on the metal table behind him. This was business as usual to him.” I was confused by this description of the medical examiner because it meant the opposite of nonplussed - he actually was quite indifferent to the woman, and nonplussed means he was
Sarah Walker
Jun 12, 2012 Sarah Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Ringer kept me guessing. Ms. Burton has a complex web of plotlines that all twist and turn, but her muliple characters added to the reality and interest of the book. Her characters are easy to connect to and I loved her suspensful back stories. She handles the killer's POV with excellent skill and taste. The voice of Allen was genuinely creepy and not at all like the book's regular voice which added suspense. I fell into the action and was swept past the normal critiquing voice that runs in ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Olimpia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Ringer is a sequel to Mary Burton’s I’m Watching You and was even better than the first. Ms. Burton has done it again. This was a very well-written action packed, and suspense romantic novel.

Kendall Shaw is a reporter who’s recovering from an attack from a serial killer that almost killed her.

Murdered women, who seem to have a resemblance to Kendall, are now turning up. Could Kendall be next? Detective Jacob Warwick is determined to find this killer and protect Kendall before she becomes t
Eva Gerus
Jan 11, 2014 Eva Gerus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Mary Burton, by reading first the good thriller, I'm watching you. This is a sequel, since one of the characters in that book, the reporter, Kendall, is the main character in Dead Ringer.

The author does a terrific job by developing the main character, without telling us, her past. That past has a key on the present, and the identity of the killer. All the victims are linked, but we learn that in the last chapters of the book. This is a very well written thriller, and it reminds me
Dec 31, 2009 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Aside from the basic limitations that one has to accept with the Romantic Suspense genre (" I think a serial killer is out to get you....wanna shag?") this is definitely well done. Not for the romance, mind you, which was rushed and hard to swallow, but for the very well done mystery and it's procedural detail. Plus, there are two storyline which do converge near the end, but both were good enough that I wanted more of either. Burton's writing gets the job done without fuss, but nor does she rus ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tough one to rate. It was ok, I did finish it. If its rubbish I don't finish the book. Everything was ok and ticked along at an acceptable rate. Sort of kept me guessing, but never gripped me. It was probably too long would be my biggest complaint. Would I read anymore of Mary Burtons books? Yes, but if it meanders along like this one, probably no more
Apr 10, 2013 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love a good murder/thriller book and Mary Burton did not disappoint! I read this book in one day! I hate when you can instantly guess who the killer is in a book or even a movie! This book kept me guessing till the end. I was so sure I had it figured out then out of no where BOOM! I will definitely be reading more Mrs Burton books!
I picked this out without having read an of Mary Burton's books before, and I ended up quite liking it. I thought the link between the detective, the TV reporter, and the dying girls was interesting and I enjoyed the book overall despite the fact I guessed the killer about midway through. I would read more of Mary Burton's books.
It's not a bad read actually. But I was kinda bored halfway through the book. Perhaps I don't have a good impression on Kendall on the first book. Cos the first book, she really pissed me off. Then this book is about her and her childhood past. For me, I think the ending of the book felt rush. But other than that, I'm fine with the flow.
Apr 14, 2011 Afsana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I worked out earlier what the issue was re thevictims but thought they were more of a representation of the people not the actual people. The villan was a surprise- though when we were first introduced t them i did wonder
Oct 05, 2016 Davia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story

Complex heart pounding suspense. Great characters terrific twists and turns. It was incredible. I had started to read the second book and stopped to read this one first. I am so glad I DID.
Dec 27, 2010 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one had me hooked from almost the very beginning - this is the type of book I love reading. A real page turner that kept me going back.

I love the way this story unfolds, and all the little twists and turns - would recommend this one to fans of this genre.
After reading romance novels for a long time, i thought for a change will try some suspense novels.
And i really liked this novel.
Even though the romance part is told as a suplot, there are lots of twists and turns, it will keep you engaged till the end.
May 20, 2009 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-used-new, 2009
I enjoyed this book. In my opinion the characters were well developed, but Kendall and Jacob had a lot of baggage. I found it interesting to see how the murders fit together. All in all, the ending was the best. My heart was racing during the last 20 pages. Definitely a must read :)
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Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching forensic and law enforcement procedure, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order.

She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels of suspense and romance. She’s tracked them down in stories set in her hometown of Richmond, Alexandria, Austin and Nashville that
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