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Presumed Dead (Dylan Scott Mystery #1)

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Dylan Scott has problems. Dismissed in disgrace from the police force for assaulting a suspect, he has no job, his wife has thrown him out and-worse luck-his mother has moved in. So when Holly Champion begs him to investigate the disappearance of her mother thirteen years ago, he can't say no, even though it means taking up residence in the dreary Lancashire town of Dawson ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published April 2011 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sheri
Apr 18, 2011 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Presumed Dead (Dylan Scott, #1)Shirley WellsPresumed Dead
Mystery/Suspense. I have to admit this was one of the best books I have read in quite a while. Dylan Scoot was kicked off the police force in disgrace, and spent some time in prison. Down on his luck with no job, and his wife kicking him out, and worse yet his mother moving in. Then Holly Champion approaches him, she wants him to find out what happened to her mother Anita thirteen years ago. Reluctantly he takes on the case.

Soon he finds h
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Joe Stamber
Presumed Dead features Dylan, a private detective of sorts who reluctantly takes on the case of a woman who disappeared 13 years ago. At the same time he is struggling to save his marriage and avoid the attentions of his interfering mother who has arrived to help him through his difficult time. It's a fairly gentle tale, with Dylan trekking around interviewing potential witnesses without really getting anywhere. Despite none of the characters being either keen or obliged to talk to Dylan, no-one ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
It was okay, but I just couldn;t really get into it
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
I want to tell you about this great mystery I just read... First of all, we have our hero, Dylan Scott. The poor man has had a bit of a tough run and we catch him trying to pull his life back to some normalcy. After being kicked off the police force and spending time in jail, his self-esteem and pride have taken a huge hit. His wife is tired of his attitude and kicks him out. Dylan’s chance to turn himself around falls to Holly Champion. He is contacted by Holly to find her missing mother and sh ...more
Linda Baker
Jun 26, 2010 Linda Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was fortunate enough to get a digital review copy of Presumed Dead through netgalley.com. I had absolutely no intention of reading it in one sitting, but rapidly found myself caught up in the story until the wee hours of the morning.

Dylan Scott is having a very bad patch in his life, disgraced, imprisoned on a charge of excessive force and losing his career on the London Police Force as a detective. Not only that, he is nearly penniless, booted out by his wife and is living in "the smallest fl
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Babs
Dylan Scott has gotten out of prison for assaulting a suspect. His wife has kicked him out and his mother has moved into a tiny flat with Dylan. As he is trying to figure out what to do about his marriage and money, Holly Champion has contacted him to hunt her mother down who has been missing for 13 years. At first Dylan was wonder if he wanted the case or not. Off he goes to see Holly in Dawson's Clough. He decides he is indeed going to take the case after talking to Holly.
He finds out how sma
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Marcelle Dube
Jul 05, 2011 Marcelle Dube rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor Dylan. Fired from the police department, kicked out by his wife... he’s a man at low ebb. But then Holly Champion comes to him for help in finding her mother, who disappeared 13 years earlier, and suddenly Dylan’s true nature rises to the surface. The man is dogged and thorough and he won’t stop until he learns exactly what happened to Holly’s mother all those years ago.

This was a fun read. I started out feeling sorry for Dylan (his mother moves in with him, for Pete’s sake) and ended up li
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Liz Fichera
Aug 10, 2010 Liz Fichera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been saving PRESUMED DEAD for a long holiday weekend. After reading it--or maybe it's better to say, inhaling it--I was glad that I did. The mystery was so cleverly crafted and there were so many twists and turns that I could not put it down. I loved Dylan Scott--his flaws, his subtle soft side, his Britishness. In a way, he sort of reminded me of Christopher Chance on HUMAN TARGET, but more real. The dialogue was also very authentic, the characters believable, and the setting very vivid. ...more
Maureen Miller
May 24, 2011 Maureen Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need another Dylan Scott mystery!!! I finished this one and was so sad that it was over.

"She'll come around. She always does."

Poor Dylan Scott. While waiting on his wife to 'come around' he takes on the plight of a young woman determined to find out the fate of her mother who disappeared 13 years ago. The woman, Anita Champion interacted with a host of suspicious characters the night she disappeared and I could not get enough of hearing Dylan cajole each one into divulging more information.

Br
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Wendy Soliman
Feb 02, 2011 Wendy Soliman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read that kept me guessing. Was put off by the hero's inability to wash his clothes. Not sure we needed that much information but overall a good insight into life in a small English town and the jealousies and resentments that arise. Didn't need to be told quite so many times that the hero's wife would come round because she always did but this well-written, fast moving crime novel was hard to put down.
Toni Anderson
May 23, 2011 Toni Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carina-press
I really loved this book. I enjoyed all the characters and the way the plot fit nicely together without any cliched action. I can see Dylan Scott being a regular in my TBR pile.
Leslie
Aug 01, 2010 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebook
Dylan Scott's life has been really messed up. Nothing seems to be going his way but when he finally gets a job it's not exactly something he wants to take but beggars can't be choosers and it will get him away from his mother, if only for a little while. Dylan doesn't think he'll find Anita Champion, it's been too long, but her daughter is willing to pay and Dylan needs the money.

The more Dylan finds out about Anita, the more he understands her and he is certain she never would have left her dau
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Sara Townsend
Oct 25, 2014 Sara Townsend rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Dylan Scott, protagonist of this novel, is in a bad place when it starts. An ex cop who lost his job when he was jailed for assault, he is now working as a private investigator, living in a tiny flat because his wife has thrown him out, and to top it all off, his overbearing mother comes to stay.

When we are introduced to Dylan, he is in the middle of a rant about how women should not be allowed to drive because they are all 'too emotionally unstable'. This is not the way to endear me, as a reade
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Marissa Dobson
Oct 20, 2010 Marissa Dobson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010

First off don't let the cover and title fool you, this is not a paranormal romance. Presumed Dead is a great mystery novel. I haven't read a old fashion mystery with out romance in a long time and Presumed Dead caught my attention. It is a great cover.

Dylan Scott was a great hero. He was down on his luck, after just being kicked off the police force and spending time in jail. He was in a bad mood, with his pride and self esteem taking a hit. It gets worse when his wife gets tired of his attitude
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Kathy Jackson
May 15, 2015 Kathy Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, another decent read from Shirley Wells. This is the first Dylan Scott mystery – I had read #4 a week or so ago and decided to go back to the beginning. In it we find Dylan battling with his pride, self-worth and humiliation over being thrown out of not only the police station but also the marital home.

Let me just interject a bit of reality here – I worked with law enforcement officers for eight years and none of them have the issues that the lawmen in Hollywood films and books seem to have
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Kim
Aug 22, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When I read the description of this book I thought it sounded interesting and I was curious about which track the author would take as there aren't really that many reasons for someone to go missing like this are there?

The storyline switches between Dylan's efforts to reunite with his estranged wife Beverley while spending time with his son and away from his mother and his time involved in trying to discover Anita Champion's last movements and what may have happened to her. We follow his movemen
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Georgiann Hennelly
Dylan has been dismissed in disgrace from the police force for using unnessacary force on a suspect, he now has no job his wife has thrown him out and worse yet - his mum has come to live with him. So when Holly Champion begs him to investigate her mothers disappearance some thirteen years ago, he can, t say no.... even though it means taking up residence in in the dreary Lancashire town of Dawson,s Clough for the duration if the investigation. T he local police still believe that Anita Hollys m ...more
Aileen
Aug 27, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads-wins
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

Appearances can be deceptive. The cover of this book made me think I was in for vampires, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Ex-cop Dylan Scott has been thrown out by his wife and faced with his mother moving into his tiny rental flat, he takes on the job of finding Holly Champion's mother Anita, who had just seemingly vanished 13 years ago when Holly was 11. Dylan travels to the small Lancashire town of Dawson's Clough where people remember Anita a
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Lawrencia Mensah
Aug 28, 2011 Lawrencia Mensah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor, poor, poor Dylan. Fired from the police department, kicked out by his wife... he’s a man at low ebb. But then Holly Champion comes to him for help in finding her mother, who disappeared 13 years earlier, and suddenly Dylan’s true nature rises to the surface. The man is dogged and thorough and he won’t stop until he learns exactly what happened to Holly’s mother all those years ago.

This was a fun read. I started out feeling sorry for Dylan (his mother moves in with him, for Pete’s sake) and
...more
Elise Warner
May 23, 2011 Elise Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dylan Scott, considered a sometime imperfect husband by his wife and persona non grata by the police, is a detective you'll want to spend time with. Dylan--in Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells-- searches for a lovely, lively woman who attracts many men and the jealousy of her so-called friends has been missing for too many years and is presumed dead by many in her community. Her daughter, Holly, hires Dylan to find out what's become of her and we're off on an exciting read.
Kristina
Mar 27, 2015 Kristina rated it really liked it
I thought this was an interesting book. This is the first time I've read a book by this author and I enjoyed it. The story was a wee bit repetitive with Bev but I think that it might be because more of their story is to come in the future. This book was a good mystery and I would recommend it to others.
David Green
I enjoyed the beginning, the plot and the journey and wish that I enjoyed this book more than I did. I didn't really get a feel for most of the characters and about halfway through I wondered if I even cared who did it.

I'd give Shirley Wells and Dylan Scott another shot since this was her first book, but with so much else to read, it doesn't feel compelling.
Francis T. Villante
Easy read

Easy read

this book was a fun read. it kept you thinking where the plot was headed next. it dragged along a little to much in the middle but the pace and action picked up towards the end. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy and enjoyable book to read.
Carolyn E
Feb 02, 2012 Carolyn E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I enjoyed this book. It is the first book I have read by Shirley Wells and I found it intriguing. This is book #1 in her Dylan Scott Mystery series. I am looking forward to future books in this series.
Sarah
Jul 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. How much? My power went out and I had to know what was happening. I used the light from my Iphone and had to click every few seconds so I would have light!

Longer review to come!
susan murray
Aug 22, 2011 susan murray rated it it was amazing
five stars brilliant read you actually felt part of the story also character came alive in my imagination.Very fast paced story having you unsure of the outcome one of the best I have ever read.
Lisa
Jul 10, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review can be viewed here at Night Owl Reviews:


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Kathryn Moore
Jun 15, 2014 Kathryn Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good story just took too long to tell it. It's the start of series with the same leading character.
An ex-police officer becomes a private detective.
Duan Anderson
Apr 18, 2015 Duan Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I quit reading about half way thru when there still had been no action.
Being written in British English, for me it was extremely slow reading.
Crystal Durnan
Mar 28, 2012 Crystal Durnan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to the audiobook. Love the british narrator who is doing a wonderful job with all the different accents.

The protagonist is hilarious.
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