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Optical Delusions in Deadwood (Deadwood #2)

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From the Award-winning Author of Nearly Departed in Deadwood!

"What a voice! Hilarious, original, and genuinely wonderful. This fresh and feisty mystery will instantly win your heart. Loved it!" ~HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity winning author

"A smart, sassy, sexy and wonderfully resourceful heroine. Move over Stephanie Plum-Vi Parker is here!" ~JOHN KLAWI
ebook, 432 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Ann Charles (first published May 2011)
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Optical Delusions in Deadwood is the second installment in the Deadwood Mystery series by Ann Charles.
When I read Nearly Departed in Deadwood,( Deadwood Mystery, #1) I know I was going to be hooked on this series. I loved the characters, mystery, suspense, comedy and especially the romance.

Violet is a mother of two adorable kids with active imaginations. When she's not being a mother, she's a realtor. When she's not being a realtor(or even when she is), she's fighting with ghosts(if she even b
Turning out to be a super fun series! On to number 3.
Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Oh, boy, I think I'm in the minority here but I found this book a little disappointing after the first one. And, it's the so-called "hot" romance between Doc and Violet that is the reason it fell out of favour with me.

It was not so much a romance as simple lust and sex. Both possessed out-of-control hormones that were more suited to sex-crazed teenagers who have never had carnal relations before than two supposedly mature adults. And, unfortunately--for me, anyway--the ma
Sarah Walker
I am thoroughly angry.

Swearing happens. I am not a prude. In times of stress, a character needs to spit some heat. But when an author uses language to define a major character, I find it a cheap cheat. When a character swears over the top to be offensive, I find it boring. When an author uses offensive language as a ploy for humor I get irritated. Cheating, offended and boring sprinkled through a few areas of the book's beginning, but I continued reading because I had invested in the plot and ch
May 09, 2011 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who like mysteries, romance, with a dash of paranormal.
Recommended to Heather by: Given to me as a ARC
An exciting trip back to Deadwood to visit with Violet-real-estateextraordinaire/part-time sleuth. This time with ghostly encounters in the mix. I liked how the story started just a short time after the first book ends. A rollicking romp through the streets of Deadwood sprinkled with sexual innuendofrom Harvey,Violet's cantankerous friend to the steamy romance scenes between Doc & Violet. It all mixes together like lemons and sugar to make an inventive lemonade. I absolutely love Violet's ec ...more
I had no idea when I started this series that I'd enjoy it so much that I'd want to jump straight into book 2 with barely a break. But I do! And I did! And now we're here, spending more time with Violet and her accidentally trouble making ways.

This book started off a little slower than book 1 (you can read that as "I didn't almost snort my coffee out my nose within the first few pages as I did with the first book") and it took a bit of time to build up to the real meat of the mystery. This wasn'
If you enjoyed Nearly Departed in Deadwood, you'll love this! More suspense, more mystery, more romance. It's another hit by Ann Charles. Violet is one of my favorite heroines and she does not disappoint in this second instalment of the Deadwood Mystery Series.

In Optical Delusions in Deadwood, Violet Parker is neck deep in trouble with haunted homes, psychos trying to hurt her and a disapproving Doc Nyce. But we get a whole lot more heat between Doc and Violet this time around.

Besides the grea
Jaime Jeffrey
Another protagonist I like but wanna hit upside the head. These Namby pamby heroines & their bitchin' about things they can (easily) fix, fucked up in the 1st place & gotta live with, or lettin' some dude steal their joy. She's a like-able character but the insecurity drives me up a wall.
Nikki Devitt
I have never become such a die hard fan and proponent of an author, let alone in a period of just a few days. The second in the Deadwood Mystery Series will only leave you cheering for the third to arrive and finding yourself even more head over heels in love with Violet Parker and her gang.

Charles has a talent few authors can every dream of achieving. The ability to drag you so fully into a story that you wish it were all true and you were right there in the mix of all the excitement.

Simply put
Great and hilarious story teller. Irreverent, tongue in cheek, uses colourful language, well, colourfully. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is the second in her Deadwood series and I've just gone off and bought the recently published third one. There's too much information freely given away about the first book in the series that I feel I sort of know what happened without reading it.
I'm also really impressed with the proof and copy editors. Well done!
Hooked on this series!
The first in the series was good. This one was mostly about either thinking about having sex, talking about having sex, having sex and then not talking to each other. Oh yes, and her best friend had called dibs on the guy and was really into him before the main character decided she wanted to have him. So add sneaking around and having sex in the restroom while on a "double date."
Gator Girl
I'm sorry but the quirky character Harvey and Violet's children just aren't charming enough to redeem these books.

Frankly, I don't care for the Violet character.
She lies. A lot. To everyone.
And then justifies every lie.
I don't mind a flawed character....but I need some growth.
I just don't care if Violet does.

Then we have the situation with Doc and Natalie.
I think the major mystery of these books is "Why is Violet's best friend, Natalie, in love with Doc and think he's the "ONE"?"
She hadn't even
This book takes place just a few months after the first in the series. Violet Parker is still recovering from her ordeal from being in a serial killer's clutches. To top it off, she's getting a reputation in the community for taking on paranormal and odd houses to sell. She's also dealing with her romantic feelings for her client, sort of lover/boyfriend, Doc Nyce and the fact that her best friend, Natalie, has laid claim to Doc. Violet doesn't actually want to cause waves, but she just can't ge ...more
The hiding of her relationship from her best friend is getting really old. I won't read the next one because a friend who has read it says that whole storyline doesn't get resolved for a few more books. Seriously. Grow a pair and admit you like him. Calling dibs only works if you're 14. We're talking about (made up) real life and love here.
Wow! What happened? I loved the first book so very much! This one? Meh.....

Again, I must stress, I don't understand these stupid covers at all! I still look at them and think of something from "True Blood" or something along those lines....very different from what the books really are about....yes, there is a bit of paranormal in these novels....but they are only a tiny slice of plot...and even at that the main character is always questioning if it even readers should be warned, if
P.A. Wilson
This is the second in the Deadwood series. Anne Charles is up to #5. The books stand alone as stories, but there’s an ongoing storyline or two that means you need to read them in order. In this one, Violet is still worried about her job, her kids, and her best friend.

The best friend has become obsessed with Dr. Nyce – Violet’s new undercover lover. Violet needs to find the right time to tell Natalie the truth. One of her twins wants her to marry Jeff, so she can have an instant sister. The other
kc (4saintjude)
Even better than the first. Why did I start this series before #3 was out? Now I am hooked. I loved the characters and humor, but especially the way the author treats the setting. I hope there are many more to come.
Violet Parker is back and if I had to make a comparison she would be like the energizer bunny or a timex watch "keeps on ticking. Violet just keeps going full steam ahead. Her male cohorts are back, too. Doc is as steamy as ever, Ray is just as obnoxious, Harvey is just as rough and cantankerous and Coop well he's Coop. Add to the mix a new house to sell with a history and of course a murder to solve. Mix in some new lively characters living and dead and you have the makings for a "crazy" myster ...more
Adrienne Testa
Violet has broken every rule that her boss enforces while trying to sell her first house. Violet is known in town for selling homes that are haunted, but no one told her, she would come under fire from a woman wanting to raise a demon. Its all in a days work for Violet, but her feelings for Doc is distracting her, she's trying to be a good best friend and a good mother. Yet, Violet just can't stay away from Doc and is hiding it from her best friend. Now Violet knows Doc's secret and is stunned w ...more
Aug 02, 2012 AH marked it as to-read
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Barbara ★
This is the second book in the series and a real hoot. Violet Parker is a beginning realtor who has to sell houses just to keep her job. She has a real jerk off an office mate who's verbally abuse and wants his nephew to take her job. Violet is a down on her luck single mother of twins who's really just trying to make a buck anyway she can. She's having an affair with one of her clients (a real hottie), another client wants to bed her, another client wants to kill her and yet another client want ...more
Brandi ;)
7 months. It took me 7 months to drag through this. I could not stay interested in what Violet was doing because I was so freaking irritated over her, her friend Natalie, her stupid co-worker Ray, ect, ect, ect. The banter between violet & Harvey was occasionally funny, but mostly it was just annoying and ridiculously cheesy. Her friend Natalie is 'in love' with a man, Doc, that she doesn't even really know, a man that has told her that he is not interested in romance with her, a man who she ...more
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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Really enjoyed Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles. The case was super fun and twisty!

Story Thoughts: I really enjoyed the case! Let's just that Violet has a knack for getting the absolute worst houses to sell (where history and mayhem are concerned--they all actually sound delightful to the eye though). In thi
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The second book in the series picks up shortly after the first one finished. Violet seems to be a real trouble magnet!! I love it!

This book does not start off with the foot Layne found, nope we have another haunted house instead. And once again, Violet is catnip to the men of Deadwood! Fortunately, she only has eyes for one, too bad her BFF thinks her is her one and only!

The mystery this time is slightly complex, it makes sense when all the
I didn't like this one as much as the first. The plot was just OK but my problem is with Violet, her remarks are still funny but sometimes they were unnecessary and tedious. It's one thing no to believe in ghosts but the facts(not only from Wanda but Doc) are there you have to face it, beside it's not the first time she dealt with entities!

Her situation with Doc, why couldn't Vi tell him she needed more time to deal with the Valerie situation? He's done his part! it's been two years since she's
The first book in the Deadwood Mysteries series is Nearly Departed in Deadwood.

OPTICAL DILULLISIONS could technically be viewed as a stand alone read, but characters and events from the first book are mentioned casually, so it is best to read the books in order.


Violet Parker has more or less settled into her realtor job at Calamity Jane's Realty, but is keen to prove that her recent sale wasn't just a one off, or is because of her personal friendship with Doc. So when a woman and her daughter
Dotti Elrick
This is book two in Ann Charles' Deadwood series. It picks up a couple of weeks after the events of book one. Almost like two chapters of the same book. But, there is a conclusion to the story... and then the hint of what is coming in the next book. Once again Violet Parker a single mother of two, is in need of a sale. She needs to sell a house. Her kids need glasses and shoes. After the events of the last book, Violet has earned a reputation as someone who is not afraid of the hard sells, even ...more
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
The second book in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles, opens just about a week after the close of the first book. There are still plenty of unsolved mysteries going on from the first book, and we can't help but wonder what will happen. Luckily, Ms. Charles doesn't leave us hanging long, and we dive right into another mystery.

This one concerns a house in Lead (pronounced Leed), that Violet has been asked to list. She is specifically singled out because the house is rumored to be haunted and Vio
John Podlaski
I downloaded the first book in the series for free - taking a chance on this author, loved it, and quickly purchased the next two books in the series. Ann Charles has a way with words and I find her wit, humor and sarcasm to be similar to the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. Both main characters are always broke and desperately trying to earn a paycheck from their jobs, supporting characters are wacky and the main characters always find themselves in trouble.

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Ann Charles—Author
Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner and a 2011 RWA Golden Heart Award Winner.
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Other Books in the Series

Deadwood (6 books)
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  • Better Off Dead in Deadwood (Deadwood, #4)
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