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Optical Delusions in Deadwood (Deadwood #2)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,037 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Corvallis Press (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...more
Turning out to be a super fun series! On to number 3.
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...more
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'...more
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...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Oh the creepy fun! Love the humour, and the mystery was delightfully creepy and almost macabre. I was taken by surprise by the ending and the 'great reveal'. Lots of hints about future story lines in this book as well.

What I didn't like: Ray - he's just too big an asshole to feel totally authentic. The dynamic between Violet and her best friend - I really love the banter between these two and I'm not looking forward to the coming conflict.

What I love: the ghosts, Doc and Violet together, the pos...more
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...more
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...more
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!
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...more
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
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...more
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.
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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...more
Aug 02, 2012 AH marked it as to-read
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.

In "Optical Delusions in Dea...more
Once again, real estate agent and single mom Violet Parker takes on a house with a reputation...for death!

Several months following a murder-suicide, and despite warnings to the contrary, Violet agrees to sell a house - this time in Lead - when other realty companies turn the current owners down. With her daughter needing glasses and her sons toes sticking out the end of his shoes, she knows she NEEDS to make a sale.

Things heat up even more as she continues her forbidden relationship with Doc an...more
4.5 Stars

Protagonist: 9/10
Secondary Characters: 10/10
Mystery: 9/10
Humor: 10/10
Pace: 10/10

Okay, I know I said I wouldn't gush over this book… but I seriously can't help it. I love this story/town/characters/writing/etc. Everything about this book had me on cloud 9. I am so happy I found this series, and a new author to call my favorite. I read this 2nd installment in the Deadwood series in record time (granted I had it on loan from a friend for 2 weeks, but still~)! That alone validates how much...more
I was pretty impressed with the second book in the Deadwood series. It's got the same flavor as the previous one; spooky (though not much), Violets stubbornness and hotheadedness when it comes to customers... It was all there. I was surprised that Doc and Vi actually became an item in this book. I was expecting Charles to drag it out a bit more. But yeah, Violets still not told Natalie, her best friend, who has a crush on Doc and has staked a claim, about her relationship with the same man.

Wendy Cantu
Violet Parker may still have her job, but she’d like to dump her reputation as the haunted house realtor – a reputation she earned after nearly being burned alive by a client as a sacrifice to his deceased sister.

In a town where it seems every house has its own ghost stories, Violet is asked to sell one with quite a sordid past. Most recently, it was the site of a murder-suicide – a son allegedly beating his father to death with a rolling pin before turning the gun on himself – but the murders a...more
Keryl Raist
Jun 18, 2011 Keryl Raist rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance fans, sookie sackhouse fans
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Trixie Vardon

Although I wouldn't say I had as much fun in this book as the first, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. All the good things in the first book appeared here in the second. Continuity wasn't an issue, and neither was the spelling.

What I didn't like: Well, just as in book one, once again there wasn't a great deal to displease in book two. There were a few strings that are still floating loose at the end of this book - and one of those has been left over from the first book - that would be...more
'Optical Delusions' is the second installment of Ann Charles' Deadwood Mysteries. The basic idea behind the series is that single mom, Violet, has moved back to Deadwood with her twin children, becomes a realtor and sells houses to make what living she can. All this while she navigates the waters of a troubled, but steamy romance and tries to sleuth out the details of a classic who-dunnit with a supernatural twist.

But that's not the whole story. Violet might be an average, single mom, struggling...more
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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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