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Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood #3)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,241 ratings  ·  165 reviews
"Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree."--Violet Parker

Real estate agent, Violet "Spooky" Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it--or maybe a foot. Can Violet discover what's in the crates the crooks
Nook, 405 pages
Published March 20th 2012 (first published March 1st 2012)
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Douglas Meeks
Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery Series #3) I try not to give away too many 5 Star reviews because I don't want them to become commonplace BUT this series has been so overwhelmingly entertaining I cannot do anything else. Violet is settling in and getting more laugh out load funny, the romance is picking up a lot AND the paranormal aspects of these books takes a huge leap forward. You need these books to read between whatever your usual reading choices are because they are like a treat fo ...more
Jaime Jeffrey
CLIFFHANGER!! R u freakin kiddin me? I'd punch Doc in the Adam's Apple. He runnin 'round talkin 'bout Violet not tellin Natalie, when he did the same damn thing. He never once said, out right, to Natalie "yeah, I'm just not that into u." Lil miss Namby Pamby, coulda forced this issue by tellin Doc, "this is not my problem, u want me, u tell her," after the very 1st time he kissed her. Instead, we get bush beatin, pussy footin & all around foolishness, that could've well been avoided.

Next, FO

Wow. Deadwood fans, you're going to be amazed!

The Deadwood Mystery series is one of my favorite series. When it comes to mysteries, it is my favorite. Every time I pick up an instalment in this series, I know I'm in for a treat. You get pulled in pretty quickly and Ann takes you for a ride where you'll be guessing the outcome until the very end. I love it.

The characters are some of my favorite cast of characters. Old man Harvey is completely original. He may be sour and a womaniser, but he's got
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
3.5 stars. My least favorite so far - but I still really liked it. I think what put me off that half star was the funeral home center of the plot. Funeral Homes just aren't even a little bit interesting to me.

Still, a very good story, and the character development in this book was much stronger than the first two books: Doc and Violet actually have conversations in this book (although, thank goodness, not too many) and the shit hits the fan in a relationship or two. Cooper intrigues the hell out
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Notice the cover..C.S. Kunkle illustrated. Again, for those who have been living under a rock, the cover is everything. I actually bought Ann's first book in the series because of the fantastic cover. I loved it! I can't begin to tell you how many books I have turned down due to the hideous covers..spend the money if ,unlike Ann, you don't have a professional artist in your family. Who probably charged her- but let's hope she got
Holy smokes! I haven't been this enamored of a series since... umm, well, it hasn't been all that long BUT STILL! I am so enjoying the shenanigans these characters get into. I mean... Harvey and his love gel (fruit flavored because that's what his lady friends like), best friend Natalie and her determination to see Violet paired up with the Detective despite Violet's insistence that she wasn't into him and he wasn't into her (something I'm not too sure of), Doc's ghostly visitations (not to ment ...more
Anne Tate
This is the third of the series. As I have totally enjoyed both book 1 & 2 I looked forward to reading this book. In my opinion this was a whole book of middle. Nothing definitive really happens. It was good enough to try book 4 but was a little disappointed overall. Hope book 4 is better.
These books would be a lot better if our main character didn't persistently act so stupid. There are very few circumstances where she doesn't make the exact opposite decision that any sane, reasonable, intelligent, responsible person would. But I could handle that if the author would just explain why the character acted like such an idiot all the time. We really have no idea why she is a mid 30's mom of twins who still acts like a college kid. She's still sponging off family but makes decisions ...more
Lisa C.
I thoroughly enjoyed books 1 and 2 but this one I could have easily done without. Violet seems to be losing brain cells as she ages. It wasn't clear why she felt she needed to continue investigating things on her own, she was lying way too much and her language leaves a lot to be desired. I might have missed it but I don't remember why she was so angry and hateful toward her sister.

The paranormal crap is getting to be too much. I was fine with Doc and his visions and even weirdo Cornelius but Vi
Violet is called to the morgue to identify a body because the corpse was found without a head but clutching one of her business cards. She doesn't know who it could be, but she is now on the case, using her amateur sleuth skills to find out more about who this person is, why he was killed, and how he is connected to her. Meanwhile, her day job as a realtor is looking up as a man has just come into town to buy a supposedly haunted hotel if Violet will help him prove that it is haunted. I only gav ...more
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My favorite things about Ann Charles' books are the wit and humor. The main character always gets herself into ridiculous situations and her life is a comedy of errors.

The character development is fantastic. The plot was good. I would actually rate this book 3.75 stars. I liked it but not quite as much as I did the first one.
This book was even better than the first two. If you enjoy a story with romance,ghosts,mystery, and humor, I urge you to read this absolutely terrific book. I laughed out loud several times. How could I not,when there are characters like Safari Scooter or Big Lip Lolly?! The ending had me clamoring for more...
Just finished DEAD CASE IN DEADWOOD by ANN CHARLES. A sassy, sexy, and spooky story featuring real estate agent Violet Parker who suspects the Mudder brothers are crating up and transporting body parts from their mortuary in Deadwood, South Dakota. Violet and her best friend Natalie try their best to stay out of the clutches of Det. Cooper as they investigate the Mudder brothers ties to Violet's despised coworker, Ray. At the same time, Violet's love interest, Doc Nyce, is doing his best to stay ...more
Lou Arna
Still love the series but a few things really annoyed me this time around.

- violet been so ridiculous when it came to telling Nat!

-also, the crazy tempo of her life the timeline needs to be spaced out more to make it a little more believable. I realise paranormal activity is not always believable or the most practical thing to write about but to have so much slamming in on her life just made it all the more far fetched plus those poor kids barely saw their mother.

- again, if she had of just t
Mary Welk
Just finished DEAD CASE IN DEADWOOD by ANN CHARLES. A sassy, sexy, and spooky story featuring real estate agent Violet Parker who suspects the Mudder brothers are crating up and transporting body parts from their mortuary in Deadwood, South Dakota. Violet and her best friend Natalie try their best to stay out of the clutches of Det. Cooper as they investigate the Mudder brothers ties to Violet's despised coworker, Ray. At the same time, Violet's love interest, Doc Nyce, is doing his best to stay ...more
Beverly June Davis
Mixed Feeling

I really like,story line, characters, dialog, descriptions of surroundings, but, I find the gratuitous , explicit sex, abhorrent. I'm just not into bodice ripping scenes taking place every fifth page. That aside, every thing else is. an enjoyable bumpy ride. The ending left quite a few loose strings. Why did Jane go to the pit? why did the author make the ending dependent upon reading the next book? I've mixed feelings. Do I get the next book and skip the explicit sex scenes, or do
I can't believe the next book doesn't come out until 2013! I am really starting to fall in love with this series, so I am sad to see that I can't keep reading. :(

Like the others, I enjoyed this book and appreciated that the series sticks with Violet's antics. Some things started to really bug me here, more than the other books:

1) Violet and Doc's relationship could be frustrating, mostly because for every spat they had and Doc would walk away angry, I had a huge anxiety attack that he wouldn't c
Cornelius, a rather eccentric man from Las Vegas, comes into Calamity Jane's Reality and asks to see Violet Parker. He is looking to buy property in Deadwood - and by property I mean that he wants to buy a local hotel.

Needless to say this is a huge coup, so huge that Violet's colleague Ray immediately asks their boss Jane if he can take over. Since Violet can't stand Ray, she digs in her heels and reminds everyone that Cornelius specifically requested her for the job. Baring that in mind, Jane h
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the third book in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles. We dive in once again, only 2 or 3 days after the ending of the last book. After the ending of the second book, once would think that Violet would actually believe in ghosts, but she is stubbornly holding on to the "hmmm, maybe" mindset. In the beginning of this book, Violet has definitely earned the nickname "Spooky" Parker and has a gentleman show up at the Realty office asking for her specifically since he heard about her reputatio ...more
John Podlaski
Violet Parker is sought out by a new potential buyer, Cornelius, who is interested in purchasing the "haunted" Deadwood Hotel. The new client alleges that he is able to speak with ghosts and will pay cash if she can prove the hotel is haunted. Cornelius rents a suite for a week and asks Violet to join his group in a seance. Doc joins her - sniffing out ghosts of his own - but the seance alerts Doc and readers to a gift that Violet didn't even know she had.

There seems to be three different storie
Wendy Cantu
Dead Case in Deadwood was kind of like the first two novels in the series, except sluttier and more paranormal.

In this book, Violet takes on a strange Abraham Lincoln-looking client looking to purchase one of Deadwood’s old haunted hotels (at this point, I’m pretty sure every place in Deadwood is haunted), her coworker and king d-bag, Ray, is acting overly suspicious and amps up his efforts to get Violet fired.

Meanwhile, the police discover a human torso next to a cell phone containing texts to
LOVE*LOVE*LOVE this series!! It's just crazy-good! And book 3 may be my favorite. But Books 1 & 2 are great too!! Just really fun & the writing is Superb!!
This series is about Violet and a crazy cast of characters in the crazy little town of Deadwood. Yep- there's a lot of crazy going on! Such GREAT characters that feel so real, with twists, turns, mystery, romance, suspense, a little paranormal added to the mix....And lots of humor sprinkled generously throughout - hilarious laugh-out-l

Ann Charles has the "touch" when it comes to delivering the perfect blend of snarky realistic humor and fun. I fell in love with Violet and her twin 10 year-olds Layne and Addie with the first book in the series(well Addy and Layne if Addie has anything to say since she is 10 minutes older than Layne). I had picked it up on a lark when it was first released and ended up reading it instead of working on my classwork. It was well worth getting up at early to finish my work just to sit there and la

Updated Review 7/2/14: Still loving this series!! I was trying to read it slow so when the new book came out I would be able to jump straight into it but I don't think that is going to happen as I am fixing to start on book 4, lol....hopefully won't have to wait long for book 5!! Can't get enough of this series and I want to see how things go with Doc and Violet!!

Original Review 4/28/13: OMG!!! Just when I thought the series couldn't get any better Ann Charles brings it in this next book! I love
Dawn Edwards
Ms. Charles has written a good mystery surrounded by the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota. Throughout the book, she keeps the reader aware of the special environment in which it's set, including her characters whose behaviors mirror some of the real people who settled this spectacular area of the state.

This third book in the series is well written. It contains many mysteries that play out well in the end. The conglomeration of characters makes one wonder if some of them are real, for instan
I am not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but I love this series by Ann Charles. This is the third in the series and it is getting better and more interesting as we go along. Violet is a struggling real estate agent and has the hots for Doc who sees ghosts. She is not sure she believes in ghosts but strange things have definitely been happening. In this story, she is contacted by someone who wants to buy a haunted hotel in the town and in her attempts to sell the property all sorts of strange thing ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘
This series is becoming seriously addictive! To think I didn't like the first instalment and almost never got to reading the second one!

In Dead Case in Deadwood the story is fun and there are several sub-plots which make the book an entertaining read. The dialogues (especially those with Harvey involved) are seriously funny and Ann Charles doesn't go over the top with the paranormal part of the story which is nice.

I have to say that what I particularly enjoyed in this instalment is the developm
Another solid book in the Deadwood series.

First, my complaints. I am getting a little tired of the secrecy surrounding Doc and Violet's romance. Although there is some resolution to this by the end of the story, there was far too much of them trying to decide how they felt about each other, and if they should be "boyfriend" and "girlfriend". I am also getting tired of Violet doubting the existence of ghosts. Three books into the series, and she has encountered ghosts each time. Doc can sense gh
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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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“Call me crotchety, but I didn’t like being bossed around, especially before I’d injected caffeine into my system. Violet Parker” 4 likes
“I knew that kind of thinking was paranoid, but after the wacky crap that had happened to me over the last couple of months, these days I’d be suspicious of a jolly white-bearded man in a red suit carrying a bag over his shoulder.(Violet Parker)” 3 likes
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