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A Dead Red Heart (A Dead Red #2)

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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  475 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Lalla Bains, ex-model and Ag pilot has plenty to keep her busy during another long hot summer in the San Joaquin Valley of California. But when a homeless veteran litters her vintage red caddy with paper snowflakes Lalla figures it’s time for a showdown. Unfortunately, someone else has the same idea leaving Lalla with a dying man at her feet and only his strange last words ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published April 13th 2011)
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Laurie
This was a funny, well-constructed little mystery that I enjoyed though sometimes I groaned at some of the stunts Lalla pulled, and got frustrated with the way she treated Caleb. Her hot and cold treatment of him and his acceptance of her behavior just did not always sit well with me. But, as the book progressed and more is divulged about her upbringing, it becomes easier to understand why she is burdened with some of the issues she has.

I loved the voice of this story – engaging, breezy and not
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Mare
When she finds Billy Wayne Dobson dead outside of Mr. Kim's Chinese restaurant, Lalla Bains' life begins a strange and dangerous side trip. A former model turned crop duster, she takes what life throws at her in stride if not always gracefully.

The characters in this book are strongly defined and very, very memorable. Lalla makes tough decisions, sometimes risking the goodwill of important people in her life, but she does what she feels is the right thing to do and garners full respect for her c
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Elizabeth
This was a delightful mystery! I loved each and every minute of reading. The relationship between Lalla and Caleb is full of funny and touching moments, the plot just keeps getting more interesting the more you read. I have to check to see if there's another one soon.
Ruth Elward
Billy Wayne Dobson had been obsessing and stalking Lalla Bains, even though he knew she's the girlfriend of Sheriff Caleb Stone. Thinking she'd better settle everything and not further lead him on, things changed drastically when she discovered Billy almost dead and stabbed in the chest just outside a Chinese restaurant. "The more there is, the less you see," those were the last words Billy said before dying, which puzzled Lalla to no end. And perfect timing be damned, the cops started appearing ...more
Carolyn Rose
Her impatience and impetuous nature continue to get Lalla Bains into deep trouble when the police investigate her propensity to be too close to the scene of the crime. A fast, fun read.
Martha Bryce
A Dead Red Heart by RP Dahlke

***** of *****
What an absolutely delightful novel this was. A Dead Red Heart is one of the books about the adventures of Eula Mae Bains, known to her family and friends as Lalla. A towering goddess of a woman, the former high profile model is now forty (oh dear Lord- forty!) and has settled in back home in Modesto, CA, running her father's crop dusting business and working as one of the pilots. As the story opens, Lalla is in an alley, getting ready to give former M
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Patricia
Lalla Bains is an ex-model and Aero Ag pilot and a wonderful character that I am looking forward to getting to know better. After giving up her modeling career as well as giving up a couple of husbands, Lalla is back in Modesto, California.

Lalla's father is in bad health and so is his crop dusting business. Crop dusting does not sound like a very complicated business but I soon found out that it is a very complicated business particularly when someone is sabotaging your company.

Sheriff Caleb St
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Gerrie Finger
A Dead Red Heart
By R. P. Dahlke
I’m a sucker for places I’ve never been and I’m overjoyed when I come across a setting/location that puts me there as R. P. Dahlke does with Modesto, Calif.
Also I love a kick-butt heroine with a sense of humor and a good heart. Lalla Bains is all that and more. A former model turned crop-duster pilot (sounds weird, but good writing and plotting makes it plausible) Sheriff Caleb Stone is her long-time boyfriend. Their interactions are funny, aggravating or heart-re
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Cheryl Rhodes
A homeless man dies at Lalla's feet in an alley after he's been warned to stop leaving cut out snowflakes/love letters attached to her car.

The man's mother points her finger at Lalla as the murderess. The dead man's aunt wants to talk to Lalla but goes missing. And a newsman whose body is found in the trunk of Lalla's Cadillac is linked to all of them. Is anything what it seems?

I like this series and the author has a wonderful story telling ability. This novel was fast moving and although lots o
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Judie
Lalla Bains, a forty-year-old, twice divorced, ex-model, has been the unwilling recipient of attention and love letters from Billy Wayne. The day after he covers her car with poems on paper snowflakes, he is stabbed to death. With his final breath he tells her, “The more there is the less you see.” Even though he exasperated her, she thinks his death deserves more investigation than it is receiving. So she begins her own investigation even while working with the problems of the aero-ag business ...more
Vanya D.
I received this book to review from the World Literary Cafe (WLC). I requested it with the hope that it will be a quick read, and indeed it was.

I noticed that the writing needs some mild editing, as in, there are words repeated twice like "this this", and it wasn't a single case scenario.

The story was entertaining and engaged my attention almost the entire time. It had a nice mystery that wound through the pages. There was also a sweet romance which at times felt a little forced.

I give the boo
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Sheila
Second in a series, R.P. Dahlke’s Dead Red Heart stars 40-year-old crop duster and amateur sleuth Lalla Bains as she unravels the mysteries of her heart and of her erstwhile stalker’s death. Maybe she’s a suspect. And maybe old school friends are trying to scare her off from learning something else. But Lalla Bains doesn’t react well to threats of any kind—not even threats of marriage.

The Modesto California scene is convincingly described—I can feel the warmth, hear the airplane overhead, smell
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Kellie
Lalla Bains, Crop Duster and Amateur Sleuth has become one of my favorite characters. In A Dead Red Heart, the second book in the Lalla Bains Mystery Series, R.P. Dahlke weaves together suspense, mystery, romance, and a touch of humor for a fanstastic mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.

Billy Wayne Dobson is obsessed with Lalla and has been warned by Lalla's boyfriend, Sheriff Caleb Stone, to stop harassing her. Lalla soon finds herself standing in a parking lot staring at her red
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Marilou George
Lalla Bains is an ex-model who has moved back home to Modesto, California to run her father's crop dusting business and trouble seems to follow her every move. She is a very strong willed, self-sufficient, head strong and curious woman. It is her curiosity and sense of justice that ultimately involve her in a murder investigation where she is a suspect.

A Dead Red Heart is written from the point of view of the main character Lalla. R.P. Dahlke takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, action
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Ines
Lalla Bains is still working for her father as a crop duster and her main worry is a homeless veteran, Billy Wayne, who showered her loved red Cadillac with paper snowflakes. When Lalla tries to talk Billy into his senses, she finds him just in time to listen to his final words: "The more there is, the less you see". Armed with that strange clue and a couple of snooping friends, Lalla tries to find Billy's murderer while trying to ignore a special proposal from Sheriff Caleb - her boyfriend.

This
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Ally
(Review by Jon C. Oliver, for Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors)

When homeless former Marine Billy Wayne Dobson dies in Lalla Bains’ arms in an alley next to Kim’s Chinese Restaurant, the only clue to who stabbed him in the heart with a pair of scissors is a cryptic last utterance from Billy Wayne: “The more there is the less you see.” As Billy Wayne dies, Lalla senses something in the alley with her. And Mr. Kim, trying to comfort Lalla with a cup of tea, tells her sh
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Geraldine Evans
A DEAD RED HEART BY REBECCA DAHLKE

Lalla Bains, a crop-dusting pilot, has a love-sick stalker, Billy. But after Billy showers paper snowflakes over her beloved Cadillac, Lalla thinks enough is enough. She had only thought to firmly warn off her love-sick would-be swain, but someone else had it in for Billy. Intent on confrontation, Lalla finds Billy dying in a back alley, a pair of scissors sticking out of his chest.

Meanwhile, her father’s love life is proving trying. The skinflint is squiring La
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Lisa Cox
This is the 2nd in the author's Lalla Bains series, and I enjoyed it more than I did the 1st. The plot line still gallops along with Lalla's propensity to find herself surrounded by trouble, and I am still reminded of Cybil Shepherd's character from the old TV series Moonlighting: beautiful, sassy, impetuous, emotional, charming when she wants to be but sometimes caustic and not willing to take crap off anybody. Caleb is not quite the wisecracking sidekick that Bruce Willis was, but if you add i ...more
JoAnn Bassett
In RP Dahlke’s “Red Dead Heart” her heroine, Lalla Bains, comes upon a homeless man as he lay dying. This isn’t just any guy, tho, it’s a guy who had the hots for her, wrote poetry and pasted a blizzard of paper snowflakes to her vintage candy-apple red Cadillac. Lalla is still bending over the bleeding man when the cops show up—and that’s only the beginning of her troubles. In this zany romp of a mystery, RP Dahlke takes us on a wild ride—from a crop duster a thousand feet above the central val ...more
Eileen Granfors
RP Dahlke swept me into frenetic, hilarious world of crop duster Lalla Bains with sassy writing for the sassy heroine.

Dead Red Heart begins with a murder (by scissors) and sweeps through Modesto, California, from dusty fields and back alleys to the police station and nosh spots.

Lalla has a habit of saying what she shouldn't say, especially to her one true love, Caleb. But she's "Lordy, I'm forty!," twice-divorced, and still not willing to let herself slow down to think. She's all action (and all
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Lctevergreen
This second book in the series expanded the relationship between Lalla and Caleb, referred to some of the original characters and also added additional ones which kept the story line fresh. Although R P Dahlke made references to people and situations from the first book the author gave you enough information in A Dead Red Heart so that it wasn't necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one. The author did a great job of describing the new characters so you knew how they looked and kne ...more
Diana Hockley
I was happy to be able to access the next Lalla Bain's story and it did not disappoint. Lalla is perplexed to say the least when she comes across the body of a veteran who has been plastering her cadillac with supposedly love notes.

Her now lover, Caleb, a rival and unscrupulous crop dusting company and a slimy detective who is trying to pin the murder on Lalla, and you have a great mix of interesting characters.

One of the reasons why I like this writer's novels is because of the underlying goo
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Annette
I have read both this book, and the first in the series, The Dead Red Cadillac. Lalla, the heroine-sleuth of the book is interesting and very brave. But, I also find her inability to maintain relationships rather difficult to follow at times. I enjoyed the mystery, and as in the first book, the characterizations are well done. The mystery was not too easy to solve, and that is what I want in a mystery. If you are interested in a mystery that will keep you occupied and ready to turn pages, then t ...more
Vanessa Baez-dudley
Excellent Blend of Revenge, Mystery, Romance, and Humor

In the second installation in the Dead Red Mystery series, author RP Dahlke once again writes a novel surrounding the main protagonist Lalla Bains. In this book, we start out with the mysterious death of a marine veteran, where Lalla witnesses his demise in her very own presence. But of course, the veteran had been sending her love grams recently, so the inhabitants of Modesto, California think that she was the murderer. And with her record
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 18, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
"The More There Is, The Less We See"

Typically me, I have come into this series with the second book, although luckily `A Dead Red Heart' works fine as a stand alone novel. It was quite easy to pick up the background of the character Lalla Bains and arrive at the situation in which we now find her. In fact, in no time at all, it felt as though I knew her personally, such is the strength and personality of the characterisation.

You have to know right from the start, that this romantic mystery also
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Valerie Caraotta
This mystery thriller will hold true to the saying of never judging a book by its cover. Homeless Billy Wayne Dobson would post snowflake poetry on Lalla Bains car. Upon his discovery in Mr. Kim's restaurant alley, his final words before dying in Lalla's presence with scissors stuck in his chest would be a hard puzzle piece to uncover. His words "The more there is the less you see" will take Aero-Ag Crop Duster Bains on a flight not wanted but a journey to uncover evidence over mysterious letter ...more
Nancy Silk
"An Exciting Crime Mystery Thriller"

This story is the second of the Dead Red Mystery Series where Lalla Bains now finds Billy Wayne Dobson laying in front of her toes in an alley, after earlier in the day he had pasted white notes of poetry all over her red Cadillac. As far as she's concerned it had been the last straw, she was determined to have a heart-to-heart talk with him. He's a former Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has a crush on Lalla. She was looking for him but s
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Kathleen Mccorquodale
I read this book because my mother's name was 'Lalla' - also a sister and a couple of nieces. Was curious where the author got the name. I got a response to my e-mail to Ms. Dahlke but she avoided answering the question as to where she got the name. She may be concerned about someone wanting a piece of the action - which I do not. Just curious where she got the name. Have never known anyone outside of my family with that name. Entertaining read.
Lacey
Better than the first book. This one doesn't suffer from the abrupt transitions that the first book did. But there are still some continuity issues. I enjoyed the addition of Del and Arby. Still not understanding the relationship between Lalla and Caleb. One minute things are fine and the next minute she's decided they are broken up but she never actually tells him and the next scene she sees him and they are all lovey again. I can't stand her on again off again impulses with him. I also don't u ...more
L.W.
I liked the first book enough to take a chance on the next one. I am not disappointed. There were lots of unlikable characters in this book. But they added to the story. I liked the twists and turns, the misdirection and the final ending. Another good who done it with a little romance mixed in
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