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Mad Money (Madeline Carter #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  200 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A new life, a fresh start.

That's what Madeline Carter is looking for when she quits her high-pressure job in New York and moves to Los Angeles. But Madeline is one of those people who can't help but attract trouble ...

Beautiful, calm, quiet. It's everything Madeline imagined California would be ... everything her life as a stockbroker in New York wasn't. Still, when Made

ebook, 657 pages
Published March 2011 (first published December 1st 2004)
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Jan 28, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Seattle Times
Good book...nothing outstanding, but a good bus book. I will read more by this author.
Dec 30, 2016 Jeanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just blah. A stockbroker moves to LA for a fresh start and immediately meets a top Hollywood director who invites her to live in his guesthouse. You know, like everybody does. Due to a little insider trading of her own, she gets into trouble with a problem stock and goes investigating to fix the problem. Also, the director's teenage daughter fakes her own kidnapping. Not worth the money.
Jan Strnad
Mad Money is the first book in a series about amateur detective Madeline Carter.

Due to a brutal murder at her NY brokerage firm, Carter retires to Los Angeles, takes up residence in a cliffside apartment in Malibu owned by a movie director, and settles in for some day trading. Acting on a bit of inside information, she invests most of her money in a "sure thing" that quickly unravels and sends her scurrying for answers about her past life and current life choices.

It's an easy read that kept me i
Sep 09, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(Interesting note: This author is the mother of Seinfeld's Kramer.) I really enjoyed this novel. For me, some books I rush through either because; 1) They are so bad I want to get it over with or 2) They are so good that I race to the finish to see how it ends. Other books I read at a slower rate, either because; 1) I get interrupted over time and keep having to stop, then reread to refresh your memory before moving on, or 2) It is so boring and tedious that it is a chore to get through. Normall ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like em dashes? So many that they become irritating for the normal reading! You'll enjoy this. Now, getting past my sarcasm here, the book was generally enjoyable to read, despite all the em dashes.

So there's a murder early on and turns out, other than an emotional tool, this was not the murder we are to care about--that comes later. And that murder was not the center of the book, it was a missing person mystery, which is fine.

Another bad thing I'll say is I felt like half the story was i
After witnessing a brutal crime, Madeleine Carter escapes her high-velocity New York City life for the laid-back atmosphere of Los Angeles. One night she runs into an old boyfriend, now a high-powered CEO, who lets her in on a great investment opportunity. But soon she discovers that the stock is tumbling, taking her money with it--and her ex is nowhere to be found. Compelled to get to the bottom of the disappearance, Madeleine turns amateur sleuth and discovers that she is the only person with ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story was pretty good but had a slow start. I was at least 1/3 of the way into the book before there was any suspense or much of a story beyond "woman quits job in NY and moves to LA to start over." The actions Madeline took as a beginning day trader were pretty unbelievable too and did not seem to fit with her identity as a smart broker. Once the action picked up the book got much better. I enjoyed the secondary characters a lot, and Madeline's amateur sleuthing was really entertaining. Hop ...more
Sher Ling
I got this book for free as part of an amazon subscription. I'm halfway through but probably won't keep reading to the end. The dialogue in the book feels forced, and different characters speak too similarly. The writing is easy to read, but the pace drags at times. As another reviewer noted: more editing and cutting could have salvaged this read.
May 31, 2010 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a rather outrageous story. My favorite character was Tycho, the dog, who didn't even belong to the main character Madeline Carter, former stock broker, who lives in the guest house of a family in LA. She gets mixed up in the kidnapping of both a former boyfriend, and her landlord's teenage daughter, getting friendly with a woman private investigator who is following her. Very strange!
Marguerite Czajka
This book started slow for me. The descriptions of how trading worked bored me and I skimmed them. But it picked up near the end. I read it on my Kindle and I was at 70%, then the next thing I knew I was at 96%! I actually went back to make sure I didn't somehow miss a chapter. So it approved enough that I'll check out the next ones.
Dec 12, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I good book, fast read, but something was loose and not tied up in the end. If I was Jack's wife I dont know if I could be friends with Madeline, but stranger things went on. Good outlook on the stock market
Apr 21, 2013 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complicated, if somewhat over-imaginative thriller about a New York stockbroker who, having moved west to start a new life, gets embroiled in a mystery involving a former boyfriend.
May 27, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: free/cheap download
Particularly good for something I got as a free/cheap download--I've since given up on those, but had downloaded this a while ago.
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