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The Girl Next Door: A Mystery (Carter Ross Mystery #3)

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Reading his own newspaper's obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and an ...more
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Published March 13th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Tim "The Enchanter"
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A Blue Collar vs. White Collar Mystery - 3.5 Stars

The fact is that I am writing this as I am finishing up the 5th book in the series. Given what was written after this, I can say that I feel that this is the weakest book in the series to date. That said, it is hardly damning as Brad Park continues to impress in this installment. As I live in a staunch union run city and county, some of the worker vs. "The Man" themes rang true and the solid writing and storyte
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Annie Michelle
I finished "The Girl Next Door" by Brad Parks and I just love, love, the book and the series!

I just knew twelve pages into "The Girl Next Door" that it was my kind of mystery, it was the humor that got me. I immediately stopped reading it, got online & ordered the first two in the series "Faces of the Gone" and "Eyes of the Innocent" because there was no way I was going to start reading this great new series starting with the third book as I must read them all in order!

The wait for the f
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Susan Johnson
The last time I had this much fun reading a book was an early Stephanie Plum.
Carter Ross, a 32 year old veteran reporter from Newark, has a great sense of humor and great looks. He decides to look into a hit and run death of a fellow "Eagle-Examiner" employee, a paper delivery person. This story leads him into the realization that it was no accident- it was murder. As he investigates, he gets arrested as a "Peeping Tomcat", runs from a bear on the urban Newark streets, has a very hot shower sce
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Ami
3.5 stars
I have to agree with this reviewer.

For a mystery book, this one is a bit disappointing. Brad Parks doesn't offer many twists in Carter's attempt to uncover the murder of Nancy Marino. And, while I already think that Carter is NOT the most convincing investigative reporter EVER, this book takes his "naivity" into another level. He relies too much on one source. He doesn't even try to check out the source's credibility. I think he is being too naive and lets his biases played into his in
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Jessica at Book Sake
The Girl Next Door was fairly disappointing. Carter Ross, an investigative reporter for the Eagle-Examiner, discovers that the “hit-and-run” death of Nancy Marino may not have been an accident at all. The plot sounds totally played out to begin with, but hey, I also love every episode of Law & Order, so what the hell, right? Unfortunately, this book didn’t throw me a single curve ball. The mystery of Nancy’s murder was so transparent that I’d figured it out about 50 pages into the novel. Whe ...more
Jenee Rager
This book had a great opening line. From there on it was all downhill. I loved the premise and was very excited to read it, but after a few pages I struggled to force myself through it. I have never read a "mystery" book that was so predictable. The characters were all stereotypical and uninteresting, and I think even the most unskilled reader could predict who the killer was almost immediately. I kept hoping maybe I was wrong and that there would be a plot twist to save the book, but unfortunat ...more
Cori
This was a fun mystery. I like the way Parks divides his books, moving from first person narration by Carter Ross, to a small section by the antagonist (who is not revealed until the end) and back again. This is the third book of Parks that features Carter Ross, but the first I've read. I am not reading "Faces of the Gone," which is the first Carter Ross book.

Carter Ross is a reporter for a Newark newspaper, and the newspaper speak and newsroom descriptions and talk of what's happening in the n
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Kevintipple
Despite the steadily worsening situation for newspapers across the country as well as at his own, Reporter Carter Ross still has a job at a Newark Eagle–Examiner. While the newspaper maybe having serious fiscal issues, the obituary pages are still one thing the bosses have not surrendered in the face of declining circulation and revenues. It was while he was reading the obits that Reporter Carter Ross come across the notice about the death of 42 year old Nancy B. Marino.

Single and hardworking, N
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Cheryl
Carter Ross reads a story about a woman involved in a hit and run. He decides to attend her funeral. Carter gets more than he bargained for when the victim’s sister tells Carter that she believes the accident was no accident. Carter agrees to investigate the case. Carter better watch his back or he could find himself in a hit and run accident of his own.

The Girl Next Door is book three of the Carter Ross novels. I like Carter. When you first think of a reporter, you instantly group them with at
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Nancy
My take: This is the kind of mystery that I like. The protagonist is a smart-mouthed, thirty-something year old reporter who accidentally discovers his investigative skills are going to be honed. He's funny, witty, and provides an enjoyable "voice." He doesn't talk crass and the book itself is relatively clean, although I'd not be handing it to my children. The guy is still a guy who makes a few references and is a willing participant if the opportunity arises (no pun intended) and he nearly has ...more
Nancy
UPS brought me this goodreads win yesterday afternoon. If the truck had arrived in the morning, I'd have finished the book before bedtime. It is an entertaining fast read with some really good one-liners. The backdrop is a financially shaky newspaper trying to get union concessions. A shop steward is killed by a hit and run driver. Was it an accident or murder? Reporter Carter Ross wants to know. Most of the characters are stereotypes but they are funny and every one moves the story along. The G ...more
Angela Risner
An unassuming paper carrier/waitress is killed in a hit and run accident. From the way she lived her life, it seems impossible that she could have any enemies. Yet as Carter Ross, reporter. digs into the story, he finds out that it was no accident.

First of all, I want to say that there is talent here. There were lots of great lines and the story was cohesive (for the most part.)

However, by page 30, I knew who the killer was. And the book goes on for 200+ pages after that. I doubt that I'm the on
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Hannah
Brad Parks has done it again with The Girl Next Door! In his third in the Carter Ross series, Brad combines mystery, humor and suspense into a wonderful read. Carter Ross is still as cute as ever, and it is so much fun to read about his escapades. This time, he gets himself into more trouble than ever, and I found myself hooked to discover how he would solve the mystery and get his life back on track. The greatest thing about Carter is even though he is the hero of the novel, he makes mistakes a ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Book Title: "The Girl Next Door”
Author: Brad Parks
Published By: Minotaur
Age Recommended: 187+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 4.5

Review: You don’t usually find many mysteries/thrillers that have a hint of humor while maintaining their sense of macabre danger. Brad Parks has successfully married the two in this novel. This book is a rare gem and not one to be missed. If you love mysteries with a little dark humor tossed in for good measure you’ll truly enjoy, “The Girl Next Door.”
Angie
Thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series.
Great opening line: To anyone who says newspapers only print bad news, I say: read the obituaries.
Wonderful comments on society in New Jersey: To the north and west are well-to-do towns like Montclair and Glen Ridge, where people are mostly concerned about sending their children on to their first choice four-year college. To the south and east are rough-edged cities like Newark and East Orange, where people are mostly concerned about their children ge
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Michael
Brad Parks has found his stride in his third Carter Ross mystery. While reading the obits, Carter Ross, investigative reporter for Newark, New Jersey's Eagle-Examiner, comes across the untimely death of one Nancy Marino, a "girl next door" type who delivered papers for the Eagle-Examiner,and who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident. Considering Marino a colleague, Carter sets out to write a feature on her, highlighting her life. But after interviewing her friends and family, Carter be ...more
Paige
"The Girl Next Door" was a good "who done it". Brad has a great way of creating characters who are believable and entertaining! I have read two of his books now and going to read the third tomorrow. Keep writing Brad, enjoyed meeting you at the Bon Air Library.
Jim
Another good one. I'd say more of the same, but each differs quite a bit. Parks does a great job telling the reporter's side of the story. Twisty, good mystery, too.
Brandon Stec
So, I've read three Carter Ross novels now and each one has given me different reactions. This third one was not bad by any means and I love getting to know Carter Ross better each time and his sarcastic approach to life is wonderful, but the predictability of this novel really bothered me. I raced to finish because I already knew who the killer was. I'm not going to give anything away in my review, but I think Parks gave away too much too early and I actually think he missed out on some great s ...more
Valerie Andrews
Carter Ross is dealing with the demands of his job as an investigative reporter on a daily newspaper that is faced with the challenges of all newspapers (impending doom). But he's got a hardy attitude, good contacts and a desire to find the truth. When one of the paper's carriers dies from a hit-and-run, Carter wants to find out why. And it's a much bigger story than he imagined.

I liked this guy, and the author has a great command of vocabulary and insights into the modern-day newspaper busines
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Dale
Entertaining Mystery

Published by Minotaur Books on March 12, 2012.

Carter Ross is a good reporter on the staff of a struggling newspaper in Newark, New Jersey. When a delivery person for his paper is killed in a hit and run accident, Ross decides to do a little human interest piece for the paper. But, as he starts to interview her friends and family for the background material some things just do not add up. Throw in the insistent claims from her sister that she was murdered and the strange behav
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Annie Michelle
I finished "The Girl Next Door" by Brad Parks and I just love, love, the book and the series!

I just knew twelve pages into "The Girl Next Door" that it was my kind of mystery, it was the humor that got me. I immediately stopped
reading it, got online & ordered the first two in the series "Faces of the Gone" and "Eyes of the Innocent" because there was no way
I was going to start reading this great new series starting with the third book as I must read them all in order!

The wait for the firs
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Wendy Potocki
Who Knew Murder Could Be Fun?

Since I love murder mysteries, I was excited to learn that I’d won a copy of The Girl Next Door: A Mystery by Brad Parks in a Goodreads book giveaway. I was even more excited to discover that Mr. Parks didn’t disappoint.

The novel mixes a hard-boiled reporter, a shadowy murder investigation, and an odd assortment of characters that you’d do well to avoid at a cocktail party, in a fast-paced, entertaining adventure. There’s Carter Ross, the intrepid reporter for the E
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Kathleen Minde
Carter Nash, investigative reporter, is not looking for a mystery. He wants to write a human interest story about a woman who delivered the Eagle-Examiner before she died in a hit-and-run. Just a nice little memorial piece to celebrate the life of someone who delivered the paper he writes for, works as a waitress and supports her elderly mother. But, when he begins to ask friends, family and co-workers about this paper-girl/waitress, the reactions are varied. Some are hostile, others provide clu ...more
Susan
This was a fun, fast-paced mystery I chose from Amazon Vine for sentimental reasons - I majored in journalism and worked as a small-town newspaper reporter for a few years about a hundred years ago (when there still were small-town newspapers!) Brad Parks' third installment in his series starring Carter Ross, investigative reporter at a struggling Newark newspaper, is funny and warrants the comparisons to Evanovich's early Stephanie Plum mysteries. Both lead characters are funny, determined, lik ...more
Julie
I received this book as an Advanced Read Copy from a Goodreads giveaway.

Murder aside, the characterization of reporter Carter Ross makes this story. Parks probably could write Carter reading the phone book and still elicit guffaws, chuckles and outright laughs from readers. Carter's sense of humor is refreshing and enjoyable and the fact that most of the story is first-person from Carter's point of view really highlights this. This is the first time I've read anything by this author, so I'm deli
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Scott
another great book by Parks


I read Brad's newest book, The Girl Next Door, over the weekend and it's as good as his first two novels. I admit I'm biased because as a former journalist I'm rooting for the protagonist. I particularly loved the opening words:
"To anyone who says newspapers only print bad news, I say: Read the obituaries.
For the most part, obits are the uplifting stories of people who led long and full lives, enriched communities with their accomplishments, died at peace with the worl
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Kai
The Girl Next Door is a sarcastic book with mystery. The story starts out with the killer's perspective view of killing Nancy B. Marino before it goes to Investigative reporter Carter Ross. After learning of Nancy B. Marino, Carter decided to write a dedication to Nancy, who worked in the same newspaper as he did. He wasn't expecting anything especially not a story. But during a viewing he was approached by Jeanne, Nancy's sister and told him her suspicion that Nancy was murdered and that the ac ...more
Teena in Toronto
Carter Ross is a reporter who has reached the point in his career where he can write about whatever he wants. Nancy Marino's obit catches his attention because she died so young (in her 40s). He decides to write a tribute article to her. As he does research, he suspects she has been murdered. He has a couple of suspects so follows the trails to prove the truth, which puts him in danger.

It was a good mystery which all comes together nicely at the end. I liked the writing style ... it was quick, f
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Cathy Cole
First Line: For three mornings, he merely observed.

Investigative reporter Carter Ross is my kind of guy. He knows that good news can be found in the obituaries, and that one sign of a well-led life is that a person has great stories to tell when it's over. Believe me, he's never going to be at a loss for great stories to tell in his golden years if The Girl Next Door is any indication!

In reading the obituaries in the Eagle-Examiner, Ross comes across that of Nancy Marino, a hard-working woman in
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BRAD PARKS is the first author to have won the Shamus Award and Nero Award for the same novel. That book, FACES OF THE GONE, introduced Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter, who has gone on to star in two more books, EYES OF THE INNOCENT and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Brad lives with his wife and two small children in Virginia, where he is working on ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Carter Ross Mystery (6 books)
  • Faces of the Gone (Carter Ross Mystery #1)
  • Eyes of the Innocent (Carter Ross Mystery #2)
  • The Good Cop: A Mystery (Carter Ross, #4)
  • The Player (Carter Ross, #5)
  • The Fraud: A Mystery (Carter Ross, #6)
Faces of the Gone (Carter Ross Mystery #1) The Good Cop: A Mystery (Carter Ross, #4) Eyes of the Innocent (Carter Ross Mystery #2) The Player (Carter Ross, #5) The Nightgown (Carter Ross, 0.5)

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