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Every Last Secret: A Mystery (Skeet Bannion #1)

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Half-Cherokee Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion thought she was leaving her troubles behind when she fled the stress of being the highest-ranking woman in the Kansas City Police Department, a jealous cop ex-husband, and a disgraced alcoholic ex-cop father. Moving toa small townto be chief of a college’s campus police force, she builds a life outside of her work. She might even beg...more
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Published April 24th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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I hope this mystery is the first in a series, because I'd really like to read more about Marquitta "Skeet" Bannion.

Skeet left a promising police career in the city to take a quieter job as the police chief on a college campus. Then the student editor of the campus newspaper is found murdered in his office.

There are a whole lot of conventions in this mystery. The older cop mentor who Skeet still turns to for advice. The troubled and ill father who drinks too much. An attractive ex-husband. And.....more
When Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion left family and her job as a Kansas City Homicide Detective for being the Chief of Police Chouteau University, she thought she would be able to leave all the bad stuff behind and make a fresh start. It hasn’t worked out that way as pulls back to Kansas City keep making their presence felt. She was sure that, at least, she would be able to leave violent death and murder behind. The fact that the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, Andrew McAffe, is very much de...more
Skeet is a compelling, winsome heroine in this mystery that blends the academic and small-town worlds (but just outside big, bad Kansas City) with elements of a police procedural. Further, I am intrigued by Skeet's larger personal search to come to terms with her father, her meddling ex, her Cherokee heritage, and her delightful new circle of women friends. I especially enjoyed seeing the seasoned homicide detective Skeet wrestle with the sometimes inscrutable culture of academic life as she bec...more
4 1/2 * Excellent first mystery. The main character, Skeet Bannion, is the newly hired chief of police at a small university. When the student editor or the campus newspaper is murdered, she has to navigate university politics and investigate suspects that include students, faculty and highly ranked administration officials. Turns out the victim was a blackmailer and lots of people have secrets. In the midst of her investigation, the personal life Skeet ran from follows her. Rodriguez does a goo...more

I loved the premise of this story and found the the lead character engaging. I was occasionally confused by the number of suspects, who were not sufficiently developed for me to easily distinguish them, but I see much promise in this first novel. I look forward to seeing Skeet's character develop in the upcoming two novels, one of which is scheduled for release in May 2013, and the third is currently in progress. I had the privilege of meeting the author recently and hearing her read some of her...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Chief of Police for a small town campus outside of Kansas City, Marquitta (Skeet)Bannion, finds her understaffed, young force having to deal with a murder. Skeet had left a high powered job wanting to change her violent life, now she must guide her group through campus politics, sordid secrets held within the academian world, and help a young boy through the worst that life can throw at you.

This was a compelling read and shows us promise of an author that will continue to grow. Ms. Rodriguez def...more
I loved this debut by Rodriguez in what I hope will be a long series. Skeet Bannion leaves life on the Kansas City force to become Chief of Police for a small college. Small towns are different in many ways from life in the big city and for the most part, Skeet is happy about that. She is a complex character carrying lots of baggage which leaves room for future fascinating insights. Her new friends are equally as interesting. Once the complex mystery is untangled Skeet finds that her life may be...more
Rodriguez created a compelling character in Skeet Bannion. Definitely strong but vulnerable at the same time. Accurately captured the plotting & politics often just under the crust of a small college town The plot was complex enough to keep me guessing; I didn't cotton on to the culprit until the end. There's enough left hanging to create a good kernel for a second book.
This is a great debut mystery. The protagonist is multidimensional and likeable and there are lot of other interesting characters. It is the first in a series (I accidentally read the second volume first) and I'm looking forward to watching Skeet's career and personal life develop.
Mary Vermillion
Poet Linda Rodriguez writes a mean mystery! I loved cop Skeet Bannonion and her supporting cast: her ex hubby, boyfriend, and father (all cops with issues), her best friend (a former shrink for cops) and the 14-year-old boy Skeet reluctantly loves like a son.
Margaret Dee
Debut novel. Strong Character, Good Location, Interesting Questions still to be explored, Unexpected ending. Will read a follow up.
The cover of this book makes you think it's a cozy, but it's a serious crime novel that is set in a small town. I happen to love mysteries set in small towns, so I enjoyed this one a lot. Good characterizations, nice plotting, and the mystery was pretty good. If I had one complaint it would be that there were too many characters introduced at once in the beginning and I had a hard time sorting them out later. I wish I had taken some crib notes. But that is a minor flaw and I will definitely be l...more
Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
This was the first mystery I've read in many years as it's not my genre, however, what drew me to this novel was the female protagonist in law enforcement and how she dealt with her job and personal life.

Police work is not an unknown world to me, as I spent 28 years working with law enforcement so the protagonist, Detective Bannion, was particularly captivating because she dealt with many issues women face in law enforcement, particularly women of color. She does this without overreaching or whi...more
I love exploring the the stacks at the library. Wandering aimlessly is one way you can find interesting books and authors you've never heard of before. The last time I did that I glanced over at the new release shelves and my eye caught the bright cover of this new book by Linda Rodriguez. I didn't know anything about her and was pleased to learn she lived in Kansas City, which I am very familiar with. That means I can relate to her places in the city and I know how accurate her vivid descriptio...more
I was completely absorbed in the mystery of Every Last Secret. Skeet Bannion, police chief, is a woman who is up to the job in toughness, independent and able. She is a woman anyone might identify with while she moves in and out of her bicultural world. Brief glimpses into Cherokee worldview and her grandmother's wisdom make this story most compelling. The interweaving of the cultural worlds of Native and non-Native, police, college, and small town where the mystery plays out, is masterful. Lind...more
Diane Corradini
Loved this book - first one in a new series, a Cherokee woman who is head of security on a college campus. She's a great character who (of course) has some baggage from her past. Great cast of interesting characters and great mystery - finished it quickly and was glad to see #2 on the shelf today, so grabbed it up. Unfortunately #3 is not out yet, so I'll have to wait for it!
I'd really give this book 3.5 stars. There are books that I feel bad about when I give a rating of 3 stars, like they were sub-par or disappointing in some way because I only liked them. I didn't feel that way about this book, though. I genuinely liked it, and since there's a follow-up in the works, I'll definitely read it when it comes out. It was a solid mystery with a good cast of characters. My only complaint would be that the dialogue is a bit weak, but since this is a poet's first foray in...more
I liked several of the main characters, especially Skeet. The book drew me in and kept me coming back. It fell a bit flat for me though. There were SO many characters introduced and not enough background to keep most of them memorable. By the end (maybe last 60 pages) I was really over the book but felt like I needed to finish it. It started out so well and promising but it slowly started losing it's appeal. It was an ok book, but as far as the genre, there are others that I have read that kept...more
A solid first mystery from Rodriguez. An overwhelming number of characters (more than 40, I think) are introduced in the first thirty or so pages. One of the first mysteries that needs to be solved is how to keep track of all those names.

Food: I suggest some peppermints since your fingers will be busy writing out a list of characters.
I really enjoyed this book. Skeet is a winning lead for a mystery series. As a longtime (3.5 decades) mystery reader and a university brat, I thought the setting was true to both the banality and the machinations of the university landscape. I would have liked to see more development of secondary characters - for example, maybe 2 rather than 3 women friends of Skeet more fully developed - but overall EVERY LAST SECRET was a great read, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by Linda Rodri...more
Interesting characters and situations. An ex-big city cop, Skeet Bannion, wanted a simple new life as chief of campus police in a small university town. Skeet, by the way, is a woman, and her simple new life turns out to be, well, not so simple-- and trouble ensues. Very well written by an author who is also a poet. I enjoyed the environs around Kansas City, too, something different from the usual big city NYC, LA, or Chicago. Recommended!
Skeet has moved from the busy criminal life of Kansas City to a small college town, thinking that she would enjoy the quiet life as campus chief of police. But then a student is found dead in the newspaper room and Skeet finds that he was not a nice guy even if he was married to Skeet's neighbor. Skeet has to rely on her skills she learned on the KCPD homicide unit to find the killer.

First in a new series.
A tense but entertaining mystery starring a new Police Chief on a Kansas university campus. The main character has an interesting back story, but the story itself was frustrating to read at times: There were so many suspects with so many similar names that it was hard to keep them all straight. Still, the book was entertaining enough that I may want to read the next in the series. Maybe.
I was excited to read this, as I'd read about it on Jungle Red. However, it just didn't pull me in. The character seemed falt and had a really stupid name--Skeet--which she knows is dumb, but it still bothered me. I couldn't care about the mystery and when the detective started moaning about not having all the pieces in play 7 hours after the murder, that was it. I stopped reading.
Skeet Bannion leaves the Kansas City Police Department to take a job as head of security at Brewster college, outside KC. A murder of a grad student occurs, then 2 other murders. She left KC because of an ex-husband and a father accused of taking bribes. She ends up finding the killer and taking in the son of the grad student and his mother who are killed.
I gave this four stars mainly because it was much better than I'd expected, not just the usual amusing cozy, with a genteel murder thrown in. There were several surprising twists, some interesting back stories and it was darker than I thought it would be. All in all, a really good firs book in this series. I plan to start #2 right away.
A very good mystery--so many plausible suspects!--but the characters felt a little flat. The narrator had some interesting qualities, but several others felt a bit too cliché and under-developed, and I was surprised that those closest to the murder victims handled the loss so well. That being said, the story makes it worth the ride.
Warren Bull
May 22, 2012 Warren Bull rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
Linda Rodriguez, poet and award-winning author, shows her command of language and her understanding of the mystery genre when she introduces a new heroine, Skeet Bannion, in the first of what should become a series well worth following. It's always fun to find a newcomer to mystery with so much skill and promise.
Debra Goldstein
There is a reason Every Last Secret won the Malice domestic best first book by an author award sponsored by st. Martina's Press - a compelling story and an even more compelling protagonist. Skeet will be a character you want to visit with again. Happily at least two more are coming out in the near future.
Ms. Rodriguez developed a complicated, well-defined, warts-and-all character for her debut novel in Skeet Bannion, chief of campus police at a Midwestern college. Dead bodies, college politics, and personal relationships make this a tantalizing read. Looking forward to book two. Highly recommended.
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Linda Rodriguez’s novel, Every Last Secret featuring Skeet Bannion, won the 2011 St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic First Novel Competition and will be published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books on 4/24/2012. Rodriguez has published two books of poetry, Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, and Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publicati...more
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