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Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal fron ...more
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Published August 10th 2012 by Marie Astor
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Janell
Feb 08, 2013 Janell marked it as gave-up-on
First, Ms Astor; if you read your reviews: Take it with a grain of salt; I love all authors (which includes you) because I love that they have the drive and vision to achieve something that I have never had the time or patience for (publishing a work of art). It's all art, even if I don't appreciate it, and you are an artist my dear. That's my disclaimer. Here's my review.

I read the reviews *after* I started the book. My bad. The most common thing I saw was the comment "An intelligent read."

I'
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Donna Porter
This was a good book by Marie. The story of Dennis and Janet is good. My only problem was that sometimes I thought the explanations on some background things was too drawn out and I found I started to lose interest. Other than that I enjoyed it and am starting book 2
Jo-Anne
Janet Maple worked for the DA's office after finishing law school. After her grandfather had been swindled out of his money Janet wanted to catch the bad guys so the DA's office was just the place she could do that. She loved her work there and everything was going well until her boss (who she was dating) took her research and presented it as his. Then he broke up with her. It gets worse for her when she is downsized and out of a job.

Her best friend from school, Lisa, who is also a lawyer, calle
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Nancy Ahyee
Won't be reading book 2

I tried to give this book a fair shake by reading the whole thing, and it was painful to get to the end. The main character was flighty at best. Oh, he's good looking (and he's good looking and he's good looking). Not that I'm interested in a relationship after being burned by Alex which I have to mention in my self-talk every chance I get. But wait he's with another woman and I can't help but feel a pang of jealousy even though I'm not looking for a relationship because I
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A.G. Lindsay
I wanted to like this book. The main characters are engaging and the mystery is interesting, but the writing is so uneven that I almost didn't finish it.

Janet Maple is a lawyer who was "downsized" from the DA's office after her then-boyfriend took credit for investigation she did. I know this because it is mentioned about five times in the first half of the book. In flashback.

She is hired by her best friend from High School, also a lawyer, to pretty much do nothing at a trading firm since they d
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Jane Desimone
To Catch a Bad Guy is an engaging and thrilling romantic suspense read. Janet Maple just started her new job at NY's premier boutique firm: her new paycheck is great, and the handsome company-retained attorney has the hots for her. Just as Janet is about to start enjoying her new life, she begins to notice alarming facts about her new employer's business practices. Hushed down by her boss, Janet turns to the cute IT engineer, Dean Snider for comfort. As the two share their misgivings about their ...more
Amy
The basic storyline of this book was ok: Janet is fired from the DA's office and lands a job as in-house counsel at a financial securities firm. The firm is conducting shady business practices and Janet teams up with an under cover Treasury investigator to bring the bad guys to justice.

Overall, the book was...not good. The story was anti-climatic, a little boring, and the author needs an editor. The dialog was cheesy and awkward. People don't talk to each other like that in real life. I found it
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R.P. Rochford
I did enjoy this book by Marie Astor. I found it easy-going and entertaining, something that made me feel relaxed after my previous read - a thriller.

The storyline was original and interesting that took us to the field of legal work. The characters were very 'pleasant', although I must admit it lacked any serious character development. However, I liked the two main characters, Janet and Dean, and even kind of understood the reasons behind the 'weaknesses' of the 'bad guy'. Unfortunately the sid
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Denise
this is the first book in the series
I found it was a fun read and I enjoyed Dennis
and Janet
Caro
This was an ok freebie. I didn't really care for it but it wasn't horrible or off-putting. The characters were ok but I didn't really feel them and there wasn't really any emotion to the book. They were kinda written, but they weren't there. There was a good plot but there didn't seem like much suspense and I couldn't really get in the book. There wasn't really much of a romance feel to this either. This is something that would be good for just something to read of to read just cuz it's there. I ...more
Samantha Janning
I received a copy of To Catch a Bad Guy in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:
Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a layoff and her boyfriend of almost five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York's premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company's handsome attorney
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Susan Ferguson
Quite liked this. Janet Maple went to law school and went to work for the DA's investigative branch because she wanted to bring down the bad guys, like the ones who took her grandfather's money and left him broke. She has been dating a guy she works with in the DA's office, who took her research and her promotion and broke up with her. The only thing she has left of the relationship is Baxter, a Jack Russell that her ex-boyfriend got to give them a "settled" relationship. Janet is left without a ...more
Kathleen
Twenty-nine year old Janet Maple has spent the last four years as an NYC Assistant District Attorney in the Investigation Division, when her position was "downsized" by her ex-boss Alex Kinglsey, who happens to also be her ex-boyfriend.

Janet's childhood best friend, Lisa Foley, offered her a position as an Assistant General Counsel at the prestigious Bostoff Securities investment/trading firm. Janet thinks her career is on an upswing, but as she learns more about the firm, she discovers question
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Rory O'Connor
Janet Maple is not having the best year of her life. Her boyfriend dumped her, took credit for her research and hard work, and then had her fired (or downsized). So she counts her lucky stars when her best friend from high school and fellow lawyer offers a well paying job in a respected investment firm. However, her former best friend hasn’t grown up and is the same snarky, backhanded compliment giving girl from high school and the firm she was hired at – well things just look too good to be tru ...more
Frenchie
I downloaded it out of boredom and honestly, because it was free, I did not expect much, but I just wanted a change. I liked the cover too. It actually turned out to be a very good book . It is funny, witty and, Janet, the main character, is the typical image of a girl in the angst of being single at nearly 30, who is on the rebound from a long standing relationship. She is a highly skilled investigator but because of more downs than ups in her life lately, she has lost of her self confidence. J ...more
Sharon
To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor is the first book in the Janet Maple Series. This story gives you a little bit of everything love, friendship and a white collar crime. Janet has lost her boyfriend and her job. Lucky for her long time friend has offered her job. Janet ready to restart her life. The story keeps you captive through out! I loved Janet's strong character and felt for her when she had tough decisions she had to make. Janet is overall enjoyable character.

Marie Astor decided keep the
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Ginny  Gallagher
****Read full review at Gin's Book Notes: http://tinyurl.com/muayw5s***

There is more to this book than a cute cover. It has a great story line, interesting characters, some romance, and a lot of suspense.

In To Catch a Bad Guy we meet Janet, Dennis, and the Bostoff’s. We are immersed into the world of white collar crime and get to experience it from all sides with shifting character points of views.

There is a great deal of suspense and personal conflict. You get pulled into the action and you fin
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Jean Oram
You'll love Janet Maple! She's the girl we all are but don't realize we are. The kind of girl we want to be. More beautiful than we realize. Strong. A sense of loyalty. Gentle. Kind. And sticks up for herself. Well, except with that old best friend who maybe isn't the best for us. ;)

A good, light, fun read that is part mystery, part romance. Man, is she going to get the guy or what?! I'm going to have to read book 2! And especially since the ex becomes her boss in book 2!

Janet, who was downsized
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Brenda Ortiz
Good read

I enjoy it. I think there would have been a little bit more at the end, like I would like to know the reaction of Lisa to the news, and a real ending to the main characters.
Marsha Graham
This is a very well written suspense novel with a lawyer as the female protagonist and an investigator from the Treasury department as the male protagonist. There are wicked people, people who are merely drawn into wickedness through greed, and those who are merely annoying twits who seem to flock around Janet Maple. All in all, this is a very enjoyable book. It has a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. This was a book I kept on my iPhone Kindle and although I read it over the period of a ...more
Dushyanta Acharya
To catch a bad guy is an amazing book. The description for the degree will vary according to the perspective of an individual but for me it was a thriller of a read. A journey of a woman who has joined the new firm and she faces the ups and downs of her new job is destined to find a new way of life through her new partner. The new method and the way of life that she finds actually puts a full stop on the ongoing progresses of the culprits. All in all it was a very nice book to read. In other wor ...more
Jennifer
I really wish I read some of these reviews before I started reading this book. After reading the synopsis I thought it would be a little bit more about solving a white collar crime, or a little bit more about something. I was already skeptical after a few pages, but decided to give it a chance. By the time I realized that the book was going nowhere, I had already invested too much time in reading the book to stop.

It was an easy read, in the sense that it required little focus. Nothing complex in
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Lyle Nicholson
I got this book free off the web. This is the first of the Janet Maple series. I was curious to read this book, as this author has a bestseller status on both the New York Times and US Today Newspapers. As a budding writer, I'm always interested to see what it take to be a bestseller.

I must say, I was disappointed. This book meanders between a Grisham/Lawyer detective novel and a romance novel. I found myself flipping through pages on my Kobo to see where the next plot point was.

There was endle
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Shirley Worley
Within a week of starting her new job in the legal department at a securities firm, Janet realizes the firm's recent business dealings may be on the shady side of the law and her job my be just a sham. Her boss, though a close friend since childhood, is about as ditzy as they come and any mention of impropriety is merely brushed aside. Lisa's only focus seems to be getting one of the heirs to the business to propose, which is pretty hard for Janet to watch, having been recently 'downsized' by he ...more
Joan
I was so looking forward to a fun romp here. A good story line, the addition of a feisty looking and intelligent dog and nefarious dealings in an investment firm. Unfortunately, the dog (who looks adorable) has very little to do in the story apart from make the occasional appearance. :(

The story is padded out with far too many info-dumps: reams of boring details about Jon's house and wife and children, about Dennis's childhood and university and career, about the firm and what they do. I found m
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Sarena
BLEHHHHH.
This was the first novel I have read for leisure in a long time... I decided to check it out, being free for Amazon Prime users.. It seemed fun at first. Janet's character got irritating quickly. I don't understand why such a smart, professional, and classy lady would have "endearing" awkward qualities.

Luckily I took a class on white collar crime so I could recall some the jargon used regarding that. But I feel like the book lost its charm very quickly. I wanted to stop reading a couple
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Jennifer
To Catch A Bad Guy was not a very good read. It wasn't horrible, but there was way too much background info on every characters and no pay off at the end. I didn't love it while I was reading it, but then once I finished I just though why did I even read this?? What was the point? Some spoilers ahead as I will talk about the ending.

Janet is the biggest doormat ever. She just lets people walk all over her. She is supposed to be this big attorney who used to work for the DA, but ugh. She got fired
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Judie
Janet Maple had just lost her boyfriend of five years and her job as an Assistant District Attorney’s office. Lisa, a childhood friend, got her a job as an Assistant General Counsel at her boyfriend Paul’s family investment firm. The change meant a large bump in her salary and less work. But she hadn’t been there very long before she began to have doubts about the company’s financial dealings.

She tried to talk to Lisa, who was her boss, but Lisa’s personal life took priority. She was trying to l
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Sheila Carsins
Easy and Fast to Read, but Complicated Storyline, and The Characters Needed Some Work to Make Them More Interesting.

I would've liked more information on stocks, bonds, and what constitutes an illegal stock market practice. I couldn't understand what the book was all about. The premise for the story was sound, and the characters were mostly "fleshed out," but could've been a little more vulnerable and believable. The friendship between Lisa and Janet fell short, and I wasn't convinced that they w
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Jennie C
I haven't checked if this is Marie Astor's first novel, but, wow! I'm so glad I picked this up. I was not sure I would enjoy this book and didn't really expect much. But I guess you can never tell when you will stumble upon a good read. I have a friend whose going nuts with this new book from a famous author, and trusting her taste, I bought it too in hardbound. It sucks! What a waste. I can't imagine books like this get ignored just because they're from upcoming/unpopular authors.
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Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Marie is a die-hard romantic, which is why she loves writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance. In her spare time, Marie enjoys being adventurous out-of-doors. She often gets new story ideas while she is hiking up a mountain or trying to avoid bumping into a tree while skiing.

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