Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery, #3)
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Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery #3)

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"Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree."--Violet Parker

Real estate agent, Violet "Spooky" Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it--or maybe a foot. Can Violet discover what's in the crates the crooks...more
Kindle Edition, 405 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Corvallis Press (first published March 5th 2012)
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Douglas Meeks
Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery Series #3) I try not to give away too many 5 Star reviews because I don't want them to become commonplace BUT this series has been so overwhelmingly entertaining I cannot do anything else. Violet is settling in and getting more laugh out load funny, the romance is picking up a lot AND the paranormal aspects of these books takes a huge leap forward. You need these books to read between whatever your usual reading choices are because they are like a treat fo...more

Wow. Deadwood fans, you're going to be amazed!

The Deadwood Mystery series is one of my favorite series. When it comes to mysteries, it is my favorite. Every time I pick up an instalment in this series, I know I'm in for a treat. You get pulled in pretty quickly and Ann takes you for a ride where you'll be guessing the outcome until the very end. I love it.

The characters are some of my favorite cast of characters. Old man Harvey is completely original. He may be sour and a womaniser, but he's got...more
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Notice the cover..C.S. Kunkle illustrated. Again, for those who have been living under a rock, the cover is everything. I actually bought Ann's first book in the series because of the fantastic cover. I loved it! I can't begin to tell you how many books I have turned down due to the hideous covers..spend the money if ,unlike Ann, you don't have a professional artist in your family. Who probably charged her- but let's hope she got...more
Holy smokes! I haven't been this enamored of a series since... umm, well, it hasn't been all that long BUT STILL! I am so enjoying the shenanigans these characters get into. I mean... Harvey and his love gel (fruit flavored because that's what his lady friends like), best friend Natalie and her determination to see Violet paired up with the Detective despite Violet's insistence that she wasn't into him and he wasn't into her (something I'm not too sure of), Doc's ghostly visitations (not to ment...more
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My favorite things about Ann Charles' books are the wit and humor. The main character always gets herself into ridiculous situations and her life is a comedy of errors.

The character development is fantastic. The plot was good. I would actually rate this book 3.75 stars. I liked it but not quite as much as I did the first one.
This book was even better than the first two. If you enjoy a story with romance,ghosts,mystery, and humor, I urge you to read this absolutely terrific book. I laughed out loud several times. How could I not,when there are characters like Safari Scooter or Big Lip Lolly?! The ending had me clamoring for more...
I can't believe the next book doesn't come out until 2013! I am really starting to fall in love with this series, so I am sad to see that I can't keep reading. :(

Like the others, I enjoyed this book and appreciated that the series sticks with Violet's antics. Some things started to really bug me here, more than the other books:

1) Violet and Doc's relationship could be frustrating, mostly because for every spat they had and Doc would walk away angry, I had a huge anxiety attack that he wouldn't c...more
Cornelius, a rather eccentric man from Las Vegas, comes into Calamity Jane's Reality and asks to see Violet Parker. He is looking to buy property in Deadwood - and by property I mean that he wants to buy a local hotel.

Needless to say this is a huge coup, so huge that Violet's colleague Ray immediately asks their boss Jane if he can take over. Since Violet can't stand Ray, she digs in her heels and reminds everyone that Cornelius specifically requested her for the job. Baring that in mind, Jane h...more
This is the third book in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles. We dive in once again, only 2 or 3 days after the ending of the last book. After the ending of the second book, once would think that Violet would actually believe in ghosts, but she is stubbornly holding on to the "hmmm, maybe" mindset. In the beginning of this book, Violet has definitely earned the nickname "Spooky" Parker and has a gentleman show up at the Realty office asking for her specifically since he heard about her reputatio...more
John Podlaski
Violet Parker is sought out by a new potential buyer, Cornelius, who is interested in purchasing the "haunted" Deadwood Hotel. The new client alleges that he is able to speak with ghosts and will pay cash if she can prove the hotel is haunted. Cornelius rents a suite for a week and asks Violet to join his group in a seance. Doc joins her - sniffing out ghosts of his own - but the seance alerts Doc and readers to a gift that Violet didn't even know she had.

There seems to be three different storie...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
3.5 stars. My least favorite so far - but I still really liked it. I think what put me off that half star was the funeral home center of the plot. Funeral Homes just aren't even a little bit interesting to me.

Still, a very good story, and the character development in this book was much stronger than the first two books: Doc and Violet actually have conversations in this book (although, thank goodness, not too many) and the shit hits the fan in a relationship or two. Cooper intrigues the hell out...more
Wendy Cantu
Dead Case in Deadwood was kind of like the first two novels in the series, except sluttier and more paranormal.

In this book, Violet takes on a strange Abraham Lincoln-looking client looking to purchase one of Deadwood’s old haunted hotels (at this point, I’m pretty sure every place in Deadwood is haunted), her coworker and king d-bag, Ray, is acting overly suspicious and amps up his efforts to get Violet fired.

Meanwhile, the police discover a human torso next to a cell phone containing texts to...more
LOVE*LOVE*LOVE this series!! It's just crazy-good! And book 3 may be my favorite. But Books 1 & 2 are great too!! Just really fun & the writing is Superb!!
This series is about Violet and a crazy cast of characters in the crazy little town of Deadwood. Yep- there's a lot of crazy going on! Such GREAT characters that feel so real, with twists, turns, mystery, romance, suspense, a little paranormal added to the mix....And lots of humor sprinkled generously throughout - hilarious laugh-out-l...more

Ann Charles has the "touch" when it comes to delivering the perfect blend of snarky realistic humor and fun. I fell in love with Violet and her twin 10 year-olds Layne and Addie with the first book in the series(well Addy and Layne if Addie has anything to say since she is 10 minutes older than Layne). I had picked it up on a lark when it was first released and ended up reading it instead of working on my classwork. It was well worth getting up at early to finish my work just to sit there and la

OMG!!! Just when I thought the series couldn't get any better Ann Charles brings it in this next book! I love this series!! Well Violet Parker is at it again and this time looks like she has gotten herself into something much bigger than she realized!

The book is another page turner I kept bouncing back and forth of who could be responsible. Just when I thought I had it, another twist is added...Ann Charles has got a way of keeping you guessing till the last minute! And wow, was I not expecting t...more
Dawn Edwards
Ms. Charles has written a good mystery surrounded by the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota. Throughout the book, she keeps the reader aware of the special environment in which it's set, including her characters whose behaviors mirror some of the real people who settled this spectacular area of the state.

This third book in the series is well written. It contains many mysteries that play out well in the end. The conglomeration of characters makes one wonder if some of them are real, for instan...more
I am not a huge fan of cozy mysteries, but I love this series by Ann Charles. This is the third in the series and it is getting better and more interesting as we go along. Violet is a struggling real estate agent and has the hots for Doc who sees ghosts. She is not sure she believes in ghosts but strange things have definitely been happening. In this story, she is contacted by someone who wants to buy a haunted hotel in the town and in her attempts to sell the property all sorts of strange thing...more
This series is becoming seriously addictive! To think I didn't like the first instalment and almost never got to reading the second one!

In Dead Case in Deadwood the story is fun and there are several sub-plots which make the book an entertaining read. The dialogues (especially those with Harvey involved) are seriously funny and Ann Charles doesn't go over the top with the paranormal part of the story which is nice.

I have to say that what I particularly enjoyed in this instalment is the developm...more
Another solid book in the Deadwood series.

First, my complaints. I am getting a little tired of the secrecy surrounding Doc and Violet's romance. Although there is some resolution to this by the end of the story, there was far too much of them trying to decide how they felt about each other, and if they should be "boyfriend" and "girlfriend". I am also getting tired of Violet doubting the existence of ghosts. Three books into the series, and she has encountered ghosts each time. Doc can sense gh...more
Douglas Cook
I love these humorous mysteries. Similar to Janet Evanovich and Joan Hess. This one ends in a cliffhanger so I MUST read the next one soon.....

First paragraphs
Chapter One
Deadwood, South Dakota
Friday, August 17th
Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree. Detective “Coop” Cooper scowled at me from the other side of the body. A Daniel Craig look-alike right down to his granite cheekbones, Cooper had called a...more
I enjoyed this continued adventure of Violet Parker. As with Charles' previous installments of this series, I see the strongest element of the story as Violet Parker's character and the unique voice she brings to what would be an otherwise serious story. The snarky humor at the situations she finds herself in lends some much needed comic relief.

I got a little worn down with the love triangle and wish that drama would come to a conclusion already, but that's more of a personal preference. It's ot...more
Absolutely loved the book! I didn't have the others in the series, so I've read it out-of-order, but it didn't ruin the story for me. In fact it inspired me to hurry up and get the other books!
It's a good thing my husband got me the paperwhite Kindle for Christmas as I'd have been keeping him awake.....I found myself reading much later than I normally do(reading is a nightly thing for me before going to sleep)trying to get to the end of the chapter...and then wanting to find out what happened...more
Vivi Vocat
This third book in the series contains many mysteries that are all over the place (so to speak). One small mystery runs into another, never any answers. Overall, the book seemed to be somewhat repetitive, even the humor got old.

In three books only one big mystery got solved in a simply awful way. The ending in this book is out of left field. There was no real explanation for what had happened and no real resolution. It was akin to an abrupt "May I have your attention please: the murderer is ......more
Susan  Baratta
This series sneaked up on me. It took me a while to get into the first book but the last third picked up suddenly. The second book was really good and then this book...I absolutely loved it. It took me a day to be able to pick up another book because the characters are so vibrant I couldn't shake them from my mind.
The heroine is not your typical girl. She groans about her flaws but as the story progresses, we learn from other people that her self image is skewed. Violet is one of those people wh...more
Four stars for this paranormal mystery because it made me laugh out loud a few times. It also contains one of the most blatant cliffhangers I've ever encountered. I'm glad I'm a latecomer to this series because I don't have to wait for book four to come out; I can dive right into it.

PS - Cooper is starting to give Doc a run for his money in the hotness dept.... wink, wink.
Dotti Elrick
Once again Violet finds herself with another weird client looking into real estate in Deadwood. This one has come looking For Violet by name and her "ghostly " reputation. But he's ready to pay cash, and she needs a sale. After her escapades in the last book, her self appointed "partner" Old Man Harvey and her best friend Natalie switch off being Violet's personal bodyguards. This puts a serious damper on her love life. She's not sure how long she can keep her relationship with Doc a secret from...more
So many things I love about this book series:

1. The colorful characters
2. Violet's entertaining thoughts and antics
3. the Supernatural touches
4. Doc

I so enjoy Ann Charles' writing, but it seems she is following the template of so many other series writers of dragging out story lines for a bit too long. I am not a fan of drawing relationships out and creating drama that shouldn't be there. I'm ready to see Doc and Violet's relationship grow. Hopefully we get that soon!

Aside from that, I thorou...more
Jean Df
Fun reads. Lighthearted mysteries romance with humor, not-so-scary ghosts and funny characters you will grow to love.
Jim Steelman
Loved the book, my first time reading this author, I got it on a free day from Amazon and have now purchased the rest of the series
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Ann Charles—Author
Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner and a 2011 RWA Golden Heart Award Winner.
You'll laugh. You'll cringe. You'll want more.
More about Ann Charles...
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