Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery #3)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
There seems to be three different storie...more
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
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
PS - Cooper is starting to give Doc a run for his money in the hotness dept.... wink, wink.
1. The colorful characters
2. Violet's entertaining thoughts and antics
3. the Supernatural touches
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
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.