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A Candidate for Murder

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  334 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A suspense novel set in the world of politics.With her father running for governor of Texas, Caryis determined to find out why she appears to be indanger.

"Nixon is back doing the kind of bookshe does best... an inviting read." -- Booklist
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1991)
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I recently came across this one, and had that "AHA!! I read this way back when." Though I can't exactly remember much about it (I think I read it in seventh grade or so), I will leave the rating as I remember my seventh grade self enjoying it.
Rachel Roberts
May 30, 2014 Rachel Roberts rated it it was ok
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Michael Goode4
Jan 10, 2013 Michael Goode4 rated it it was amazing
Joan Lowery Nixon did an excellent job on describing the character's emotions and feelings. Cary, the main character, is the daughter of a man who is running for governor. Throughout the campaign, Cary is getting stalked by a man who is part of the opposing party. Cary runs into this man at the big dinner for both the parties before the big election. That's when the man makes a break to kill Cary. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy politics or murder/crime books. This book is for ch ...more
Cassidy Burke
Mar 31, 2015 Cassidy Burke rated it really liked it
This book: A Candidate for Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon, was a mystery/Suspense novel. In the book we start off by meeting Cary Amberson. Her father is now running for governor which she doesn't think will affect her very much. She has got a great boyfriend, awesome friends, a butler, and everything else you could want. Then on the night of a party she overhears something which she doesn't really understand, and thinks nothing of. Now that will probably change her life forever. Now she is being s ...more
Darcy Stewart
May 18, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing
The author starts out really good by having a mysterious conversation with two men while Cary is watching. I like the whole set up of the book. Cary's dad is running for governor in Texas. And Cary is being threatened. The author gets straight to the point. The plot doesn't drag on forever. The book finishes very strong.

I really like Cary as a person. She's trying to do good. Even though she's a rich kid, she acts very nicely. It's almost as if she's a normal person who fits perfectly with the m
Sep 28, 2010 Joey rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was very interesting. I couldnt take my eyes off it. The author explained all the charachters very clearly to understand them. The author used words to describe the charachters
personality. I think that the story could of had some more saying at the end. Overall I thought it was a good story . I think that Joan Lowery Nixon is a very good author.

One part in the movie was a really a significant part when someone had broke into the familys house and justin was being really
Kids like this book more than adults. I think maybe "safe" thrillers for middle schoolers don't work so well for more sophisticated readers, so this book doesn't thrill me. Cary Amberson’s father is running for Governor of Texas, and for the first time, Cary is exposed to the lies and insults of a dirty political campaign. Just at a time when she needs him most, her boyfriend suddenly seems unsupportive. And suddenly she is aware that she is somehow involved in something more sinister than just ...more
Michelle Hanson
Aug 10, 2014 Michelle Hanson rated it liked it
Just wanted a quickie book to read.. lol.. and it was one.. discovered it was Young Adult.. good for teens and preteens..
Samantha Peoples
Feb 18, 2008 Samantha Peoples rated it really liked it
In this book Cary Amberson's father is running for governor of Texas. Cary has to exept some changes in her life. She starts working at her dad's campaign office, but when she over hears a conversation will it get her into to much trouble? Cary knows to expect some prank phone calls, but these calls are much different! The Amberson's know something is going on and Cary is sure someone is following her. This book has so many twists and surprises, and that is why I loved this book! Mystery books a ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Inday-Elie rated it it was ok
Read this like way back 6th grade. By then I was already hooked on watching horror movies, Spy thrillers and murder mysteries.

Looking back at this moment, I could have rated this a 3.5 star or maybe a 4. But, seeing as it was a bit cliche and very predictable, I think I will settle for a 3.
Brianna M.
Jan 08, 2010 Brianna M. rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 stars because it alomst was like real life only it wasn't, her dad ran for mayor.I loved the part when she didn't want her picture taken and later on the guy taking her pictures loses his roll of film.
May 03, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book is about a daughter of a candidate that is running for mayor that accidentally overheard a murder and has to be under protection. I recommend this book to those that believe in justice.
Mar 04, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
This book is a thriller! Just a normal girl, not completely normal, is being chased. Her father is running for the governor of Texas. Well, you'll just have to find out the rest...
this is a very fasinating book and can someday help you solve a mystery.
it teaches you to not trust everyone because not everyone is good.
I read this book last year for a project. . .It really gave me goosebumps. . .i couldn't even put the book down.
Jun 24, 2012 Julia added it
This book was good I really liked how the title said a lot about the book.
Sep 04, 2011 stacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Joan is a great author, I have never been disappointed by her books.
Brisa Soberanis
Jan 22, 2010 Brisa Soberanis rated it liked it
I kind of like this book. Something was missing.
Feb 12, 2010 Nikki added it
well written!!
Aug 22, 2010 RHardy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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Shelves: j-mystery
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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