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Sacred Cows (Annie Seymour Mystery #1)

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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  313 ratings  ·  50 reviews
"After a late night on the town, New Haven police reporter Annie Seymour is yanked from her bed by an early morning phone call from her editor. Soon she's shivering on a wet, dark city street, staring down at the once beautiful, now broken body of a Yale University coed." "Paid to observe and get just the facts before writing up her stories for the New Haven Herald, Annie ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Mysterious Press (first published September 1st 2005)
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Lisa
While trying to manage her personal life, news reporter Annie Seymour tries to solve the murders of two female Yale students who moonlight as professional escorts. This is the first book in this series, and my first book by this author. Initially, I had a hard time getting into it, but I think that was due to distractions on my part. Once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. I like that the author gives you enough clues to figure some stuff out on your own. Other than a bit too much ...more
Celia Powell
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Kae Cheatham
I borrowed the book from my PL

This book was the winner of the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award for first best Mystery. I'm not sure how the title really fits the story, but it was interesting and well done: protagonist Annie Seymour, a cop-beat journalist, gets sent to a crime scene of a murdered Yale co-ed, and her investigation leads her into a complicated intrigue; even her cop-boyfriend can't protect her from the dangers. Annie harangues constantly with everyone while overcoming the odds. That
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Gerry
I enjoyed this new author.
I have a friend who went to Yale, so I thought of her as I read this mystery. Though I don't think she would have been involved in the work of these particular Yale students!
I enjoyed the cranky personality of the journalist and will read more in the series if it continues (I haven't checked yet)
Ronn
I cant remember why I picked up this book in the first place, but I'm glad I did. It is rare that I can read a first mystery and find that the conclusions I reached by page 75 turn out to be completely erroneous.
Krystal
I checked out 4 books in the library....I know shock, I actually went for a free book instead of massively hemmoraging money in the book store. I went armed with my list from goodreads, all the books I wanna read, and they either don't have the titles, or authors, or they were already checked out. I grabbed on the go, from genres, and this is the only book worth mentioning.
It was actually pretty good, with the main character being some bitchy type journalist after a big story. I didn't get the
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Joanne
Thought this was a good book, not a great book. While it started off good – a murdered Yalie, an escort service, lawyers, cops, city corruption and investment scandal it ended quickly and flat. So many books tie in the murders and romance between the characters to make it light reading. What I did enjoy if you are local to New Haven, CT are references to real businesses, streets, locations and of course NH’s specialty – pizza! The Wooster Street area is well known for its Italian banquet.

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Deane
Not a bad story but for awhile, I was getting mixed up with Janet Evanovich's characters....the female sleuths in each story have an on-going affair with a policeman or detective while also having some kind of affair with a sexy, hard-to-resist scoundrel of a private investigator who miraculously is always there to rescue her. Even the name 'Vinnie' was disconcerting...it appears in both series; one as a private eye; the other is Stephanie Plum's rather sleazy boss.

It was fun reading about the
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Marla
I really liked the main character Annie. She is a no-nonesense reporter who gets caught up in a story, to the point where she could potentially become the next victim. She said what she thought and if she wanted to tell someone to go "f" off...she did. There is the potential for a love triangle in the sequeal with a private investigator and his fiance.

My only problem with the book is that Annie dresses crappy and never does her laundry. Why do so many of these female mystery characters (Stephan
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Joelle Anthony
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Mike
A fun read with a new character. This time it is a female news reporter, Annie Seymore, who can hold her own in a sailor's bar, who can go toe-to-toe with the roughest characters, gets caught up in investigating a murder, but still has a gentle enough side to think about romance. Karen E. Olson first novel is a funny, entertaining and engaging murder mystery that should prove to be the start of a good series for her. Well worth the time to read it.
Chris Rhatigan
This is a really fun read about a reporter who gets tied up in a murder investigation. The main character, Annie Seymour, is very real, likeable and funny. Many of the side characters are quirky and entertaining. As a former resident of New Haven, I can vouch for the accuracy with which Karen captures the mood of this unusual city. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
Tracy
Stereotypes of yore are rampant in this novel. The gumshoe who's a tough talking, hard livin' broad with no desire to connect with others is something torn from a black and white 1940s American film. It's a pity that the tale is set in present day New Haven. The first time author of the book is the travel editor at the New Haven Register. Hopefully she's a star at her day job.
Glenda L
This was an older book on my shelf ... I normally don't like mysteries, but this one was a fun quick read. A Yale coed is murdered, and the trail leads to crime reporter Annie Seymour. The author is an award winning author and actually does quite a nice job. It is a beautifully plotted story. I think I will read the next book that this author wrote.
Huihan
This book should be categorized as a thriller instead of a mystery. Exciting, but lacks the meat to be a decent detective novel. You would think that it'd do better with the main characters being a cop reporter, a cop, and a private detective... (Another minor minus - it's punctuated with racy bits that doesn't add to the story.)
Deana
Not sure what to say about this book. It was a bit of a detective story, with some suspense and romance thrown in. The cows are not that important to the story, so I found the choice of title strange. I guess it's just to attract attention. It was alright for a mass-produced detective story, but nothing I'd read over and over again.
Amanda
This was a fantastic first book! I cannot wait to read the next novel in this series!

Annie is definitely not what you expect from a heroine, but that is what makes her such a great protagonist!

I really hope that she and Vinny find a way to be together eventually, they seem so right for one another in this novel...
Felicity
So I enjoyed this crime novel more than most...even if, at times, the plot seemed to border a little on the ludicrous. There was just something about the female protagonist, Annie Seymour--and her string of male admirers--that you had to like. I'd definitely be interested in reading more of Annie's adventures...
Suzanne
Aug 21, 2011 Suzanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: Book Crawl - CT
Shelves: mysteries
Oh, darn, another series I really ended up liking! I found the mystery very intriguing and fast-paced; didn't figure out the murderer until I was supposed to close to the end. I very much liked Annie and Vinny and hope Vinny is in the next book too. Some very laugh out loud moments with the CowParade.
Cindy
Feb 08, 2011 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindy by: NL Group Read
This book was very entertaining, but I didn't enjoy the main character much. Annie's thoughts would often stray to the men around her, it was annoying. I did enjoy the book enough to tackle more of this series.

NL 2011 February Group Read
Marsha
A mystery set in New Haven with an independent female reporter for the New Haven Herald as the main character. Enjoyed her pursuit for the truth and the typical New Haven characters along the way. I'd read more of Karen Olson books.
Michael
The definition of a two-star review is "it was okay", and indeed this book was okay. Perfectly competent mystery. A little too Evanovich-inspired, but without as much humor or effortless plot.
Marcelle
Thought this was a good book. Liked the way the story moved on without too many dull spots. Didn't think the language was necessary. Too much swearing. I will read more of her mysteries, though.
Jennifer
This book was ok, however I did not like it as much as her Tattoo Shop Mystery series. I do not like Tom at all! I will probably read the next book in this series, but I am in no hurry to do so.
Lynda
I'm always looking for a new mystery writer, and I love tough gal detectives. This one's a reporter based out of New Haven, Conn. So along with a great story, there's talk about pizza. Good stuff.
Jackie
While I liked this much better than the second in the series as it was much better written, I still found the main character unsympathetic and the supporting characters to be boring.
Kim
wasn't quite as intriguing as the tattoo shop mystery book by the same author but i still really enjoyed it. she seems to be the only author so far that i enjoy from the mystery section.
Donnajo
NL's Color My Palette-Golden yellow=read with NL's. 1st in series. Took awhile for me to get into the book but read 1/2 a book on two days and was finished.
Heidi
I didn't love this book. I went on vacation and bought a bunch of novels at D.I. This one I felt like the heroine was too rough. I just couldn't relate to her.
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I am the author of the Annie Seymour mystery series: SACRED COWS, SECONDHAND SMOKE, DEAD OF THE DAY, and the Shamus Award nominated SHOT GIRL. SACRED COWS won the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award at Mysterious Press/Warner Books and was a Gumshoe finalist. Annie Seymour is a police reporter in New Haven, Connecticut. She is tough-talking, sassy and smart. She has been compared to Janet Evanovich's St ...more
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