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Flipping Out (Lomax & Biggs #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  648 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Nora Bannister is a bestselling mystery novelist who buys run-down houses in LA. While her business partners turnthe house into a showpiece, Nora makes it the scene of a grisly murder in her House To Die For series. As soon as the new book goes on sale, so does the house — and the bidding frenzy begins. It seems a lot of people are willing to pay a lot of money to live in ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Maureen DeLuca
Mar 30, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Marshall Karp writes the LOMAX & BIGGS series and this book is just terrific !! .... He ads amazing HUMOR to death and homicides! Lomax & Biggs are homicide detectives in Los Angeles.... this is the 3rd in the series. I do recommend reading these from the beginning -starting with the Rabbit Factory, then Blood won't be disappointed- I cannot get enough of these two detectives along with the fantastic writing skill of Karp.
Kylie Atkinson
Oct 06, 2015 Kylie Atkinson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I ran out of books to read on a cruise so I went to the ships library and found this with the recommendations that if I love Janet Evanovich, I'll love this. And I did. Even more than Janet Evanovich. After I started reading, I found out it was the third in a series (I hate reading out of order) and now that I'm finished, I'm determined the read the others.
The comedy between Biggs and Lomax is actually funny and the storyline had enough red herrings to keep you guessing and k
Apr 25, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Terry Biggs and four other of his fellow detectives were out on Reggie Drabyak’s fishing boat. They were enjoying a guys day out. This would be the last time any of the guys would be spending together, just having fun for a while.

The next day, Terry and his partner were heading into the station. Their boss was waiting for them. Reggie Drabyak’s wife, Jo was murdered. Why would anyone want to murder sweet Jo? Jo worked as an events planner. Things start to get stranger, when another woman is mur
May 28, 2016 Jakalak rated it it was ok
A fairly flawed mystery. At the end the author acknowledges all the people who helped him "get the details right," but there are several glaring inaccuracies -- relating to such things as immigration and tax law -- and they make the whole thing feel sloppy. I was also not terribly convinced by the motives of the killer(s). This was my first Biggs & Lomax book, and it will probably be my last.
Aug 22, 2015 Johnny rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
You know an author has a terrific sense of humor when he names a “kiss-up” bureaucrat after his literary agent. Marshall Karp does exactly that in Flipping Out, a rollicking comedy of a mystery that even provides a send-up of mystery authors who seek out “free” consulting from detectives in the police force. At least, he christens a competent detective named Wendy Burns after one of his sources, Wendy Berndt of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Flipping Out begins with a scene of camaraderie wit
Jul 29, 2015 David rated it really liked it
This series has really improved...

The cop humor remains intact.

The interfering father still causes consternation.

The procedural parts of the book are spot on.

And finally, Karp moves into what I call the big leagues of mystery writing because not once did he try to show us the killer or the killer's motive until he reveals it in the end of the book. In his previous books "The Rabbit Factory" and "Bloodthirsty" we had glimpses into the bad guy's activity that worked a little as spoilers.

This one
May 01, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This series has 4 books out at the moment and this is number 3, and the only one that I have read. And I must say if they are all this good then this is a series of books well worth reading. I loved it. As you go along you really get involved in the mystery, and trying to figure out what is going on and who did it. I know I didn't figure very much out and was totally with Mike and Terry on most of this. The whole mystery was very interesting, the characters are entertaining and very relatable, a ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
Flipping Out is the third story involving my favorite detective duo, Lomax and Biggs, and while it's not my favorite offering of the ones available so far, it's still enjoyable.

The first, most noticeable difference between Flipping Out and its two predecessors is that Flipping Out is way shorter. This is both a good thing and a not so good thing- on the one hand, this book is just right for devouring in one sitting; on the other hand, there weren't really enough pages to fully explore everything
Kathleen Hagen
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This book begins with five cops sneaking away from their wives and girl friends on a night off to play poker on the boat of one of them, Reggie. Reggie, Terry, Tony and Charlie all have wives. Mike has a girl friend because his wife died two years ago. The wives of the cops have joined together with a clever mystery author. The idea was to buy a house, rehab the house, have th
Elizabeth A.
May 01, 2010 Elizabeth A. rated it it was amazing
Flipping Out is the third book in a wonderful series by Marshall Karp featuring LAPD Homicide Detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. If you haven't read the first two yet, never fear. Karp's style of writing is such that you can jump right in and hit the ground running... then go back and order books one and two, The Rabbit Factory and Bloodthirsty. :-)

The premise of Flipping Out revolves around a group of women who form a business to renovate and "flip" houses for profit. Lomax & Biggs beco
Aug 30, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans of cop's investigations
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2009
Flipping Out is a cop investigation mystery novel where in two partners Lomax and Biggs investigate the murder of a fellow cop's wife Jo, who is an event planner and also a member of a cop wive's group who flip real estate. The group includes Jo, the event planner, and several other cop's wives and also a novelist, who sets the scene of her latest book at the house that is being flipped, thereby increasing profits.

After investigating Jo's party planning, the cop's start to focus on the house fl
Cathy Cole
Dec 03, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
Sometimes I just want to laugh while I read about murder and mayhem, and when I do, I know that all I have to do is pick up one of Marshall Karp's Lomax and Biggs mysteries. The mystery is a genuine headscratcher, but most of the fun lies not in deducing the killer's identity, but in enjoying Karp's humor as he has a go at bestselling authors, the real estate business, interfering fathers, and life in Los Angeles. By targeting Terry Biggs' wife, Karp ratchets up the tension because, by extension ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Pete rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
Ok, So anybody that has not read Marshall Karp yet needs to put down whatever they are reading and pick up any of his books. Although you will probably want to start with Rabbit Factory his first.
Flipping Out was a wicked fun ride with Lomax and Biggs again. The humor, the reality and mystery are all very human and genuine. With all of their flaws and virtues his characters are so flushed out that you feel like you are catching up with old friends. His previous books had been heftier and I thin
Joanne Parkington
Aug 22, 2012 Joanne Parkington rated it really liked it
"So if your name was Paco and you sold Tacos," I asked Terry as we drove downtown, "what would you call your place?"
"Shirley's Diner".

If you have a droll sense of humour you'll like this book .... i loved it! It was bursting with withering putdown's & dry sarcasm. I finished this in about 24 hours as it's extremely fast paced, short snappy little chapters, doesn't dwell too much on scenery setting's or deep & meaningful sentences and all thats good as it's not supposed to. What you get i
Oct 19, 2014 Bren rated it liked it
Rating 3.5. I was hooked for the first half of the book, and really pondered the who and why of the mystery. The reveal made me shake my head in disbelief, not for the who (I had finally figured it out). But the motive came out of nowhere - like the author had no plan from the onset and pulled the motive out of thin air as his deadline was bearing down.
Meh. Bloodthirsty was pretty good because the plot was ok and a lot of the entertainment came from the humor. This one has little humor and the plot is pretty average. Looks like another author has bit the dust.
Sep 05, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
This is another murder mystery. I seem to be stuck in this genre. Lomax & Biggs are a pair of homicide detectives. It's an interesting who done it story with a surprising twist. This was a selection for our Thursday night book club. Before I joined this book club, I rarely read murder mysteries.
Apr 28, 2009 Dorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Great entry in the Lomax & Biggs series. Flipping Out begins with the murder of a fellow cop's wife. Lomax & Biggs are assigned the case, and instructed to solve the murder quickly. With Terry (of course) wisecracking throughout, they eventually narrow the motive to a popular crime fiction author and a group of real estate investors. The group purchases and renovates homes and then sells them, with the unique twist that author Nora Bannister writes a fiction book about a murder committed ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Spuddie rated it it was amazing
#3 Lomax and Biggs mystery in which the two detectives investigate the murder of several of their co-workers' wives. Eventually the potential pool of victims is narrowed to a few people involved with a 'house flipping' business where a home is purchased, made famous by one of the members--a mystery writer--and then renovated and sold at huge profit. Problem is, there doesn't seem to be a motive as the business is hugely successful and anyone associated with it is making money. Our saavy detectiv ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Kay rated it liked it
Flipping Out by Marshall Karp was thoroughly enjoyable. Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are homicide detectives with the LAPD. Their latest case involves a group of women who call themselves the LA Flippers. They buy houses, renovate and then sell them for a quick profit. Their particular twist is that a renowned mystery author writes a book with a murder taking place in that house. When the book launch takes place at the “murder house” a speedy sale usually takes place. Fiction meets reality, I gues ...more
Greg Van Vorhis
Oct 21, 2011 Greg Van Vorhis rated it liked it
This was good, but not on par with Karp's first two books. In his first two, "The Rabbit Factory" and "Blood Thirsty." The first two were really funny. This one lost that wimsey somewhere along the way. Don't get me wrong...there were funny parts, but in his previous two books, nearly every chapter ended with a punch line. This one, not so much.

I was lucky enough to listen to this on CD instead of reading the actual physical book. Due to a screaming child in the back seat of the car, I had to ba
Sarah Adamson
Apr 09, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another fantastic mystery from this clever author. Loved the twists and turns in the mystery and the wonderful ending!! Wish he had written lots more in this series!!
Chi Dubinski
Sep 23, 2014 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
Mike Lomax and Terry Briggs are homicide detectives with the LAPD. When the wife of one of their poker playing buddies is shot, they investigate. Since they don't believe Reggie would have shot his own wife, the investigation focuses on her business. She is an event planner, but is involved with the LA Flippers, a croup that renovates property. Several other cop wives--and a cop mother-in-law--are also partners. Are they also in danger?
Fans of Robert B. Parker will appreciate the wise-cracking b
Jan 21, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy the style and the humor of Marshall Karp. Not my fav Karp story but I enjoy his humor thorough out.
Mickey Hoffman
Aug 29, 2015 Mickey Hoffman rated it it was ok
Although I enjoyed the banter, this book seems to be split into two parts with plots that never quite meshed for me.
Angela Verdenius
Feb 04, 2016 Angela Verdenius rated it it was amazing
Another great 'whodunnit', with an unexpected twist, friends, family and humor. Really enjoying this cop mystery series.
Apr 06, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Five Los Angeles cops spend a lazy Sunday together. Four of the men have something in common: their wives all participate in a real estate rehab scheme dreamed up by the wealthy mother-in-law of one of them. But when a murderer targets one, then the second, of the wives, it's time for Lomax and Biggs to find out what, and who is behind the crimes. A culprit is found, and all the evidence shows he is guilty. But wait--we're only halfway through the book, and despite police procedure, Lomax and Bi ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Holly rated it it was amazing
Love these books - terrific murder mystery but laugh out loud funny as well
Mar 15, 2016 Bart rated it really liked it
I enjoy the Lomax-Biggs duo. The plot is a bit of a stretch, but this is just "light reading" and, while it isn't likely to win any awards for great writing, the dialog is believable and often witty. There are several twists and turns that will keep you guessing, but the story moves right along. This is on a par with #2 in the series (Bloodthirsty) and better than the first (Rabbit Factory.) I look forward listening to the fourth. Tom Stechschulte does a terrific job giving voice to the many, va ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
A slick, funny and very satisfying crime thriller.
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