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The Death Contingency (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The Death Contingency introduces Regan McHenry, a Realtor who works in the beach community of Santa Cruz, whose job puts her in the midst of mystery and even murder. She's aided in her sleuthing by her husband, Tom, a computer programmer turned real estate broker, and by her friend Dave, a cop confined to desk duty after losing an eye in a shootout.

When a seller disappear
Paperback, 300 pages
Published 2008 by Good Read Publishers
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Patricia Rockwell
Oct 16, 2010 Patricia Rockwell rated it it was amazing
Here's a cozy mystery with a new twist--the amateur sleuth is a real estate agent. So is the author. It seems like a great occupation for a detective as real estate agents certainly run into a wide variety of interesting clients, interact with people in tense situations (buying a house), and are privy to all sorts of private (particularly financial) information about said clients. In this case, agent Regan McHenry is confronted with a seller who is late for the closing. The seller is an elderly ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing
Death Contingency
Author Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

One young man plunges into the cold waters of the Pacific hoping to find his way back to shore and the party that he left. As he drifts further away and sinks deeper under the frigid waters, the lights from the party begin to disappear but what about him? Another man faces a different fate as he too is under the current of the frigid waters but no one will come to rescue or save him. Two men, one ocean why are they there?

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Apr 21, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it
Regan McHenry is happily living her life and loving her Santa Cruz real estate business. But when the seller of a house disappears, it causes major problems for Regan’s buyers who are trying to close the process of buying his house. When Regan notices that some things just don’t add up, she tries to figure out why. She really isn’t interested in investigating; she just wants to make sense of the situation. However, one thing leads to another, and suddenly she is involved beyond the point of no r ...more
Dec 06, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
"Regan McHenry is a Santa Cruz real estate agent whose work puts her in the midst of mystery, mayhem, and even murder. The amateur sleuth uses techniques she's learned during her career and skills she's honed as a keen observer of human nature to solve crimes. She just doesn't always figure things out soon enough to stay out of trouble.

"Regan's business on the upper west side of town has been putting her so close to so many deaths, her associates have started calling her 'the grim reaperette.'

Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 24, 2014 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
A cozy mystery Regan is a real estate agent when the seller of a house disappears right before closing. Regan feels something isn't right some things just don't add up. So she decides to investigate with the help of her Husband Tom and Dave her friend a cop placed on desk duty after losing an eye in a shootout. When the seller turns up dead Regan and her partners set out to unravel the secrets of his past and determine if his death was murder or an accident. This is a new author for me. I truly ...more
Lee Holz
Sep 22, 2011 Lee Holz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Death Contingency is a first rate mystery in the amateur detective tradition. The plot is well constructed without any gimmicks or tricks though the ending wasn’t quite what I expected. The writing is so good that it became unnoticeable as I became engrossed in the story. The characters are engaging, particularly the heroine realtor Regan McHenry. I appreciated the humor that occasionally lightened the narrative. I recommend this work for lovers of the amateur detective genre without reserva ...more
Barbara Derksen
Mar 08, 2012 Barbara Derksen rated it really liked it
Nancy Lynn Jarvis did a superb job of mixing real estate info with the curiosity of her main character Regan McHenry. This story contained a roller coaster ride for the reader as one suspect after another was detained and then discharged. The author kept you guessing right till the end. good job.
Jul 09, 2009 Debra rated it liked it
This was a quick read. Kept me guessing to the end; did he do it, didn't he do it? I kept changing my mind, but was never sure until the end.
Janice Richardson
Sep 02, 2016 Janice Richardson rated it it was amazing
Regan is a realtor in California, an intuitive and intelligent lady. The story opens with a death. the readers know, the characters do not. The author builds the story slowly as Regan's suspicions grow..The day to day business that is a realtors life is explained well. The Agent Newbie story is laugh out loud funny. The character development is excellent, Ms. Jarvis is a gifted writer.

The Death Continency is entertaining and educational, the first book in a must read series for cozy mystery fan
Aug 03, 2016 Suzan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the fact it is based in Santa Cruz area. So many of the place mentioned are favorites of mine. I love books that I can see in my minds eye where they are taking place. On to book 2!
Lynn Demsky
Oct 24, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it liked it
I didn’t read her books in order, this one was ok but way too much Reality on the salesperson side! If this was the first one I had read, wouldn’t have read the second but maybe from the middle on to the ending was good!
Kae Cheatham
Oct 22, 2012 Kae Cheatham rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked the premise--the realtor protagonist--but for me there were too many real estate anecdotes and not enough mystery.
Terri Anderson
Dec 10, 2015 Terri Anderson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy is a happily former Realtor. Without a license to hold her back, she is free to share her opinions about all things real estate especially in Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries. She's had a checkered career past: she's worked for the San Jose Mercury News, been a librarian, photo archivist, and been the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz.
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