One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mysteries, #1)
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One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mysteries #1)

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She doesn't carry a gun, but then neither does a pit bull.
When an almost-too-clever young law student in Philadelphia gets a life-or-death call from her estranged brother--she tells him to go to hell. She doesn't need this. She's holding an old grudge and resents having her life interrupted.

The brother doesn't come looking for trouble, he simply wants to get past his Ph...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by EnteraBooks (first published 2009)
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Wendy
I gave up on this book. I only downloaded it because it was a free and the few reviews I saw were positive. At this point I believe those reviews were written purely as promotional devices.

I gave it a chance, forced myself to keep reading, but honestly its just not very good. I was several chapters in and still did not care about or even like the characters. The dialogue feels forced and unnatural, like the author is just writing filler until he can get to his point.

I would not recommend this b...more
Maya Bohnhoff
Before I reached the last several chapters of this book I was sure I was going to give it a four star rating at least. It was fun, funny, fast-paced, and with an interesting cast of characters.

Then, the wheels seemed to come off and in a number of different ways. I had the sense that the author was in a hurry or at least was very excited by that daredevil rumble down the last hill that some of us experience when writing a novel. The number of typographical and grammatical errors soared. A bit o...more
Mathew Walls
This is a terrible book.

Let's start with the characters. They all sound exactly the same, all the time. Not only can you not tell who's speaking by how they speak, you can't even tell how they're feeling. Take any bit of dialogue from anywhere in the book and try to guess who said it and you'd pretty much be guessing blind.

And as the robot devil said, you can't just have your characters say how they feel, bet that's exactly what Hoisington does. He has absolutely no idea how to convey emotion or...more
Betty
A very creative and enjoyable first novel, Rod Hoisington has created a complicated whodunit with red herrings to spare. At the basic root we have the remaining two members of a family, a brother and sister, who have had no real contact since the day their parents died several years ago. In fact, sister Sandy is living her well-ordered life quite satisfactorily, thank you, doing legwork for a highly respected law office. A late night call brings her brother Raymond back into her life like a slap...more
Bernadita
This book was very interesting and surprising. It was just like watching a movie in my mind like one of those Lifetime movies. The twists in the book I wasn't expecting to happen and it was suspenseful. I thought it was messed up that the 70 year old lady used Ray Reid. Then the sister comes to help and she is really good at what she is doing. Sandy Reid, the sister, risks everything to help her brother that left her as a teenager. Also, the cop that lost his dad while being a cop and now he is...more
Theresa
There may be spoilers in this review. They are minor, and, trust me, they won't spoil much.

This book was terrible. The story was all over the place, and the characters were completely unbelievable. Being a Florida criminal attorney, who happens to have grown up in the Tampa Bay area, I was extremely disappointed with the blatant inaccuracies. The police and court procedures were just wrong. I almost began bookmarking every page that contained inaccuracies so I could refer to them later, but then...more
Erin
I picked up Hoisington's One Deadly Sister as a free Kindle book. I had been encouraged by the positive reviews it received. After only a few chapters in, I had to put it down. Usually I can finish a book, no matter what I find wrong with it - no so in this book's case. The author starts with what promises to be an interesting plot involving deception, murder, and plenty of sneaky untrustworthy people; however, he soon lost my interest. My biggest issue with this book are the characters. Not a s...more
Janine Greene
So, this book starts off with this preposterous reasoning on this seeminly educated, yet naiive man who learns of a supposed murder, knows that he could be named an accomplice, yet he doesn't immediately run to the authorities. Of course he's arrested and the story continues from there. It's a quick read, but even after Ray is released he's still a sucker for a pretty woman wnen one has been after him the entire book.

There were some fairly funny parts in the book and perhaps if he had made it m...more
Barbara
Although I did enjoy reading the book, I can't understand why a sensible person would continue to cooperate with a woman after she has told him that she killed a man. The whole rest of the plot is predicated on his actions following this revelation. Instead of goint to the police he just continues to plasce himself in deeper and deeper trouble. Again, why would you go to someone's home and when the person you expect to see is not there you don't even bother to explain exactly why you are there b...more
Pep Bonet
I won't complain. I bought this thing for 0 bucks and you get what you pay for. Most of times, at least. But I blame me for doing so. I thought that it could not be that bad and at least I could read a pulp fiction to waste time. It's entertaining, ain't it? As a matter of fact, it ain't so. I couldn't imagine it was so bad. The intrigue is thin, most of time the story goes in other directions, the characters are unreal, incredible, flat, plain stupid. Come on! A guy who falls for an old botoxed...more
Leah
I would have given this book 4 and a half stars. I LOVED this book! The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars was how quickly the book ended. It sort of tied up too neatly and quickly. I loved the writing style. It was fast paced from the beginning! There were times I was upset that I had to get pulled away from the book. Very neatly written and will read the next book in the series! I love Sandy. One of my favorite characters to date!
Katie
Not the best book-not the worst.

An okay read.

Story line was decant, kept me guessing who did it till towards the end.

Love story is not the greatest or even good.

I would give a decent EGH.

This is mostly fluff; and you can either take it or leave it.

Not one of the great literary works; but a decent read.
Rhonda
its a nice murder mystery kept me guessing till the end. I thought the character Sandy would have a bigger part as it called sandy reid mystery. Did not like proscuter and a few other characters in the book.
I would be willing to read more books in the series. See what happens next to Sandy.
Quentin Feduchin
As the book gets going you start to wonder if this is how it's going to read, do we really have to read about this rather idiotic character who simply doesn't know when to shut up or leave well alone.
Basically he seems to deserve most of what he gets, which is jail time!
He calls his sister: she doesn't want to know him.
But she turns up anyway. And this is where the fun starts. She's assertive, inquiring, nosy; you name it.
This is the first book in a series that looks as though it will be great f...more
Janet
awful, awful, awful -- annoyingly bad....
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Samantha Julmisse
I have always loved a good murder mystery, or a mystery in general. I had engrossed myself in Nancy Drew books in my younger years, a long with the Hardy Boys and such books in the general genre. I can honestly tell you this book has somewhat disappointed me. One Deadly Sister has kept me on my toes since beginning the book, with plot twists and turns around ever corner. At first glance at the cover and the title, you would think this follows the story of a sister who has gone wild and killed so...more
Michele Tater
Book Title: One Deadly Sister
Author: Rod Hoisington
Publisher: Entera Books
ISBN: 9780615298528
Reviewed by Michele Tater for Review The Book

The book “One Deadly Sister”, I felt is a murder mystery at its best. The author takes you on a who-done-it ride which includes the introduces of several characters, which can be likable as well as unlikable. These people all have their own dirty laundry and guilty pleasures that play out with every turn of the page. It is also a look at how a innocent man can...more
Charles
Mar 19, 2012 Charles rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Charles by: Barnes & Noble
What an AWESOME book! I must admit, I got this book when it was free on Barnes & Noble last year because I thought it might be interesting and couldn't go wrong with it being free. I am certainly glad I took the chance! The righting is excellent and the characters are warm and personable. It is definitely a page turner and I stayed up late last night to finish it! I loved it so much, I immediately went shopping on my Nook and purchased the next two available in the series "The Price of Candy...more
Di Turner
Look I thought the book was OK. The characters were OK, the story line was OK. It was just OK. It was a light mystery read, but not something that I just had to pick up and finish.

I read the Kindle version and found that it had a lot of errors - especially quotes where there shouldn't have been. It was a very distracting having to go back and confirm whether something was thought rather than said, as it could have changed the plot considerably. So I think someone really needs to go and fix those...more
Tom
"One Deadly Sister" was fine. I never felt that "hooked" feeling I get with a Stephen King, for example.

The story is simple. Raymond Reid ends up arrested in a small Florida beach town. He's charged with murder. Add in a 70 year-old seductress in a thong, an evil realtor, a shifty exterminator, and you have a standard small Florida beach town murder.

Raymond calls his estranged sister, Sandy. Sandy is like Vincent D'Onofrio and Detective Eames and Sherlock Holmes and Bones, all tied up in one pac...more
Kristi
My reading of this one was drug out as I only read it when on the treadmill and the arrival of spring as me doing more cardio on my bike than on the treadmill. Add to it training for a 5k and being unable to read while running on the treadmill and progress slowed dramatically. Often when it takes me a long time to finish a book it is because it isn't that engrossing. Not so in this case.

I really did no have a clue who the real killer was in this one. Oh, at one point I was convinced it was the p...more
Kathleen Yohanna
I could only give this book three stars and I usually rate high. "One Deadly Sister" written by Rod Hoisington was offered for free download on the Goodreads site and it did sound interesting.

I enjoyed it but it does need a little work. I am sure the next books in the series are better. Thank you for the free read.
Kristin
I enjoyed this book overall until the ending. I would say this is a good book because more than 3/4 of the way through I was enjoying the story. The ending left me feeling as if it came together all too easily like it should have gone in another direction totally. This is a nice summer read though
Terry Crawford Palardy
Feb 17, 2012 Terry Crawford Palardy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all mystery buffs
What a great story line! The twists and turns had me guessing right up to the point where the killer was identified. Sandy has a telephone call from her older brother who has been arrested and charged with murder in Florida. Initially she does not respond to his plea for help. But without too much delay, she does decide to leave her job in Philadelphia and bring her investigative skills to his small town. The cast of characters includes both old and new money, politics, and nepotism. There is a...more
Murphious
Another person to d/l as a free eBook. I had a tough time getting through the first couple of chapters. The set-up was barely okay; pace was slow, characters generic, and plot cliched. The title character, Sandy Reid, is the most interesting in the book but we don't really get to know her either. I think trying too hard to make a good mystery/crime novel led to over-complex linking of multiple characters. The typical ending is done well, but predictable. Not a bad novel, but not one I would have...more
Dena
Awful! Shallow characters and shallow character development. Plot inconsistencies. Random occurrences that don't further the plot or hold the reader's interest. A free download that I read in desperation on a long flight. I find it hard to believe this is part of a series.
Shelby
An interesting enough story but grammatical errors were abundant. Periods were often used in place of question marks, commas were underused and periods were put where a comma should be. It made for choppy, awkward dialogue.
Denise
I thought this book was an interesting read. I liked the storyline and how the story had some twists. The characters were an array of personalities, some were good, some were just ok. Not a bad read, just not awesome either.
Kim
I didn't hate this but I didn't love it either. It seemed to me like the characters didn't really act like any normal person I have ever been around. They were all over the place shouting at each other and then best buddies four seconds later. It just didn't work for me.

At some point one of the characters "shuttered" instead of shuddered and that just feels like really sloppy editing. I noticed a few other strange things like that but most were in dialog and I just took it as the character not...more
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