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Flipping Out: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery (Lomax & Biggs #3)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  549 ratings  ·  76 reviews
A cop's wife has been murdered. As LAPD detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs investigate, a second cop's wife is killed. Both women were part of an ingenious real estate scheme run by bestselling murder mystery author Nora Bannister: she buys a house in L.A. dirt cheap, and while her partners turn it into a showplace, Nora murders someone there--in her next book. When the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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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
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
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
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
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
Flipping Out, by Marshall Karp, A. Narrated by Tom Spechschulte, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

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.
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
"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
Jan 17, 2011 Kemberlee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves quirky thrillers, detective stories, suspense, looking for something new, etc
Recommended to Kemberlee by: Was contacted by the publicist for The Rabbit Factory on its release. Fan ever since!
Dear Mr. K,
I bought a copy of FLIPPING OUT for myself for Xmas. I read it over a couple nights and finished it this morning. Lomax and Biggs are fabulous characters. I fell for them the minute I opened the cover of THE RABBIT FACTORY. I enjoy Biggs' sense of humor and how Lomax humors him. You've created a wonderful cast of characters who are very easy to like. FLIPPING OUT was a great read -- page-turning, read-all-night, laugh out loud sensational. Can't wait to get my hands on CUT, PASTE, KI
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.
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
#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
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
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
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
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
Steve Tripp
Another great book. This author has an excellent sense of humour and a innate ability to create intriguing multi-layered plots.
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
Love these books - terrific murder mystery but laugh out loud funny as well
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
Fantastic!!!! This series is just great!!
Ruth Hastings
I borrowed this on cd from the library. I have to say that the book wasn't great, but I LOVED being told a story in the car!

The book was very male. Without knowing, I could guess it was written by a man because it was at times crude, crass and seemed to pander to a male ego!

Having said that, I liked the twists and turns, i liked being lead towards lots of different suspects and I even gasped in shock a few times!

Wouldn't read another by this author, but did enjoy this one. Not sure I would have
This was a fast paced novel - a who done it book featuring detectives lomas and biggs. They are out to solve a killing spree involving relatives of fellow policemen. These relatives are also involved in a joint business to fix and flip houses and one of the members writes mysteries about the fixer. The business if very sucessful. All of the business members are killed except on - Biggs wife.

The novel would have been really good if the mystery made more sense - the actually basis of the crime sea
Shelly LeBlanc
This third installment in the Lomax & Biggs series does not disappoint. The wonderfully written characters are so quirky and flawed they'll feel like members of your own family. The plot twists will keep you guessing until the end, but not without a lot of laughs along the way. Not only a definite read for fans of the detective duo, but a must for anyone looking for a quick, witty read topped with an air of mystery. If you like Evanovich and Stephanie Plum, you're going to love this!
Police procedural, 3rd in series. A continuation of my "keep it light" mood: irreverent humor, LA locales, plenty of great one-liners.(Think Jerry Orbach on Law and Order.) The real estate angle is fun--as is the poke at the famous mystery novelist who ends up dead. I'd recommend this to Harley Jane Kozak fans--Ben Rehder, too. Not as addictive as I would have thought (based on reviews), but I certainly wanted to finish it. Lomax and Biggs have a solid series here.
Brandon Stec
Marshall Karp has another winning mystery novel in the Biggs and Lomax series. This story was a fun read and I enjoyed the relationship between Mike Lomax and his dad, Big Jim, because I can relate so well to how Mike feels and yet he keeps it entertaining as a side story to the novel. The supporting cast and the ability of Karp to input humor into the grisliness of the story is awesome. I recommend sitting down to read this as it will be difficult to put it down.
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