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One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mysteries #1)

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,463 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
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 P
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 (first published 2009)
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Aug 11, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it
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
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
Mathew Walls
Nov 19, 2014 Mathew Walls rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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
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
Sep 09, 2012 Bernadita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2014 Theresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 23, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michele Tater
Aug 20, 2010 Michele Tater rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2012 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2012 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry Crawford Palardy
Feb 17, 2012 Terry Crawford Palardy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Carol Piner
Nov 02, 2014 Carol Piner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Reid is a Great Crime Investigator. She's a Smart Ass too., October 17, 2014

Ummm. Interesting. I saw the three, two and one star reviews and I wonder exactly what these people were expecting. All books are not written with the skill of a Time to Kill or Pride and Prejudice, but they are good nonetheless. Although I agree there is a drop in quality with the explosion of a lot of the mindless series, I thought One Deadly Sister by Rod Hoisington had everything one could a
Pep Bonet
May 09, 2014 Pep Bonet rated it did not like it
Shelves: novel-la, noir, anglesa-us
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
Nov 06, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
The Book starts with Roy calling his sister and asking for help, because he is suspected of murdering an important senator. In this short call he was already annoying me. He seemed self centered and only bent on his own advantage. This negative impression got strengthen when he told his story and showed how naive and stupid he acted (although he knew better than that). In the middle of the book my opinion softened a bit. The less I read about him, the more I liked him. Kind of strange.

The story
Joy Wilson
Nothing like a good soft-boiled murder mystery with a few twists and turns, a bit of romance, and a fairly easy whodunit for Thanksgiving reading. I really like the character of Sandy Reid and although her brother is pretty much an idiot, it was a fun read. This genre is not meant to overwhelm with legalese or overly deep plots and that is just fine. Sometimes you really want to read a book just for fun and Sandy Reid is certainly a good lead character to go with. This book vaguely reminds me of ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
awful, awful, awful -- annoyingly bad....
Melissa Levine
Jul 26, 2015 Melissa Levine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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
Gerald Hickman
I liked this plot with all its twists and turns, good characters especially the sister who is a quick-witted law student/private detective. I read it quickly, this book is a page turner. The brother, when in Jail, seems to be a different character than in other parts of the book.
Even though there was a split when teenagers, they get back together to reveal the true killers and solve the mystery. I liked the cover, was waiting through the book to see the relivance of the cover art. I liked this
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
May 17, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
"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
Oct 14, 2014 Abi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got for free and now I know why. Poorly written and preposterous story that didn't make sense and was hard to follow. Not even that interesting but I did finish it to see how it ended. The ending is abrupt and awkward and tries to wrap things up nicely. I won't be reading any more of this series. Now I know not to read free books because there is a reason they're free.
Quinesia Johnson
Dec 07, 2015 Quinesia Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Pretty cool. At first Sandy Reid (the law student come to save her innocent brother of murder charges) comes off as unlikable with her "so- in- control, tough as nails" attitude, and the book is off-putting. It was nice that Hoisington reveals her vulnerability later and keeps the characters believable, while still giving Sandy that unattainable woman protagonist feel.

The other characters were engaging too, from a 70 year old femme fatale, to a horny newcomer to town, to a china keeping old
Like others, I downloaded a free copy. The first few chapters didn't impress but didn't scare me away. Things got much more interesting and suddenly realized the dialogue from the "sassy" sister was interesting and fun. Lots of improbabilities and much polishing needed. But generally a satisfying light read. I will try the next novel in the series.
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