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A Pointed Death

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In A Pointed Death, biotech consultant Nola Billingsley discovers that one of her clients is stealing proprietary information from other startups. When the scion of a prominent Chinese-American family is murdered, Nola is convinced his death stems from his employment at the company pilfering scientific secrets. Nola seeks the identity of the killer and the destination of t ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Createspace
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Katharine
I wrote this novel, so I can't review it, but, needless to say, I read it 17 times...
Patty
Jan 14, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
A Pointed Death
By
Kath Russell


SYNOPSIS...from the book...

Set against a wild and wacky backdrop of San Francisco, the epicenter of the biotech industry, A Pointed Death tells a smart funny and chilling story of espionage and modern love. Techno whiz Nola Billingsley finds her former employee, an amoral creep who stole secrets from startups, murdered. She begins a flirtation with the inspector assigned to the case and counts Skootch...her dog...to watch her back as she is hurled into a world of dan
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Ron Hoffman
Jan 04, 2011 Ron Hoffman rated it it was amazing
Great first book. Great story, great setting, great characters.

Brenda
Jan 12, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Nola's dot com company has just went kaput, and part of the reason was because one of her employees, Roger Chen, was stealing from her. So while on a walk with her pointer dog ,Skootch E. Hurry ,she finds a body minus a head slumped on a bench, as she is running away she trips over something, you guessed it, she just found the corpse's head.Whats worse is the corpse, and head, for that matter belongs to the employee who was stealing from her.
While normally unlucky in love Nola is surprised when
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Jackie
"A Pointed Death" takes me to unfamiliar territory as far as the biotech industry is concerned... The fact that the main character of Nora Billingsley is an absolute whiz in the field makes for some confusing reading when things get technical here and there but all in all it does not create any problems with enjoying the mystery thriller as it unfolds... Nora is almost 50, lives at home with her 80 year old very feisty southern belle Mom Janie Belle and the comic relief of the story her dog Skoo ...more
Cheryl
Check out my post on my blog: http://cherylbaryl.blogspot.com/2011/...

I love a good mystery book and I was not disappointed at all with this one! I was so lucky to have gotten the chance to review this book through the Pump Up Your Book Tour!


Nola Billingsley takes her dog out for a walk and finds a dead body. It happens to be her former employee. Her dog Skootch was the one who sniffed and found the body. He pointed at the park bench where it was. That was the first time he ever pointed at anyth
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Rachel
Jan 12, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I am not usually a fan of mysteries. They often seem like pre-scripted storylines with fill-in-the-blank characters and place names. Not so with this book. The mystery that Nola Billingsley finds herself in the midst of is set against a background of dot-com start-up corporations and the biotechnology industry. I was intrigued right away by the biotechnology aspects thanks to some education in biology myself. Russell often goes into the technical details of this thriving industry, which I think ...more
Shane Amazon
Sep 08, 2013 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it
A Pointed Death by Kath Russell is a fun and witty tale that speaks to the inner detective within us all. The story follows the life and times of Nola Billingsley, a woman trying to find herself after a failed business venture only to find the mutilated body of a former employee instead. Set back by her most recent discovery Nola becomes hell-bent on tracking down the person responsible for such a heinous crime, not only to clear her own name but also to stay in contact with the handsome and spi ...more
Sheli Ellsworth
Feb 01, 2013 Sheli Ellsworth rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Does happiness depend on love? Dr. River Smith delves into the importance of love, how to get it, and how to keep it. //A Conspiracy to Love// starts with the therapeutic notion that everyone deserves joy and happiness. But where does happiness come from? Does it originate from something we are lacking?
Smith offers advice and guidelines: on learning to be thankful for what you already have; on asking for what you want; on defining happiness; on what role does love play in happiness. The author
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Stephanie Dagg
Apr 15, 2012 Stephanie Dagg rated it really liked it
“This is a silly escapist book.” So says author Kath Russell. But she sells herself short. Yes, it is escapist, in line with her intention in writing it, but it’s a brilliantly written book. Heroine Nola, is a 48 year old, feisty, independent, professional woman (and we don’t mention that she lives with her mother, Janie Belle) with attitude. And a dog - Skooch the short haired pointer. He plays a crucial role in the story at various times. So too do cop boyfriend Harrison and various of Nola’s ...more
Joana
Apr 16, 2012 Joana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Reviewed by me for Readers Favorite

A Pointed Death is a riveting read. The strong female personality in the person of Nola Billingsley provided mystery, action and wit in one neat little package. The story is set in San Francisco and describes the city so beautifully that one is literally transported there even though they've never set foot there physically. Nola Billingsley is a 40-something year old Biotech consultant who lives with her mother. In the opening pages of the book, she can be foun
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Joemmama
Feb 09, 2011 Joemmama rated it liked it
Armed with just a brain and a dog, Nola Billingsly discovers the biotech business can be MURDER!

Nola learns the hard way when she finds her former employee beheaded in a park while walking her pointer Skootch. He had stolen from her and ruined her startup, but Nola is determined to solve the mystery of his murder. Industrial espionage is big business, involving an International cast of bad guys from San Francisco to China.

Along the way she meets and falls hard for the cop assigned to her fraud c
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Shirley
Mar 24, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it
A Pointed Death is a page turner of a mystery. Based in the beautiful city of San Francisco, Nora Billingsley is recovering from the financial ruin of her dot.com company. On a walk one afternoon with her pointer Nora discovers the beheaded body of a former employee. A man she had fired for embezzlement. Who would want to kill this man? Sure, she was angry but not that angry. What she discovers next puts her life and her relationship with handsome cop, Harrison.

This novel was a quick read that d
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Mareena
Nov 27, 2011 Mareena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries with a scientific bent to them
Recommended to Mareena by: Tracee at Pump up Your Book
When entrepeneur Nola Billingsley finds the body of her embezzling employee, she is not necessarily broken up by the discovery. She definitely wished him dead but the police think that she made her wish come true and think of her as the prime suspect. Nola decides to solve the crime, even as she begins falling for the detective assigned to the case. She and her shorthaired pointer Skootch must unravel the clues to find a murderer before they strike again.

I really enjoyed this mystery very much
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Mary
Sep 15, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
I found it difficult to stay absorbed in this book. I imagine that, had I had a background in the biotech industry, it would have held my attention. I certainly acknowledge that the storyline is good and the book is well-written. As a "pointer mystery", I expected the dog to have greater influence on the storyline. I especially loved the aging mother who added some comic relief. Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and certainly appreciate the opportunity to read this book, which I would not ha ...more
Babs
Feb 11, 2011 Babs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is for everyone we have murder, politics, business issues and science. I have to admit I thought it was going to be a bit slow or boring, but I was proved wrong. I believe this is Kath's first novel. She is a pro already and the story just takes your breath away. You can't help but love Skootch a loyal friend. There are some really fun times in this book. I am glad I was asked to review this.
Jennifer
Jan 03, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 Stars
From my book review blog Rundpinne...."The reader is introduced to an excellent cast of characters, including Skootch, the hi-tech world of biotechnology, a well-detailed setting in San Francisco, a murder and enough plot twists to keep the reader engaged throughout the story."...The full review may be read here.
Britt, Book Habitue
Really a 3.5

A fun, kind of quirky, mystery, but something didn't quite work for me. I just can't seem to put my finger on what.

But if you're a fan of cozy mysteries, I say go for it. :)
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