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Deadly Sanctuary (Kendall O'Dell #1)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  1,908 ratings  ·  246 reviews
The first title in Sylvia Nobel's popular mystery series that features spirited, flame-haired reporter Kendall O'Dell. The author's trademark style is to produce exciting, well-written, edge-of-your-seat, adventures with "knock your socks off" surprise endings. Her judicious use of language and lack of graphic sex and violence make her novels suitable from teens to seniors ...more
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Published April 1st 1998 by Nite Owl Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Didn't really grab me. Some of the conclusions drawn were really bizarre given the information available to the reader. Of course, the conclusions the main character came to reasonably early on were the ones that came to fruition.
Glad it was free.
In the "mystery/thriller" genre, I do not enjoy new writers easily. Far too often, I am disappointed, sometimes even irritated, by the cliches and the recycled plots. But Sylvia Nobel's first novel in the Kendall O'Dell Mysteries was better than I might have expected.

Usual positive/negative dichotomy:
Positives: The narrator's voice is brilliant, a reminder of other writers I enjoy such as Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampire Detective series, a.k.a. Sookie Stackhouse) and Lee Childs (Jack Reacher)
Heather Bailey
I am sorry, but this is honestly one of the worst books I have ever read. I still have about 25 pages left to read, but I felt the overwhelming need to come on here and vent about how bad of a book it is. The writing is so amateur, I feel like I have probably missed out on a huge amount of money, because if Sylvia Nobel was able to get this book published, then I could easily make a fortune being a writer. I have actually snickered to myself a couple of times, and re-read some lines because I wa ...more
The Kendall O'Dell character spoke to me on so many levels. First as a working woman in the newspaper biz. Next with her attraction to cowboys! And finally her curiosity. This is a book I could not put down and was anxious to read the next in the series.

Sylvia Nobel has a talent for weaving an exciting mystery that builds in so many directions you think you have it figured, but it could go another way... She doesn't disappoint with her skill as a storyteller.

I have joined the Kendall O'Dell Fa
I would really like to give this one 3 1/2 stars. I will give it 3 since it doesn't merit 4. It was a decent, although completely predictable, story. It kept my attention throughout the story and I enjoyed the characters. The one thing about this book that really grated on my nerves was one of the characters, Ginger, kept saying "y'all." The annoying part about that is that she was always saying it to the main person only. Y'all means you all or all of you. I could be wrong, but ...more
This was a freebie from Kindle, and I am thrilled to have a new author to read. I really enjoyed Kendall O'Dell the main character, she was kinda of mess, unemployed and trying to clean up her mess. I love her character actually, all the characters were interesting. I am excited to find other books in this series and follow Kendall through more adventures. She made me laugh, and with a murder mystery that is not always easy. I recommend Deadly Sanctuary, I would have gladly paid full price for t ...more
Eight years ago when I lived in Las Vegas I met the author at a book signing. At the time she had written three books, which I purchased and she signed for me. I put them on the shelf and forgot about them until recently when my husband picked this one up and read it. He liked it so much that he promptly read the other two and encouraged me to read it. I enjoyed the book, but was surprised that he enjoyed it so much because it is a typical female amateur detective/romance.

Kendall O'Dell, the he
While I marked that this book was okay, I nevertheless did have problems with it, mainly with the language. As a Christian, I did not like nor do I like reading books that take the Lord's name in vain. So obviously, this wasn't a Christian novel, which I try to primarily read. With that said, I like that it was set in Arizona as I love the Southwest landscape and chose this book to read because of its setting.

The two main characters just did not seem to work together, and I thought that the aut
Gary Sedivy
It was freebie, and you get what you pay for. Perhaps that's too harsh. It wasn't that bad. My main gripe is some of the characters spoke like Yosemite Sam or Gomer Pyle. Their speech patterns made me think that the writer was from New York or Philadelphia trying to imagine what people in the southwestern United States would sound like - 'hayseeds'. Just made her happier than pigs in slop to write them there words. Yessiree, Bob.
The mystery was what happened to the reporter whom she was replacin
I don't know if I even should admit that I read this but it was my first "free" Kindle download. I was more excited to download for free than anything! Should have stuck with Jane Eyre. And the review made it sound safe. And it was safe although parts of the storyline were troubling...especially towards the end as the whole plot is revealed...twisted. I can't recommend that you read it although I did enjoy the suspense and the silly romance.
Stanley McShane
Uh oh; know how some books you can just see what's going to happen and then, sure enough, it does? That's what happens with our heroine and her two suitors--the conundrum is in how she arrives at her choice. Still, in the meantime, you have Kendall O'Dell in Castle Valley, Arizona, relocated in part because of her asthma and on assignment at a local newspaper as an investigative reporter. I enjoyed for the most part her descriptions of the dry and hot southwest and having just spent my first win ...more
This book was a free download on the Kindle, so I thought I'd try it even though it appeared to be self-published. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the amateurish writing - melodramatic language, too much use of "I" and "my" in the first person, dialogue tags gone wild, and a lot of dialogue in dialect. And who the heck doesn't recognize a wild pig as *a pig*? *sigh* This book is not for me.
I am vascillating between 2 and 2 1/2 stars on this one. The positives were that the writing was somewhat witty, and the main character was sort of likeable, there was no gore, and no explicit sex. However, the mystery was completely cliched and I knew whodunnit and what they did very early on. I felt that the heroine was just plain silly for falling for the wrong man. As other reviewers commented, the need for editing (misplaced or missing commas, misplaced apostrophes, and wrong word "inferenc ...more
Oh my goodness what a mess Kendall gets herself into in this first book of the Kendall O'Dell series. The book is good but the story is kind of slow but then at the end, WOW, not only does it pick up speed but what an ending!!!

Mystery lovers should love this book/series.
Pretty good book

I found myself reading this pretty fast. I'll definitely read the next one. I wish there was a little more character development for Dr Price but all in all, I enjoyed.
I always love a murder mystery with a twist of crazy. Deadly Sanctuary was a free Amazon book I found on Bookbasset. The Arizona setting helped me escape the rain and drizzle outside my window. Kendall O'Dell takes a job at The Castle Valley Sun newspaper after leaving a boyfriend in Pennsylvania. Morton Tuggs assigns her the job of finding out what really happened to John Dexter. As Kendall meets people from the town she just happens to have 2 men interested her and trying to win her heart. She ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebooks, series
So I own a Nook now, and Barnes & Noble has the "Free Fridays" thing for Nook owners. This was the latest selection.
It was a good book considering it was a free download for my Nook- As a mystery it kept my interest.
It read like a bad "B" movie.
This book is as much a romantic suspense as a mystery.

Nobel tells a good tale with interesting characters. Some of them, true, are straight out of central casting – the beautiful female main character who has two men pursuing her, an immensely wealthy lawyer who dazzles her with expensive dinners, a rugged cowboy who drives her crazy while he’s charming her, a shady sheriff who blocks her quest for the truth – but Nobel makes them unique enough that they aren’t flat but fully rounded.

Many romant
Diane Ferbrache
Kendall O'Dell is a talented journalist looking for a quieter life when she takes a job at a small paper in a tiny town in Arizona. But when her editor assigns her to investigate the disappearance of her predecessor and to find out if the town's sheriff is involved, she finds herself in deeper than either of them expected. Kendall is a strong-willed woman and her determination to find out what really happened creates a story that will keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat.

Although some of
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Donald Blum
I'm a sucker for journalism mystery adventure so chalk this one up to a guilty pleasure adding an extra star to the rating it likely deserves. Although this is no "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", it is not easily dismissible as "just another writer solving a mystery" story, either. Kendall O'Dell is a three-dimensional character with feelings, flaws, and emotions. Perhaps I found her a bit too romantic, but hey, I'm a guy so maybe her two love interests actually were realistic under the circumstan ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Dec 01, 2011 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of cozy mysteries; romances
Shelves: ebooks, 2011
This book was my Nook Free Friday selection for Dec 31, 2010, and it is no longer free. This is the first book in the Kendall O'Dell series. This Free Friday selection introduced me to a new author and new series in the mystery genre which I enjoy.

The stoy moved fast and was plotted well so that it held my attention. Kendall is hired as an investigative reporter; but her editor wants to keep her investigations secret so that she does not arouse antagonism from the local sheriff who no longer co
First, let me just a Southerner, "Y'all" is PLURAL, not singular. It was misused dozens of times throughout the entire book and irritated me so badly that I quickly began to skim over any parts with Ginger speaking. Only once, near the end, was it used properly. This really detracted from my enjoyment of the book. My personal feeling is that if an author is going to take the time to write and have a book published, they had damn well better get it right.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the s
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The only thing that saved this book from 2 stars was the last 60 pages where things got a little interesting. Another Free ebook via BNs Free Friday's program. I tell you, series are not my thing - especially female detectives.

Anyway, Kendell O'Dell is an asthmatic relocating to Arizona due to health problems. She finds a job in a small town at a newspaper via connections of her father. The editor sends her out on special assignment. Her predecessor mysteriously disappeared. Can she discover wh
I'm only 60% through this book and it's becoming increasingly more difficult to finish. First of all, just before this book, I read a tween mystery novel. The writing in _Deadly Sanctuary_ reminds me a lot of the writing in the tween novel. The author gives clues and without letting the reader ruminate a couple of chapters, within a couple of sentences, she has made all the connections for you. There's no mystery. Also, the "Texas talk" grates on my nerves. She has the character from Texas repea ...more
c1998: Oh dear! My DNFs are climbing rapidly due to choosing books via price rather than recommendations etc. This was a freebie on Kindle under the description of 'popular mystery series'. I am not surprised that this never made any Bestseller lists. I found it very hard to read through the dialogue eg "Oh, flapdoodle." I found nothing original in this story and I gave it a good try before realising that I did not have to complete it to know exactly what was going to happen. The blurb on Amazon ...more
Let's just say...I'm glad this was a free download. Because if I paid for it, I'd be sorely sorry.

Despite times of book-nerdery, I'm a sucker for mystery and crime novels. It's like food - while I know salads and lean proteins are good for me, sometimes I just want to binge on twinkies and ho hos. Pulp crime novels are like my reading twinkies and ho hos, but this was like a stale twinkie you find under your bed, smashed by piles of forsaken junk, and take a bite out of anyway. But, hey, it stil
I got this book and her second one, Devil's Cradle, through BookBub, one free and the other inexpensive. They are not outstanding, but certainly fun light reads for the summer. The first one was a little cheesier, with a romance brewing and choices to be made and the mystery was entertaining, but the second one did have a more interesting plot, some suspense and twists. The characters grow on you, as you follow their exploits. There are four in this series, and I notice the ratings go up with ea ...more
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Author Sylvia Nobel has been a resident of Arizona since 1961. With four Kendall O'Dell Mysteries, and a fifth book, Forbidden Entry, and a movie based on Deadly Sanctuary to be released in Spring 2015, Nobel's fan following is growing daily. Her novels show she understands and enjoys Arizona's unique beauty and the people who have made the State synonymous with the "Old West". Kendall O'Dell Myst ...more
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