One of the most interesting reads of a lifetime! Love the structure! Love his MacGuffin! Have read this five times and each time I have a new experien...moreOne of the most interesting reads of a lifetime! Love the structure! Love his MacGuffin! Have read this five times and each time I have a new experience!(less)
One of the most refreshing books I have read in a long time! The one thing that puts this paranormal investigative book at the top of my list is the c...moreOne of the most refreshing books I have read in a long time! The one thing that puts this paranormal investigative book at the top of my list is the characters are not only loveable, they are real! They are not perfect in body and form, they have some extra padding, some extra scars, are not always pleasant but loveable because they are real! Violet, the protagonist, has had twins and we she has that baby fat and craves ice cream loves daisy's not red roses. She is not the perfect height, does not have flowing long hair and has normal sexual desires!
The romance is real, littered with insecurities and normal desires. The bad guys are not over the top and the chicken, Elvis, even with his UV protecting sun bonnet, is the bomb! Violets kids are typical, though definitely not boring to say the least, creative loveable twins! Her male coworker is someone I want to strangle at the moment he opens his mouth. This book is alive from start to finish!
This new series and author is a breath of fresh air! She makes Deadwood come alive.(less)
An exciting second in the Deadwood series! I am so hooked and am on baited breath for the third book. This installment into Violet's life as a single...moreAn exciting second in the Deadwood series! I am so hooked and am on baited breath for the third book. This installment into Violet's life as a single mom trying to ilk out a living with a pair of twins who create a whirlwind of interesting adventures on their own, is even better then the first. It fills out characters whose development has already been some of the best in this genre.
Violet is a believable and real person. She does not have long flowing hair and legs up to her arm pits, she struggles with the baby weight she has had since the twins were born, is short, has unruly, wild hair and real financial issues. Even the most despicable characters in the novel are likeable simply because of the fact they are real, fleshed out and above all people/animals that embroil themselves into your life, especially Elvis the chicken!!
If you have any doubts, just do a test read, I guarantee you will be hooked and reading them in no time!(less)
Ann Charles has the "touch" when it comes to delivering the perfect blend of snarky realistic humor and fun. I fell in love with Violet and her twin 10 year-olds Layne and Addie with the first book in the series (well Addy and Layne if Addie has anything to say since she is 10 minutes older than Layne). I had picked it up on a lark when it was first released and ended up reading it instead of working on my classwork. It was well worth getting up at early to finish my work just to sit there and laugh so hard over and over again! How can you resist a little girl who liberates chickens and names them Elvis!
Violet is at the top of my list as favorite female protagonists. Most lead female characters in today's genre fiction tend to be beautiful blonds with the prefect bodies and Kenjutsu form that look mighty fine with their rippled muscular bodies from the hours of Tai Chi with some ancient monk up in their secret mountain hideout. It is nice, occasionally and though I do read those books I tend not to admit to doing so.
With Violet, you get a real woman struggling to support her children despite dealing with ghosts, misogynistic co-workers, crazy sex-addicted senior citizens, pet chickens and children who like to dig up bones in the back yard. Her boobs are sagging a bit, she still carries around her baby fat and her hair maybe blond, but it certainly doesn't lay perfect and is constantly looking like Elvis (the chicken) helped style it! Her ghost smelling secret boyfriend finds her sexy, doesn't mind a bit that occasionally she likes to snuggle up with a bowl of ice cream instead of him and that she sleeps in an Elvis t-shirt and boxer shorts (well he thought it was slinky satin nightgown but I digress).
One way these wonderful books work is each ends with a bang and starts with a bang. Which is why you will have fans saying things like this in their reviews -
"...And of course the end leaves you wishing the next book was ready to be read!! I am dying a slow death and may survive only if the 4th book comes out soon!!!"
When I opened up the book and read the first sentence with her standing over a headless corpse (who was found clutching her business card) at the "butt-crack of dawn" I laughed so loud the cat ended up under the bed!. Violet still was struggling to keep her job and this time it was do or die hour. The little bit of sweat left on her freshly waxed lip was not from the caramel latte she just picked up, it was the fact that if she not only sell the houses she had on the market, but =she had to bring in an even bigger fish. So when an Abe Lincoln stepped into Calamity Jane Reality and asked if she would help him buy the hotel for sale in town and she asked which one... Murphy peeked out of his law office waving his magical gavel and Abe answered "the haunted one."
The pace is fast, the dialogue is witty, smooth and natural. I can totally believe it all! Ask my friends heck read my blog! I have conversations like Violet has (both internally and out loud) ALL the time! For the true mystery aficionados this will keep you guessing and trust me, at the end will have you going "WHAT! WAIT when is book four coming out!" Heck, even the most despicable characters in the novel are so compelling you love to hate them! (Though I think in the end there is a special kind of justice for one specific one..*wagging finger* nuh uh uh! No spoilers my friends!)