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Nearly Departed in Deadwood

(Deadwood #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,822 ratings  ·  731 reviews
Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota. Fearing her daughter might be next, single mom, Violet Parker, is desperate to find the monster behind the abductions.

With her savings dwindling and just three weeks left to sell her first house or lose her Realtor job, Violet is ecstatic when a handsome jeweler hires her to sell his century-old, Victorian masterpiec

Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Ann Charles (first published January 15th 2011)
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Jody McGrath
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to start by saying my whole reason for reading this book was because it was set in South Dakota and that is where I live. That being said this book was fantastic. It is about a single mother with 9 year old twins who recently moved to Deadwood for a fresh start. Her kids are hilarious and a handful, her job isn't going anywhere, and she is making some pretty odd friends.

The mystery was very, very easy to solve. Way too easy. I still enjoyed the book though. So much so that I ordered the s
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get more than about a third of the way through this novel; the problem is that the plot was so frustratingly mediocre, even poor in many ways, that I could not understand how it gets such positive reviews by so many people.

The book is narrated by the main character, Violet, and it starts out with the, "oh, life is so haaaaaarrrrrd!" refrain and never stops.[1] She has "cutely" disobedient children that know that they can push her around by whining until they get what they want. She has
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.--Violet Parker

Best opening line ever. Nearly Departed in Deadwood is the first installment in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles. I knew this would be a fun book, but I didn't realize how intrancing it would be. This novel covers everything you've come to love in mysteries and paranormal romances. From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat. I'd think, "I know who it is!" one mintue and then Mrs Charles would throw in a curve ball a
I finished the book, but I can't say I'd recommend it to many people I know. The main character was a bit mary-sueish (yes, I realize the heavy accusation that holds) and as I went through the book, I was beginning to wonder if there were any man in Deadwood that didn't want to sleep with her (view spoiler) ...more
For Readers

Violet's probation as a realtor is nearly up and she's yet to sell a single house. Increasingly desperate she has managed to snag a few clients. But they're anything but easy. She only has a few short weeks to get a rundown wreck of a house that's rumoured to be haunted into a condition good enough to list, and her buyer is literally turning his nose up at every single house she shows him. Adding to her worries young girls are disappearing and they all look a lot like her daughter
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This was a lot of fun! Full review to come!
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of amateur-sleuth female characters
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Humorous Mystery (view spoiler)
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of mystery series with “spunky” heroines who have zany adventures
Trigger Warnings: Really big jerk co-worker (sexist, smarmy butthead), missing children, child murder

My Thoughts: I moved this series into my review queue based upon Kriss Morton’s enthusiastic recommendation. I had picked up each of these books as they went on promotion through KDP prior to these recom
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
October 2013 update:
I have now read the rest of the series and absolutely love it! I can't get enough of Violet:) I still can't think why I didn't enjoy the first instalment as I did the others so I guess I'll have to give it another try soon!

Original review:
The description for this book made it sound interesting enough so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. The plot is very poor and the narration is badly handled by the author. I kept forcing myself
Jonah Gibson
This book is first in the series of Deadwood Mysteries by Ann Charles. It generally gets great reviews, and the descriptions and excerpts that I read were interesting so I decided to give it a try. I have to say that it fell flat for me. It is evidently written to a formula, and after a short while that formula began to seem forced and artificial. Ms. Charles tries to be all things to all readers and ends up with a story that has no heart. The main character, Violet, is a down-on-her-luck, wise- ...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.4* out of 5. It wasn't all bad. My expectations weren't that high and at no point in this book did I really hate it. The most annyoing aspect was the author's repeated spelling of the word "brooch" as "broach".

Violet Parker is a newly employed, so far unsuccesful, realtor in Deadwood. She is a single mother of two children. A worrying aspect of the town is that several young girls have disappeared without a trace and they look very similar to Violet's girl Addy. Violet tries to find ou
Jaime Jeffrey
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I have 2 things to say about this: the heroine not seeing that somethin was up w/ Wolfgang makes her look stupid. Last thing, she couldn't muster up some tears for the dead lil girls? She was upset by the girls being kidnapped, scared for her daughter & couldn't muster a single outraged feelin' for the dead girls, alright.

Oh, 1 more thing. When she met her secret admirer & confirmed who he was, she sat down & ate dinner w/ him instead of grabbin' the other chair & crackin' it over his back. Be
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Had a hard time developing any sympathy for Violet. Another reviewer mentioned her irritation with how Vi handles workplace harassment and I must agree. So many times in the book, I just wanted to slap Vi with a calendar and encourage her to get into the 21st Century.

As far as the rest of the characters went, I didn't connect with any of them either. Doc is one of the most irritating protagonists ever; I couldn't even decide if he was going to be a major character for over 1/2 the book. Harvey
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was a maybe book for me, saw it on someone's feed, read the premise and it sounded good enough for me to request it from the library. Sadly it couldn't hold my attention. Violet seems to be a hot mess, trying to be a relator when she doesn't know squat, doing whatever including going out to dinner with an old creepy man and bringing her kids along as chaperones and signing a contract for a lost cause house, in hopes of keeping a job where she had a deadline to make some money if she wants t ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was fun read I really enjoyed the characters. It was a riot reading about all the trouble Violet got into. This was a good start to the series and I plan to continue on to book 2.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a 4.5 star read.

Ahhh ..... Violet Parker. She's sassy, not very classy and more than a little smart-assy! My favourite combination where literary characters are concerned.

This was a rip-snorter of a read packed with chuckles aplenty, hilarious characters, a spooktacular town and enough sexual tension to blow up a powder keg. (in a completely chuckalicious way of course)

There were mysteries everywhere that had you thinking, and to be honest, even though the subject matter was gut wrenchin
This one was interesting and entertaining. I deducted two stars because the actions of the characters were jarringly unrealistic. There is only so much allowance for dramatic license in a story that is supposed to be taking place in a realistic, normal setting.

The first three-fourths of the book was good and probably rated 4 stars. The one negative was the constant and decidedly lame sexual innuendo that formed a good part of the dialogue. I have no problem with sex in my books (love it, in fac
Violet is a single mother of two children, working as an estate agent, but with no sales to her name, she is under pressure to deliver or lose her job to a co-workers relative. She becomes concerned to learn that children are going missing and she fears her kids might be next.

The cast of this book are appalling. Violet cannot seem to control her brat children who run wild all the time. At a time when she is in danger of losing her job, she has to put off vital appointments to run home to her att
Kenesha Williams
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was recommended this title on my Kindle because of my recent mystery purchases. Little did I know that this mystery had the twist of the paranormal with a Haunted House thrown in! Violet is a single mother of pre-teen twins (a boy and a girl) and has just moved to Deadwood after getting her Realtor license. She desperately needs to sell a house or have her job be taken from her and given to her spiteful male co-worker Ray's nephew. When a hometown boy comes back to Deadwood to sell his home, s ...more
4.5 Stars... This is my first exposure to Ann Charles, and I have to say that I am a fan... I am so happy that I finally read this book and immersed myself into this series... Ann Charles takes readers into the heart of Deadwood, South Dakota providing us with characters who have an array of personalities (Some not so popular...Ray!) that when mixed together make for an explosive storyline... Our heroine, Violet Parker, is attempting to find her footing balancing a new career with motherhood, ra ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: A fun mystery with a creepy villain, set in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Violet slumps into her office chair, frustrated and disgruntled. Someone took her parking spot again, forcing to her to tromp two blocks in the heat. To make matters worse, Violet only has three weeks to earn her first commission, if not, she will lose her job as a realtor. As a single mother of nine year old twins, Violet needs to keep her job. If that isn't bad enough, Violet must also worry about the alarming numbe
Kathy Davie
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
First in the Deadwood humorous cozy horror of a mystery series featuring a desperate single mom trying on a new career in Deadwood, South Dakota.

In 2010, Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the Daphne du Maurier Award, and in 2011 it was a RWA Golden Heart Award winner.

My Take
This is too cute. A fun read with cozy characters and quite the unique predicament for Violet! Sure, Violet has all the usual issues of a single mom, primarily the struggle to raise a pair of precocious twins, and Charles liven
Emma James
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
RATING: 4.25 stars

This is the start of a very promising series, which has already been proven because there are 10 books. What I mean is for me as a reader to enjoy.
Violet is an awesome mother, she gets along well with the towns folk, and I love the lively quirky characters.

Angela Spencer
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Originally written for Rise Reviews.)

In her debut novel, Nearly Departed in Deadwood, Ann Charles weaves a fun romp of humor, romance, mystery and the occult. The pages are brimming with eccentric small town characters that brought the setting to life. Though not quite as paranormal a romance/mystery as I had hoped it would be, I would gladly read more tales in her Deadwood Mystery series.

Violet Parker, the book's protagonist, is a single mother and struggling real estate agent trying to land h
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book. I knew relatively early on that I was not liking this book, and yet I kept reading it. At the 30% mark I spent half an hour explaining to my husband all the reasons why I did not like this book (it seemed to imply it was a paranormal and there still weren't any signs of that being true, it's full of harassment - and sexual harassment in particular - in the work place why the hell is everyone acting like this is fine, etc.). And then I stopped reading it for a bit. But l ...more
The One Tree
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tanya
Shelves: first-reads
No Spoilers...

Ummm, ok WOW! Page turner alert! Woot! Woot!

I started reading this book with little hope of being entertained. Probably because of a recent run whereby I'd select a book to read from my TBR pile (To Be Read pile), only to wonder why I'd purchased it in the first place, and how it had ended up in my TBR pile. It wasn't long before I found myself, quiet happily deeply immersed in the story as it was unfolded before me.

I can state quite unequivocally, that I've found a new author to
Cheryl Landmark
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This definitely ranked extremely high on my like meter! It was a very strong, gripping, and entertaining start to this series.

It was chock full of quirky characters, fantastic humour, thrilling mystery and suspense, sizzling romance, and tinges of paranormal--although, my least-loved trope, the love triangle, did rear its ugly head and made me grit my teeth a bit. But, the story and the writing was so mesmerizing and entertaining that I didn't let this dreaded element overshadow my enjoymen
Barbara ★
Violet Parker returns to Deadwood, South Dakota in desperation. She has finished her training as a realtor but can't stomach living in her folks' basement with her two kids. Her Aunt lives in a largish house in Deadwood and invites her to stay. Violet gets a job as a realtor with 90 days probation - sell a house or be fired - are the terms of employment. We enter Violet's life during the last three weeks of probation only to find out she hadn't sold a thing yet. Now she has offers out the wazoo ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 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 n ...more
Michaela Grey
I enjoyed this book. Violet was sassy, funny, and relatable - her struggles to keep her job and protect her children rang true. The villain in the workplace was definitely hate-worthy, too, and the murderer was scary as heck. The romantic lead was a hunk, but the sniffing thing was...weird.

It was also a quick and easy read. There were a few snags that bothered me, though. For one thing, the explanation of the person who was stalking Vi was weird and left me hanging. It's THAT GUY? And then he's
Meg Mims
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This new series starts out strong with Nearly Departed in Deadwood, chock full of quirky characters and a great comedic voice. The amateur sleuth, new real estate agent Violet Parker, is in triple trouble – she must sell a house or lose her job, young girls who resemble her daughter have gone missing, and a co-worker is making her life hell. In between showing houses to several clients, Violet has to figure out who’s behind these mysterious disappearances and why. With romance and humor, NDD kep ...more
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Ann Charles—Author
Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner and a 2011 RWA Golden Heart Award Winner.
*USA Today Best Selling Author,
*Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author
*Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling Author
*Winner Suspense Magazine Best of 2012, 2015. 2016
*Winner of Paranormal Grand Prize from Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media,
*Winner of Southern Writers Best Covers

Other books in the series

Deadwood (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Optical Delusions in Deadwood (Deadwood, #2)
  • Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood, #3)
  • Better Off Dead in Deadwood (Deadwood, #4)
  • An Ex to Grind in Deadwood (Deadwood, #5)
  • Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood (Deadwood, #6)
  • A Wild Fright in Deadwood (Deadwood, #7)
  • Rattling the Heat in Deadwood (Deadwood, #8)
  • Gone Haunting in Deadwood (Deadwood, #9)
  • Don't Let it Snow in Deadwood (Deadwood, #10)
  • Devil Days in Deadwood (Deadwood, #11)

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