Nearly Departed in Deadwood
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...more
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 ...more
The book is narrated by the main character, Violet, and it starts out with the, "oh, life is so haaaaaarrrrrd!" refrain and never stops. She has "cutely" disobedient children that know that they can push her around by whining until they get what they want. She has ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In 2010, Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the Daphne du Maurier Award, and in 2011 it was a RWA Golden Heart Award winner.
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more