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Promissory Payback

(Jane Perry)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Laurel Dewey’s Detective Jane Perry is quickly becoming one of the most distinctive, dynamic, and unforgettable characters in suspense fiction today. She’s rock hard, but capable of extraordinary tenderness. She’s a brilliant cop, but she’s capable of making life-altering mistakes. She’s uncannily talented, and she’s heartbreakingly human.

In this novelette, Jane is called
Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Story Plant, The (first published August 1st 2011)
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Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery/suspense
Recommended to Katy by: The Story Plant
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Please note: Read and reviewed in October, 2011 from an e-galley provided by The Story Plant via NetGalley. Updating review formatting.

About the Story: This novella/novelette is in the Detective Jane Perry series of novels. It is the first one I’ve read, so it is likely that I didn’t catch everything that a long-time reader of the series might have; however, the story is written in such a way that it can be read and stand by itself.

My Synopsis: Perry is called to a murder case – the woman is hog
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:

I really enjoyed both of these books,based on the same main character Jane Perry. In Promissory Payback,Jane is on the case of a woman named Carolyn who has been scamming and misleading several people for her own gain. It’s up to Jane to find out who killed Carolyn and it seems that all the people that Jane meets could easily be a suspect. This is the first book in this series that I have read and I really enjoyed the way I could identify with Jane being a strong and outspoken woman.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it

This short detective storyrelates the mysterious killing of an unsympathetic victim, Carolyn Handel. Through dialogue, the reader learns about theself-centered victim’s personality and illegal financial dealings. The suspects are down on their luck - orchampions of charity. When the swearing,smoking, observant, on-the-wagon, detective, Jane Perry solves the crime, thereader will not be surprised at the wrap up.

This crime novelette issatisfyingly short. It harks back to thethirty-minute detectiv
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Promissory Payback is a short crime story following Detective Jane Perry's investigation into the murder of the much-hated Carolyn Handel. It is difficult to find someone who wouldn't want to kill the self-obsessed money-grabbing sixty year old who made her living out of other people's suffering. Though absent from the action, Carolyn Handel still twists and manipulates emotions from beyond the grave.

“Evil requires the sanction of the victim” is Jane Perry's motto. In her life victims are in a
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
At 80 and 96 pages, I read both the novelette and the collection of stories in one sitting. It was a great way to become immersed in the life of Jane Perry and make me hungry to read the series about her. Though Jane comes across as a tough as nails police detective, I believe that she has a softer side that allows her, through her "observations" to see more than other people. I probably saw this most in the short story - You Can't Judge a Book By It's Cover. This is a good adage for Jane as wel ...more
Alan Williams
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Jane Perry is the no nonsense detective star of Promissory Payback. She takes her sidearm with her to yoga (or did until the yoga teacher objected, the she quit the class). She takes nothing at face value and takes BS from no one.

Ms Dewey had me liking Jane Perry from the outset, she’s sharp but troubled and cuts straight to the heart of solving the case; she also drives a Mustang (one of the best cars in the world, in my opinion!)

Her other characters are well drawn too, being believable both
Viviane Crystal
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Detective Jane Perry is a no-nonsense, gritty investigator who believes a loaded gun is what keeps you both flexible and safe. However, the victim she is about to witness will make her come close to losing her latest meal. Carolyn Handel is a 62 year-old woman found with the word "karma is a b--ch" across her back and her mouth stuffed with a strip of paper in her mouth with the words "Promissory Note" on it, along with a chair clearly placed to be facing the unfortunate but obviously fearful vi ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Published by The Story Plant
ISBN-10: 1611880076
ISBN-13: 978-1611880076
At the request of The Story Plant, a PDF EBook Edition of a double novelette, Promissory Payback and Unrevealed were provided, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from publisher): In PROMISSORY PAYBACK Jane is called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a woman who profited greatly from the misfortunes of others. The case leaves Jane with little question about motive...and
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was first attracted to this book because I'd never read anything by author Laurel Dewey. I also liked that it was a mystery/suspense, and it only has 80 pages. I know most readers like books with around 300, but I like shorter books and short stories a lot. I loved this book and I plan on reading the other books in the Jane Perry series as soon as I can.

Promissory Payback is a who dunnit that kept me guessing until the end. All the suspects had motive and could have been guilty, but in the end
Lis Carey
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Jane Perry is a Denver homicide detective, a recovering alcoholic with a painful marriage in her past. When she's called to the scene of a murder early on a Monday morning, it's just part of the job, and in keeping with her low expectations of the human race.

The victim is an attractive woman in her sixties. She was drugged and hogtied, and "Karma is a bitch" is written on her naked back in lipstick. The lipstick tube has been left near the body, and a chair is pulled up by the bed, as if the kil
Mickey Reed
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Murder mystery novella fans
I was asked to participate in a blog tour for this novel, and this is my first taste of Laurel Dewey's work. It happens to be in the middle of the Jane Perry series, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this chapter of her story. And in it we find the brutal death of sixty-ish woman who thrived on others' misfortunes. She swindled some people from their money, and it caused someone to get so angry that he/she murdered her. In comes Jane to investigate the murder and bring justice.

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Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was my first “Jane Perry” detective novel. I received a courtesy copy from the publisher to review. While the concept of Promissory Payback is classic detective fiction and the storyline is clever, the book’s many issues with character development keep it from a higher rating. Specifically, the actions and behaviors of many of the characters are inconsistent with the descriptions of their personalities and the dialogue is sometimes forced and unrealistic. I found myself rolling my eyes seve ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a short direct to the point case for
Detective Jane Perry, is called out on a murder case.

Caroyln Handle age 62 is found tied up and dead on her bed by lifetime friend Laura Abernathy. Turns out she was stealing money 50,000 for people to invest in condos in Mexico that did not exist.
Jane interviews Laura and learns about her robbing investers of their money and how their is 3 investers who lost money.
Jane interviews relative that was in LA at time of murder and who benefits from her deat
Promissory Payback is actually one of the shortest novels I've ever read. But that's nice, especially after reading The Lonely Polygamist and The Help. Just perfect for a rainy afternoon.

It's a short crime story about detective Jane Perry. She's investigating the murder of Carolyn Handel, a woman so much hated that almost everyone that knows her could have killed her. Perry finds out that Handel is stealing money from people that trusted her and thought they were investing in real estate. Quite
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Being as this is my first Jane Perry book, I absolutely loved her character. She is sarcastic, witty and is a take-no-crap kinda woman. The fact that this was a novelette didn't deter me from actually liking her character. The story moved along quickly, but gave you all of the information needed to understand our heroine and the supporting characters. The case Jane is investigating is gruesome to say the least and she has many suspects to check out. She has a keen eye, a sixth sense for the unse ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
****I was given a copy of this book for my honest review****

Just like my previous review this is another amazing book about Jane Perry. I never figured for the person who did the murder. Never in my wildest thoughts did I come up with the person who did it.

This is just another example of a great writer bringing us mystery/thriller books. The fact that this books is a whole lot shorter than Unrevealed you would never of guessed. You would think it was a book of 200 pages or more. With all the det
Sep 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
This book was a free book, and short (about 10 chapters) and thankfully, I did not spend money on it! It is a story about a female cop who is investigating the murder of a woman who is found dead with her mouth stuffed with torn up Promissory Notes and taped shut. The gist of the story is of the cop interviewing the possible suspects, with little to no personalization of the main character of the book. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to muster any interest in the storyline because none of the chara ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this Mystery, it was a fast read and a well done one. I wished it was longer. I have one problem with the book, the f-word was way overdone in this book. I don't know if it was to make Jane look more bad-a or not, but that word was way overused. You don't get a detective that is like Jane too often in the literary world. At first she rubbed me the wrong way, her smoking constantly, her foul language, and even the way she thought. But as I read I actually could picture her and enjoy her.
Dana Burgess
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Promissory Payback stars the intrepid detective, Jane Perry. I felt like this was a sort of Encyclopedia Brown for adults. (I may be dating myself here but if you missed Encyclopedia Brown as a child, you did miss out.) The clues are obvious and there is little emotional investment required of the reader but the writing is good, the case is interesting and the characters are likable. It's an easy read, there's lots of good irony and sarcasm and it's worth the half hour (OK maybe an hour) it take ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Promissory Payback is a longer than Unrevealed but featured only one story. I liked this one because I felt like I got to see a little more of how Jane Perry works. She has a way of making people talk even when they don't want to reveal anything about themselves. I enjoyed watching her work out who the killer was. I think to talk about it more would ruin it for you. It is definitely worth a shot. I know I will be picking up the full length Jane Perry mysteries in the future!
Oct 05, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: adult readers
Recommended to Gmr by: Partners in Crime Tours
This is one story that illustrates one of many ways I would not want to die, thank you very much. I mean, whew! It’s certainly memorable and not one for the kiddos. It’s also a story that while chock full of suspects, the final reveal will totally make you think. NO, really! Imagine you could stop a whole lot of people from being hurt or bad events from happening if just one person were removed from the picture. Could YOU justify said person or persons lives essentially being ended?
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a great suspense. I really enjoyed trying to figure out things along with Jane. There were a couple of twists and turns, although I didn’t think the outcome was all that shocking, but it was a good mystery.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review for a blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

Ellen Parker
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A quick read and filled with incredible dialogue and insight. I LOVE Jane Perry!!!
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denver Homicide Detective Jane Perry at her best.
I'd rate it R for language, but that's Jane, and I like her the way she is.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
More a novella than a novel, and the plot one one that has been used many times, with different characters and locales. Still the characters were fairly well developed.
Martin Maenza
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Promissory Payback.
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Laurel Dewey’s writing career has been anything but predictable. Born in Glendale, California, Dewey began her career working in public relations. Her writing talents quickly took her into other entertainment avenues. As an assistant editor at BOP Magazine in the late 1980's, Dewey helped launch the blockbuster career of teen pop groups, including The New Kids on The Block. During this time, she w ...more

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