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Dead by Midnight (Dead by Trilogy #1)

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The last sounds Dean Wilson hears are a clock striking twelve and a killer's taunting words. And his death is just the first. One by one, victims are stalked and shot at close range. Only the killer knows their sins, and who will be the next to die at midnight..

In the ten years since her Hollywood care
ebook, 480 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2010)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Dead by Midnight by Beverly Barton is the 1st novel in her Dead By Trilogy and is part and #11 in the Griffin Powell’s Series.

It takes off from the previous book, Silent Killer and focuses on Lorie Hammonds, Cathy Cantrell’s best friend and Mike Birkett, the sheriff of the small town of Dunmore.

Jeez……..for a small town there’s a lot going on there!!! Gossip-mongers, murders, people with secrets….and a lot more!!!

Lorie Hammonds and Mike Birkett had been in love and engaged when she left for Holly
Melissa Yee
Jan 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell you the last book I didn't finish, regardless of how bad the writing was and how tedious the plot-line...until now. The story is far-fetched, the characters are poorly developed and I found the writing to be juvenile at best.

I simply could not waste another moment of my life trying to get through this.

You've been warned!
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am having a hard time putting my thoughts in order to comment about this book. The plot was excellent, but the details of it were so spread out over its large cast that I felt it was very fragmented. It centered around a serial murderer who is killing the cast and crew of an old porn movie that has just been re-released. I don't think Ms. Barton was all that comfortable with her subject and it showed in the language she used. There was just so much going on with all the many characters in the ...more
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I'm a little bit torn on this book. I thought it was a really good suspense story. Really kept me reading. But on the romance/romantic suspense front, it wasn't quite what I wanted. There were some things that bugged me and kept it from being a 5-star book.

Series Note:
Hard to say whether this could be read as a standalone. There's a lot of backstory, a lot of continuing characters, a lot of running storylines and all that. It depends on what type of reader you are if you'd be able to read this
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book quite difficult to read… The story line was interesting but I really disliked the main characters… This story has a strong recurring religious theme, there are many religion oriented (Christianity) rants from the serial murderer character. Many of Mike’s thoughts are oriented around sin and judgement. There are constant calls on “God” by Lori, nearly every one of her exclamations contains the word “God”…
The main characters really rubbed me the wrong way… Lori is supposed to be
Scott Archer
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspence
This book is definitely not for men. I thought it was a good premise made terrible by the author's decision to spend so much time on these silly volatile romances among the characters. If a serial killer is plotting to kill me, and I decide to ignore that fact and become preoccupied with my old high school boyfriend who is married, someone please just shoot me. And the idea that the FBI and police would defer and work jointly with a private detective agency on a matter as serious as a serial kil ...more
Sep 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DEAD BY MIDNIGHT is a beautifully written story with a compelling mystery. It's too bad the hero of DEAD BY MIDNIGHT is a complete douche bag. If Mike wasn't a total prick, I would have loved the story more and bought into the romance between the hero and heroine. If Mike wasn't a complete prick I would've given DEAD BY MIDNIGHT an A instead of a D-.

Quick overview: Mike and Lorie were high school sweethearts. After high school, like many kids who live in a small town (and many who don't) the her
Anne OK
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Another suspenseful "Powell" book. After a long and difficult period of time, this time around Mike and Lorie finally found their HEA. Figuring out who the "Midnight" murderer was kept me guessing until the last pages. Even up to the last there were two choices that left me unable to determine the killer. Barton does a great suspense and this book seemed to be a bit more steamy than previous. All in all, another great addition to this series of books.
Mike Corcoran
Feb 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't waste your time. I thought this was going to be a mystery/thriller. It was a poorly written, romance novel. I stress poorly written. I'm not interested in romance novels, but this wsa so poorly written, I wanted to throw the book across the room -- except it was an E-book!
I chose this book because it was #1 in a trilogy and I've had trouble following storylines in other mid-series books. But after I started reading, it felt like the author was reaching back to other books, so I double checked and even though it was #1 in the "Dead By" trilogy, it was #11 in the Griffin Powell series. If I had know that, I wouldn't have even picked the book up.

I started reading and got so confused with all the different characters that I finally went back and started making a list
Blood Rose Books
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book in her Dead By series, Beverly Barton intoroduces the read to a serial killer who is obsessed with eliminating all copies and those associted with the pornographic move Midnight Mascaraide.

Lorie Hammonds has a past that she is not proud of her past. Ten years ago she was conviced by her then boyfriend to pose for Playboy and have a small role in a pornographic film. Lorie has done everything since then to remake her life, and forget her past, even if those people of the small
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book in a nutshell: soft porn with a side serving of ambiguous scenes and some semblance of plot. That said, the underlying mystery wasn't half bad.
I picked this up at the airport on the way back from holiday but only got around to reading it now. I hadn't been aware of the author previously and it clearly became obvious that there had been previous books featuring most of the main characters and their involvement with a train of different psychotic killers.
The basic story line was that the heroine had gone to LA seeking fame and fortune when she had finished school leaving her high school sweet heart behind.unfortunately she fell in with
Julie Kruse
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Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother with this book. It's a waste of time.

I'm read this as an audiobook. After about 1/3 of the way through I was only half listening until there is some mystery solving action going on as there is just layers and layers of fluff in this book that do nothing for character development, plot development, or even setting a scene. Should have been 75% shorter overall.

I like the overall plot. It is not so predictable and formulaic as other books. The characters are annoying and I wnet from d
Rachel Carrington
This is my first book by Beverly Barton, and I was so excited about the premise of the book. Unfortunately, I only got into the first forty pages before I put the book down. It was the over-abundance of characters that did it for me. There were too many to keep track of within those first few pages, their roles weren't clearly defined, and I as completely lost.

On the other hand, what I read about each of those characters was very good. Ms. Barton does have an excellent way with characterization.
Nadine Larter
This has NEVER happened to me before but when I got to the very end of this book I realized that I had absolutely no idea who they were talking about in the last scene where they revealed her stalker. I don't know if it was just bad reading on my part or if it was supposed to be just a random person. Feeling a bit...stupid! Lots of characters in this book though. I should possibly have taken notes... That said I did actually enjoy the book (despite having predicted the killer as soon as he stepp ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had several low ratings, but again, I decided to draw my own conclusions. This book is the first in the "Dead By" series but also connected to the Griffin Powell series (I believe it is number 11). I found the book very difficult to follow in the beginning; there were multiple characters named and it was difficult to keep track of everyone. However, I did enjoy the storyline and once I let go of the fact that I couldn't remember everyone's name and stage name, I felt better about my re ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is supposed to be a trilogy, but I almost think I should have read some other book to have some idea about the myriad characters in the novel. I loved the mystery and the way I couldn't figure out the killer until the very end. Even though I realized that she gave it away when we first met the killer. I thought it was a long book and not every word was needed. Twice she added that the character flushed the toilet. Maybe it is her way of making the characters more personable. Who knows. I wi ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest in the Griffin Powell series. This did put some closure to the Lori Hammonds and Mike situation. Lori needs protecting from the Killer by Midnight serial killer. Mike stays with Lorie to protect her after her bodyguard is found murdered. It has set-up the next book where Maleah and Derek will try to find out who is killing Powell agents. That won't be out until next year. I wasn't sure who the killer was, but kind of had an idea. I love her books because of all the things going on in ...more
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Overall plot was ok
The suspense angle of the story was a bit limited and un-suspenseful
The romantic potion of the story overshadowed the mystery and suspense portion of the story
I wanted way more insight into the mind of the killer
Multiple plots in the story line - 2 completed and one left open
If your looking for an HEA this book has the traditional HEA (view spoiler)
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was 30 chapters too long and way too over dramatic at times. No surprises in this book and the characters were flat. I'm not sure if I'll read another one in this series. I was going to quit reading but skipped ahead to the ending I already knew, haha. If you are looking for an entirely mindless book, this is the one you want.
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

WAYYYYYYY!!! Too many characters. Short choppy character development. I thought this was the start of a series but its a mini series inside a larger series. I had to bail out on this. Just too confusing.
Sherry Chandler
Oct 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this book. It was poorly written and I had need to know that the bed was dressed in designer sheets. For example.
As a suspense book I liked Dead by Midnight. The romance part was okay, too, but I still think the real genre of this book was suspense.
The main mystery stands alone, but there was a subplot that still had loose ends. Also, characters from other books appear, and it would have helped to have read previous books.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-romance
buku griffin powell series nih

lorie hammond, saat berusia 18 tahun pergi meninggalkan kampung halamannya alabama & pergi ke LA dengan harapan dapat menjadi bintang.
lorie meninggalkan tunangannya mike birkett.

namun semua tidak sesuai dengan harapan lorie, bintang bersinar tidak sesuai dengan impian lorie.
hal itulah yg membuatnya memutuskan untuk meninggalkan LA & kembali ke alabama, kampung halamannya.
di alabama kedatangan lorie menimbulkan pro & kontra.
mike birkett, her ex-fiance, t
sanctuary angel  pettyfer
Obsesi itu jahat. Dia seakan menelanmu. Menguburmu dalam angan. Dan kadang menjerumuskanmu dalam kejahatan Ɣªήğ akut. Dan obesesilah Ɣªήğ membawa Lorie Hammonds untuk meninggalkan segalanya saat dia masih remaja untuk memasuki dunia keartisan. Obsesilah Ɣªήğ membuat psikopat kita membunuhi para pemain film Midnight Masquerade.

Lorie kembali ke Dunmore kampungnya untuk memulai hidupnya kembali. Akibat kegagalan beruntun dan menjadikan dirinya hina dimata warga Dunmore. Ya Lorie bertahan karena di
Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes

The actors that once starred in a porno movie are systematically being murdered in "Dead by Midnight". Lorie, one of the actors, has for the past nine years regretted making this movie. Since returning home, she has been living a good life, despite her childhood sweetheart who is unable to forgive her past mistakes. But now that her life is threatened, her ex-finance, who is also the sheriff, is determined to see she remains safe, despite his feelings.

Beverly Barton,
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beverly-barton
i'm pretty sure..... this book will be absolutely TERRIFIC !!!!!
and yes it was !
beverly, beverly, you did a Marvelous work ! but everytime i see the trilogy, i just exhale...because i knew these were your last book *sigh*

well, the most important part is you did an excellent job with your stories. i always like you, Madame.

ok, back to the story, but first, may i use my mother language ? :)
buku ini bisa dikatakan sebagai lanjutan kisah yg belum terselesaikan antara sheriff Mike Birkett n Lorie H
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Beverly Marie Inman was born on 23 December 1946 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA. Daughter of Doris Marie and Walter D. Inman Jr. A born romantic, she fell in love with The Beauty and the Beast epic at an early age, when her grandfather bought her an illustrated copy of the famous fairy tale. Even before she learned to read and write, her vivid imagination created magical words and fabulous characters ...more
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Dead by Trilogy (3 books)
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