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Dead Case in Deadwood

(Deadwood #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,808 ratings  ·  242 reviews
"Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree."-Violet Parker Real estate agent.

Violet "Spooky" Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it or maybe a foot.

Can Violet discover what's in the crates the crooks

Nook, 405 pages
Published March 20th 2012 (first published March 1st 2012)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Violet Parker once again finds herself in the middle of a whole world of misadventure in Deadwood. She needs to sell a hotel to a Ghost Whisperer or lose her job; figure out what Ray is up to at the funeral home; find out who the the headless corpse is and why he's headless; and if she has a little time take her relationship with Doc to the next level.

There are books that are a lot like this series and in nearly every case I liked them for one or two books before the glow faded. But these books
Douglas Meeks
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery Series #3) I try not to give away too many 5 Star reviews because I don't want them to become commonplace BUT this series has been so overwhelmingly entertaining I cannot do anything else. Violet is settling in and getting more laugh out load funny, the romance is picking up a lot AND the paranormal aspects of these books takes a huge leap forward. You need these books to read between whatever your usual reading choices are because they are like a treat fo ...more
Jaime Jeffrey
CLIFFHANGER!! R u freakin kiddin me? I'd punch Doc in the Adam's Apple. He runnin 'round talkin 'bout Violet not tellin Natalie, when he did the same damn thing. He never once said, out right, to Natalie "yeah, I'm just not that into u." Lil miss Namby Pamby, coulda forced this issue by tellin Doc, "this is not my problem, u want me, u tell her," after the very 1st time he kissed her. Instead, we get bush beatin, pussy footin & all around foolishness, that could've well been avoided.

Next, FO
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Wow. Deadwood fans, you're going to be amazed!

The Deadwood Mystery series is one of my favorite series. When it comes to mysteries, it is my favorite. Every time I pick up an instalment in this series, I know I'm in for a treat. You get pulled in pretty quickly and Ann takes you for a ride where you'll be guessing the outcome until the very end. I love it.

The characters are some of my favorite cast of characters. Old man Harvey is completely original. He may be sour and a womaniser, but he's got
This 3rd in the Deadwood series continues the adventures of Violet, bad realtor with a spooky reputation whose curiosity puts her in the middle of some criminal cases along with a big cast of secondary characters. As per my earlier reviews, I still think Violet is a narcissistic Mary Sue who doesn't suffer the consequences of her actions in any real or realistic way. I don't really like her at all. There was some much needed character development in this one, so I still have hopes I'll grow to l ...more
Marion Driessen
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the series, and it just makes me want to read more and more. Laughing out loud, holding my breath - you name it and Ann Charles gives it. Romance, humor, suspense, all in one package. Try it!
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf
Dead Case in Deadwood was an unexpected tough read, one that took me something like a month to finish (alas! Some skimming took place). I enjoyed Nearly Departed in Deadwood and adored Optical Delusions in Deadwood but had to fight hard the urge to DNF the third installment of Charles' Deadwood series, set my Kindle on fire and throw it out of the window for good measure.

Violet! What the hell, Violet?! Get a grip, girl. You are a piece of sh*t. An immature, aggravating, demanding, selfish, whiny
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This series is becoming seriously addictive! To think I didn't like the first instalment and almost never got to reading the second one!

In Dead Case in Deadwood the story is fun and there are several sub-plots which make the book an entertaining read. The dialogues (especially those with Harvey involved) are seriously funny and Ann Charles doesn't go over the top with the paranormal part of the story which is nice.

I have to say that what I particularly enjoyed in this instalment is the developm
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Holy smokes! I haven't been this enamored of a series since... umm, well, it hasn't been all that long BUT STILL! I am so enjoying the shenanigans these characters get into. I mean... Harvey and his love gel (fruit flavored because that's what his lady friends like), best friend Natalie and her determination to see Violet paired up with the Detective despite Violet's insistence that she wasn't into him and he wasn't into her (something I'm not too sure of), Doc's ghostly visitations (not to ment ...more
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Notice the cover..C.S. Kunkle illustrated. Again, for those who have been living under a rock, the cover is everything. I actually bought Ann's first book in the series because of the fantastic cover. I loved it! I can't begin to tell you how many books I have turned down due to the hideous covers..spend the money if ,unlike Ann, you don't have a professional artist in your family. Who probably charged her- but let's hope she got
May 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books would be a lot better if our main character didn't persistently act so stupid. There are very few circumstances where she doesn't make the exact opposite decision that any sane, reasonable, intelligent, responsible person would. But I could handle that if the author would just explain why the character acted like such an idiot all the time. We really have no idea why she is a mid 30's mom of twins who still acts like a college kid. She's still sponging off family but makes decisions ...more
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3.5 stars. My least favorite so far - but I still really liked it. I think what put me off that half star was the funeral home center of the plot. Funeral Homes just aren't even a little bit interesting to me.

Still, a very good story, and the character development in this book was much stronger than the first two books: Doc and Violet actually have conversations in this book (although, thank goodness, not too many) and the shit hits the fan in a relationship or two. Cooper intrigues the hell out
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This one was all over the place. The romance was silly and off putting. The charming "will they or won't they" from the first two books was just tedious by book three.The fact that they are still sneaking around was corny. The mystery was strange and confusing. I find her constant inability to learn from her mistakes stupid.She prattles on and on about "doing what is best for her children" then jumps head first into dangerous situations that could get her killed over and over. This book just did ...more
I enjoy Ann Charles Deadwood series. It is funny, mysterious and there are always some kind of "high jinks" going on. Violet Parker is always getting herself into some kind of trouble and Dead Case in Deadwood is no exception. This book starts off with a headless corpse and ends with disappearing albinos. Lots of fun.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was even better than the first two. If you enjoy a story with romance,ghosts,mystery, and humor, I urge you to read this absolutely terrific book. I laughed out loud several times. How could I not,when there are characters like Safari Scooter or Big Lip Lolly?! The ending had me clamoring for more...
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
My favorite things about Ann Charles' books are the wit and humor. The main character always gets herself into ridiculous situations and her life is a comedy of errors.

The character development is fantastic. The plot was good. I would actually rate this book 3.75 stars. I liked it but not quite as much as I did the first one.
Nancy H
I really like this series, although (view spoiler)
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of the series. As I have totally enjoyed both book 1 & 2 I looked forward to reading this book. In my opinion this was a whole book of middle. Nothing definitive really happens. It was good enough to try book 4 but was a little disappointed overall. Hope book 4 is better.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, romance
If you haven't read this series now is the time to start.
It's fun, witty, a wee bit sexy, there is intrigue, parenting, real estate selling...and romance.
How fun could that be?
Violet's client in this book looks like Abe Lincoln and wants to buy a haunted hotel, because he is a Ghost Whisper.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author is going to kill me. And yet I find myself completely and utterly sucked into the stories. They all have such a great underlying storyline that is pulled all of the books together so far. In fact sometimes the characters will mention things and you find yourself thinking “oh yeah, whatever happened with XYZ?” But the main character keeps me slapping my fore head thinking “what are you doing?!” But then the supporting characters say the same thing and I find myself thanking them! Each ...more
Lisa Holyk
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't stand the heroine

Not sure why I got this book after not really liking Violet in the first book. Like her even less now. She has two kids, but is constantly doing stuff that could land her in jail, jeopardizes her job and her life. She keeps things going with Doc, but doesn't respect her friend enough to tell her what's up. She'd rather use her to go sleuthing. When I think someone is doing something illegal , I don't jump in their face and start accusing them off stuff. Not sure if she did
Cathy G
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Well here we go again,,, Spooky Parker as she is known by all the local police officers, is once again being warned by Detective Cooper to keep her nose out of police business. Will she listen, no of course not. What the heck is going on at Mudders funeral home and is her evil, wretched co-worker Ray involved?.. What is being moved out of the funeral parlor in large crates, and why are they being loaded into Ray Underhill's car. Doc is telling her to mind her own business, but Harvey is egging h ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Creepier and creepier

These books have me so hooked it's ridiculous. Ann Charles has upped the creepy factor in Dead Case in Deadwood. I now question every little noise I here in my house late at night when everyone is asleep except me. More than the creepiness is the humor. This is one of those books that will get you odd looks for bursting into spontaneous laughter, whether you are with family or in public. And the chemistry between Violet and Doc sizzles even more. Add in all of the secondary
Melissa Basnight
Violet has a thing for trouble since she always seems to be in it. She is dating Doc, but not sure she wants everyone to know since her best friend is interested in him. Cooper is the cop that is always interrogating her since she is always caught trying to solve the murder mysteries. Crazy fun cast of characters. I'm interested in reading more from this author to see what happens next in Deadwood.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garbage
That much jealousy detracts from the story

This would have been a good book if it didn't have all that jealousy in it. It was a serious problem for the story flow. It completely overshadowed the plot. The amount of jealousy was such a detractor that I will not be reading any more of this series.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cornelius, a rather eccentric man from Las Vegas, comes into Calamity Jane's Reality and asks to see Violet Parker. He is looking to buy property in Deadwood - and by property I mean that he wants to buy a local hotel.

Needless to say this is a huge coup, so huge that Violet's colleague Ray immediately asks their boss Jane if he can take over. Since Violet can't stand Ray, she digs in her heels and reminds everyone that Cornelius specifically requested her for the job. Baring that in mind, Jane h
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I liked book #3 better than book #2 by a long shot. Maybe continuing the series while I still remember everyone's back story helped. But mostly there are still open plot lines (and a few new ones added) that will keep me moving through the series.
Victoria Bryant
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this series through a newsletter. I downloaded the first copy for free only because I thought the cover looked good. This is one of the best series I've read. I am in love with Violet! I wish she were my friend.
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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,
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“Call me crotchety, but I didn’t like being bossed around, especially before I’d injected caffeine into my system. Violet Parker” 6 likes
“I knew that kind of thinking was paranoid, but after the wacky crap that had happened to me over the last couple of months, these days I’d be suspicious of a jolly white-bearded man in a red suit carrying a bag over his shoulder.(Violet Parker)” 5 likes
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