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Optical Delusions in Deadwood

(Deadwood #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,782 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Someone is spreading rumors around Deadwood that Violet Parker likes to chat with dead folks.

With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for
Paperback, 414 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Corvallis Press (first published May 2011)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series is quickly becoming a favorite. I love all the fun quirky characters but Harvey just might be a favorite. I never laugh more than the times he is speaking or up to something.

Filled with mystery, laughs, romance, heat, and ghosts, and death around every corner, what is there not to love about this series?
If I ever played you at chess, I can almost guarantee that I'd beat you.

Once...maybe twice.

The thing is I have a great game of chess, but I only have one game. Extremely decisive to the point of being aggressive. I intimidate people, bulldoze right through them and win. (I once left an Indonesian child prodigy in tears after a game of chess)

But after one or two games you'll have my number and I'll never beat you again.

And that's a bit like this book. I mean it's great, really the
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was so good! I read the first in the series and quite liked it. I bought this one but never was motivated enough to start it. Then I read a review from one of my GR friends, who had also 'quite liked' the first book and found the second book much better. This was the shove I needed and am so glad I did! The characters are all great. It's funny, the relationships are great - Natalie, Aunt Zoe, the kids, Doc and Harvey. I loved the ending! What a great segue into the next book. ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
A realtor with a problematic lovelife tries to sell a house reputed to be haunted. Supposed to be a cozy, but there isn't much of a mystery. It's mostly the realtor pining away. ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Optical Delusions in Deadwood is the second installment in the Deadwood Mystery series by Ann Charles.
When I read Nearly Departed in Deadwood,( Deadwood Mystery, #1) I know I was going to be hooked on this series. I loved the characters, mystery, suspense, comedy and especially the romance.

Violet is a mother of two adorable kids with active imaginations. When she's not being a mother, she's a realtor. When she's not being a realtor(or even when she is), she's fighting with ghosts(if she even b
Douglas Meeks
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short review: It was original as the first book, the writing is excellent, funny and the secondary characters are fully functional (that is 3 dimensional for professional reviewers:) and the bottom line is that you should get both books and read them when you have one of those "What should I read now" moments because you will feel like you found treasure :) It is probably about a 4.5 Star but I rounded down sine she did not seem to learn a lot after book 1, the character needs to grow a bit more ...more
Emma James

I am totally digging Violet, Doc, Harvey, Cooper, Aunt Zoe and the rest of the characters of Deadwood.
Throw in a mystery, sexual tension, boots knocking, the office meanie, some paranormal and you have a fun recipe for a solid series.
Nice easy reads.

I love that Ann's son is the artist for the cover designs.

Fave male character has to be Harvey. He is the salt of the earth.
Fave hunky character... Doc, of course!
Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Oh, boy, I think I'm in the minority here but I found this book a little disappointing after the first one. And, it's the so-called "hot" romance between Doc and Violet that is the reason it fell out of favour with me.

It was not so much a romance as simple lust and sex. Both possessed out-of-control hormones that were more suited to sex-crazed teenagers who have never had carnal relations before than two supposedly mature adults. And, unfortunately--for me, anyway--the ma
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Now that was a total surprise! I had read so many rave reviews about this series that I bought the first three instalments on a whim. The problem is, I didn't like the first instalment at all: I thought the book was badly written, didn't like the plot or any of the characters... I actually didn't finish the book which was quite a disappointment since I expected to enjoy it a lot.

Well, I let some time pass and, having bought two more books in the series I decide to give the second instalment a tr
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charles-ann
The second book was just as enjoyable as the first. If I'm completely honest, my favorite character is "Old Man Harvey". I love his character. Just hope that not everyone in Deadwood and Leads end up dead! ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turning out to be a super fun series! On to number 3.
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The Deadwood series is a classical cozy. You have a little town with its cast of quirky characters, where the main protagonists solves a crime.

The quirky characters function as the comic reliefs, a role which in this series falls mainly to grumpy senior citizen Harvey with the heart of gold (both with his stories about his sexual exploits and his role as a busybody that can't keep a secret) and Violet's children (in this volume that wants to set Violet up with her best friends dad). And of cour
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book.
the mystery was interesting
the supernatural aspect is intriguing - it does seem like the author isn't sure what to do with this,
the side characters are great. I love Harvey, Doc, Mona and Aunt Zoe. Even the potential buyers are okay

The main character is very whiny and so full of insecurities that it is exhausting.
Also, she hasn't told her best friend about her relationship with Doc. So her best friend still thinks she has a chance with hi
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This second book in Charles' Deadwood series featuring failing real estate agent Violet along with a huge cast of quirky small town characters follows the same format as book 1. Violet becomes involved in a murder investigation through curiosity and snooping while trying to sell a house everyone believes is haunted. General high jinks ensue, most of which are seriously funny with just enough dark edge from the mystery to keep it from being cheesy. I'm enjoying the series for entertainment purpos ...more
4.5 Stars... I am so glad I returned to this series... Violet Parker is attempting to overcome her past near death experience with her insane client, only to find herself embroiled in a new opportunity to sell yet another "haunted" house... Not wanting to be known as the ghost whisperer of her small town but in desperate need of the money, Violet sets out to make the sale... When an unsolved murder and an unsettled spirit come into the mix, things really take a turn for the worse for our unlikel ...more
Aղցela W.
This was book 2 of in the "Deadwood" series. This was a really good read I am loving listening to this ghostly funny series. Violet Parker is attempting to overcome her past near death experience with her insane client, only to find herself embroiled in a new opportunity to sell yet another "haunted" house. Not wanting to be known as the ghost whisperer of her small town but in desperate need of the money, Violet sets out to make the sale. Her life gets crazy she has an office mate who hates ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Violet manages to find another "haunted" house to sell against everyone's advice.

What I enjoyed:
* Harvey is a hoot!
* Doc is a pretty interesting character/love interest

What could have been better:
* Violet. She seems a mediocre mother at best. I think she was with her twins maybe 2% of the entire book, pretty soon they will be calling Aunt Zoe - Mom. Plus she had her grade-school son come to her office (not in walking distance) to help her open a box and sent him home again by himself. So did he
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea when I started this series that I'd enjoy it so much that I'd want to jump straight into book 2 with barely a break. But I do! And I did! And now we're here, spending more time with Violet and her accidentally trouble making ways.

This book started off a little slower than book 1 (you can read that as "I didn't almost snort my coffee out my nose within the first few pages as I did with the first book") and it took a bit of time to build up to the real meat of the mystery. This wasn'
Sarah Walker
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am thoroughly angry.

Swearing happens. I am not a prude. In times of stress, a character needs to spit some heat. But when an author uses language to define a major character, I find it a cheap cheat. When a character swears over the top to be offensive, I find it boring. When an author uses offensive language as a ploy for humor I get irritated. Cheating, offended and boring sprinkled through a few areas of the book's beginning, but I continued reading because I had invested in the plot and ch
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like mysteries, romance, with a dash of paranormal.
Recommended to Heather by: Given to me as a ARC
An exciting trip back to Deadwood to visit with Violet-real-estate extraordinaire/part-time sleuth. This time with ghostly encounters in the mix. I liked how the story started just a short time after the first book ends. A rollicking romp through the streets of Deadwood sprinkled with sexual innuendo from Harvey,Violet's cantankerous friend to the steamy romance scenes between Doc & Violet. It all mixes together like lemons and sugar to make an inventive lemonade. I absolutely love Violet's ecce ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance
If you enjoyed Nearly Departed in Deadwood, you'll love this! More suspense, more mystery, more romance. It's another hit by Ann Charles. Violet is one of my favorite heroines and she does not disappoint in this second instalment of the Deadwood Mystery Series.

In Optical Delusions in Deadwood, Violet Parker is neck deep in trouble with haunted homes, psychos trying to hurt her and a disapproving Doc Nyce. But we get a whole lot more heat between Doc and Violet this time around.

Besides the grea
Gator Girl Eaton
I'm sorry but the quirky character Harvey and Violet's children just aren't charming enough to redeem these books.

Frankly, I don't care for the Violet character.
She lies. A lot. To everyone.
And then justifies every lie.
I don't mind a flawed character....but I need some growth.
I just don't care if Violet does.

Then we have the situation with Doc and Natalie.
I think the major mystery of these books is "Why is Violet's best friend, Natalie, in love with Doc and think he's the "ONE"?"
She hadn't even
Nikki Devitt
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I have never become such a die hard fan and proponent of an author, let alone in a period of just a few days. The second in the Deadwood Mystery Series will only leave you cheering for the third to arrive and finding yourself even more head over heels in love with Violet Parker and her gang.

Charles has a talent few authors can every dream of achieving. The ability to drag you so fully into a story that you wish it were all true and you were right there in the mix of all the excitement.

Simply put
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great and hilarious story teller. Irreverent, tongue in cheek, uses colourful language, well, colourfully. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is the second in her Deadwood series and I've just gone off and bought the recently published third one. There's too much information freely given away about the first book in the series that I feel I sort of know what happened without reading it.
I'm also really impressed with the proof and copy editors. Well done!
Dec 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the series was good. This one was mostly about either thinking about having sex, talking about having sex, having sex and then not talking to each other. Oh yes, and her best friend had called dibs on the guy and was really into him before the main character decided she wanted to have him. So add sneaking around and having sex in the restroom while on a "double date." ...more
The hiding of her relationship from her best friend is getting really old. I won't read the next one because a friend who has read it says that whole storyline doesn't get resolved for a few more books. Seriously. Grow a pair and admit you like him. Calling dibs only works if you're 14. We're talking about (made up) real life and love here. ...more
kc (4saintjude)
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first. Why did I start this series before #3 was out? Now I am hooked. I loved the characters and humor, but especially the way the author treats the setting. I hope there are many more to come.
Jaime Jeffrey
Another protagonist I like but wanna hit upside the head. These Namby pamby heroines & their bitchin' about things they can (easily) fix, fucked up in the 1st place & gotta live with, or lettin' some dude steal their joy. She's a like-able character but the insecurity drives me up a wall. ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
My husband thought I would like this book. The elements set up a good story. Turned out to be too much of a romance novel for me and I won't be reading any more of the series. The "tension" between the main characters was lame and childish. ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This series is light, and not particularly noteworthy, but it is amusing and entertaining. Smile if you like simile, because this book is as loaded with them as a manure bin at a racetrack before the maintenance guy comes by.
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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)
  • Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood, #1)
  • 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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