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Every Last Secret (Skeet Bannion #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  223 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Half-Cherokee Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion thought she was leaving her troubles behind when she fled the stress of being the highest-ranking woman in the Kansas City Police Department, a jealous cop ex-husband, and a disgraced alcoholic ex-cop father. Moving to a small town to be chief of a college’s campus police force, she builds a life outside of her work. She might even b ...more
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published April 1st 2012)
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Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion left family and her job as a Kansas City Homicide Detective for being the Chief of Police Chouteau University, she thought she would be able to leave all the bad stuff behind and make a fresh start. It hasn’t worked out that way as pulls back to Kansas City keep making their presence felt. She was sure that, at least, she would be able to leave violent death and murder behind. The fact that the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, Andrew McAffe, is very much de ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it

I loved the premise of this story and found the the lead character engaging. I was occasionally confused by the number of suspects, who were not sufficiently developed for me to easily distinguish them, but I see much promise in this first novel. I look forward to seeing Skeet's character develop in the upcoming two novels, one of which is scheduled for release in May 2013, and the third is currently in progress. I had the privilege of meeting the author recently and hearing her read some of her
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I hope this mystery is the first in a series, because I'd really like to read more about Marquitta "Skeet" Bannion.

Skeet left a promising police career in the city to take a quieter job as the police chief on a college campus. Then the student editor of the campus newspaper is found murdered in his office.

There are a whole lot of conventions in this mystery. The older cop mentor who Skeet still turns to for advice. The troubled and ill father who drinks too much. An attractive ex-husband. And..
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 * Excellent first mystery. The main character, Skeet Bannion, is the newly hired chief of police at a small university. When the student editor or the campus newspaper is murdered, she has to navigate university politics and investigate suspects that include students, faculty and highly ranked administration officials. Turns out the victim was a blackmailer and lots of people have secrets. In the midst of her investigation, the personal life Skeet ran from follows her. Rodriguez does a goo ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Skeet is a compelling, winsome heroine in this mystery that blends the academic and small-town worlds (but just outside big, bad Kansas City) with elements of a police procedural. Further, I am intrigued by Skeet's larger personal search to come to terms with her father, her meddling ex, her Cherokee heritage, and her delightful new circle of women friends. I especially enjoyed seeing the seasoned homicide detective Skeet wrestle with the sometimes inscrutable culture of academic life as she bec ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this debut by Rodriguez in what I hope will be a long series. Skeet Bannion leaves life on the Kansas City force to become Chief of Police for a small college. Small towns are different in many ways from life in the big city and for the most part, Skeet is happy about that. She is a complex character carrying lots of baggage which leaves room for future fascinating insights. Her new friends are equally as interesting. Once the complex mystery is untangled Skeet finds that her life may be ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book and plan to read the rest of the series. Skeet Bannion is a believable character with strengths and weaknesses I can relate to and whom I admire for her strength, talent, and determination. As the daughter of a police officer myself, I really appreciated how Linda Rodriguez treated cops as fully functioning human beings with strengths and weaknesses just like everyone else and not just stereotypical brain-dead, heartless bullies with badges and guns. The story was well plotted and ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chief of Police for a small town campus outside of Kansas City, Marquitta (Skeet)Bannion, finds her understaffed, young force having to deal with a murder. Skeet had left a high powered job wanting to change her violent life, now she must guide her group through campus politics, sordid secrets held within the academian world, and help a young boy through the worst that life can throw at you.

This was a compelling read and shows us promise of an author that will continue to grow. Ms. Rodriguez def
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Rodriguez created a compelling character in Skeet Bannion. Definitely strong but vulnerable at the same time. Accurately captured the plotting & politics often just under the crust of a small college town The plot was complex enough to keep me guessing; I didn't cotton on to the culprit until the end. There's enough left hanging to create a good kernel for a second book.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is a great debut mystery. The protagonist is multidimensional and likeable and there are lot of other interesting characters. It is the first in a series (I accidentally read the second volume first) and I'm looking forward to watching Skeet's career and personal life develop.
Mary Vermillion
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Poet Linda Rodriguez writes a mean mystery! I loved cop Skeet Bannonion and her supporting cast: her ex hubby, boyfriend, and father (all cops with issues), her best friend (a former shrink for cops) and the 14-year-old boy Skeet reluctantly loves like a son.
Margaret Dee
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Debut novel. Strong Character, Good Location, Interesting Questions still to be explored, Unexpected ending. Will read a follow up.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I initially struggled to keep track of the many characters and suspects in this book but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Good writing, interesting story telling and Skeet Bannion is a strong lead you can’t help but root for throughout the book. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
bella Sandberg
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written by a local author, this was a fun read. I could picture some of the scenes as local sites. Well written and now I'm looking for her second book.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid start to a mystery series with compelling, complex characters (own voices genre fiction! yay!). Good middle ground between a cozy and a procedural. Recommended for adult mystery fans.
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love exploring the the stacks at the library. Wandering aimlessly is one way you can find interesting books and authors you've never heard of before. The last time I did that I glanced over at the new release shelves and my eye caught the bright cover of this new book by Linda Rodriguez. I didn't know anything about her and was pleased to learn she lived in Kansas City, which I am very familiar with. That means I can relate to her places in the city and I know how accurate her vivid descriptio ...more
Linda Strong
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the book..... Half-Cherokee Marquitta "Skeet"� Bannion thought she was leaving her troubles behind when she fled the stress of being the highest-ranking woman in the Kansas City Police Department, a jealous cop ex-husband, and a disgraced alcoholic ex-cop father. Moving to a small town to be chief of a college's campus police force, she builds a life outside of her work. She might even begin a new relationship with the amiable Brewster police chief.

All of this is threatened when the student
Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first mystery I've read in many years as it's not my genre, however, what drew me to this novel was the female protagonist in law enforcement and how she dealt with her job and personal life.

Police work is not an unknown world to me, as I spent 28 years working with law enforcement so the protagonist, Detective Bannion, was particularly captivating because she dealt with many issues women face in law enforcement, particularly women of color. She does this without overreaching or whi
May 18, 2016 added it
Shelves: mystery
Winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition, Linda Rodriguez is a Native American and Latina author who has created an outstanding tough female detective in Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion, the new chief of police on a college campus. When assault, theft and murder occur on campus, Skeet is guided by the principles of her Cherokee ancestors who believe in the concept of balance. Her new job is not providing the quiet, stress-free life she had hoped for. As clues lead to te ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The editor of a campus newspaper is found murdered. Then another student finds information about some strange accounting at the university. Follow that with another two murders, a police chief discriminated against by the local sheriff and a youth who's suffering because of it all.
We read this for a mystery book club. It starts off well, gets a little confusing with the number of suspects, then ends well. The main character of Marquitta "Skeet" Bannion is an interesting character, the chief of
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I was completely absorbed in the mystery of Every Last Secret. Skeet Bannion, police chief, is a woman who is up to the job in toughness, independent and able. She is a woman anyone might identify with while she moves in and out of her bicultural world. Brief glimpses into Cherokee worldview and her grandmother's wisdom make this story most compelling. The interweaving of the cultural worlds of Native and non-Native, police, college, and small town where the mystery plays out, is masterful. Lind ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first published book by this author. It was recommended by the knitting and needlepoint store near the Kansas City Plaza that I occasionally visit (The Studio). They have a Summer Book Club and this is their June selection. She is a local author and loves to knit and will be at the store June 30, from 1:30-3:00, for the Book Club meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's a mystery and a 'light read' but well worth the time! I look forward to her next book which I believe will feat ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book makes you think it's a cozy, but it's a serious crime novel that is set in a small town. I happen to love mysteries set in small towns, so I enjoyed this one a lot. Good characterizations, nice plotting, and the mystery was pretty good. If I had one complaint it would be that there were too many characters introduced at once in the beginning and I had a hard time sorting them out later. I wish I had taken some crib notes. But that is a minor flaw and I will definitely be l ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I liked several of the main characters, especially Skeet. The book drew me in and kept me coming back. It fell a bit flat for me though. There were SO many characters introduced and not enough background to keep most of them memorable. By the end (maybe last 60 pages) I was really over the book but felt like I needed to finish it. It started out so well and promising but it slowly started losing it's appeal. It was an ok book, but as far as the genre, there are others that I have read that kept ...more
Janie  R.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysterysuspense

This is one of the best mystery books, that I have ever read!! It's intense,fast paced,it keeps moving,with different twists and turns,- revealing new info and new characters. Some of the characters I really liked,esp. Skeet, her character was awesome! I felt like I was watching a movie, the characters and the plots seemed "so real"! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book, to all mystery fans out there. The author,Linda Rodriguez, wrote an excellent boo
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Skeet is a winning lead for a mystery series. As a longtime (3.5 decades) mystery reader and a university brat, I thought the setting was true to both the banality and the machinations of the university landscape. I would have liked to see more development of secondary characters - for example, maybe 2 rather than 3 women friends of Skeet more fully developed - but overall EVERY LAST SECRET was a great read, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by Linda Rodri ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I'd really give this book 3.5 stars. There are books that I feel bad about when I give a rating of 3 stars, like they were sub-par or disappointing in some way because I only liked them. I didn't feel that way about this book, though. I genuinely liked it, and since there's a follow-up in the works, I'll definitely read it when it comes out. It was a solid mystery with a good cast of characters. My only complaint would be that the dialogue is a bit weak, but since this is a poet's first foray in ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Interesting characters and situations. An ex-big city cop, Skeet Bannion, wanted a simple new life as chief of campus police in a small university town. Skeet, by the way, is a woman, and her simple new life turns out to be, well, not so simple-- and trouble ensues. Very well written by an author who is also a poet. I enjoyed the environs around Kansas City, too, something different from the usual big city NYC, LA, or Chicago. Recommended!
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Skeet has moved from the busy criminal life of Kansas City to a small college town, thinking that she would enjoy the quiet life as campus chief of police. But then a student is found dead in the newspaper room and Skeet finds that he was not a nice guy even if he was married to Skeet's neighbor. Skeet has to rely on her skills she learned on the KCPD homicide unit to find the killer.

First in a new series.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
A solid first mystery from Rodriguez. An overwhelming number of characters (more than 40, I think) are introduced in the first thirty or so pages. One of the first mysteries that needs to be solved is how to keep track of all those names.

Food: I suggest some peppermints since your fingers will be busy writing out a list of characters.
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Linda Rodriguez’s novel, Every Last Secret featuring Skeet Bannion, won the 2011 St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic First Novel Competition and will be published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books on 4/24/2012. Rodriguez has published two books of poetry, Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, and Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publicati ...more
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