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A Rendezvous to Die For

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  20 reviews
All photographer Cassandra Cassidy wanted to do was settle into the peaceful Minnesota countryside and lick her New York-inflicted emotional wounds. But a photo gig she couldn't pass up has her up to her f-stops trying to get to the bottom of a gruesome hatchet job that left her nemesis dead and left her near the top of the suspect list. Smoking out the real killer will le ...more
Paperback, first, 266 pages
Published November 2011 by lulu
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Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cassandra happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time which results in her becoming a murder suspect. Cassandra goes into detective-mode attempting to find out who the real killer is and clear her own name. Her search for the truth puts her in danger and adds her to the killers list of future victims.

This novel is full of suspense and pulls you right into the wild chase. This was a very exciting read and I found myself struggling to put it down. I attempted adding all the clues up and I h
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, mystery
After some heavy reading of late, this novel by Betty McMahon was a refreshingly easy, breezy book to read. As a detective-ish novel in the “Cassandra Cassidy Mystery” series, I didn’t expect that I would like it much, but when I jumped in, McMahon’s simple, journalistic style of writing was snappy and easy to follow, and kept my attention. A perfect book for a vacation or business trip read: it’s light, quick, and engaging.

The story is set against a rural backdrop in Colton Mills, Minnesota, m
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Who would have thought that taking pictures at a Prarie Rivers Trappers' Rendezvous would make you a suspect in the murder of one of the attendees.

Cassandra Cassidy found a dead body in a tent at the Rendezvous, and then a day later found another person dead when she stopped by his home. She was now a suspect in not just one murder, but two...was it a coincidence or purposely done? When she came upon a third body and then had a fire bomb thrown at her house, she seriously began to wonder what wa
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a pretty quick read for me. The mystery was great and the overall story was paced very well. This one kept me guessing until the very end and when the killer was revealed it was a complete surprise.

While I did like this book, it wasn't one of those that I just loved although it's very well written. I think that my main problem was that I didn't really feel like I got to know Cassandra very well. I didn't feel like she was quite as well developed as she could have been. I never real
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, review-request
A photographer turned amateur sleuth must solve the mystery that increasingly casts suspicion on herself. It's a great premise, and especially the idea of the camera being the one to catch all the little clues that can help solve the mystery is smart. I didn't feel like this story completely delivered on it's promise however. The structure of the mystery felt haphazard, as clues and information were revealed in too many coincidences and in reconnaissances that felt illogical or at least a jump i ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Exciting action on the Rez! A brand new sleuth sorts out clues from an 1830s world!

Photographer Cassandra Cassidy has left her big city life behind in New York and is just getting settled in a small town in Minnesota.

She wasn’t really sure what she would find at the Prairie River Trappers’ Rendezvous but was hoping to take enough good pictures to sell so she could pay her rent. The last thing she expected to find was a dead body. A body of someone she knew and really hated. Then to find herself
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book with a request for review from the author.

I liked the setting. The small town atmosphere was appealing and the setting at a Rendezvous was unusual and different. Having been to a Mountain Man rendezvous, I was interested in how the author would use that setting. I thought the author could have used the rendezvous setting more effectively, but it was adequately interesting.

The writing is not polished. As a result, I felt both the story and the character of Cassandra
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was frustrating; on the one hand a good intriguing story, not easily solved, a mix of potentially great characters, some interesting twists and turns in the plot ... good enough to get me to the end, and care about whodunnit. But too many typos and errors (get a beta reader!), and some ridiculous and illogical plot contortions to get the main character to where she needed to be for everything to be resolved. Sadly Cassandra comes off mostly as a bit daft, when she could have so easily ...more
Photographer Cassie Cassidy goes to a rendezvous where she hopes to get photos of American Indians in action.

Unfortunately, she meets a reporter who gets into an argument with her. Cass had proven that a photo the reporter used in a story had been doctored.

Soon after, Cass finds his body, killed with a tommyhawk.

When she gives her statement to the police, she can see that the deputy sheriff has an attitude and sees her as a suspect.

The writing is colorful as we learn of Indian traditions and the
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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My opinion: I enjoyed this (light) cozy mystery. Although, I am, in general, not a fan of the cozy genre and think that they come off as much too sticky sweet; I love when an author can build a more substantial mystery or deeper characters. That is exactly what Ms. McMahon accomplished in A Rendezvous to Die For. This book was really inviting in her approach and writing. To boot, the characters were really down to earth and approachable. Finally, I loved
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read... the story line was very well laid out. I enjoyed how the action kept you on your toes and in my case I had everyone figured out to be the killer even the good guys.. Never in my wildest dreams did I have it figured right, a total surprise. Ms McMahon has really got it all together for writing who done it books, I for one hope she never stops. I have just found another author to add to my favorites. Don't miss this well written, excellent book. It will keep the midni ...more
Wendy Hines
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Rendezvous to Die For is an exceptional mystery. The cast of unique characters and a novice detective reminded me of a cozy mystery. But the rich details and plot setting lent it an historical air. Either way, it's a clever story with a fresh and engaging protagonist with a solid plot. Even though I kept trying to figure out who the killer was, I never did. A surprising ending, which I loved! I was thoroughly entertained and look forward to seeing another installment with Cassidy!
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun, fast read with a very twisty plot that I didn't figure out until almost the end. Ms. McMahon's characterizations are very well done and blended into the story without being heavy handed and in your face. The rendezvous setting combined with the photography vocation of the main character provided added delicious little twists to the plot. I hope Cassandra Cassidy has more adventures ahead of her.
Lexie Miller
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ereader-news
Somewhat mystery some what adventure this book makes the reader think about little clues throughout the book and who could be responsible for the murders. Loaded with nature, friendships, murders and dramas most readers will probably enjoy. For me, some parts of the book were slow and not moving fast enough but again most readers will probably enjoy.
Norma Huss
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Make it three and a half stars. It's a good plot and an excellent premise - the photographer who uses her skills and pictures to further the story. The protagonist has an interesting back story, but for me, there was too much of it revealed. With her history, Cassandra's story could spin out over several books. An easy read and one that kept me guessing about who-dun-it.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
This was a pretty good mystery. But I'd have to go with an exact rating of 3.5 stars, because there are at least a dozen spots needing a bit more polish.
Shirley R Keller
Good who dunit read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by the author. The book is a good read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book really kept me guessing to the very end a lot of twist and turns loved it.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book, good mystery, can't wait for her next.
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I've worn many hats in my 30-year career as a writer -- newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, magazine editor, copywriter, marketing communications specialist -- and now, finally, author.

Here's what made such a career possible: a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota in 1982, and then lots of persistence to make that degree work for me. It had to work becaus