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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)

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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN10: 193870195X / ISBN13: 9781938701955.

A cutting edge mystery/thriller - a paranormal mystery, to be more precise. Based on real-life events, this murder mystery is new and very different. Mystery connoisseurs beware, the first book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series will keep you guessing . . .

A Paranormal Mystery - Lance
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Published by Telemachus Press (first published November 19th 2012)
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David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
"Book, you have the right to a speedy trial" review

THE DEFENSE

- Author makes some stylistic risks that pay off - Chapters being written in both first-and-third person points of view was a nice change of pace, as was the chapters not being told in chronological order.

- Conversations between Lance and his dead wife are mostly entertaining - The ghost of Lance's wife is a charming character... unfortunately, she's also the only interesting one, which brings us to...

THE PROSECUTION

- All the
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Rachel Thompson
Jan 28, 2013 Rachel Thompson rated it it was amazing
Scott's book starts out with a bang. Literally. He hooks you in right away so the book seems at first to be a normal 'who done it' kind of mystery. Keep reading.

He introduces many characters (all interesting with their own quirks) who were involved with the murdered man. And it gets better! There's this old guy (not your typical hero character) who takes crime scene photos, who also happens to have psychic powers having to do with the crimes he's photographing. This is the most interesting twist
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Crystal
Dec 31, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
The book starts of with action (which I love). At the beginning the murder takes place and things completely spiral out of control. There are so many suspects it’s hard to pinpoint the actual killer I was completely confused. The author does a terrific job at painting the picture so vividly that there were no details that were left out. I felt like I could visually walk through this story. I connected with the character Lance and felt his frustration as he struggles with his psychic ability and ...more
Liz Terek
Jan 08, 2013 Liz Terek rated it it was amazing

Mike Rodriquez or ‘Big Mike’ as he’s known lives a fast paced life of excess. Sunset Pointe is a developmental deal that he & his partner, Gary Whiting, have been working on. Unfortunately, Sunset Pointe is also hemorrhaging money. Living life the way Mike does brings a lot of money, but it also brings a lot of enemies. When Mike is shot to death while entertaining his bookkeeper after hours, it comes as no surprise to anyone. Detective Frank Salmon is on the case & so finds there are e
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Tanya Watt
Feb 26, 2014 Tanya Watt rated it it was amazing
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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe is a story within a story!

You will meet a lot of interesting characters as you follow Lance Underphal & Detective Salmon as they hunt for the killer. I didn’t care for Detective Salmon at first, he’s critical and needs to smile more. But as I got deeper into the story, I realized why he was that way, and started to like him and Lance’s strange relationship.

Lance is not your usual main character, he’s depressed, needs a shower, and the only person he likes to talk
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Billi Tiner
Jan 20, 2013 Billi Tiner rated it really liked it
Dark Side of Sunset Point is a suspense thriller with some paranormal elements. The lead character, Lance Underphal, is not your typical leading man. He’s a middle-aged, overweight, slob who is being visited by images of violence and the voice of his dead wife. The story has plenty of action and plot twists to keep the reader interested. Author Michael Allen Scott does an excellent job of setting up the scenes and drawing us into the images that flash through Underphal’s mind. The story is well ...more
Jaylyn Styles
Feb 10, 2013 Jaylyn Styles rated it it was amazing
It started off with a bang not a whimper, this book is action packed which I totally love. If you're looking for a thrill ride you won't get disappointed with this one, the pages just flew by because of the mystery and thrill i'm feeling. I give credit on how Scott wrote this book with such great writing skill. I totally got hooked from start to finish. I can't explain how imaginative the writing is that it's so vivid I can picture out the scenes really happening in my head. I also commend the a ...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
RECEIVED FREE THROUGH GOODREADS FIRST READS.

I enjoyed this read - mostly. I found it difficult to follow the 'jumping' from one time to another, via each chapter. Once i figured out what was going on...it was a breeze.

Lance the 'seer' is a great character. You can almost feel his pain with each vision. And, your heart aches for his loss (his wife).

In the end, he does what he's supposed to do and all is good with his world.

Again, i enjoyed this read and didn't mind going down the rabbit hole with
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Marilyn Gullo
Jun 15, 2015 Marilyn Gullo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting and complex paranormal thriller, beginning with a "BANG".

Scott jumps right into the nitty gritty world of the unscrupulous, corrupt and greedy. Anything and everything goes... drugs, sex, gambling and murder.

Burdened with the death of his wife, Lance Uderphal is pulled into the mix as a free lance photographer. While shooting the crime scene, Lance is faced with more than he bargained for. The voice of his dead wife, Sonja . . . the dizzying images and visions . . .

Poor Lance, he is
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Adriana
Mar 23, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it
Enthralling!
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe by Michael A Scott started off with a mind-boggling bang! Fast-paced grabbing my attention as I read, pop pop pop - is Rodriguez dead? It’s on the news, a shooting took place. Rodriguez half empty bar - one death (Mike) and one in a coma (Diana). More intrigue sets in when Connie Rodriguez needs a lift to the morgue to identify the body. She calls Daniel who hesitated to drive her but when his wife Marcia agreed to drive Connie; Daniel said that he would go
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Julie
Mar 31, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe- A Lance Underphal Mystery by Michael Allan Scott is a 2012 Telemachus Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mike Rodriquez and his partner have been working on a developmental deal named Sunset Pointe. Rodriquez is a big time wheeler dealer operating just on the border of legal and illegal practices. The problem is Sunset Pointe is in bad shape money wise. When Mike is found murdered and his secretary is shot and left i
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Diane Stein
Jan 06, 2013 Diane Stein rated it really liked it
Just finished reading my client's book and loved it! Scott kept me guessing which is not easy to do! Looking forward to Lance's next "adventure".
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Michael "Big Mike" Rodriquez and his partner Gary Whiting are in the process of building Sunset Pointe and it is draining them of a lot of money. Big Mike lives this life style which also takes a lot of money. When Big Mike starts running out of money he then starts borrowing money from the bank and from other sources as well. Big Mike is entertaining his bookkeeper in his office after everyone else has gone home for the da
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Eileen
Jun 04, 2013 Eileen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller and Mystery Adult Readers
Recommended to Eileen by: NetGalley
Description
A contemporary mystery/thriller—a paranormal mystery, to be more precise. For hardboiled mystery fans, it twists and turns like a dragon kite in a high wind.
Mystery connoisseurs, beware. The Lance Underphal Mystery series will keep you guessing . . .
Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife’s death, and now, the down-and-out crime-scene photographer can’t let her go. He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkee
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a_tiffyfit
Sep 23, 2013 a_tiffyfit rated it really liked it
Received an e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An excellent tale that I enjoyed reading. The protagonist, Lance, is a quirky, washed up, down and out photographer who earns his meager living via taking photos of the crime scenes for a newspaper organization. It's not because he's not a good photographer; in fact, he is "very good" at his profession. It's because he has had personal problems such as the death of his wife, Sonja. He's finding the struggle to c
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Theresa
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)
Scott, Michael Allan
This is a difficult book to get into, but has an interesting premise, but if you are a person who likes sin and repercussions of sin this may be the book for you. A murder has happened to a developer right on the cusp of his downfall, in the presence of his mistress although she is left in a coma. But the happenstance of the murder although basic and dark is hard to follow, too many players in the game, and too much at st
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Ann
Jul 27, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a different type of murder mystery, police procedural. Lance is hearing his dead wife and can't sleep. He dreams of murders and his wife, Sonia, helps him interpret and relate it to the police. Lots of Las Vegas glitz, glamor and underworld activity. Hope lance appears in another book.
Kerry Reis
May 13, 2013 Kerry Reis rated it liked it
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After the shooting of a brash partner of a major mixed-used development project and his mistress in his office, Lance Underphal, a news photographer still mourning his dead wife, is called to shoot photos at the crime scene for a free-press rag. However, disturbing visions and conversations with his wife's unseen spirit at the crime scene demonstrate a nascent psychic ability that will provide the clues to help Violent Crimes Detective Frank Salmon to solve the conspiracy of embezzlement, adulte ...more
Darlene Cruz
Nov 03, 2014 Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
What a storyteller you are. Strangely this story moves in the direction of a thriller, yet becomes a suspense than add paranormal phenomena. I totally enjoyed how the beginning explodes with action and creative writing to keep me entertained. Look at the cover of the book, what a mind game. Descriptive murders kept me on my toes, just when I thought I had it all figured, "BAM" NOT! Characters is befitting for this story. The author created the characters to believable for my liking, can you beli ...more
Syd
Aug 20, 2014 Syd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this book through a goodreads first reads giveaway.

A solid, modern mystery with a paranormal twist. The plot progression was spot on, setting up multiple possible murderers and motives before narrowing down to the truth. It's a pretty unique book and I can't think of anything to compare it to.

The world of Sunset Pointe is a truly terrible and desolate one, so much darkness lurking in the sun. The only bad thing I can say about the book is that it was difficult to read a
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Brenda Dixon
Apr 30, 2013 Brenda Dixon rated it it was amazing
Getting into this book was like getting into someone's place where he lived....Lance's home, his life, his emotions, his experiences. His day to day life that takes a turn into a wild rollercoaster ride from the paranormal to the dark side of life and back. It was a great story that kept me wanting to read, so that I could see "WHO" is this mysterious killer...you have to read it for yourself. The impressions that Michael does with his characters is amazing, you could picture their looks as if y ...more
Kerry
Mar 07, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
This book has it all, murder, mystery,and intrigue that moves between the world of the privileged and the dark seedy underworld of crime and forbidden sexuality. Each of the characters is flawed in some way and the main character, Lance Underphal is an unlikely hero. His unwanted psychic skills supporting good police work. What can I say, I loved it.
Rachel Bullock
Jul 30, 2013 Rachel Bullock rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. Love the psychic storyline as well. The writer is really good at using descriptive words to really set the scene but I'll admit at times I skimmed some of the descriptions because I was too excited to see what happened next as opposed to what the scenery looked like.
Darlene Cruz
Mar 04, 2015 Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a storyteller you are. Strangely this story moves in the direction of a thriller, yet becomes a suspense than add paranormal phenomena. I totally enjoyed how the beginning explodes with action and creative writing to keep you entertained. Descriptive murders kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, BAM NOT! Characters were spot on, they melted into the story that show case their strong personalities which made them so believable. Motives were spilling everywhere and ...more
Bettie
Dec 08, 2013 Bettie rated it it was amazing
Really 4.6 stars. probably would have rated higher except for language and gore...a bit much, but will read more by author
Marsha Hart
Mar 14, 2013 Marsha Hart rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Lots of twists and turns kept me guessing.
Wonderful character development.
Theresa
Feb 05, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe (Lance Underphal Mystery #1)
Scott, Michael Allan *

This is a difficult book to get into, but has an interesting premise, but if you are a person who likes sin and repercussions of sin this may be the book for you. A murder has happened to a developer right on the cusp of his downfall, in the presence of his mistress although she is left in a coma. But the happenstance of the murder although basic and dark is hard to follow, too many players in the game, and too much at
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Alexandra
Aug 02, 2015 Alexandra marked it as to-read-own
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Steele
Sep 12, 2015 Steele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a very dark book but sexy enough to make up for it. He is finding his way and his talents in the first book but is really a fuck up, hope he starts getting his shit together in the second book
Lacey
I won this book through the Goodreads Giveaways. Very good read and can't wait to pick up the second book. Based off of a true murder mystery with a twist of paranormal? Awesome idea!
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