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The Rich and the Dead (Lila Day #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  56 reviews
In exclusive Star Island, Miami, money and power can't protect you... In collaboration with branding powerhouse Alloy Entertainment comes a thrilling new series featuring a former Miami PD detective on the hunt for a mass murderer, who must face the past she thought she left behind.

On New Year's Day 2015, twelve powerful, wealthy people were found dead—shot in a lavish Sta
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kathryn Lucas
May 05, 2014 Kathryn Lucas rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: brainless twits
Recommended to Kathryn by: Book club
Liv Spector is the next Dan Brown! And by that, I mean this is a terrible book.

I hate it when authors describe a character as some sort of genius. That’s always a warning sign to me, because unless you yourself are a genius, you will have a very hard time writing a character who is. If you don’t have the extraordinary insight, the specialized knowledge, or the observational capacities that need to be on the page to sell the “genius” illusion, your character will never be believable, especially t
It snowed and iced today here in South Carolina, which we all know is an unusual thing. So sitting here trying to decide what to read on a snow in day, I decided on this book that I had just received I the mail. And man am I glad I did.

I read this book in one and a half sittings, stopping only to use the restroom and eat supper. It is about a group murder on new years day 2015 in the illustrious star island community in Miami. Twelve very wealthy and powerful people are found shot in a lavish es
Time travel fiction is notoriously difficult to write, fraught as it is with complicated theoretical rules related to grandfather paradoxes and butterfly effects. It is, on the other hand, relatively simple to write if you merely pay lip service to said rules and then proceed to either ignore or violate them over the course of your narrative. And that’s what we have here: a time travel novel for non time-travel-savvy readers. It’s like sitting down to watch the 1978 Dr. Strange t.v. movie and be ...more
Scatty The Shadow Warrior
I picked this book up on a whim and was immediately drawn in by the cover and the title. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I love both the simplicity and use of colors. The title is perfect for this novel and really catchy in my opinion. I’ve never heard of Liv Spector and for her debut novel it was very well done.

The writing is perfect mystery novel writing. It sucks you in and gives you the perfect mix of detail, dialogue and intrigue. It was so easy to just wrap yourself up in the mystery
Who doesn't want to read a crime novel where the investigator gets to check out the crime before it even happened? I thought this was an incredibly cool concept and take on a regular detective story so I just had to get my hands on this book. Lila Days is an independent, kick-ass cop who's such a perfectionist she ruined her career when she simply couldn't let go of the Star Island murder case. Lucky for her, she isn't the only one still seeking justice and trying to piece together the clues tha ...more
A fast-paced, intriguing thriller set apart by an inventive time-travel plot device . . . this is the tightly-woven story of Miami ex-detective Lila Day’s attempt to find the answers to the Star Island murder case that ruined her career with the police department. Traveling back to several months before the massacre that has remained unsolved in her own time, she seeks not to stop the murders, but to determine the identity of the killer.
Drawing the reader in from the very beginning, this story
A very entertaining suspenseful murder mystery with loss,
grief,redemption, packed with action, a touch of romance and
time travel!!
What a combo!!
Twelve powerful and very wealthy people were found shot to
death on Star Island Miami on New Year’s day in 2015. This
crime was still unsolved in 2018. This baffling case found
the once Miami police investigator, Lila Day relieved of
her position and disappointed in herself for not being able
to determine the murderer.
Then out of the blue, billionaire Te
** Actual Rating: 4.5 stars!

**I received a free ARC from The Publisher for an honest review. Thanks!

Filled with the rich, the deadly, the powerful, the smart, and the tough, this distinctive novel, The Rich and The Dead, enchanted me from beginning to end. The best way for me to organize and tackle everything I want to say about this novel is for me to just make a list. So here we go.

What I Loved

The Secret Society: I love secret societies in my novels and this one’s secrets turned out to be perf
Victor Gentile
Liv Spector in her new book, “The Rich And The Dead” Book One in the Lila Day series published by William Morrow introduces us to Lila Day.

From the back cover: To solve the crime of the century, she’ll have to go back in time….

Welcome to Star Island, where Miami’s wealthiest residents lead private lives behind the tall gates of their sprawling mansions. It’s a blissful escape from the hot and dirty city—or it was, until New Year’s Day 2015, when twelve of the most powerful people in the world we
Teena in Toronto
In the early hours of 2015, twelve rich people were murdered and Lila Day was the police officer assigned to the case. Three years later, despite her intense investigation, the case still hasn't been solved and Lila is no longer a cop. She is approached by a billionaire named Teddy who has figured out a way to travel back in time. He wants Lila to go back the fall of 2014, a few months before the murders happened, to solve the crime ... the only thing is she can't stop them from happening and he ...more
Kimberly Chavez
I can’t tell you how much fun I had reading this book, it was pure indulgence. Interesting characters, fun dialogue and a mass murder mystery to solve made this one impossible to put down. I liked that the murder could have been committed by any number of people. It made the clues fun to follow and I second guessed myself every time I thought I had it all figured out.

In the end, I was surprised by the identity of the Star Island killer and shocked at the true story behind the mysterious Janis Cl
This book starts out with a disgraced cop who is down on her luck. She is offered a chance to redeem herself and her career but she will have to travel back in time to accomplish her goal.

I happen to love time travel books and the whole what happens if you do one thing different scenario. What happens if you run into your earlier self. What happens if you solve the crime that ruined your career because you didn't solve it the first time around.

Liv Spector weaves an engrossing tale of murder, lo
Now that was definitely a different mystery story line. This is a new author for me. After reading a review on the second book, "The Beautiful and the Wicked" I decided to start with the first book and see if I'd like the series. I do and will be starting the second book I just picked up from my library. The story is set in 2018 and Lila is an ex-detective who left the Miami police force because a mass murder 3 years previous in the early morning hours of New Years Day at a mansion on Star Islan ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Kemi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I thought the book got off to a slow (reaaaaaaaly slow) start. I had a hard time with the not-really-futuristic, let's-go-back-in-time premise. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading, but it wasn't exciting enough to keep me very interested. I'm glad I kept with it, though, because the last half more than made up for the beginning. In fact, I am looking forward to the next Lily adventure.

I had pegged the killer from the first introduction, but there were enough obstacles thrown in to make me ques
I usually don't read detective, 'who's done it' type of books. I know I generalize when I think that in those books not much really happens, the characters stay flat and the end is often unsatisfactory because suddenly crucial clues appear, which I as reader couldn't know.
I randomly picked this book from the library and when I found out that it's a detective, I almost wanted to put it aside. What kept me going is that I like the style of writing and the character of Lila. The idea of going back
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I really enjoyed this book. Lila Day is the police detective who has the case of 12 murders of the rich and famous on New Years Day in Miami. She works for 2 years following leads, and making enemies. In the end, she's fired. Now several years later, she approached by Ted Hawkins, a wealthy man who wants these murders solved, his girlfriend was one of the victims. He has invented time travel and send Lila back to 6 months before the murders to figure out who will be the murderer. They can't stop ...more
I love mystery and I enjoy a good time-travel novel. What's this? A mystery that involves time travel? I'm in. This is not a science fiction novel. One must suspend disbelief from the very beginning. There is a time machine. It works. The plot moves forward. It does allow for a different and interesting story line. Lila know what will happen to the individuals she encounters. She is not there to save anyone. She is only there to solve a crime. I really enjoyed the main character, Lila Day. I che ...more
Victoria Brinius
I love weddings, and thought that this would be a book about romance and love. While there were times in the book that were about romance, there was a bigger theme to this story. The author says that this book is "Johnson Family Chronicles, Book 2". That is exactly what this book is about. Family. The good, the bad, and the really, really, bad. The writer doesn't hold back any real life situations and they characters are real. I am giving this book a 4/5. I received this book to review through B ...more

This book was everything I hoped it would be from the description. A former detective is given the opportunity to go back in time to solve the Star Island Massacre, the unsolved crime she was obsessed with enough to derail her career. The catch is that she cannot actually stop anyone from being killed, only figure out who the killer is. Along the way, she grows closer to some of the soon-to-be victims, and finds herself emotionally tangled into the past, as she learns secrets, lies, and motives
Charlotte Lynn
New Year’s Day 2015 in the exclusive Star Island, Miami twelve extremely weathy and powerful people were found shot, dead. In 2018 the murders are still unsolved. The detective on the case has left the police force, but the case still weighs on her mind. It was the one case that she had to solve. When presented with the opportunity to work on the case again, Lila Day decides to do it. But how do you approach a case that is ice cold? Teddy Hawkins, billionaire, has a way. Go back in time, to befo ...more
I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Time travel is always intriguing, but throw in a murder mystery and it becomes even more interesting. This book doesn’t necessarily live up to its exciting premise, but it’s still an ok read.

Lila’s actions throughout her time in 2014 don’t exactly live up to her earlier character description. She’s supposed to have a keen sense and knack for investigating, but she doesn’t show it. I understand some of it being
Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in a new book-related giveaway hop, Fool for Books, in honor of April Fools Day. For this hop, we’ve decided to feature The Rich and the Dead by Liv Spector because it’s not just a near future murder mystery but one with a very interesting twist you probably wouldn’t guess about from the book cover – time travel. What if you could go back a few years to learn who was responsible for a murder and find the murderer who had eluded capture? Would you d ...more
I won this book through Early Reviewers at and was just happy to have won a book to review. I joined the site about 3 months ago so it was a pleasant surprise that I received a book after only a few months. I really wasn't sure what to expect and it seems like every giveaway I've entered in Goodreads leads me nowhere (I've yet to win any books to review but am keeping my fingers crossed).

The Rich and The Dead is not the first book I would've chosen if I were in a bookstore shopp

Rather fun to go back in time with a novel, to a time that has not yet happened.Of course this won't work much longer since the story revolves around a past event that occurred on January 1, 2015 and I am writing this on December 26, 2014.

But I found the story quite fun in general with a many-layered murder mystery pursued by a likable detective. Also the whole time travel element to the recent past adds an intriguing shift in perspective.
I won this book from the and I'm not sure if this is her first book or not but If it is, I'm looking forward to more and hopefully a series to come out of this. Wonderfully written with some time travel thrown in, I never did figure out who the killer was and it was a page turner. I won an uncorrected proof of the book, but if I remember right it will out in March! well worth the time. And looking forward to more by this author. Very interesting story line.
I read this book because I saw a review on the second novel involving the main character in this series, Lila Day, and wanted to read the books in the order they were written. After reading this I’m not going to bother with the newest edition. The reason this series even caught my attention in the first place was because they involve time travel but it wasn’t engaging in the least and I’m a time travel aficionado from way back. Ho hum …. Back to the bookshelf it goes.

Tina Axell
Who would think of combining time travel with a murder mystery? Go back in time, not to prevent the crime, but to help in solving it. Brilliant! I really dislike the whole high society scene, so I was on the fence about reading this one, but I'm glad I did! Lots of twists and turns, not predictable at all. Glad to find out it's a new series; and the ending of this book led perfectly to the next adventure.
Anne Marie
Not the best thing that I've ever read. I was a little thrown off about the main character and the whole "time travel" bit.


I just couldn't understand how she could be following people around town and not get noticed when she was driving a really expensive car. Also how could Lila's mom not notice that her daughter had aged about 4 years when she goes to visit her??
Traci Rai
Lila is a good character, but when a character/writer tells me they're the best at detective work, and I figure out the killer way before they do because they are distracted by a hot guy, it is slightly disappointing. But I still really liked the writing, it was a good plane read that made the time go by quickly.
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Liv Spector was raised on Cape Cod and currently lives in Canada. She has worked as an oyster shucker, dancer, farmhand, journalist, and teacher. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, she received her MFA from Brooklyn College.
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