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The Rich and the Dead

(Lila Day #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  75 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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Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I woke up and started reading this and couldn't put it down.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cheesy and delightful at the same time!
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lyssa by: Tina
Shelves: mystery, time-travel
This is an entertaining and light read.
Kathryn Lucas
May 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Victor Gentile
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Raelyn Falkin
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arcs
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
Teena in Toronto
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
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
Charlotte Lynn
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in years that I could not put down. I finished at two in the morning, because the Chinatown level of noir plotting wouldn't let me walk away.

But. One of the main plot devices, or premises of the characters in the book, was completely flawed, and was also completely unnecessary. In fact, the book would have been much better without it. The tension in the book would have been higher. The actions of the characters would have been more logical, or at least more in ch
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Kimberly Chavez
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery

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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads Firstreads. I loved this story, I love a book that takes you by surprise in the end. Everything you thought you knew, well, it was wrong, I love that. This is a real page-turner. At first, the story seemed like a bust, I mean, rich people die, she goes back in time, it just seemed like it would be boring. When you first meet all the rich people, they seem very uninteresting but very quickly they become very interesting and the story turns into some ...more
Kelli Mahoney
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
New Years Day 2015 twelve of Miami's wealthiest people are found murdered. A few years later a former detective has a chance to go back in time to try to solve the mystery of who killed who. It's not a gory read. It's intriguing and has several twists.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn't what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. 3.5 stars.
Theresa Pierson
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns!

Book kept you on the edge of your seat and just when you thought you had it figured out it changed again
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A "cute" story that has a twist but predictable ending.
Elle Spaulding
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
That was pretty fun! Mystery usually isn’t my thing. But it was an awesome turn of events in the end!
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
** 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
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
When the book begins, Lila is at rock bottom and then goes further when she’s fired from her hotel security job. Pretty quickly Teddy Hawkins arrives and introduces her to time travel, enlisting her help to solve the Star Island murders. As the blurb says 12 people were killed in Star Island, and neither Lila or anyone else have been able to solve the murders. It’s her white whale and Lila eagerly agrees for the chance to redeem herself.

So Lila time travels to 2015, months before the murders. No
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, used-to-own
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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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The Rich and the Dead is a fast paced and exciting book that features time travelling, murder and a fake identity. Ex-detective Lila Day is contacted years after the murders of twelve 'high-status' residents of Star Island. Sent back in time, Lila is determined to stop the elusive murderer before he's able to strike. This was a modern, inventive and funny novel that I really enjoyed reading. I couldn't put it down and numerous plot twists and cliffhangers kept me entertained the entire time. Th ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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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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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