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Greed in Paradise

(Paradise #5)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Beautiful sandy beaches, hot bodies, and margaritas by the pool; the infamous duo are loving life in paradise! This time, the girls find themselves written into the will of a friend and business partner, although his death seems anything but cut-and-dried. The steamy climate heats up even more as sexual tension skyrockets between Madison and an old family friend, and Fabia ...more
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Published June 21st 2014 by Paradise Books LLC
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Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, e-book
Greed in Paradise by Deborah Brown is a 2014 Paradise Books, LLC publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The dynamic duo of Madison and Fab are back for another adventure in Paradise. Naturally, these two manage to attract trouble so I couldn't wait to see what they have up to. Of course I was also on pins and needles about Madison's personal life, which left me wondering if what had happened in the last installment was real or if maybe it was all just a
Debbie Denny
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t you just LOVE book series. Each new Paradise escapade surrounds you, and the characters… they unwittingly become your extended family. Our favorite sleuths, Madison and Fab, are in the fray of a mystery once more. After the death of a friend (somewhat shady dude), The gals are shocked to be listed in his will. It becomes clear pretty that they inherited a bunch of trouble including some old debts. Also clear is the fact that something is very fishy about their friends death. We now have wo ...more
Shecki B
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike some series that fall apart after a few books, this one is still going strong. Madison and Fabiana find new adventures, meet new friends (and interact with old, familiar characters, of course) and have narrow escapes.

One of the pair's new not friends is Violet, Gus Iver's daughter, who ends up being responsible for a very nasty swim the girls take in a swamp.

From being held at gunpoint in the very first chapter to bringing Creole home from the hospital in the last chapter, Madison's esc
Carole Harris
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I was younger, a much younger girl, I loved Nancy Drew!!! Who didn't love a good sleuth and a woman, or young girl at that. Bring your margaritas and swim suits and join Madison and Fabiana on a chase for the bad guy or guys. Run into trouble while your at it, as these two surely do! You'll love the meddlesome mom, (don't we all) and love Creole, the protective sort...really, or does he just want Madison? Find out with this trouble seeking, sleuthing twosome. Debroah Brown definitely sets t
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this four stars, but I really would have rated it a solid 3.5 if possible.

Gus Ivers dies soon after his daughter has been hinting that maybe he's losing his faculties and has been looking at places to put him for his own good. I do not need my math degree to add up where this is probably going.

There are lots of things going on in this book besides Gus Ivers' murder investigation. In fact, it seems like it's not even a major part of the book with so much other stuff going on. Maybe it's th
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story.

So I borrowed and downloaded the first five books in the Paradise Florida Keys Mystery series from Kindle Unlimited and accidently read Greed in Paradise first. Occasionally thinking like I was missing a backstory or something but nothing big enough to clue me in that I was reading book number five instead of book one. This book is great. It's filled with enjoyable characters with the right amount of humor, family dynamics, suspense and whodunits.
Louise Pass
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing crazy Florida keys fun

Repossession and recovery, what could go wrong? Are the good guys gangsters or hero's, is the car wash clean or naughty? Will our hero's survive their exploits?
Michelle Strommen
This series just keeps getting better. I love the relationship between Creole and Madison. Love Fab and the trouble she gets in. Mom is hilarious. Love the characters and the storyline and how it just keeps getting better.
Don Rich
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when you think you know the direction this series is heading, Deborah Brown 'pulls a u-turn.' So, don't get too comfortable, and fasten your seatbelts, because there are changes and bumps in the road ahead! Like all the installments leading up to this one, this is a fun and enjoyable read.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one seems a little disjointed, not an easy to follow story. It was, however, still an enjoyable read. The humor is always enjoyable.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these lightweight novels. Fun, fast and flirty.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So suspenseful

Cliffhangers around every corner. Great story and amazing ending, can't wait to read the next. Couldn't put this one down.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From simply looking at the front cover of “Greed in Paradise,” many may assume that this is a simple light-hearted mystery with airs of comedy and romance. While these things are all true, this description fails to capture just how risqué the writing can truly be at times. The character descriptions allow the reader to picture the sorts of above-average-looking people who might feature in a movie of a similar premise.

Speaking of the premise, this book delivers fairly well in the mystery departme
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a lot to say about this one.

Greed in Paradise is the 5th book in the Paradise Series… where to start.

I didn’t feel the mystery was a ‘big’ mystery this time. I felt like maybe the previous books had a ‘better, bigger’ mystery, but I enjoyed it all the same. How can you not when Madison and Fabiana are together?

I will say that there were a couple parts where the suspense was high.

There were a few stories in one which is the usual for the Paradise Series and it definitely keeps you on your
Veritas Vincit
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to tropical paradise books that are ideal for reading whilst lounging next to a pool on a Caribbean cruise, I must admit that Deborah Brown come close to the top of my list. I'm sure her books are enjoyed by plenty of other people as well, but ever since my wife first tossed a Deborah Brown eBook my way, I haven't been able to stop reading them. While some people may consider this "chick lit", I don't think that's completely true. Having strong female protagonists with various roma ...more
Kelli Guilbeau
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm telling you now, this series is my guilty little pleasure. I love this series and all of the quirky characters that will keep you guessing at what will happen next. Of course, I also love this one because Creole is more involved in this book, and I can just imagine how sexy he is. I don't know why Madison is hesitating on a relationship with him. Maybe this time something will happen.

Whether or not you're still stuck in the house with winter weather (in spring), this book is the perfect book
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Deborah Brown novel I've torn through in a matter of days, and I doubt it will be the last. The first time I picked up one of her books, it was for a leisurely distraction for a long flight to a tropical destination, so it seemed appropriate. The last two that I read were simply because they're funny, quirky, well-written, suspenseful, and packed with memorable characters that continue to improve with every book I read. Obviously, it's hard not to love Fab and Madison, but ever ...more
Lola Fow
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number five in Deborah Brown's Paradise series, Greed in Paradise is another sparkling, slightly sweaty Florida-gothic crime/adventure novel that will keep a summer reader happy and titillated! This is the second Paradise novel I've read, and the adventure-prone hero, Madison Westin, is fun to be around again. She's a ballsy, firework of a woman who was (in the previous novel) a private investigator, but now has no license, but this time she is the new owner of a bar, putting her in the path of ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 105challenge5
I love this series: I have read a few months ago Trouble in Paradise and I was struck, I could not wait to read the others. It 's a cozy mystery funny, humorous, full of action, crazy characters, mysteries to solve, twists, suspense but also romance and passion.
Madison has bought Jack's bar but the old owner has left around a lot of debts and creditors seeks her to get their money back. Also dies suddenly a friend of her and Fab (her roommate and "colleague investigator"), who unexpectedly left
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take a chance and roll a "Paradise" with this book! @badwordplay

I have read the fourth chapter in the Paradise series so far (and only that one…), so I decided instead of going back and starting over, to just push ahead, and read the next in the series. In this volume, Madison and Fabiana are about to relax, when one of their friends is found murdered. Jeez, Fabiana was accused of murder in the last one, one of their friends is dead in this one… I would just stop hanging out with Madison, honest
Teresa Kander
This is the fifth installment in the series, and I love it more with every book. Madison and Fabiana are in fine form once again, bumbling their way through solving cases.

Madison is between boyfriends, so the coziness of Fab and Didier sometimes makes her sick to her stomach--but that's before things start to heat up with Creole. I look forward to seeing how THAT relationship progresses in the next book.

The girls interact with many of the characters from previous books, including Tolbert, Harde
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So here I am jumping into the series at book five....I was told that you don't have to have read the first four books to jump right in but I do believe it would be a good idea if you want some background information. I am a bit OCD about the details of characters in the books I read so if I'm reading a series, I always prefer to start from the beginning. After reading this book, however, I will be going back and picking up the first four! This book features the story of Madison and Fab who think ...more
Leslie OBrien
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cues appropriate squeal noises of approval. I LOVED Greed in Paradise. From page one, this book was pure entertainment from start to finish. Now, if you haven’t read any of her other books in this series, fear not. Not necessary. Ok, I take that back. Read them. Read them all. But it isn’t necessary to understand who the characters are or what’s going on, as she does an excellent job of bringing her readers up to speed on the backstory. And I love that trouble seems to follow both Madison and Fa ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Brown is amazing! I am on this fifth book in the series and it is just as awesome as ever to read about Madison and Fab. Even though this mystery was not as intense as the others that have come before them, it was still a great read. There were lots of smaller mysteries along the way instead of one huge one. To be honest, I kind of liked this style a little better. The tenants that Madison also has to deal with always amuse me. Since I rent myself, it’s funny to read about how others act ...more
Sharon Martin
It doesn't take long for the action to start in this story, page one and our heroine's new acquisition is held up at gunpoint for an outstanding debt owed from the previous tenant. This leads to a roller coaster ride involving all of her friends and family.The local police are divided in their views of Madison and this adds to her problems. Old contacts on the wrong side of the law have to be revisited and Ious to be honoured in order for Madison and Fab to gather the information they need to su ...more
Cynthia HALL
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely have to give this five stars because I LOVE a good mystery, especially when it's filled with hot guys, whack-o killers, dysfunctional family members, and best friends who can keep you on your toes. Of course, I'm totally jealous that protagonist, Madison Westin, has red hair, plenty of hot single men to choose from, and lives in the beautiful and slightly funky Florida Keys. I found myself laughing throughout most of the book. The rest of the time, I was either panting over Creole, ...more
Colleen B
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deborah Brown continues to share Madison's fun and wacky adventure. I love that she somehow continues to come up with slightly silly cases for Madison and Fab to solve. The two of them continue to get into trouble but always seem to find a way out... or someone to save them. The one big mystery (the death of Gus Ivers) plays throughout the book... but the other smaller cases keep the pages turning. I love that until the last page... Deborah Brown keeps me guessing.

The characters are still my fav
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting out with a shooting in her new bar, Madison Westin's life is as always one thrill after another. The gal pal is back again which means chaos and hilarity! Fab and Madison may be my most favorite girl power duo ever! Add in the love triangle of Madison, Zach, & Creole? Don't even get me started on that! I thought I was always a hardcore Zack fan but more and more I start thinking that maybe Creole is the way to go!

When there is a murder of course Madison is on the case along with Fab
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greed in Paradise by Deborah Brown is the fifth book in the Paradise series and my first. In Greed in Paradise our heroines Madison and Fab find themselves in deep water when they discover that they have been written into the will of their friend and business partner who has passed away unexpectedly.

This duo finds themselves elbow deep in trouble between new love interests, deadly secrets, new and troublesome tenants, and dangerous assignments from their boss. Deborah’s writing style brought the
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greed in Paradise (Paradise Series Book 5) by Deborah Brown is a 272 page fiction novel written in first person. It has thirty-seven chapters, just numbers no titles, an author bio and Chapter 1 preview of Revenge In Paradise. It is obviously the fifth in the series however it is a standalone story. I did not feel I was missing any information and was able to jump right into the fast moving plot.
I loved the backdrop for the story, Tarpon Cove, a small steamy town in the Florida Keys. The action
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  • Deception in Paradise (Paradise, #2)
  • Trouble in Paradise (Paradise, #3)
  • Murder in Paradise (Paradise Series)
  • Revenge in Paradise (Paradise, #6)
  • Kidnapped in Paradise (Paradise #7)
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