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Seduction, Deceit & a Slice of Apple Pie

(Marian Moyer #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Book 2 in the Marian Moyer series! It has been a little over a month since Marian was almost murdered. Thankfully, she's settling nicely back into her calm, somewhat boring Milwaukee life with Fred, the red betta fish. That is, until her mother calls with news that will turn everything upside down. With her niece missing and the suspect pool looking suspiciously familiar, ...more
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published June 29th 2014
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm not one to give up on a book. I think I've only done it two or three times, and this one tested me. From the very beginning, we are dealing with a heroine who is, by her own admission, gorgeous. Then we learn she has two equally gorgeous men vying for her affections, and poor her just cannot choose. Gag.
Then, as I get into the meat of the book, it's all feeling so familiar. And I realize that it's a strikingly similar formula as a Stephanie Plum mystery. Now, don't get me wrong: I love the
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-free
Author needs help with commas and objective pronouns. Some issues with head injury scene. More thriller or suspense than mystery since it was low on clues to bad guy, although I knew who did it before halfway in.
D Call
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Not nearly as good as the first book

I'm pretty disappointed in this book. The first one was amazing. This one has no character development, a plot that gets narrated mostly in the last 10 pages, and no setting other than winter with snow. There was no way we could solve this (though I had the villain picked early, the intricate plot was far too convoluted, which is why it had to be narrated). And to top it all off, there's not even any romance. What happened?!

There were some pretty funny spots.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another romantic cozy with a very fickle a photographer of crime scenes and the friend of cops and private eyes, Marian is hot of the trail of her niece's kidnappers and drug dealers. Who knew that family friends, older members of their community, and even family members would be so deeply involved? Who comes to visit her in the end? Hmmm...not Mika or James, I think.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Sarcasm galore, intrigue, and an interesting - albeit obvious - plot makes for a good snuggle into a chair with some ice cream kind of book. Good luck putting it down for the wit alone.
Bernadette Hutton
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok get there already

Well written, a few typos but hey i can get past them. Characters still going strong, did not learn anything new about them. Main character a bit flighty and why does everything happen to her. Keep reading!!
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story, well fleshed out characters.
Really enjoyed this book, but needs editing for grammar.
Evonne Hutton
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Food porn, double dating in a new way gets involved in kidnapping and more.
Slightly confusing story line but fun
Cheryl Luba
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Glad this was a short book; the story line was not very believable at all.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
another good mystery, looking forward to reading the next in the series
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-books
I felt like I have read books with this kind of character range before. It took a while for me to get the satire and comical aspects. It reads like a 1970’s cop show or a B movie script. Intentionally in parts. Marian’s niece disappears and with her impromptu PI team of the two men she is dating, her reporter friend, and her intrepid PI friend Janet, they uncover a drug ring that is responsible for kidnapping the niece to keep her mom, Rachel, married to Marian’s brother, accountable. However, t ...more
Rebecca Parker
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sonjie Outlaw
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Follow the money

This book deserves 5 stars. You never who was involved with the kidnapping and who was the HE until the end.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Really, don't bother. It's incoherent.

First off, neither seduction nor apple pie figure in the plot except as incidental. Why name it after these?

Also, as other reviewers have noted, Janda does not have a decent grasp on when to use "I" vs "me", a grammatical failing I find especially irritating, especially in a purportedly professional's writing. Lorelei Lee can get away with "a girl like I", but that's a part of her voice! and telling, character-wise. Here, it's just a sloppy mistake, repeated
Sascz Herrmann
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Chick lit pretending to be a thriller

Janda's "plucky heroine" gets caught in the stupidest undercover scheme ever, in between trying to decide between two gorgeous heartthrobs. Basically, wish fulfillment dressed up in crime scene tape. Janda's grammar is terrible and her plot completely unbelievable. We're supposed to care which man Marian chooses, but I'm left hoping they both leave her dumb ass.
Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
This was excellent. A bit sexier than the normal cozies I read, but fun and action packed. No real sex scenes but a lot of teasing and innuendo, so some may not want to read this. The action is jam=packed and trouble seems to follow Marian everywhere. Hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride, it's a great read!
Ruth Caves
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Go Milwaukee

Nice reading a story about where you live, but some things don't ring true and are hard to ignore because of the hometown familiarity. Aside from that this is a fast read that will keep you turning pages till the end. Head trama does help explain the smart but dumb aspects of the story.
Diane Burton
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good suspense. References were made to the first story in this series but not too much. This book definitely held my interest. I had a good idea who the kingpin was. Still, the author had me guessing until the reveal. Marian is a likeable character. So were the two guys she's dating. I wish she'd make up her mind. LOL
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Glad I didn't pay for this. A bunch of coincidences poorly strung together with unrealistic characters and the supposed protagonist is annoying and vapid. The only reason I kept reading was because of my stupid OCD.
Anne Turnley
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
You will never guess this one

Interesting plot but, you are not given enough info to follow it. Lots of laughter and suspense. Marion has 2 boyfriends and several girlfriends involved in solving this mystery.
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
I opted out of this book very quickly. I think I was expecting a cozy mystery but it was all too sexual for me.
Prob my fault for not looking at more of the description but also not a type of book I have any interest reading.
Patricia Strigel
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Take a grammar lesson

The story was fine but the grammatical errors were annoying. "I" is NOT used in the objective case, e.g. Give that to Addison and me (not to Addison and I).
Dana Kerby
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very Good read.

The plot was interesting and a little different. There was just enough sexiness to pique the interest. who would she choose?
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
fun read, like the characters looking forward to reading the first one as this was book 2.
Jo Anne
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A page turner!

A well written book , however I didn't like the ending. Still don't know which guy she chose. That was to remain a mystery I suppose.
Debra A Flanigan
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