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A High Price to Pay

(Madeline Dawkins #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Madeline’s dual professions as event coordinator and private investigator cross paths during the most lavish affair of her career—a weekend-long fortieth birthday extravaganza for the wife of a famous film director. A simple background check after the disappearance of precious family jewels quickly turns into a murder investigation, and before Madeline and Mike can put the ...more
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published March 19th 2014 by Woodstock Press
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elaine m. suda
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Party and Murder

Thank you for this exciting murder mystery. The storyline kept me on edge and the characters were amazing. Maddie was fantastic in her solving the murders, especially her great footwork. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Teresa Collins
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the second in the Madeline Dawkins series. Madeline is a little less whiny and spooked in this book; not done away with completely, but much less than in The Spouse Trap. I was pretty sure I had figured out who the killer was before the end, but it was interesting to see how Madeline figured it out. The one issue I had with this book is that I could have done with much less of Madeline and Mike rehashing all the details of the murder and who it could be and how they did it and o ...more
norma  linza
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good story

Even though I figured out who did it immediately; this was a good story.
A lot of unexpected situations came up that were interesting. The two M D's are likeable. Would have enjoyed more discussions over the case in the story.
A lot takes place in less than a week. Hope there is a sequel
michael pilgrim
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I only give it 5stwrs because they dont offer 6

book was well written and the stlory line believable .the fight scene was very well done....I would change the detective agency name to MD squared, since they shared initials. good read. you will enjoy
Opal Sibley
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Successful Suspense

I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the antagonist to strike. Just when I thought The book would leave me guessing..........
John M.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A High Price To Pay, the second installment in the Madeline Dawkins mystery series from the talented author Cynthia Hamilton, belies the curse of the sophomore slump. It grips the reader and conveys her/him on a strident pace through Madeline Dawkins’ graduation from her private investigator’s “internship,” as she transitions from her event planning career to fulltime work as a P.I. Her longtime friend, confidant, and occasional lover, Mike Delaney, remains beside her as her partner in the fledg ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a thrill ride.

Madeline was assaulted in the past and there is evidence that the person responsible for that assault is now coming after her again. He has already killed a man who gave information to the police. She is next on his list. He is tying up loose ends.

Madeline is a newly licensed Private Investigator and she and her partner, Mike, are vigilant about trying to stay a few steps against the threat.

At the same time Maddie is finishing up her last two giant events – a wedding and a
Kevin Lintner
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cynthia Hamilton does what many other authors do not do and that is she immerses herself into her work to make sure that she givers the readers the most accurate story possible. Hamilton wanted to write detective stories, so she took a detective course. She wanted to write about Guam so she immersed herself in the scenery and culture of Guam. She wanted to have her character take a martial arts class, so she took a martial arts class. You don't see this kind of dedication these days, and I admir ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My real rating is 3-1/2 stars, I rounded up.

I found "A High Price To Pay" to be well-written, with decently believable characters, situations and dialogue. The 'mystery' was well-crafted: I did figure it out, early on, but I doubt most readers would catch all of the subtle clues, and will be surprised to discover who the killer was.

There were two sets of murders. I cannot figure out why Ms. Hamilton thought the first, more thriller-style, to be a necessary part of this story. The book would have
Melanie Rose
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I whole-heartedly recommend this thrilling sequel to Spouse Trap by author, Cynthia Hamilton. I was throughly entertained and enthralled by this fast paced and clever tale, which had me guessing to the end. In this second book of the Madeline Dawkins series, Madeline has come into her own and she is on fire! This is an expertly woven story and the amazing cast of characters had me completely engaged. It is witty, intelligent and down-right FUN!
This book truly showcases Ms Hamilton's gift for wri
Nancy Steinle gummel
A high price to pay by Cynthia Hamilton is a great "who done it " with several antagonists. The story opens with Maddie and Mike completing a. 3 year apprenticeship as private investigators and Maddie is an event coordinator. From there things go awry rather quickly like missing jewels to 2 murders.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy fun read. Now I am going to get Cynthia Hamiltons other books.
Gail W. Matthews
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Excellent Read

A good mystery. One thing I enjoyed was the author's
wide vocabulary. I even learned a couple of new words.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the second installment of the Madeline Dawkins series and would be inclined to read more about the characters. The mystery and the solving of it were satisfying; the writing of the emotions was a bit off but that may develop better with time.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A High Price to Pay

I received a free copy of this novel from

This is the second book in the Madeline Dawkins series, after "Spouse Trap," which I liked. This one? Not so much.

I thought the first book had some problems, especially Madeline being all weepy and whiny. But the story was good. It was interesting as hell to see how it would all play out, even if you kind of knew she would ultimately prevail.

I figured in the second novel she might be less invested in the plot – that is, l
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


this was story was one that more than one crime occurring during a party.the other crimes were part of criminal crimes in the past.a surprise ending.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A predictable plot, reasonably well narrated. Some of the non-essential distractions in the first half could have been avoided to ensure even pace, and earn greater appreciation.
Evelyn Grabas
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good story and I very much enjoyed it, but it wasn't riveting. I usually read a book in a day or two, but, I kept putting this one down, reading other books, then picking it back up again, reading some more, putting it down and reading other books again. This time I made a pledge with myself to finish it. At about 65% through the book, it started to pick up. By the simple process of elimination (after all, there were only four people that had the opportunity to commit the murder), I had alr ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Book 2 was as good as number one. These books are so different in so many ways . I enjoy them.
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I have been writing since 2000, when a collection of bizarre physical problems forced me to find a creative outlet I could pursue from bed, if it came to that. Since then, I've written several novels and two memoirs. I love creating characters and setting them down in situations to see how they react. Most of my stories spring entirely from my overly-fertile imagination. My latest—Girl Trap—is the ...more

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