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A High Price to Pay

(Madeline Dawkins #2)

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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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David Lucero
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madeline Dawkins and her longtime friend, Mike, have moved forward with their very own private investigative firm. However, it takes time to develop clientele and get word out that you're in the P.I. business. To supplement a necessary income, Madeline maintains work as a full-time event planner, and her latest work is a year-long project taking a toll on her nerves.

Her most recent client is wife of a famous movie director, and in her world, everything seems to be centered on her. It takes nearl
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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 it.mp
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
Annette
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
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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
Mary
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
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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
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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.
Jeannie
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.
Chanel
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has two main plots for the P.I. Team of Madeline and Mike. They need to stay one step ahead of the evil man from Madeline’s past out for revenge. At the same time Madeline has her first case to find a jewel thief turned murderer. She is doing this while juggling her side career as an event planner for the extravagant 40th Birthday of a spoiled socialite. Lucky, for Madeline she has Mike as her loyal and trustworthy partner.
I like my suspense/murder mysteries with some romance. There w
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Sara Oxton
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A High Price to Pay by Cynthia Hamilton a feisty four-star read. This is number two in the Madeline Dawkins series and I would say that it is best to read them in order, I did and I enjoyed them that way as I didn’t feel lost at all reading the second story. This is a great whodunnit and it kept me guessing, I did guess right at first but then thought I didn’t and then just got so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t truly care. This has so many strings to the story, but the author does a great ...more
Angela
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

A High Price to Pay is the second book in the Madeline Dawkins series by Cynthia Hamilton. This is another exciting mystery following Madeline Dawkins sleuthing adventures. This story takes place three years after the ending of book one. With the event planning/private investigation business in full swing- Madeline is caught up in planning a huge shindig for Hollywood elite. A year in the making, Madeline needs everything to go off without a hitch. But Madeline seems to attract trouble. T
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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.
Swanbender2001
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.
Angela
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

A High Price to Pay is the second book in the Madeline Dawkins series by Cynthia Hamilton. This is another exciting mystery following Madeline Dawkins sleuthing adventures. This story takes place three years after the ending of book one. With the event planning/private investigation business in full swing- Madeline is caught up in planning a huge shindig for Hollywood elite. A year in the making, Madeline needs everything to go off without a hitch. But Madeline seems to attract trouble. T
...more
Louis
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 Goodreads.com

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
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E.A.
A High Price to Pay (Madeline Dawkins #2) by Cynthia Hamilton was a thrilling, fast pace, exciting read, that had me hooked from start to finish.

The second book in this top shelf series, we are in the hot seat with Madeline as she's told that the man, that hunts her dreams has been cut a deal and is out on the streets again. In saying this, this series follows a continuous timeline and plot, so I highly suggest reading the first book, as you won't get get full effect of Madeline fear, and turmo
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Marilyn
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great

Great

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.
Rajuda
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.
Gayle Crabb
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Typos

The book was very interesting. The thing that kept distracting me was all the typos. Proofreading should have corrected this.
John Dolan
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this, the second of the Madeline Dawkins PI mystery novels, author Cynthia Hamilton again mixes up matters to great effect. (If only cocktails were always this good, but I digress.)
Madeline - still partly traumatized by the events of Book One (no spoilers here) – finds herself in the thick of a new murder puzzle, but also under personal threat too. Along with her partner Mike, she must unpick a Gordian knot of truths and half-truths from a birthday celebration gone badly wrong. The body count
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Laura Furuta
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A High Price to Pay (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2)
By: Cynthia Hamilton
5 out of 5 stars

The story A High Price to Pay (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2) by Cynthia Hamilton is an amazing book to read and had me on the edge of my seat. It is a page-turner that will have you wondering what will happen next. I love how the story is written in such a way that I felt like I was right there with Madeline and her partner Mike every step they took. What starts out as a simple background check beca
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Jenni Bishop
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A High Price to Pay (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2) by Cynthia Hamilton has once again cleverly woven threads to give us another thrilling, fast paced,and exciting story that had me on the edge of the seat from start to finish. Murder and mystery, fear and drama, love and hurt were compelling and emotions were running rampant but the story and the plot flowed smoothly. It can be read as a standalone since there is sufficient information from the first book ‘Girl Trap’ to bring you up to spe ...more
Jenny
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A High Price to Pay is the second novel in the Madeline Dawkins series. In ‘A High Price to Pay’, Madeline is working as both an events coordinator and as a private investigator, her jobs cross paths during a weekend long fortieth birthday extravaganza for the wife of a famous film director. Following the theft of some family jewels, Madeline does a background check and along with Mike is soon dealing with a murder investigation. To add to her troubles Madeline is informed that one of the men th ...more
Michelle Mulvey
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A High Price to Pay is Book 2 In the series and picks up 3 years after book 1. Madeline and Mike have successfully completed what was needed to become licensed PI’s. They are also running a party planning business. Madeline is planning the party of the year for a fortieth birthday to a high profile client. She is earning every dollar she makes on this case. Cherie Alexander has quite a few melt downs and now with the party here, they are more frequent. As the weekend approaches, Cherie’s mother ...more
Angela Shirley
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibbb-reviews
Madeline is back with a side kick. Her and Mike have set up a Private Investigating business but its slow to pick up business at the moment so she decides to still take on her event planning role full time while it develops it clientele.

While organising the biggest party of the year she stumbles across there first case. The clients mother has had some missing jewellery stolen and has hired Madeline and Mike to investigate the crime but when there is a famous film director and people around him a
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Karyn Taylor
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A High Price To pay is the 2nd book in the Madeline Dawkins Series by Cynthia Hamilton. This is a great detective series which is thrilling and fast paced.
3 years have passed since we left Madeline and Mike at the end of Spouse Trap. They are now newly qualified as private detectives and Madeline is still working in her role as an event planner. When a huge glamorous event that Madeline is working on becomes a murder enquiry, her and Mike become embroiled in solving the murder.
At the same time
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