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Stiff Competition

(Madison Cruz #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Speed dating, cocktails, and dead bodies.
She got all dressed up for this?

With everything blowing up in her love life, her job life, and her confidence, Madison finds herself on the rebound, unable to sort out her feelings. Passionate kisses with a certain crime fighter provide a nice distraction, but things may not be what they seem. A singing telegram turns dangerous, a s
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Fevered Publishing LLC
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Melissa Storm
Oh, this was so much fun! I constantly found myself taking mental notes on characterization and dialogue, because Lucy Carol's writing is THAT good. I felt a little lost coming into the series at book 3, but I still swooned for the romance and laughed out loud at pretty much every other scene. I look forward to Lucy's upcoming romantic comedy series, which is a bit more my speed. Definitely recommend to fans of chick lit. No rating, because I'm Lucy's web designer and assigning stars just wouldn ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stiff Competition Madison Cruz #3 Lucy Carol
WOW! That sums it up pretty well!! Absolutely the best Madison Cruz book so far! Marvelously hilarious and full of fun.
Madison is still trying to break out in an acting gig but gets stuck in a mixup between two completely different gigs that her agent put together. Jen had a stripping gig and Madison had a Marilyn Monroe gig. Guess who got what? In the ensuing aftermath Madison got to know some great people at a high-end restaurant called Plutos. And
Emily Pennington
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is my first Madison Cruz mystery book (yes, I got them all out of order!), and I really enjoyed it. I got the feeling that stumbling over dead bodies was not so unusual for her. The mystery was well written and the characters were so well done that they seemed to come alive on the page! I definitely recommend this book. The pacing works well and the story line keeps the reader engaged! I look forward to catching up in the series and continuing with the new books as they are introduced.
M.A. Kropp
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Madison Cruz is back for her third adventure (misadventure?) here in "Stiff Competiton." She's been dating Jason, from book 2, but things are not going well. He wants her to conform to his idea of how their life should be, and that doesn't include Madison's acting career. Her career isn't going so well, either, and she is still picking up gigs as a singing telegram to pay the bills. She heads off to one at a swank restaurant, only to find there was a mix-up in assignments by her agent, and the g ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Strippers, speed dating and matchmaking

What happened! I was expecting the Madison we all love but we got a different one. Where were the laughs and the kickass attitude. Sorry but this was really disappointing. The murders also seemed to be a last minute interjection into the plot. Hopefully the next one will be better.
Christine Gevas
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love these books and am sad when they end. This is another author that makes me feel like I am there..I can picture the places and feel the emotions of the characters. I really love this series. I was elated when I found out the next book will be coming out soon!
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable series that I can't get enough of. Only complaint, they end too quickly! I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore Lucy Carol's Madison Cruz books. The stories are not your typical cozy mystery fare, and Stiff Competition is no exception. This story involves a restaurant with a disappearing chef, two teenage boys who may or may not be involved in illegal goings-on, and a speed-dating service, while at the same time Madison faces big decisions about her love life and her future. Told with understanding, suspense, and humor, the fact that the book is set in my beloved Seattle is icing on the cake. I wo ...more
Linda Quick
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winner in the Madison Cruz series! If you like smart and fun chick lit, you will love this book. In this novel, Madison has both man trouble and career trouble. Despite her life being in turmoil, she gets sucked into her friends lives and helping with their own turmoil. Although, actually, she gets sucked into the turmoil of complete strangers. This leads to many very witty and funny scenes that will make you smile.

While it is book 3 in the series, it is a stand alone novel - however, i
Lyn Jenkins
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Madison Cruz and her wonderful style of getting into trouble. Trouble pretty much sums up Stiff Competition. After being sent to the wrong place for her singing telegram, Madison just gets in deeper. Lucy Carol does her usual superb job of writing, making Madison Cruz one of my favourite Cozy characters.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait to find out what Madison Cruz and the gang were up to. This addition to the series did not disappoint. Madison and crew’s crazy adventures made it a super fun, fast read! The ending has me anxiously waiting for the next installment!
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Lucy Carol's top priority is to entertain you, and keep you turning pages. She writes mysteries for those who like it fun, fast, and don't mind losing a little sleep. Living and writing in the Pacific Northwest, she loves martinis, flowers, dancing, a good lipstick, and cake. Her background is in the performing arts, having been an actress, voiceover artist, choreographer, and singing telegram.

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