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Dead Certain

(Broden Legal #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  17,423 ratings  ·  1,064 reviews
Ella Broden is living a double life.

By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city’s most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan.

No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she’s not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Char
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different and pornographic.

There is a book inside the book, to solve the mystery. This kind of writing was different, that was the reason gave four stars. Two sisters, suppose to be very close but both keep secrets from each other. Main characters in this story lives double life's. Don't like main character Ella, all she thinks of sex, mystery is to find out which of her sex partner is the killer.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't recall reading a book that started off so intriguing and then completely fell apart almost three-quarters of the way in. From characters that behaved unrealistically (the killer's motivation? Come on!) to needless, and very tedious, verbatim repetition of the same scenes over and over again, to an unsurprising villain that was still revealved much too soon, the whole book turned into a disaster that was as boring as it was incompetent. Listen to me, save yourself some time and grief and ...more
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I obtained this book as a Kindle First choice for May 2017. It was very good, I would say 3.5 if we could give half points. The writing style is straightforward, not flowery or highly descriptive, and appropriate. Recommended if you like a quick read, and the story\action moves along quickly. My most memorable takeaway from this book is that the two sisters are sluts...or is that just me being old-fashioned? LOL
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh! This book had such promise for a good popcorn popping thriller; great characters and an interesting murder. Then it went all predictable:-(. Worse still when giving one characters point of view interactions were actually repeated verbatim. I give this book 2.5 stars
Michael Slavin
This book is not great, but I enjoyed it.

I read this book because it had 3,500 Amazon reviews, and 83% 4 or 5 stars. It also had a writer and her book in the book, so I decided it should be good.

Dad is a big time criminal attorney, and he has two daughters, mid 20’s and 30ish. The 30ish very successful lawyer sister is the main character and her younger sister writer wanttabe goes missing. The younger writer sister goes missing. But first she gave her half done manuscript to her sister to read
I listened to the audiobook as narrated by Erin Bennett, and she did a great job with this!

In Dead Certain, we follow Ella as she races to try to find her sister Charlotte, who has gone missing. Certain that Charlotte has not disappeared of her own volition, Ella pores over a book manuscript left behind by her sister hoping to find the right clues to track down the kidnapper. But can she solve the mystery before it's too late?

I have mixed feelings about this book. The good:
*The book within a boo
Phillip III
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** Review is based on an Advance Review Copy (ARC) / Details and specifics may change once book is actually published June 2017 **

I am up to date. Ahead of schedule, actually. I have now read all five novels by Adam Mitzner, and it has been an awesome adventure.

DEAD CERTAIN, much like THE GIRL FROM HOME, steps away from the legal thriller, and moves more into mystery / suspense. There is still a legal aspect, and the main character, Ella Broden, is an attorney --but those facts are secondary to
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Facile silly book

There is little intrigue coupled with horrendous amounts of useless repetition. It is astonishing that such a book gets published with little more to recommend it other than gratuitous sex and violence, all tied up in a neat little bow. What a waste of time!
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I picked up Dead Certain by Adam Mizner, partially because of some of the pearl-clutching negative reviews on Amazon about how pornographic it is, how the writing was terrible, and how it was contrived and confusing. Since I’m a writer, I like to read across the spectrum to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. I’m glad I decided to read this book, since it explained why it received largely positive reviews instead of negative.

This is not a typical murder mystery, more of a whydunnit than
Sarah Morse Adams
This book had so much potential. The beginning was really intriguing, I liked the main character, and i loved the idea of the story within the story. All the two stars go to this part of the book.

It all went downhill after the halfway point, when the author introduced a new point of view and repeated earlier scenes from this perspective. The ending was predictable.

For some reason, the book left me feeling angry. I'm not sure why.

Okay, that's a lie.

I don't usually include spoilers in my revie
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Ella Broden works for her father’s law firm. They are well known criminal defense attorneys. Ella’s sister, Charlotte, is a graduate student in creative writing. She tells Ella that her book from class has just been accepted by a publisher. She gives Ella a copy of the manuscript to read. Charlotte goes missing and is presumed murdered. Ella sets out to find her murderer.

The book is mostly well written. The majority of the book is written in the first-person present viewpoint of Ella Broden. The
Lynn Perry
It's Dead Certain This Book's Average Rating Has Been Over-Inflated

I actually started to write a review of this book a week/2 weeks ago after reading it for free as a Kindle First -a 2-star rating with a long-drawn out critique about the superficial depictions of characters, the implausible coincidences, and the general sense fostered by the book that I was reading a not-particularly well-crafted mystery. I didn't follow through with my review, however. Then, tonight, while searching for other b
Michael Moline
A tale of two slut sisters.

If I hadn't started this book I wouldn't have bothered to finish it.
When you lay down with dogs you get up with worse than fleas.
Chris Steeden
A missing girl / possible murder mystery. Is she dead? If so who is the killer and does a half written novel by the missing girl provide any clues? Of course it does.

This was a very easy and quick read. I enjoyed it in a trashy sort of way. The writing is clear and the story zips along. The characters are well defined but of course some information is kept back to keep you thinking and guessing. The real story is mixed with the novel so you can see the parallels and the intrigue is heightened.

Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hot Manhattan lawyers with Mommy issues, boyfriend-juggling writers, rich dudes who might be killers
My second legal thriller by Adam Mitzner. This one was a little different, being written with a first-person female protagonist as narrator, except half the novel is meta as the main character, Ella, reads a novel written by her sister, Charlotte, which presciently foretells Charlotte's murder and who the murderer is. And then towards the end, instead of dragging out the suspense, we get alternating chapters from the murderer's POV. Here, I think Mitzner was trying to experiment a bit by giving ...more
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Attorney Ella Broden's sister Charlotte has gone missing, the second blonde twenty-something from Manhattan in as many weeks. Charlotte leaves behind an unfinished novel, a thinly veiled story of three lovers, one of who may be responsible for her disappearance. Or murder. Ella races to discover the guilty person, but he, or she may be even closer than she realizes.

I would have never read DEAD CERTAIN if not for getting a free copy from Kindle First. Adam Mitzner's latest novel has everything I
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Just because you don't like a book doesn't mean you're a troll.
I find those with negative feedback to be well thought out, more truthful, more insightful than the 5 star reviews.
I Can understand the 2 star reviews on this book although i disagree.
I liked the book inside a book. Effortless writing makes it an easy, quick read while sitting on the train or on the beach.
Wanted the father to play a bigger role and wanted a little more time to get to know Charlotte and
Joey R.
Well written but predictable

I enjoyed "Dead Certain" at times but I can't be the only one who saw the twist coming based on timing of the villain's appearance as well as the randomness of him coming into the picture for no other reason than being the murderer. Also, the main character goes from being clueless who the murderer is to certain enough to plan to kill him in a matter of seconds. It was all just a little too contrived for me.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
My rating: 4 stars – close to a 5 star rating.

Published: June 1, 2017

#17 – Amazon Charts/Fiction/Most Read – Week of June 18, 2017 – Available on Kindle Unlimited

Exciting, unputdownable read!!! Oh, but life got in the way of my reading this book as fast I would have liked!!!

DEAD CERTAIN is a psychological suspense thriller which is my favorite type of book to read. This is the first book by Adam Mitzner that I have read and it did not disappoint. He is now at the top of my TO BE READ list. There
Rating: 3.5/5.0

The good thing is that this book was an easy read. Not too long, not too short, not very heavy on describing sets or characters unnecessarily and has short chapters. The story is about the two sisters Ella and Charlotte. One day the younger sister (Charlotte) hands a novel (Dead Certain) she has written to her elder sister and then she disappears. The elder sister gradually unfolds the mystery of her sister's disappearance by using the information she provided in her novel which i
Megan (Under the Book Cover)
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Thank you to Ashley Vanicek and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! All opinions are my own.

I really never thought I'd say that I enjoyed a book that could be classified as a legal thriller. And really, this isn't exactly a legal thriller, but more so a thriller that has lawyer characters in it. Dead Certain was unique and thrilling and Adam Mitzner has certainly captured my interest
Debbie Oxier
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. I knew from page one I was going to enjoy it and I did. In fact, I read it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down. Ella and Charlotte were sisters, six years apart. Their mother was dead, their father a very well-known attorney with a lucrative practice. After the girls' mother passed, he threw himself into his work, leaving Ella to pretty much look after Charlotte. Although Ella's dream was to be a singer, in order to please her father and earn his approval, she w ...more
Brina (Brina and the Books)
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Read full review here: Brina and the Books

As in A Conflict of Interest , the main characater in this legal crime thriller, Ella Broden, is a criminal defense attorney in Manhattan, just like Adam Mitzner who is an attorney in Manhattan himself. Because of Mitzner's background and profession, the legal parts of the book which are sometimes quite challenging to follow but still interesting to read about make the story even more authentic and real. I also appreciate Mitzner explaining cer
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
On the one hand, I DID enjoy this book and devoured almost all of it in one day! BUT there are a few things that would make me hesitate to give it a solid 4! The positive, the author writes with authority on the legal system, and I was never bored or wanting to skim ahead. I enjoyed hearing from our protagonist Ella, as she read her sister's "unfinished novel" and attempted to identify the men in her sister's life, that the characters in her book were loosely based on. And, in part two, you get ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
There was something "off" about this book.
I got this book as the free download of the month from Amazon.
I know I lost interest and started skimming about 60% of the way through. I'm glad I did because the murderer (whose identity was NOT a surprise) got a series of chapters in which, to re-tell the WHOLE story from their point of view. I mean the WHOLE STORY, right down to repeating ENTIRE SECTIONS of dialogue. Look, I've already read it once (and was barely able to sustain interest). I just fou
Sharon Green
A promising start but second half was too predictable

I really enjoyed the first half of this book but guessed who the killer was and who the final love interest would be early in the second half of the book. Kept reading, hoping for a twist and for my predictions to be proven wrong but unfortunately this didn't happen.
Adah Udechukwu
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dead Certain was totally fabulous
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars.

For the longest time I had given up reading mysteries and thrillers, because after reading so many of them I could always guess who the murderer was. However, with this book, I was about 75% through with it before I guessed who it was, which was so refreshing!

I also loved the moral dilemma Ella faced when having to be a defense attorney for a potential suspect who might have been responsible for a missing person, while dealing with a very similar situation in regards to her
It started interesting enough -- there's a story within a story here -- but then I got distracted when the villain gets his own chapters; and more so when he shares the chapter with the main heroine. As in the POV switches back and forth within the same chapter.

In addition the revelation of the villain is a little bit too fast for me, thus taking out the thrilling element completely.

Because of that, this falls only on my 'okay' category.
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I grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which is about an hour outside of New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and M.A. in politics, and from there went directly on to law school at the University of Virginia.

After law school, I joined the litigation department of a large New York City law firm, and after a few more stops, am currently the head of the litigation departm

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