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Sacred Cows (Annie Seymour Mystery #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  387 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
"After a late night on the town, New Haven police reporter Annie Seymour is yanked from her bed by an early morning phone call from her editor. Soon she's shivering on a wet, dark city street, staring down at the once beautiful, now broken body of a Yale University coed." "Paid to observe and get just the facts before writing up her stories for the New Haven Herald, Annie ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Mysterious Press (first published September 1st 2005)
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While trying to manage her personal life, news reporter Annie Seymour tries to solve the murders of two female Yale students who moonlight as professional escorts. This is the first book in this series, and my first book by this author. Initially, I had a hard time getting into it, but I think that was due to distractions on my part. Once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. I like that the author gives you enough clues to figure some stuff out on your own. Other than a bit too much ...more
Chris Wolak
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun read, set in New Haven.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, fun but not complicated mystery.
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Kae Cheatham
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I borrowed the book from my PL

This book was the winner of the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award for first best Mystery. I'm not sure how the title really fits the story, but it was interesting and well done: protagonist Annie Seymour, a cop-beat journalist, gets sent to a crime scene of a murdered Yale co-ed, and her investigation leads her into a complicated intrigue; even her cop-boyfriend can't protect her from the dangers. Annie harangues constantly with everyone while overcoming the odds. That
I checked out 4 books in the library....I know shock, I actually went for a free book instead of massively hemmoraging money in the book store. I went armed with my list from goodreads, all the books I wanna read, and they either don't have the titles, or authors, or they were already checked out. I grabbed on the go, from genres, and this is the only book worth mentioning.
It was actually pretty good, with the main character being some bitchy type journalist after a big story. I didn't get the
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought this was a good book, not a great book. While it started off good – a murdered Yalie, an escort service, lawyers, cops, city corruption and investment scandal it ended quickly and flat. So many books tie in the murders and romance between the characters to make it light reading. What I did enjoy if you are local to New Haven, CT are references to real businesses, streets, locations and of course NH’s specialty – pizza! The Wooster Street area is well known for its Italian banquet.

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Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not a bad story but for awhile, I was getting mixed up with Janet Evanovich's characters....the female sleuths in each story have an on-going affair with a policeman or detective while also having some kind of affair with a sexy, hard-to-resist scoundrel of a private investigator who miraculously is always there to rescue her. Even the name 'Vinnie' was appears in both series; one as a private eye; the other is Stephanie Plum's rather sleazy boss.

It was fun reading about the
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the main character Annie. She is a no-nonesense reporter who gets caught up in a story, to the point where she could potentially become the next victim. She said what she thought and if she wanted to tell someone to go "f" off...she did. There is the potential for a love triangle in the sequeal with a private investigator and his fiance.

My only problem with the book is that Annie dresses crappy and never does her laundry. Why do so many of these female mystery characters (Stephan
I found Karen Olson to be a "not so good" Janet Evanovich clone. The book was okay. The character mouthy and brash, ready to take chances no one else would consider (and getting herself in trouble because of it). I found the frequent use of the "f" word somewhat disconcerting and out of place. It often didn't fit the context in which it was used, giving me the impression that she was trying too hard to be with-it.
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