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The Starr Sting Scale: The Candace Starr Series

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A hard-drinking former hitwoman agrees to help catch a killer — though the murderer might just be her.
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 15th 2020 by Dundurn
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Dave
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Starr Sting Scale is the first in what promises to be a terrific hard-edged crime fiction series. Witty, irreverent, nasty, unrelenting dark crime fiction about a recently released hit woman with more skeletons in her closet than Davy Jones' locker. There's always a question for crime fiction fans whether a true crime fiction can star a woman or is it a ground only claimed by men. Make no mistake. At six foot three, Candace Starr is more woman than most men can handle. Somehow the author ...more
Fran
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Candace Starr is a "retired" hit woman. (personal assassin, please!) She states,"I'm not in the game anymore...cooling my jets since prison, working at the E-Zee Market and keeping a low profile." Fat chance. Society maven Kristina Corrigan seeks Candace out. She agrees to pay Candace to "off" her daughter's boyfriend, Tyler Brent. "He is a parasite. A barnacle affixed to the hull of society with no purpose or design." "Ten thousand...delivered like I tell you", says Candace. "So much for ...more
Sandy
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never met a character like Candace (don’t call me Candy) Starr. In a nutshell she’s a 6’3” hard drinking, foul mouthed ex-con with a diverse resume. Before she went to prison, she was a killer-for-hire. Her father was a hitman & just like any proud papa, he brought his kid into the family business. Now she lives alone above the E-Zee Market where she mans the counter & bounces meth heads who frequent the store.

But it can be hard to shake your
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Marcus Kennedy
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a rollicking ride from start to finish. Lean and mean prose peppered with witty asides that caused me to laugh out loud while reading it. Candace Starr is like a cross between The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and that crazy ex-girlfriend you had in college that you couldn't get enough of. Dark and hard-boiled crime fiction for sure, but tempered with the main character's uniqueness of spirit and a sub-plot of her relationships with her quirky "family" and the solid but intriguing ...more
Mwanamali
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, netgalley
This book is just.... Lmao... Just no... It's clunky, gets expositional when it doesn't need to and not forgetting the bigotry.

Candace is a retired hit woman who is approached by a stepford wife to off the daughter's boyfriend. The money is tempting but she decides not to do it because she doesn't like the idea of offing a kid. It doesn't even matter since the boy is found dead later and a cop, the most inept waste of skin since the mayor of townsville, ropes Candace in to try and solve the
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C.S. O’Cinneide
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Candace Starr, a not-so-retired hitwoman with a taste for bourbon delivers a rocking good time in this first of a three-part series. Hard-boiled crime fiction with a dark feminine twist, the action comes fast and furious, as do the witty asides. If people have even half as much fun reading it as I did writing it, then my work is done!
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C.S. O'Cinneide (oh-ki-nay-da) is a writer and a blogger on her website, She Kills Lit, where she features women writers of thriller and noir. Her debut novel, Petra’s Ghost is a dark thriller set on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, where a woman has disappeared. The book was inspired by real events that occurred when the author walked the ancient five-hundred-mile pilgrimage in 2015.
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