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Dead-End Detective

(Piper and Porter Mystery #1)

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They were the Two Girls Detective Agency.
Now, one of them is dead,
and the other is suspected of murder.


Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby.


Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of th

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Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Hallmark Publishing
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Natalia  R
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Dead-End Detective is the first book in Amanda Flower's Piper and Porter Mystery series. Set in New York in a quaint little town on Seneca Lake, we meet Darby Piper, a private investigator whose partner, Samantha, has just been killed in an accident. Except it wasn't an accident at all, someone deliberately ran her off the road and all signs point to Darby being the culprit. Still reeling from her friend's murder, she is shocked to learn that Samantha has left her share of the business
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Kay
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific! This is a new cozy series by Amanda Flower. Set in a small town by Seneca Lake, NY, our protagonist, Darby Piper is a private investigator. When her mentor and partner at Two Girl's Detective Agency died from a car "accident" all evidence suggested that Darby is a prime suspect.
Gloria
Amanda Flower has made a start to another great series with the Piper and Porter Mystery series. Set in New York in a small town on Seneca Lake, Darby Piper and her friend and partner, Samantha Porter, have run the Two Girls Detective Agency for ten years when Samantha is killed by another driver running her off the street on a hill into a ravine. All clues point to Darby and her ex boyfriend Austin Caster is the lead detective. Thinking she will inherit the business where it is a 60/40 ownershi ...more
Sabine
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-2020, 2020
A great new series. I really liked the mystery. It had a very nice pacing and kept me guessing the whole time. Can't wait for #2...but I fear that'll be a while.
Ell
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is a sensational start to a brand new cozy mystery series by Amanda Flowers. I won't rehash the plot since you can read that in the book description. The characters are well-rounded. The story unravels remarkably. I absolutely love the fact that Darby is a Private Detective. As such, her actions make sense throughout the book. Time flies when you are reading Dead-End Detective. I am looking forward to many more in this series!
Linda Strong
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it

Darby Piper and Samantha Porter are co-owners of Two Girls Detective Agency. Samantha, the owner with 60% ownership has decided to sell the business to a real estate organization against Darby's wishes. Darby will be left without a job, her business, or her home. Needless to say, the two are at loggerheads.

When Samantha is killed in an auto accident a day later, Darby is horrified ... even more so when she learns that this was no accident. And the really scary thing is that Darby seems to be the
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Nancy Baker
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent new series! Darby knew there were going to be some uncomfortable situations working as a private eye when her ex long time boyfriend is a cop but when she becomes the prime suspect in a murder case it is beyond uncomfortable.

A well woven mystery with a likable protagonist and a fun secondary character. I look forward to spending more time with Darby, her new partner Tate and even her ex Austin. Thanks to Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kristina
Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower is the debut of A Piper and Porter Mystery series. We are transported to Herrington, New York on Seneca Lake where Samantha Porter and Darby Piper run Two Girls Detective Agency. Darby is upset because Samantha is talking about selling the business and a taking a job as head of security at Lake Waters Retreat. Samantha is then murdered, and someone has set up Darby to take the fall. Darby reluctantly teams up with Samantha’s nephew, Tate Porter to find the kil ...more
Moondance
This is the first book in Amanda Flower's new Piper and Porter Mystery series. Darby Piper and her partner, Samantha Porter own Two Girl's Detective Agency together. Samantha has decided to liquidate the business and take a job with a local exclusive resort. Darby is devastated by the news but even more so when Samantha dies in a car crash that does not look like an accident. Darby must clear her name as all the clues point to her.

What an excellent start to a series! It's not often that I cry wi
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Elizabeth
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I admit to stumbling through the first part of this book. It seemed slow. However, as I continued to read, the plot developed and I couldn't stop reading!

Dead-End Detective is the first in a new series by Amanda Flower for Hallmark Publishing. It, of course, like all good cozy mysteries begins with a murder! The characters developed a little slow for my liking but the plot was great and, once the characters were developed, the story just flew on it's own! I'm looking forward to the second in th
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Christine
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
What a great start to a series. This is the first book in the Piper and Porter series. Darby Piper co-owns a private investigative business with her long time friend Samantha Porter. Samantha is thinking of leaving the business which would put Darby out of a job since Samantha owned the majority of the business. Things change though when Samantha dies in a car crash under mysterious circumstances and leaves her portion of the business to her nephew, Tate. The police, which includes Darby's ex, t ...more
Christine
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read several books in other series by this author and have enjoyed them, so I was excited to read this debut in a brand-new series. The premise of the book is interesting. Darby Piper’s partner in a private detective agency is murdered but instead of inheriting Samantha’s half of the business as expected, Samantha has left her share to her nephew. Darby finds herself as a suspect in Samantha’s death, so while proving her innocence, she has to get to know the mysterious Tate Porter and fig ...more
Lesa
I loved the two main characters in Amanda Flower's first Piper & Porter mystery, Dead-End Detective. And, I like a cozy mystery that features a detective agency. It's not quite as cozy as sone books. Best of all, it took me forever to figure out who was the killer, although there was a growing suspicion before the ah ha moment. Two terrific leads, plus two terrific cats. Does it get much better for readers of cozy mysteries?

Darby Piper returns from her morning run, running a little late because
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Mary Brown
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dead End Detective
Piper & Porte, Book #1
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

Synopsis:

They were the Two Girls Detective Agency. Now, one of them is dead,
and the other is suspected of murder.

Darby Piper is in shock. Samantha Porter—her mentor and business partner at Two Girls Detective Agency—has died in a car crash, and it doesn’t look like an accident. In fact, evidence is pointing toward Darby.

Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it t
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Laura
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Darby Piper and Samantha Porter are business partners at the Two Girls Detective Agency. But one morning Darby is awoken by a jarring knock on the door. She finds her ex-boyfriend, officer Austin Caster, on her doorstep. He’s there to tell her Sam has been killed in a car accident. But the cops don’t think it’s an accident, and they think Darby had something to do with it.
Darby had expected to inherit Samantha’s half of the agency, but Samantha had recently changed the will to leave it to Tate P
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Jenna
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a first time read by this writer for me. She was highly recommended by Natalia R. Thanks girl! Moves at a good pace. Likable characters.
Interesting mystery & clever once you realize what the clues were & who did it.

I do wonder though after reading all these cozy's what is the obsession with having cats?

Negative:
there's alot of info thrown out. (i would imagine it's b/c this is the first in a series so the writer is setting everything up but it was still alot all at once.)

Overall, I like
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Dawn
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm in love with Tate. He is my favorite character in this book, which I just LOVED, btw. I love his sense of humor, his wit, his wanting to protect Darby. I just loved the chemistry between those two. The friendly banter. I enjoyed the character of Mrs. Berger. She is a hoot! This was a very intriguing mystery. I really didn't know for sure who the murderer was until right before Darby figured it out. I am very much looking forward to book #2 in this series.
Micky Cox
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding new series! The characters are strong, well developed and likable with their unique characteristics! Two female P.I.'s running their company when one suddenly wants out then ends up dead, it looks like one partner killed the other to save the company....or does it.....you'll have to read to figure out the story for yourself, but be prepared to fall in book love with this book and being eager for more! I know I am! I can't wait to see what will happen with Darby and Tate in the upcomi ...more
Hannah
An interesting mystery with strong leads. When a detective is killed in a small town, the suspect list is short--mostly comprised of the woman who works with her in the detective agency. There seem to be a load of folks who didn't like Samantha, though, and Darby is sure they make better suspects than she does--so why's the town police chief so certain she did it?

I enjoyed the read despite finding the ending rather weak and rushed; there's a lot of action but the denouement was very sudden. I lo
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Lacey Harrington
This is my first Amanda Flower Mystery and it won’t be the last. Darby Piper runs Two Girl Detective Agency with her partner Samatha. Samatha decides to close the agency and takes a job at the local celebrity resort. Darby is furious but is only a 40 percent stakeholder. Samatha is killed and Darby is being framed. Samatha’s only family a nephew is back in town and is now the new majority stakeholder of the company. Darby must find who ever is framing her to save her freedom and career.
I loved
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Joy
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable cozy mystery! This book drew me in right from the first chapter and I didn't want to put it down. The setting sounds picturesque and the characters are all delightful. Mrs. Berger is a hoot, as is her cat Romy. The mystery itself was realistic and not far-fetched considering it takes place in a small town. The only question I had in the end was what illness Darby's dad actually has as I didn't find the answer within the pages of the story (perhaps I missed it somehow?). I look ...more
JoAn
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower is her newest cozy mystery series and was an engaging story.

Darby Piper and Samantha Porter were friends and business partners at Two Girls Detective Agency and then Samantha was killed in a car crash. The police's number one suspect is Darby and she is determined to find out who really did the deed. There is also a cold case murder mystery that involves Samantha's father that Darby wants to solve as well. Darby struck me as a little naive' regarding her being
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Elizabeth Plunkett
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2020
I enjoyed Dead-End Detective by Amanda Flower. This first in a new series called A Piper and Porter Mystery is from Hallmark Publishing. Reading it felt like watching one of my favorite Hallmark Movie Mysteries. Darby is one of the two detectives at Two Girls Detective Agency when her partner Samantha dies, Darby joins forces with Samantha’s nephew Tate to solve her friend and partner’s murder and clear her own name. This book has all the classic cozy markers: cute small town, involved family an ...more
Daniele
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
DEAD-END DETECTIVE kicks the Piper and Porter Mystery Series off to a good start. The characters are nicely drawn, and the smart mystery unfolds at a brisk pace. Since Darby is the prime suspect, I felt quite invested in the story as she tried to clear her name. Several other suspects and plenty of clues and red herrings kept me guessing for most of the book. My only quibble is that the ending seemed a bit rushed, but this did not deter my enjoyment of the book. I cannot wait to read more of Dar ...more
Noreen Trotsky
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fiction, 2020
Dead-End Detective is a departure from Flower's usual Amish fare. Still a mystery, the book introduces us to Darby Piper, half of the Two Girls Detective Agency. Without giving away who gets murdered and why, let's just say that I would highly recommend this book that has newly developed characters, along with a fast-paced plot that keeps the reader wanting the book to never end. Hopefully, book two is not too far behind, because I can't wait to read it.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher & th
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Kimberly
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you @netgalley for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely love all of the cozy mysteries by Amanda Flower and jumped at the chance to read the first book in this new series. It’s full of great characters and a very intriguing mystery.

Darby is a wonderful protagonist. I loved her strong personality and sassy attitude. Since the murder revolves around her dear friend and business partner, I feel like I really got to know and understand her personality quickly. She’s gri
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Virginia Campbell
Author Amanda Flower begins her "Piper and Porter Mystery Series" with "Dead-End Detective", an entertaining cozy mystery with an appealing female lead. Darby Piper and Samantha Porter had been good friends and partners in the "Two Girls Detective Agency" for over ten years. Samantha held the larger share of the agency, and when she suddenly decides to sell the business, Darby is at a loss. The agency is not only Darby's livelihood, it's her home--she lives upstairs above the office. Her shock b ...more
Jaymie
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

4 stars = Great - might re-read
Fun series kickoff from one of my favorite mystery authors. It's a great new mystery from Hallmark Publishing. I definitely could see this one being turned into a movie. It plays out just right for one of their Movies and Mysteries series.

I enjoyed Darby and Tate as the stars of the book. There are still things for readers to learn about Tate
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Micky Cox
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding new series! The characters are strong, well developed and likable with their unique characteristics! Two female P.I.'s running their company when one suddenly wants out then ends up dead, it looks like one partner killed the other to save the company....or does it.....you'll have to read to figure out the story for yourself, but be prepared to fall in book love with this book and being eager for more! I know I am! I can't wait to see what will happen with Darby and Tate in the upcomi ...more
Taryn
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darby Piper loves being a P.I. and is part owner in Two Girls Detective Agency along with friend and colleague Samantha Porter. She can't understand why Samantha wants to suddenly give it all up and for a less exciting job. When Samantha is murdered and all the evidence points to Darby her world is turned upside down, especially when she finds out Samantha left her part of the business to her nephew Tate Porter. Even though Tate isn't a P.I. He wants to help Darby look for his Aunt's killer. The ...more
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Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, ...more

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