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Red Hot

(A Red Herring Mystery #3)

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Freelance writer Alex Vlodnachek hasn’t had a vacation in ages. So when her sister invites her—and pup Lucy—for a girls’ get-away to Miami, it’s too tempting to resist.

Big sister Annie wants Alex to savor a little fun in the sun at her South Beach condo. Redhead Alex just wants to escape complications at home, enjoy a little R&R and find an industrial-sized bottle of suns
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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JEN A
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an ARC review - release date is 26 May 2020


This was a fun caper filled mystery. This was an easy read that kept me intrigued and kept the pages turning. The main characters are likable and you’ve gotta love a story that has a cute pooch in it. This is the first book that I’ve read in the series but it won’t be the last. This is definitely the type of book that you take to the beach with you or any sort of vacation. I highly recommend it.
JEN A
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun caper filled mystery. This was an easy read that kept me intrigued and kept the pages turning. The main characters are likable and you’ve gotta love a story that has a cute pooch in it. This is the first book that I’ve read in the series but it won’t be the last. This is definitely the type of book that you take to the beach with you or any sort of vacation. I highly recommend it.
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
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Alex Vlodnachek heads to South Beach with her big sister/super model Annie for a much-needed vacay and pup Lucy gets to tag along. Alex plans to relax by the pool while Annie takes care of some business at her condo. A quickly scheduled condo vote has Annie concerned and she hopes Alex can use her investigative skills to help her figure out what is going on.

When the current condo association president, Leslie McQueen goes missing and things around the property start to fall in
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Tari
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this has been my favorite so far of this series! I loved that it took Alex away from her home turf for a while to Miami, Florida, and that we got to know her sister Annie a lot better. I really like Annie, and she made an excellent sleuth and interrogator. She could question people, and they never realized it. Of course, with Alex's luck, the trip turned into a murder investigation but not at first. It was more of a "where did the dead woman hide the money she took" investigation. Lucy, ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
There is something about this series that draws me in each time.  Perhaps it is the family dynamics, maybe it is the mystery, or maybe it is Baba - the Russian grandmother that loves to make goulash for the family.  Whatever it is, I am definitely a fan of the series.

This installment takes us to South Beach Miami where something is amiss with the HOA board where Annie has a penthouse.  Annie brings Alex and Lucy (the pup) for a bit of a vacation and to help figure out what is going on.  They don
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Lisa Malmquist
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alex has been invited to her sister's beautiful condo in Miami for a little relax time.
She is happy to get out of town and the construction that is going on in her kitchen.
So she takes her brother's dog, Lucy and they both have some fun in the sun.
However, there is trouble at the condo and of course Alex has to investigate when the new President of the condo association is found dead in the elevator shaft.
Then they found out the condo association's money is missing and none of the needed repairs
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Susan Z
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Red Herring Mystery series; however I have not read the preceding books.

This is a light and sometimes funny caper type of mystery. There were some random references which I assume tied back to earlier books, but the references seemed a little random and superficial. I found them distracting, but maybe it works better if you read the other books.

Overall this book is a light easy read, perfect when you want to be entertained but not left emotional. A perfect beach rea
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Jerri Cachero
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait for the third book in this series and it was wonderful! Alex is a free-lance journalist/sleuth with quirky & lovable family and friends. When a luxury vacation to Miami turns into a murder investigation of a tyrannical HOA president, Alex has the whole group working to solve the case!

In Red Hot, Alex's super-model sister Annie, Alex's best friend Trip, brother Nick, her lovable grandmother Baba, Nick's ex-girlfriend Gabby and lovely canine "daughter" Lucy are all on the case. I e
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Sandra
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Red Hot by Dana Dratch is the third novel in A Red Herring Mystery series and a lot of fun as always.

This time it is Alex's sister Annie who needs help.
She feels that something shady is going on at her Miami condo but she does't know what it is. So she invites Alex over for some fun and relaxation and to help her figure things out. They also take Lucy with them as NIc plans to remodel Alex's kitchen into professional one.
When girls arrive they realize that there is an election to be held for HO
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Lisa Morin
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t help but love this series as well as Alex and her family and friends.
In Red Hot, Alex heads to Miami with her sister and the family dog. She’s hoping to avoid the kitchen renovations at her home, and nothing says relaxation like sunning by the pool and walking on the beach.
Unfortunately for Alex, a gruesome death interferes, and Alex finds herself in the middle of the investigation, and realizes why everyone had a reason to want to see the victim dead.
This story had so many things going
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Toni
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

This is the third book in the A Red Herring Mystery series by Dana Dratch.

I thought this was a great book. But I am really feeling let down. Let me explain. At the end of the last book there was this emotional cliffhanger that was left between Alex and her British Bed and Breakfast owning neighbor, Ian. I felt for sure that this book would concern how these two would deal with the fallout. As I read along, it was as if that cliffhanger had never happened. My mind was reeling. Ian only re
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The Cozy Review
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Red Hot was my introduction to the Dana Dratch's "A Red Herring Mystery" journalist and amateur sleuth series published by Kensington Books.

This book is a fun read, but I highly suggest that readers start with the first book in this series. Alex is a complex character who seems to be bogged down with work and relationship issues. As a journalist, she finds herself getting involved in a story she never intended to write, but she's not one to back off a headline. Her sister Annie, on the other ha
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Patty
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Red Hot by Dana Dratch is the 3rd book in A Red Herring Mystery series, and another fun addition. Alex Vlodnachek agrees to go on a vacation with her super model older sister, Annie, to Miami. And of course Lucy her brother's dog goes along. Annie asks Alex to go to the HMO association meeting with her. Something funny is going on with a missing president and missing money. Alex is determined to get to the truth. This book is a perfect blend of mystery and humor. Not only is this book really fun ...more
Mary
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd installment in the Red Herring Mystery series. Alex Vlodnachek is a freelance writer and former journalist who is currently letting her brother Nick live with her while he is planning kitchen renovations he gets his sister Annie the supermodel to get Alex out of the house and down to Miami. Lucy and Alex are headed with Annie to go to Annie’s condo as there is an upcoming condo association board vote. The current HOA president Leslie McQueen is running for re-election along with 5 other ...more
Jennifer
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Red Hot by Dana Dratch is fabulously written. The characters are so full of life, with quirks and all. I felt like I was in South Beach with the Vlodnachek family.
Where is Leslie, and why would she want to be the HOA president?
Alex Vlodnachek
Alex is our sleuth, she is also a freelance reporter, on vacation with her supermodel sister Annie in South Beach. Alth
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Susan
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alex is is need of a vacation and her sister, Annie, a jet setting super model, makes her an offer she can't refuse. Things have become crazy at home - her kitchen needs updating so her baker brother can use it to increase his business. Sounds doable until she finds out what's really involved. She says yes to Annie's offer, packs a duffle bag, grabs her brothers pup, Lucy (can't have her underfoot in the soon to be renovated kitchen) and hits the road (sort of - she is, after all traveling with ...more
Valerie
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's a unique story and the characters are great. I'd really like to read another with these characters. #RedHot #NetGalley

Freelance writer Alex Vlodnachek hasn’t had a vacation in ages. So when her sister invites her—and pup Lucy—for a girls’ get-away to Miami, it’s too tempting to resist.

Big sister Annie wants Alex to savor a little fun in the sun at her South Beach condo. Redhead Alex just wants to escape complications at home, enjoy a little R&R and find an industr
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About halfway through this book, I realized that this is part of a series (which I am yet to read), however, that being said it conceivably can be read as a standalone. You can easily work around the relationships and there is enough history to make sure that you understand the dynamics between the characters in the book.

Alex is our lead, she is also a freelance reporter, on vacation with her supermodel sister Annie in South Beach. Although, Alex is also here to help Annie figure out why the as
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Barbara Tobey
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and engaging cozy mystery. A delightful light tale of condo home owners association troubles. A trip to Florida for the group is a fun change of place. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Joy Wolfe
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading anything by this author. I did not realize that there were other books with these sane characters, but now I want to go read them all. I have throughly enjoyed this book! I really enjoyed the setting in Miami and the suspense throughout. The animal lover in me also enjoyed the dog portion of the book as well.
Monika
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-light-humor
This is my first Cozy mystery and my first read from Dana Dratch! I really have no idea why I didn’t start reading cozy mysteries sooner.. the story has everything.. humour, thrills, twists, mystery, witty female lead (you gotta love Alex) and an adorable dog! The story line is light and interesting.. this novel a perfect recipe to put you in a good mood.. Definitely gonna check out more books from Dana and more cozies!
Thank you NetGalley, Dana Dratch and Kensington books for the ARC. This revi
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Jennifer
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in this series and its is another fun read. Nice and light reading to take your mind off the world for awhile. Alex is a journalist who thinks she is a sleuth and is in it up to her neck again in this one. with the help or hindrance of her quirky family and funny little dog she tries her best to get to the bottom of a murder while trying not to sun burn!! So much for a relaxing holiday. Great characters and a wonderful story line I'm going to go back and re the first two t ...more
Kathleen Gray
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
HOA presidents can be a pain but murder? Geez. Alex is supposed to be on vacation but she finds herself, along with her sister Annie and, it seems, her entire family AND her dog Lucy, investigating the murder of Leslie, a problematic person. It's a cozy so you know there's more than one possible villain and you know that there will be red herrings (hence the title). What you don't know, unless you've read another book in this series, is that Alex and the family are a hoot. She's a freelance writ ...more
Rose Grabowski
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My three favorite things! Mystery, romance and an adorable dog are the ingredients of this enjoyable read. There are enough twists and turns to keep you interested and there is enough humor to keep you laughing out loud. I hadn't read the other books by this author but certainly will now! ...more
Karren Hodgkins
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this ensemble crew!

This story was a little different in that the author very cleverly brings together a diverse range of personalities and skills. Each one contributes to the dynamic, as well as the plot (with its twists and turns). While each one was most enjoyable, Gabby gets my vote as the most intriguing. I think she could merit her own series of adventures!!

All in all an interesting cozy, murder mystery.. I loved that there was no darkness, but rather intrigue and deductive reasoni
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MD
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Red Hot is the third book in the Red Herring mystery series by Dana Dratch.

I love reading the Red Herring mysteries, and Red Hot does not disappoint. It is a fun, upbeat read with a fast pace.

In Red Hot, Alex Vlodnachek goes to Miami with her sister, Annie, because there is something fishy going on with her sister's condo board association. Annie wants Alex to investigate and of course, a murder ensues.

Miami is a great change of scenery and makes it so fun to read during the summer.

Even thou
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
Alex is now a freelance writer, and is trying to finish a story, but finds it difficult when her brother Nick is in the middle of having her kitchen redone into a professional kitchen. So when she receives a phone call from her sister Annie, who owns a modeling agency and is a model herself, Alex is torn. Annie is in Miami at her condo for an emergency board meeting, and wants Alex to keep her company. With a little coaxing from her brother Nick, and her best friend Trip, an editor at the newspa ...more
Michelle Abate
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Red Hot is the third book in the Red Herring Mystery series. You could technically read it as a stand alone but I think reading the previous books gives you a better understanding of the secondary characters and context.

Red Hot has Alex leaving her home to head to Miami with her sister. I enjoyed seeing Alex in a new surrounding and I think it was a very smart choice by Dana Dratch. Freelance reporter Alex meets the eclectic cast of characters who share an apartment building with her supermodel
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Ari Clay
Oct 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm so excited for this one! Absolutely cannot wait! ...more
Myra Bryant
I got this as an ARC and realized about half way through that this was part of a series and I did not realize that, however, that being said it conceivably can be read as a standalone. You can easily follow the relationships and there is enough back fill to make sure that you understand the dynamics between the characters. Although well written at times it felt a bit slow and or stunted even so it was definitely entertaining and worth reading.
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Dana's currently working on a fresh pot of coffee — and her next Alex Vlodnachek mystery adventure. Learn more at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.


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