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Dead Lift: An Emily Locke Mystery (Emily Locke #2)

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Single mom Emily Locke is building a new life with her daughter. Hoping to spend more time at home, she’s put her career on hold to work part-time for her private investigator friend, Richard Cole. It’s a nice balance between work and family until Emily finds out she’s been working for the attorney that defended her husband’s killer.


The discovery nearly destroys her frien
Paperback, Large Print, 350 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 27th 2010)
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brady is an excellent writer. I love where she is taking Emily, but I can't feel the love for Vince. I do like her BFF. More of them together, please!
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While certainly a strong character in her own right, Emily Locke isn’t the heart and soul of this second installment of this ongoing mystery series: it’s Jeannie, her best friend and world renowned shopper. Whereas Emily may toss outfits together like she’s getting dressed in the dark, Jeannie spends more time at spas, and being pampered like each day might be the last one she has left. And it’s Jeannie’s good looks and perfected outfit combinations that help them waltz through the doors of an e ...more
Jodi Pomerleau
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars ----I recently finished the previous story, so I was anxious to see how Emily fared upon the return of her daughter. Life has changed for Emily...she has left her job, moved to Texas and has started a new one as a Private Investigator. She was a pretty successful investigator in book 1, and in this one, she proves herself again. This story was was interesting enough to keep reading but not as interesting as book 1.
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After the dramatic events in Final Approach, Emily Locke is working hard at restablishing a relationship with her daughter, and in her new role as an assistant for Richard Cole in Texas. Richard tasks Emily with investigating the murder of Wendell PLatt, a plastic surgeon, of whom their difficult client, Claire Gaston has been accused. It doesn't look good, Claire's fingerprints are in his house, on the murder weapon and she is less than forthcoming with the truth. Yet E
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly understand about back stories, life-engulfed tangents and side tracking in order to bring more of a realistic feel to a story being told. In many stories I feel that the writer tends to get distracted in them. Sometimes they take too much away from what matters about current story being told. What I liked about this writer is that she did a good job of keeping it in perspective.

This story was told excellently. I liked the characters and I believed the characters. Of course, in the end I
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, arc
n Dead Lift, Emily has left her unpleasant job in Ohio and moved to Houston where she works as a part-time investigator for Richard Cole, with whom she's made peace, in order to forge a relationship with her daughter Annette, who was found as a result of the search investigation at Gulf Coast Skydiving.

Emily is living in a small apartment, and though she has primary custody of her daughter, she's trying to make the transition easier for Annette by allowing her frequent contact with the people wh
Full disclaimer: Rachel's a friend of mine, but that can't keep me from recommending her Emily Locke series (this is the 2nd). Emily's a hard-working widowed mother who's got more than more most on her plate. Moving from amateur sleuth (in Final Approach) to investigator-in-training, ups the danger, of course. Rachel's series gives us a chance to explore new venues--in this book, the case centers around a less-than-stellar health club (and in her first book, the "activity" was sky-diving). Altho ...more
Second entry in the Emily Locke series. Rachel Brady does a good job dealing with a situation in Emily's life - Emily's husband and daughter were killed in the first book.


Emily finds out that her daughter was actually abducted and sold to a family. So, in this second book, Emily has to deal with getting her relationship with her daughter re-established after she has already come to see another couple as "Mom" and "Dad." Also, working as a
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
One of the marketing teasers on the book jacket said Dead Lift had "everything a mystery should have: a smart sleuth, a puzzling mystery, a vivid setting, and an exciting resolution." I agreed. Emily Locke is a smart, driven PI, trying to make a better life for her daughter; she's trying to find evidence that rich, socialite Claire Gaston didn't murder the local plastic surgeon; finding clues sends her to the ritzy world of a high-brow ladies' health club, a "surreal fitness subculture"; and yes ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Though I didn't enjoy this sophomore effort as much as I did her first novel, Rachel Brady has again written a solid mystery.

In this outing Emily Locke has now relocated to Houston and is working for a private investigator. Their latest case involves a local socialite, Claire Gaston, accused of murdering a plastic surgeon. Though Claire appears to have little connection, and thus no motive, to the doctor, things are not as they appear. Emily delves into the workings of the society women of Houst
In the second--and perhaps final?--installment of the Emily Locke mystery series from Rachel Brady, Dead Lift, Emily Locke returned to solve another gripping mystery. For Emily, she tried to build a new life as a single mom to Annette, while she placed her career on hold as a private investigator. But she'd gotten embroiled into a case, when a plastic surgeon was found killed and her client was arrested in prison. It was up to Emily to discover who was the murder and link it to an elderly abuse ...more
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and entertaining detective read. The story actually had a lot less to do with the plastic surgery world which is what pulled me in from the description but I stayed with it because I really liked the story line. I really like the protagonist, Emily--she's real and she's not a seasoned investigative professional which gives her a different spin than all the others out there. I'll look for more novels by this author.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Emily Locke is putting her career on hold to work part-time for her private investigator friend, Richard Cole. It’s a nice balance until she finds out she’s working for the attorney that defended her husband’s killer. Can she continue to work for this man while keeping her head about her? Poorly written and no suspense.
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
If you’re in the mood for a light and undemanding chick lit mystery, Dead Lift isn’t a bad choice. The story is interesting, and the mystery will keep you guessing. But, when it comes to characters, Dead Lift could have used a bit of a face lift.

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Charmaine Clancy
I enjoyed the characters in this story and the premise of the mystery. At times I felt the 'revealing' and explaining how the crime was committed and who
done it was drawn out too long and too detailed, seemed to go on forever. Good story.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Listened to much of this through sleepless nights or when I was sick (once I'd sorted my headache). It is number 2 in a series and I found myself wishing they had #1 on overdrive as well. Really enjoyable
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
I didn't like this one as much as the first, but it was still enjoyable. I wouldn't read thsi one until you read the first in the series. I think you get to know the characters a bit better and won't get a real sense of them in this installment.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With only 2 books in this series, Ms. Brady has managed to make indelible characters who are a joy to visit with. Creative plot and lots of twists and turns keep the reader glued to each page and the pay off if well worth it.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
My first mystery in months and it was a good one. I was won over by the Houston setting. It's a book club read and tonight we'll meet and discuss the book and eat with the author.

Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Easy read. Interesting characters. Believable relationships. Little tired of mysteries where the protagonist nearly gets killed in the last few pages, and saves the day.
Janet Cleary
Gave up half-way through!
Alix Taylor
Read Full review HERE Plot bait and switch leads to reader frustration.
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A graduate of Wright State University and The Ohio State University, Rachel works as a biomedical engineer at NASA in addition to writing mystery and suspense fiction. Her interests include health and fitness, acoustic guitar, and books of all kinds. She lives outside of Houston, Texas, with her family. Final Approach was her debut novel in the Emily Locke series, which features a different sporti ...more
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Emily Locke (2 books)
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