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Point Deception

(Cape Perdido #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  779 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The body of an woman washes up near Point Deception, California--a day after she was spotted near her broken-down car on the highway. Deputy Sheriff Rhoda Swift worries the woman's brutal rape and murder will resurrect fears from the unsolved massacre of two families 13 years before. When Rhoda investigates with journalist Guy Newberry, a shocking truth will test how far s ...more
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Published May 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published July 1st 2001)
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Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Point Deception by Marcia Muller is the first book of the Cape Perdido mystery series, a contemporary mystery set on Highway 1 along the rugged, beautiful coastline of Northern California. Cape Perdido series books are set in fictitious Soledad County (between Mendocino & Humboldt counties), yet each is a standalone mystery.

Chrystal "Chryssie" is driving a borrowed Mercedes up the coast highway when it breaks down. She's unprepared for problems, under-dressed for the cool coastal breeze, despera
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good start to a new UF series by Helen Harper, featuring Emma, a trainee detective who's been doing quite well and is anticipating her final training rotation to be in the department's Cyber Squad where she ultimately hopes to be permanently posted. Instead, she's assigned to the Supernatural Squad, a dead-end posting with a small group of cops charged with policing London's supernatural beings, mainly vamps and shifters who live in a particular part of London. She quickly finds out t ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper (Firebrand #1) 4.5 stars

This is a start of a new series by Helen Harper. Ms. Harper is the author of several books that I have read or listened to such as - The Lazy Girl''s Guide to Magic and How to Be the Best Damn Faery Godmother in the World (or Die Trying). Those books had a irreverent tone with sassy dialog. Brimstone Bound is more serious in tone with a mystery plot as its main focus. Since this is the first book there is quite a bit of background to set up
Sherice Elizabeth
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is book one of a brand new urban fantasy series and I leaped at the opportunity to read and review.
I found myself struggling to get into this world and when I actually did, I found myself struggling to stay in this world. Don't get me wrong, Ms.Harper wove a brilliantly alternate London filled with supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves so that wasn't the issue. The issue for me was Emma, the protagonist of the story. I did not connect with her at all. Maybe it was a you, it's
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Thirteen years ago this dreary little town on the coast of northern California was home to a mass murder where two families with their children, and friends died. The town has never recovered and a dark cloud has settled. Rho Swift was a rookie Sheriff's Deputy at the time of the murder, she was first on the scene and can't leave it behind.

The whole town is on edge as the anniversary nears. Then a new murder shatters the uneasy peace and gets things get explosive as more people die. Rho is now a
Book Him Danno
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am not really into Supernatural series but this cover screamed read me!! Yes I do judge a book by their covers at first glance.

Sorry. But hey I am honest back to the review!

Helen Harper creates feisty, likable characters have a need to fight for what is right no matter what and a desire to be normal. Emma Bellamy was normal until something happened changing her forever!

I will be honest this would be a 5 star review but the ends had me scratching my head because it didn't match with the action
Denice Langley
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely amazed at how much I loved this book! I have been looking for a new series since many of my current favorites are ending. Brimstone Bound has catapulted Helen Harper's series to my followed series and made my TBR pile much higher.

A young rookie cop is assigned to work with the "usual" supernatural characters that live just out of sight of human Londoners. This job is not on her bucket list but she needs the work experience, so on duty she goes. By the end of her shift, she's dea
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the world-building in an alternate London it was vivid and well written. The MC is a kick-ass heroine who is very close to completing training to become a full fledged detective.

I really enjoyed the original and well done take on the supernaturals in this world. It keeps some of the elements generally expected while adding new and intriguing elements. It was very well written

I feel this is a fantastic beginning to a new series. I am very excited for the next book.

Emma and Lukas have a
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was. lot of fun to read! I see that the author has several other books out and I’m going to have to read something else by her.
The story is a fairly straightforward one of solving a murder. The main character is new to the supernatural world and you see everything fresh through her eyes. She’s a sympathetic and likable character. The strength of the book is in its fast pace and interesting characters. If you like your urban fantasy light and without too much romance (there’s certainly roman
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a strong beginning for the series, with both likeable and horrid characters, the fun is working out, who is who.

Emma Bellamy is one assignment away from making Detective when she’s assigned to Supernatural Squad, and it’s her worst fear becoming true, because nobody wants to be assigned to Supernatural Squad.

While attempting to solve the mystery of a missing werewolf, Emma meets a mysterious vampire, mana
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The concept of this book intrigued me – a machine that records our dreams – it sounds like a very dangerous invention and I was interested to see how the story line would evolve. I enjoyed that characters, especially Ben but there were moments where I felt the story line was unrealistic. The twists and turns were good but could have been better. Whilst the book was interesting, I didn’t enjoy this read it as much as I thought I would after reading the premise. I was given a free copy of this boo ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The title of this book is a bit misleading. My expectations were to read a blood and guts tale of a front-line medic working in hot war zones. Instead, it was a story of a junior nurse working in a fairly calm military hospital in the USA,. It could have been the story of almost any hospital-based nurse - everyday drudgery interspersed with complex relationship issues and the occasional medical drama.
I really liked the author's empathetic style and his description of the various characters he me
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Rhoda Swift is a sheriff’s deputy in Soledad County in California where she
Works,lives, and is haunted by the murder that happened thirteen years ago.
Now a body has been found in the sea off Point Deception. Guy Newberry
An author has also come to town to write a book about the unsolved murder.
Can they work together to solve the case?
This is a different read from Muller’s McCone series, It moved slower and
Tied both cases together in the end.
Mandy Smith
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! I was a little hesitant at first to read. I am a big fan of urban fantasy, but find first person novels hard to relate to. That was not the case this time. Harper did a wonderful job right from the get-go. Emma is a strong female character and I loved the suspense. The ending was amazing and I am fascinated by the secondary characters the the relationships that developed with Emma. I highly recommend this book.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. For me, the paranormal aspects took a backseat to an interesting, well written mystery.

I have read much of Ms. Harper's work and find she is an adept writer in all the genres she writes.

This was a solid, well written book and I anxiously await the next one.

I am glad I had the opportunity to receive an ARC. I am leaving my honest review.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not ready for this to end. If you are a fan of Anita Blake and any of the Darynda Jones novels, you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE this book. The story builds with twists that you do not see coming. I hope to learn more about Lukas and Emma. There are so many ways this series can go so I'm committed to the ride. Just amazing you will not be disappointed. ...more
Musing of Souls
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great middle grade book!
Well, great enough that it took me only a day to finish it out.
It is a kind of story everyone would love to indulge themselves into.
Glory is a really nice character, can be one of the "inspiration" kind of characters for the young readers.
The grown-ups don't seem to behave in properly adult manner! But, kind of a book which one would imagine as childhood dreams!
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the murder mystery at the heart of this book; the sleepy, suspicious, haunted oceanside town; the family of officers; and the back and forth perspective between journalist and cop. This book managed to keep me on the edge of my seat!
Matt Wire
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this one, but it surpassed my initial thoughts. It's a bit of a slow start, but then you're hooked. Fun little read and I will surely be keeping an eye out for future installments. Likable characters, believable world-building = fun escape for a few hours. ...more
Lynxie Brat
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is my 1st review for Netgalley books:)

I really liked Glory, I thought she was really sweet, despite the heartrending things she had been thru in her life. I look forward to Reading further books by this author.
Kat Walter
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
First in new series. Like this better than the Sharon McCone mysteries by this author.
Bob Harris
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book by Muller and probably the last I'll read by her. ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Turns out this one is a standalone. Will address later.
Amanda Karsh
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A different twist on the typical murder mystery. Non sparkling vampires, not so friendly werewolves and lots of red tape.
Karen Fisher
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is, in a word, riveting. Such a smooth read with a great plot. The characters were well developed. I read this book in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. I loved it. ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
An emotionally complex character-driven mystery. Sheriff's deputy Rhoda Swift's territory is Northern California along the coast and the communities she patrols are spread out and thinly populated. Summer tourists and rich people who own summer homes are all that is keeping the few open businesses going. A massacre of two families that took place near Point Deception thirteen years previously has seriously poisoned the spirit of the year-around locals as well, so they have nothing to fight the e ...more
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: one-night-stands
This one was fun. In the front of the book is a map of "Soledad County" which sits on the Northern California coast between Humboldt and Mendocino. At the north end of the County there is Oilville, obviously Petrolia, at the south end is Westhaven, the coast road is 1 and over on the inland side winds Highway 101, through the redwoods. A few familiar names like Castle Rock and Eel River, and there you have the setting.

Muller does a great job evoking the North Coast folks, including the dope gro
Barry Martin Vass
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent stand-alone mystery by the award-winning author of the Sharon McCone private-eye novels set in San Francisco. In the remote, Northern California coastal community of Point Deception (so named because in the late 1800's smugglers and bootleggers used to put lanterns on the long spit of land to deceive the local authorities while they unloaded their cargo in a prearranged isolated cove), a young woman, a complete stranger, is found murdered, her body washing up on shore. And i ...more
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are several reasons I read Muller's books. First is that she writes intriguing characters and mysteries. Second, most are placed in and around San Francisco, which I'm familiar with. This book isn't part of the Sharon McCone series, and it's too bad that it will get lost in the reviews of Muller's books, because, in someways, I think it's even better. The location is on the California coast north of SF--Muller's fictional place, but being familiar with that area, I have a mental image of w ...more
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A native of the Detroit area, Marcia Muller grew up in a house full of books and self-published three copies of her first novel at age twelve, a tale about her dog complete with primitive illustrations. The "reviews" were generally positive.

In the early 1970s, having moved to California, Muller found herself unemployable and began experimenting with mystery novels.

In the ensuing thirty-some years,

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