Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: Dearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

My rating:

Frigging Amazing! Why did it have to end?!

Pages: 376

"Watch out Stephanie Plum, because Violet Parker is coming your way." ~Deborah Schneider, RWA Librarian of the Year 2009 & author of Promise Me.

"It's no wonder Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the best overall book for the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense!" ~Susan Schreyer, author Death By A Dark Horse.

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The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.--Violet Parker

Irony is having a big ol' fiesta and Violet Parker is the piƱata. Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet's daughter could be next. Short on time and long on worry, she's desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. But with her jerkoff co-worker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending creepy love poems, and a sexy-as-hell stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed.

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"Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a delightful mix of on the edge suspense and laugh-out-loud humor. Ann Charles is a star in the making!" ~Gerri Russell, award-winning author of Seducing the Knight

The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.--Violet Parker

Best opening line ever. Nearly Departed in Deadwood is the first installment in the Deadwood series by Ann Charles. I knew this would be a fun book, but I didn't realize how intrancing it would be. This novel covers everything you've come to love in mysteries and paranormal romances. From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat. I'd think, "I know who it is!" one mintue and then Mrs Charles would throw in a curve ball and I'd be left stumped.
As characters go, I loved them all except Ray, Violets co-worker. Although, his character is made to hate, I still wanted to crawl into the book and slap him a time or two. *laughs*

Mrs Charles brings each character to life so vividly, I feel I could drive to deadwood and get greeted by a shotgun just as she did. *smirks*
What a great cast of characters. Violets kids were adorable and very busy. If I had that much going on in my life before I even went to work, I'd be grey at seventeen. But Violet makes it work and still has time to kick bad guys butts!
Harvey and Bessie

Most of the men in Voilets life are charming and witty, but the man who topped the cake would be Old Man Harvey! He's cynical in his ways and usually has something oddly inappropriate to say, but he always makes me smile.

I love how you can't tell who did it until the very last second. It was also interesting to have both her love life and the main plotline of the missing children interwine. We weren't left with a major cliff hanger, but we we left wanting more.

I blew through this incredibly gripping novel and now I can't wait to read the next installment, "Optical Delusions in Deadwood". I'm dying to know whats in store for Violet and her love life. Will she get the man she cares about? How will her friend take it when she finds out about her interest? How long will she have to rest before something else turns her life around. With Violet, who knows?

If you want more information on Ann or any of her novels, click HERE.

Ann has a page where you can ask your favorite characters something that's been on your mind, click 
HERE to check it out.

Ann also has a Zazzle store where you can buy all your favorite NDD merch! I want it all. To see what you like, click HERE. I wish I could buy Violets purple cowboy boots... *he he he*


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