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Half Past Dead | [Meryl Sawyer]

Half Past Dead

No one in Twin Oaks knows about the risky deal Kaitlin Wells cut with the Feds for her release. But everyone remembers her scandalous arrest for stealing money from the Mercury Bank. Now, three years later, Kat has come home to catch the real thieves and prove her innocence. Trouble is, some powerful folks don't want her digging up the past...or getting friendly with new sheriff Justin Radner. But some laws can't be ignored, like white-hot attraction.
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Publisher's Summary

Kat doesn't want any trouble...but the body count's rising faster than the Mississippi.

No one in Twin Oaks knows about the risky deal Kaitlin Wells cut with the Feds for her release. But everyone remembers her scandalous arrest for stealing money from the Mercury Bank. Now, three years later, Kat has come home to catch the real thieves and prove her innocence. Trouble is, some powerful folks don't want her digging up the past...or getting friendly with new sheriff Justin Radner. But some laws can't be ignored, like white-hot attraction. And soon, determined Kat and her handsome, daring lawman are risking love and life to expose the lies that will bring down a murderer...before the killer strikes again.

©2006 M. Sawyer-Unickel; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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"For passion, romance, and thrills, read Meryl Sawyer." (Susan Elizabeth Phillips)
"The name Meryl Sawyer is synonymous with exceptional romantic suspense." (Romantic Times)

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    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 07-21-06
    Michael Chesterland , OH, USA 07-21-06
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    "Fooled me"

    I usually don't miss the villain but I did in this one until near the end. Good misdirection. Could have been shortened a bit and there was a gratuitous "wrapping up" at the end that seemed added on, but overall, I'd download another by this author.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CJoy Washington D.C. 03-30-06
    CJoy Washington D.C. 03-30-06 Member Since 2006
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    "I loved it!!!"

    This was a wonderful and gripping novel; I purchased this book not having read any of Meryl Sawyers books before and was very disappointed in not having any more books to listen to on audible. Finding a new author to enjoy, as many of you know is not something that the avid reader takes lightly. I really enjoyed how suspenseful, thrilling, passionate, and wonderfully romantic this was. The narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life and I would love to hear more from her.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 04-21-06
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 04-21-06
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    "Not just a bodice ripper!!"

    This one actually has plot, suspense, intrigue, unexpected twists -- all the things a mystery/thriller should have. And it's also a bodice ripper :-) So, if you like romance and mystery, I definitely recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 07-18-11
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 07-18-11 Member Since 2008

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    "I'm impressed"

    I was very impressed with this book. The first of hers I have heard. She writes a great story, lots of great characters. I give it at least 4 stars for story line, and 2 stars for narration. The narrator didn't take a lot away from this book, but she didn't add anything either.
    I just hope that more of her books are put on CD, or whatever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joey Rae 07-05-06
    Joey Rae 07-05-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Light Entrtainment"

    If you're looking for a light listen this is the one. Doesn't take a lot of concentration and very easy to follow. There is not a lot of depth to the story and the ending is predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Irisandu2 Wasilla, AK, United States 06-30-06
    Irisandu2 Wasilla, AK, United States 06-30-06 Member Since 2004
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    "It was a great listen"

    I sure liked this book. Loved the characters, the surprise and shock of the plot. It kept me wondering what would or could happen next. Teasing romance and suspense. This book was a great choice and worth the credit. Can't wait for the next by this author. Narration was great! A pleasant and enjoyabe escape.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clennell JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 05-21-12
    Clennell JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    ""Really Good Book""
    What made the experience of listening to Half Past Dead the most enjoyable?

    This story was full of character building. I learned a great deal about the characters, and I fell in love with most of them - and hated the ones I think I was supposed to hate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was my favorite character even though he is a secondary character. He seemed to be the only character that was honest with himself as well as those around him. He reminded me of the old adage "to thine own self be true."


    What about Cecelia Fortero’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with this story. her intonations and delivery were spot on with the characters and the story. I will read (listen to) a novel read by her again in a heartbeat.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a great dael of action in this book. Yes, it is true that maybe you have a little to wade through to get there, but it is worth it because you feel like you're getting to know the characters, fitting into their community, and trying to figure out who the bad guys are and who the good people are. I wanted to be able to warn Cat when she was in danger, but like her, I had no clue who to trust. Yes, I yelled at the heroine to "RUN" a few times. I even told her "SHOOT HIM!" Of course that would have been too easy, but in all it was a great book. I had a great time reading it, and wish Audible had another one by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 11-10-11
    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre in everyway"

    I kept hoping I would get to end of this. While it had a good premise, I found the characters boring, but you have to finish something you've paid for unless it's horrible. So it didn't quite reach that, but I was so tempted to quit. The narration was not much help. It was also boring, and the worst thing was, the hero sounded just like the heroine. If they were talking to each other, I lost track of who was saying what. She needs to work on her male voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 07-27-11
    Amanda 07-27-11
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    "awkward love scenes"

    This book was pretty good. Not great, but entertaining. My only complaint is regardng the love scenes. I didn't like how the author kept calling the leading man's "guy part" by it's anatomically correct name, a p---s. It was kind of silly and awkward. Not really sexy at all. I kept flinching. Otherwise a nice story, good narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    OLIVIA ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-14-11
    OLIVIA ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "We need more from this author!"



    Audible, please add more books from Meryl Sawyer.

    This book has a good plot, great mystery, and wonderful romance read by an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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