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Something has gone foul in the Black Hills, something gravely unnatural. Leave it to Violet Parker to stumble into the middle of it. A creepy phone call, a dead body, two meddling detectives, and a glut of troublemaking ex-partners - can things get any worse? Violet swears to keep her nose out of police business this time. But when her son is linked to the victim, she returns to the scene of the crime. More than just a mystery to solve, now her son might be in mortal danger.

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More of Violet's adventures in Deadwood

This is a sub-par entry in the Deadwood Mysteries series by Ann Charles. Not a heck of a lot happens in the first half of the book, and rather than being a self-contained mystery within a larger multi-book story arc (as the earlier books were) just ends on a cliff-hanger of a revelation. I hate that!

Violet, an incredibly strong character in most aspects of her life, continues to doubt her relationship with Doc. Or rather, Doc's feelings for her. "Does he love me? Oh, he can't love a woman with kids! He told Tiffany he didn't want to get married! Does he love me?" Over and over and over. But she won't ask him because she's afraid of the answer. Their sex scenes are fewer in this book, but remain X rated.

All that being said, I did enjoy it, and if you have read the previous 4 books in the series, you will definitely want to read this one. The story arc of paranormal happenings in Deadwood, and Violet's place in them are moved forward, albeit grudgingly.

Caroline Shaffer's narration continues to shine. Every character, male and female, is clearly defined. Her voicing of Old Man Harvey continues to be a hoot.

I'm going to finish with a pet peeve. I can't understand why the Audible version of this series is not released at the same time as the books. This book was published more than a year ago, and there is now a 6th book out which still isn't on Audible. Record them faster, people! This is a series that really comes alive with a good narrator.

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Laughs and suspense from the very beginning!

I love all of Ann Charles books! The Audible version really does a great job of "bringing them to life". I highly recommend you give them a listen - you'll be laughing out loud one minute and cringing in suspense a beat later!

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-21-15

This Is A Great Series

This is a great series. I enjoy the banter of the characters and the twists and turns in the plot. The Kindle version is available on Amazon, but, I'm waiting for It to be available on Audible. The narrator brings the story to life and makes the book more enjoyable.

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  • Elisabeth
  • STANTON, CA, United States
  • 08-05-18

same formula

Lots of plot threads but none are completed. An annoying ex comes to town; that thread is left hanging. There are some strange killers in Deadwood; this is an ongoing story line. Then the reveal/cliffhanger at the end that is not a very big surprise.
At least this one didn't have mispronunciations by the narrator. Also there was only one tedious sex scene, and less of the awful sex talk/banter between Doc and Violet. Thankfully there is less of Ray and his bullying abuse that everyone seems to condone. Since Doc and Violet have hooked up other new couples are being lined up to hook up presumably in later stories.

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An Ex to Grind in Deadwood

I love this book series. The relationships between Violet and the other main characters are so unique from one another. I love Old Man Harvey and would love to be a fly on his wall. Doc is the guy you want in your corner along with Violets best friend Natalie. This series and it's characters are so vivid in my minds eye. Well written and well imagined. I would love to see this on a tv screen. Somebody's "Mystery" channel maybe?

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Great fun! Characters are quirky and the storyteller does a great job

I'm enjoying these off the wall paranormal "cozy" mysteries. Got hooked by accident as I was looking for something less intense in the mystery/police procedures venue. Try one of these seven Deadwood novels and I know you will have a fun time listening.

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I can't wait for the next book

This series has been by far one of the most entertaining I have listened to in a long time... I'm on the edge of my seat here waiting for Meanwhile In Deadwood to be available on audible....

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Holy Smokes!

I have no words except to ask when the next Deadwood book is due to be out! Holy smokes!