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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank gives a former TV star one more shot at fame - and it proves to be a killer comeback...

Ten years ago, Summer Butler was television's most popular teenage sleuth. Since then, she's hit - what gossip sites just love to call - the gutter. Nearly bankrupt, betrayed, estranged from her greedy mother, and just about unemployable, she's coaxed into that desperate haven for has-beens: reality TV.

Winging it as a faux PI, she'll solve off-the-cuff mysteries in her hometown of Sweet Briar, Alabama. For added drama, there's police chief Luke Montgomery, inconveniently Summer's first and only love.

It's when Summer stumbles upon a very real corpse that Darling Investigations takes an unexpected twist. The growing list of suspects is a big draw to viewers, but the reality is that Summer doesn't know whom she can trust. Someone has written this killer new scene especially for her, and unless Summer gives the role everything she's got, it could be her last...

©2018 Denise Grover Swank (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Meh..typical "modern" cozy

I must be getting old. I remember back in the day when even cozy mysteries attempted to create interesting, original characters and took a stab at being a real, well plotted mystery.

Of late too many new cozies are just cookie cutter mediocre books. This one is no exception. It basically just ticked off the cozy tropes and called it a day.

Female detective with either no spine or no brains? check.
Stereotype love interest (usually the cop)? check
Juvenile romance with "sparks" and "electricity up the spine" comments? check
Painfully obvious murderer easily detected by chapter 5? check
Some catchy "something" to try to look original (character was child star/reality show") check

I would have rated this lower save for a couple of actually interesting characters and the fact that the first third of the book wasn't completely dreadful. It just went downhill from there. I finally gave up about 3/4 of the way through and just jumped to the end to confirm my solution was correct (it was).

I won't be reading more from the series.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!!

Denise Grover Swank has done it again!! I was completely absorbed in Summer’s world from the beginning of the book. A page turner, filled with drama, comedy, and suspense. I absolutely LOVE this series and cannot wait for Blazing Summer!! So anxious to read it and see what kind of trouble Summer and Dixie can get into.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Cute, fun listen

This is a cute and fun series so far! Easy listen for summertime - I hope there are more coming!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Superb Sleuth

Really enjoyed the entertainment value of a detective novel in disguise. Try it, and see for yourself.

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Sassy!

I picked this book thinking it would be a nice story to listen to, easy read kind of book. Holy cow was I wrong. It got me hook line and sinker! I can not wait to see what the second book has in store!

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Wow! What a book

This book was so much fun! You did not know who was going to get into trouble next. The storyline was wonderful and entertaining. Another great book Denise.

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Unexpected

I truly enjoyed this book it seemed a bit slow to me in the beginning but when it picked up it was awesome. I do recommend this book as a light read driving or sitting at work it will give you a good flow to your day.

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Very entertaining.

My first time trying this author. Story was good with twists, turns and humor. Action, sass, and a strong female lead. Add an old flame to the mix, sans gratuitous sex, and a mean ol' mother you just want to pie. What's not to like? I've already purchased the next book in the series.

Narrator was spot on too. She really kept the story moving.

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Denise knocks another one out of the park!

First let me say that the narrator of this book was on point. Kudos to Megan Tusing for her ability to intone the emotions that were playing out in this book.
Second, I am a fan of Denise Grover Swank. There, I said it, and I'm allowing my Swank Flag to fly high and proud. Unlike the Rose Gardner series, this book had a lot more humor involved with the suspense. I still love the Rose Gardner series, but as that series has a bit more melodrama, this series has sass and a kickass heroine. (plus an arch-nemesis who I want to punch in the ovaries),
There is romance, and it's sweet and a little salty due to the fact that the male lead needs to smacked upside the head. I'm not sure if the romance is going to lead anywhere, but it's nice for right now.

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Really enjoyed it

A fun mystery with a lot going on. Actress turned detective, family roots, and a true love resurrected.

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  • Laila Nelke
  • 06-24-18

Incredibly good

Another fantastic book done in audible, Amazing storyline and perfect narrator's performance . I really enjoyed it and loved!

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  • Katie W.
  • 09-27-18

Another awesome series by DGS

I would love to recommend this book to all my fellow mums! Light, funny, action packed with just enough romance to make a fantastic read.