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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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Delayed homecoming for Summer

Financially, Summer has almost hit bottom. The commitment to pay for the family farm, a promise she made with her grandfather before he died accidentally has consumed her meager earnings. In desperation, she agrees to star in a reality show as a detective.

Returning to her hometown, fraught with anxiety and dread, she runs into her old boyfriend, the Chief of Police. Throw in 2 murders, a bag of cash, and a bully for a series director and her life becomes only more complicated.

The book has a fairly complex storyline with many well developed characters. The mystery element was fast-paced and fun to listen to. The book was NOT naughty, as described by a previous review. No sexual scenes or descriptions, just intention and wishful thinking.

Narrator Megan Tusing was good, but will improve with more differentiation of voices between characters.

Easy, fun listen.

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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Superb Sleuth

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

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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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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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loved it

Summer was such a fun character. She is a strong female who grows in her confidence.

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No spoilers

First as always MS Swank dose a fantastic job in giving a truly good story full of mystery, suspense and mix in drama humour with characters you want to read more about. So as far as this book and author go's absolutely loved it. This was a first in Audible for me and have some mixed feelings. I wish the narrator would have used her own voice for male parts. It felt like I was listening to a boy going through puberty, and it kinda irritated also felt summer was always whiney when speaking to someone inner thinking wasn't like that and felt that was how summer should have been portrayed and liked her more. Loved all the other female voices. Over all I may give one more Audible a try. I did like the idea switching back an fourth between reading and listening and it may turn out Audible isn't for me. This book for 5 star for author.

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Great Summer Read!

This story has everything for summer-love, mystery and humor. This is funny and well written.

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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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  • 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!