To Die For

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 281 ratings

A View to Die For Publisher's Summary

The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog.

Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o'clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks, where they search for cold-blooded killers, a cache of gold coins buried by Jesse James, and the love of a beautiful nurse.

©2012 Richard Houston (P)2017 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • A View to Die For

    • To Die for Series, Book 1
    • By: Richard Houston
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o'clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not really a dog story

    • By Roberta Casper Watson on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • A Book to Die For

    • To Die For, Book 2
    • By: Richard Houston
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Jake Martin is not your ordinary sleuth. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. This time the story takes place in the foothills of Denver. Jake is accused of manslaughter, and he has to prove the accident was really murder. Along the way he encounters a poaching ring and falls in love with a beautiful game warden. The characters are memorable, and the plot is multilayered. This whodunit will keep listeners guessing until the very end.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Book to Die For

    • By Beatrice on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • A Treasure to Die For

    • To Die For, Book 3
    • By: Richard Houston
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    There is a treasure high in the Colorado Rockies waiting for someone to find it. Jake Martin couldn't care less. Since the death of his wife, all Jake wants is to be left alone in his mountain cabin where he and his dog, Fred, can get on with life. But when it becomes known that the location of the treasure is encrypted in a message left by a 19th-century miner, people begin to die, and Jake's good friend and neighbor becomes the number one suspect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent book. I want to read more from this auth

    • By Glenda Wall on 04-07-18

    Regular price: $26.59

  • Book 4

    • Letters to Die For

    • To Die For, Book 4
    • By: Richard Houston
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Burned-out software engineer Jake Martin and his golden retriever, Fred, live in a mountain cabin far enough from Denver to escape the rat race but not far enough to escape its crime. While remodeling an old house, he uncovers a stack of love letters that will turn his world inside out. When word of the letters gets out, people start dying, including the owner of the house Jake was remodeling. With his main source of income gone, he lets his friend and neighbor, Bonnie Jones, talk him into searching for the killer after they are offered a large retainer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unopened World War II Letters Lead to Murder

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 5

    • A Relic to Die For

    • To Die For, Book 5
    • By: Richard Houston
    • Narrated by: Tom Taverna
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Someone is selling Captain Scott's Confederate weapons online, but where are they getting them? Jake is hired to check on the captain's grave and along with his Golden Retriever, Fred, embarks on a journey that leads to a shocking murder.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun and investigating!

    • By Jan on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • A Secret to Die For

    • Books to Die For Series, Book 6
    • By: Richard Houston
    • Narrated by: Tom Taverna
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Some secrets should stay buried. That's nearly impossible when a Golden Retriever named Fred, with a knack for digging up the truth, shows up with his owner to investigate an accidental drowning. When Jake realizes the drowning is no accident, his new girlfriend starts avoiding him. She's a sheriff deputy and says she doesn't want or need his help, but could she have another motive for keeping him quiet? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Story

    • By Kathy Schue on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $14.95