To Die For

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 142 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 95
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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
    • Too much idiot plot

    • By GrayKnight on 06-12-17

    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 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 Stars

    • By Beatrice on 04-08-18

    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
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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
    • 5 stars

    • By Beatrice on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

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