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Summary

Someone is spreading rumors around Deadwood that Violet Parker likes to chat with dead folks.

With her reputation endangered, her bank account on the verge of extinction, and her career at risk of going up in flames, Violet is desperate. When the opportunity to sell another vintage home materializes, she grabs it, even though this "haunted" house was recently the stage for a two-act murder-suicide tragedy.

Ghost or no ghost, Violet knows this can't be as bad as the last house of horrors she tried to sell, but sexy Doc Nyce has serious doubts. Her only hope of hanging on to her job is to prove that the so-called ghostly sightings are merely the eccentric owner's optical delusions.

But someone - or something - in the house wants Violet stopped…dead.

©2011 Ann Charles (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Oh wow!!!! This is bad

I have been a fan of the Sookie Stackhòuse Mysteries and the Halfmoon Hollow series. I had thought this would be in the same vein. Sadly it isn't. I mean its not even close. Limited storyline, poor, often creepy dialogue, not enough ghostly action and a female protagonist who is too busy trying to get into Doc's pants rather than looking after her children, She is utterly unsympathetic as a main and I found myself hating her very very quickly.
The narrator is Ok, but she makes Violet seem whiny rather than likeable. I just cannot express how loathsome this book is.

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An enjoyable mystery

Things I liked: the narrator was good, a light voice, American but no overdone mannerisms.
Witty story and many good characters. Ray, Violet's co-worker was a bit of a pantomime villain, but the rest of the townsfolk were interesting and pretty believable.
The paranormal angle is handled well and is something I want the author to reveal more of in later books.

Things I was less convinced by: too many sex scenes so that it became a rather obvious page filler or padding device. The author doesn't need to try to keep readers that way as the plot is good enough to hold one's interest.
I found it hard to believe Violet's new friends and neighbours would rally round quite as much in real life. Instant childminding and vehicle loans felt a bit too good to be true for a single mother.
It took an awful long time for V’s boss to notice Ray’s sexual harassment and bullying, however tough her divorce.

They're relatively small cons and may be a cultural difference between the US and UK, so I only knocked off one star. I'm certainly willing to continue listening to the series.

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struggled to get through this book

I don't leave feedback on books often. but I feel I have warn others.
story is good. but too much desperate for sex and love middle aged mum. and too insecure. so unrealistic.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 28-07-18

finally getting around to reviewing this one

Wow, where to start on this one. let's start with Ray, Violet's co-worker, I get it he's supposed to be obnoxious. But am I supposed to believe that there are women who will tolerate someone walking in the door and yelling 'hey slut' at them in the workplace? There may be, and if so they are imbeciles. This is tolerated ostensibly because he sells a lot of homes. This makes Violet's boss, Jane, also an imbecile, because tolerating that kind of behavior in the workplace opens you up to all kinds of liability.
One of my pet peeves are characters who do incredibly stupid things in order to move the plot along. This series seems to rely on this plot device in spades. Two books and Violet has already put herself in mortal danger twice. That is just boring.
This is considered a mystery/romance which means it will include some obligatory sex scenes, which it does and they are truly cringe worthy.
As for some other characters: Harvey is kind of a crusty old coot who can be funny. Also he is thankfully Violet's only client who isn't trying to get her into bed or kill her (the jury is still out on Coop). Doc, the ghost sniffing love interest, is apparently so hot that Violet would have sex with him even in public. Always a good career move. Then there's Natalie, the best friend since childhood. She is also quite pathetic. To start off she is supposed to be some kind of contractor, but she was on top of a tin roof in cowboy boots and is currently in a cast. Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't hire someone who went on a roof in cowboy boots. The 'I'm cute and flirt with everyone' can only get you so far. Then there's her 'relationship' with Doc that is only in her head. Violet and Nat have all the maturity of twelve year olds. What exactly does Doc see in Violet other than that she is blond?
On the positive side, it did have some laughs. There are still hints of ghosts,but nothing too overt.
I almost got all the way through this one then there was another tedious sex scene. At least it was at the end so i could skip it.

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  • Dawn
  • 27-04-17

Another good one

I don't know why, but I'm really enjoying this series. If you're into cozy mysteries, then this book is for you.

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  • Hil
  • 13-06-16

Love this series and the narrator!

Usually I get tired of hearing a narrator's voice after so long, but this narrator has done so well that I feel like I'm talking to her as she tells me this story! This is the second book in the series I've listened to and I'm so impressed! I will be downloading the third one right now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-21

mildly entertaining

Some of the dialog was entertaining and amusing. Some corny and immature. It bothered me terribly that the main character had stupid reasons for some of her actions. I could not stand that she constantly lied and was coy for no good reason.

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  • Laura
  • 15-02-14

LOVE THIS SERIES

I LOVE THE HUMOR THAT THE TWINS BRING INTO THIS SERIES. IT'S A SERIOUS STORY WITH LOTS OF HUMOR. MY KIND OF READING. YOU GO GIRL

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  • Cat lady Karen
  • 04-10-21

Unbearable at times

I'm not sure if it's was just the mood I was in but I found the main character whiny, idiotic, nosey, naive and annoying. Perhaps it was even the performance that came across as a girl who uses a baby talk voice failing miserably to channel Marilyn Monroe. I very nearly aborted the audiobook because I wanted to slap the stubborn, foolish, lust addled ditz. If I had a different book queued up, I would have. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. The mystery didn't make sense.

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  • Holly C
  • 23-03-21

Look. Free is the right price.

The reader is good. The author sucks. She portrays women as really, really dumb hypersexed creatures and considers that character development. Men are primarly portrayed as perverts throughout the first 2 books, and completely objectified by the main character. No one acts like real people and no one seems to be able to use logic at all. I get that it's fiction, but it's still bad.

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  • sidhecat
  • 14-12-20

Author must have a very low opinion of women

Seriously the main character is "supposed to be" a working single mother, instead she thinks and acts like a completely brainless horny teenager. The actual mysteries in these books might be good if the main characters behavior and the completely unnecessary sex chapters didn't ruin it. I am all for a steamy scene or two, especially if it actually advances the story, but this book and the first one were a complete turn off for me.

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  • Zulu
  • 21-06-14

Didn't get any better

Would you try another book from Ann Charles and/or Caroline Shaffer?

Ann Charles - Not in the Deadwood series.
Caroline Shaffer - Probably, depending on which book it was.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Charles again?

No.

Any additional comments?

I liked all the supporting characters but if you don't like the main character it kind of ruins the whole book. Violet was just too immature and all the sarcastic remarks she makes in her mind gets old fast. I'm sure they were supposed to be cute or funny, but to me they just fell flat.

It did end on a cliffhanger and there are still some unanswered questions, some even from the first book - the author seems to like to drag things out so you'll buy the next book - but I don't care enough to find out.

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  • Tracey
  • 06-02-14

Great!!!

Again this had humer, murder, mystery, sex, and kept me entertained all of the way thru. I had read some reviews claiming the reader was bad. I liked her. She has a good voice and was able to keep up with the taunts. Now I am ready to listen to the rest. Like.. Now... not good with waiting.

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