Sunday, November 4, 2012

Dead Case in Deadwood by Ann Charles

Book Blurb:
"Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree."--Violet Parker

Real estate agent, Violet "Spooky" Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it--or maybe a foot. Can Violet discover what's in the crates the crooks are sneaking out of the mortuary in the dark of night? Or will she end up in one of them herself ... in pieces?

My review:
This is the 3rd book in Ann Charles' Deadwood series and I regret to say the next book doesn't come out until 2013. Sucks for me.


In true Ann Charles style this book continues with Violet Parker and her twins, her burgeoning relationship with Doc Nyce, and all the loveable, quirky, and sometimes creepy characters we've grown to love. But as usual, the best parts are Ann's colorful turns of phrase. "Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn." is the first line in the book and it only gets better from there. Ann can take the English language and turn in into something so enjoyable - it's amazing to me.

Add to that the steaminess of the flirtation between Doc and Violet, humor, mystery and a bit of the paranormal and you've got a fabulous series. I'll admit I get frustrated with Violet at times, but that happens to be what makes great fiction - when you get emotionally involved with the characters. 

The ONLY bad thing I can say about this book is that I was not ready for it to end and I am SO impatient for the next book in the series I can't stand it!

Check out my reviews of the first two book in Ann's Deadwood series here and here.

About the author (Courtesy of her website - http://www.anncharles.com/):
I live in the lush Pacific Northwest with my clever husband, charming kids, and an incredibly sassy cat. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. For the past eleven years, I have written and edited documentation for a software company. While technical writing has some thrilling moments… no, wait. Technical writing has no thrilling moments, which is why I turn to writing fiction at the end of the day.
My books are mysteries full of mayhem and fun, romance and comedy, and whatever else feels right. I am a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppies, and I have been a member of Romance Writers of America for so many moons that I’ve lost count.
I have written several contemporary, award-winning novels, including a couple of different series. I am currently toiling away on my next. While my reading preferences range from adventure to horror to mystery, ever since I tried on my first training bra, I have loved a good mix of romance, too.
When I am not dabbling in fiction, I am penning writing-themed articles or standing on my workshop soapbox, sharing what I have learned over the years about the craft and self-promotion.
If you have any specific questions for me, or just feel chatty, don’t hesitate to drop me an email. I love getting mail!
Besides hanging out with me here, you can visit me at:
Facebook (Author Page or Personal Page)
Twitter (as AnnWCharles or Deadwood Violet)

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