WINNER of the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense!
WINNER of the 2011 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements!
“Watch out Stephanie Plum, because Violet Parker is coming your way.” ~Deborah Schneider, RWA Librarian of the Year 2009 & author of Promise Me
“It’s no wonder Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the best overall book for the 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense!” ~Susan Schreyer, author Death By A Dark Horse
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The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.–Violet Parker
Irony is having a big ol’ fiesta and Violet Parker is the piñata. Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet’s daughter could be next. Short on time and long on worry, she’s desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. But with her jerkoff co-worker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending creepy love poems, and a sexy-as-hell stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood’s dearly departed.
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“Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a delightful mix of on the edge suspense and laugh-out-loud humor. Ann Charles is a star in the making!” ~Gerri Russell, award-winning author of Seducing the Knight
I’m usually pretty good at picking out the “bad guy” this book was no different, but that doesn’t mean it took away any of the lure. Finding out I was right just gets me a little more excited.
The only issue I really had with the book was the fact that Violet describes herself as chubby, plain, definitely doesn’t seem like the beautiful sexy type. Still, she has every man in Deadwood hanging on her every move. She reminds me a bit of Bella from Twilight, the only difference is where Bella was described as plain, and seemed too boring to catch the eye of so many boys Violet is anything but. Her inner dialogue made her more appealing to me, despite her self image. She kept things different, she’s quirky and all kinds of cute.
Speaking of different.
The men in this book were some of the weirdest creatures I have ever encountered.
I’ll give you the run down…
Doc (who isn’t a Doctor) – Weird … he’s a sniffer, yes you read that right.
Wolfgang – Weird (as if he could be anything but with that name …)
Harvey – Weird (eccentric, crazy, whack job … I could go on … did I mention his interest in guns?)
Secret Admirer/Stalker – Definitely weird … with a tad of creepy! Who is it you ask? Shhh … it’s a secret!
Jeff – Weird, and drunk, never a good mix.
Violet certainly doesn’t have a problem landing those crazies, if only she could land a house sale instead!
If all the men in her life wasn’t enough to keep her occupied … she has two darling children. If her daughter isn’t rescuing animals her son is gluing their skeletons together. Her daughter is also more than willing to play matchmaker… as if Violet needs any help in that department.
Violet came to Deadwood for a new life, unfortunately she finds that it is home to a young blond-haired, girl stealing villain. That doesn’t fair well for her young Addy. Focused on trying to protect her child she ends up playing sleuth in her own right. The only problem is, the kidnapper doesn’t want Addy, he wants Violet.
Yes, I knew who it was from the beginning, in my gut I was SURE I was right. Still, it didn’t matter, with each new weird guy I had a little nick in my brain thinking, “Well, maybe it’s this guy …” Still, I kept going back to my original guy, and when I found out I was right I let out a loud, “I KNEW IT!” Scaring the beegeezus out of my sleeping puppies.
It was a roller coaster ride of a book, I laughed out loud like no one’s business. I enjoyed the banter Violet let loose in her own head, and although they were weird I enjoyed almost all of the men! It was a good book, and even had a ghost or two which is something I always enjoy!
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