Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bestseller in a Day Book Review: Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
Publisher: Corvallis Press
Publish Date: January 15, 2011
Paperback, 376 pages/Ebook
Fiction, Mystery with Romantic Elements
 ISBN: 9780983256816

My Review:
My thoughts:  I loved this book.  Violet Parker is a woman I could completely relate to.  From having two children and money problems to the quote I mentioned in my Tuesday Teaser yesterday where she wanted to crawl under her desk to hide from the world, I feel for Violet Parker.  I guess though that is where our similarities end.  I don't sell real estate (but I guess it can be argued whether she does or not), and I definitely don't have several men after me (just one, my husband is fine with me).  And thankfully I am not trying to figure out who is kidnapping little girls in town before they get to my daughter (which would be hard since I don't have a daughter).

Ann Charles writes a very amusing story that just when things get too serious, something happens that has you giggling.  Whether it's something that Addy and Layne, Violet's children do,  something Violet does, or something body guard and friend Harvey says, you will find yourself laughing out loud from time-to-time with this book.  But it's not only funny.  It can be serious as well.  First there is the fact that Violet is on a timetable and needs to sell a house to keep her job so that's the first focus on the story and how we meet most of the interesting characters and places.  Second, little girls have been going missing, providing the mystery that Violet gets involved in once she hears that a strange man has been hanging out beside Addy's daily vet stand buying thing from Addy and giving her candy.  At this point, Violet makes it her crusade to find who this kidnapper is.  And of course that can't be all that is going on, add in a handsome jeweler in town trying to sell the family home and trying to date Violet who is very interested until things heat up with another man who also seems interested in her best friend which makes things very complicated.

Complicated seems to be the name of the game in this book.  Violet has Harvey to guard her, but keeps running into Doc and the sparks fly when they are together.  But she's dating someone else.  Then their is the creepy dad of Addy's friend who is coming onto her as well.  But all is not what it seems and this novel is just fun to read to try and figure out what will happen next.  I loved the characters and trying to figure out who each person would really turn out being and what exactly would happen next and what was Doc hiding.  I still didn't see the ending coming.  But I did thoroughly enjoy the full journey of this book.  Ms. Charles crafted her characters in such a way that each of them is interesting and fun and they build on each other and work together in such amusing ways.

I look forward to more books in this series and really can't recommend this book enough.  It's fun, it's a great mystery, it has romance and it has great characters, what more can you ask for?

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:
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 piƱata.  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.

Awards for Nearly Departed in Deadwood:

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!

About the Author: 
Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes romantic mysteries that are splashed with humor. Her book Nearly Departed in Deadwood won the 2010 Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Award and the 2011 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements. She has also been a Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest finalist.

A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at, on Facebook, or as DeadwoodViolet on Twitter--especially around midnight when her quirky fictional world comes to life.

Currently, she has two fiction books available: Nearly Departed in Deadwood and Optical Delusions in Deadwood, which are both part of her ongoing Deadwood Mystery Series. She also has one non-fiction book available: Nail it! The Secret to Building an Effective Fiction Writer’s Platform.


Nearly Departed in Deadwood is a steal at 99 cents for Kindle at Amazon.
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FTC Information: I received this book through Bestseller for a Day for an honest review. I have no affiliation with above retail links - they are for ease of readers in locating a copy of the book and for the promotion of Bestseller in a Day only, I do not make any money from this post.


Ann Charles said...

Thank you for taking the time to read Nearly Departed in Deadwood and write about it. I appreciate your support during IBC's Bestseller for a Day. I hope you get some laughs when you check out book 2, Optical Delusions in Deadwood.

Take care,

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