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Mystery Monday – Deadwood Mystery Series

The Deadwood Mystery Series by Ann Charles

 

Review by MIRAH W. (mwelday)

              

 

Recently I’ve found myself gravitating to light mysteries. I can’t seem to handle hard core mysteries with gore and more.  I want mysteries with some humor, some serious (yet somehow still quirky) moments, some love interest, and some sleuthing gone awry. The Deadwood Mystery Series by Ann Charles provides all of that and more.  In trying to describe these books I would say her mysteries combine the quirky humor, if-it-can-go-wrong-it-will feel of the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich and the paranormal mystery from the Harper Connelly Series by Charlaine Harris.  Charles finds a way to bring these two types of mysteries together in a way that really works.

Violet is a woman fighting to make a living for herself and to support her two children.  She lands a job at a real estate agency in Deadwood, South Dakota and she comes into contact with a variety of characters: Harvey is her client turned ‘partner in crime’, Doc her love (or should that be lust?) interest, her wacky friend Natalie, and deplorable co-worker Ray.  I must admit, I never anticipated modern-day Deadwood to be so colorful.  Even the houses and clients Violet takes on for the real estate agency have interesting stories to tell.

There is an adventure in every new installment and you never know where Violet’s purple boots will take her.  No matter what sticky situation Violet gets herself into, I can’t help but cheer for her.  She is intelligent, gutsy, stubborn, spunky, and determined to make things work.  When she stumbles into sleuthing situations the outcomes are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and, to be honest, I want to be along for the ride.

The Deadwood Mystery Series:

Nearly Departed in Deadwood

Optical Delusions in Deadwood

Dead Case in Deadwood

Better Off Dead in Deadwood

 

 

 

 

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