“The “corpse magnet” is back!” – Dead Men Don’t Swing (Laura & Gerry Mystery #4) by Karen Vaughan

Laura and Gerry are at it again. Death finds them close to home when a tenant is found in the dumpster behind their apartment building. Laura is thrust into the “who killed Denny?” mystery while she does battle with a tenant and dodges a school janitor. The life of a college student is never boring, but she wishes it would be!
Dead Men Don’t Swing is a biting, funny, deliciously bawdy, and fast-paced murder mystery in which “death by sexual misadventure and a wayward poisonous snake” (among other things) make for pure entertainment gold.”

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The “corpse magnet” is back!

Dead Men Don’t Swing is Karen Vaughan’s bawdy, comedic take on amateur sleuthing. It’s book four in her Laura & Gerry Mystery series. Lots of detective lingo is delivered with wit and sarcasm by the protagonist, Laura. That’s not surprising if you’ve read Vaughan’s previous books in the series, and given the fact that the author has done a bit of stand-up comedy. 

In this book, Laura and her husband Gerry are back dealing with another murder investigation since, as Laura explains, she’s a ‘corpse magnet.’ This time a dead body turns up in a dumpster at the apartment complex where Laura and Gerry are managers, having fallen to his death from the balcony above. Not likely an accident—the guy is wearing boxer shorts and sporting a tricked-out stiletto in his forehead. Oh yeah, he’s missing some sensitive body parts—yikes! Things are not as they seem in this suburban Canadian apartment complex. It turns out there’s a whole lot of hanky-panky going on in this mid-rise Peyton Place, some of it pretty kinky stuff, too. There’s no shortage of pervs and perps on any floor, in addition to the ever-annoying, tenant-from-hell, Stella. As I type the name, I hear Marlon Brando screaming it at the top of his lungs in A Streetcar Named Desire. And, speaking of movies, the photographer played by Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, would have been hard-pressed to know where to shoot first with all the action going on in this complex!

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“Daytona Dead has it all, crooked cops, NASCAR, and murder.” – Daytona Dead (Laura & Gerry Mystery #3) by Karen Vaughan

The honeymoon of Laura and Gerry Fitz is off to a fast-paced yet deadly start when they arrive in Florida. There is a maniac behind the wheel who needs to win at all costs. When he wins, life is great but when he loses he is DRIVEN TO KILL!
The first victim off the starting line is Laura’s ex-husband Lou, and she is taking it personally. Mix in a creepy cop and some unexpected surprises, and you have a race for your life. Who will win and who will wipe out?…

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Threw me for a loop!

Laura and Gerry are on their honeymoon in Florida when they run into Laura’s ex, literally! He’s found dead in the road and they are immediately suspected of murdering him. However, they are miraculously let go after a series of events lead the police to a dead end. Not one to give up, Laura decides to do her ex justice by finding his killer. Though her new husband Gerry, has reservations, Laura is on a mission, one that puts them all in danger.

Daytona Dead has it all, crooked cops, NASCAR, and murder. I read this book in less than two days and enjoyed it all the way, the pacing was nice and author Karen Vaughan has readers guessing up until the hilarious and very dramatic ending. If you like a murder mystery with humor and unusual suspects, this is your book!

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“​A MURDER MYSTERY TO DIE FOR!!!!” – Over Her Dead Body by Karen Vaughan

Take one beautiful vindictive woman….she’s 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.
Watch her try and hold onto her 84-year-old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!
Laura, Gerry, and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting themselves knocked off in the process!…

​M. M. Bishop author of Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal & The Divide Series

A MURDER MYSTERY TO DIE FOR!!!!

​Karen Vaughan has once again given us a dynamite murder mystery in book two of her Laura & Gerry Murder Mystery series.
Take one trashy, gold-digger, psychotic woman, with a mob boss for a daddy, and a jealous streak that would make any normally insane woman look like a saint. Throw in flying melons, baseball bats, and a sweet, gentle, rich elderly man, and Laura (corpse magnet) soon to be Fitz, and you have a masterpiece of crime, insanity, murder, and yes romance.
It takes a lot to write a great murder mystery, but even more one with humor wrapped into the package.
Kudos to Ms. Vaughan for once again giving us a class act book to blow away the cobwebs from our minds and entertain us while doing so.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND this read.

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“This book is a thrilling page turner that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat.” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

Laura Hamilton wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.


Haylee James

Amazing

This book is a thrilling page turner that sucks you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s very smooth and easy to read, amazingly detailed, and unpredictable which I love because I hate figuring out a book before anything really happens. I highly recommend this book.

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“Best not to drink wine and eat dark chocolate while reading this very active, short, easy to read, suspenseful mystery.” – Dead to Writes (A Gibbons and Fitz Investigation, #7) by Karen Vaughan

Natalie Fisher committed suicide after an author stole her work and published it as her own. Two years later, her best friend Terri is found dead in her hotel room. Are the two deaths connected? Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons are on the case to trap a ruthless author trying to get away with murder!

Cold Coffee (Reviews by Theodocia McLean)

Where is the missing flash drive?

Whether you have been following the Laura & Gerry Mystery series, or you are jumping into book seven in the series like myself, you will enjoy the read.

Sit back in your favorite beach chair, relax with lemonade in hand, and follow Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons as they try to unravel the mystery of why Terri Carter is the second author to die. Best not to drink wine and eat dark chocolate while reading this very active, short, easy to read, suspenseful mystery. Keep reading and you will learn why….

Chapter one opens in November 2015 with Natalie Fisher frantically searching for her flash drive which holds her finished manuscript. If data has ever gone missing on your PC, you can relate to her dilemma. For an author who has just invested their life into a manuscript, traumatic is an understatement. This is the beginning of more than one mystery that will keep you turning the page. Question remains, is theft of a manuscript worth committing suicide over?

With a full cast of well-developed characters that could live in a home town near you, each with their part to play in this believable story line that could end up on the TV show ID Discovery. Laura’s eccentric neighbor Myrna might hold an important key in the case. Human emotions run deep surrounding envy, thief, suicide, sabotage, revenge and possible plausible deniability.

I invite you to join Detective Gibbons at the Convention Centre for the Writers’ Symposium. He is there to talk to the authors and follow through on some alibis. This will be a challenge as the authors are still in shock over “Such a brilliant candle in the literary world snuffed way too soon!”

I, Theodocia Mclean, endorse Dead To Writes (Laura & Gerry Mystery Book 7) by Karen Vaughan. I invite you the pick up the whole Laura & Gerry Mystery series for you reading enjoyment. I purchased this book in Kindle.

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“A great read for anyone who likes levity with their murders.” – Playing Dead: A Jeff Gibbons Experience by Karen Vaughan

On a cold November night, a man is dead, and his sister is looking for answers. Det. Jeff Gibbons is on the scene to get the answers. This was no simple mugging, and the search leads to organized crime. Get ready for a wild ride and romance on the side for Rhonnie and Brian.

Lindlae Parish

Great Book!

Karen Vaughan does it again! A spinoff of her Laura and Gerry series, she brings Detective Jeff Gibbons forward as a lead character. A great mystery told with Ms. Vaughan’s signature sarcastic humor. A great read for anyone who likes levity with their murders.

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“A FUN-FILLED MURDER MYSTERY WITH THE GREAT CHARACTER NIGEL HOLMES – LOVED THIS STORY ESCAPE KEY: A SHERLOCK AND HOLMES MYSTERY ” – Escape Key (Sherlock/Holmes Mystery Book 2) by Karen Vaughan

Nigel Holmes’s cousin Denise has been abducted back in Manchester, UK. Nigel Rushes to the rescue with the help of Kristen Holmes and her partner Craig Eversley. Will Nigel’s quick thinking save the day? More comedic adventures abound in this second Sherlock / Holmes offering.

M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

A FUN-FILLED MURDER MYSTERY WITH THE GREAT CHARACTER NIGEL HOLMES – LOVED THIS STORY

I love the Nigel Holmes character, with his sidekicks of Kristen Sherlock and her boyfriend Craig Eversley.
In book 2 of the Sherlock/Holmes mystery series, we find Nigel Holmes back in the UK with his friends.

As you follow Nigel try to save his kidnapped cousin in Manchester you will find yourself turning the pages faster and faster. Will Nigel’s wits help him or will they all fail?

It is a laugh a minute with enough whodunit to keep you on your toes.
Kudo Ms. Vaughan for your newest offering in this series.

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“If you like a little humor and a dash of romance with your mystery, this book’s for you!” – Holmes In America: A Sherlock/Holmes mystery #1 (Sherlock/Holmes Mysteries) by Karen Vaughan

Nigel Holmes is a British Police Officer sent to Toronto after a witness was brutally murdered on his watch. Kristen Sherlock is a Detective who was framed for drug possession, and is being harassed by a dirty cop bent on ruining her. Nigel is politically incorrect and swears like a trucker. Kristen is a by-the-book Police Officer. Can they work together without driving each other nuts before her stalker hurts Kristen? Nigel, Kristen, and her former partner, Craig, work to bring the stalker down.

Lindlae Parish

great book!

Absolutely loved this book. A fun play on the names and a great mystery. If you like a little humor and a dash of romance with your mystery, the book’s for you!

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“I truly enjoyed the killer’s motive for doing what he did; it was unusual and humorous in an absurdist way.” – Dead Comic Standing by Karen Vaughan

Stand-up comic Dave Feener has a great rapport with his audience, so when his body is found maliciously stabbed a short distance away from The Laff Attak where he’s just performed, there seems to be no real motive for the brutal murder. A serial killer who does not think local comics are funny has just begun his rampage.
Constables Mike Borneo and Lissa Cassway along with detective Vince Vetters are racing to find the killer before he claims another victim. Was Feener just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Left with his wedding ring and his wallet, Feener’s body isn’t even cold when the killer strikes again-this time stabbing Phil Vetters, a comic known for his redneck shtick and the brother of detective Vince Vetters. Just as Vince vows revenge, the killer makes a fateful mistake when he stabs another comic and does not ensure his victim is dead before he leaves the crime scene. The killer is a sicko, but not an idiot. He’s right under everyone’s noses, and the anticipation of a righteous kill is all just part of the fun. Only time will tell if the killer will have the last laugh.

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Laughing and Dying

After having read Daytona Dead by Karen Vaughan, I knew she had a sense of humor. But this was decidedly different from that novel. Dead Comic Standing was a delightful, five-star read. It was easy to slip into this novel about someone prowling the comedy clubs of Edmonton, killing comedians after they’ve performed their stand-up routines. Part of the enjoyment for me was reading the comedy elements. I also felt I got an inside view of the way comedy clubs are run. Part police procedural, part whodunit, and part thriller, I breezed through this enjoyable novel. It was great fun. I truly enjoyed the killer’s motive for doing what he did; it was unusual and humorous in an absurdist way. A wonderful way to spend some time.

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“I enjoyed this book enormously and highly recommend it to everyone.” – Left for Dead (Laura & Gerry Mystery #6) by Karen Vaughan

Things are really starting to heat up in the Fitz family. Gerry’s cousin and the best buddy are left dead after a beating. When the thugs responsible find out he didn’t die, the game is on to keep Pete safe until he has to testify. After finding a body on a mountain trail in cottage country, Laura helps a local police officer solve the crime while waiting for the birth of her first baby.

DELIGHTFUL MURDER MYSTERY

By M. Moran Bishop

Left for Dead by Karen Vaughan, is a witty and intelligently told mystery story. It’s the 6th in the Laura and Gerry mysteries series and a delightfully penned book.
It seems even pregnancy will not stop Laura Fitz from being a corpse magnet, as she stumbles yet again onto another dead body. While Laura is talking to the police, she receives a phone call from her hubby. Apparently, Laura’s gift or a curse for discovering the dead and becoming embroiled in the nasty affairs of the murder has rubbed off on Gerry, for he has found his cousin near death.

The Fitz’s have once again become entangled in murder, mayhem, the lives of others along the danger it entails. But, through it, all Laura remains her witty self. Gerry doesn’t fare as well as his love for Laura, and their coming baby upset his judgment at times. After all, it is difficult to be objective when the life of one’s wife is on the line.

Ms. Vaughan has another terrific read in Left for Dead. I enjoyed this book enormously and highly recommend it to everyone.

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