“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!

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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 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.

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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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“Murder in Humboldt is exciting, never know who “done it” until the end mystery novel” – Murder in Humboldt (Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 1) by Gerald W. Darnell

All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order.
The year is 1962 and this small west Tennessee town has been turned upside down by a labor strike at its main manufacturing plant. It seems that, as a result of the strike, some very serious underworld crime problems have surfaced in Humboldt. A small-town sheriff and small-town Chief of Police have their hands full dealing with the strike – when the worst happens – one of the principal figures surrounding the labor problems is murdered.
Carson Reno is very familiar with Humboldt – after all, he grew up and went to high school there. But Carson has a successful private investigation business in Memphis and no desire or reason to get involved. However, circumstances pull him into the turmoil and a situation that grows more dangerous every day. By trying to not become involved, he becomes deeply involved and ultimately the prime suspect for the Murder in Humboldt.

Michael G.

Mystery at its best

If you’re from a small town, you know how politics and personal relationships have a huge influence over life and/or death in the community. Murder is seldom experienced in small towns and when it happens, the world is turned totally upside down. Murder in Humboldt is exciting, never know who “done it” until the end mystery novel. Well written and enjoyable. I can’t wait till the next issue is available.

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“I give this book Five Golden Glasses of Wine: DRINK UP AT YOUR OWN RISK!” – 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!

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Karen Vaughan has written up another winner!

Laura Fritz is back along with the characters I have come to love from this author’s other books in the series. This time, Laura meets a couple of authors. Natalie, Silvie, and Terri were close friends and struggled to be authors. When two of the women die mysteriously, Laura gets involved and the adventure to solve a mystery begins. Karen Vaughan writes no-frills stories with amazing and believable characters. Grabbing a book by this author is like sitting down with an old friend and having a chat. Here novels are twisted mysteries with a cozy appeal and not to be missed.

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“Karen Vaughan has written up another winner!” – Dead to Writes (A Gibbons and Fitz Investigation, #7) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

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!

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Karen Vaughan has written up another winner!

Laura Fritz is back along with the characters I have come to love from this author’s other books in the series. This time, Laura meets a couple of authors. Natalie, Silvie, and Terri were close friends and struggling to be authors. When two of the women die mysteriously, Laura gets involved and the adventure to solve a mystery begins. Karen Vaughan writes no-frills stories with amazing and believable characters. Grabbing a book by this author is like sitting down with an old friend and having a chat. Here novels are twisted mysteries with a cozy appeal and not to be missed.

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“Grab a helmet, strap yourself in and speed along with the author to its wild conclusion.” – Daytona Dead (Laura & Gerry Mystery #3) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

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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Grab a helmet, strap yourself in and speed along with the author to its wild conclusion.

After running over her ex-husband’s dead body in Daytona, Florida, Laura, even though she’s on her honeymoon and should have other things on her mind, can’t stop herself becoming involved in the investigation of his death. Laura and her new hubby, Gerry, a pair of amateur detectives, become involved with good and bad cops, and with dangerous criminals, especially a particular NASCAR driver with a nasty habit. Laura and Gerry have to use all their wits to stay alive and bring her ex-husband’s killer to justice.

Karen Vaughan brings a lot of her natural humour to the story and drives the plot along at NASCAR pace. Grab a helmet, strap yourself in and speed along with the author to its wild conclusion.

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“Very good book. Lots of interesting characters lots of twists …” – Dead to Writes (A Gibbons and Fitz Investigation, #7) by Karen Vaughan

#COZIES #MYSTERY, #LAURAANDGERRY, #SHERLOCK/HOLMES

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!

Mary M. Goerks

Very good book. Lots of interesting characters lots of twists …

Very good book. Lots of interesting characters lots of twists and turns, I like all the characters from other books in this series. Would recommend this book. You will love it!

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“Fans of Perry Mason, Mike Hammer, Donald Lam and others from that era will like Carson Reno for sure.” – “Murder in Humboldt” (Carson Reno Mystery Series, Book 1) by Gerald W. Darnell

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Set in the sixties, Carson Reno is the owner of the Drake Detective Agency in Memphis. When asked to investigate what might be infidelity by a wife who thinks she is hiring a stranger, he ends up implicated in the murder of JR Maxwell in his own hometown. Two thugs (Bubba and Bobby) try to convince him to keep his distance while the police chief insists he returns to Humboldt to answer some questions. Of course, there are some lovely ladies to provide some distraction, as well as Carson’s friends at Chiefs and the Starlight to provide support and libation. The union shut down at the textile mill, the trucks not allowed to leave, and the questionable meetings of JR, especially with General Samson and Judy Strong, give the story added dimension.
Having come of age in the sixties, the classic cars and social norms depicted by Darnell held a touch of nostalgia. The characters seemed to fit the times. The plot was easy to follow, but JR’s murderer and the motive weren’t obvious until the end. Fans of Perry Mason, Mike Hammer, Donald Lam, and others from that era will like Carson Reno for sure. This is the first in the Carson Reno series, the 12th (Justifiable Homicide) was published in October 2014.

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Set in the sixties, Carson Reno is the owner of the Drake Detective Agency in Memphis. When asked to investigate what might be infidelity by a wife who thinks she is hiring a stranger, he ends up implicated in the murder of JR Maxwell in his own hometown. Two thugs (Bubba and Bobby) try to convince him to keep his distance while the police chief insists he return to Humboldt to answer some questions. Of course, there are some lovely ladies to provide some distraction, as well as Carson’s friends at Chiefs and the Starlight to provide support and libation. The union shut down at the textile mill, the trucks not allowed to leave, and the questionable meetings of JR, especially with General Samson and Judy Strong, give the story added dimension.

Having come of age in the sixties, the classic cars and social norms depicted by Darnell held a touch of nostalgia. The characters seemed to fit the times. The plot was easy to follow, but JR’s murderer and the motive weren’t obvious until the end. Fans of Perry Mason, Mike Hammer, Donald Lam and others from that era will like Carson Reno for sure. This is the first in the Carson Reno series, the 12th (Justifiable Homicide) was published in October 2014.

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LOVE MURDER MYSTERIES? CURL UP WITH THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED BY SUSAN LYNN SOLOMON

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED!!!!

AN EMLYN GOODE MYSTERY

SUSAN LYNN SOLOMON

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Rachael T5.0 out of 5 starsSo Charming

October 5, 2017

Format: Kindle EditionI can only think of one word. One word that best describes this book, its characters, and this story.Charming.This entire book struck me as so charming, I couldn’t help but think of my late mother as I read it. Why? Because she loved a mystery. She was always watching shows like Murder She Wrote, Cagney and Lacey, and the like. This Emlyn Goode mystery would have fit right in. The meddlesome citizen, friends with the police, and seemingly better at solving murders than the pro’s are.  It’s such a great read. It grabbed me on the first page, and made me curious about the other books in this series that I haven’t read.

This novelette is well worth the read, and I highly recommend it if you like a good mystery. Hell, even if you don’t, pick it up. I’d bet that you would still enjoy this book. 

“There’s never a dull moment in this fun book !” – Daytona Dead (Laura & Gerry Mystery #3) by Karen Vaughan

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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?…

Joan Ashley

There’s never a dull moment in this fun book

I’m sure no couple planning a honeymoon plans on ending up in jail on the first night, which is what happens to Laura and Gerry Fitz who have just flown from Canada to Daytona Beach for some sun, fun and loving. No sooner have they picked up their rental car, than they hit the first in a series of obstacles to newlywed bliss – the body of Laura’s ex-husband which just happens to be lying in their path. Ouch. Bizarre coincidence? The cops don’t think so, which is why Laura and Gerry are unceremoniously hauled off to jail.

Laura and Gerry are released when the time of death of her ex-husband is proven to have been before they hit his body, but the drama doesn’t end there. On the contrary, it escalates. Unbeknown to her, Laura is holding a crucial piece of evidence, one that will prove who the real killer is. But even if Laura is oblivious to this fact, the killer isn’t and he’s out to retrieve the evidence at all costs, even if the cost is Laura and Gerry’s lives.

Karen Vaughan spins this entertaining yarn about a honeymoon couple, a psychotic race car driver and crooked cops with wit and humor. The characters are likeable and her attention to the details of police protocol lend plausibility to the plot. There’s never a dull moment in Daytona for Laura and Gerry, which is what makes this such a page-turner. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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